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July 19, 2021 | By Clive Paget, Musical America

We will be updating this list weekly. Please note that all times are given in U.S. Eastern Time (ET). To calculate in other time zones or counties, British Summer Time (BST) is currently five hours ahead of ET and Central European Time (CET) is currently six hours ahead. U.S. Central Daylight Time (CDT) is one hour behind ET. Mountain Time (MT) is two hours behind while Pacific Time (PT) is three hours behind. Contact cpaget@musicalamerica.com.

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Monday, July 19

5 am ET: Verbier Festival presents Mao Fujita performs Mozart I. Verbier Festival Academy alumnus Mao Fujita makes his solo debut on the stage of the Verbier Festival in the first of five concerts performing the complete Mozart Piano Sonatas. View here. LIVE

** 7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. Starring Renée Fleming, Cecilia Bartoli, Susanne Mentzer, Dwayne Croft, and Bryn Terfel, conducted by James Levine. Production by Jonathan Miller. From November 11, 1998. View here and for 24 hours.

7:30 pm ET: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents Calidore String Quartet. Recorded this spring at the Frederick R. Koch Foundation Townhouse, this newly curated full-length HD concert features the Calidore String Quartet performing Beethoven’s String Quartet in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4 and String Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2, Razumovsky. View here for one year.

7:30 pm ET: Bowdoin International Music Festival presents Jupiter & Ying String Quartets. From the Studzinski Recital Hall in Brunswick, Maine, the Jupiter String Quartet joins forces with two members of the Ying Quartet. They will perform Zemlinsky’s String Quintet in D Minor with violist Phillip Ying and Schubert’s String Quintet in C, Op. 163, D. 956 with cellist David Ying. View here. LIVE

7:30 pm ET: Pittsburg Symphony presents Pinchas Zukerman: Bow & Baton. The violinist, violist, and conductor both leads and performs with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in a program of concerti by Bach and Telemann on the violin and the viola. Zukerman steps up to the podium to lead the orchestra in Bruckner “Adagio” from the Quintet in F for String Orchestra and Elgar’s Serenade in E minor for String Orchestra, Op. 20. Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida, Principal Oboe, is featured in Britten’s Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, Op. 49. Tickets $15. View here until August 1.

Tuesday, July 20

5 am ET: Verbier Festival presents Behzod Abduraimov performs Scarlatti, Schumann & Rachmaninov. Live from the high-altitude Église de Verbier, Uzbek pianist Behzod Abduraimov performs a program that begins in the Baroque with two sonatas from Domenico Scarlatti and continues with Schumann’s Kreisleriana. The concert ends with Rachmaninov’s Variations on a Theme by Corelli. View here. LIVE

10 am ET: Verbier Festival presents Mao Fujita performs Mozart II. Verbier Festival Academy alumnus Mao Fujita makes his solo debut on the stage of the Verbier Festival in the second of five concerts performing the complete Mozart Piano Sonatas. View here. LIVE

1 pm ET: Verbier Festival presents  Bayankina, Álvarez & Maestri perform Opera Arias. In place of the programmed performance of Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West, its stars, Maria Bayankina, Ambrogio Maestri and Marcelo Álvarez, present a concert of greatest arias accompanied by pianist James Baillieu. View here. LIVE

1:30 pm ET: IDAGIO Global Concert Hall presents The Rite of Spring. The Rite of Spring is considered one of the most influential works of the 20th century. This performance by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gemma New will be accompanied by an immersive visual design by leading New Zealand creatives, Nocturnal. Tickets from $8. View here until December 31.

** 2 pm ET: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic presents Vasily Petrenko: Final Concert. In 2006, Vasily Petrenko arrived in Liverpool for his first concert as Principal Conductor with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. 15 years later, Vasily Petrenko, one of the longest-serving conductors in the history of Liverpool Philharmonic, will end his tenure as Chief Conductor with this special concert at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Program: Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with soloist Simon Trpceski, Schreker’s Der Geburtstag der Infantin, Walton’s Façade Suite No. 1. The concert will be preceded by a live pre-concert talk on Zoom and a post-concert Zoom Q&A with musicians and conductor in a sort of post-match analysis. Tickets £10 and view here for 30 days. LIVE

** 3:30 pm ET: Ravenna Festival presents Inferno 2021. Hordes of bat-like demons wielding sharp pitchforks; legions of Heaven’s pure souls floating in the sky; Paolo and Francesca gliding down from on high and then suspended in mid-air; Bertrand de Born holding up his severed head, and a gigantic soul-devouring Lucifer. In 1911, two pioneering directors adapted Dante and Virgil’s journey into the first full-length feature film in the history of Italian cinema. America’s Edison Studio have now put their expertise and live electronics technology at the service of a “perfect” soundtrack for the most visionary of Italian silent films. View here.

