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April 8, 2020 | By Clive Paget, Musical America

+ Connotes new entry as of April 13. We will be updating this list weekly. Please note that Central European Time (CET) is currently six hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Time. Contact editor@musicalamerica.com.  

Wednesday, April 8

Noon CET: Salzburg Easter Festival presents Cavalleria Rusticana. Christian Thielemann, conductor, Staatskapelle Dresden. Recorded 2015 with Jonas Kaufmann, Liudmyla Monastyrska, Stefania Toczyska, Ambrogio Maestri and Annalisa Stroppa. Available here for 48 hours.

Noon CET: Staatsoper unter den Linden. Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim; director: Dmitri Tcherniakov, with Andreas Schager, Anja Kampe, Ekaterina Gubanova, Stephen Milling, Boaz Daniel, Staatsopernchor, Staatskapelle Berlin. Available free for 24 hours.

4 pm CET: Concertgebouworkest streams Debussy’s Épigraphes antiques (orchestration: Rudolf Escher) and Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances under the baton of Andris Nelsons; introduction by Alexei Ogrintchouk (oboe). View on YouTube, Facebook or website.

5 pm CET: Vienna Staatsoper streams Handel’s Ariodante (performance of March 4, 2018). Conductor: William Christie; director: David McVicar, with Sarah Connolly (Ariodante), Chen Reiss (Ginevra), Hila Fahima (Dalinda), Christophe Dumaux (Polinesso), Rainer Trost (Lurcanio), Wilhelm Schwinghammer (Il Re di Scozia), Benedikt Kobel (Odoardo). Sign up for free and view here.

7 pm CET: Bolshoi Theater streams Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. Conductor: Pavel Sorokin; Stage Director: Leonid Baratov, with Mikhail Kazakov, Alina Yarovaya, Elena Novak, Maxim Paster, Andrei Grigoriev, Alexander Naumenko, Vitaly Tarashchenko, Elena Manistina, Valery Gilmanov. Production filmed in 2011. Think the Zeffirelli Bohème is old? Step back in time with this 1948 production of Russia’s greatest opera. ** Available here and for 24 hours after.

The Bolshoi will stream the 2011 film of its classic 1948 Boris Godunov

7 pm CET: OperaVision livestreams Gluck’s Alceste from Teatro La Fenice. Conductor: Guillaume Tourniaire; Director: Pier Luigi Pizzi Admeto, with Marlin Miller, Carmela Remigio, Ludovico Furlani, Zuzana Markova, Anita Teodoro, Giorgio Misseri, Orchestra e Coro Teatro La Fenice. View here.

1:30 pm ET: The Kanneh-Mason Family

“The Von Trapps of Classical Music” (Telegraph UK) go live via cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s Facebook every Wednesday and Friday with a mixture of intimate family chamber performances and behind the scenes chat. Watch here.

2 pm ET: Berliner Philharmoniker streams the second Easter@Philharmonie Festival episode. Focusing on the music of Gustav Mahler highlights come from the archive of the Digital Concert Hall with the finale of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony in a recording with Kirill Petrenko to bring the episode to a close. View here. (Repeated on Thursday, April 9 at 7 pm ET).

3 pm ET: Silkroad Home Sessions
Percussionist Haruka Fujii performs Japanese folk songs with friends Ray Furuta on flute and Beni Shinohara on violin as part of The Silkroad collective’s virtual concert mini-series bringing music of comfort and joy directly from their homes into ours. Performance on Facebook and Instagram.

7 pm ET: HERE@HOME Wednesday Watch Party: Paul Pinto’s Thomas Paine in Violence from 2017, an experimental opera that brings founding father Thomas Paine's ideologies up to date in an explosion of sound and poetry. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Verdi’s Falstaff. Conducted by James Levine, starring Lisette Oropesa, Angela Meade, Stephanie Blythe, and Ambrogio Maestri. Transmitted live on December 14, 2013. Go to www.metopera.org on the day.

7 pm CDT: Cliburn Watch Party featuring 2009 Cliburn Gold Medalist Haochen Zhang playing Brahms’s Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 and Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit. View on Facebook and reposted after at Cliburn.org/watchparty and YouTube/thecliburn.

Thursday, April 9

Noon CET: Staatsoper unter den Linden. Bruckner’s Symphonies Nos. 4 - 9. Conductor Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin. Available free for 24 hours.

5 pm CET: Vienna Staatsoper streams Parsifal (Performance of April 5, 2015). Conductor. Adam Fischer; director: Christine Mielitz, with Michael Volle (Amfortas), Ryan Speedo Green (Titurel), Stephen Milling (Gurnemanz), Johan Botha (Parsifal), Boaz Daniel (Klingsor), Angela Denoke (Kundry). Sign up for free and view here.

