Concerts

This page is a compendium of mostly free stuff so that I don’t have to keep sending emails to people event-by-event, and so that you, dear readers, don’t have to find those emails when you want them.

This Week

If a link to something that you saw here has disappeared, scroll down to the section for the venue/organization that put on the event for links to older but still online material.

Thursday November 26

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Stratford Festival

Nov 26-27: The Early Modern Cooking Show (for US Thanksgiving)

Tafelmusik

8:00 Passions of the Soul (paid event)

Vienna State Opera

R. Strauss: Arabella

Friday November 27

National Theatre

2:00 pm: Death of England: Delroy (Available until November 28)

London Philharmonic (Available until December 2)

3:00 The midnight sun

PENDERECKI Sinfonietta No. 1
SCHUBERT
Symphony No. 3
LOTTA WENNÄKOSKI Verdigris (London premiere)
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 5

Hannu Lintu conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Saturday November 28

Daniel Hope Episode 27

Sunday November 29

Daniel Hope Episode 28

Recent But Still Available

Aisslinn Nosky

Aisslinn Nosky performs works for solo violin at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. There is a suggested contribution of $10 but you can watch the stream free of charge. Available until November 28.

Coming Events

From Koerner Hall

Art of Time

Art of Time will be posting videos of past concerts for free viewing.

Music Toronto

A series of concerts will be available free presented by Music Toronto.

  • Thu. Dec. 10 7:00 pm: Gryphon Trio: Beethoven
  • Fri. Dec. 11 7:00 pm: Gryphon Trio: Beethoven
  • Thu. Jan. 14 7:30 pm: St. Lawrence Quartet: Dohnanyi & Golijov
  • Thu. Feb. 18 7:30 pm: St. Lawrence Quartet: Beethoven
  • Tue. Mar. 16 7:30 pm: Vadym Kholodenko (piano): Schubert / Saaraiho / Scriabin / Rachmaninoff
  • Thu. Apr. 15 7:30 pm: Castalian Quartet: Haydn / Brahms

Stratford Festival

Free Thursday evening viewing: These are streamed “live” as a watch party with a 6:30 pre-show and a 7:00 curtain for the main event.

They are available for 36 hours linked from their main page.

  • Dec 3-4: The Tempest with Christopher Plummer
  • Dec 10-11: Shaw’s Caesar and Cleopatra with Christopher Plummer

Metropolitan Opera

The Met has free screenings daily. A list of planned broadcasts through to early December is available here.

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Note that concerts by the GSO are not archived, at least not immediately, and so these must be watched when they are streamed.

Wigmore Hall

  • Nov. 30: Christine Rice mezzo-soprano; Julius Drake piano: Britten, Musorgsky and Weill
  • Nov. 30: Heath Quartet: Britten, James MacMillan and Thomas Adès
  • Dec. 1: Roderick Williams baritone; Christopher Glynn piano
  • Dec. 2: Kitty Whately mezzo-soprano; Simon Lepper piano

Past Concerts

Angela Hewitt

With the Victoria Symphony (available until Dec 11)

  • Bach: Keyboard concerto in D Minor
  • Bach: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
  • Grieg: Holberg Suite

Angela Hewitt plays the Bach Goldberg Variations in the Thomaskirche on the occasion of Leipzig’s award of its Bach Medal to her for 2020. Available until Feb. 15/21.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Tributes

London Symphony Orchestra

Available until February/21:

Schnittke Concerto Grosso No 1 for Two Solo Violins
Sasha Siem Ojos Del Cielo
Mozart
Symphony No 41 K551, ‘Jupiter’

Ryan Wigglesworth conductor

Available until January 31, 2021:

Bartok: Bluebeard’s Castle with Sir Simon Rattle conductor, Karen Cargill mezzo-soprano, Gerald Finley bass-baritone. Chamber version. Program notes. Libretto (English only)

From Wigmore Hall (London)

You will probably need to create an account to watch stuff from Wigmore Hall, but it’s free!

There is also an archive of recent live streams including:

There is a huge pile of stuff in their archive.

From Koerner Hall

There are many concerts/recitals in their library including:

National Film Board

The National Film Board has a lot of free online content including their animation page. Of course this includes the ever popular Blackberry Subway Jam.

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

The GSO has a page with both their upcoming concerts and links to many previously archived ones.

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, All Saints Day concert. This concert remains available online. English subtitles can be turned on in the “CC” settings.

Israel Philharmonic

Israel Philharmonic Archive page

  • Brahms: Trio for Cello, Piano and Clarinet
  • Mozart: Dissonance Quartet No. 19 in C major
  • Beethoven: String Trio in E-Flat Major, Op. 3.

Daniel Hope

Hope@Home Next Generation

These concerts will remain available on arte.tv until the end of January 2021.

