by Daniel Hathaway
The Cleveland Orchestra has now cancelled all concerts and Severance Hall events through the end of May. Read the press release here.
As this diary continues to develop during the COVID-19 crisis. We invite our readers to suggest online articles and links to live streams they’ve discovered that would be of interest to classical music fans in Northeast Ohio. Please submit your recommendations by email.
SUGGESTED ONLINE VIDEOS FOR TODAY:
ChamberFest Cleveland co-founder and new mom Diana Cohen writes, “Spending time with our daughter Noa, who takes in every moment of life with awe, made me think of this beautiful performance of Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite for piano four hands, performed here by Orion Weiss and [Cohen’s husband] Roman Rabinovich. This music and this performance are both sparkling and tender, and fill my heart with comfort.” Watch the video here.
Sponsored by New York’s 92nd St. Y, pianist Conrad Tao will play Frederic Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated, 36 variations on a Chilean protest song and anthem of unity, today at 7:30 pm from his apartment. On Monday, the pianist wrote, “I wonder what’ll feel most resonant in the piece tomorrow: the fantasy implied in its insistently logical form, or the unpredictable reality of its difficulty. Or something else.” Join the stream here.
Pianist Igor Levit’s Hauskonzert streams today at 2:00 pm (7:00 pm Central European Time).
The Budapest Festival Orchestra continues its Quarantine Soirée series at 2:45 pm (7:45 pm Central European Time). The program is listed on the linked web page.
New York’s Metropolitan Opera is offering streams from its HD archives, and this week is completely devoted to Wagner. Tonight at 7:30 pm, you can enjoy a performance of Das Rheingold with Wendy Bryn Harmer, Stephanie Blythe, Richard Croft, Gerhard Siegel, Dwayne Croft, Bryn Terfel, Eric Owens, and Hans-Peter König, conducted by James Levine, from October 9, 2010. Click here to watch. The stream will be available for 20 hours. (For best quality, the company advises the use of one of its apps: Apple, Google.)
Already ten Days ago in The New Yorker, critic Alex Ross was musing about the performance implications of live streaming. Read his cultural comment here.