July 30, 2020
During the current lockdown, many of 21C’s artists and institutions have turned to streaming to share their work. Stay up to date with this rolling list, which we’ll update and redistribute whenever new additions are announced. (Updated August 5)
NEWLY ADDED STREAMS
Caramoor presents Sandbox Percussion with Conor Hanick
(Tomorrow, Thurs Aug 6, at 7pm EDT; newly-recorded stream; website; ticketed)
First introduced to Caramoor audiences in a breathtaking performance of John Luther Adams’s songbirdsongs in the Sunken Garden last summer, the “utterly mesmerising to watch” (The Guardian) Sandbox Percussion performs 21st-century works by some of today’s most exciting composers, including a world premiere by Christopher Cerrone in which they are joined by Conor Hanick on prepared piano.
Tickets for the stream can be purchased here and press passes are available on request from Louise at 21C.
Daniil Trifonov streams recitals at Tanglewood and Sun Valley
(This Sat, Aug 8 at 8pm EDT; pre-recorded video stream; website; ticketed; available Aug 8 through Aug 15)
(This Sun, Aug 9 at 6.30pm MT / 8.30pm EDT; pre-recorded video stream; website; ticketed)
Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov streams two special recitals this weekend. First, at Tanglewood’s virtual festival, he plays Bach’s Art of the Fugue. The following day, at Idaho’s Sun Valley festival, he offers a program featuring Beethoven’s Sonata No. 18 in E-flat and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
Tickets for the streams can be purchased here (Tanglewood) and here (Sun Valley).
Teddy Abrams & Britt Festival in BFOnline
(This Fri, Aug 7, + Aug 14 & 21; pre-recorded video stream; Facebook & YouTube)
Each episode features Britt Festival’s Music Director Teddy Abrams in conversation with guest artists, composers, and members of the Britt Festival Orchestra, discussing some of the previous seasons’ highlights and including complete audio performances. Listen to the first episode, featuring Mahler’s Song of the Earth, which streamed in July. Each episode premieres on Fridays on the Britt Festival’s Facebook page, then will be available on demand on Facebook and on the festival’s YouTube channel.
–Fri, Aug 7 at 3pm PST: Mason Bates’s Passage with Mason Bates & Sasha Cooke
–Fri, Aug 14 at 3pm PST: Christopher Cerrone’s Meander Spiral Explode with Cerrone and David Skidmore (Third Coast Percussion)
–Fri, Aug 21 at 3pm PST: Michael Gordon’s Natural History with Gordon and Taylor Tupper (Klamath Tribes)
Caramoor presents Grupo Rebolú in delayed stream
(Sun, Aug 9, at 7pm EDT; video stream of live event from previous day; website, ticketed. Rain date: Mon, Aug 10)
Celebrating the rich musical roots of their ancestors, Grupo Rebolú performs Afro-Colombian music combining the folkloric tradition with original compositions reinterpreting the traditional rhythms of Gaita, Tambora, Chalupa, Bullerengue, and more. This is music loaded with energy and history. Their performance on Caramoor’s grounds on Aug 8 (already sold out) will be filmed for streaming on Sunday (Aug 9). Tickets for the stream can be purchased here and press passes are available on request from Louise at 21C.
Alisa Weilerstein featured in SummerFest at Home
(Aug 21-29; videos of live events; livestreams; website; ticketed)
This year La Jolla’s SummerFest streams live into audiences’ homes. Music Director Inon Barnatan has assembled a small but mighty all-star roster of old friends and new faces to play beloved pieces from the chamber music canon, including superstar cellist Alisa Weilerstein, who performs in four of the festival’s six concerts. Artists joining her on her programs are violinists James Ehnes & Tessa Lark; violist Yura Lee;
cellist Clive Greensmith; bass Michael Thurber; and pianist Barnatan himself. Barnatan has also enlisted acclaimed documentarian and filmmaker Tristan Cook to direct the live-streamed concerts, ensuring high-quality streaming.More info and tickets for the stream are here.
