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Artists and Organizations Offering Free Content
The following are all accessible during the coronavirus pandemic:
NEW: 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 F acebook page and invites viewers to share questions about Bach, the Cello Suites, and other musical topics. #36DaysOfBach
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” to be updated each Tuesday and Friday. The series features archival and new videos as well as program notes. The first episode on March 17 was dedicated to St. Patrick’s Day; new episodes are posted h ere.
NEW: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
The BSO is putting on live-streamed concerts on its Facebook page while concerts are canceled due to the virus. On Sunday March 22, 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.”
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. There will also be a series of Monday Concerts, each starting at 8:15 pm (CET) live, of lieder, solo instrumentalists, chamber music and dance. Musicians from the Bayerisches Staatsorchester and artists associated with the Bayerische Staatsoper, such as violinist Julia Fischer, soprano Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, baritone Christian Gerhaher, pianist Gerold Huber, tenor Jonas Kaufmann, baritone Michael Nagy and bass Tareq Nazmi will be taking part. Visit here to view and for details.
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.
NEW: Beth Morrison Projects
The new opera powerhouse are offering an “Opera of the Week,” which will stream on BMP’s home page. Already available is Dog Days, the post-apocalyptic opera to end all, by David T. Little and Royce Vavrek, whose themes of isolation, family, and compassion feel not so distant from current reality. Next up will be Missy Mazzoli’s Song From the Uproar, inspired by the life of the early 20th-century explorer Isabelle Eberhardt.
Boston Symphony Orchestra
The Boston Symphony will present BSO at Home, which includes self-produced videos from BSO musicians and conductors featuring anecdotes, personal reflections and insights, and short informal performances, as they stay at home during the coronavirus outbreak, 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 w ww.bso.org/athome. These will include BSO Music Directors (Andris Nelsons, Seiji Ozawa, Erich Leinsdorf, Charles Munch, Serge Koussevitzky), March 23-29; Guest soloists (Van Cliburn, Isaac Stern, Rudolf Serkin, Leonard Bernstein, Doriot Anthony Dwyer), March 30-April 5; Masterworks of the Classical period (Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven), April 6-12; Musical landmarks (Copland, Shostakovich, Bartók), April 13-19; The French tradition (Debussy, Ravel, Berlioz, Bizet), April 20-26; The Romantic Age (Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and Strauss), April 27-May 3. 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 w ww.bfz.hu/en/media/quarantine-soirees/ for details of upcoming concerts.
NEW: 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, interspersed with English and German talk. Over two weeks (from March 25), Hope at Home will stream live, daily, at 1 pm ET (10 am PT; 6 pm Berlin CET) on the ARTE Concert website, where each episode will then be archived for 90 days, and on Deutsche Grammophon’s YouTube channel, where selected highlights will subsequently be available.
NEW: 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: HERE@HOME Wednesday Watch Parties
Each Wednesday at 7 pm ET, New York’s HERE hosts a Facebook Watch Party to stream a full-length HERE production from the past 25 years. Following the online premiere, these full-length videos will be available for viewing on Facebook until our building reopens for live public performances. Upcoming schedule includes Apr 1: Kamala Sankaram’s Looking at You from 2019, which examines internet surveillance, appropriate now that our lives, for the foreseeable future, are to be lived online. Further programming includes Apr 8: Thomas Paine in Violence; Apr 15: Arias with a Twist. Apr 22: City Council Meeting; Apr 29: Chimpanzee. View here.
NEW: Houston Symphony
The Houston Symphony is offering musical relief by making its concert broadcasts available to stream on demand for free online, as well as creating musician videos, blogs, curated playlists, and more available online. While the Symphony already broadcasts live on Houston Public Media each Sunday evening, each broadcast concert will now also be posted on the Houston Symphony website for on-demand streaming, and new broadcasts will be made available on-demand for one month after their broadcast date.
NEW: The Kanneh-Mason Family
“The Von Trapps of Classical Music” (Telegraph UK) will be going live via cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s Facebook every Wednesday and Friday at 1:30 pm ET. This will be a mixture of intimate chamber performances with the family, and behind the scenes chat. You can watch their first live here.
NEW: 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.
NEW: Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center At Home is a new portal to enable 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 who will bring world-class performances and diverse musical perspectives from their homes to yours. Check the web calendar for the latest digital offerings.
