November 5, 2020
What's Streaming: Classical (Week of November 9–15)

For a reminder of what’s streaming this week (November 2–8), click here. In addition, don't miss Tulsa Opera Artistic Director and composer Tobias Picker's appearance today on Musical America's One to One interview series, in which he spoke with the publication's News Editor Susan Elliott about Tulsa Opera's recent 'baseball Rigoletto,' America's first staged grand opera performance for a live, in-person audience since the coronavirus outbreak:



Monday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Shai Wosner joins Orion Weiss in duo-piano recital for Music Mondays

Shai Wosner (left) and Orion Weiss (right)

Shai Wosner, a “Schubertian of unfaltering authority and character” (Gramophone), joins long-time collaborator Orion Weiss for a special program of four-hand piano music. Together, the pianists play Schubert’s Fantasy in F minor, Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, and the first three pieces in Dvořák’s Legends. Immediately after the concert, the artists will be available for a post-concert Q&A via Zoom.

WHERE TO WATCH: Music Mondays’ web siteYouTube, and Facebook


Tuesday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m. CT
Tulsa Opera LIVE presents Tobias Picker in conversation with James Robinson

Tobias Picker (left) and James Robinson (right)

Through conversations between composer / Tulsa Opera Artistic Director Tobias Picker and luminaries in the opera world, the Tulsa Opera LIVE discussion series explores the past, present, and future of opera, including in the context of COVID-19 and its immense impact on the performing arts. In this episode, livestreamed via Zoom, Mr. Picker speaks with the director of the company’s recent baseball-themed Rigoletto, James Robinson, about this historic collaboration, as well as about the upcoming world premiere of Mr. Picker’s new opera, Awakenings, which had been postponed due to the pandemic.

WHERE TO REGISTER / WATCH: Tulsa Opera’s web site


Tuesday, November 10 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Wu Man and Aga Khan Master Musicians at Dartmouth College

Wu Man (center) and members of the Aga Khan Music Initiative (left and right)

Presented by Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center for the Arts, pipa virtuoso Wu Man is featured in a special evening of music-making and discussion with fellow Master Musicians of the Aga Khan Music Initiative, which supports talented musicians and music educators working to preserve, transmit, and develop their musical heritage in contemporary forms. She is joined by doira player and ambassador of Uzbek culture Abbos Kosimov; saxophonist Basel Rajoub; long-necked lute performer Sirojiddin Juraev; and qanun player Feras Charestan. They play musical selections and discuss their instruments and creative process. They are joined by Dartmouth College Professor of Music Ted Levin, who guides the conversation and the evening's program.

WHERE TO BUY TICKETS / WATCH: Hopkins Center for the Arts’ web site


Wednesday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m. GMT
Stephen Hough performs Beethoven’s
“Emperor” Concerto with Liverpool Philharmonic

Building on the wide acclaim he is receiving for his recent recording cycle of the complete Beethoven piano concertos, Stephen Hough performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”) for a live audience last week with the Liverpool Philharmonic under Joshua Weilerstein. Starting on November 11, online audiences will be able to stream this performance on demand.

WHERE TO BUY TICKETS / WATCH: Liverpool Philharmonic’s web site


Friday, November 13
Jennifer Koh concludes Bach & Beyond series with new album on Cedille Records

With the release of Bach & Beyond Part 3, Jennifer Koh completes her recording series of this critically acclaimed project that explores resonances between Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas and contemporary solo violin works. This two-disc album comprises Bach’s Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003; Berio’s Sequenza VIII for solo violin; John Harbison’s For Violin Alone, specially commissioned for the project; and Bach’s Sonata No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005.

WHERE TO LISTEN: Cedille Records’ web site, as well as streaming services including Amazon Music


Saturday, November 14
NPR Music’s AMPLIFY with Lara Downes features Helga Davis

Lara Downes (left) and Helga Davis (right)

Having launched on October 17, NPR Music conversation series AMPLIFY with Lara Downes continues with guest Helga Davis, the multidisciplinary artist and popular WNYC host. This bi-weekly series features intimate and deeply personal video conversations with visionary Black musicians who are shaping the present and future of the art form. Ms. Downes has spoken with Rhiannon Giddens and Anthony McGill in previous episodes, and upcoming guests also include Davóne Tines and Julia Bullock.

WHERE TO WATCH: and NPR Music’s YouTube and additional social media platforms


Saturday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Wu Man and Aga Khan Master Musicians at Freer and Sackler Galleries

Wu Man (center) and members of the Aga Khan Music Initiative (left and right)

Wu Man hosts and performs in this broadcast of new music with fellow Aga Khan Master Musicians from the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia. This collaborative ensemble, performing on a diverse group of instruments, is inspired by their musical roots to explore how innovation helps revitalize cultural heritage. They have appeared with the Kronos Quartet and at Royal Albert Hall in London and will create this premiere video performance specially for the Freer and Sackler Galleries.

WHERE TO REGISTER / WATCH: Freer and Sackler Galleries’ Eventbrite


Saturday, November 14 at 5:00 p.m. PT – Sunday, November 29 at 12:00 p.m. PT
James Conlon leads LA Opera virtual production of
pioneering Black composer Joseph Bologne’s The Anonymous Lover

Continuing his mission of resurrecting neglected repertoire, conductor James Conlon leads LA Opera’s West Coast premiere of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges’s opera The Anonymous Lover in a free, virtual-only, streaming-on-demand experience. Though Joseph Bologne’s instrumental music has received renewed attention in recent decades, his one surviving complete opera has gone nearly unheard since its premiere in 1780. For this production Mr. Conlon conducts from the newly created, first critical edition of the score and also chose to incorporate an aria from the composer’s 1777 opera Ernestine, which survives incomplete. In terms of the libretto, which had been based on a play by Félicité de Genlis, Mr. Conlon collaborated with director Bruce Lemon, Jr., who created the production’s socially distanced staging, and dramaturg Dr. Ariane Helou to restore to the opera’s spoken dialogue the female perspective of the original play.

The Anonymous Lover is produced and streamed in partnership with the Colburn School, which will concurrently and collaboratively engage in a performance-based exploration of the works and legacy of Joseph Bologne.

WHERE TO REGISTER / WATCH: LA Opera’s web site


Sunday, November 15 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Swarthmore College’s Zoom Tunes with Wu Man

For her third and final concert of the week, Wu Man performs and talks with the students of Swarthmore College as part of their new Zoom Tunes series. In addition to inviting the college’s students, faculty, and staff to participate via Zoom, Swarthmore invites the general public to tune into a livestream of the event via YouTube.

WHERE TO WATCH: Swarthmore College’s YouTube


Sunday, November 15 at 2:00 p.m. ET
Shai Wosner commences three-year artist residency
at Peoples’ Symphony Concerts

Pianist Shai Wosner commences his three-year term as Resident Artist of Peoples’ Symphony Concerts (PSC) with the opening concert of PSC’s virtual 120th anniversary season. This program serves as a passing of the baton from 2017–20 Resident Ensemble the Dover String Quartet to Mr. Wosner, who joins the ensemble in a performance of Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, Op. 81. He also performs Brahms’s Intermezzo Op. 116, No. 2. For details about Mr. Wosner’s residency, click here.

WHERE TO BUY TICKETS / WATCH: Peoples’ Symphony Concerts’ web site


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