3:30 pm ET: Festival d’Aix-en-Provence presents Mediterranean Youth Orchestra. Emulation, meeting and innovation are the keywords for the closing performance of the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra’s Medinea session, which includes a dozen young improvising musicians from the four corners of the Mediterranean Basin, performing around the emblematic Belgian saxophonist Fabrizio Cassol. View here until November 1.

** 7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana & Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. Starring Tatiana Troyanos, Jean Kraft, Plácido Domingo, and Vern Shinall; Teresa Stratas, Plácido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, and Allan Monk, conducted by James Levine. Production by Franco Zeffirelli. From April 5, 1978. View here and for 24 hours.

Teresa Stratas as Nedda in the Met Opera's 1978 staging of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci 

10 pm ET: Seattle Chamber Music Festival presents Bach, Beethoven & Respighi. Bach’s English Suite No. 2 in A minor, BWV 807 is performed by Alessio Bax, Beethoven’s String Trio in G, Op. 9 No. 1 is played by Amy Schwartz Moretti, James Ehnes, and Edward Arron, and Respighi’s Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor is performed by Alessio Bax, Amy Schwartz Moretti, Arnaud Sussmann, James Ehnes, and Edward Arron. Tickets $25. View here and on demand.

10:30 pm ET: Chamber Music Northwest presents Premiering a Song by Mahler. Marc Neikrug, a celebrated concert singer struggles with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Adjusting to this reality and its progression, she and her husband (also her accompanist) connect on this emotional journey through music. Starring Jennifer Johnson Cano and Kelly Markgraf, featuring David Shifrin with the FLUX Quartet, and directed by Doug Fitch. Co-commissioned by CMNW with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, La Jolla, Lake Champlain, and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festivals. View here until August 31.

Wednesday, July 21

9 am ET: Verbier Festival presents Gaffigan conducts Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev & Rachmaninov. Behzod Abduraimov is the soloist with James Gaffigan conducting a program of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy Overture, Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43, and excerpts from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. View here. LIVE

12 pm ET: Verbier Festival presents  Pappano conducts Bruch & Brahms. Janine Jansen appears on the stage of the Salle des Combins for a concert in the company of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Sir Antonio Pappano. On the program, Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor and Brahms’s Serenade No. 1 in D. View here. LIVE

** 7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles. Starring Diana Damrau, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien, and Nicolas Testé, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. Production by Penny Woolcock. From January 16, 2016. View here and for 24 hours.

7:30 pm ET: Bowdoin International Music Festival presents Debussy, Liszt & Gershwin. From the Studzinski Recital Hall in Brunswick, Maine, violinist Sergiu Schwartz and pianist Tao Lin play Debussy’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Minor, L. 140 and pianists Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee perform Liszt’s Les Préludes and Gershwin (Arr. Grainger) Fantasy on Themes from Porgy and Bess. View here. LIVE

9 pm ET: Valley of the Moon Music Festival presents Love Letter: Josephine Lang Songs. Award-winning duo, tenor Kyle Stegall and Music Director Eric Zivian, plumb the depths of little-known German composer Josephine Lang in a brief selection of her songs on texts of love and longing. A friend of Clara Schumann and the Mendelssohns, Lang’s songs embody the emerging Romanticism in the mid-19th century. Tickets $5. Register and view here.

Thursday, July 22

12 pm ET: Verbier Festival presents Pletnev performs Beethoven. Mikhail Pletnev performs Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2 No. 1 and Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111. View here. LIVE

12 pm: The Barbican present Guildhall Chamber Music Festival. Highlights from three days of performances from some of Guildhall School’s most accomplished chamber groups and student–professor collaborations, featuring renowned performers from the chamber music faculty. The festival will include a performance by the Consone Quartet—BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists and Guildhall School’s current Chamber Music Fellows—plus masterclasses with members of the Endellion String Quartet. View here for one week.

2:15 pm ET: Verbier Festival presents Pletnev, Maisky & Jansen play Tchaikovsky. Three of the classical music’s most respected artists: violinist Janine Jansen, cellist Mischa Maisky, and pianist Mikhail Pletnev combine their talents to perform Tchaikovsky's Piano Trio in A Minor, In memory of a great artist. View here. LIVE

7 pm ET: Cleveland International Piano Competition presents Second Round Session 3. Contestants perform their Second Round solo recitals of 30 minutes from around the world. View here.