  • Episode 26 with Antoine Villoutreix (Chasonnier, Guitar) and Jonas Müller (Accordion)
  • Episode 25 with With Karolina Errera (Viola), Dominik Wagner (Contrabass) and Alina Pronina (piano)
  • Episode 24 with With Lionel and Demian Martin
  • Episode 23 with Caterina Lichtenberg, Mike Marshall and Alejandro Villegas Mazo (mandolins)
  • Episode 22 with Garrick Ohlsson (piano) and Jake Heggie (piano/composer)
  • Episode 21 with the New Century Chamber Orchestra
  • Episode 20 with the New Century Chamber Orchestra
  • Episode 19 with the New Century Chamber Orchestra
  • Episode 18 with the New Century Chamber Orchestra
  • Episode 17 with the New Century Chamber Orchestra
  • Episode 16 with Toronto’s own Emily D’Angelo (mezzo) and Sophia Munoz (piano).
  • Episode 15 with Stathis Karapanos (flute), Christopher Park (piano), and Christoph Eschenbach (piano).
  • Episode 14 with Martina Biondi (Cello) und Leonie Rettig (Piano)
  • Episode 13 with Sarah Willis (Horn) und Haeree Yoo (Horn)
  • Episode 12 with Max Prosa and Sascha Stiehler
  • Episode 11 : With baritone Douglas Williams and pianist Jacques Ammon — A program of Rogers & Hammerstein
  • Episode 10 : With singer Max Mutzke and pianist Marialy Pacheco
  • Episode 9 : With actor Ben Crystal, actor and pianist Helen Collyer and bagpiper Colin Brown
  • Episode 8 : With actor Sharon Brauner and pianist Harry Ermer
  • Episode 7 : With pianists Florian Christl and Daniel Ciobanu
  • Episode 6 : With pianists Alina Pronina and Cosima Soulez Larivière, and harpist Marion Ravot
  • Episode 5 : With Cellist Friederike Herold and pianist Ron Maxim Huang
  • Episode 4 : With jazz guitarist Joscho Stephan and pianist Jacques Ammon
  • Episode 3 : With pianistin Marie-Sophie Hauzel and cellist Constantin Heise
  • Episode 2 : With Yuniet Lombida (saxophone), Niklas Lukassen (bass) and Sarah Willis (horn)
  • Episode 1 : With pianist Marie Sophie Hauzel

Many of the Hope@Home and Hope@Home on Tour concerts remain available on YouTube. They are listed in the directory of past concerts below.

One that was very special was broadcast on July 4. It was the first time Hope had been able to travel outside of Germany and it was with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra which he leads. In honour of the date, it was a program of American, or American-associated, music including music from Bernstein’s West Side Story and the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings (because he was a big hit in NYC).

Hope@Home on Tour:

  • August 2: Ep 27 With Kirill Gerstein and Matthias Goerne at the Beethoven Haus in Bonn
  • July 4: Ep 19 With the Zurich Chamber Orchestra in Oetikon am See: Bernstein / Tchaikovsky / Grieg / Gershwin
  • May 30: Ep 8 with Kirill Gerstein at the Gedächtniskirche in Berlin
  • May 24: Ep 6 with Rea Garvey at the Mendelssohn Remise in Berlin

Hope@Home series from Daniel Hope’s Living Room in Berlin

  • Hope@Home 2 with Max Raabe and Christoph Isreal (piano) (no sound until the 2′ mark, and gap(s) elsewhere)
  • Hope@Home 4 with Christoph Israel and Barrie Kosky (director)
  • Hope@Home 7 with Christoph Israel and violinist Amihai Grosz
  • Hope@Home 8 with Christoph Israel and trumpeter Till Brönner
  • Hope@Home 11 with Christoph Israel and Christian “Flake” Lorenz
  • Hope@Home 13 with Christoph Israel and Michael Metzler
  • Hope@Home 14 with Christoph Israel and actress Katja Rieman
  • Hope@Home 16 with Jacques Ammon (piano) and Ekhart Runge (cello)

Paid Content

Koerner Hall

I will share the link to the live streams with appropriate people as these become available.

Stratford Festival

The festival has a $10/month subscription ($11.30 with tax) available for access to much content both from their library and new productions.

To access this you have to create a Stratford online account.

Note that much of this will be free as part of the Thursday evening watch parties, but you have to plan to be there when the shows are available.

Stratford Festival at Home Subscription Page

Press Release

Tafelmusik

These are ticketed concerts for which links will be sent by the Tafelmusik Box Office as previously arranged. Some dates have changed from those in the original season announcement.

  • A Tafelmusik Christmas: Thursday Dec 10 at 8 pm
  • Close Encounters Divertimento: Thursday Jan 7 at 8pm

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

TSO online programming is on pause as the current lockdown prevents them assembling to record. When they return, there will be online concerts available at $20 each.

Opera Atelier

Opera Atelier is offering tickets to their live streamed productions at $25 through the Koerner Hall box office. Something Rich and Strange will stream on Saturday, December 12 at 7:00 pm. Their production of Handel’s The Resurrection will be streamed on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 7:00 pm. Each production will be available for one week afterward the initial broadcast.

Miro Quartet Beethoven Cycle

For serious Beethoven fans: the Miro Quartet series of the complete quartets streamed earlier this year for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is available again until the end of 2020. Tickets are $15US per concert or $100US for the series. I watched the whole festival when it first aired, and it is very good!