Classical Music & Opera
The Boston Pops pays tribute to first responders
- The Boston Pops Orchestra, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, performs a musical video tribute, Summon the Heroes—featuring the work originally composed by John Williams for the 1996 Olympic Games—as a tribute to today’s first responders who are providing critical and needed services during the Covid-19 epidemic. John Williams joins the virtual tribute with a musical and spoken introduction taped from his home studio in Los Angeles. WATCH THE TRIBUTE HERE.
Yo-Yo Ma on YouTube
- Check out Yo-Yo Ma's official YouTube channel HERE - we especially like HIS VERSION OF DVOŘÁK'S "GOING HOME”
AFO performs La Strada
- Ten years ago, the Artosphere Festival Orchestra (AFO) with Corrado Rovaris as Music Director debuted at Walton Arts Center. Since then, AFO has been a fixture on the 10X10 Arts Series. This performance, recorded in the AFO's first season, features an excerpt from Ballet Suite from La Strada written by film score composer, Nino Rota (most known for his scores to The Godfather movies), that was first heard in the 1954 Italian drama La Strada directed by Italian film director, Federico Fellini. This piece was voted the all-time favorite piece of music to perform by the musicians of the Artosphere Festival Orchestra and was scheduled to be performed again this season. WATCH THIS AMAZING AFO PERFORMANCE HERE.
SoNA's virtual performance of Boléro by Maurice Ravel
- With these words in our hearts, we, at the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA), want to continue to bring great music to life for you during these unusual days. We look forward to being with you in person again, but for now, please enjoy this very special performance of Maurice Ravel's Boléro, made by our musicians at home. As always, thank you for your commitment to and support of SoNA. Learn more at sonamusic.org. CLICK HERE TO WATCH.
Cantus’ COVID-19 Sessions
- As one of the nation’s few full-time vocal ensembles, Cantus has grown in prominence with its distinctive approach to creating music. Working without a conductor, the members of Cantus rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, each contributing to the entirety of the artistic process. Cantus was part of Walton Arts Center’s 2012 10x10 Arts Series and performed "All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914." CLICK HERE TO WATCH.
FREE performances from the Metropolitan Opera
- The Metropolitan Opera is streaming a new opera each night at 6:30 pm for free. The schedule includes full performances with subtitles from the past 14 years of the Met’s Live in HD series. YOU CAN WATCH HERE or on the Met Opera on Demand apps for Apple, Amazon and Roku devices and Samsung Smart TV.
Daily choral movements from Voices of Ascension
- In this time of social distancing, Voices of Ascension, based in New York City, shares a choral movement every day. These sacred choral works are sublime, regardless of one's religious affiliation. Dennis Keene Artistic Director, says, “It is ironic that in a time of unprecedented stress and anxiety, when we need music more than ever, we must forgo all concerts. Audiences and musicians crave the spiritual sustenance which music can deliver like nothing else. Someday, when we all get through this, we will begin our live concerts again with more passion than ever before.” CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.
League of American Orchestras' new website
- The League of American Orchestras has created a new website with great online content! You'll find content—web streams, rich archival recordings, and educational resources—from more than 100 orchestras, venues, and soloists who are members and friends of the League. CHECK OUT ALL THE CONTENT HERE.
Archival content from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
- The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center offers daily "lunchtime" releases of archival audio & video. Weekly themed playlists include "Stories & Legends", "Nature", "The Power of Music" and more. WATCH & LISTEN HERE.
Paris National Opera's orchestral and choral music
- In this downtime of the performances at the Paris National Opera, members from the institution's three artistic bodies, the Orchestra, the Choirs and the Ballet wanted to thank in their own way all those who are today on the front line in the fight against the pandemic. These spontaneous initiatives are the fruit of their desire to express their deep gratitude and support to all those who work with dedication and courage to protect us. WATCH THE ORCHESTRA HERE and the WATCH THE CHOIR HERE.
Celebrities share their favorite music with The New York Times
- The New York Times asked Patti Smith, John Turturro, Renée Fleming and others to pick the music that moves them. LISTEN TO THEIR CHOICES HERE.