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Soprano Roberta Peters, a mainstay of the Metropolitan Opera from the early 1950s into the mid-’80s, as well as a familiar television and film presence, has died at 86.

Peters vaulted into stardom on Nov. 17, 1950, when she was called into the Met as a last-minute substitute in the role of Zerlina in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” Her performance, with little or no rehearsal, won rave reviews. She went on to give more than 500 performances at the Met, specializing in coloratura roles such as Susanna in Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” and Rosina in Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville.”

She was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1998.

Although the Met was the principal stage of the New York-born Peters, she also sang at Covent Garden in London, the Vienna State Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and other major houses in the US and Europe.

After leaving the Met in 1985, Peters sang in recital, operetta and musicals.

For many Americans, her most famous role may have been in a TV commercial for American Express, “singing out ‘Tax-eee!’ in a descending major third, from G to E flat,” Margalit Fox writes in an obituary for The New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/19/arts/music/roberta-peters-soprano-with-a-dramatic-entrance-dies-at-86.html
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The transition team of President-elect Donald J. Trump is proposing to shut down the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities and to privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as part of a plan to reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over the next 10 years, Alexander Bolton reports in the Washington political publication The Hill:

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/314991-trump-team-prepares-dramatic-cuts

Spending on the endowments ($148 million for each) and CPB ($445 million) accounted for 0.02 percent of the 2016 federal budget of $3.9 trillion, notes Philip Bump of The Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/01/19/trump-reportedly-wants-to-cut-cultural-programs-that-make-up-0-02-percent-of-federal-spending/

Elimination of federal cultural programs, particularly the arts endowment, as well as arts agencies and public-broadcasting subsidies in individual states, have been advocated by conservative activists and politicians since the 1980s.
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A program of Scandinavian music – appropriate for the season, but more warm-blooded than its latitude of origin might lead you to expect.

Jan. 18
noon-3 p.m. EST
1700-2000 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

Sibelius: “The Wood-Nymph”
Lahti Symphony Orchestra/
Osmo Vänskä
(BIS)

Grieg:
Piano Concerto in A minor
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Berlin Philharmonic/
Mariss Jansons
(EMI Classics)

Hugo Alfvén:
“Bergakungen” – 
“Dance of the Shepherdess”
Swedish Radio
Symphony Orchestra/
Esa-Pekka Salonen
(Sony Classical)

Einojuhani Rautavaara:
“Cantus Arcticus”
(“Concerto for Birds”)
Lahti Symphony Orchestra/
Osmo Vänskä
(BIS)

Niels W. Gade:
Violin Concerto in D minor
Christina Åstrand, violin
Tampere Philharmonic/
John Storgårds
(Dacapo)

Vagn Holmboe:
“Ballata,” Op. 159
Ensemble MidtVest
(Dacapo)

Franz Berwald: “Play of the Elves”
Royal Philharmonic/Ulf Björlin
(EMI Classics)

Dag Wirén:
Quartet No. 5, Op. 41
Saulesco Quartet
(Caprice)

Nielsen: Symphony No. 3 (“Sinfonia espansiva”)
Nancy Wait Kromm, soprano
Kevin McMillan, tenor
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra/
Herbert Blomstedt
(Decca)
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My review for the Richmond Times-Dispatch of the Richmond Symphony, performing on Jan. 14 with former music director Jacques Houtmann and pianist Rémi Geniet at Dominion Arts Center:

http://www.richmond.com/entertainment/music/article_dfc3d157-f8ed-5544-94d0-2d424ca52fe5.html
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The world’s newest concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany, opened on Jan. 11. The work of architects Pierre de Meuron, Jacques Herzog and Ascan Mergenthaler, the structure looks like a futuristic sailing vessel – a fitting visual reference for this historic Hanseatic port. The 2,100-seat hall, built on top of an old cocoa warehouse, stands on an island on the city’s waterfront.

