May 20, 2020
What’s Streaming: Classical (Week of May 25–31)

For a reminder of what’s streaming this week (May 18–24), click here. Tonight, don’t miss…

Monday, May 25 as of 12:00 p.m. ET:
Pop Up Pipa with Wu Man: Episode 4: Andrea Piccioni

Pipa virtuoso Wu Man’s new video series, Pop Up Pipa, continues to explore musical traditions around the world, in this case through a performance with Roman percussionist Andrea Piccioni on the traditional Italian tamburello. New episodes appear every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

WHERE TO WATCH: Wu Man’s Facebook


Monday, May 25 at 2:00 p.m. CT:
Tulsa Opera’s Staying Alive series continues with soprano Keely Futterer singing Richard Strauss’s “Zueignung”

Tulsa Opera’s Staying Alive video series keeps the music alive amidst the shutdowns by bringing to viewers at-home performances from the company’s featured artists every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Next week begins with soprano Keely Futterer, a Tulsa Opera Filstrup Resident Artist, singing Richard Strauss’s lied “Zueignung” (Dedication Devotion). She is accompanied by Lyndon Meyer.

 WHERE TO WATCH: Tulsa Opera’s web site


Tuesday, May 26 as of 1:00 p.m. PT:
James Conlon discusses Beaumarchais and The Ghosts of Versailles on LA Opera James Conlon at Home podcast

Latest episode of James Conlon at Home (May 19)

In recent episodes of LA Opera podcast James Conlon at Home, Music DirectorJames Conlon has been delving into the history of French playwright Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, his beloved character Figaro, and the renowned operas that sprang from his plays. Mr. Conlon started with The Barber of Seville (parts 1 & 2), as adapted by Rossini and Paisiello. He then moved on to a three-part exploration of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (parts 12, & 3). Next week he turns to the final play in Beaumarchais’s Figaro trilogy—La Mère coupable—particularly in the context of John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles, which took the play as its starting point.

Building on the popularity of his pre-performance talks at LA Opera, Mr. Conlon launched this podcast amidst the coronavirus crisis in order to continue engaging the public with opera. Past episodes have focused on Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande (parts 12, & 3), Debussy and Wagner (parts 1 & 2), and the power of opera to inspire, heal, console, distract, entertain, and challenge (click here). Stay tuned as well to for announcements of streamed LA Opera performances led by Mr. Conlon.

WHERE TO LISTEN: LA Opera’s SoundCloud


Wednesday, May 27 as of 12:00 p.m. ET:
Pop Up Pipa with Wu Man: Episode 5: Xuefei Yang

Wu Man’s Pop Up Pipa goes back to Bach, this time in performance with guitarist Xuefei Yang, a fellow alumnus of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. They each take one of the two parts in the composer’s Two-Part Invention No. 8 in F major. Additional episodes air on Monday and Friday.

WHERE TO WATCH: Wu Man’s Facebook


Wednesday, May 27 at 2:00 p.m. CT:
Tulsa Opera presents tenor Humberto Borboa performing Dvořák’s “Als die alte Mutter sang”

Tulsa Opera’s second Staying Alive guest next week is tenor and former Filstrup Resident Artist Humberto Borboa, who sings Dvořák’s “Als die alte Mutter sang” (Songs My Mother Taught Me), accompanied by Lindsay Garritson. Additional videos in this web series appear on Monday and Friday.

WHERE TO WATCH: Tulsa Opera’s web site


Friday, May 29 at 12:00 p.m. ET:
Pop Up Pipa with Wu Man: Episode 6: Wu Wei

Following episodes on Monday and Wednesday, next Friday’s episode of Pop Up Pipa features pipa virtuoso Wu Man improvising alongside Wu Wei, a virtuoso of different traditional Chinese instrument—the sheng. As Wu Man has done for the pipa, Wu Wei has been an ambassador for his instrument, bringing it into contact with diverse styles around the world.

WHERE TO WATCH: Wu Man’s Facebook


Friday, May 29 at 2:00 p.m. CT:
Tulsa Opera concludes its week with mezzo-soprano Kristee Haney in a selection from Sondheim’s Anyone Can Whistle

A year after appearing in Tulsa Opera’s production of The Little Prince, mezzo-soprano Kristee Haney makes a virtual return to the company via the week’s final Staying Alive video performance. She sings “With So Little to Be Sure Of” from Stephen Sondheim’s Anyone Can Whistle. Additional performances in this Tulsa Opera video series appear on Monday and Wednesday.

WHERE TO WATCH: Tulsa Opera’s web site


Friday, May 29 at 7:00 p.m. ET:
New World Symphony's NWS Fellows: Live from our Living Room

Recent episode of NWS Fellows: Live from our Living Room (May 15)

Every Friday at 7:00 p.m. ET, New World Symphony Fellows play live, informal chamber music concerts from their homes in Miami Beach. This weekly series is broadcast via Facebook Live and episodes are archived here for streaming on demand.

WHERE TO STREAM: New World Symphony’s Facebook


Saturday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m. ET:
Jennifer Koh’s Alone Together series continues with new works by Du Yun, Shayna Dunkelman, George Lewis, and Lester St Louis

Latest episode of Alone Together (May 16)

Every Saturday at 7:00 p.m. ET, violinist Jennifer Koh premieres new micro-works for solo violin as part of her and non-profit ARCO Collaborative’s Alone Together series. Twenty-one composers, most of whom have salaried positions or other forms of institutional support to carry them through this challenging time, are donating newly composed works to the project, while also each recommending a freelance composer to be formally commissioned. Learn more here.

May 30 program:

  • DU YUN: Windowsills
  • GEORGE LEWIS: un petit brouillard cerebral
  • LESTER ST LOUIS: Ultraviolet, Efflorescent

Additionally, an update to the upcoming May 23 program: Ted Hearne's new work is now titled Distance Canon.

WHERE TO WATCH: Jennifer Koh's Facebook & Instagram


Minnesota Orchestra at Home

Recently featured as part of Minnesota Orchestra at Home: Principal Cello Anthony Ross and Principal Clarinet Gabriel Campos Zamora launched their new discussion series Sound Check on Monday, May 18, with special guests Music Director Osmo Vänskä and First Associate Concertmaster Susie Park.

Minnesota Orchestra at Home shares 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. Stay tuned to the Minnesota Orchestra web site and social media channels for a steady stream of new digital content.

WHERE TO WATCH / LISTEN: Minnesota Orchestra’s FacebookInstagramTwitter, & web site


#ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Michael Tilson Thomas’s commencement speech for graduates of the Cleveland Institute of Music

On Saturday, May 16, the Cleveland Institute of Music hosted a virtual commencement celebration, at which Michael Tilson Thomas was named an Honorary Doctor of Musical Arts and gave a commencement speech for 2020 CIM graduates. For the original announcement of the honorary doctorate, click here.

WHERE TO WATCH: Cleveland Institute of Music’s YouTube


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