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.
For even more concert listings, here’s a Classic FM concert round-up.
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.
Through 30 November – Check the Schedule for Days and Times
Festival Brikcius – 9th Chamber Music Concert Series in Prague
You are invited to the Festival Brikcius – the 9th chamber music concert series in Prague, that was held annually under the auspices of the Mayor of Prague 1 and organized as a part of international Daniel Pearl World Music Days.
The 9th annual festival will feature Czech cellist František Brikcius, cellist and poet Anna Brikciusová, composer and organist Irena Kosíková and siblings cello chamber ensemble Duo Brikcius. For further information, visit http://Festival.Brikcius.com .
Donations appreciated: https://www.paypal.me/Brikcius
19 – 23 November 8 PM SAST
Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra
Bach Orchestral Suite no 2 in B Minor with Gabriele von Dürckheim (flute) and string quintet Elgar Cello Concerto with Peter Martens (cello) and string quintet Beethoven Symphony no 2 arranged by the composer himself for piano trio – (Albie van Schalkwyk (piano), Suzanne Martens (violin) and Eddie McLean (cello)
This is a chance to hear repertoire as you may never have heard it before – with a string quintet.
Tickets from R100
20 November 7:30 EST and 22 November 4 PM EST
Pegasus Early Music and NYS Baroque – Beiliang Zhu, baroque cello
Award-winning cellist Beiliang Zhu plays an unusual all-Bach program which includes a violin partita played on 5-string cello and the G Major cello suite.
21 November 6 PM MST
NMPhil Now! Cello & Piano Bravura
Romanian cellist Andrei Ioniță returns to the New Mexico Philharmonic, bringing all the passion and fire we remember from his NMPhil debut. Winner of the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, Andrei has been heralded as “a cellist of superb skill, musical imagination, and [having] a commitment to music of our time.” (Gramophone)
- Schumann Fantasiestücke, Op. 73
- Chausson Pièce, Op. 39
- Bartók Six Romanian Folk Dances
21 November 7:30 PM CST
Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra – A Visit to Vienna with Cellist Oleksander Mycyk
Our musical adventure continues as we visit the musical city of Vienna. Our concert is made extra special as we share the debuts of two exceptional artists. Conductor Shah Sadikov takes the podium to lead the SSO through music rooted deep in Vienna, and Saskatoon’s own Oleksa Mycyk makes his concerto debut in Haydn’s effervescent Cello Concerto in C Major.
Brahms spent much of his life in Vienna soaking in the sounds and the culture around him (not to mention the coffee!). His Variations on a Theme by Haydn is known as one of the most stunning orchestral works ever written – a tribute to a master, the work shows the genius of Brahms’ musical abilities.
The evening opens with the Sinfonia in C Major by Marianna Martines. A composer whose history has all but been erased, Martines’ is one of the most influential and significant female figures in the history of music in Vienna. Much of Martines’ music has been lost; what remains is a testament of a brilliant musical voice. While this is the first time the work has ever been played by the SSO, we can’t wait for you to hear this fresh, energetic, burst of music that will become a new favourite!
- Marianna Martines Sinfonia in C Major (Ouverture)
- Joseph Haydn Cello Concerto in C
- Johannes Brahms Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn
22 November 5 PM PST
Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason
On Sunday, November 22, UCSB Arts & Lectures will present a recital by Sheku, a cellist who is thus far the best-known of the seven (!) musicians in the Kanneh-Mason family, and Isata, a pianist with her own burgeoning career. Both of these young musicians are signed to Decca Classics, where they have released multiple acclaimed albums. The program on Sunday includes the first movement of Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 4 in C Major and the entire Sonata in G Minor for Piano and Cello, Op. 19 of Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Free program. Register here. Available to registered audience members on demand for another 48 hours after the program.
24 November 7:30 EST, Available through 7 December
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Art of Interpretation Series: Cellist Nicholas Canellakis and Pianist Michael Brown
The Art of Interpretation is a series dedicated to showcasing how artists interpret specific musical passages in a selection of repertoire. With a combination of lecture and performance elements, the programs give audiences a sense of the artists’ process as they prepare to perform a piece of music.
On November 24, pianist Michael Brown and cellist Nicholas Canellakis discuss and perform Grieg’s Sonata in A minor for Cello and Piano.