–Fri, Aug 21 at 7pm PST: Ives: The Unanswered Question; Schubert: String Quintet in C
–Sun, Aug 23 at 3pm PST: Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 3 in A; Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor
–Fri, Aug 28 at 7pm PST: Mozart’s Violin Sonata No. 21 in E minor; Kodaly’s Sonata for Solo Cello; Suk’s Piano Quartet in Aminor
–Sat, Aug 29 at 7pm PST: Bach: selections from Two-Part Inventions (arr. for violin & double bass); Prokofiev’s Sonata for Two Violins in C; Schubert’s Piano Quintet in A, “Trout”
PREVIOUSLY ADDED STREAMS:
LIVE: The Violin Channel presents Taipei Music Academy & Festival’s orchestral concert at National Concert Hall in Taiwan
(This Sun, Aug 9, at 2:30am EDT [2:30pm China Time]; video; free livestream; website & FB;
This Sun, Aug 9, at 2:30pm EDT; video; free encore stream; website & FB)
Reaping the benefits of the exemplary Taiwanese response to the pandemic, the final concert of the second annual Taipei Music Academy & Festival (TMAF) will take place before a live audience at the island’s National Concert Hall. Drawn from Curtis, Juilliard and other top international conservatories, the 35 young string players of TMAF 2020 will perform orchestral works by Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Grieg and Vivaldi, in whose Concerto for Four Violins they will be joined by faculty members David Chan and Philip Setzer, special guest Yu-Chien Tseng, and Founder and Artistic Director Cho-Liang “Jimmy” Lin. The performance will stream twice, free of charge, at The Violin Channel‘s website and Facebook page: live for local audiences with a repeat, twelve hours later, for Western ones.
Music Academy of the West presents selection of streams from MARLI (Music Academy Remote Learning Institute)
(Various streams now available; website)
The Music Academy of the West nimbly transitioned to become the Music Academy Remote Learning Institute (MARLI) this summer, when forced to cancel the 2020 Summer School and Festival in Santa Barbara, CA. Aptly taking its theme as innovation, MARLI’s pioneering six-week program offered an inspiring model of just how much distance-learning can deliver. Now available to audiences worldwide, the program featured a diverse array of artistic and educational video content. Highlights include a piano recital by faculty artist Jeremy Denk, a chorus from Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel featuring the elementary school students of the Academy’s Sing! program, and a presentation of MARLI’s Digital Challenge winners, for which applicants were instructed to create three- to seven-minute videos combining musical excellence with technological proficiency, creativity and innovation. See more of MARLI’s video content here.
ONGIONG EPISODIC STREAMING SERIES
Daniel Hope hosts final episode of [email protected] on Tour
(Facebook + web site)
In [email protected] on Tour, British violinist Daniel Hope takes his innovative new livestreamed TV series out of his Berlin living room and on the road. Offering half-hour episodes of live musical performance and conversation in English, all professionally produced for the German/French ARTE TV network, the hit series’ new iteration streams live twice a week, on Saturdays and Sundays, from a succession of visually compelling locations, many of which are not open to the public. [email protected] on Tour streams live on the ARTE Concert website and Hope’s Facebook page. All past episodes are archived for 90 days in the ARTE Media Library and can be accessed here and the accompanying Deutsche Grammophon album, [email protected], is available for pre-order here.
Trinity Church Wall Street – “Comfort at One”
(weekdays; video/audio; archived + live; socials + web site)
Trinity Church Wall Street, the famous church that’s played such a prominent part in New York history, provided a safe haven for the city’s downtown community in the days and weeks after 9/11. Now, thanks to its high-quality recording and filming technology, Trinity offers solace to the world at large, with a series of daily “Comfort at One” (1pm EDT) concerts, streaming Mondays through Thursdays (1pm EDT) on Facebook and Twitter, 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. Upcoming highlights include a virtual end-of-year concert from the school-age ukulele students in Trinity’s outreach educational program (Aug 12).
