September 10, 2020
(Rolling; updated as new information comes in. Last updated Sep 10.)
As post-lockdown restrictions continue to affect live concerts and performances around the world, many of 21C’s artists and organizations are offering new livestreams – as well as favorite archived performances – as part of their fall programming. Stay up to date with this rolling list, which we’ll update and redistribute whenever new additions are announced. New streams are up top; earlier livestreams & updates to previously announced series are in red. (Updated Sep 10)
STREAMS & BROADCASTS COMING UP IN SEPTEMBER
Marin Alsop conducts Orchestre de Paris’s season-opening concert
(TODAY, Thurs, Sep 10 at 2:30pm EDT / 8:30pm CEST; video livestream; Mezzo TV & medici.tv)
LATER TODAY at the Paris Philharmonie, Marin Alsop leads her second concert opening the Orchestre de Paris season with a program pairing Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony with Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto, featuring Khatia Buniatishvili as soloist. The concert will air live on France’s Mezzo TV, while streaming live to audiences worldwide at medici.tv. Performed before a live audience, in keeping with all the latest French health and safety protocols, this high-profile season-opening event – along with Alsop’s performances with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra just a few days ago – mark the MacArthur award-winning conductor’s first live orchestral appearances since before the pandemic.
TODAY: Thurs, Sep 10 at 2:30pm EDT / 8:30pm CEST
Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonie de Paris
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 (with Khatia Buniatishvili, piano)
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5
Alan Gilbert conducts Concertgebouw’s season-opening concerts
(TOMORROW, Fri, Sep 11 at 3:05pm EDT / 9:05pm CEST; video livestream on YouTube & Facebook; archived on website)
Alan Gilbert opens the new season of Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Orchestra with an all-Gershwin program combining the Cuban Overture, Catfish Row, Rialto Ripples Rag and Rhapsody in Blue. Like Gilbert himself, the composer was a New Yorker, and the hour-long program represents a tribute to their native city. Performed with appropriate safety measures and without intermission, tomorrow’s concert will be livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook, where it will be available for 24 hours, besides being archived on the Concertgebouw’s site for the following week.
TOMORROW, Fri, Sep 11 at 3:05pm EDT / 9:05pm CEST
Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam
Gershwin: Cuban Overture
Gershwin: Catfish Row (Suite from Porgy and Bess)
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (with Stefano Bollani, piano)
Gershwin: Rialto Ripples Rag
Trinity Church Wall Street continues its Comfort at One streams in the fall
(All streams at 1pm on weekdays; free; Facebook, Twitter and on Trinity’s website)
Trinity Church Wall Street continues its three-century role of bringing solace to New York’s downtown community and the world at large this fall, with a full program of online “Comfort at One” concerts. Taking advantage of Trinity’s extensive archives and high-quality recording and film technology, this free streaming series was launched after the suspension of in-person activities at the start of the pandemic in the spring. Throughout the coming fall, past “Bach at One” choral concerts will stream on Mondays; “Pipes at One” organ recitals – including The First Thursdays Conservatory Series and a special Halloween concert by Julian Wachner – will stream on Thursdays; and a mix of archived excerpts and new at-home performances from Trinity’s extended artistic family will stream on “Throwback Tuesdays #TBT,” “Virtual Wednesdays” and “At-Home Fridays.” Read more about Comfort at One here. The weekday Comfort at One concerts stream on Facebook and Twitter, with full videos posted on Trinity’s website.
-TOMORROW: Fri, Sep 11: A special presentation of musical offerings from Trinity’s past 9/11 services
-Mon, Sep 14: Choir of Trinity Wall Street in Herbert Howells’s Take Him, Earth for Cherishing and, joined by Trinity Baroque Orchestra, in Bach’s Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, BWV 12 (from March 2020)
-Tues, Sep 15: Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra performed “Nisi Dominus” from Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 on composer’s 450th birthday (from May 2017)
-Wed, Sep 16: Trinity’s Director of Music Julian Wachner performed his interpretation of one of Brahms’s Intermezzi (from March 2020)
-Thurs, Sep 17: Renowned organist Kent Tritle gave Pipes at One recital (from May 2018)
-Fri, Sep 18: “Passing Through” season of at-home performances opens with John Adams’s Road Movies, performed by two NOVUS NY members: concertmaster Katie Hyun and pianist Conor Hanick. This musical exploration of a passage through landscapes was recorded at Yamaha Studios
-(Details of more concert streams in September from Trinity to follow next week)
Bard Music Festival continues “Out of the Silence” livestream series
(Sep 12, 19, 26; all livestreams at 5:30pm EDT on Bard’s UPSTREAMING website/virtual stage; free but reservations are requested.)
