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Take A Listen To Avoid Cabin Fever: Stream ACL Shows or Browse The Fresh Air Archive

You can now watch Austin City Limits concerts, from this season's shows to years past.
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You can now watch Austin City Limits concerts, from this season's shows to years past.

Updated Friday, April 17, at 2 p.m. This post will be updated regularly. Share your ideas with us at letters@tpr.org.

Bored at home? Have you already checked our list of things you can do this week? No problem. We've got a few more ideas of things you can listen to:

  • Concerts

NPR has a list of virtual concerts and home performances from artists that they hope will grow as time goes by. And really, while you're at it, NPR has a massive collection of small, bite-size concerts (usually three songs) recorded at a desk in a corner there. The concerts have been named Tiny Desk Concerts, and they really are exceptional. From Sting to Taylor Swift to San Antonio's own Nina Diaz, this is good stuff!

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Nina Diaz during her NPR Tiny Desk Concert

Americana, Jazz, Classical Music — there's a lot here. NPR has curated quite a variety, from Superstar John Legend to to the Indigo Girls to the Vienna State Opera. All there and all for free.  Expand your musical horizons or just relish in your favorite indulgence.

  • Fresh Air Archive

Now, you can now search the entire Fresh Air archive — over 40 years of interviews, 22,000 segments, all for your listening pleasure.

  • Olmos Ensemble 

San Antonio chamber music group of long standing has a youtube channel with many performances. They just added Dvorak Piano Quintet No. 2, Op. 81 for wind quintet and piano (arr. Jolley) IV. Finale. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgF8ItC41Cw

  • Live Nation Streaming

Live Nation's "Live From Home" is a virtual hub of live streams, contents and more, annd it's updated daily. You just have to sign in to your preferred music streaming service.

  • Austin City Limits 

Austin City Limits began its first season about 85 miles up the road on the UT campus at the corner of 26th and Guadalupe. PBS station KLRU's 6th floor studio was big enough to host some of the biggest talents in Texas, starting with Willie Nelson as the first performer. In the 46 years since they have gone through a myriad of changes, but one thing has stayed the same: It's all about the music.
Now ACL has opened up a chunk of its archive — this season's programs, plus selections from years past, so that you can take a deep dive as you shelter in place. Enjoy!   

  • Haydn's "Lord Nelson" Mass

Performed by the San Antonio Choarl Society, Trinity University Choirs and the Trinity Symphony Orchestra, this mass was held on Feb. 29 at Laurel Heights Methodist Church. You can watch the full thing — prelude included! — on YouTube now. Enjoy the sounds of over 225 musicians with a 4K resolution and the ability to rewatch your favorite parts.

  • Gurwitz Piano Competition

This year's Gurwitz International Piano Competition is available to stream on the Musical Bridges Around the World YouTube channel. Twelve competitors perform solo and ensemble works.

Still haven't found what you're looking for? Check out our advice on what to watch, things you can learn and how to entertain your kids while you're stuck at home.

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