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Classical Streaming from 21C in December

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. (Updated Dec 10)


Wed, Dec 9 at 1pm EST: Choir of Trinity Wall Street performs “And he shall purify” from 2018 (see Trinity Church Wall Street below)
Thurs, Dec 10 at 1pm EST: Jonathan Woody sings “He was despised” from 2018 (see Trinity Church Wall Street below)
Fri, Dec 11 at 1pm EST: “Surely,” “And with His stripes,” and “All we like sheep” performed by Choir of Trinity Wall Street & Trinity Baroque Orchestra in 2016 (see Trinity Church Wall Street below)
Sat, Dec 12 at 1pm/4pm/7pm EST: Yo-Yo Ma & Emanuel Ax in Beethoven (see Yo-Yo Ma below)
Sat, Dec 12 at 5pm EST: TENET Vocal Artists in holiday fare at Caramoor (see Caramoor below)
Sat, Dec 12 at 7:30pm EST: Michael Tilson Thomas, James Ehnes & NWS fellows in Bach Project (see Michael Tilson Thomas below)
Sun, Dec 13 at 3pm EST: Handel’s Messiah from Trinity Church Wall Street from 2019 (see Trinity Church Wall Street below)
Thurs, Dec 17 at 7:30pm: Joshua Bell Live with Carnegie Hall: Music as Medicine (see Joshua Bell below)
Fri, Dec 18 at 2pm EST: Alan Gilbert & NDR Elbphilharmonie (see Alan Gilbert below)
Sat, Dec 19 at 3pm EST: Joshua Bell and Jeremy Denk (see Joshua Bell below)
Sat, Dec 19 at 7:30pm EST: White Snake Projects presents “Sing Out Strong: Essential Voices” (see White Snake Projects below)

(LISTED ALPHABETICALLY BY ARTIST; newly announced streams in red)

JOSHUA BELL is Live with Carnegie Hall: Music as Medicine; plus, live in recital with Jeremy Denk
(Carnegie: Dec 17: live video stream, website & socials, free; Recital: Dec 19: live video stream, website, ticketed)

In July, Grammy-winning violinist Joshua Bell paid tribute to the heroic healthcare workers serving tirelessly on the frontlines, many of whom are talented musicians themselves. In this special “Live with Carnegie Hall: Music as Medicine” event on Dec 17, Bell is featured in another performance with frontline medical workers, this time playing “Winter” from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.

Two days later, Bell is joined by his longtime friend and collaborator, pianist Jeremy Denk, for a livestreamed recital from Bell’s Manhattan home. The program combines Beethoven’s “Spring” and “Kreutzer” sonatas with music by Chopin. The stream will be available on demand to ticket-buyers for 48 hours after the livestream.

Live with Carnegie Hall: Music as Medicine
Thurs, Dec 17 at 7:30pm EST

Joshua Bell and healthcare workers
Program: “Winter” from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons
More info at:

Live recital with Jeremy Denk:
Sat, Dec 19 at 3pm EST
Joshua Bell, violin; Jeremy Denk, piano
Program: includes Beethoven Violin Sonatas No. 5 (“Spring”) and No. 9 (“Kreutzer”), plus music by Chopin. (Program is subject to change.)
Tickets: general admission $25; students & artists $10; available & more info at:

JULIA BULLOCK sings NPR Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
(Recorded video livestream; free on NPR website)

Honored as a 2021 Artist of the Year and “agent of change” by Musical America, Julia Bullock gave a Tiny Desk (Home) Concert in NPR Music’s special quarantine edition of the series in December; NPR’s Tom Huizenga characterized it as “among the most transcendent musical moments I’ve experienced this year.” Streaming free on demand at NPR Music.