7 pm ET: United Arts Studies presents Episode 2: Gustav Klimt & Mozart. A lighthearted video series coupling opera arias with masterpieces from the world of art. Founded by opera couple, soprano Elizaveta Ulakhovich and baritone Perry Sook, the series created during the pandemic follows the story of two young opera singers who, finding themselves with free time, decide to enroll in an online art history course. This episode features Viennese painter Gustav Klimt and Mozart’s arias “Madamina, il catalogo è questo” from Don Giovanni and “Come Scoglio” from Così fan tutte. View here and on demand.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Starring Erin Morley, Hibla Gerzmava, Kate Lindsey, Christine Rice, Vittorio Grigolo, and Thomas Hampson, conducted by Yves Abel. Production by Bartlett Sher. From January 31, 2015. View here and for 24 hours.

** 8 pm ET: The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Modern Day Carmen Fantasy. Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite is danced by Philadelphia-based dance company Brian Sanders’ JUNK. Known for its physically intense performance experiences, JUNK’s innovative style will transform Shchedrin’s music into an immersive, modern Carmen. Please note: This performance includes adult themes. View here and on demand until July 29. LIVE

9:30 pm ET: Colorado Music Festival presents Beethoven & Hannah Lash World Premiere. The Colorado Music Festival Orchestra is conducted by Peter Oundjian with Ji Su Jung (marimba) perform a program that includes Hannah Lash’s Forestallings (World premiere commission), Kevin Puts’s Concerto for Marimba, and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 14, Op. 131 (orch. Peter Oundjian). Tickets $15. View here for 30 days.

9 pm ET: Valley of the Moon Music Festival presents Collaboration: Harry Burleigh, Dvorák & Others. In a recital from Boston, baritone, Dashon Burton celebrates one of America’s great early 20th-century composers, Harry Burleigh, and his influence on a visiting colleague, Antonín Dvorák. Burleigh, himself a baritone, composed art songs, and was responsible for bringing the spiritual into the classical song recital. In the 1890’s he made the acquaintance of Dvorák who, struck by the power of the spirituals he learned from Burleigh, used some of the melodies in his own music. This concert features the music of Burleigh, Dvorák, Janácek and other influential composers of the period. Tickets $5. Register and view here.

10 pm ET: Seattle Chamber Music Festival presents Wolf, Franck & Schumann. Wolf’s Italian Serenade for String Quartet in G is performed by Tessa Lark, Augustin Hadelich, Jonathan Vinocour, and Ani Aznavoorian, Franck’s Violin Sonata in A is played by Augustin Hadelich and Alessio Bax, and Schumann’s String Quartet in A minor, Op. 41 No. 1 is performed by Arnaud Sussmann, Tessa Lark, Jonathan Vinocour, and Ani Aznavoorian. Tickets $25. View here and on demand.

10:30 pm ET: Chamber Music Northwest presents Sounds of Brilliance & Unity. Artistic Director Emeritus, clarinetist David Shifrin opens this concert with Weber’s Clarinet Quintet. CMNW and Oregon musicians perform Jeff Scott’s rag Startin’ Sumthin’, Valerie Coleman’s uplifting Umoja (Unity), and Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite to complete the program. View here until August 31.

Friday, July 23

10 am ET: Verbier Festival presents Mao Fujita performs Mozart III. Verbier Festival Academy alumnus Mao Fujita makes his solo debut on the stage of the Verbier Festival in the second of five concerts performing the complete Mozart Piano Sonatas. View here. LIVE

** 12 pm ET: Carnegie Hall Selects presents Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. Since its opening week in 1891, Carnegie Hall has presented concert performances of operas, including the U.S. premiere of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin on February 1, 1908. The opera features expressive music that lifts the story of a callous young man who spurns true love and lives to regret it. Filmed at the 2007 Salzburg Festival, Daniel Barenboim conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with a cast led by Peter Mattei and Anna Samuil. View here until July 30.

** 1 pm ET: OperaVision presents The Rite of Spring. Haitian choreographer Jeanguy Saintus reimagines The Rite of Spring in Opera North’s first ever collaboration with the contemporary dance ensemble Phoenix Dance Theatre. Set to Stravinsky’s ground-breaking score, Saintus’s fresh interpretation subverts the original narrative’s notion of female sacrifice and approaches the work through his own roots, creating a shared voodoo experience with the dancers. Recorded on February 16, 2019 at Leeds Grand Theatre. View here for six months.

