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CCS Recommends…

Due to COVID, we cannot offer in-person performances or livestreams from Bailey Hall. Until we can, we will offer links to a selection of top-quality free online performances from around the country and around the world. Updated September 24, this week we suggest a series of free livestreams, two of which highlight the work of living Black, female composer Jessie Montgomery:

September 25, 8 PM EST: The Kennedy Center presents Noseda Fridays: Journey to Space. (Original broadcast date: August 31, 2018). Gianandrea Noseda conducts the National Symphony Orchestra and violinist Joshua Bell in a program that includes excerpts from Holst’s The Planets, Debussy’s Clair de lune, Rusalka’s “Song to the Moon,” and Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy.  View HERE

September 26, 6 PM EST: River Oaks Chamber Orchestra presents Starburst. The Houston-based orchestra opens their 16th season with a livestreamed concert named for Jessie Montgomery’s 2012 composition. The concert features Kodály, Beethoven, Fauré, Debussy and the world premiere of a Tierra Sin Ml (The Land without Evil) inspired by the mythology of the Guaraní people of South America. View HERE

September 26, 9 PM EST: St. Paul Chamber Orchestra presents Encore Broadcast: Beethoven Mendelssohn & Montgomery. Jessie Montgomery’s Banner,  a piece that ims to answer the question “What does an anthem for the 21st century sound lik in today’s multi-cultural environment?” is followed by Jeremy Denk plying Beethoven’s Fourth Pino Concerto. He program closes with Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony. View HERE

September 28, 2:30 PM EST: Wigmore Hall presents Angela Hewitt. The Canadian pianist plays The Art of Fugue. Left incomplete on his death, Bch’s vast contrapuntal work stands not only as a monument to his extraordinary abilities in this field, but also to his determination to create an exemplar for others to follow. View HERE