7:30 pm BST: London Symphony Orchestra streams Stravinsky’s The Firebird (original ballet), Petrushka (1947 version) and The Rite of Spring with Simon Rattle conductor. View here on YouTube.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams present Wagner’s Parsifal. Conducted by Daniele Gatti, starring Katarina Dalayman, Jonas Kaufmann, Peter Mattei, and René Pape. Transmitted live on March 2, 2013. Go to www.metopera.org on the day.

8pm ET: The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll and a soaring performance of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 conducted by Yannick Nezét-Séguin during his inaugural 2012-13 season. View here.

Friday, April 10

Noon CET: Salzburg Easter Festival presents Pagliacci. Christian Thielemann, conductor, Staatskapelle Dresden. Recorded 2015 with Jonas Kaufmann, Maria Agresta, Dimitri Platanias, Tansel Akzeybek and Alessio Arduini. Available here for 48 hours.

Noon CET: Staatsoper unter den Linden. Wagner’s Parsifal. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim, director: Dmitri Tcherniakov, with Andreas Schager, Anja Kampe, Wolfgang Koch, René Pape, Tómas Tómasson, Staatsopernchor, Staatskapelle Berlin. Available free for 24 hours.

2 pm CET: Dutch National Opera streams Wagner’s Parsifal (Recorded 2012). Pierre Audi’s staging features designs by Anish Kapoor. View here.

4 pm CET: Concertgebouworkest streams Bruckner’s Symphony No. 5 under Nikolaus Harnoncourt; introduction by Michael Gieler (viola). View on YouTube, Facebook or website.

12 pm ET: Faithful Friday with Angel Blue. The acclaimed American soprano welcomes Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox for the latest episode of her topical talk show broadcast live every Friday on Facebook and Instagram. The actress, producer, and equal rights activist joins Angel for the fourth installment of the series that aims to help people “keep the faith,” believe in themselves, get motivated, and support each other during these unsettling times.

7 pm CET: Bolshoi Theater streams Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. By transforming Tchaikovsky’s ballet into a philosophic meditation on the unattainable nature of ideal love, Yuri Grigorovich has filled it with romantic introspection thanks to which this simple children’s matinee ballet has become a 20th-century classic. Available here and for 24 hours after.

1:30 pm ET: The Kanneh-Mason Family
“The Von Trapps of Classical Music” (Telegraph UK) go live via cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s Facebook every Wednesday and Friday with a mixture of intimate family chamber performances and behind the scenes chat. Watch here.

2 pm ET: The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden streams Mozart’s Così fan Tutte (Production from 2010). Jonathan Miller’s classic staging with Pavol Breslik, Stéphane Degout, Sir Thomas Allen, Maria Bengtsson, Jurgita Adamonyte and Rebecca Evans. Conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock. View here.

3 pm ET: WUOL Classical Louisville presents In This Together. Louisville Orchestra MD Teddy Abrams joins Daniel Gilliam as a regular co-host. Video streaming live on the station's Facebook page, the live radio show is “a weekly segment to help bring us closer together with music and conversation when we need to be apart.”

7:30 pm ET: 92nd St Y presents pianist Benjamin Hochman in a live streamed concert from his home. The all-Mozart program includes the composer’s Fantasia in C Minor and a pair of sonatas: No. 14 in C Minor and No. 12 in F Major. View here. LIVE.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. Conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, starring Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo. Transmitted live on January 21, 2017. Go to www.metopera.org on the day.

4 pm PT: Backstage at LAO. Los Angeles Opera turns a spotlight onto their talented stage crew, without whom the show most definitely wouldn't go on. To access all of these programs, and to learn more about current and future programming, visit here.

8 pm CDT: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra streams Bach’s Saint John Passion (repeated Saturday, April 11 at 3 pm) one of four upcoming live video events in its free online Concert Library. Launched in 2017, the SPCO Concert Library also contains a range of previous performances to view on demand.

Saturday, April 11

Noon CET: Staatsoper unter den Linden. Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos. 1 - 5. Conductor and piano Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin. Available free for 24 hours.

7 pm CET: Bolshoi Theater streams Auber’s Marco Spada. Choreographer: Pierre Lacotte; Music Director: Alexei Bogorad, with Artem Ovcharenko, Kristina Kretova, Ekaterina Shipulina, Artemy Belyakov, Igor Tsvirko. Production from 2015. Available here and for 24 hours after.

7 pm CET: Vienna Staatsoper streams Wagner’s Die Feen (Children’s version) (Performance of March 3, 2012). Conductor: Kathleen Kelly; director: Waut Koeken with Sorin Coliban (Der Feenkönig), Daniela Fally (Ada), Monika Bohinec (Farzana), Donna Ellen (Zemina), Gergely Németi (Arindal), Caroline Wenborne (Lora), Hans Peter Kammerer (Gernot), Michael Roider (Gunter). Sign up for free and view here.