–Tomorrow, Thurs, Aug 6: Students of Daniel Aune and John Walker from Baltimore’s Peabody Institute gave a Pipes at One recital in the Conservatory Series (from Oct 2019).
-Mon, Aug 10: Julian Wachner led soloists from The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra in accounts of Bach’s sacred cantatas Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis and Der Herr denket an uns (from March 2018).
-Tues, Aug 11: Soloist Aundi Marie Moore sings the spiritual “Ride On King Jesus” with The Choir of Trinity Wall Street (Feb 2020).
-Wed, Aug 12: This season, Trinity’s music education teaching artists quickly shifted to online learning for the 350-plus students enrolled in their outreach programs. Led by teaching artist Zac Selissen, the ukulele classes at the Chrystie Street School-age Center give their end-of-year concert online.
-Thurs, Aug 13: Pipes at One recital by Chelsea Chen, organ, with Joseph Lee, cello (Oct 2018)
-Mon, Aug 17: members of the Choir of Trinity Wall Street Molly Netter, Luthien Brackett, Andrew Fuchs and Jonathan Woody join New York Baroque Incorporated to perform works by Bach and Telemann, plus a special arrangement of Stairway to Heaven by Julian Wachner. (May 2017)
-Tues, Aug 18: Celebrating Lou Harrison’s centennial, NOVUS NY presented his rarely performed work Solstice as well as compositions by core NOVUS NY members Doug and Brad Balliett.
-Wed, Aug 19: Members of the Trinity Youth Chorus perform the familiar hymn “Holy, Holy, Holy” (Nicea), with a descant arranged by Julian Wachner and featuring oboist Lucy Attebury, cellists Aaron Nichols and Genevieve Roy, and violinist Gabe Nichols
Bard SummerScape and Bard Music Festival: UPSTREAMING
(new content each Wednesday; video; web site + socials; archived + occasional live)
Each Wednesday, UPSTREAMING releases new content, including digital commissions and beloved performances from the Fisher Center archives. Works featured each week will highlight a different aspect of the breadth of programming the Fisher Center offers, including weekly performances from the Bard SummerScape opera and Bard Music Festival archives, all streamed on the Fisher Center’s web site and social channels. In coming weeks, featured operas will include SummerScape productions of The Miracle of Heliane, Demon, The Wreckers, Euryanthe and The King in Spite of Himself.
-Thaddeus Strassberger directs America’s first fully staged production of Dame Ethel Smyth’s opera The Wreckers, a moral drama about social justice and personal courage (Bard SummerScape 2015)
-American Symphony Orchestra music director Leon Botstein joins stage director —–Thaddeus Strassberger for an engrossing conversation about their collaboration on The Wreckers and the work of Ethel Smyth.
-Leon Botstein leads the American Symphony Orchestra in a rare live account of the Fourth Symphony by Sergei Taneyev, a Tchaikovsky protégé known as the “Russian Brahms” (Bard Music Festival 2018).
-Marking the opera’s first full staging outside Russia, Thaddeus Strassberger’s original production of Taneyev’s Oresteia was nominated for a 2014 International Opera Award (SummerScape 2013).
-Tony nominee Daniel Fish directs Acquanetta, a visual and musical tour-de-force by Michael Gordon and Deborah Artman (SummerScape 2019).
-In July 2013, Fish assembled a film crew to shoot Thomas Jay Ryan and Christina Rouner performing the final scene from the 2003 feature film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, in a continuous loop for two hours. An original UPSTREAMING commission, ETERNAL is the unedited, two-channel video of their performance.
-Richard Strauss’s Die Liebe der Danae received a landmark production from director Kevin Newbury and architect Rafael Viñoly (SummerScape 2011).
-Author and Bard professor Neil Gaiman hosts a conversation with cartoonist Art Spiegelman, of Maus fame (Fisher Center, 2014).
