Stream the Coronavirus Blues with Classical and Dance


As Aristotle said, “Nature abhors a vacuum,” music and dance enthusiasts during the coronavirus era will not remain silent when concert halls and opera houses are closed.

The explosion of video and audio streaming is exponential.

Just one example of the torrent of data: Compared to the sold-out presentation of the 2020 season of George Balanchine’s San Francisco Ballet, rarely produced “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in the 3,146-seat Opera House (closed by The City on March 7 after a performance), SF Ballet @ Home’s weekly streams of various programs have been viewed some 350,000 times. That’s 110 houses sold; if only the company could collect ticket revenue!

This week’s free San Franicsco Ballet streaming offer is “Snowblind,” Cathy Marston’s one-act adaptation of Edith Wharton’s short story “Ethan Frome,” which depicts a heartbreaking love triangle. This Unbound 2018 dance of the troupe’s new works toured and received acclaim at Kennedy Center in DC and Sadler’s Wells in London. Visit

Opera, ballet, and concert performances on YouTube and various organization websites get millions of hits. Andrea Bocelli’s Easter recital on sacred music favorites has attracted over 2.8 million concurrent viewers, and the video’s latest tally is nearly 40 million. Visit see this.

Large, moving musical events, such as the New York Philharmonic’s Requiem by Brahms immediately after September 11, are also still available. It is a special example of the consoling and redemptive power of music, known through the centuries, and appreciated especially in times of danger, sorrow and mourning, all present in the ravages of COVID-19. To discover the orchestra’s programming, visit

The San Francisco Symphony, with its virus-ruined season, also offers the richness of past performances online, with a focus on the canceled celebration of Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas’ 25th and final season before Esa-Pekka Salonen did. step onto the podium in September… if Davies Hall is open by then.

“I am proud to be able to share with everyone the music and the stories that have such deep meaning for me and my fellow orchestra. Music connects us and has never been more necessary, ”said MTT.

TO, there are tons of links to profiles of musicians in the orchestra, the Bach project, podcasts, radio shows, an Apple playlist, videos and activities for kids.

The Symphony’s Keeping Score series, a collection of nine one-hour documentary episodes telling the stories of great works of classical music accompanied by concerts, and now free, comes highly recommended.

This product of SFS Media, the eight-time Grammy-winning symphony’s in-house label, “remains one of the most exciting journeys the San Francisco Symphony and I have taken together,” said MTT, who narrates each documentary. , from various locations around the world and direct the performances.

Keeping Score explores and presents the music of Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Copland, Stravinsky, Berlioz, Ives, Shostakovich and Mahler.

Other notable online options:

South Africa-born English violinist Daniel Hope, Music Director of the Bay Area New Century Chamber Orchestra, appears with a myriad of guests in his “Hope @ Home” series, showing free concerts three times a week on and Facebook. As travel restrictions relax, the violinist says he is taking his living room “on the road to selected places in Germany and possibly beyond”.

At 5 p.m. on May 31, the Center for New Music in San Francisco presents a live broadcast of music from The Alaya Project, their ensemble in residence. Principal members Rohan Krishnamurthy, Prasant Radhakrishnan and Colin Hogan and their collaborators bridge the gap between Indian classical music and contemporary jazz and funk. The concert is on Facebook at

At 5 p.m. on Sunday, Voices of Silicon Valley, a technology-based vocal group dedicated to presenting traditional choral work in a new light, hosts live concerts. The May 31 program features “Cries of London” by experimental Italian composer Luciano Berio and arrangements by Pentatonix. Visit

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