June 17, 2020
What's Streaming: Classical (Week of June 22-28)

For a reminder of what’s streaming this week (June 15–21), click here.
In addition, don’t miss…


Monday, June 22 – Sunday, June 28:
MTT25: An Online Tribute series continues to celebrate Michael Tilson Thomas’s
25-year music directorship at the San Francisco Symphony

On June 4, the San Francisco Symphony launched its MTT25 series—a special 25-day digital tribute in honor of Michael Tilson Thomas’s extraordinary 25-year tenure as Music Director. Through June 28, SFS releases original and archival content daily, highlighting achievements, milestones, artistic projects, and relationships illustrative of MTT and the orchestra’s dynamic partnership.

During the upcoming week, MTT25 will focus on the following seasons:

  • Monday, June 22: 2013–14
  • Tuesday, June 23: 2014–15
  • Wednesday, June 24: 2015–16
  • Thursday, June 25: 2016–17
  • Friday, June 26: 2017–18
  • Saturday, June 27: 2018–19
  • Sunday, June 28: 2019–20 (see below for entry on this date)



Monday, June 22 at 10:00 a.m. ET:
Jennifer Koh speaks and performs at online conference “Orchestrating Isolation: Musical Interventions and Inequality in the COVID-19 Fallout,”
organized by University of London

Violinist Jennifer Koh gives a keynote speech at “Orchestrating Isolation: Musical Interventions and Inequality in the COVID-19 Fallout,” an online conference organized by the University of London that calls attention to the devastation caused to musicians, freelancers and researchers in precarious labor, even as the community mourns the losses of artists, investigators and teachers to the disease. The speech is followed by a short performance and Q&A session. Access is free; RSVP required.

WHERE TO RSVP: Royal Holloway University of London’s web site


Monday, June 22 at 2:00 p.m. CT:
Tulsa Opera’s Staying Alive series celebrates Pride Month with
tenor Sam Briggs performing Bernstein’s “Something’s Coming”

Tulsa Opera’s Staying Alive video series keeps the music alive amidst the shutdowns by bringing to viewers at-home performances from the company’s featured artists every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. This week, the series celebrates Pride Month, starting with tenor Sam Briggs singing “Something’s Coming” from Bernstein’s West Side Story. He is accompanied by Lyndon Meyer.

WHERE TO WATCH: Tulsa Opera’s web site


Wednesday, June 24 at 2:00 p.m. CT:
Tulsa Opera presents tenor David Portillo, singing a
selection from Tobias Picker’s new opera Awakenings

Tulsa Opera continues its celebration of Pride Month with tenor David Portillo as the guest in the week’s second Staying Alive episode. He will sing “I am a quiet flower” from Awakenings, the newest opera by composer and company Artistic Director Tobias Picker. The opera was scheduled to premiere at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis last month. Mr. Portillo is accompanied by Yasuko Oura. Additional videos in this web series appear on Monday and Friday.

WHERE TO WATCH: Tulsa Opera’s web site


Friday, June 26 at 10:00 a.m. PT:
Coffee with Conlon, presented by LA Opera

Episode 1 of Coffee with Conlon

On the LA Opera at Home series Coffee with Conlon, Music Director James Conlon leads a discussion on all things opera over a fresh cup of joe. As a bonus, viewers may submit questions for Mr. Conlon here.

WHERE TO WATCH: & LA Opera’s Facebook


Friday, June 26 at 2:00 p.m. CT:
Baritone Lucia Lucas performs in Tulsa Opera’s
Staying Alive series in celebration of Pride Month

On Friday, June 26, as part of its Staying Alive video series, Tulsa Opera presents baritone Lucia Lucas, whose appearance in the title role of the company’s 2019 Don Giovanni marked the first time a trans woman performed a principal role on the operatic stage in the United States. Additional performances in this video series appear on Monday and Wednesday.

WHERE TO WATCH: Tulsa Opera’s web site


Friday, June 26 at 7:00 p.m. ET:
New World Symphony's NWS Fellows: Live from our Living Room

Recent episode of NWS Fellows: Live from our Living Room (June 12)

Every Friday at 7:00 p.m. ET, New World Symphony Fellows play live, informal chamber music concerts from their homes in Miami Beach. This weekly series is broadcast via Facebook Live and episodes are archived here for streaming on demand.

WHERE TO WATCH: New World Symphony’s Facebook


Sunday, June 28 at 5:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. ET:
MTT25: An Online Tribute Event for Michael Tilson Thomas,
presented by San Francisco Symphony

The San Francisco Symphony presents MTT25: An Online Tribute Event for Michael Tilson Thomas, hosted by Audra McDonald and Susan Graham, and featuring performances and tributes by musicians of the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus, an array of distinguished guest artists, and many surprises. Access is free; RSVP required (webcast link to be sent 24 hours prior to the event).

WHERE TO RSVP: San Francisco Symphony's web site
WHERE TO WATCH: San Francisco Symphony's YouTube


Minnesota Orchestra at Home

Celebrating the Class of 2020, Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra offer a musical tribute in this Pomp and Circumstance video that includes photos from graduates.

Minnesota Orchestra at Home shares video, audio and educational materials through the categories of Watch, Listen and Learn, including videos from the Orchestra’s archives and newly-created “mini-concerts” directly from the homes of Orchestra musicians. Stay tuned to the Minnesota Orchestra web site and social media channels for a steady stream of new content.

WHERE TO WATCH / LISTEN: Minnesota Orchestra’s FacebookInstagramTwitter, & web site


#ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Jonathan Biss performs Beethoven as part of digital Lille Piano(s) Festival

On Saturday, June 13, Jonathan Biss performed Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas No. 8 in C minor (“Pathétique”), Op. 13; No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90; and No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111 as part of the Lille Piano(s) Festival Digital, organized by the Orchestre National de Lille.

WHERE TO WATCH: Orchestre National de Lille’s YouTube


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