2 pm ET: Royal Opera House presents Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance. Isabelle Kettle direct operatic excerpts. Andrés Presno performs the title role in Verdi’s Don Carlos, Michael Papadopoulos conducts mezzo-soprano Stephanie Wake-Edwards and tenor Filipe Manu in a duet from Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia. Alexandra Lowe and Egor Zhuravskii become the lovers in the balcony scene from Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, and the performance culminates with Act I scene ii of Verdi's Falstaff featuring all current Jette Parker Young Artists and Former Jette Parker Young Artist Gyula Nagy. Sir Mark Elder and Richard Hetherington conduct the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Tickets $12. View here until August 22.

** 7 pm ET: Music@Menlo presents Concert Program IV. This summer’s second set of programs “Modern Romance,” begins with one of Beethoven’s Opus 1 Piano Trios. The concert concludes with Mendelssohn’s String Quintet No. 2, composed at the height of his career. Artists include Matthew Lipman, David Finckel, Kristin Lee, Dmitri Atapine, James Thompson, Ji Na Kim, Paul Neubauer, and Wu Han. Tickets $25. View here.

7 pm ET: Bryant Park Picnic Performances presents The Knights. The musicians of The Knights present a concert that showcases music by Jessie Montgomery, Anna Clyne, and Christina Courtin alongside Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. View here. LIVE

7 pm ET: Cleveland International Piano Competition presents Second Round Session 4. Contestants perform their Second Round solo recitals of 30 minutes from around the world. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment. Starring Natalie Dessay, Felicity Palmer, Juan Diego Flórez, and Alessandro Corbelli, conducted by Marco Armiliato. Production by Laurent Pelly. From April 26, 2008. View here and for 24 hours.

7:30 pm ET: Charlotte Symphony presents Charlotte Symphony al Fresco. CSO Principal Cellist Alan Black hosts a concert in his backyard and engages the musicians in conversation about the music and their lives. Violinists Oliver Kot and Carlos Tarazona, violist Ning Zhao, and cellist Alan Black perform Dvorák’s Three Cypresses for string quartet followed by the composer’s Bagatelles Op. 47 performed by Joseph Meyer and Jenny Topilow violins, Alan Black cello, and Bill Congdon harmonium. View here and on demand.

7:30 pm ET: Bowdoin International Music Festival presents Enescu & Dvorák. From the Studzinski Recital Hall in Brunswick, Maine, Enescu’s Sonata No. 3 in A Minor for Violin and Piano, Op. 25 is performed by Ian Swensen and Pei-Shan Lee, and Dvorák’s Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat, Op. 87 is played by Aaron Berofsky violin, Kathryn Votapek viola, Edward Arron cello, and Ran Dank piano. View here. LIVE

8 pm ET: Our Concerts Live presents Moonlight. From the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Irish pianist Michael McHale performs two of Beethoven’s most evocative and dramatic piano sonatas, Moonlight and Appassionata, alongside two specially commissioned Irish contemporary preludes: Raindrop Prelude by Áine Mallon and the world premiere performance of Solas na Gealaí by Linda Buckley. Tickets $12. View here until July 25.

8 pm ET: Bravo! Vail Music Festival presents New York Philharmonic. Jaap van Zweden conducts the New York Philharmonic with cellist Carter Brey in Simon’s Fate Now Conquers, Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C, and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70. Tickets $15. View here. LIVE

Saturday, July 24

** 12 pm ET: Bayerische Staatsoper presents Mozart’s Idomeneo. Constantinos Carydis conducts Antú Romero Nunes’s new production of Mozart’s opera with Matthew Polenzani as Idomeneo, Emily D'Angelo as Idamante, Olga Kulchynska as Ilia, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller as Elettra, and Martin Mitterrutzner as Arbace. View here and on demand.

12 pm ET: Verbier Festival presents Takács-Nagy with Hadelich and Bouchkov. Violinists Augustin Hadelich and Marc Bouchkov join conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy in a concert of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 64 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92, followed by a second concert of Ysaÿe’s Violin Concerto in E minor, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92. View here. LIVE

** 1 pm ET: San Francisco Opera presents Strauss’s Elektra. SFO’s 2017 presentation of Richard Strauss’s, one-act 1909 opera stars soprano Christine Goerke. She is joined by mezzo-soprano Michaela Martens as her mother, Klytemnestra; soprano Adrianne Pieczonka as Elektra’s sister Chrysothemis; bass-baritone Alfred Walker as her brother, Orest, and tenor Robert Brubaker as Klytemnestra’s lover, Aegisth. Set partly in a modern museum exhibiting Greek antiquities, the production is staged by Anja Kühnhold (based on the work of its original director Keith Warner). View here until midnight the following day.