7 pm CET: Vienna Staatsoper streams Sylvia (Performance of November 12, 2018). Conductor: Kevin Rhodes; choreography: Manuel Legris, after Louis Mérante with Nikisha Fogo (Sylvia), Denys Cherevychko (Aminta), Davide Dato (Orion), Mihail Sosnovschi (Eros), Ketevan Papava (Diana), James Stephens (Endymion), Dumitru Taran (Ein Faun), Natascha Mair (Eine Najade). Sign up for free and view here.

2:30 pm ET: Associated Chamber Music Players livestreams a 60-minute remote session Masterclass with Jasper String Quartet. The first part (quartet technique in Haydn and early Beethoven), will be conducted by cellist Rachel Henderson Freivogel and violinist J. Freivogel. The second part (commissioning and interpreting new works), will be conducted by violinist Karen Kim and violist Sam Quintal. Chamber music players can participate on computers and devices, gaining tips and insights into playing technique and interpretation on selected chamber music works. Participants can engage throughout the session via a live chat feed, connecting with the event and each other. Participate here.

Noon CDT: Cliburn Watch Party featuring 2013 Cliburn Finalist Fei-Fei playing Scarlatti’s Sonata in D, K. 96 and Sonata in Minor, K. 466, Debussy’s Danse and Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor. View on Facebook and reposted after at Cliburn.org/watchparty and YouTube/thecliburn.

5 pm ET: National Sawdust presents The World Wide Tuning Meditation. Claire Chase and IONE lead a global performance of Tuning Meditation by Pauline Oliveros: a sonic gathering with a legacy of bringing communities together through meditative singing. Tune-in LIVE and sing with us right from your personal phone or computer. No music experience necessary. Watch and join here.

7 pm ET: Jennifer Koh’s Alone Together. Twenty-one composers, most of whom enjoy institutional support, have agreed to donate a new, 30-second micro-work for solo violin, while also recommending a fellow freelance composer to write their own 30-second work on paid commission from the artist-driven nonprofit ARCO Collaborative. Koh premieres a selection via Instagram TV and Facebook Live. Each performance will be subsequently available via YouTube. She will also share related content throughout the week leading up to each performance, including composer insights, rehearsal footage, and musical scores posted on social media.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. Conducted by James Levine; starring Anna Netrebko, Matthew Polenzani, and Mariusz Kwiecien. Transmitted live on November 13, 2010. Go to www.metopera.org on the day.

8 pm CDT: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra streams Mozart's Symphony No. 29, one of four upcoming live video events in its free online Concert Library. Launched in 2017, the SPCO Concert Library also contains a range of previous performances to view on demand.

Sunday, April 12

Noon CET: Salzburg Easter Festival presents Arabella. Christian Thielemann, conductor, Staatskapelle Dresden. Recorded 2014 with Renée Fleming, Thomas Hampson, Albert Dohmen, Gabriela Benacková, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Daniel Behle, Daniela Fally. Available here for 48 hours.

Noon CET: Staatsoper unter den Linden. Bruckner’s Symphonies Nos. 4 - 9. Conductor Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin. Available free for 24 hours.

3 pm CDT: Chicago Symphony Orchestra streams Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 featuring Music Director Riccardo Muti leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Camilla Nylund, Ekaterina Gubanova, Matthew Polenzani, and Eric Owens. Recorded live September 18, 2014. View on Facebook. Event will include interactive commentary online throughout and the video will remain available for on-demand streaming.

5 pm CET: Vienna Staatsoper streams Wagner’s Parsifal (Performance of April 13, 2017). Conductor: Semyon Bychkov; director: Alvis Hermanis with Gerald Finley (Amfortas), Jongmin Park (Titurel), Kwangchul Youn (Gurnemanz), Christopher Ventris (Parsifal), Jochen Schmeckenbecher (Klingsor), Nina Stemme (Kundry). Sign up for free and view here.

7 pm CET: Dutch National Opera streams Janácek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, one of the most beautiful and entertaining productions ever to be seen at Dutch National Opera. View here.

7 pm BST: London Symphony Orchestra streams Balakirev’s Islamey, Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No, 2 and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1. Gianandrea Noseda conductor, Seong-Jin Cho piano. View here on YouTube.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Mozart’s Così fan tutte. Conducted by David Robertson; starring Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Kelli O’Hara, Ben Bliss, Adam Plachetka, and Christopher Maltman. Transmitted live on March 31, 2018. Go to www.metopera.org on the day.

Monday, April 13

Noon CET: Staatsoper unter den Linden. Wagner’s Parsifal. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim, director: Dmitri Tcherniakov, with Andreas Schager, Anja Kampe, Wolfgang Koch, René Pape, Tómas Tómasson, Staatsopernchor, Staatskapelle Berlin. Available free for 24 hours.