-Pam Tanowitz Dance presents a triple bill of the choreographer’s work (SummerScape 2015).
-Christian Räth directs the century-overdue American premiere of Korngold’s opera The Miracle of Heliane (SummerScape 2019).
-Leon Botstein leads a rare account of Korngold’s Passover Psalm (Bard Music Festival 2019).
-A Bard commission, Will Rawls & Claudia Rankine’s What Remains receives its world premiere (Live Arts Bard Biennial, 2017).
-A SummerScape commission, Dan Hurlin’s surreal “puppet noir,” Demolishing Everything with Amazing Speed, receives its world premiere (SummerScape 2016).
PERFORMANCE STREAMS AVAILABLE NOW
Susan Graham in Performance Santa Fe’s “An Evening of Stars”
(This Sat, July 18, at 8pm EDT (5pm PST]; video; free livestream; website & socials; registration required)
Mezzo Susan Graham is among the artistic celebrities appearing in Performance Santa Fe‘s “An Evening of Stars: A Livestream Gala Event.” Marking the organization’s most important fundraiser of the year, this free livestream will feature appearances and exclusive performances by Graham and many more of the biggest names in Performance Santa Fe history. For registration and more information, click here.
Tenor Nicholas Phan gives new recital in San Francisco Performances Front Row “Sanctuary” Series
(This Thurs, July 9; video; newly recorded stream; website)
Tenor Nicholas Phan joins pianist-composer Jake Heggie for “Time – Meditation for the Moment,” a themed recital spanning four and half centuries of music, with songs by Bernstein, Lili and Nadia Boulanger, Britten, Chausson, Dowland, Fauré, Finzi, Ives, Ned Rorem, Howard Swanson, Vaughan Williams and Heggie himself. Captured live at St. Stephen’s Church, Belvedere, CA, on June 25, 2020, the film of his performance will be available for on-demand streaming, free of charge, in San Francisco Performances‘ new online Front Row “Sanctuary” Series.
Daniel Barenboim hosts A Festival of New Music
(This Thurs, July 9 through Sun, July 12, at 12pm noon EDT [6pm CEST]; video; livestream; website and socials)
Daniel Barenboim, President of Berlin’s Barenboim-Said Akademie and Founder of the Pierre Boulez Saal, curates and hosts A Festival of New Music with flutist Emmanuel Pahud. Over the course of the four-day festival, new works by ten of today’s leading contemporary composers – Irini Amargianaki, Benjamin Attahir, Johannes Boris Borowski, Luca Francesconi, Michael Jarrell, Philippe Manoury, Olga Neuwirth, Matthias Pintscher, Christian Rivet and Jörg Widmann – will receive world premieres at the Pierre Boulez Saal. All the musicians and composers involved have generously donated their time and work as a call to solidarity, encouraging donations to initiatives designed to help musicians and other artists through these difficult times. All four concerts will stream live, free of charge, at the venue’s website, Facebook page, and YouTube and Vimeo channels.
Susan Graham launches Santa Fe Opera’s summer season
(This Friday, July 3 at 9pm EDT [7pm MST]; livestream; website and socials)
From the stage of the Santa Fe Opera, where she is a longtime audience favorite, Susan Graham hosts an opening-night celebration of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville that launches Songs from the Sante Fe Opera, the company’s digital summer season. The mezzo’s appearance will stream live on the Santa Fe Opera’s Facebook page, YouTube channel and website, where it will then be available, free of charge, for streaming on demand.