London Symphony Orchestra
The LSO has announced “Always Playing,” a digital program of archive concerts to be streamed free via its YouTube channel across March and April 2020. There are concerts conducted by the LSO’s family of conductors, including Music Director Sir Simon Rattle, Principal Guest Conductors Gianandrea Noseda and François-Xavier Roth along with Guest Conductors Semyon Bychkov, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Valery Gergiev. Guest artists include pianists Kristian Bezuidenhout, Seong-Jin Cho, Katia and Marielle Labèque, violinists Janine Jansen and Isabelle Faust, and singers Daniela Barcellona, Barbara Hannigan, Christiane Karg, Anna Larsson, Francesco Meli and Michele Pertusi. During this time the LSO’s social media will also be filled with clips from past performances, artists interviews, curated playlists and new recordings from the Orchestra’s Grammy Award- winning in-house label, LSO Live. Details and access here.
New World Symphony
Beginning the week of March 22, the New World Symphony will debut a web-based series called NWS
Archive+. Michael Tilson Thomas will moderate discussions with NWS Fellows, alumni, guest artists and visiting faculty about recorded performances from our archives. Their personal reflections will offer unique insights into the streamed concerts. Performances will be available at www.NWS.edu. Beginning Friday evening, March 20, at 7 pm, New World Symphony Fellows will play live, informal chamber music concerts from their homes in Miami Beach. New World Symphony Fellows: Live from our Living Room will be broadcast via Facebook Live. In addition, the New World Symphony’s ground-breaking online archive allows visitors to explore, engage and excel with NWS performances, master classes, tutorials and town halls. MUSAIC can be found at www.musaic.NWS.edu. Finally, for the past 10 years, the Fellows have prepared and performed a series of one- hour concerts for local school children. In the coming weeks, 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.
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. Visit w ww.olyrix.com/videos/spectacle/1404/lopera-en-streaming-ne-ferme-pas-ses-portes
NEW: Opéra National de Paris
The Palais Garnier and the 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 artists coming from different horizons (photographers, filmmakers, writers, illustrators, visual artists, composers and choreographers) to create original works with a new take on music and dance, the Institution, its heritage and its crafts. Visit here. As previously announced, some of Opéra national de Paris’s productions are accessible for free on the Paris Opera Facebook page and france.tvculturebox. In addition, Octave, the Paris Opera’s online magazine, is posting articles, videos and interviews with artists in the shows on www.operadeparis.fr/magazine.
NEW: 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 it here.
O peraVision livestreams five Mozart operas from five different European companies every Tuesday and Friday between March 17 and March 31. Each opera will remain available online for six months.
March 17: Don Giovanni from Finnish National Opera
March 20: Die Entführung aus dem Serail Glyndebourne. David McVicar’s stroke of genius is to set his production in Mozart’s time, exploring the tension between the Pasha (a convert to Islam – a fact usually cut) and Europeans whose ideas of freedom are challenged by a seductive captivity. Konstanze must choose between a decent—and here very sexy man—and a contracted marriage to a bit of a stuffed shirt. This is an Entführung raised to the psychological level of a Così. **
March 31/03/2020 | Il sogno di Scipione from Teatro La Fenice
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. This seriously impressive and groundbreaking project traces the lives of eight influential composers from around the world. 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 is rebroadcasting concerts on Thursday and Saturday evenings. In addition, Morning Notes on Y ouTube or Facebook features individual musicians from the orchestra soloing on their instruments. The inaugural video, starring concertmaster Noah Geller playing Bach, is a definite pick-me-up.
Silkroad Home Sessions
The Silkroad collective has come together to develop a virtual concert mini-series. Most nights, Silkroad artists will be sharing short, musical performances on Facebook and Instagram, bringing music of comfort and joy directly from their homes into ours. There’s a preliminary schedule below and more dates will be added.
Following the live stream, videos will be posted to Silkroad’s website for later viewing.
Teatro Regio di Torino
The Teatro Regio di Torino will 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. Verdi’s Nabucco conducted by Donato Renzetti and directed by Andrea Cigni was posted March 14 followed by Il Matrimonio Segreto on March 15. The list will be updated daily.
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Archived Recent Performances
The following broadcast events have occurred since the start of the COVID-19 crisis and are still available for viewing:
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
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. w ww.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.
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.
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.