12 pm ET: On Site Opera presents Murasaki’s Moon. Music by Michi Wiancko, libretto by Deborah Brevoort. The sequestered life of a lady-in-waiting feels suffocating to the imaginative yet introspective Lady Murasaki. To escape the boundaries of the palace, she begins to write an epic tale of love and freedom. The New York opera company, which specializes in site-specific and immersive productions, filmed the staging at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Astor Court, May 2019. The livestream is available on the company’s website and Facebook page.

6 pm CET
: Vienna Staatsoper streams Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier (Performance of March 23, 1994). Conductor: Carlos Kleiber; director: Otto Schenk with Felicity Lott (Feldmarschallin), Kurt Moll (Ochs), Anne Sofie von Otter (Octavian), Gottfried Hornik (Faninal), Barbara Bonney (Sophie). Sign up for free and view here.

+7 pm ET: Montreal Symphony Orchestra streams concert at the Philharmonie de Paris, March 19, 2019. Works by Debussy and Wagner. Conductor: Kent Nagano; Marie-Nicole Lemieux, mezzo-soprano. Available through April 15 at 8 pm. Click here.

+7:30 CET: Paris Opera Ballet. Tribute to Jerome Robbins. Evening-lenth tribute to the famed choreographer recorded during his 100th anniversary year, 2018. Available through April 19 here. 

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Dvorák’s Rusalka. Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, starring Renée Fleming and Piotr Beczala. Transmitted live on February 8, 2014. Go to www.metopera.org on the day.

Tuesday, April 14

Noon CET: Staatsoper unter den Linden. Beat Furrer’s Violetter Schnee. Conductor Matthias Pintscher; director Claus Guth with Elsa Dreisig, Anna Prohaska, Martina Gedeck, Gyula Orendt, Georg Nigl, Otto Katzameier, Staatskapelle Berlin. Available free for 24 hours.

+3 pm ET: Live with Carnegie Hall. Actor Tituss Burgess performs Broadway fare live, interviews Tony Award winning composer Jason Robert Brown, soprano Angel Blue, and other surprise guests. Burgess will be interviewed by Frank DiLella and take questions via social media from the viewing audience. Streamed on Carnegie Hall’s social media channels and then  archived on carnegiehall.org/live

7 pm CET:
OperaVision livestreams Verdi’s I Due Foscari from Teatro Regio Parma. Conductor: Paolo Arrivabeni; director: Leo Muscato, with Vladimir Stoyanov, Stefan Pop, Maria Katzarava, Giacomo Prestia, Francesco Marsiglia, Erica Wenmeng, Vasyl Solodkyy, Filarmonica Arturo Toscanni, Orchestra Giovanile della Via Emilia. View here.

5:30pm ET: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents An Evening of Beethoven. Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Cello, in B flat, Op. 11; Sonata for Violin and Piano in A, Op. 47, “Kreutzer”; Quintet for Two Violins, Two Violas and Cello in C, Op. 29. Beverly Sills, Host, with David Shifrin, clarinet, André Watts, piano, Leila Josefowicz, violin, Ani Kavafian, violin, Paul Neubauer, viola, Cynthia Phelps, viola, Gary Hoffman, cello. View here.

7 pm ET: The Greene Space streams The Well-Tempered Clavier’s Greatest Hits, the latest episode of Bach’s Well-Tempered Lens in which Jeremy Denk explores Bach’s life and his most iconic work. Denk is artist-in-residence at The Greene Space at WQXR. View here. LIVE

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. Conducted by Valery Gergiev, starring René Pape. Transmitted live on October 23, 2010. Go to www.metopera.org on the day.

7:30 ET: 92nd St Y presents Marc-André Hamelin who streams a characteristically elegant program from his home, with the timely inclusion of Liszt's Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude [God's blessing in solitude].The repertoire also includes C. P. E. Bach, Enescu, Fauré, Scriabin, and six selections from Debussy's Preludes, Book II. View here.

Artists and Organizations Offering Free Content

The following are all accessible during the coronavirus pandemic:

NEW: Academy of Ancient Music
The most listened-to period instrument ensemble, directed by Richard Egarr, is making weekly streams available on its website. Guest artists include Louise Alder, soprano, Nicola Benedetti, violin, Mary Bevan, soprano, David Blackadder, trumpet, Iestyn Davies, countertenor, Tim Mead, countertenor, Christopher Purvis, bass, and Tenebrae, directed by Nigel Short. Explore here.