Schubert: “Wanderers Nachtlied II”
Kurt Weill: “Wie lange noch”
Trad. spiritual: “City Called Heaven” (arr. Hall Johnson)
Billy Taylor: “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free” (arr. Jeremy Siskind)

From CARAMOOR: TENET Vocal Artists in holiday fare
(Dec 12: video stream; ticketed)

The holiday season at Caramoor hits its stride with a streamed performance by audience favorite TENET Vocal Artists, led by Artistic Director Jolle Greenleaf, continuing the series of concerts from the Music Room that the New York Times calls “adventurous and excellent.” Based on the Anglican tradition of Lessons and Carols, TENET’s vocal soloists join together with lutenist Hank Heijink to perform traditional carols alongside works by Warlock, Howells, Parry and Vaughan Williams.

at, Dec 12 at 5pm EST
Stream from the Music Room
Artists: TENET Vocal Artists (Jolle Greenleaf, soprano and artistic director; Molly Quinn, soprano; Virginia Warnken Kelsey, mezzo-soprano: Donald Meineke, tenor; Jonathan Woody, bass-baritone)
Hank Heijink, lute
Program: Traditional carols and works by Warlock, Howells, Parry and Vaughan Williams
Tickets: $10 (Caramoor members free); subsequently available on demand for 24 hours. More info & tickets at

ALAN GILBERT leads NDR Elbphilharmonie in works by Dvořák & Mahler
(Dec 18: Live video stream; website, plus live audio broadcast; free)

On Dec 18, Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and Chief Conductor Alan Gilbert are joined by cellist Gautier Capuçon and soprano Anna Prohaska for a live performance of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto and Mahler’s Fourth Symphony. The concert will be livestreamed at NDR’s website and on its EO app, as well as being broadcast live on NDR Kultur radio.

Fri, Dec 18 at 2pm EST / 8pm CET 
Alan Gilbert, conductor; Anna Prohaska, soprano; Gautier Capuçon, cello
NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra
DVOŘÁK: Cello Concerto in B minor
MAHLER: Symphony No. 4 in G
More info here.

GLOBAL ODE TO JOY was Live with Carnegie Hall
(Recorded webcast on YouTube & Facebook; website; free)

This past Thursday, Dec 3, the Global Ode to Joy (GOTJ) brought together artists and music-lovers around the world to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday with a special edition of “Live with Carnegie Hall.” Hosted by MacArthur Award-winning conductor Marin Alsop and featuring British violinist Daniel Hope, President of the Beethoven-Haus Bonn, the webcast also includes musical performances and guest appearances by Emanuel AxJoyce DiDonatoLeonidas KavakosYo-Yo MaYannick Nézet-Séguin, former U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, Austria’s ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) and the international Stay At Home Choir. Streaming on Facebook and YouTube, the webcast complements the social media project launched last month in collaboration with YouTubeGoogle Arts & CultureBTHVN2020 and the leading arts organizations of five continents. Inviting the global community to celebrate Beethoven’s birthday with joy-filled videos tagged #GlobalOdeToJoy, the project aims to amplify the message of his beloved “Ode to Joy” chorus by flooding the digital sphere with unity, solidarity and hope.

Hope@Home has returned with Hope@Home – Next Generation
(Live daily video streams, subsequently archived; website & Facebook)

Hope is once again playing live from his Berlin living room every evening. As he explains: “The pandemic has affected our entire world. But the effect on our cultural world has also been devastating. I think it is important now for established artists to use their influence to help the next generation, so that they have a chance in the future. That is why I have decided to restart Hope@Home, as well as to reconnect to people in lockdown around the world. Selected mentors will present young, freelance artists. All artists will receive a fee for their performances and we will adhere to all COVID-19 regulations.” Some of the mentors – performing either virtually or live with Hope and the young artists – include Christoph EschenbachAnne-Sophie MutterRenaud CapuçonSol Gabetta and Sarah Willis. The episodes stream live at Arte Concert and on Hope’s Facebook page, and are archived at

For more info see

*  7pm Berlin; 6pm London; 1pm New York; 10am San Francisco

YO-YO MA & Emanuel Ax discuss and play Beethoven live
(Sat, Dec 12: live video stream on Idagio website; ticketed)

Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax come together for a three-part streaming event on Idagio. Beethoven’s complete sonatas for cello and piano are the musical catalyst for this intimate series, which offers reflections on life’s joys and challenges as well as much good humor from these lifelong friends.

