October 29, 2020
What's Streaming: Classical (Week of November 2–8)

For a reminder of what’s streaming this week (October 26 – November 1), click here.


Friday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Jennifer Koh premieres Tyshawn Sorey Violin Concerto with Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Jennifer Koh performing world premiere of Christopher Cerrone’s violin concerto Breaks and Breaks with Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2018

Returning to the DSO after her acclaimed premiere of Christopher Cerrone’s violin concerto Breaks and Breaks, Jennifer Koh performs the world premiere of Tyshawn Sorey’s concerto For Marcos Balter, which—like the work by Mr. Cerrone—was composed for her commissioning project The New American Concerto. This multi-season project explores the form of the violin concerto and its potential for artistic engagement with contemporary societal issues and concerns.



Friday, November 6 at 8:00 p.m. CT
Minnesota Orchestra performs music by Sibelius,
Mendelssohn, Nebojša Jovan Živković, and Louis W. Ballard

As part of the Minnesota Orchestra's series of live Friday night concerts presented with Twin Cities PBS (TPT) and Classical MPR, the orchestra's musicians perform Sibelius’s Overture for Brass Septet, Nebojša Jovan Živković’s Trio per Uno, Louis W. Ballard’s Ritmo Indio, A Study in American Indian Rhythm, and Mendelssohn’s Octet. These hour-long concerts, which constitute the orchestra’s fall season, feature ensembles of up to 25 orchestra musicians performing programs created for at-home viewing instead of an in-person audience.


  • TV: Twin Cities PBS’s MN Channel (TPT 2.2)
  • Radio: Classical MPR, including via 99.5 FM in the Twin Cities and online at ClassicalMPR.org;
  • Online: Livestream via MinnesotaOrchestra.org and social media; performances subsequently will be available for free on-demand access via MinnesotaOrchestra.org

Saturday, November 7 at 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. PT (time period for full seminar)
James Conlon discusses pioneering Black composer Joseph Bologne and his opera The Anonymous Lover as part of LA Opera web seminar

Left: LA Opera Music Director James Conlon;
Right: Composer 
Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745–99)

In advance of conducting LA Opera’s virtual, West Coast premiere of The Anonymous Lover by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (available for streaming on demand from November 14 to 29), Music Director James Conlon joins a special LA Opera web seminar to discuss this little-known opera and its long-neglected composer, who was a contemporary of Mozart and one of the first Black classical composers known to history.



Saturday, November 7 at 3:00 p.m. PT
Lara Downes premieres Stephanie Ann Boyd's 
My Grandmother's Garden as part of Festival of New American Music

Lara Downes (right) and Stephanie Ann Boyd (left) discuss My Grandmother's Garden

For Sacramento State’s Festival of New American Music, which this year highlights the music of female-identifying composers, Lara Downes gives the world premiere of Stephanie Ann Boyd's solo piano work My Grandmother's Garden. The piece is a musical portrait of Ms. Downes's and Ms. Boyd's grandmothers, and the two artists discuss the work in the video above.

WHERE TO WATCH: Sacramento State School of Music’s YouTube


Saturday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m. PT
Jen Shyu’s composition “Jum Jeng Yi (Fortune Teller)” performed by Olivia de Prato as part of Festival of New American Music

The music of Jen Shyu is presented by Sacramento State’s Festival of New American Music this year in light of its focus on the work of female-identifying composers. Violinist Olivia de Prato performs Ms. Shyu’s composition “Jum Jeng Yi (Fortune Teller)” on a program that also includes works by Anahita Abbasi, Zosha Di Castri, Missy Mazzoli, and Angelica Negron.

WHERE TO WATCH: Sacramento State School of Music’s YouTube


Sunday, November 8 at 2:00 p.m. ET
The Gilmore presents Pierre Laurent-Aimard in recital

One of today’s most celebrated interpreters of 20th- and 21st-century piano music, Pierre-Laurent Aimard livestreams a solo recital of works by Messiaen and Stockhausen—interspersed with two of Beethoven’s best-known sonatas, the “Moonlight” and “Appassionata”—from Berlin’s Teldex Studio as part of The Gilmore’s 2020–21 virtual concert season. He performs selections from Messiaen’s Catalogue d'oiseaux, which was composed for pianist Yvonne Loriod—Messiaen’s second wife and Mr. Aimard’s former teacher. The featured movements are L'alouette lulu (“The Woodlark”) and La chouette hulotte (“The Tawny Owl”). Mr. Aimard’s recording of the complete suite was released by PENTATONE in 2018. The program closes with Klavierstück IX by Stockhausen, another composer that Mr. Aimard has championed throughout his career. Mr. Aimard gave the world premiere of Stockhausen’s Klavierstück XIV in 1985.



#ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Jonathan Biss’s Carnegie Hall Master Class

Jonathan Biss hosts this look back at his 2017 Carnegie Hall master class focused on the late solo works of Beethoven, Brahms, and Schubert. In addition to video highlights of six young pianists working with Mr. Biss on these keyboard masterpieces, this recent webcast included a live Q&A with Mr. Biss, plus memorable moments from Richard Goode’s 2015 master class exploring the nuances of Debussy’s Preludes.

WHERE TO WATCH: Carnegie Hall’s YouTube


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Photo credit (image of James Conlon): Bonnie Perkinson

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