This winter, “Great Performances” shines a spotlight on international music icons Maria Callas and Vladimir Horwitz with two concert documentaries exploring the stories behind the most remarkable performances of their lives.
Premieres Friday, January 22, 2021 at 10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org/gperf and the PBS Video app. Delving into the story of world-renowned pianist Vladimir Horowitz at his historic 1986 Moscow concert, the documentary weaves together concert footage, including intimate close-ups of the pianist's agile hands interspersed with the emotional audience reactions, historical context and original interviews with Horowitz’ former manager Peter Gelb (Metropolitan Opera) as well as contemporary piano virtuosos Martha Argerich and Daniil Trifonov.
--Elizabeth Boone, WNET
Phil Kline's Holiday Cult Classic Unsilent Night Returns
This December, composer Phil Kline’s mobile sound-sculpture Unsilent Night--a landmark in avant-garde public art that has become a holiday tradition for so many--takes place in approximately 20 cities across the U.S., Canada, and New Zealand. City streets, parks, and landscapes will come alive with “a shimmering sound-wall of bells and chimes that is dreamlike to wander through in the December nip” (The Village Voice).
COVID-19 safety precautions will be followed in each city. Phil will lead a few himself (The Mount in Lenox MA and Art Omi in Omi NY), making his collection of vintage boomboxes available to borrow on a first-come first-served basis.
For the first time in 28 years, the flagship Unsilent Night in New York City--which in the past has drawn crowds of over 1,000 that move from Washington Square Park to Tompkins Square Park--will not take place as a large public gathering. Instead, Phil asks the public to experience it in their own private way, enlisting members of their household (or four socially distanced friends), and sticking to their own neighborhood. He suggests that everyone press PLAY on their sound device on Sunday, December 20 at 6PM, creating the possibility that anyone anywhere in the city might have a chance encounter with Unsilent Night, which "like toy chimes floating on the cold air, brings magic to the long, dark winter nights" (The New York Post). Read Kline's note to the public here: http://newyork.unsilentnight.com/
Video about Unsilent Night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzN1BJDegHo
--Aleba Gartner, Aleba & Co.
Salon/Sanctuary Begins with Babylon
The text of Psalm 137 has resonated with oppressed peoples through the centuries. Please join Salon/Sanctuary Concerts, the Kaleidoscope Ensemble, and NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò for this special video project, as we follow Babylon’s waves from Ghetto to Ghetto and Renaissance to Renaissance on December 15th at 5pm on the Salon/Sanctuary Concerts youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/SalonSanctuaryConcerts) and on December 16th on the website of NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò (http://www.casaitaliananyu.org/events/babylon).
Performers will include the Kaleidoscope Ensemble, the Bacchus Consort, actor Ezra Knight, and others.
On December 16th, the video presentation will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Eugenio Refini of NYU, featuring Salon/Sanctuary Concerts Founder and Artistic Director Jessica Gould, Kaleidoscope Ensemble Founder and Artistic Director Dr. Arianne Abela, and composer Dr. Brandon Waddles.
American Composers Orchestra Presents “Composer to Composer Talks”
American Composers Orchestra (ACO) presents its next Composer to Composer Talks online in January, with composers William Bolcom and Gabriela Lena Frank on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 5pm ET, and John Corigliano and Mason Bates on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 5pm ET. The talks will be live-streamed and available for on-demand viewing for seven days. Tickets are free; registration is highly encouraged. Registrants will receive links to recordings of featured works in advance of the event.
ACO’s Composer to Composer series features major American composers in conversation with each other about their work and leading a creative life. The intergenerational discussions begin by exploring a single orchestral piece, with one composer interviewing the other. Attendees will gain insight into the work’s genesis, sound, influence on the American orchestral canon, and will be invited to ask questions of the artists.
Free (registration recommended):
On January 13, 5pm Eastern, Gabriela Lena Frank talks with William Bolcom about his Symphony No. 9. Registration & Information: http://bit.ly/ComposerToComposerBolcom
On January 27, 5 pm Eastern, Mason Bates talks with John Corigliano about Corigliano’s work Circus Maximus (Symphony No. 3 for Large Wind Ensemble). Registration & Information: http://bit.ly/ComposerToComposerCorigliano
--Christina Jensen, Jensen Artists
Ariel Quartet's Free Hanukkah Concert and Baking Special
The Ariel Quartet—violinist Alexandra “Sasha” Kazovsky; violinist Gershon Gerchikov; cellist Amit Even-Tov, and violist Jan Grüning—invites you to celebrate Hanukkah with an afternoon of music and holiday baking on December 13 at 4pm ET. The delicious and musical interactive livestream event is free to those who sign up at https://ourconcerts.live/shows/hanukkah and will be produced by OurConcerts.live.
The Ariel Quartet will perform Schulhoff: String Quartet No. 1; Beethoven: Quartet in G major, Op. 18, No. 2, and Steve Cohen: A Klezmer Nutcracker live from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. They’ll share their family recipes for making Viennese Apple Strudel and Chocolate Babka, and there will even be a bake-off matching up Lebkuchen and Hanukkah doughnuts.
When: Sunday, December 13 at 4pm ET / 3pm CT / 1pm PT
Where: OurConcerts.live: https://ourconcerts.live/hanukkah
--Allison Van Etten, Ravenscroft PR
What's Streaming: Classical (Week of December 14–20)
Tuesday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. CT
Tulsa Opera LIVE with Leona Mitchell.
Wednesday, December 16 at 6:00 p.m. ET (available for 72 hours)
Jonathan Biss celebrates Beethoven’s birthday in chamber program with Mark Steinberg and Marcy Rosen.