Aix Festival
The Festival d’Aix-en-Provence is offering the opportunity to watch or re-watch full performances of Festival d’Aix-en-Provence operas online and for free. Offerings include: Puccini's Tosca, staged by Christophe Honoré (2019), Mozart's Requiem, staged by Romeo Castellucci (2019) **, Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos, staged by Katie Mitchell (2018), Stravinsky's The Rake’s Progress, staged by Simon McBurney (2017) **, Mozart's Don Giovanni, staged by Jean-François Sivadier (2017). Many of these are rightly acclaimed. To view, click here.

Alisa Weilerstein’s 36 days of Bach
Starting March 17, over thirty-six days, the cellist shares and discusses all thirty-six movements of the six Cello Suites by Bach. Each day she will present one movement on her Facebook page and invites viewers to share questions about Bach, the Cello Suites, and other musical topics. #36DaysOfBach

American Pianists Association
To keep the music alive while they prepare for the 2021 American Pianists Awards, APA are revisiting the last two classical competitions. For the two months, they will be uploading performances to their YouTube Channel from the 2013 and 2017 Awards competitions. Performances by Sean Chen and Claire Huangci are already posted, and new videos will be added daily until late May.

Apollos Fire: Music for the Soul
The Cleveland-based baroque orchestra founded by Artistic Director Jeannette Sorrell is offering a series of video streams entitled “Music for the Soul”. New episodes are posted here.

NEW: Australian Chamber Orchestra
The Australian Chamber Orchestra has unveiled ACO HomeCasts, an extensive and innovative digital content season. Curated by ACO Artistic Director Richard Tognetti, and with an emphasis on content that reflects the artistry, dynamism and sense of adventure for which the ACO is internationally renowned, ACO HomeCasts will encompass a considered mix of hi- and lo-fi content presented across a range of channels. All ACO musicians have been equipped with a mini in-home studio and training, enabling them to record, produce and broadcast content directly from their homes. This will include as-yet-unreleased full-length ACO concerts broadcast as Facebook Watch Parties hosted by an ACO musician, intimate solo performances filmed live from musicians’ homes, and ‘Ask-Me-Anything’ Instagram interviews. Audiences will also participate in the creation of content through being invited to request specific performances and submit questions to the ACO musicians directly. The ACO will announce the content schedule for each week every Monday morning here.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
BSO musicians are putting live-streamed concerts on its Facebook page while concerts are canceled due to the virus. On Sunday March 22, for example, pianist Lura Johnson performed a nearly 45-minute show from her home on social media, with songs from Brahms, Berg and Beethoven. Further shows will continue on Wednesday and Sunday nights “for the near future.”

Bayerischen Staatsoper
Individual performances – such as Bluebeard’s Castle with John Lundgren and Nina Stemme, and Il Trovatore with Anja Harteros and Jonas Kaufmann – are available as live stream or as video-on-demand for 14 days. Future streams (without cast details) include Die Frau ohne Schatten (April 11), and Boris Godunov (April 18). Visit here to view and for details.

Berlin Philharmonic
The BPO has made its Digital Concert Hall free of charge. Use the password BERLINPHIL. The Digital Concert Hall remains free of charge for 30 days from the time of activating. Available are over 600 orchestra concerts covering more than ten years, including 15 concerts with the orchestra’s new chief conductor Kirill Petrenko, interviews, backstage footage.

Beth Morrison Projects
The new opera powerhouse is offering an “Opera of the Week,” which will stream on BMP’s home page. Next up is Michael Gordon and Deborah Artman's Acquanetta in which the spirit of 1940s horror movies is turned inside out in a bravura, one-act deconstruction of the genre that explores how vision relates to identity. Directed by Daniel Fish.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
The Boston Symphony presents “BSO at Home,” which includes self-produced videos from BSO musicians and conductors featuring anecdotes, personal reflections and insights, and short informal performances to be released periodically through the BSO’s social media channels. There will also be six weeks of daily curated audio offerings available each weekday morning at 10 a.m. through www.bso.org/athome. For a complete list click here.

Budapest Festival Orchestra Quarantine Soirées
Hungarian conductor Ivan Fischer has created a new concert series in response to the worldwide musical shutdown. The Quarantine Soirées are LIVE and free to view online chamber music concerts given nightly at 7:45 pm. Visit here for details of upcoming concerts.

NEW: The Cleveland Orchestra
The Cleveland Orchestra is offering free on-demand access to its Centennial Celebration conducted by Music Director Franz Welser-Möst and featuring Lang Lang in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24. The concert also features Richard Strauss’s Die Frau Ohne Schatten Symphonic Fantasy and Ravel’s La Valse. It also offers daily Mindful Music Moments videos, and videos from musicians performing from home. For information and the view visit here.

