The COVID-19 pandemic is a global disaster, but it’s not stopping us from making, learning, and sharing music. As more and more performers, schools, and events make the switch from in-person to online gathering, Strings is curating this Online Events Calendar so you can keep track of opportunities.

There’s already an array of great online performances and workshops to keep you inspired, energized, and growing while you’re practicing safe social distancing.


RECURRING EVENTS


Mondays with Mark and Maggie O’Connor Live!

Mondays at 6:00 PM

Fee: $15

Multi Grammy Award-winning violinist and composer Mark O’Connor and his wife, Maggie O’Connor, a celebrated conservatory-trained classical violinist with a bluegrass soul, open up their home for a new, ticketed live weekly online concert series, “Mondays with Mark and Maggie O’Connor Live!,” produced by OurConcerts.live. Their programs will survey a broad and interconnecting collection of American music performed on violin/fiddle, guitar, mandocello, and cello. https://www.markoconnor.com/


Brookline Music School Traditional Fiddle Class

Tuesday, September 29 at 3:00 PM (and ongoing weekly)

This online class will focus on learning tunes from Celtic, American and French Canadian fiddle styles by ear. In addition to learning the tunes, students will explore ornamentation and the stylistic traits that distinguish these styles from one another.


Sight Reading Workshop

Tuesday, October 6 at 5:00 PM (and ongoing weekly)

Fee: $19

Deborah Greenblatt will be presenting an online Sight Reading Workshop on Tuesdays, from October 6 – October 27. Helpful hints will be discussed to help you demystify your first encounter with melodies ranging from traditional fiddle tunes to classical pieces. Previous music reading experience is helpful. Each session is independent from the others so you may sign up for one or for all four. New melodies will be explored each session. This workshop will be hosted by the South East Community College, Plattsmouth Nebraska Campus. Pre-Registration is required (for more information: lbelitz@southeast.edu).


Tippet Rise & Friends at Home: Monthly Video Streams

Thursdays, monthly, at 5 PM

Tippet Rise will present video streams of concerts from the past seasons, unreleased and unheard until now. The monthly virtual concert series will include performances by pianist Stephen Hough and the Escher String Quartet and will continue through the fall and winter with concerts by violinist Vadim Gluzman, cellist Johannes Moser, pianists Yevgeny Sudbin and George Li, and the JACK Quartet.


Family Fridays with RBP

Fridays at 9:30 AM


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Join violinist Rachel Barton Pine on Fridays at 12:30 pm ET, 11:30 am CT, and 9:30 am PT for “Family Fridays with RBP.” The 20-minute weekly show streams live on Facebook (@RBPViolinist) and YouTube (youtube.com/user/RachelBartonPine), with different repertoire and themes each week.


Peabody Institute Friday Night Watch Party

Fridays at 4:30 PM

Join the Peabody community virtually each Friday night to watch a previously recorded performance.


BREO – Berklee’s Really Eclectic Orchestra

Berklee College of Music

Fridays at 6:30 PM

Join string players who want to explore improvisation and learn stylistic secrets about jazz, blues, funk and latin. Each week we’ll approach each genre from a melodic, harmonic and rhythmic perspective and we will spend some time improvising on Zoom – Zoom-provising. If interested, please email mrabson@berklee.edu. to be included in the Zoom invitation.


Amherst Early Music Online

Saturdays at 10:00 AM | Sundays at 2:00 PM

Fee: $25

Zoom through time zones and across borders with AEM Online. Four classes each weekend, taught by different faculty members, provide students a chance to learn and interact.


Honky Tonkin at Home

Sunday, October 3 (and ongoing weekly)

Fee: $75 for 4 weeks (sliding scale)

Join jam-leader and musical hostess extraordinaire Paula Bradley for a four-part online Honky Tonk workshop and party Sundays in October 4-6pm! Each week will feature a selection of beer-stained and rhinestone-laden songs from Paula accompanied by fiddler Darren Wallace plus a special weekly guest artist! Delve deep into the repertoire, the history, and future of this treasured American musical style. We welcome participants to play along, sing along, dance along, ask your questions in the chat!


Bach and Historical Spaces Concert – Elinor Frey Live

Last Sunday of the month at 2:30 PM

Cellist Elinor Frey will offer 6 live concerts this summer, streamed from Montréal, featuring the six cello suites by J.S. Bach and solo Italian works. The captivating sound of Baroque cello will be presented alongside short videos of original content: interviews about beautiful historic spaces made by guests artists from Mexico, Portugal, Montréal, Italy, and more. Each concert takes place at 2:30 on the last Sunday of the month.



ONE TIME EVENTS


2020 Azrieli Music Prizes Gala Concert

Thursday, October 22 at 5:00 PM

The Azrieli Foundation presents its biennial Azrieli Music Prizes (AMP) Gala Concert featuring world premieres by the three 2020 AMP Laureates. The concert will be livestreamed by Medici TV and on Azrieli Music Prizes’ Facebook page, free for all to enjoy. REPERTOIRE – Yitzhak Yedid: Kadosh Kadosh and Cursed (2020 Azrieli Prize for Jewish Music); Pierre Mercure (arr. by Jonathan Monro): Dissidence; Yotam Haber: Estro poetico-armonico III for mezzo-soprano solo, chamber orchestra and pre- recorded audio (2020 Azrieli Commission for Jewish Music); Keiko Devaux: Arras (2020 Azrieli Commission for Canadian Music).


Bach Aria Soloists Presents: Notes & Letters

Sunday, November 15 at 5:30 PM

Fee: $15

Celebrated masters Bach, Mozart, Brahms and Shostakovich defined the baroque, classical and romantic eras and are amongst the most performed composers today. Beyond exploring their collective musical genius, BAS’ Notes & Letters will dive into the personal lives of these famous composers, revealing insight into the thoughts and emotions that influenced their brilliant music. Bach Aria Soloists features actor Justin Barron and guest pianist Sora Park for an hour of grand music enriched by spirited letters. This will be a Virtual Concert to be viewed from the comfort of your sofa!