David Bazemore

Some nights — okay, many nights — the best seat in the house is on the sofa in your own home. Thanks to the Music Academy of the West’s intensive live streaming and archiving of the 2016 Summer Festival, there are more than two dozen chances to see and hear concerts and masterclasses without leaving the house.

Don’t feel like getting dressed and going to the Granada on Saturday, July 16, to hear the New York Philharmonic’s legendary maestro Alan Gilbert conduct Beethoven? No worries — the Music Academy has got you covered. Set up your computer screen and speakers for optimal viewing, or, even better, use your favorite console to throw the image onto your flat screen and send the music through your surround-sound system. Then make some popcorn, open a bottle, and settle in for Saturday’s concert at 7:30 p.m. on the Academy’s website, musicacademy.org.

No doubt many serious wind-instrument aficionados all over the world will be doing likewise on Wednesday, July 20, when the stream from the Music Academy’s Hahn Hall will carry an exciting flute recital featuring Mosher guest artist Emmanuel Pahud, principal flautist with the Berlin Philharmonic and a world-renowned chamber musician. In some instances, such as the hugely popular PercussionFest recital on Saturday, July 30, live streaming will be the only way to access the concert unless you are one of the lucky ticket holders to this long-sold-out event. Daytime viewing options include 1 p.m. masterclasses in flute, clarinet, solo piano, harp, and violin. For a complete and updated version of the live-streaming schedule, which is subject to change, visit musicacademy.org. The Music Academy’s website and YouTube channel also feature many archived performances from past seasons, so if you want to get a feel for what the live streams are like and it’s not time for a performance, you can check those out, as well.


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