Daniil Trifonov was “Live with Carnegie Hall”
(Archived: website and social media)
Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov discussed his career – and close association with Carnegie Hall – with fellow pianists Emanuel Ax and Sergei Babayan and the venue’s Executive and Artistic Director Sir Clive Gillinson. Interspersed with excerpts from Trifonov’s performances, one newly recorded at home and others previously captured at Carnegie Hall, their conversation is still available on demand at the venue’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Alan Gilbert conducted two live programs with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra
(First program: audio stream; website. Second program: video stream; website)
Now that Germany has begun reopening, smaller ensembles can perform live without an audience if they practice social distancing. Alan Gilbert, who launched his tenure as Chief Conductor of Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra last fall, led the ensemble in two live programs. The first, comprising Haydn’s “Oxford” Symphony, Bartók’s Divertimento for Strings and Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, with Alisa Weilerstein as the cello soloist, is still available for audio streaming on demand at NDR Kultur’s website. The second, combining Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony with Thomas Adès’s Chamber Symphony and Shostakovich’s Concerto for piano, trumpet and strings, featuring Igor Levit on piano and Pedro Miguel Freire on trumpet, will be available for video streaming at the orchestra’s website through September 24.
Alisa Weilerstein played Bach in special diabetes telecast
(Streamed broadcast; Facebook & YouTube)
Alisa Weilerstein launched her new role as Celebrity Ambassador of JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, with a special guest appearance in The Power of Us, the organization’s first national livestream broadcast. Having been diagnosed with T1D at nine years old, the cellist gives a filmed performance of the prelude from Bach’s First Cello Suite, highlighting a star-studded evening hosted by CNN Business and Politics Correspondent Cristina Alesci that is still available for streaming on demand at both Facebook and YouTube.
Julia Bullock sings “Brown Baby”
(New at-home performance; social media)
American vocalist Julia Bullock sings Oscar Brown Jr.’s song “Brown Baby” on social media. She says: “We are responsible and must care for the generations that come after us. This song is about wanting for the future … the sadness and anger comes from the reality of the present. I, as so many others, am mourning the lives of those continually lost to blatant violence and brutality. I need to sing about it. I need to shout about it.” The video marks Bullock’s most recent contribution to the #SongsOfComfort series; click here to see her previous performances of Carole King’s “Up on the Roof,” Connie Converse’s “One by One” and Schubert’s “Wanderers Nachtlied II.”
Leif Ove Andsnes at Bergen International Festival
Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes took part in the extensive online festival program of his hometown’s Bergen International Festival. His five concerts streamed live on the Festspillene’s website, where they are still available:
-Mozart and Pärt with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; conductor Edward Gardner; soprano Mari Eriksmoen; and violinists Eldbjørg Hemsing & Ludvig Gudim
-Schumann chamber music
-Schubert and Jörg Widmann solo works
-Beethoven folk song arrangements and Piano Trio, Op. 1, No. 3
-Mozart Concertos Nos. 20 & 21 and Piano Quartet with Oslo Philharmonic
Alisa Weilerstein was Live with Carnegie Hall
(Streamed conversation with archived video; website and social media)
Cellist Alisa Weilerstein devoted both her most recent studio recording and her celebrated social media series #36DaysOfBach to the complete cello suites of J.S. Bach. Now, in the new Live with Carnegie Hall streaming series, she talks to Carnegie’s Executive and Artistic Director Sir Clive Gillinson and moderator John Schaefer about the importance of Bach’s music and his sixth and final Cello Suite. The conversation is available on demand at the venue’s website.
Alan Gilbert: conductors’ chats
(Streamed discussions via Zoom; Facebook)
From his home in Stockholm, Alan Gilbert has hosted hourlong discussions on Facebook Live with fellow conductors Karina Canellakis, Daniel Harding and Sir Simon Rattle, then Marin Alsop, Sir Antonio Pappano and Esa-Pekka Salonen, and most recently Herbert Blomstedt.
Santiago Cañón-Valencia plays Arvo Pärt’s Fratres
Colombian cellist Santiago Cañón-Valencia, winner of the silver medal and “audience favorite” award at the 2019 Tchaikovsky International Competition, performs Arvo Pärt’s Fratres (“Brothers”), not only playing and recording all the parts himself, but also producing and editing the video from his own home during the lockdown. Created for the Dresden Music Festival (Music Never Sleeps DMF), the video is available on Cañón-Valencia’s YouTube channel.