Cliburn at Home
The Cliburn has three new online initiatives. “Cliburn Watch Party” relives some of the best moments of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition twice a week. “Cliburn Kids”—on Mondays and Thursdays at 11am—explores rhythm, storytelling, dance, and listening games in short (seven- to 10-minute), entertaining, and educational journeys. “Cliburn Amateur Spotlight,” on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 4 pm CDT, posts performance videos submitted by the 72 who were accepted as competitors for the 2020 Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition (rescheduled to 2022). Visit Facebook, YouTube, Instagram or Cliburn.org.

Daniel Hope
Violinist Daniel Hope has launched “Hope at Home,” a new television series for our socially distanced times. Professionally produced by Kobalt Productions for Europe’s ARTE television network, the series comprises 14 half-hour episodes of live musical performance by leading classical artists. Episodes are archived for 90 days on the ARTE Concert website and on Deutsche Grammophon’s YouTube channel.

David Korevaar’s Beethoven Sonatas
Pianist David Korevaar will perform, record and share 32 Beethoven Sonatas in 60 days to celebrate the composer's 250th birthday. Recorded for in his living room in Colorado with no edits and minimal equipment, Korevaar would like to invite you to dive into the wonder of the Beethoven sonatas during this time of uncertainty. Please be forgiving of the piano tuning as his local piano tuners were social distancing too! Daily instalments available here.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has made its webcast archive available for free on its website. The collection features 200+ works going back three years, and highlights include Leonard Slatkin conducting John Luther Adams’s climate change-inspired Become Ocean from 2019, several world premieres, and a host of bite-sized encores.

NEW: Deutsche Grammophon Yellow Lounge
The German classical music giant is streaming Yellow Lounge broadcasts from their archives. Recent additions include clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer, pianists Alice Sara Ott and Chihiro Yamanaka, and cellist Mischa Maisky. Performances are broadcast in an ongoing rotation, one video at a time, rotating in a new performance every few days. DG communicate the start of each new performance by newsletter at the start of each week. To keep updated sign up here.

NEW: Finnish National Opera
Finnish National Opera present Stage24, a series of streamed archived performances on their website, which are then available for the next six months. Interesting recent content includes a staged version of Sibelius’s Kullervo, Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Caspar Holten’s staging of Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer with Camilla Nylund and Christoff Loy’s Tosca. An excellent company and some really interesting and original work worth investigating ** View here.

La Monnaie
Belgium’s La Monnaie de Munt has launched free streaming of a virtual season of eight operas from the archives: Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tale of Tsar Saltan, Mark Grey’s Frankenstein, Verdi’s Aida and Macbeth, Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Ponchielli’s La Gioconda, Mozart’s Lucio Silla and Pascal Dusapin’s Macbeth Underworld. All operas are available online until April 19. Details and access here.

LA Opera
LA Opera is maintaining a weekly #LAOAtHome schedule including live Living Room Recitals and popular productions From the Vaults. Upcoming highlights include Carmen from 2017 and David T. Little’s Dog Days. Weekly details here.

La Scala/RAI
Italy’s RAI presents five productions from La Scala Milan available online including Daniel Barenboim conducting Götterdämmerung, Lisette Oropesa in Verdi’s I Masnadieri, Montedervi’s Orfeo conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini, Rossini’s La Gazza Ladra conducted by Riccardo Chailly and Les Vêpres Siciliennes conducted by Daniele Gatti. A wide range of concerts are also available. Click here to view and for further details.

Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center at Home enables families and communities to keep the arts front and center. From the archives of Lincoln Center’s resident organizations comes a trove of video, including rarely seen footage from decades of Live From Lincoln Center, more recent performances from across campus, and live streams from wherever performances are still happening. In addition, Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom broadcasts on Facebook Live every weekday at 10 am ET. Led by some of the world’s best artists and educators, each creative learning activity utilizes simple materials found at home to help families with children explore a variety of art forms. Each classroom will remain available on Facebook after the live broadcast. Finally, #ConcertsForKids teams up with top artists to bring world-class performances and diverse musical perspectives from their homes to yours. Check web calendar for latest digital offerings.

NEW: Metropolitan Opera Free Student Streams
A new program of streams for students and teachers worldwide draws from the Met’s online library of operas and curricular materials and incorporating new live virtual conversations with Met artists and educators from the company’s national education program. Each week, resource materials will be made available via the Met website starting on Mondays at 10 am ET, including extensive background information; activities to help students engage before, during, and after the performance stream; illustrated synopses; coloring pages; and audio clips. On Wednesdays at 5 pm ET, each week’s performance will be made available for streaming on the Met website, where it will remain for 48 hours. An hour before each performance stream, students from around the world will have the opportunity to interact directly with a singer or member of the creative team using the Zoom platform. Upcoming streams will include Massenet’s Cendrillon, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, and Bizet’s Carmen. For more information, go to metopera.org/freestudentstreams.

