Narrated by American and Chinese musicians and historians, “Great Performances: Beethoven in Beijing” premieres Friday, April 16 at 9 p.m. on the PBS Video app and on PBS: https://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/.
This special documentary explores the impact of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s historic 1973 tour of China both then and now, highlighting the resurgence of classical music through its legacy. Renowned musicians including Academy Award-winning composer Tan Dun, Philadelphia-trained famed classical pianist Lang Lang, Philadelphia Orchestra and Metropolitan Opera music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and more share their stories of how Beethoven’s music shaped their careers as China’s classical music scene boomed.
--Elizabeth Boone, WNET
YPC's 2020 ACDA Conference Performance
March 14, 2021 marked one year since the first reported COVID-19 death in New York City. On New York City’s official day of remembrance, Young People’s Chorus of New York City joined Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for a powerful collaboration in memory of all those we have lost to this pandemic. Since the release of this video tribute, we have been overwhelmed by the incredible responses from our families, friends, and supporters from around the world. We are filled with gratitude for everyone who participated in creating this hope-filled rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
"I am so encouraged by today's young people, they are all from different backgrounds and races. I see possibilities of change and growth for their tomorrows. Really beautiful. In every way."
Watch now: https://ypc.org/ypc-and-lincoln-center-to-honor-those-lost-to-covid-19/
--Young People’s Chorus of NYC
BFH Radio: Broadcast from Here
Composer and producer Lisa Bielawa has launched BFH Radio – Broadcast from Here, a continuous and evolving soundscape incorporating words, voices, and found audio from participants all over the world, one year after many communities went into pandemic lockdown. BFH Radio is streaming online and open for public participation – anyone may call the BFH Radio Hotline at 1-707-722-BFHR (2347) or visit the online portal at http://www.bfhradio.com/ to contribute found audio, spoken messages, or musical phrases.
BFH Radio asks, “What are the sounds of our world today? What thoughts preoccupy and guide us through this time of transition, uncertainty, and new hope?”
Now that the vaccine is being rolled out, and with the promise of our re-entry into the world, there still loom uncertainties regarding how our lives will be reconstituted in the various phases of that re-entry. BFH Radio will morph as contributions are made by the public, integrated and combined – spoken voices, sung phrases composed from testimonies, instrumental phrases, and field recordings. BFH Radio gathers the sounds of people’s first experiments with narrowing social distance or re-engaging with formerly familiar activities, as well as their encounters with new lockdowns or new challenges, and weaves these together with musical materials.
Tune in & participate: https://www.lisabielawa.net/bfh-radio-broadcast-from-here
--Christina Jensen, Jensen Artists
What's Streaming: Classical (Week of March 29-April 4)
Thursday, April 1 at 6:00 p.m. ET & Friday, April 2 at 5:00 p.m. ET:
Jennifer Koh presents two discussions as part of a Fredonia virtual residency.
Friday, April 2 at 8:00 p.m. CT:
Minnesota Orchestra and Sarah Hicks present travel-themed program with introduction by travel writer and TV host Rick Steves.
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Returns to Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Saratoga Performing Arts Center announces that it has partnered with Pitney Meadows Community Farm to bring back the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for its annual Saratoga Springs residency.
Kicking off on Sunday, June 13, the new "CMS at the Meadows" series marks the first live performances that SPAC has presented since the 2020 season was cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The performances, limited to 200 attendees per show, will be held in Pitney Meadows Community Farm's beautiful open-air High Tunnel greenhouse, adhering to carefully mapped out, socially-distanced seating and rigorous COVID-19 protocols.
For additional details, visit https://spac.org/calendar/calendar-of-events/
--Rebecca Davis PR
Bang on a Can Marathon - All Commissions, All World Premieres
Bang on a Can announces its next Bang on a Can Marathon – Live Online – on Sunday, April 18, 2021 from 1-5pm ET. All 15 pieces on the program will be world premiere performances of newly commissioned works, streamed from musicians' homes around the country and across the world. Over its first six live online Marathons in 2020-2021 (May 3, June 14, August 1, October 18, February 21, and March 21) Bang on a Can has presented more than 125 performances, including 47 world premieres of new commissions and over 150 composers and performers. Bang on a Can plans to continue these Marathons, streaming online at live.bangonacan.org, as long as the closure of presenting venues continues, and perhaps beyond. The four-hour live Marathon will be hosted by Bang on a Can Co-Founders and Artistic Directors Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, who say:
New Commissions! On April 18, Bang on a Can presents its 2nd entire marathon of PREMIERES! 15 brand new works by 15 pioneering composers. Tune in to hear 4 hours of nonconformist, noncommercial, mind-blowing music. Andy Akiho! Carman Moore! Joan LaBarbara! Matana Roberts! Kelly Moran! Rudresh Mahanthappa! and many many more.
This concert is FREE! But please do consider purchasing a ticket. That helps us pay more players, commission more composers, and make more music.
For complete information, visit https://bangonacan.org/
--Maggie Stapleton, Jensen Artists
Opera Maine Presents a New Production of The Elixir of Love
Opera Maine is pleased to announce it will present live opera again this summer at Merrill Auditorium, with two performances July 28 and 30. Under the direction of Artistic Director Dona D. Vaughn, the company will stage an original production of Gaetano Donizetti's endearing comic opera, L'elisir d'amore (“The Elixir of Love”). Because of covid safety considerations, the opera will be modified and presented without intermission. Maestro Israel Gursky will conduct a superb cast of singers and an Opera Maine orchestra of 16 select musicians. Nicolás Alberto Dosman will be chorus master. The Elixir of Love combines Donizetti's exuberant music with a joyful story in which true love is revealed--with a little help from a mysterious merchant of magic potions.
On July 16 and 18, Opera Maine's Studio Artists will present the contemporary opera, As One. Composed in 2014 by Laura Kaminsky with a libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed, the opera tells a poignant story about a journey towards true identity and self-love. As One is directed by Studio Artist Director Richard Gammon. It features two voices accompanied by The Palaver String Quartet. Jackson McKinnon will conduct.
For latest updates and information about both productions, visit https://www.operamaine.org/
--Kristen Levesque PR