Friday, December 18 at 8:00 p.m. CT
Minnesota Orchestra celebrates the holidays in “A Midwinter Gathering with Kevin Kling.”
--Shuman Associates News
SF Girls Chorus Presents “Island Holiday”
The San Francisco Girls Chorus, led by Artistic Director Valérie Sainte-Agathe, goes virtual for its annual holiday concert, “Island Holiday,” on Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Traditionally held every December at Davies Symphony Hall, this year’s online version will feature a varied offering of music from the Caribbean and other islands as well as traditional holiday features.
Highlights include two new SFGC commissioned works including Cosecha by Puerto Rican-born composer Angélica Negrón and a special preview of choral-opera Tomorrow’s Memories: A Little Manila Diary by American composer Matthew Welch. Also featured is the world premiere of Music of the Birds by Sahba Aminikia, a special SFGC collaboration with Kronos Quartet, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and Sirkane Social Circus School in Turkey. Produced by Joan Osato and New Art Media, the virtual event welcomes the return of guest ukulele artist Florante Aguilar, organist Robert Huw Morgan and Stage Director Sean San José. This performance will be livestreamed on YouTube and is free to watch with a suggested donation of $25.
This performance is free and open to the public with a suggested ticket donation of $25 to offset the cost of video production and guest artist appearances. Guests are invited to reserve their ticket at http://www.sfgirlschorus.org/.
--Brenden Guy PR
Watch: The Piano Guys Share Xmas Video
Gearing up for the holidays, The Piano Guys today share the music video for their fan-favorite rendition of the Christmas classic “What Child Is This.” Embracing the spirit of the season, the group filmed the visual in “Little Jerusalem” in Goshen, Utah, performing outside under cover of night, yet sheltered in the warmth of the locale’s life-size replications of biblical Jerusalem - watch here. The track is available on The Piano Guys’ 2017 holiday album, Christmas Together. To continue the holiday celebration and commemorate the group’s 10th anniversary, THE PIANO GUYS are set to appear on Good Morning America’s GMA3 and perform “What Child Is This” on December 22 at 1 pm ET on ABC.
Of the new video, The Piano Guys say, “In our arrangement of "What Child is This” we wanted to depict some of the feelings that must have been present at the manger scene at the center of the Christmas so long ago--awe, wonder, consternation, all tempered and sweetened with hope.
Connect with The Piano Guys here: https://thepianoguys.com/
--Larissa Slezak, Sony Music
Special Online Concert! - Handel's Messiah December 19
Free Online Premiere Stream
Watch & Listen. Sing & PlayShare. Engage. Chat
American Bach Soloists are thrilled to present the free YouTube Premiere of "Handel's Messiah in Grace Cathedral" on Saturday December 19th, 2020 at 5 p.m. Pacific.
Just go to https://americanbach.org/Messiah on that date and time and join others across the country and around the world for a singular ABS experience.
--American Bach Soloists
YPC Announces Virtual Winter Concert
On behalf of the acclaimed Young People’s Chorus of New York City, we are pleased to announce their virtual winter concert, “Once Upon the Holidays.”
Presented in two acts over two nights, December 18 at 7:30 p.m. EST and on December 20 at 5:30 p.m. EST, the event is sure to put everyone in the holiday spirit. An original story by Tony Award-winning Broadway lyricist Lynn Ahrens, “Once Upon the Holidays” features distinguished baritone Lester Lynch and over 500 young voices under the direction of YPC’s Founder and Artistic Director, Francisco J. Núñez.
Tickets for “Once Upon the Holidays” are available for purchase at https://ypc.org/event/once-upon-the-holidays/2020-12-20/ for single ticket $25, family ticket $50, and sponsorship ticket $150, with proceeds supporting YPC programming. One ticket provides digital access to both evenings.
--Young People’s Chorus of New York City
Minnesota Orchestra Announces Revised Concert Calendar
The Minnesota Orchestra today announced a plan to continue its revised concert season through March 2021, with four Friday night concerts newly-designed for television, radio, and streaming audiences.
These concerts—each hosted by Principal Conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall Sarah Hicks—will be shared live on Twin Cities PBS (TPT)’s MN Channel; broadcast live on Classical Minnesota Public Radio and at classicalmpr.org, hosted by Melissa Ousley; and streamed live online for free at minnesotaorchestra.org. The broadcasts and livestreams will continue to afford wide and easy access for audiences across the state (and beyond) to experience a Minnesota Orchestra performance. In addition, a special, livestreamed Young People’s Concert Experience will premiere on February 12, 2021.
For complete information, visit https://minnesotaorchestra.org/
--Lisa Jaehnig, Shuman Associates
“Duke It Out Nutcracker” Visits “Indoor Voices"
The Music Institute of Chicago’s “Indoor Voices,” a free series of virtual visits with arts luminaries featuring conversation and occasional performances, returns with a new episode spotlighting the Music Institute’s annual holiday celebration, “Duke It Out Nutcracker,” Friday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Music Institute Director of Performance Activities Fiona Queen will talk with John Schmitz, co-founder and artistic producer of Dance Chicago, which has collaborated with the Music Institute on “Duke It Out Nutcracker” since 2009. The episode also includes clips from past performances.
“Duke It Out Nutcracker” pairs the classical (Tchaikovsky) and jazz (Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn) versions of the holiday favorite, with music arranged by composer Jim Stephenson and featuring members of Axiom Brass and Music Institute ensemble in residence Quintet Attacca.
The “Duke It Out Nutcracker” episode of "Indoor Voices" is available free on Friday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m. at musicinst.org/indoor-voices and will remain available on the Music Institute’s "Indoor Voices” YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLH6Ubj4HUShI-j3Fu66dm1qlf82m3Mral
--Jill Chukerman, JAC Communications