2 pm ET: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra presents Magic of Mozart. An evening celebrating the genius music-making of Mozart. Central to the concert is his Clarinet Concerto, performed by BSO Principal Barry Deacon, framed by the overture to The Marriage of Figaro and his final symphony, the Jupiter, which was a springboard from the Classical era into the Romantic. Tickets £9. View here for 30 days.

** 2 pm ET: VOCES8 Live from London presents The King’s Singers & VOCES8: A New Day. An optimistic look at the passing of time, focusing on the opportunities that emerge with each new dawn. With music spanning Renaissance Italy and England, through 19th-century France and reaching the present day, including works by Striggio, Saint-Saëns, Harold Arlen, and Jacob Collier, A New Day includes classic arrangements of The Beatles and The Beach Boys. The concert also offers viewers the opportunity to hear The King’s Singers and VOCES8 performing together, including Bob Chilcott’s High Flight, written for The King’s Singers’ 40th anniversary. Tickets $15. View here until August 31.

2 pm ET: Cleveland International Piano Competition presents Second Round Session 5. Contestants perform their Second Round solo recitals of 30 minutes from around the world. View here.

** 3 pm ET: Live at Carnegie Hall presents National Youth Ensembles. The young musicians of Carnegie Hall’s national youth ensembles—the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), NYO2, and NYO Jazz—represent the future of the country’s orchestral and jazz traditions. After being unable to gather in the summer of 2020, these three ensembles convene this July at Purchase College outside New York City. Their three weeks of training and music making culminate in this streamed event. Program: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, Pathétique, Price’s Ethiopia’s Shadow in America, and Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis after Themes by Carl Maria von Weber. View here. LIVE

3 pm ET: American Opera Project presents Spring Street. Take a stroll down Spring Street, Manhattan in a wildly eclectic opera film with musical styles from Baroque to 80’s disco. Three characters live in the same apartment block: a reluctant and resentful performer; a longtime resident, both wise and sad; a young and optimistic woman, excited about the city and its possibilities. With music by Pete M. Wyer from poems by Steve Dalachinsky and Yuko Otomo. View here.

3:30 pm ET: Ravenna Festival presents Dante & Music. Micrologus Ensemble revives the sounds of the Middle Ages, combining a rigorous study of the ancient manuscripts with a meticulous attention to folk music and iconographic sources. The sacred songs collected in the Laudario di Cortona combine with the dance music and love poems of such troubadours as Arnault Daniel, whom Dante met in Purgatory, or Bernart de Ventadorn and Marcabru. View here.

7 pm ET: Music@Menlo presents Concert Program V. Performances of Brahms’s Liebeslieder Waltzes for Piano, Four Hands, Op. 52a and Dvorák’s String Sextet in A, Op. 48, B. 80. Artists include Paul Neubauer, Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, Gilbert Kalish, Ji Na Kim, Arnaud Sussmann, Angela Wee, Dmitri Atapine, and David Finckel. Tickets $25. View here.

7 pm ET: Aston Magna Music Festival presents Celebrating Beethoven’s 251st Birthday. Daniel Stepner and Julie Leven violins, Jason Fisher viola, and Jacques Lee Wood cello, present Beethoven’s Duo, his C Minor String Trio, and his monumental late Quartet in B Flat, Op. 130. including the Grosse Fuge. View here and on demand.

7:30 pm ET: Nightly Met Opera Streams presents Verdi’s Il Trovatore. Starring Anna Netrebko, Dolora Zajick, Yonghoon Lee, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, conducted by Marco Armiliato. Production by David McVicar. From October 3, 2015. View here and for 24 hours.

8 pm ET: Our Concerts Live presents Divertimento. From the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, violinist Rosanne Philippens and pianist Julien Quentin perform Bach’s Violin Sonata in B minor BWV 1014, Stravinsky’s Divertimento, and Bach’s Violin Sonata in E BWV 1016. Tickets $12. View here until July 26.

8 pm ET: Valley of the Moon Music Festival presents Friendship: Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn & Louise Farrenc. The Salonnieres: Women of Power and Influence, brings back some the leading women composer/performers of the Romantic era. Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel were close to their husband and brother, respectively. French composer Louise Farrenc enjoyed a concert career as a pianist, and together with her husband Aristide Farrenc, started one of France’s most successful publishing houses. With Rachell Ellen Wong violin, Tanya Tomkins cello, and Eric Zivian piano. Tickets $5. Register and view here.

** 10 pm ET: Seattle Chamber Music Festival presents Walker & Rachmaninov. George Walker’s String Quartet No. 1 is performed by Augustin Hadelich, James Ehnes, Yura Lee, and Raphael Bell followed by Rachmaninov’s Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 9 Elegiac played by Benjamin Beilman, Bion Tsang, Alessio Bax. Tickets $25. View here and on demand.

