Our Dear Princeton University Concerts Family,
As we all begin to spend more and more time indoors, we can—as always—count on music's ability to fill and sustain our inner worlds. While we miss sharing live performances with you and are working on ways to remotely connect you with our artists and provide other curated experiences, including our Collective Listening Project on Spotify, we wanted to share an initial list of online live performances that you may enjoy in the meantime. We will continue to add to this list in the coming weeks, so if you stumble upon other resources, please use the comment section below to share them with us.
For fans of our Live Music Meditation series, Matthew Weiner from the Princeton University Office of Religious Life is offering free meditation instruction via Zoom every weekday. Join a 10-minute meditation every weekday except Thursday at 4PM EST at this link, and a 40-minute meditation every Thursday at 12:30PM EST at this link.
Thank you for playing your part (pun very much intended) in keeping our community safe. Please stay healthy, and keep those 20-second-classical-music-handwashing tunes going!
With optimism and gratitude,
Team Princeton University Concerts
BERLIN PHILHARMONIC DIGITAL ARCHIVE
The Berlin Philharmonic and its invited guests continue to play for you in the Digital Concert Hall, free of charge to everyone
Watch free, full Live in HD recent Met Opera productions nightly. PLUS:
Saturday April 25, 1PM EST - Sunday April 26, 6:30PM EST: An At-Home Gala featuring more than 40 leading artists performing in a live stream from their homes all around the world.
IGOR LEVIT, Piano
The PUC veteran pianist gives daily Twitter concerts, 2PM EST.
Catch Igor as part of the Virtually Gilmore festival for a program of Beethoven on Wednesday, May 5, at 2PM EST.
CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER
Free digital archives from the group who opened our season
VIRTUAL PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA
Every Thursday night at 8 PM ET, the Philadelphia Orchestra and music director Yannick Nezét-Séguin share a past or previously unreleased performance.
JOYCE DIDONATO, Mezzo-Soprano
Starting March 25, daily check-in at 2PM ESt with Joyce on her youtube page
April 6-8: FREE access to Joyce's recent masterclasses at Carnegie Hall at MediciTV
THE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER
Free digital archives from the group who opened our season
92Y, New York City
A daily "Listening Challenge," geared toward school-age kids and their families
Catch some PUC familiar faces in the video concert library, now free to all
The culmination of the New York Festival of Song, performed and live-streamed on March 15, 2020
BUDAPEST FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA
Each night at 1:45PM EST, members of the Budapest Festival Orchestra give an online "Quarantine soirée" live chamber music concert.
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is playing short pieces that give him comfort and posting regularly on twitter, facebook and instragram. Search for hashtag #SongsofComfort. Fellow cellist Gautier Capuçon, on lockdown in Paris, is posting daily doses of Bach on twitter. Alisa Weilerstein has embarked on a #36daysofBach project – each day a different movement of Bach’s six Cello Suites streaming performances on twitter, instagram and facebook.
NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
Each Thursday at 7:30 p.m. EST, the New York Philharmonic will post video of a past performance on Facebook.
LINCOLN CENTER AT HOME
Lincoln Center Presents presents rarely seen video from decades of Live From Lincoln Center, more recent performances from across their campus, family initiatives, and live streams from wherever performances are still happening – empty halls, living rooms, and more.
Violinist Daniel Hope invites artists and friends to his living room for spontaneous concerts - of course with the required safety distance - every evening until April 7 at 1PM EST.
MUSIC NEVER SLEEPS NYC
Watch excerpts from the 24-Hour Music Video Livestream Marathon Event featuring many members of the PUC family including the Brentano Quartet, Jeremy Denk, Béla Fleck, Jennifer Koh, Pablo Sáinz Villegas, Gil & Orli Shaham, Chris Thile, and more.
BORIS GILTBURG, Piano
The pianist's series of live "Lunchtime Concerts" are more like "Breakfast Concerts" for us on the East Coast, at 7AM EST, though they remain posted later in the day. They are available on Facebook and Twitter.
GSTAAD DIGITAL FESTIVAL
Concert highlights, backstage interviews and masterclasses from the renowned Gstaad Menuhin Festival, including Sir Andras Schiff, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Fazil Say, Sol Gabetta, Jonas Kaufmann, Bobby McFerrin, and more.
Deutsche Grammophon marked #WorldPianoDay on March 28 with live performances including Maria João Pires, Rudolf Buchbinder, Evgeny Kissin, Víkingur Ólafsson, Jan Lisiecki, and Daniil Trifonov, from living rooms around the world. You can experience some of the performed repertoire through their curated playlist.
