As concert halls and opera houses have closed worldwide, classical music organizations and musicians have risen to the occasion online, giving audiences access to a variety of live-streamed performances, digital concert archives and intimate videos recorded from home.
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- Every Tuesday, 91Classical hosts weekly live performances from local musicians on Live in Studio C. While those performances are currently paused, you can listen online to episodes from the last 3 years.
- Hear all the past episodes of 91Classical’s podcast, Classically Speaking, which gives you a backstage pass to Nashville’s classical music community.
- The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra offers both video and audio recordings of their performances, free on their website.
- Get a month of free access to the Berlin Philharmonic’s Digital Concert Hall with the code BERLINPHIL, redeemable until March 31.
- The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is currently offering free access to their performance archive, DSO Replay.
- Explore Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra’s extensive video archive.
- The New York Philharmonic will be regularly updating their digital archive, which includes videos, radio broadcasts, and musical messages from players isolated at home.
- Every Sunday and Thursday at 7:30PM (2:30 PM in Nashville), the London Symphony Orchestra will stream a concert from their archive on their YouTube channel. Find the schedule here.
- The Vienna State Opera is broadcasting previously recorded operas and ballets for free every Sunday at 11am CST. Each performance will remain available for 24 hours.
- Each night, the Metropolitan Opera is offering a different encore presentation from their Live in HD series. Performances will be available for 23 hours beginning at 6:30pm CST. At the same time, musicians of the MET Orchestra are posting videos from home.
- Manhattan’s 92nd Street Y is bringing audiences live-streamed concerts through 92Y @ Home. Upcoming concerts include Jonathan Biss performing Beethoven piano sonatas.
- Former Nashville musicians Zeneba Bowers and Matt Walker, now living in Italy under quarantine, are live-streaming performances from their balcony nightly on Facebook.
- Watch daily live-streamed performances (as well as archived previous streams) from the US Army Field Band on Facebook or Youtube. Each performance from this virtual concert series draws from themes ranging from video game music to a tribute to the Greatest Generation.
Virtual tours and exhibits:
- Even as you’re staying home, Google Arts & Culture allows you to take digital tours of selected concert venues and museum exhibitions. Catch a bird’s eye view of Paris from the roof of the Palais Garnier Opera House and explore an exhibit on the oldest known surviving cello, all from the comfort of your living room.
Resources for kids:
- 91Classical, in partnership with Naxos of America, has just unveiled a new video series where we invite our younger listeners to take an active role in participating with a piece of music. Find the first episode here, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for future episodes.
- Have some homeschool fun with 91Classical’s March Music Madness curriculum activities.
- Kids can explore orchestral instruments in the New York Philharmonic’s online instrument storage room.
- Classics for Kids, Go Classical for Kids, and Sphinx Kids are each filled with learning opportunities, games, and music geared toward younger listeners.
As always, you can tune in for classical music 24/7 on 91.1 FM or 91Classical.org.