10:30 pm ET: Chamber Music Northwest presents Premiering Vesper Flight & Les Adieux. An ensemble of musicians performs Kenji Bunch’s Vesper Flight (for flutist Tara Helen O’Connor), and the premiere of David Ludwig’s Les Adieux concerto, commissioned by CMNW to honor Artistic Director Emeritus, David Shifrin. The concert and week concludes with Mozart’s Viola Quintet in C. View here until August 31.

Sunday, July 25

5 am ET: Verbier Festival presents Janine Jansen & Denis Kozhukhin. Violinist Janine Jansen and pianist Denis Kozhukhin perform Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 7 in C Minor, Op. 30 No. 2, Clara Schumann’s Three Romances for Violin and Piano, Op. 22, and Brahms’s Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108. View here. LIVE

2 pm ET: Cleveland International Piano Competition presents Second Round Session 6. Contestants perform their Second Round solo recitals of 30 minutes from around the world. View here.

** 3 pm ET: DG Stage presents John Williams’s Violin Concerto No. 2 at Tanglewood. the world premiere of John Williams’s Violin Concerto No. 2 from the Tanglewood Festival. Williams himself conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the soloist is the work’s dedicatee, Anne-Sophie Mutter. The concert opens with Jessie Montgomery’s Starburst for string orchestra conducted by the BSO’s Music Director Andris Nelsons. He returns to the stage after the Violin Concerto for Copland’s Quiet City and the program ends with the suite Stravinsky put together in 1919 from his ballet The Firebird. Tickets EUR 9.90. View here until July 27. LIVE

3:30 pm ET: Ravenna Festival presents Dante & the Folk Singers. Ambrogio Sparagna (portative organ and vocals) and a multifaceted ensemble orchestrate the narrative of Dante’s Commedia, from the episode of Paolo and Francesca to the stories of Ulysses and Count Ugolino, punctuated by music “in the old way”. View here.

** 6:30 pm ET: Fisher Center at Bard presents Chausson’s Le Roi Arthus. Idealism, treachery, honor, and perfidy collide in this lyrical opera by French composer Ernest Chausson. Performed by a cast helmed by baritone Norman Garrett and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, this production of King Arthur takes us to a world where long-standing codes of honor and loyalty no longer hold sway. This new SummerScape production is conducted by festival founder and artistic director Leon Botstein and directed by Louisa Proske. Tickets $10. View here and on demand as well as at 2 pm ET on July 28.

7 pm ET: Music@Menlo presents Concert Program VI. Brahms composed his Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60 in the throes of romantic despair. A similar pathos permeates Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet, completed in 1940 and critically hailed as “a portrait of our age.” With Kristin Lee, Yeri Roh, James Thompson, Audrey Chen, Sterling Elliott, Hyeyeon Park, Wynona (Yinuo) Wang, Matthew Lipman, and Paul Neubauer. Tickets $25. View here.

7:30 pm ET: Met Opera Streams presents Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera. Starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Kathleen Kim, Stephanie Blythe, Marcelo Álvarez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, conducted by Fabio Luisi. Production by David Alden. From December 8, 2012. View here and for 24 hours.

8 pm ET: Our Concerts Live presents Citizens of Everywhere III. From the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, violinist Siobhán Doyle and pianist Alexei Grynyuk round off the 2021 Festival with Brahms’s Violin Sonata in G Op. 78, Britten’s Suite for violin and piano Op. 6, Schumann’s Violin Sonata No. 1 in A minor Op. 105, and Lili Boulanger’s Deux Morceaux. Tickets $12. View here until July 27.

Monday, July 26

5 am ET: Verbier Festival presents Janine Jansen & Denis Kozhukhin. Violinist Daniel Lozakovich and pianist Behzod Abduraimov perform Schubert’s Sonatina in D, Op. 137 No. 1, D. 384 and Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, Kreutzer Sonata. View here. LIVE

** 10 am ET: DG Stage presents Bayreuth Festival: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. The high-point of the 2017 Bayreuth Festival, Barrie Kosky’s entertaining production of Wagner’s comedy is headed by Michael Volle’s eloquent Hans Sachs. Philippe Jordan conducts a cast that includes Günther Groissböck, Johannes Martin Kränzle, Klaus Florian Vogt, Daniel Behle, and Anne Schwanewilms. Commentary by Philippe Jordan, Barrie Kosky, and Michael Volle will precede the stream. Register and view here for two days.