JEREMY DENK, Piano
In a series of events exploring J.S. Bach’s life and his most iconic work, Denk will draw audiences into the technical, musicological, cultural and philosophical elements involved in his own approach to this deeply personal work, and look at how these timeless themes and shared aspects of the human experience can help to unite us in these divided times.
“What you find here is completely new, rejuvenating, alive,” Denk says of Well-Tempered Clavier. “It doesn’t bother tugging at your heartstrings, it just enters your bloodstream.”
AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Join the ACO for an immersive Digital Season featuring new recordings, live streamed performances, access to archival and never-released footage, specially curated playlists, in-depth interviews and more. This page is updated every Monday with new content for the week ahead.
ISABELLE FAUST, Violin
Violinist Isabelle Faust live-streamed a solo Bach recital on April 5 from Leipzig’s Thomaskirche, the church where JS Bach was Kapellmeister from 1723 until his death in 1750. The spine-tingling 60-minute concert, reminiscent of her performance in the Princeton University Chapel, is on Arte.tv, free to view until July 4.
PIERRE BOULEZ SAAL (Berlin)
A regularly updated selection of past concerts from the hall's "Intermission" series, each available for a few days.
NEW WORLD SYMPHONY
Director Michael Tilson Thomas will moderate discussions with New World Symphony Fellows, alumni, guest artists and visiting faculty about recorded performances from their archives. Their personal reflections will offer unique insights into the streamed concerts. And beginning Friday, March 20, New World Symphony Fellows will play live, informal chamber music concerts from their homes in Miami Beach.
CURTIS IS HERE
Join the Curtis Institute of Music weekdays at 12PM EST for a new YouTube video series. Curated around themes that change weekly, the “Curtis Is Here” initiative features videos of favorite or rarely seen Curtis performances accompanied by welcoming commentary from members of the Curtis community. There's a new release each weekday, Monday through Friday, and all releases remain online for viewers to explore anytime. Curtis will also broadcast full-length concerts from the Student Recital Series, Ensemble 20/21 season, and more on Fridays at 8 p.m. EST.
STEINWAY LUNCHTIME CONCERTS
Every day, great pianists and Steinway friends will invite you to their home and play exclusively for you. Whether classical, jazz, pop or film music - be inspired, be entertained and enjoy!
UPSTREAMING: THE FISHER CENTER'S VIRTUAL STAGE
Each Wednesday UPSTREAMING will release new content, including digital commissions and beloved performances from Bard's Fisher Center archives.
BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AT HOME
Great Performances from the BSO Archives released daily; orchestral behind-the-scenes videos; and BSO musicians share what life is like offstage while they #stayathome.
The Seattle Symphony is continuing to share performances that provide strength, comfort and joy, including family programming. The musicians of the Seattle Symphony have also generously volunteered to share free broadcasts with everyone during this time of uncertainty.
HOME MUSIC BERLIN: CONCERTS IN QUARANTINE
The Schinkel Pavillon (Berlin) is opening its unexpectedly vacated exhibition space for a concert series in isolation. You can find the live broadcast every Monday and Friday at 2:30PM EST, including many PUC fan favorites including Christian Tetzlaff and Tabea Zimmermann.
Founded by Dorn Music and BFMI in early April 2020, this new streaming channel for quality chamber music features cutting edge soloists and chamber ensembles performing live for an audience using high-quality technology. Revenue from tickets sales support the artist directly.
A series of streaming and archived performances, April 22 – May 5 2020, from one of the world's premiere piano festivals. Catch PUC veteran Igor Levit live on Wednesday, May 5, at 2PM EST.
JONATHAN BISS, PIANO
May 20 at 7PM EST: Jonathan Biss plays a benefit concert in support of Artist Relief Tree.
RENÉE FLEMING, SOPRANO
Tuesdays at 5PM EST: Renowned soprano and arts & health advocate Renée Fleming is launching a series of webinars called Music and Mind Live with Renée Fleming. The online series features the acclaimed singer and National Medal of Arts honoree in conversation with scientists and practitioners working at the intersection of music, neuroscience, and healthcare. Experts in fields such as childhood development, healthy aging, pain and anxiety management, and rehabilitation will share their findings, and episodes will include live Q&A from viewers.
WQXR: HERITAGE & HARMONY
A Video series featuring leading musicians of Asian descent performing modern and traditional works by Asian composers in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and beyond, curated by Princeton alumna Donna Weng Friedman and featuring PUC musicians including Conrad Tao and Stefan Jackiw.
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