January 7, 2021
What's Streaming: Classical — Happy New Year

With the holidays now past, Shuman Associates resumes its weekly streaming newsletters, 
starting with a quick look back at what you may have missed over the break...

2018 Gilmore Artist Igor Levit featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes

To ring in 2021 after an incredibly successful year, 2018 Gilmore Artist Igor Levit spoke with Jon Wertheim for a segment on CBS’s 60 Minutes. Together they talked about his 16-hour marathon performance of Satie’s Vexations, presented by The Gilmore in May, as well as finding an audience during the pandemic, speaking out against anti-Semitism, and understanding Beethoven with the help of Eminem.



Jonathan Biss’s UNQUIET: My Life with Beethoven
one of the top 10 best-sellers on Audible.com, now available

On December 17, Audible, Inc., the leading creator and provider of premium audio storytelling, released Jonathan Biss’s audio-only memoir UNQUIET: My Life with Beethoven, which examines the interplay between his lifelong passion for the music of Beethoven and his own personal struggles with anxiety. This Audible Original, which quickly became one of Audible’s top 10 best-sellers, includes musical interludes of selections primarily from Beethoven’s piano sonatas, recorded specifically for the project. With the release of this memoir, Mr. Biss becomes the first classical musician to be featured in Audible’s Words + Music programming, which also includes Audible Originals from James Taylor, Patti Smith, Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow, Rufus Wainwright, and more.

WHERE TO LISTEN: Audible.com (exclusively within the Audible Plus catalog)


Jennifer Koh interviewed on NPR’s All Things Considered

On Monday, January 4, violinist Jennifer Koh spoke with NPR’s Clay Masters for an All Things Considered segment on musical collaboration during the pandemic. This comes amidst widespread year-end acclaim (The New York TimesThe New YorkerChicago Tribune, and more) for Ms. Koh’s activities in 2020, including her Alone Together commissioning project, world premiere of Tyshawn Sorey’s new violin concerto, and the third and final album in her Bach & Beyond series. She also recently spoke with The New York Times for a feature on the ‘Great Cultural Depression’ facing the arts due to the pandemic:



Friday, January 15 at 8:00 p.m. CT
Minnesota Orchestra pairs classical and neo-classical works,
as well as instrumental music from the Renaissance

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—led by music director Osmo Vänskä—perform canzoni by Giovanni Gabrieli, classical works by Mozart and Joseph Bologne (Chevalier de Saint-Georges), and neo-classical works by Eugène Bozza and Jean Françaix. These hour-long concerts, which constitute the orchestra’s season, feature ensembles of up to 25 orchestra musicians performing programs created for at-home viewing instead of an in-person audience. Learn more about the upcoming program here.


  • 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

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