In addition to his work as CYSO’s Saturday Operations Assistant and musician in Civic Orchestra, Nico Chona is also a connoisseur of the internet. As we shelter in place and consume the arts virtually, Nico put together this list of some of his favorite online resources to keep us musically inspired.
Even though social distancing may stop us from rehearsing, performing, and enjoying concerts and operas in person, there are many resources out there that will provide educational musical entertainment! Here are some of the resources you can use to enhance and enrich your time during quarantine.
Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall
While many orchestras and other performing arts organizations are shuttered for now, the Berlin Philharmonic has opened its massive, high-quality archive of live performances FOR FREE! Instructions on redeeming the 30-day ticket can be found here. Watch one of the best orchestras in the world from your home!
The Metropolitan Opera
The Met is hosting nightly streams from their performance archive! Every night features a different opera and performances are available for 23 hours after posting. Check out the complete schedule and instructions for watching.
San Francisco Symphony: Keeping Score
San Francisco Symphony has made all nine episodes of its documentary series Keeping Score available on YouTube. Each episode dives deep into the history and creation of one orchestral masterpiece and features a full concert performance of the piece.
New York Philharmonic Digital Archives
Since 2011, the New York Philharmonic has maintained a huge digital archive of scores, parts, programs and more. Search your favorite composer and see how world-famous musicians mark their music.
The International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) is an invaluable resource for all classical musicians. IMSLP hosts digital copies of scores and parts(!) for almost any piece of published music in the public domain. Download a part from your favorite Mahler symphony and play along with your favorite recording!
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) is releasing archival audio and video every day at 12:30pm est. CMS performances feature some of the world’s best chamber musicians, you can also find informative lectures and masterclasses on their website.
Discogs and Naxos
Browse these very searchable catalogues of jazz and classical music for your favorite artists. Look for other collaborations they have worked on to lead you to new albums and artists!