February 3, 2021
What's Streaming: Classical (Week of February 8–14)

For a reminder of what’s streaming this week (February 1–7) click here. Don’t miss Semyon Bychkov conducting the Czech Philharmonic in Bryce Dessner's Concerto for Two Pianos, featuring soloists Katia and Marielle Labèque, on Thursday, February 4 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Left to right: Semyon Bychkov; Bryce Dessner; Katia and Marielle Labèque



Wednesday, February 10 at 10:45 a.m. ET
Stephen Hough joins panel discussion on the arts and COVID-19, presented by the Peabody Institute

Left: Stephen Hough; Right Panel (clockwise from top left): Thomas Dolby,
Marin Alsop, Du Yun, Fred Bronstein, Peter Sellars, Sean Jones

Pianist Stephen Hough participates in a Peabody Conservatory panel discussion on how the role and expectations of performing artists might change in the wake of the pandemic, and what skills artists will need to thrive in the future. Moderated by Peabody Institute Dean Fred Bronstein, the panel also includes conductor Marin Alsop, pop artist-producer Thomas Dolby, composer Du Yun, trumpeter Sean Jones, and director Peter Sellars. This event opens the Peabody Institute’s day-long series of panel discussions The Next Normal: Arts Innovation and Resilience in a Post-COVID World.



Friday, February 12 at 3:00 p.m. CT
Minnesota Orchestra presents Musical Menagerie,
a young people's concert in partnership with the Minnesota Zoo

Minnesota Orchestra's Musical Menagerie will invite viewers to connect music with animals—thanks to a partnership with the Minnesota Zoo—in a live concert that presents a variety of composers and styles of music as well as unique film elements and guests from the Zoo. Host and conductor Sarah Hicks, along with animal conservationists from the Zoo, will introduce viewers to brown bears, gibbons, tropical fish, and more. This concert is recommended for grades 1–6. Learn more 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

Friday, February 12 at 6:00 p.m. PT
Wu Man performs in Chinese New Year celebration, presented by CSU San Marcos

California State University San Marcos presents a Chinese New Year celebration featuring pipa virtuoso Wu Man. To ring in the Year of the Ox, she performs music spanning centuries—from traditional folk songs, to 19th-century pipa music, to contemporary pieces, including one of her own compositions. The performance is followed by a live Q&A.



Saturday, February 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Bard’s US-China Music Institute presents Wu Man in
The Sound of Spring: a Chinese New Year Concert

Left to right: Wu Man; Jindong Cai, conductor and director of Bard’s US-China Music Institute

Wu Man continues to celebrate the Chinese New Year in a special concert presented by the Bard College Conservatory of Music’s US-China Music Institute. The second annual Sound of Spring concert, hosted by Wu Man and Institute director Jindong Cai, is live-streamed from Bard’s Fisher Center and features performances by Wu Man, The Orchestra Now conducted by Jindong Cai, the Central Conservatory of Music Chinese Chamber Orchestra, the China NCPA Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra. The musical selections aim to send a message of hope, renewal, and new beginnings, in the spirit of the Chinese New Year tradition of the Spring Festival.



#ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Michael Tilson Thomas on PBS NewsHour

On Monday, February 1, PBS NewsHour profiled Michael Tilson Thomas, with a focus on how the pandemic has impacted his musical life and his work with younger musicians as Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the New World Symphony (NWS). The profile offers a behind-the-scenes look at how he and NWS Fellows have adapted and maintained a connection to the community during the pandemic.



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