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Classical, opera, and ballet take to the interwaves


It’s not Kleinhans, but it’s better than nothing. Listen to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra via streaming and radio, starting next week. Live BPO concerts are cancelled through mid-April (and likely longer). 


The BPO concerts are available Tuesdays at 7 p.m. for the next several weeks by tuning in to 94.5 FM, or by streaming at wned.org/classical, via the WNED Classical mobile app, or by listening to WNED Classical via smart speaker. These broadcasts begin this Tuesday, March 24 with Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony No. 3, originally performed and recorded Saturday May 11, 2019. The concert also featured Falla’s Ritual Fire Dance and Mozart’s Concerto No. 21, K 467, "Elvira Madigan," performed by pianist Adam Golka, who stepped in last-minute when a visa issue prevented the appearance of the originally scheduled artist.


There are other virtual ways to enjoy great music, including online offerings from these venerable institutions:


Berlin Philharmonic

With a special limited-time code, you can enjoy a treasury of online performances from one of the best orchestras in the world. See Simon Rattle conduct Berio and Bartók, Gustavo Dudamel conduct Mahler’s Second, and many other top-notch offerings.


Metropolitan Opera: New York City

Opera lovers, take note: the Met is putting on nightly opera streams. But be sure to set an alert. The performances are only available until 3:30 p.m. ET the next day. Last night's offering (available until 3:30 p.m. Wednesday) was Puccini’s La Bohème, starring Angela Gheorghiu and Ramón Vargas, with Nicola Luisotti on the podium. Tonight's performance is Verdi’s Il Trovatore starring Anna Netrebko, Dolora Zajick, Yonghoon Lee, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, conducted by Marco Armiliato.


Royal Opera House: London

YouTube hosts a wide range of cultural offerings, including a channel for  The Royal Opera House. Some famous selections: Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Bizet’s Carmen, and Verdi’s Otello. Ballets include Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, and Don Quixote, as well as some modern choices from Balanchine and a delightful Alice in Wonderland.



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