May 27, 2020
What’s Streaming: Classical (Week of June 1–7)

For a reminder of what’s streaming this week (May 25–31), click here. In addition, don’t miss vocalist, composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and dancer Jen Shyu in…

May 30 at 7:00 p.m. ET
The Jazz Gallery’s Lockdown Sessions: Jen Shyu, Bill Frisell, Kassa Overall, & Hannah Marks

Tickets via ($20 for public /$10 for members); watch via Zoom;
info here

May 31 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Group Lesson/Workout: “Inner Ear
Strengthening for Improvisation”


Tickets via Patreon ($10/month tier or higher); private for Patreon patrons only; info here

Monday, June 1 as of 12:00 p.m. ET:
Pop Up Pipa with Wu Man: Episode 7: Basel Rajoub

Joined on this episode by Swiss-Syrian wind player Basel Rajoub, pipa virtuoso Wu Man continues to explore the world’s musical traditions through her video series Pop Up Pipa. Though best known as a saxophonist, Mr. Rajoub plays the duclar, a clarinet-like Middle Eastern instrument, in this performance with Wu Man. New episodes will also air on June 3 and 6, marking a shift to a twice-per-week, Wednesday-and-Saturday schedule moving forward.

WHERE TO WATCH: Wu Man’s Facebook


Monday, June 1 at 6:30 p.m. PT:
Pre-broadcast talk with Shai Wosner, Christopher Cerrone,
and Phoenix Symphony Music Director Tito Muñoz

Left to right: Shai Wosner, Christopher Cerrone, and Tito Muñoz

Ahead of an Arizona PBS broadcast of Christopher Cerrone’s The Air Suspended, as performed by Shai Wosner and The Phoenix Symphony, Mr. Wosner, Mr. Cerrone, and Phoenix Symphony Music Director Tito Muñoz get together virtually for a pre-broadcast talk. In addition to this concerto, which was written for Mr. Wosner, the broadcast at 7:00 p.m. PT features Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Haydn’s “Drumroll” Symphony No. 103.

WHERE TO WATCH: The Phoenix Symphony’s Facebook


Tuesday, June 2 as of 1:00 p.m. PT:
James Conlon discusses Beaumarchais and The Ghosts of Versailles 
on LA Opera James Conlon at Home podcast

The May 26 episode was re-scheduled for June 2. For details, see last week’s newsletter.

WHERE TO LISTEN: LA Opera’s SoundCloud


Wednesday, June 3 as of 12:00 p.m. ET:
Pop Up Pipa with Wu Man: Episode 8: Raphaël Jouan 

Wu Man welcomes cellist Raphaël Jouan back to Pop Up Pipa, following their earlier performance of Bach’s Air on the G String. This time they perform Fauré’s “Après un rêve,” a song arranged here for pipa and cello. Starting with this episode, new Pop Up Pipa videos will appear on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

WHERE TO WATCH: Wu Man’s Facebook


Thursday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m. ET:
James Conlon conducts Puccini’s Tosca
in Metropolitan Opera Live in HD Encore Broadcast

In this classic 1978 Tito Gobbi production of Puccini's Tosca, conductor James Conlon leads a stellar cast including Luciano Pavarotti as Cavaradossi, Shirley Verrett as Tosca, and Cornell MacNeil as Scarpia.

WHERE TO WATCH: Metropolitan Opera’s web site


Friday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m. CT:
Minnesota Orchestra’s Sound Check: Episode 4 with special guests
Kathy Kienzle (Principal Harp) and Michael Gast (Principal Horn)

Recent episode of Sound Check with Principal Cello Anthony Ross and
Principal Clarinet Gabriel Campos Zamora and special guests
Music Director Osmo Vänskä and Principal Bass Kristen Bruya.

In Episode 4 of their recently launched Sound Check series—part of Minnesota Orchestra at Home (—Principal Cello Anthony Ross and Principal Clarinet Gabriel Campos Zamora invite Principal Harp Kathy Kienzle and Principal Horn Michael Gast to discuss a program featuring Ginastera’s Harp Concerto, the Mass for a Sacred Place by late Minnesotan composer Stephen Paulus, and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 that will be broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio at 7:00 p.m. CT immediately after the discussion. Please note, there will also be an episode released this week on Friday, May 29 with special guest Benjamin Beilman. Details available here.

WHERE TO WATCH: Minnesota Orchestra’s web site (RSVP required)


Friday, June 5 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 WATCH: New World Symphony’s Facebook


Saturday, June 6 at 12:00 p.m. ET:
Pop Up Pipa with Wu Man: Episode 8: Lee Knight

Wu Man gets into character for her Pop Up Pipa performance with American folk musician Lee Knight. They perform Pete Seeger’s “Well May the World Go,” with added verses by Mr. Knight.

WHERE TO WATCH: Wu Man’s Facebook


Saturday, June 6 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

(re-scheduled from May 30)

Recent 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.

Over the weekend, the May 23 and 30 programs were postponed by one week. The schedule is now…

May 30:

  • NINA SHEKHAR: warm in my veins
  • TED HEARNE: Distance Canon
  • CAROLINE DAVIS: heart rituals

June 6:

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

WHERE TO WATCH: Jennifer Koh's Facebook & Instagram


#ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Jonathan Biss’s Benefit Concert for Artist Relief Tree

Last Wednesday, May 20, Jonathan Biss gave a special benefit recital in support of online fundraiser Artist Relief Tree, which was established to support artists affected financially by COVID-19. The event received more than 33,000 views and has raised nearly $30,000 so far. Viewers can still tune in on-demand to hear Mr. Biss perform Schumann’s Kreisleriana, selections from Janáček’s On an Overgrown Path, and two works by Mozart—Piano Sonata in F major, K 533/494, and Rondo in A minor, K 511. Through the end of the day today (May 27), donations may still be made in connection with this recital. Donations above $100 will receive a signed CD; for $500 or more Mr. Biss will join a private video session.

WHERE TO WATCH: Artist Relief Tree’s Facebook and YouTube


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