1 pm ET: Music from Copland House presents Underscored: Piano Trio No. 1 by Pierre Jalbert. Jalbert’s Piano Trio No. 1 balances the visceral and the spiritual, and references life and redemption in its two movements: “Life Cycle” is propulsive, wide-ranging, and often primal, while “Agnus Dei” (from that portion of the Latin Mass about the cleansing of life’s sins) is meditative and chant-like. In addition to MCH’s complete performance of the piece, this free, hour-long program includes an introductory conversation with the composer. Register and view here, or here for a repeat performance at 7 pm ET.

4 pm ET: Bowdoin International Music Festival presents Miró Quartet. From the Studzinski Recital Hall in Brunswick, Maine, the Miró Quartet performs George Walker’s Lyric for Strings, Kevin Puts’s Home, and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, Op. 130 with Grosse Fuge, Op. 133. View here. LIVE

** 7:30 pm ET: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents Farrenc, Fauré, Debussy, Boulanger & Ravel. Recorded this spring at the Frederick R. Koch Foundation Townhouse, this newly curated full-length HD concert features pianists Gilles Vonsattel and Wu Han performing Farrenc’s Air russe varié for Piano, Fauré’s Dolly Suite for Piano, Four Hands, Op. 56, Debussy’s Petite Suite for Piano, Four Hands, Lili Boulanger’s Trois Morceaux for Piano, and Ravel’s La Valse for Piano, Four Hands. View here for one year.

 

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The following are all accessible during the coronavirus pandemic:

Academy of Ancient Music
The most listened-to period instrument ensemble, directed by Richard Egarr, has made streams available on its YouTube channel. 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.

Alternative Classical
Humans of Classical Music is a video series in which musicians, actors, comedians, and podcasters from around the world recommend their favorite piece of classical music in one minute. A new video will go live every Thursday during 2021, starting on February 4, accompanied with a link on Spotify. Each video is free of musical jargon and is suitable for anyone interested in exploring the world of classical music. The list includes countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Kieran Hodgson, and composers Anna Clyne, Gabriel Prokofiev, and Missy Mazzoli. Explore here.

American Opera Project
First Glimpse is a video album created during the first year of AOP’s 2019-21 fellowship program, Composers & the Voice. The composers are Alaina Ferris, Matt Frey, Michael Lanci, Mary Prescott, Jessica Rudman and Tony Solitro, with librettists Amanda Hollander and Jonathan Douglass Turner. Videos will be free for one week following their release, after which they will be available to rent or purchase, individually or as a full set through AOP's Website. Explore here.

Bergen Philharmonic
Bergen’s outstanding orchestra enjoys national status in Norway with a history dating back to 1765. Its free streaming service was established as part of 250-year anniversary in 2015 and offers a fine selection of works from its concert series in Grieghallen, Bergen. Conductors include Edward Gardner, James Gaffigan, Thierry Fischer, David Zinman, Neeme Järvi, Jukka Pekka Saraste, Nathalie Stutzmann, and Christian Zacharias with soloists including Leif Ove Andsnes, Lise Davidsen, Truls Mørk, Mari Eriksmoen, and Freddy Kempf. Well worth exploring here.

Cliburn Kids
Cliburn Kids is a growing collection of entertaining 7- to 10-minute videos designed to introduce children to the fun of classical music. How does music paint pictures, tell stories, express feelings? Programs are geared towards elementary-aged children, and activities are provided for each episode that are perfect for in-classroom or at-home studies. Explore here.

Concertgebouworkest
The Concertgebouworkest has made its ‘Lockdown Archives’ since June 2020 available free of charge for the month of July 2021. Since the spring of 2020, the orchestra has streamed over 80 compositions in more than 40 productions, including 34 orchestral programs. The orchestral players performed socially distanced and usually in an otherwise empty hall, but with an impressive line-up of leading conductors. All the streams together generated some 700,000 views worldwide. Explore here.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has made its webcast archive available for free. 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. Explore here.

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

English Symphony Orchestra
The English Symphony Orchestra’s ESO Digital is an expanding digital archive of music, performed by English Symphony Orchestra and its partners, that you are unlikely to hear anywhere else. Access is free with a monthly donation; however Musical America readers can get a free trial of one week when setting up a new donation by using the coupon code MusicalAmerica2021. Register here.

Finnish National Opera
Finnish National Opera presents a series of streamed archived performances on its website, which are then available for the next six months. An excellent company and some interesting and original work worth investigating. Explore here.

Handel and Haydn Society
Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society has created the H+H Listening Room where you can hear and watch H+H performances including Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas filmed at New York’s Met Museum. Explore here.

