On With The Show
With concert halls and theatres closed, arts companies around Australia and the world are finding innovative ways to reach their audiences, whether it’s streaming live concerts and events, creating new videos and recordings or digging into the archives. At Limelight we’ve brought these together to create a one-stop shop for your arts needs.
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Happening this week
All times and dates are based on Sydney AEDT unless otherwise noted.
27 Mar, 8pm | Ben Hauptmann Trio streaming via Facebook Live
27 Mar, 7pm | Arcadia Winds Melbourne Digital Concert Hall
27 Mar 8.30pm | Stefan Cassomenos in Recital Melbourne Digital Concert Hall
28 Mar, 10.30 – 1.30pm | Piano Day Broadcast. This piano day enjoy an exclusive broadcast featuring performances, unseen recordings and interviews to celebrate the piano in all its forms. All streamed live from the Sydney Opera House.
28 Mar, 7.30pm (AWST) | West Australian Opera will release a Ghost Light Opera aria every Saturday on its social media platforms.
28 Mar, 5pm | Tristan Lee – Pastorale Melbourne Digital Concert Hall
28 Mar, 7pm | Latitude 37 Melbourne Digital Concert Hall
28 Mar, 7pm | Zoe Knighton – Bach Suites Part 1 Melbourne Digital Concert Hall
29 Mar, 2 – 4pm | Australian Composers’ Concert: Fundraiser!
2 Apr, 7pm | Elyane Lassaude – American in Paris Melbourne Digital Concert Hall
2 Apr, 8pm | Andrea Katz and Nicholas Dinopoulos Melbourne Digital Concert Hall
3 Apr, 7pm | Kristian Chong – Schubert from Beyond; the last piano sonata Melbourne Digital Concert Hall
3 Apr, 8.30pm | Zoe Knighton – Bach Suites Part 2 Melbourne Digital Concert Hall
31 Mar | Perth Symphony Orchestra In the lead up to Bach’s birthday 31st March and along with PSO violinist Julia Watson’s #Bachaday campaign, #BachintheBathroom is designed to inspire everyone to pick up their instruments, encourage connection through music and social distancing through practice. Simply take a video of yourself in the bathroom, playing your favourite Bach piece, and upload to Facebook with #BachintheBathroom and #Bachaday tag (@PerthSymphony).
27-28 Mar, 8pm | Australian National Theatre Live Sydney Theatre Company’s The Wharf Revue – Celebrating 15 Years, streaming on the Australian Theatre Live Facebook page.
2-3 Apr, 8pm | Australian National Theatre Live Griffin Theatre Company’s production of David Williamson’s Emerald City, streaming on the Australian Theatre Live Facebook page.
10-11 Apr, 8pm | Australian National Theatre Live Griffin Theatre Company’s production of Mary Rachel Brown’s The Dapto Chaser, streaming on the Australian Theatre Live Facebook page.
2 Apr, 6.15pm |The Wheeler Centre, Live-stream: Alice Bishop
2 Apr, 8pm | Cuplet Poetry Night | Cuplet is live streaming a featured poet each Thursday.
27 Mar, 10:30am | Jonathan Biss Beethoven’s last three piano sonatas
27 Mar, 9.30am | Met Opera Wagner’s Götterdämmerung
27 March, starting 6pm EDT | Music Never Sleeps NYC Jan Vogler, Artistic Director of the Dresden Music Festival, is programming a 24-hour music video livestream marathon event
28 Mar, 7pm CET | Opera Vision Garsington Opera, The Marriage of Figaro
28 Mar, 13.55pm CET| Lieder recital with Matthias Goerne and Seong-Jin Cho, Live stream from the Teldex Studio – Berlin
28 Mar, 6am | Royal Opera House presents The Royal Ballet’s Peter and the Wolf on Facebook and YouTube
28 Mar, 7.30pm ET | Met Opera Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
29 Mar, 1am | World Piano Day Deutsche Grammophon’s star pianists mark World Piano Day with global virtual festival. Viewers will be able to watch streams of some of the world’s finest pianists via YouTube and Facebook using the hashtags #StayAtHome and #WorldPianoDay.
29 Mar, 7pm GMT | London Symphony Orchestra Sibelius Symphony No 5 , Sir Simon Rattle conductor
29 Mar, 7.30pm ET | Met Opera Wagner’s Tannhäuser
31 Mar, 7pm CET | Opera Vision, Teatro La Fenice, Il sogno di Scipione
2 Apr, 7.30pm GMT | London Symphony Orchestra Brahms Symphony No 1, Valery Gergiev conductor
3 Apr, 6am | Royal Opera House presents The Royal Opera’s Acis and Galatea on Facebook and YouTube
4 Apr, 8pm | Vijay Iyer, Composer-pianist Vijay Iyer has carved out a unique path as an influential, prolific, shape-shifting presence in modern music.