National Sawdust
National Sawdust has launched Live@NationalSawdust, a free digital platform offering concerts from the past five seasons and professional development programs from Renée Fleming, Meredith Monk and others, and including fundraising efforts for National Sawdust and the artists involved. Initial releases will focus on the very first concert in the venue from October 2015, including performances by Philip Glass, Foday Musa Suso, Tanya Tagaq, Chris Thile, Nico Muhly, Nadia Sirota, Jeffrey Zeigler, Eve Gigliotti, Paola Prestini, Nels Cline, Glenn Kotche, Theo Bleckmann, ACME and more. Future releases will draw from an extensive digital archive of more than 1,200 live performances, including highlights like Terry Riley’s Archangels featuring the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Du Yun’s Pan Asia Sounding Festival, and more.

New World Symphony
The New World Symphony presents a web-based series called NWS Archive+.  Michael Tilson Thomas moderates discussions with NWS Fellows, alumni, guest artists and visiting faculty about recorded performances from our archives. Performances will be available at www.NWS.edu. New World Symphony Fellows also play live, informal chamber music concerts from their homes in Miami Beach and broadcast via Facebook Live. In addition, the New World Symphony’s ground-breaking online archive contains master classes, tutorials and town halls. MUSAIC can be found at www.musaic.NWS.edu. Finally, for the past 10 years, the Fellows have performed one-hour concerts for local school children. These concerts and preparatory material will be available free of charge to students and parents. NWS Educational concerts can be found at www.musaic.NWS.edu.

Olyrix
French opera streaming site Olyrix is making its content free throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Not all content is watchable in the U.S., but there are many fascinating productions and concerts from top-notch opera companies, from Purcell’s The Indian Queen from Opéra de Lille to Korngold’s Violanta from Teatro Reggio Torino. A really well-curated collection. ** Explore here.

Opéra National de Paris
The Palais Garnier and Bastille Opera are making their digital stage, the 3e Scène, free and available to all! Founded in 2015, the platform is a pure place of artistic adventure and exploration, giving free reins to photographers, filmmakers, writers, illustrators, visual artists, composers and choreographers to create original works. Visit here. As previously announced, some of Opéra National de Paris’s productions are accessible for free on the Paris Opera Facebook Page. In addition, Octave, the Paris Opera’s online magazine, is posting articles, videos and interviews here.

Opera North
One of Britain’s most respected smaller opera companies, Opera North, is making its acclaimed semi-staged concerts of Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle online, in full, for free. “Beg, borrow, or be like Wotan and steal a ticket for this show,” said the UK’s Times newspaper of Das Rheingold. “You’d be lucky to hear as good at Bayreuth,” said The Telegraph of Die Walküre. Richard Farnes proves a seriously impressive Wagner conductor. Watch here.

OperaVision
OperaVision offers livestreams of operas available for free and online for six months. Previous offerings include Don Giovanni from Finnish National Opera and David McVicar’s superb Die Entführung aus dem Serail from Glyndebourne. ** View past content here.

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra are offering new ways to engage with the music and musicians of the Orchestra. Through WATCH, LISTEN, LEARN the Virtual Philadelphia Orchestra will fulfill its ongoing commitment to bring music, in video and audio forms, as well as interactive education and enrichment, to audiences. Content is available here.

NEW: Pierre Boulez Saal
The Pierre Boulez Saal is making an ongoing list of recordings available for a limited time. Highlights include Barenboim and the Boulez Ensemble playing Schubert, Berg, Widmann, and Boulez, lectures and concerts led by Jörg Widmann, and a Beethoven cycle with the West-Eastern Diwan Orchestra conducted by Barenboim. Explore here.

San Francisco Symphony
San Francisco Symphony are making all documentary and concert episodes of Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony’s groundbreaking Keeping Score project available for unlimited free streaming on the Symphony’s YouTube channel. Episodes will be released beginning in four batches, every Wednesday through April 8, 2020. Michael Tilson Thomas explores the motivations and influences behind major classical works by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Copland, Stravinsky, Berlioz, Ives, Shostakovich, and Mahler. Each episode is accompanied by a one-hour concert program by the San Francisco Symphony. Unmissable. **

Seattle Symphony
Seattle Symphony is rebroadcasting concerts on Thursday and Saturday evenings. In addition, Morning Notes on YouTube or Facebook features individual musicians from the orchestra soloing on their instruments.

Teatro Regio di Torino
The Teatro Regio di Torino
aim to post streamed operas daily at 6 pm CET. The company will showcase dress rehearsals from the current and past seasons, which will be available act by act on their YouTube channel.

NEW: Trinity Wall Street
New York’s Trinity Church Wall Street introduces daily weekday “Comfort at One” (1 pm ET) streaming performances on Facebook with full videos posted here. Tune in for encore performances of favorite Trinity concerts, professionally filmed in HD, along with current at-home performances from Trinity’s extended artistic family. “During trying times, music stills our souls and provides a healing grace,” writes Trinity. “We hope these performances help you find a daily haven of peace and comfort.”