Alan Gilbert conducted two programs with Royal Stockholm Philharmonic
(Llivestreamed concert; web site)
Alan Gilbert, Conductor Laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, led the Swedish orchestra in two special livestreamed performances, both still available fo streaming at the orchestra’s website. The first program combined Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony with Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune and Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, featuring dramatic soprano Nina Stemme, while the second program offered a seasonal pairing of Copland’s Appalachian Spring with Schumann’s “Spring” Symphony.
Marin Alsop: panel discussion and Bernstein’s MASS
(Livestreamed discussion via Zoom; Facebook | 2019 production; PBS website)
Marin Alsop led the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass at last summer’s Ravinia Festival, where Tony-winner Paolo Szot starred as the Celebrant. Recently appointed as Ravinia’s first Chief Conductor and Curator, Alsop joined Szot and others for a live panel discussion. Streaming live on Facebook, their conversation introduced PBS’s television broadcast premiere of the production in the “Great Performances” series.
Yo-Yo Ma gave benefit concert with Silkroad friends
Yo-Yo Ma takes part in a special cross-cultural benefit concert. Streaming live tomorrow on YouTube, the performance also features the cellist’s fellow Silkroad artists Nicholas Cords, Sandeep Das, Colin Jacobsen, Eric Jacobsen, Aoife O’Donovan, Cristina Pato, Kojiro Umezaki and Wu Man. All proceeds benefit the collective and the Playing For Change Foundation, which provides emergency food and health supplies to communities in need around the world.
Yo-Yo Ma led Lincoln Center’s second Memorial For Us All interfaith service for COVID-19 victims
(Video; prerecorded; socials and website)
Yo-Yo Ma leads Lincoln Center’s second Memorial For Us All service, an interfaith collaboration offering comfort, unity and healing through music, now that ordinary funeral and memorial services are impossible. Those who have lost a friend or family member to COVID-19 are invited to submit their loved ones’ names to be honored during the service, which remains available on-demand at the organization’s website.
Daniel Hope: [email protected]: live television series
(web sites & socials)
Streaming live, daily, from March 25 to May 3, [email protected] is a new television series for our socially distanced times. Professionally produced for Europe’s ARTE TV network, the series comprises half-hour episodes of live musical performance by leading classical artists, interspersed with talk (in English). Hosted by British violinist Daniel Hope, [email protected] is still available on the ARTE Concert website, where each episode is then archived for 90 days, and on Daniel Hope’s Facebook page, where it has already been streamed close to two million times.
Caramoor presents Rob Kapilow’s “What Makes It Great?”
(Website and YouTube)
On May 3, Caramoor presented composer/conductor Rob Kapilow in a livestreamed installment of his “What Makes It Great?” series. With Michael Brown at the piano, Kapilow delved into Beethoven’s “Pathétique” Sonata, deconstructing it, slowing it down, and reassembling it. Brown then gave a complete performance of the popular work, after which viewers were invited to join both artists for a Q&A session. The show is still available at Caramoor’s website and on its YouTube channel.
“Moment Musical” – Daniel Barenboim’s solo recital from Berlin
(Archived stream of live recital from Berlin last week; video; medici.tv and Mezzo)
On April 10, Daniel Barenboim performed live without an audience at Berlin’s Pierre Boulez Saal in Deutsche Grammophon’s “Moment Musical” livestream series. He played Beethoven’s “Diabelli” Variations and selected Chopin encores in the second of a pair of solo recitals. The concert, which was professionally filmed using remote cameras in accordance with government health regulations, is now available on medici.tv, and the Diabelli Variations will be broadcast on Mezzo on May 17, 19 & 20.
Stanford Live – 2020 Digital Season
Stanford Live presents a “digital season,” bringing many of the artists who were scheduled to perform straight into viewers’ homes.