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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, recurring events 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 recurring events and 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

Updated June 24, 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 24

Noon central — City Music Foundation livestream: Listen to the second in a series of live broadcasts with CMF artists, this week with Mihai Ritivoiu on piano.

Thursday, June 25

5:00 p.m. central — New West Symphony: Battle of the Sections: Orchestra Edition

Friday, June 26

6:30 p.m. central — Anthony McGill, clarinet: Clarinetist Anthony McGill performs a streaming concert with pianist Anna Polonsky from the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, New York. The program will include music by Florence Price, Leonard Bernstein, Carlos Guastavino, and others.

7:30 p.m. central — Valhalla Media Live: Will Liverman joins forces with his collaborative partner Paul Sanchez for a live streamed recital featuring works by all African American composers. This performance is pay what you can, with the performance being watchable for up to 72 hours after registration.

Saturday, June 27

9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. central — Sound Scene 2020: UnSeen: This 2-day interactive audio art event highlights the voices of those not (yet) heard: the invisible and unamplified elements of our world.

8:00 p.m. central — Valhalla Media Live: Humperdinck's vivid treatment of the classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel is brought to life live in a concert version from the stage of the empty Studebaker Theater in downtown Chicago. This performance is pay what you can, with the performance being watchable for up to 72 hours after registration.

Sunday, June 28

9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. central — Sound Scene 2020: UnSeen: This 2-day interactive audio art event highlights the voices of those not (yet) heard: the invisible and unamplified elements of our world.

1:00 p.m. central — Pianist David Korevaar and Violinist Charles Wetherbee: As part of the Snake River Music Festival, award-winning pianist David Korevaar and acclaimed violinist Charles Wetherbee will present a series of three virtual recitals from the University of Colorado Boulder's Grusin Hall

Wednesday, July 1

6:00 a.m. central — The CBC Virtual Orchestra: World Premiere of Vivian Fung's Prayer on Canada Day.

Thursday, July 2

7:00 a.m. central — Helsinki Chamber Music Festival: Echoes and Reflections -- Music by Handel and Beethoven.

Friday, July 3

7:00 a.m. central — Helsinki Chamber Music Festival: Cosy - Music by Gershwin, Britten and Merikanto.

Saturday, July 4

7:00 a.m. central — Helsinki Chamber Music Festival: A Summer Day in Kuusisaari.

1:30 p.m. central — London Oriana Choir: Making Waves Virtual Concert. The London Oriana Choir usually ends its season with a concert featuring all women composers in late June/early July each year. It will also feature a world premiere of a special lockdown commission, Waves, by our young composer-in-residence Anna Disley-Simpson which was recorded at home.

Concert Libraries and Recurring Events

Concert libraries are listed in alphabetical order by ensemble.

American Composers Orchestra

The American Composers Orchestra pairs composers and performers to create new solo works, aiming to support artists financially, to create new works that will live beyond this crisis, and to provide virtual, interactive performances to ACO's supporters and the general public. You can view these premieres on their YouTube channel.

Art Tower Mito in Japan

The Mito Chamber Orchestra with Seiji Ozawa is uploading videos of past performances that you can watch on-demand.

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

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

Berlin Philharmonic

The Berlin Philharmonic is offering a month of free access to its Digital Concert Hall with code BERLINPHIL.

Budapest Festival Orchestra

The Budapest Festival Orchestra is putting on a series of Quarantine Soirées daily.

Chamber Music Northwest Virtual Festival

From June 22 to July 26, virtually attend the Chamber Music Northwest Virtual Festival. Concerts will premiere at 9:00 p.m. central each Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, June 22 - July 26 and will be available until 11:59 pm the next day on our YouTube channel. Family concerts will premiere at 6:00 a.m. central on 7/6, 7/13, and 7/20, will be available for a whole week.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

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

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Watch past performances and videos from musician's homes on their CSO at Home portal.

City Music Foundation

Starting June 17, the City Music Foundation will present weekly YouTube live broadcasts at noon central.

Colorado Symphony Orchestra

The ensemble launched their #PlayOn videos on their YouTube channel.

Columbia University Miller Theatre

Watch a performance of Bach Collection and stay tuned for more videos.

Concert Roulette

Concert Roulette provides you with a random concert (out of over 200 videos we have handpicked from around the world) starting at the moment of the upbeat.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

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

Discovery Orchestra

Discovery Orchestra's chat videos features Maestro Maull leading listeners to personally encounter "Aha!" moments in music.

Doori Na, violinist

Violinist Doori Na hosts weekly Laid Bach Concerts on their Facebook page at noon central.

From the Top's Daily Joy

Watch young musicians from around the country perform daily LIVE on From The Top's Facebook page.

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.

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Watch select concerts and videos from the the orchestra's musicians as they social distance.

Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra

The musicians of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra are virtually creating videos together while social distancing.

Living Room Live

Canada's classical house concert network is livestreaming concerts every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. central.

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Watch videos from the orchestra's concert archive, as well as videos created by musicians while social distancing.

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.

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Musicians

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

Metropolitan Opera Student Streams

The Metropolitan Opera introduced new Free Student Streams! Each week, they'll be offering one opera specially selected for young audience members around the globe, along with opportunities to learn more about the production and hear from some of the amazing artists who helped make it happen.

Minnesota Orchestra

The Minnesota Orchestra launched their Minnesota Orchestra at Home series, and ongoing project of small concerts created for everyone directly from the musicians' homes.

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

Watch performances from the ensemble's watch at home portal.

New York Philharmonic

The ensemble launched NY Phil Plays On, a collection of video broadcasts of past performances.

Orli Shaham's MidWeek Mozart

Each Wednesday, pianist Orli Shaham brings you an exclusive: music from her forthcoming recording of Mozart sonatas

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.

The Recital Stream

The Recital Stream is a project bringing recitals from classical musician's living rooms to your home. Check out their website for upcoming performances and links.

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

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

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.

Vienna State Opera

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

Würth Philharmonic

The Würth Philharmonic is offering a concert livestream every second Saturday at 10 a.m. central on their YouTube channel, starting on May 23.

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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