Joining forces with The Orchestra Now (TŌN) and the Bard College Conservatory, Bard Music Festival continues its presentation of “Out of the Silence: A Celebration of Music.” Comprising four free livestreamed concerts for string orchestra, piano and percussion, the series started on Sep 5 and continues on Sep 12, 19 & 26. Pairing works by Tchaikovsky, Dvořák and Bartók – all past subjects of the Bard Music Festival – with music by ten prominent Black composers – ranging from Classical pioneer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges to contemporary Americans Alvin Singleton, Adolphus Hailstork and Jessie Montgomery, the series celebrates Bard’s commitment to neglected rarities and the unquenchable joy of music-making. Read more about “Out of the Silence” here. The concerts are carried live at UPSTREAMING, the Fisher Center’s virtual stage. Tickets are free but reservations are requested. (Please contact Louise at 21C for press passes. See also upcoming and archived UPSTREAMING episodes detailed below.)
-Sat, Sep 12 at 5:30pm
The Orchestra Now, conducted by Leon Botstein, James Bagwell, Andrés Rivas & Zachary Schwartzman
Jessie Montgomery (b. 1981): Strum (2018)
Alvin Singleton (b. 1940): After Choice (2009)
Adolphus Hailstork (b. 1941): Sonata da Chiesa (1990)
Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904): Serenade for Strings, Op. 22 (1875)
-Sat, Sep 19 at 5:30pm
The Orchestra Now, conducted by Leon Botstein, Andrés Rivas and Zachary Schwartzman
Roque Cordero (1917–2008): Adagio trágico (1972)
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875–1912): Four Novelettes, Op. 52 (1903)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–93): Serenade for Strings, Op. 48 (1880)
-Sat, Sep 26 at 5:30pm
The Orchestra Now, conducted by Leon Botstein
Duke Ellington (1899–1974): Solitude (1941; arr. Gould)
Duke Ellington (1899–1974): Sophisticated Lady (1932; arr. Gould)
Joseph Bologne, the Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745–99): Violin Concerto in G, Op. 2, No. 1 (1773) (with Ashley Horne, violin)
Béla Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta (1936)
Fabio Luisi leads Dallas Symphony – among first major US orchestras to return post COVID – in his inaugural performances as Music Director
(Sep 18; recorded live performance; videostream; website)
Tonight, Sep 10, Grammy-winning conductor Fabio Luisi launches his tenure as Music Director of the Dallas Symphony, which is among the first major US orchestras to return to performing since the outbreak of COVID-19. Powerhouse pianist Yefim Bronfman will join Luisi and the DSO for an all-Beethoven program for the season-opening concerts (Sep 10–13). For the safety of DSO musicians and audiences during the ongoing pandemic, the fall programs will be performed with no intermission, will be composed of smaller, socially-distanced orchestral ensembles (reduced from about 70 to 35) with the string players wearing masks, and will allow an audience of only 50-75 guests. This season also marks the debut of a new robotic camera system and video studio at the Meyerson Symphony Center that will allow the DSO to capture concerts for on-demand viewing or live streaming; consequently a free video stream of the opening program will be released on September 18 on the orchestra’s website. More details about the DSO’s upcoming season can be found here.
BRONFMAN PLAYS BEETHOVEN
Yefim Bronfman, piano
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 2
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 8
Performance Today broadcasts Taipei Music Academy & Festival’s “All-Star Concert” from National Concert Hall in Taiwan
(Scheduled for Sep 23 – check local listings for broadcast time; radio broadcast of Aug 3 archived performance)
Last month, at a time when almost all musical activity remained virtual worldwide, the Taipei Music Academy & Festival 2020 brought together 35 outstanding young musicians drawn from Curtis, Juilliard and other top international conservatories, as well as a stellar international faculty, for a week of live orchestral performance, mentorship, coaching, public masterclasses and more in the mountainside setting of the National Taipei University of the Arts. Reaping the benefits of the exemplary Taiwanese response to the pandemic, the second annual TMAF presented two live concerts before a live audience at the island’s National Concert Hall. TMAF students were joined by their renowned faculty members – including Founder and Artistic Director Cho-Liang “Jimmy” Lin – for an all-star chamber concert on August 3 and then for a full orchestral performance on Aug 9. Performance Today, American Public Media’s nationally syndicated flagship classical radio show, aims to broadcast an excerpt from the first concert on Sep 23, with host Fred Child discussing the festival with its founder Jimmy Lin. Performance Today will also broadcast other works from this concert and from the festival’s final concert at a future date to be announced.
