This week (June 29 – July 5), don’t miss violinist Jennifer Koh in conversation with conductor Sarah Hicks, tonight (Wednesday, July 1) at 8:30 p.m. ET via Instagram Live; a special July 4 edition of Tulsa Opera‘s Staying Alive series (TulsaOpera.com); pianist Stephen Hough in virtual recital Sunday, July 5 at 8:00 p.m. ET via Facebook Live for the Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico’s 64th Festival Casals; and bass-baritone Davóne Tines in…
WHAT’S STREAMING: CLASSICAL (WEEK OF JULY 6–12)
Tuesday, July 7
New podcast series Embrace Everything: The World of
Gustav Mahler launches on Mahler’s 160th birthday
The Embrace Everything podcast series, created and hosted by award-winning radio producer Aaron Cohen, is an exploration and celebration of the music of Gustav Mahler via a journey through his symphonies. Through commentary by Mr. Cohen, interviews with leading Mahler interpreters and scholars, readings from the letters of Mahler and his contemporaries, and through the sounds of the symphonies themselves, each season of the series will guide listeners through one of these landmark works in the orchestral repertoire.
Season 1 focuses on Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D major (1888), taking listeners back to the work’s origins in the street songs, folk tunes, and bugle calls of Mahler’s childhood. Each episode is devoted to a particular movement of the symphony, and guest commentators include Michael Tilson Thomas, who recorded a multi-Grammy Award-winning Mahler symphony cycle with the San Francisco Symphony, and Kent Nagano, who has conducted and recorded Mahler’s music with orchestras around the world. Learn more at TheWorldOfGustavMahler.org.
WHERE TO LISTEN: Embrace Everything’s pages on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts; additional streaming links to be available via TheWorldOfGustavMahler.org
Wednesday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Jennifer Koh plays Bach, Berio, and Mazzoli in
Kent Blossom Music Festival Virtual Concert
As one of its series of Virtual Concerts this summer, Kent Blossom Music Festival webcasts a 2017 solo recital by violinist Jennifer Koh, which she performed as part of her Bach and Beyond series. The program features Missy Mizzoli’s Dissolve, Oh My Heart which was written for Ms. Koh and is based on the Chaconne from Bach’s Partita in D minor, also featured on the program. Additionally, she plays Berio’s Sequenza VIII and Bach’s Second Sonata for Solo Violin, BWV 1003.
WHERE TO WATCH: Kent.edu/Blossom
Saturday, July 11 at 7:00 p.m. PT
Miró Quartet completes year-long Beethoven cycle for Chamber Music Northwest
From Austin, TX, the Miró Quartet concludes its year-long cycle of Beethoven’s string quartets at Chamber Music Northwest with some of the last works the composer ever wrote: Op. 131, considered by Beethoven his greatest achievement in the quartet form; Op. 135; and the alternate Op. 130 finale. The performance is webcast as part of CMNW’s Virtual Summer Festival and will be available through July 12 at 11:59 p.m. PT.
WHERE TO WATCH: Chamber Music Northwest’s YouTube
Minnesota Orchestra at Home
Recently on Minnesota Orchestra at Home: Violinist Emily Switzer, one of the Orchestra’s newest members, shares a few of her favorite tango etudes by Astor Piazzolla.
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 Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, & web site
#ICYMI: In Case You Missed It
MTT25: An American Icon
MTT25: An American Icon, which aired on June 28 and may be viewed on-demand via YouTube, was the culmination of the San Francisco Symphony’s look back at 25 years of memories with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas. Hosted by vocalists Audra McDonald and Susan Graham, the virtual event celebrated MTT’s remarkable 25-year directorship through personal stories, memories, and performances by a star-studded guest list of MTT’s friends and musical colleagues—from multi-Grammy Award-winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich.
WHERE TO WATCH: San Francisco Symphony’s YouTube
James Conlon introduces Wagner’s Ring cycle
on LA Opera James Conlon at Home podcast
In the June 30 episode of LA Opera podcast James Conlon at Home, Music Director James Conlon set the stage for the upcoming audio stream of Richard Wagner’s epic, four-part Ring cycle (Der Ring des Nibelungen) by reflecting on the philosophy of the German-language music drama. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of these Conlon-led performances, which marked the company’s first complete presentation of Wagner’s Ring, the recordings will be featured in a marathon, back-to-back audio stream of all four operas on Saturday, July 25. Visit LAOpera.org/LAOatHome for more information.
WHERE TO LISTEN (PODCAST): LA Opera’s SoundCloud