February 17, 2021
What's Streaming: Classical (Week of February 22–28)

For a reminder of what’s streaming this week (February 15–21) click here. Note that Lara Downes's Bang on a Can performance on Sunday, February 21, is now scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m. ET, opening the marathon's fourth hour. The marathon schedule is subject to change; click here for updates.

In addition, don’t miss Michael Tilson Thomas in the New World Symphony’s 33rd anniversary gala, Brave New World, on Saturday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m. ETThe event will include the world premiere of a film produced by MTT detailing NWS's early days, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the New World Center, and looking to NWS's future. The film includes new interviews with MTT, Frank Gehry, NWS alumni, and more.


Thursday, February 25 at 6:30 p.m. MT
Jennifer Koh’s Alone Together in recital for Aspen Music Festival and School

Week 10 finale of Jennifer Koh’s Alone Together series, June 20, 2020.

In spring 2020, as part of her Alone Together commissioning project, Jennifer Koh premiered new micro-works for solo violin by more than 40 composers. Fourteen of these works (listed here) are featured on her virtual program for the Aspen Music Festival and School. She says, “Alone Together is an artistic response to the coronavirus pandemic and the financial hardship it has placed on many in the music community. It is an online commissioning project that brings composers together in support of the many freelancers among them.” A noted interpreter of Bach, Ms. Koh also performs the composer’s Sonata No. 3 in C major to close the program.

WHERE TO WATCH: AspenMusicFestival.com/Virtual-Stage and Aspen Music Festival and School’s Facebook


Sunday, February 28 at 3:00 p.m. PT
Wu Man rings in Chinese New Year with New West Symphony

New West Symphony’s A Tour of China is a celebration of the Chinese New Year and Spring Lantern Festival that includes a special concert featuring the world’s premier pipa virtuoso and leading ambassador of Chinese music, Wu Man, as well as multi-Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and master of the erhu Hong Wang. The program includes works by Wu Man, Tan Dun, Mahler, and Beethoven, as well as arrangements of traditional music.



#ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Minnesota Orchestra presents Musical Menagerie,
a young people's concert in partnership with the Minnesota Zoo

Minnesota Orchestra's Musical Menagerie invites viewers to connect music with animals—thanks to a partnership with the Minnesota Zoo—in a 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, introduces viewers to brown bears, gibbons, tropical fish, and more. This concert is recommended for grades 1–6.

WHERE TO WATCH: mnorch.vhx.tv


Michael Tilson Thomas featured on Talking Beats with Daniel Lelchuk

Hear Michael Tilson Thomas in an in-depth conversation with cellist and podcaster Daniel Lelchuk on the latest episode of Talking Beats with Daniel Lelchuk. This hour-long interview offers a wealth of insight into MTT’s musical thinking, his personality, and the many fascinating experiences that have shaped him. MTT and Mr. Lelchuk discuss everything from the fundamentals of music; to a wide range of composers including Mozart, Mahler, Lou Harrison, and medieval French troubadours; to MTT's work with such legendary figures as Jascha Heifetz, Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, and Gregor Piatigorsky; to MTT's love for working with young, promising musicians. This episode was released on Tuesday, February 16.

WHERE TO LISTEN: TalkingBeats.com and streaming services including Apple Podcasts and Spotify


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