Three Taiwanese Folk Songs for string quartet, arr. Wei-Chieh Lin
Caramoor’s fall livestreams kick off with Amy Helm
(Sep 25 at 8pm; livestream; tickets $10 (members free) on sale Sep 21)
Caramoor is delighted to announce a full range of virtual and live programming throughout the fall. Its upcoming livestreams from the Music Room at Rosen House include performances (without an audience) by Dashon Burton, Jeremy Denk, Amy Helm, Anthony McGill, the Aaron Diehl Trio, Callisto Quartet and TENET Vocal Artists. Read more about Caramoor’s fall programs here. (Please contact Louise at 21C for press passes)
Amy Helm (Sep 25)
The livestream series launches with a performance by American singer-songwriter Amy Helm, a founding member of the alt-country collective Ollabelle and former member of the Midnight Ramble Band, who “takes you to transcendent moments built from a lifetime of singing” (American Highways). Her performance is presented in collaboration with City Winery. More info & tickets at Caramoor.org/events/amy-helm-livestream
STREAMS & BROADCASTS COMING UP IN OCTOBER
(More details to follow in future updates)
-Caramoor continues its series of livestreams from its historic Music Room, featuring Anthony McGill (Oct 2), the Aaron Diehl Trio (Oct 16), the Callisto Quartet (Oct 18) and Jeremy Denk (Oct 25). More details here.
-Alice in the Pandemic, a new virtual opera from activist opera company White Snake Projects, led by creator and librettist Cerise Jacobs, premieres in cyberspace on Oct 23–27. More details here.
-As Artistic Director of the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, tenor Nicholas Phan and the CAIC’s annual Collaborative Works Festival celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment through the songs of women composers. This series of online concerts will be streamed throughout the month of October. More details here.
ONGOING EPISODIC STREAMING SERIES:
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. Responding to the events of 2020, projects in the upcoming season explore and reflect on what it means to live through and create work in the midst of a pandemic, global crises, and political turmoil. While audiences will be invited to experience and engage with each of these projects in entirely different ways, taken together the season seeks to build community and activism in isolation. Each month, Bard offers gifts — music, thoughts, meditations, and visual testimonies of resilience — from artists including Meshell Ndegeocello, Charlotte Brathwaite, Staceyann Chin, and more.
-From Sep 15: In Chapter & Verse: The Gospel of James Baldwin, Meshell Ndegeocello offers a 21st-century ritual tool kit for justice, inspired by James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time.
-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).
SELECT PERFORMANCE STREAMS STILL AVAILABLE
Alan Gilbert opened NDR Elbphilharmonie’s 2020-21 season with Brahms & Prokofiev
(Video; recorded live; streaming; website; available until Oct 1)
In his second season as its Chief Conductor, Alan Gilbert led the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra in their 2020-21 season-opening concerts at the Elbphilharmonie, the orchestra’s already iconic new home. Together they undertook a complete Brahms symphonic cycle and both Prokofiev’s violin concertos in seven performances over the course of four days (Sep 1-5). Streaming on demand at the orchestra’s website, their opening-night program paired Brahms’s Second Symphony with Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto, featuring Lisa Batiashvili, one of the conductor’s regular collaborators, as soloist.
Alondra de la Parra and the Impossible Orchestra raise funds for Mexico
(Video; streaming; website & socials)
Moved by the plight of women and children in her native Mexico, and by their increased vulnerability during the pandemic, conductor Alondra de la Parra founded The Impossible Orchestra. Bringing together Emmanuel Pahud, Maxim Vengerov, Rolando Villazón, Alisa Weilerstein and 23 more leading musicians from 14 countries, this specially created ensemble performs an original arrangement of Arturo Márquez’s Danzón No. 2 in a new video. De la Parra conceived the orchestra and video to raise money for Fondo Semillas and Save the Children Mexico, two foundations working to combat violence against women and children in Mexico.
Susan Graham in Performance Santa Fe’s “An Evening of Stars”
(Video; streaming; website & socials)
Mezzo Susan Graham was 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 featured appearances and exclusive performances by Graham and many more of the biggest names in Performance Santa Fe history. It is still available for streaming on demand here.
Tenor Nicholas Phan gave new recital in San Francisco Performances Front Row “Sanctuary” Series
(Video; streaming; 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 is available for on-demand streaming, free of charge, in San Francisco Performances‘ new online Front Row “Sanctuary” Series.
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.
Julia Bullock sings “Brown Baby”
(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.”
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.