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Here’s some of the classical music you can livestream

Concert hall closed? Bring the concert hall to your couch!

The Berliner Philharmoniker with conductor Sir Simon Rattle played at an empty concert hall this week. Audiences can hear their performance via livestream.Peter Adamik/Associated Press

As the world drags itself through the weeks of social distancing, shuttered venues, and cancelled seasons, the scope and scale of livestreamed concerts is diminishing. In the areas hardest hit by the coronavirus, the number of people allowed to gather in one place has drastically reduced. Though less than two weeks ago, far gone feel the days when Simon Rattle mustered the Berlin Philharmonic on one stage to broadcast Berio and Bartók to the world.

One can expect more solo performances, small groups of artists who live close by one another, and broadcasts from artists’ living rooms rather than venues. If you enjoy a performance consider making a donation as if buying a ticket. Arts organizations — especially American organizations that depend on donors more than public funding — stand to suffer massive financial losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. All live performances are subject to change or cancellation.


The Berlin Philharmonic is offering a month of free access to its Digital Concert Hall with code BERLINPHIL. The code is redeemable until March 31 at; the Detroit Symphony has also opened up its video archive, available at

The Metropolitan Opera is shuttered through the end of its season, but the house has been streaming a full opera from its Live in HD archives each night. Streams will be watchable for free for one day after the initial broadcast time.

The Vienna State Opera is pulling one free broadcast out of its archives daily.

Living Music with Nadia Sirota Peabody Award-winning podcast host and violist Nadia Sirota has set up a “pirate radio station” in her Los Angeles home, and she’s inviting some of the world’s buzziest names in new music for performances broadcast from their own quarantines. March 24, 9 p.m., with Missy Mazzoli, LISEL, and James McVinnie; March 26, 9 p.m., with Claire Chase, Marcos Balter, and Conrad Tao. Check for updates.


92nd Street Y This Manhattan venue has continued to livestream solo and small chamber performances through the shutdown. This week’s lineup includes a solo recital by classical trickster pianist Conrad Tao (March 24); pianist Jonathan Biss taking on Beethoven’s final three piano sonatas (March 26); and Clarice Assad with Third Coast Percussion streaming from TCP’s Chicago studio (March 28). A minimum donation of 5 dollars gets you access to the stream.

Music Never Sleeps NYC Buckle down, night owls: this livestream event will run for 24 hours straight. The brainchild of New York City-based cellist and Dresden Music Festival director Jan Vogler, the festival is advertising original content by musicians including violinists Midori and Gil Shaham, composer Nico Muhly, mandolinist and “Live from Here” host Chris Thile, Handel and Haydn Society principal flutist Emi Ferguson, and string quartet Brooklyn Rider. The festival will be streamed on multiple platforms including YouTube. March 27, 6 p.m.

Caramoor got creative in the face of cancellations, drafting jazz polymath Vijay Iyer (April 4) and Conrad Tao (April 26) for livestream recitals.

Bayerische Staatsoper Performance art doyenne Marina Abramović’s latest piece is on an operatic scale; “7 Deaths of Maria Callas” features music by Bellini, Bizet, Verdi, and other titans of the opera world as well as Serbian composer Marko Nikodijević. April 11, 2 p.m.


Igor Levit The award-winning pianist will be streaming frequent “house concerts” from his living room, or wherever he happens to be, via Twitter. Check for updates.

Zoë Madonna can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @knitandlisten. Madonna’s work is supported by the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.

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