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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 free and paid performances, recurring events and concert libraries that you can enjoy from home.

If you enjoy the free 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.

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 Calendar

Updated Jan. 11, noon central

Jan. 9-19

Flint Symphony Orchestra: Cellist Anthony Ross and the Flint Symphony Orchestra. Available for streaming through Jan. 19.

Jan. 30

7 p.m. central — Pianist Steve Sandberg with Michael O'Brien, bass, and drummer Rudy Royston. Tickets are pay what you can, with a $10 minimum.

Jan. 31

4:30 p.m. central — Quicksilver, for the Shriver Hall Concert Series. Tickets are $15.

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 offers a trial for free access to its Digital Concert Hall before asking for a subcription.

Budapest Festival Orchestra

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

Chamber Music Northwest Virtual Festival

Chamber Music Northwest is offering their 2020-2021 season as virtual concerts.

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.

Matinee Musicale

The Duluth-based music series has switched gears for this year, presenting a new free virtual concert each month, highlighting renowned and up-and-coming musicians alike.

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. You can also watch stream previous livestreamed concerts from their current concert series.

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.

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