Tickets $13 each or 3 for $30, free for students
26 November 8 PM EST
For almost two years now, “Cultural Thursdays” has featured performances from highly-acclaimed French and Filipino artists.
Under the new setting, the new Cultural Thursdays will be launched online for the first time with “Après un rêve” (“After a Dream”) – a French classical music concert featuring cellist Kyongmin Nam and pianist Dingdong Fiel, who will perform renditions of works by French masters, including Gabriel Fauré, Claude Debussy, and Claude Bolling.
Free event. Watch here: www.facebook.com/FrenchEmbassyPH.
27 November 9 PM UTC +2
Apocalyptica – Livestream Show For Tuska Utopia
This season’s last Tuska Utopia episode takes the torch bearers of cello metal, Apocalyptica, to perform at the ruins of the medieval Church of St. Michael. The episode premieres on Friday, November 27th at 9pm (UTC +2).
Eicca Toppinen: “Playing at Pälkäne church ruins for Tuska Utopia was such a unique experience for us. The atmosphere in this special location gave us such a deep and inspiring state of mind. The whole set up with lights and sound felt so intense and fitting into our music. We are super thrilled to share this experience with you!”
Each hour-long stream includes a concert, an interview with the artists and a tour of the location in the spirit of a travel show hosted by Samy Elbanna from the band Lost Society. The episodes are directed by Taku Kaskela, well-known for directing both TV shows and music videos. Tuska Utopia is a new concept created and produced by the team behind the Tuska Festival.
Buy tickets here. The episode is available for purchase worldwide until November 29th at 9 PM (UTC +2).
27 November 7 PM PST
UC Davis Mondavi Center – Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott: Songs of Comfort and Hope
An Evening with Cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The famed cellist has performed at Mondavi multiple times, and always draws a big audience.
29 November 3 PM EST
Princeton University Concerts’ Online Season – Pianist Isata and cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason
Sheku and his older sister Isata, a pianist, will appear on Sunday, November 29 at 3 p.m. in a live stream from the family’s home in Nottingham, England. The siblings will play works by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Saint-Saens, and will answer questions following the performance. Ten days before the concert, on Thursday, November 19 at 12 p.m., Helga Davis of WNYC radio will interview Kadiatu and Stuart Kanneh-Mason, parents of the seven classically trained siblings who range in age from 10 to 24. Talking points may include their back story and the issue of race in classical music.
3 December 3 PM EST
Ifetayo Ali-Landing began her musical studies on the violin and switched to cello at age four. The 17-year-old was named the first-place laureate of the Sphinx Competition’s Junior Division in 2017 and subsequently performed as a soloist with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra in Detroit’s Orchestra Hall. Ali-Landing has also been featured with the New World Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia. Her recordings include the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 that has to date over 100,000 views on YouTube and over 15 million on Facebook. She is currently a freshman at the Colburn School in Los Angeles.
The National Arts Club is partnering with the Sphinx Organization to present a series of classical concerts featuring outstanding young Black and Latino musicians. The Sphinx Organization is a national social justice organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts.
Other Cello Events: Online Documentary and Cello Course
26 November – 6 December with Live Q&A 4 December
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra Presents Midwest Premiere of the Documentary The Bowmakers Virtually
Cello, viola or violin may come to mind when one thinks of an orchestra but those instruments require a player using another instrument — the bow — to produce music.
Billed as “the story of the most important instrument you’ve never heard of,” the feature-length documentary “The Bowmakers” makes its Midwest premiere via virtual screenings hosted by Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra from Nov. 26-Dec. 7.
The Midwest run of “The Bowmakers,” which is a fundraiser for Park Forest-based Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, includes a live question and answer session at 6:30 PM Dec. 4 via Zoom. Advance registration, which to scheduled to open Nov. 9, is required at ipomusic.org.
“If you’re a classical music fan or a musician, this would be a real eye-opening film and it’s made for you.”
5 December 2020 – 16 January 2021 – Register NOW
First Hour Online Journey with Amit Peled
Learn and master the unique cello emoji language, Peled’s scale system and how to wisely practice your first hour of the day in the most beneficial way!
Q&A for 15 minutes at the end of each session.
Fee: $440, discount available to current and former Peabody Institute students, and former First Hour and Amit Peled Online Cello Academy students
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