Attend Live Concerts Around the World – For Free

For Immediate Release
June 30, 2016


Classical Music Concerts, Operas, and Ballets now available for viewing

with SCCLD’s New Online Access to

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – June 30, 2016, Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Opera national de Paris are just a few of the internationally renowned concert halls now available to visit online through Santa Clara County Library District’s (SCCLD) newest addition of to its Virtual Library. 

“Anyone who has ever dreamt of going to a concert at the Philharmonie in Berlin, or of watching a breathtaking ballet performed at the Bolshoi Theatre can now do so from the comfort of home or while visiting a local SCCLD library.  We are pleased to offer free access to thousands of some of the best classical music concerts, ballets, operas and more right here at the library through  Not only is it free, you get the best seat in the house!” stated Nancy Howe, SCCLD County Librarian. 

Created in 2008, is an online platform for streaming classical music videos, offering over a hundred live broadcasts each year including international concerts, operas and ballets.  With the addition of to SCCLD’s Virtual Library collection, SCCLD members now have free admission to thousands of broadcasts normally available only through subscription.  All that is needed is a library card and access to the internet. 

Attending internationally recognized concerts and listening to some of the greatest artists in the world used to be out of reach to the mass majority.   Free access to SCCLD’s opens enormous possibilities to music lovers everywhere.  Available through SCCLD’s main website:, virtual concert goers can gain access to both international and national events by visiting: to link directly into  Logging into can be done at the library or at home with a library card.

Featured performances include both pre-recorded videos and live broadcasts.  With a single mouse click, SCCLD members can enjoy incredible orchestras, concert halls, festivals, and international music competitions.  Events held at Carnegie Hall and Beijing’s NCPA, performances by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, as well as artists performing at the Aspen Music Festival, Moscow Easter Festival, Salzburg Festival, Festival de Saint-Denis and Poland’s International Chopin Piano Competition are all available. 

Viewers can choose from over 100 live broadcasts and 1,700 videos of high quality pre-recorded programs.  Featured works include concerts, operas, ballets, documentaries, master classes, educational films, and artist profiles.  In addition, over 3,000 musical performances, from baroque to contemporary music, are offered. More than 3,500 webpages of research data, including performance synopses, cast information, performer biographies, video links and more are also available.  The website is continuously updated with new information and videos.

SCCLD’s Virtual Library is easily accessed through the library’s main website:  Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the site offers SCCLD’s customers with a variety of services and content.  In addition to, library cardholders can download materials for eReaders, tablets, and other devices, with online resources, music, audiobooks and more than 46,000 eBooks available for free. Anyone new to digital devices and SCCLD’s digital collections is invited to visit the Tech Toolbar for displays at each library location.  For more information, go to

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About the Santa Clara County Library District
The Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) promotes knowledge, ideas, and cultural enrichment. Its collection includes more than 1.9 million books, videos, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, eBooks and extensive online resources accessible from home or work.

In 2014, SCCLD celebrated one hundred years of service to local residents. For the last several years, SCCLD has been consistently recognized as one of America’s Star Libraries by Library Journal. In 2014, SCCLD was ranked among the top ten large libraries in the United States in the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. In 2014 and 2015, SCCLD won Innovator Awards from the Urban Libraries Council.

The Santa Clara County Library District includes two bookmobiles, an online library, seven community libraries and one branch library serving Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. In 2014, the Santa Clara County Library District had more than 225,000 library cardholders and welcomed 3.3 million visitors who borrowed 8.9 million items, making it one of the most used resources in the region. Visit Santa Clara County Library District online at

Nancy Howe/Chris Brown /Lili Smith
Santa Clara County Library District
(408) 293-2326 ext. 3001/3002/3014