Finding all performances of a particular piece
February 17, 2015 12:29 PM   Subscribe

Is there a website where I can find all scheduled US performances of a given orchestral or choral piece?

For example, I'd like to be able to input "Composer x, Symphony y" and see a list of all upcoming performances in the US, without having to visit individual pages.

posted by easy, lucky, free to Media & Arts (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: BachTrack seems to do what you want. It's worldwide rather than US-only, but you can filter by country. Here, for example, are the upcoming performances of Mahler's Sixth Symphony in the U.S.

I have no idea how complete their database is (I didn't know about this site until I Googled "worldwide classical listings" and it was result #2), but it's probably a good place to start, at least.
posted by Johnny Assay at 1:03 PM on February 17, 2015 [1 favorite]

Upon further examination, it does not appear to be complete; when I tried to look up performances by the regional symphony closest to me, it didn't have any of their upcoming listings.
posted by Johnny Assay at 1:13 PM on February 17, 2015

I actually did a project on this. Turns out getting all the data on recordings of past performances of a particular composer and piece is bad enough.

In fact if you could persuade the venues and/or promoters to feed all their data into a central or distributed base it might be doable, because event data is way easier to handle than media item data.

But it would be a huge effort...
posted by KMH at 1:51 PM on February 17, 2015

Just imagine the issues in tracking down one composer:
posted by KMH at 1:52 PM on February 17, 2015

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