Updated March 26, 2020.
Because listeners rely on WDAV as a source of peace and comfort, we’re making extraordinary changes to ensure our 24 hour classical music service can operate as expected during the current public health situation. However, we understand that many of our listeners are missing the thrill of live performance as they adopt protective measures against COVID-19.
As countless live events are canceled or postponed, many arts organizations worldwide have chosen to offer streamable performances online in place of their typical fare. In support of the arts community’s perseverance, we’ve compiled a list of classical streaming resources viewers can enjoy while practicing safe social distancing.
Charlotte New Music: New Music Open Mic (This event has passed.)
The Charlotte New Music Open Mic scheduled for Tuesday, March 24 will now be live streamed. This series welcomes “professional, amateur, and student musicians and composers… (to share) music that they typically don’t get to perform or hear.”
Detroit Symphony Orchestra: DSO Replay
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra announced that DSO Replay, its on-demand video streaming archive of past performances, is now open to the public free of charge. The service includes dozens of taped live performances, interviews with visiting artists, and music education resources for budding musicians at home.
Metropolitan Opera: Nightly Opera Streams
For the duration of the Met’s closure, selections from the Live in HD cinema series will stream nightly for free on the Metropolitan Opera website.
Seattle Symphony: Live Broadcasts
The Seattle Symphony will share live streamed performances and resources via YouTube and Facebook in response to the pandemic. More details will be announced here.
Lincoln Center: Lincoln Center at Home
Lincoln Center is offering a huge variety of live streamed and archived events via its newly announced Lincoln Center at Home initiative, including concerts, workshops and lectures for all ages, and educational resources.
Berlin Philharmonic: Digital Concert Hall
Normally a paid service, the Berlin Philharmonic’s Digital Concert Hall is free until March 31 with the code BERLINPHIL. Users gain access to more than 40 HD broadcasts each season and hundreds of archived concerts to watch in the meantime.
Wiener Staatsoper: live@home
The Wiener Staatsoper will broadcast one archived opera performance free of charge each night through its live@home feature. Upcoming performances can be viewed many others.
London Symphony Orchestra: Full-Length Concerts
While their regular venue remains closed, the London Symphony Orchestra will begin streaming full-length concerts for free twice a week at a yet-to-be-determined date. More details will be announced here.
Decca Classics: Live Performances from Decca Artists
Decca Artists Ray Chen (violin), Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello), and Voces8 (choral) are offering live streamed performances from various platforms. If you can’t watch live, check the platform where each performance was streamed for an archived video.
Ray Chen: YouTube Live
Thursday, March 26
4:00 PM EST
The Kanneh-Mason Family:
Live on Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s Facebook page
Friday, March 27
12:30 PM EST
Voces8: Facebook Live
Saturday, March 28
10:00 AM EST
A List Of Live Virtual Concerts To Watch During The Coronavirus Shutdown (NPR): A comprehensive, regularly updated, day-by-day listing of live virtual concerts divided by genre.
Check before you go: These Charlotte events and destinations are closed due to COVID-19 (Charlotte Observer): Live updates on Charlotte cancellations and closures.
OperaVision: This platform live streams and hosts recordings of carefully curated opera productions throughout Europe, all free to access.
StageIt Livestream Service: A live streaming platform that serves performing artists of all disciplines.
Music Everywhere CLT announces Music Anywhere: Charlotte-area musicians, bands, and venues can easily add their live streamed events to this virtual concert series.
Get the latest COVID-19 information from the CDC
Please note: This is not an exhaustive list. If you have additional resources or live stream opportunities to add, please contact Mary Lathem at firstname.lastname@example.org.