Kennedy Center: Arts Across America
Arts across America focuses on cultural leadership and art as a catalyst for public healing, decolonization, and genuine global change. With artistic contributions from the Black Trans theater community, programs about Sacrifice Zones and the environment, the fight for women’s rights in the Latinx community, and discussions of the prisons and detention center system, and about the importance of Indigenous food and health. Hosted by sage artistic minds, these performances and conversations strive to bring audiences together to heal our country, communities, and selves. Explore here and other Kennedy Center regular online releases via their digital stage here.

La Scala/RAI
Italy’s RAI presents a wide range of productions from La Scala Milan and other opera houses as well as a range of concerts. Explore and register here.

Les Arts Florissants
Les Arts Florissants’s annual Festival in Thiré, France included a series of 10- to 15-minute “Meditation” concerts recorded in summer 2020. Now available to enjoy online, the Meditations include performances by students of Juilliard’s Historical Performance program in the spirit of their annual participation in the festival. View here.

Lincoln Center Passport to the Arts
A variety of virtual classes, performances, and bonus content designed for children, teens and adults with disabilities and their families. Offerings include programs with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, New York City Ballet, the New York Philharmonic, and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. All programs take place via Zoom. Register here.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
LACO AT HOME offers streaming and on demand performances, including a full showing of the orchestra’s critically acclaimed West Coast premiere of Dark with Excessive Bright for double bass and strings by LACO Artist-in-Residence Missy Mazzoli. View on demand here.

Los Angeles Master Chorale
Videos recorded as part of the “Offstage with the Los Angeles Master Chorale” series from April 24 to June 19, 2020 included interviews conducted by Artistic Director Grant Gershon and Associate Conductor Jenny Wong with notable performers—including special guests Reena Esmail, Morten Lauridsen, Anna Schubert, Peter Sellars, Derrick Spiva—as well as Master Chorale singers. Available on demand here.

Minnesota Orchestra
Minnesota Orchestra at Home shares recent performances as well as video, audio, and educational materials through the categories of Watch, Listen and Learn, including videos from the orchestra’s archives and newly created “mini-concerts” directly from the homes of Orchestra musicians. Explore and view here.

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 archived recordings. Performances will be available here or broadcast via Facebook Live.

Opera Australia
OA | TV: Opera Australia on Demand is the Sydney-based company’s new digital space. Alongside the world’s largest collection of Dame Joan Sutherland on video, OA will offer exclusive content from the OA back catalogue, productions from Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, and a new series of chat show-style interviews conducted by AD Lyddon Terracini. The first posted full show is Sutherland in The Merry Widow, and the fileted aria’s in the section labelled “The Best of Dame Joan Sutherland” are even better. View here.

Opéra National de Paris
The Palais Garnier and Bastille Opera have made their digital stage, “The 3e Scène,” free. The platform is a pure place of artistic adventure and exploration, giving free rein to photographers, filmmakers, writers, illustrators, visual artists, composers, and choreographers to create original works. Explore here. 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 has put its acclaimed semi-staged concerts of Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle online. “Beg, borrow, or be like Wotan and steal a ticket for this show,” said the UK’s Times 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 up to six months. Previous offerings include Barrie Kosky’s visually spectacular Moses und Aron, David McVicar’s superb Die Entführung aus dem Serail from Glyndebourne, and Deborah Warner’s thoughtful Death in Venice for English National Opera. View upcoming and past content here.

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.

Voices of Ascension
New York choir Voices of Ascension, which celebrates its 30th anniversary next season, is posting a daily offering of choral beauty on its website. Music is chosen by staff, members of the chorus and orchestra, and listeners. View here.

Warsaw Philharmonic
The Warsaw Philharmonic has made a selection of video recordings available on its YouTube channel. Recent offerings include Saint-Saëns’s Organ Symphony and Arvo Pärt’s Swansong conducted by Artistic Director Andrzej Boreyko, as well as 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.

Paid Digital Arts Services

Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall
The BPO Digital Concert Hall contains over 600 orchestra concerts covering more than ten years, including 15 concerts with the orchestra’s new Chief Conductor Kirill Petrenko, interviews, backstage footage. Subscriptions or single tickets available.

Medici TV
Thousands of classical music videos are 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 but single tickets are also available. www.medici.tv

Opera Philadelphia Channel
Opera Philadelphia has created its own channel through which to share its digital offering. Operatic films like David T. Little’s Soldier Songs, world premiere digital commissions by Tyshawn Sorey, Courtney Bryan, Angélica Negrón, and Caroline Shaw, and recordings of stage productions like La Traviata and Breaking the Waves are available on-demand. Season subscriptions priced at $99 are offered along with pay-per-view rentals for individual performances. The channel is available on computers and mobile devices, as well as AppleTV, Android TV, Roku, and Amazon FireTV. Explore here.

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