1pm EST:  (1) Beginnings: Beethoven’s Early Period & the Origins of a Friendship
4pm EST:  (2) Amid Tears and Sorrow: Finding Hope in Beethoven’s Middle Period
7pm EST:  (3) Looking Back: Beethoven’s Late Period and 40 Years of Friendship

Streams live on Dec 12, then available on demand through December 20
Tickets: $10 per performance or $20 for all 3 performances. Available, with more detailed program info, at:

MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS is joined by James Ehnes for NWS Cornerstones: The Bach Project
(Sat, Dec 12: live video stream on Idagio; ticketed)

Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony Violin Fellows join violinist James Ehnes to explore Bach’s works for unaccompanied violin. Ehnes shares his reflections with the Fellows through masterclasses and individual coaching, and together they bring these inimitable works to life.

Sat, Dec 12 at 7:30pm EST
James Ehnes, violin & co-host; Michael Tilson Thomas, co-host; NWS Violin Fellows: Brendon Elliott, Yefim Romanov, Ethan Hoppe, Jesse Kasinger, Jung Eun Kang, Chelsea Sharpe
Program: movements from Bach’s sonatas and partitas for solo violin
Tickets: $15; available at

TRINITY CHURCH WALL STREET presents Messiah at end of “Messiah Week”
(Dec 7-11: Messiah Week, archived streams; Dec 13: Messiah; archived perf / live interactive stream; website & socials)

It has been 250 years since Trinity Church Wall Street first hosted one of the earliest American performances of Handel’s Messiah, and today its interpretation of the oratorio has been hailed as “the best Messiah in New York” (New York Times). This year, Trinity keeps the tradition alive with a special interactive Facebook Premiere at 3pm on December 13, when viewers can tune in to see a complete concert performance of the work, captured live last year in high definition, by the Grammy-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall StreetTrinity Baroque Orchestra and Music Director Julian Wachner. The oratorio’s movements will be interspersed with personal video messages from ten key Trinity artists, and there will be a live comment thread for audience members to chat with Wachner, the musicians and other viewers around the world. Representing the culmination of Trinity’s “Messiah Week” – five days of related webcasts in the daily “Comfort at One” series – the Facebook Premiere invites music-lovers everywhere to come together at the end of this difficult year to take solace in Handel’s enduring and uplifting work. In the lead-up to the main event, “Messiah Week” will revisit highlights of some of Trinity’s other past performances of the oratorio. All videos stream on Facebook and Twitter, and are archived at

“Messiah Week”
Mon, Dec 7 at 1pm EST: “For unto us a child is born” from Trinity’s 2017 performance
Tues, Dec 8 at 1pm EST: Choir of Trinity Wall Street’s Thomas McCargar in solos from Part 2’s Passion in Trinity’s 2018 performance
Wed, Dec 9 at 1pm EST: Choir of Trinity Wall Street performed “And he shall purify” in a 2018 performance
Thurs, Dec 10 at 1pm EST: Choir of Trinity Wall Street’s Jonathan Woody sang “He was despised” in a 2018 performance
Fri, Dec 11 at 1pm EST: “Surely,” “And with His stripes,” and “All we like sheep” performed by Choir of Trinity Wall Street & Trinity Baroque Orchestra in 2016

George Frideric Handel: Messiah (complete)
Sun, Dec 13 at 3pm EST:

Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Trinity Baroque Orchestra
Julian Wachner, conductor
Facebook Premiere

WHITE SNAKE PROJECTS presents “Sing Out Strong: Essential Voices”
(Dec 19: live video stream; website; free but registration required)

The October world premiere of White Snake Projects’ Alice in the Pandemic – a virtual opera by creator and librettist Cerise Jacobs and composer Jorge Sosa – met with well-deserved praise from every corner, for its innovation and the possibilities it revealed for the future of digital opera production. Building on that momentum, the company pushes the technology developed for Alice even further, with its presentation of Sing Out Strong: Essential Voices. This installment of WSP’s popular community song initiative features texts by health care workers on the front lines of the fight against the virus, as well as by writers and composers from the underserved populations that COVID has tended disproportionately to affect. Tickets are free, with a requested donation going to support the Coronavirus Response Fund for Nurses.

