Online Performances and Events
Below are upcoming, online events. Be sure to click on the source link for exact details of times, time zones, and ticket prices.
12 December: 3 Events 1 PM, 4 PM, 7 PM EST
Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax present a 3-part event, live from Boston. Each event is $10, and if you get all three, the third one is free. The performances will be available online through 9 PM EST on Sunday, 20 December. Here is the description from Yo-Yo Ma’s website:
On Saturday, December 12, Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma come together for a three-part streaming event on IDAGIO. Beethoven’s complete sonatas for cello and piano are the musical catalyst for this intimate series featuring reflections on life’s joys and challenges, and plenty of good humor from these lifelong friends.
The performances are as follows. Purchase tickets for each event separately. Instructions below on how to get the package discount.
1. Beginnings: Beethoven’s Early Period & the Origins of a Friendship
Saturday, December 12 at 1:00 pm EST
2. Amid Tears and Sorrow: Finding Hope in Beethoven’s Middle Period
Saturday, December 12 at 4:00 pm EST
3. Looking Back: Beethoven’s Late Period and 40 Years of Friendship
Saturday, December 12 at 7:00 pm EST
Tickets are $10 per performance or $20 for all three performances. In order to receive the package discount, each ticket must be purchased individually and the price for the third ticket will automatically be $0 at checkout.
12 December 9:30 AM PST
Groupmuse: Around the World in 300 Years – Music by Bach, Takemitsu, Mayuzumi, & Piazzolla for Guitar and Cello [LIVE]
Susanne Szambelan, cello
Guy Woodcock, guitar
Johann Sebastian Bach – “IV. Sarabande” from Cello Suite No. 3 in C major BWV 1009
Johann Sebastian Bach – “II. Adagio” from Viola da Gamba Sonata No. 3 in G minor, BWV 1029
Toru Takemitsu – Equinox
Toshirō Mayuzumi – Bunraku
Astor Piazzolla – “I. Bordel 1900”, “II. Café 1930”, & “Nightclub 1960” from from Histoire du Tango
12 December 6 PM PST
Winter Date Nights with the Clark Center Presents – Dirty Cello: Holiday Blues & Bluegrass Concert
The high-energy band Dirty Cello presents an online holiday program. Donations welcome. (Donations split equally between Dirty Cello and the Clark Center.)
Read more about Dirty cello here:
From China to Iceland, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before. From down home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping!
13 December 2 PM EST
Kunst der Stunde – Mischa Maisky, Violoncello
The great Mischa Maisky performs unaccompanied Bach from Vienna. Read more about the program here:
As part of our new »Art of the Hour« format, Mischa Maisky plays the music with which a single musician can fill not only the Great Hall but the entire universe – the six suites for solo cello by Johann Sebastian Bach. Maisky himself said of the pieces that he recorded several times to Die Zeit: “The cello suites are like a diamond – you turn it around and it always shimmers differently. Remember the biblical interpretation: the texts can be translated and interpreted in different ways. It’s the same with great music. The better the music, the more ways there are to play it. All paths are fine, only two are prohibited by music law: playing great music ugly or boring. “
Now through 13 December
Guerrilla Opera: Dreamwalker
“Dreamwalker” centers on two videos, Papillon and Ofelia’s Life Dream. In Papillon, Guerrilla’s Co-Artistic Director Aliana de la Guardia engages in clever shadow puppetry to the accompaniment of Finish composer Kaija Saariaho’s Sept Papillons for solo cello. Directed and animated by Deniz Khateri, the video tells the story of a folkloric Cuban refugee. The image of the butterfly fits the narrative well—alongside the biological parallel of the monarch butterfly’s yearly migration north from Central America, the sheer defenselessness of the insect emphasizes the precarious nature of every migrant’s journey.
Cellist Stephen Marotto should be commended for his performance of Saariaho’s virtuosic work. Marotto plays with finesse and Khateri’s choice that he appear on-screen for much of the video was welcome.
16 December 8 PM EST
Virtual Concert: An Evening of Cello
16 December 8:30 PM PST
Dirty Cello Livestream from Art Boutiki
From China to Iceland, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before. From down-home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping!
Free, but tickets are required. Online only.
18 December 7:30 PM PST
Santa Monica College Concert Chorale and Chamber Choir Presents – “Nevertheless, She Persisted”
Conducted by Jeremiah Selvey, the concert features virtually recorded performances by the chorale and choir with guest Choral-Scholars-In-Residence Chorosynthesis Singers.
The choral event celebrates the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and “reflects the contemporary re-sparking of movements for racial justice and gender equality,” concert organizers said.
The concert showcases the voices of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) women “from the early 20th-century suffragists to present-day civil rights activists who changed the world through advocacy and composing music.”
The Choral Scholars in Residence, co-directed by guest conductor Wendy Moy, will premiere Melissa Dunphy’s “Amendment: Righting Our Wrongs.”
Composed for soprano-alto-tenor-bass (SATB) choir and cello, the work “juxtaposes the voices of the founding fathers with the voices of minority women fighting for universal voting rights.”
18 December 7 PM, available online through 31 December
Boston: The Christmas Revels, Including Yo-Yo Ma
For the first time in 50 years, the annual Christmas Revels show will not take place in Harvard’s Sanders Theatre. Instead, a small group of performers will take part in a virtual presentation, taking viewers through the archives of past Revels shows. Among the performers this year are world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Revels artist-in-residence David Coffin, and Revels directors Patrick Swanson and George Emlen.
Online Cello Masterclass
12 December 6 PM EST
The Golden State Youth Orchestra Presents – A Cello Masterclass with Amos Yang
Watch this masterclass with cellist Amos Yang online. Here is more information:
Mr. Yang will lead a masterclass featuring GSYO Symphony cellists: Karissa Ning, Ariel Pham, Aaron Song, and Noah Vin. The event provides a learning opportunity for performers as well as observers.
Tickets are free, but the event has a suggested donation of $15.
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