3MBS Fine Music Melbourne | Listen live online or revist the station’s past Marathon events on YouTube
ABC Classic | Tune in to Lunchtime Concert at 1pm every day to hear full concerts, as well as highlights in Classic Breakfast and Drive
Australian Art Music | Listen to Cameron Lam’s weekly-updated playlist on Spotify, or click here to listen to all previously included tracks.
Australia Chamber Choir | Watch and listen to a selection of recorded content, which will be updated regularly.
Australian Chamber Orchestra | The ACO has posted an excerpt of Arvo Pärt’s Tabula Rasa to their Facebook page and has promised there’s more to come.
Brassbands Gone Viral | This Easter weekend, Team Brassbanned is producing a 48-hour marathon live stream. Broadcasting highlights from the past 10+ years of the Australian National Band Championships.
Camerata | From 23 Mar, join Queensland’s chamber orchestra daily from 5pm for [email protected]
Couch Choir | If you love singing then this could be the group for you can now join from your lounge room
Fine Music Sydney | Australia’s first FM radio station, broadcasting a mix of classical, jazz and contemporary music.
Melbourne Digital Concert Hall | MDCH, a digital concert hall run by Melbourne musicians. Concerts will be performed once, at set times as per traditional recitals, and will be professionally streamed. Tickets are sold online for the performance and all ticket money goes directly to the artists. Opening Season 27 – 29 March.
Melbourne Guitar Festival | A new live streaming every Saturday from 7pm, featuring 37 guitarists.
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra | Is already livestreaming concerts, including performances of Beethoven and Mendelssohn, Bach and works from its schools program
Omega Ensemble | Watch past performances from the ensemble online.
Phoenix Central Park | A platform for the international exposure of extraordinary performing artists.
Queensland Symphony Orchestra | Stay tuned for more updates from the QSO.
Recital Australia | Lunch Hour Series will be streamed starting 25 March.
Sydney Sessions | Performances from Sydney’s music scene in exile. One new performance, every single day, until the crisis has passed.
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra | Visit the TSO for Daily Dose – a clip, including excerpts from recent performances, interviews, show-and-tell demos, chamber music and tracks from our extensive recorded archive.
West Australian Opera | Ghost Light Opera will celebrate Western Australian singers performing gorgeous arias spot lit on a darkened stage.
Cuplet Poetry Night | Cuplet is live streaming a featured poet each Thursday.
The Wheeler Centre |Will be livestreaming a series of events and panels including the the 2020 Stella Prize Winner in Conversation on 14 April.
Yarra Valley Writers Festival | will be livestreamed on 9 May. Online viewing tickets will go on sale in early April. Live streamed from The Memo, Healesville & various home offices of panelists, authors and performers.
Australian Theatre Live | Each week, Australian Theatre Live will stream a play from one Australia’s renowned theatre companies and featuring some of our best-known writers, directors and actors. The productions will stream on from their Facebook page.
Biennale of Sydney Online | The 22nd Biennale of Sydney has gone online, bringing the exhibition and programs to life through live content, virtual walkthroughs, podcasts, interactive Q&As, curated tours and artist takeovers.
Head On Photo Festival in Sydney | 1–17 May will be programmed online and accompanied by virtual public programs. Full program announced in April.
Meeanjin Markets Digital | Are a curated artisan market showcasing authentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts, crafts and experiences
National Gallery of Victoria | Take an online tour of the NGV, eBooks and activities for children are also available on the their site.
White Rabbit Gallery | Go on the White Rabbit’s four virtual tours through exhibitions Then, Hot Blood, Supernatural, and The Sleeper Awakes.
Bavarian State Opera | Presenting a season of seven free live streams. Currently streaming two-week runs of its repertoire, including tenor Jonas Kaufmann in Verdi’s Il Trovatore.
Berlin Philharmonic | The BPO has made its Digital Concert Hall free of charge for 30-days. Available are over 600 orchestra concerts covering more than ten years.
Boston Symphony Orchestra | Beginning 24 March and running through at least 19 April, BSO Encores, Nightly @ 8, will present a past Boston Symphony Orchestra performance each evening, Tuesday through Sunday at 11 am.
BroadwayHD | Get a 7-day free trial to stream your favourite Broadway hits.