Sat, Dec 19 at 7:30pm EST
Performed live online on digital platforms
Tickets are free, with suggested donation to support Coronavirus Response Fund for Nurses. Registration and more info:
Carami Hilaire, soprano; Sarah Coit, mezzo-soprano; Agnes Kim, cello; Nathan Ben-Yehuda, piano
Tian Hui Ng, Music Director
Tech and production team:
Jon Robertson, Audio Engineer; James Ruth, Broadcast Engineer; Miguel Flores, Stage Manager; Taylor Hansen, Production Manager; White Snake Projects, Executive Producer


Bard Music Festival’s “Out of the Silence” now available on-demand
(Website; free)

Last month the Bard Music Festival joined forces with The Orchestra Now (TŌN) and the Bard College Conservatory to present “Out of the Silence: A Celebration of Music,” a series of four live-streamed concerts for string orchestra, piano and percussion. Pairing works by MendelssohnTchaikovskyDvořák 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 SingletonAdolphus Hailstork and Jessie Montgomery, the series celebrates Bard’s commitment to neglected rarities and the unquenchable joy of music-making. All four programs were performed without an audience and with appropriate safety measures on Bard College’s idyllic Hudson Valley campus by its unique graduate training orchestra, TŌN, under the leadership of Music Director Leon Botstein and other members of the TŌN artistic team. Following the conclusion of the festival, all the streams are now available on demand at UPSTREAMING, the Fisher Center’s virtual stage. Read more about “Out of the Silence” hereSee also archived UPSTREAMING episodes detailed below.)  

The Orchestra Now, conducted by Leon Botstein and James Bagwell
William Grant Still (1895–1978): Out of the Silence, from Seven Traceries (1939)
William Grant Still (1895–1978): Serenade (1957)
George Walker (1922–2018): Lyric for Strings (1946)
Felix Mendelssohn (1809–47): String Symphony No. 8 in D (1822)

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)

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)

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)

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.”

Fabio Luisi leads DALLAS SYMPHONY in Next Stage Digital Concert Series
(Recorded performances; videostreams; website; ticketed)

On Sep 10, Grammy-winning conductor Fabio Luisi launched 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 joined Luisi and the DSO for an all-Beethoven program for the season-opening concerts; a free video stream of the opening program is now available here, and available and upcoming streams in the orchestra’s Next Stage Digital Concert Series are detailed below. For the safety of DSO musicians and audiences during the ongoing pandemic, the fall programs are performed with no intermission; are composed of smaller, socially-distanced orchestral ensembles (reduced from about 70 to 35) with the string players wearing masks; and allow an audience of only 50-75 guests. Tickets: $10 for individual concerts; full series of 20+ concerts $125 with the NEXT STAGE Digital Pass. For more details about DSO’s upcoming season, visit (Please contact Louise at 21C for press passes.)

Dallas SO/Fabio Luisi; Yefim Bronfman, piano
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 2
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 8
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Dallas SO/Gemma New; Emily Levin, harp
GEORGE WALKER Lyric for Strings
GINASTERA Harp Concerto
MOZART Symphony No. 38 “Prague”

Dallas Symphony/Fabio Luisi;Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano; Stuart Skelton, tenor
MAHLER Das Lied von der Erde (Song of the Earth; chamber ensemble version by Schoenberg/Riehn)

Dallas Symphony/Fabio Luisi; Krassimira Stoyanova, soprano; Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano; Piero Pretti, tenor; Wenwei Zhang, bass
VERDI: arias, duets & overtures from AidaDon CarloThe Force of Destiny and others

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 CanellakisDaniel Harding and Sir Simon Rattle, then Marin Alsop, Sir Antonio Pappano and Esa-Pekka Salonen, and most recently Herbert Blomstedt.

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.

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.

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