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Free classical concerts you can listen to and watch online

Many ensembles, such as the Minnesota Orchestra, have been performing to empty concert halls amid growing coronavirus concerns. Organizations are choosing to instead livestream performances to audiences at home. Kerr, Euan

With many arts organizations and concert halls closing their doors due to concerns from the coronavirus, there has been a surge in performances offered for free online during the closures. Here is our updated list of great performances and concert libraries that you can enjoy from home.

If you enjoy the performances below, please consider making a donation to the organization as if you had bought a concert ticket to the event. Many organizations rely on ticket sales and individual giving and could use the support in a time where ticket sales are nonexistent due to the spread of COVID-19.

To skip to our list of on-demand concert libraries, click here.

For more listings, see the regularly updated NPR online concert calendar.

Are you a performer or a member of classical ensemble that is planning on livestreaming a concert? Let us know! Email Brooke Knoll at bknoll@mpr.org to add your event to the list.

Concert Schedule

Monday, April 6

6:00 a.m. central — Deutsche Oper unter dem Linden, Berlin: Tannhauser (Note: program available for 24 hours after being posted.)

11:00 a.m. central — Hope@Home: Violinist Daniel Hope livestreams concerts from his home. You can livestream on ARTE Concert's website, or on YouTube.

5:00 p.m. central — From the Top's Daily Joy: Watch young musicians from around the country perform daily LIVE on From The Top's Facebook page.

Tuesday, April 7

6:00 a.m. central — Deutsche Oper unter dem Linden, Berlin: Brahms Symphonies Nos 1-4 (Note: program available for 24 hours after being posted.)

11:00 a.m. central — Hope@Home: Violinist Daniel Hope livestreams concerts from his home. You can livestream on ARTE Concert's website, or on YouTube.

5:00 p.m. central — From the Top's Daily Joy: Watch young musicians from around the country perform daily LIVE on From The Top's Facebook page.

6:00 p.m. central — The Greene Space: Bach's Well-Tempered Lens with Jeremy Denk

Wednesday, April 8

6:00 a.m. central — Deutsche Oper unter dem Linden, Berlin: Bruckner Symphonies Nos 4-9 (Note: program available for 24 hours after being posted.)

11:00 a.m. central — Hope@Home: Violinist Daniel Hope livestreams concerts from his home. You can livestream on ARTE Concert's website, or on YouTube.

5:00 p.m. central — From the Top's Daily Joy: Watch young musicians from around the country perform daily LIVE on From The Top's Facebook page.

Thursday, April 9

6:00 a.m. central — Deutsche Oper unter dem Linden, Berlin: Bruckner Symphonies Nos 4-9 (Note: program available for 24 hours after being posted.)

11:00 a.m. central — Hope@Home: Violinist Daniel Hope livestreams concerts from his home. You can livestream on ARTE Concert's website, or on YouTube.

5:00 p.m. central — From the Top's Daily Joy: Watch young musicians from around the country perform daily LIVE on From The Top's Facebook page.

Friday, April 10

6:00 a.m. central — Deutsche Oper unter dem Linden, Berlin: Parsifal (Note: program available for 24 hours after being posted.)

11:00 a.m. central — Hope@Home: Violinist Daniel Hope livestreams concerts from his home. You can livestream on ARTE Concert's website, or on YouTube.

5:00 p.m. central — From the Top's Daily Joy: Watch young musicians from around the country perform daily LIVE on From The Top's Facebook page.

8:00 p.m. central — The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Live Rebroadcast: Bach's Saint John Passion on Good Friday

Saturday, April 11

6:00 a.m. central — Deutsche Oper unter dem Linden, Berlin: Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos 1-5 (Note: program available for 24 hours after being posted.)

11:00 a.m. central — Hope@Home: Violinist Daniel Hope livestreams concerts from his home. You can livestream on ARTE Concert's website, or on YouTube.

11:30 a.m. central — Bavariand Staatsoper: 7 Deaths of Maria Callas

3:00 p.m. central — The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Live Rebroadcast: Bach's Saint John Passion

5:00 p.m. central — From the Top's Daily Joy: Watch young musicians from around the country perform daily LIVE on From The Top's Facebook page.

7:00 p.m. central — Ashuelot Concerts: Join the Steinberg Duo - LIVE - as they explore the Brahms Sonata for Piano & Violin No.3 in D minor (part 2)

Sunday, April 12

10:00 a.m. central — Academy of Ancient Music Streaming Sundays: 'Handel's Messiah' with soloists from VOCES8 can be watched on their YouTube channel.

5:00 p.m. central — From the Top's Daily Joy: Watch young musicians from around the country perform daily LIVE on From The Top's Facebook page.

Saturday, April 18

8:00 p.m. central — The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Live Release: Ruth Reinhardt Conducts Schubert's Fifth Symphony

5:00 p.m. central — From the Top's Daily Joy: Watch young musicians from around the country perform daily LIVE on From The Top's Facebook page.

Sunday, April 19

10:00 a.m. central — Academy of Ancient Music Streaming Sundays: 'Bach & Haydn' with Viktoria Mullova and James Hall can be watched on their YouTube channel.

5:00 p.m. central — From the Top's Daily Joy: Watch young musicians from around the country perform daily LIVE on From The Top's Facebook page.

Saturday, April 25

10:00 a.m. central — The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Live Rebroadcast: Family Concert: Race for the Reef

5:00 p.m. central — From the Top's Daily Joy: Watch young musicians from around the country perform daily LIVE on From The Top's Facebook page.

Sunday, April 26

10:00 a.m. central — Academy of Ancient Music Streaming Sundays: The Marriage of Figaro can be watched on their YouTube channel.

5:00 p.m. central — From the Top's Daily Joy: Watch young musicians from around the country perform daily LIVE on From The Top's Facebook page.

Sunday, May 3

10:00 a.m. central — Academy of Ancient Music Streaming Sundays: 'The Art of the Lute' with Thomas Dunford can be watched on their YouTube channel.

Concert Libraries

Berlin Philharmonic

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.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Watch hundreds of archived videos and livestreams in their Watch & Listen library.

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra has a free online concert library, with audio recorded by Classical MPR. Browse past performances and watch with a free account.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Watch videos from the DSO's extensive video library, which they have made free for the next month.

Vienna State Opera

The Vienna State Opera is offering a free 30 day trial for their video library.

London Symphony Orchestra

London Symphony Orchestra's YouTube channel has over 500 videos of performances and informational lessons.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has full concerts on their YouTube channel.

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Stream performances from the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra from the past year, including works by Brahms, Mahler and Beethoven.

Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra

The Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra has been posting archived concerts on their Curtain Call video library.

Philharmonie de Paris

Stream archived videos from the Philharmonie de Paris.

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

View archived performances on the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra's Vimeo Channel.

Pianist Eric Christian von Fricken

Pianist and composer Eric Christian von Fricken has been posting videos daily on his Instagram (@ericchristian).

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Musicians

The musicians of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra have been sharing videos from their homes.

Google Arts & Culture Virtual Tours

Immerse yourself in amazing venues and performances with Google's Virtual Tours. Highlights include the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall and the Royal College of Music.

Are you a performer or a member of classical ensemble that is planning on livestreaming a concert? Let us know! Email Brooke Knoll at bknoll@mpr.org to add your event to the list.

For another list of global livestreams, check out the Social Distancing Festival, a collection of classical music, visual art, and theater. Please note: performances are listed in eastern time.

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