Voices of Ascension
New York choir Voices of Ascension who celebrate their 30th Anniversary next season are posting a daily offering of choral beauty to their website. Music is chosen by staff, members of their chorus and orchestra, and listeners. View here.

Warsaw Philharmonic
The Warsaw Philharmonic has made a selection or video recordings available on its YouTube channel. Recent offerings include Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony and Arvo Pärt’s Swansong conducted by Artistic Director Andrzej Boreyko as well as interesting rarities by Polish composers like Grazyna Bacewicz. It’s an excellent orchestra very much in the Eastern European tradition and concerts have been master edited for posting online.

Other Paid Digital Arts Services

Medici TV
Stream thousands of classical music videos available by subscription, as well as hundreds of events that are broadcast live for free each year, available for 90 days. Subscriptions cost $83.85 per year or $12.99 per month. www.medici.tv

Archived Recent Performances

The following broadcast events have occurred since the start of the COVID-19 crisis and are still available for viewing:

March 12
The Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin performed BeethovenNOW: Symphonies 5 & 6 as well as Iman Habibi’s Jeder Baum Spricht to an empty Verizon Hall for live broadcast. An outstanding concert captured in excellent visuals and sound. www.philorch.org/live

March 12 & 13
An ad hoc ongoing series. Igor Levit performed Beethoven’s Waldstein Sonata (March 12) and Frederic Rzewski’s bravura hour-long The People United Will Never Be Defeated! (March 13) from his home in Berlin. Fascinating, if challenging sound. Check out his Twitter feed @igorpianist

March 14
Canadian pianist Garrick Ohlsson played an impressive selection of works by Beethoven, Prokofiev (the Sixth Sonata), and Chopin to an empty house at New York’s 92nd Street Y. www.92y.org/archives/garrick-ohlsson-piano

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, in their final concert before the shut down, presented Dohnányi's Serenade, Bartók's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, and Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence. Available here.

March 16
In front of an empty auditorium (very visible thanks to excellent camerawork) Melbourne Symphony Orchestra was conducted by Forth Worth Symphony Music Director Miguel Harth Bedoya in dynamic performances of Bloch's Schelomo with soloist Timo-Veikko Valve, and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. Available here.

NEW: March 22
Dorn Music presented the Kuss Quartett playing Beethoven’s String Quartet in F, Op.18 No. 1, String Quartet in F, Op. 135 and String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132 Movement No. 3 Heiliger Dankgesang eines Genesenen an die Gottheit, in der lydischen Tonart for the benefit of freelance musicians in Lower Saxony and across the world. The Live Broadcast from Hannover is available here. Donate here.

March 27
92nd St. Y
presents Jonathan Biss playing Beethoven’s last three piano sonatas. Written, as Beethoven said, “in a single breath,” these pieces represent the apotheosis of his piano writing, showing his mastery of the variation form (in Op. 109), his expertise in the forms of the musical past (the fugue, in Op. 110), and an ability to be cutting-edge (considering Op. 111 as a whole, but especially the famous ‘boogie woogie’ moments in the second movement). Available here.

Live From Lincoln Center presents “Simple Gifts: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Shaker Village” The recording captures a historic moment in American history: the first performance of Aaron Copland's landmark ballet score Appalachian Spring in the heart of an authentic Shaker village, Kentucky's historic Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. View here.

March 28
Deutsche Grammophon streams World Piano Day Concert. Performances from Evgeny Kissin, Víkingur Ólafsson, Maria João Pires, Daniil Trifonov, Jan Lisiecki, Joep Beving, Simon Ghraichy, Kit Armstrong, and Rudolf Buchbinder. Other artists are expected to join the line-up as part of the legendary Yellow Label’s celebration of music’s power to bring people together. Viewers will be able to watch via YouTube and Facebook using the hashtags #StayAtHome and #WorldPianoDay. The one-off program will be available online for a limited period after.

March 31
92nd St. Y presents composer/pianist Conrad Tao performing Frederic Rzewski's epic The People United Will Never Be Defeated – 36 variations on a Chilean protest song and anthem of unity. Streaming live from his apartment.

NEW: April 5

Violinist Isabelle Faust live-streamed a solo Bach recital on from Leipzig’s Thomaskirche, the church where JS Bach was Kapellmeister from 1723 until 1750. The concert is on Arte.tv and free to view until July 4. Highly recommended **

April 10

Handel’s Messiah with The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square and soloists Amanda Woodbury, Tamara Mumford, Tyler Nelson, and Tyler Simpson. Recorded in 2018 but archived for a rainy day such as this. Perfect for listeners who are bound at home due to current conditions. Available here.

 

**indicates recommended

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