Caramoor | Offers a variety of music; jazz, opera, classical and latin via their YouTube Channel.
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centre | Live streams of performances and past shows.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra | DSO replay offering their archive to stream or to listen to for free.
Deutsche Grammophon | Explore the DG Room on Apple Music which in March features Women in Music and a new visual album of Bizet’s Carmen.
Faithful Friday with Angel Blue The acclaimed singer will be broadcasting from her New Jersey home on Facebook Live and Instagram every Friday at 12:00 p.m. ET (3am Thursday, AEDT)
The Gstaad Menuhin Festival and Academy | Gstaad Digital Festival presents concert highlights, backstage interviews and master classes from the Gstaad Menuhin Festival.
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra | Releasing performances to view for free on GSOplay. They are aiming to release a new concert every Tuesday and Friday.
Lincoln Centre at Home | Lincoln Center’s new portal enables families and communities to keep the performing arts front and center. Including pop-up classroom and livestreamed concerts for kids.
London Symphony Orchestra, Always Playing | Each Sunday and Thursday LSO we will be streaming a concert from their archive on their YouTube channel.
London Philharmonic Orchestra | The LPO is offering an array of online concerts you can watch or listen to from your living room, including solo performances, digitally combined chamber performances, and playlist concerts introduced by the musicians.
medici.tv | A selection of free content is being made available, including Massenet’s Manon from the Opéra de Paris. For each performance the channel is unable to livestream, a program from the medici.tv catalogue featuring the scheduled artists will be made available for free.
The Metropolitan Opera | Stream a different opera for free daily, available from 9:30am.
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra | NZSO [email protected], bringing concerts and other activities programs to the screen.
NY Phil Plays On | A new portal for free digital content to provide comfort and connection to millions of classical music fans
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal | Offering free reboraodcasts of their concerts every, Mon, Wed and Friday.
OperaVision | Twice weekly streams and free library of past productions.
Paris Opera | Offering its ballets and operas to stream for free from 17 March.
Philharmonie de Paris | A vast array of music to watch and listen to at the Philarmonie’s website.
Royal Opera House | The Royal Opera House is rolling out opera and ballet productions offered on demand and for free via the ROH’s Facebook and YouTube channels from March 28.
Royal Swedish Opera | Providing free access to its digital channel operanplay.
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra | A wide range of performances to catch up viaYouTube
Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra | Live stream of 12 March concert.
Seattle Symphony Orchestra The musicians of the Seattle Symphony have generously volunteered to share free broadcasts with everyone during this time of uncertainty. All broadcasts can be streamed through the Symphony’s social media channels on YouTube and Facebook.
Silkroad Home Sessions | Silkroad artists will be sharing short, musical performances live on Facebook and Instagram.
Stingray Classica | Watch beautiful classical music, operas, and ballets from around the world, anywhere, anytime.
Wiener Staatsoper | Register to watch a selection of free operas or subscribe to gain access to a larger library.
Wigmore Hall Live | Has released over 60 recordings, bringing the unique Wigmore Hall experience to music-lovers worldwide
Theatre AND DANCE
Broadway HD | Stream Your Favorite Broadway Hits! Start your 7 day free trial by clicking a plan below!
Digital Theatre | Get access to the world’s finest theatre productions online.
GLOBEPLAYER | Streaming a wide range of theatrical productions.
On The Boards | Website that delivers full-length, high quality contemporary performance films, specialising in experimental performance. Offering free streaming until end of April.
National Theatre At Home | From 2 April National Theatre at Home, will stream National Theatre Live productions for free on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel.
Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage | Sadler’s Wells presents a programme of full-length dance performances and workshops online.
Schaubühne | The Schaubühne theatre in Berlin is streaming performances daily for 24 hours each. N.B. not all performances include English subtitles.
Art Basel Online Viewing Rooms | 235 galleries showing in Art Basel’s Online, each gallery has chosen a curatorial concept for their virtual room.
British Museum, London | Virtual tour by Google Arts And Culture, taking you through the many rooms of the museum.
How Can We Think of Art at a Time Like This? | Is an online exhibition, co-curated by Barbara Pollack and Anne Verhallen as a platform for the exchange of ideas at this time of crisis.
Louvre | Take a virtual tour exploring three of the Louvre’s collection.
MOMA | How to see is a series of videos from MoMA curators and visiting artists as they explore the galleries to explain how they view art.
Support for Arts Professionals
A number of organisations provide support for musicians, artists and arts workers. During these challenging times for the arts industry, many have set up services to deal specifically with the COVID-19 crisis and its effect on the arts community.
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