One of the first English-language reviews, from Rick Fulker of the Deutsche Welle radio service, suggests that while the hall may not be a place for those with a fear of heights – “[t]he rows of seats ascend in wine terrace form so sharply that my knee was higher than the head of the man seated in the row in front of me” – musical sound is “mercilessly clear,” even for those seated far from the stage:

http://www.dw.com/en/space-time-and-the-elbphilharmonie/a-37102138

(via http://www.slippedisc.com)

The New York Times’ Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim reviews the opening-night concert . . . 

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/13/arts/music/review-first-concert-at-elbphilharmonie-hamburg-germany.html

. . . and provides background on the costly, controversial project and its striking results:

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/10/arts/music/elbphilharmonie-an-architectural-gift-to-gritty-hamburg-germany.html
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The Oratorio Society of Virginia will hold auditions from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Municipal Arts Center, 1119 Fifth St. SW in Charlottesville.

The chorus, led by Michael Slon of the University of Virginia’s music faculty, rehearses on Mondays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

During the remainder of the 2016-17 season, the Oratorio Society will lead a community sing of Morten Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna,” March 18 at Charlottesville’s First Presbyterian Church, and perform with soprano Danielle Talamantes and organist Jeremy Thompson in a Mother’s Day program, “A Celebration of Great Choruses,” May 14 at the University of Virginia’s Old Cabell Hall.

Singers in all voice parts are invited to audition. To schedule a time, call (434) 295-4385 or e-mail ed@oratoriosociety.org.

For more information, visit the Oratorio Society of Virginia’s website, http://www.oratoriosociety.org
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As the University of Richmond begins a new semester, the show moves to early afternoons on Wednesdays.

Jan. 11
noon-3 p.m. EST
1700-2000 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

John Avison: Concerto grosso No. 6 in D major
(after Domenico Scarlatti)
Paolo Valetti,
violin & director
Café Zimmermann
(Alpha)

Jan Václav Voríšek: Sonata in B flat minor, Op. 20 (“Quasi una fantasia”)
Nikolai Demidenko, piano
(Hyperion)

Peter Schickele:
Bassoon Concerto
George Sakaheeny, bassoon
Oberlin Orchestra/
Raphael Jiménez
(Oberlin Music)

Brahms:
Sextet in G major, Op. 36
Cypress String Quartet
Barry Shiffman, viola
Zuill Bailey, cello
(Avie)

Tchaikovsky: “Variations
on a Rococo Theme”
Pieter Wispelwey, cello
Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen/
Daniel Sepec
(Channel Classics)

Ibert: Divertissement
London Chamber Orchestra/
Christopher Warren-Green
(Signum Classics)

Past Masters:
Mozart: Serenade in D major, K. 320 (“Posthorn”)
Cleveland Orchestra/
George Szell
(recorded 1969)
(Sony Classical)
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Jan. 4
10 a.m.-1 p.m. EST
1500-1800 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky: Serenada (1680)
Virtuosi di Praga/
Oldrich Vlcek
(Discover International)

Caroline Shaw:
“Partita for 8 Voices”
Roomful of Teeth
(New Amsterdam)

Jan Dismas Zelenka:
Sinfonia à 8 concertanti
in A minor, ZWV 189
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra/
Gottfried von der Goltz
(Deutsche Harmonia Mundi)

Debussy:
“Danses sacrée et profane”
Alice Chalifoux, harp
Cleveland Orchestra/
Pierre Boulez
(Sony Classical)

Vaughan Williams:
“Job, a Masque for Dancing”
London Philharmonic/
Vernon Handley
(EMI Classics)

J.S. Bach:
Violin Concerto in D minor,
BWV 1052R
(reconstruction by
Midori Seiler)
Midori Seiler, violin
Akademie für
alte Musik Berlin
(Harmonia Mundi)

Saint-Saëns:
Symphony No. 3 in C minor (“Organ”)
Michael Matthes, organ
Orchestre de l’Opéra Bastille/Myung-Whun Chung
(Deutsche Grammophon)
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Classical performances in and around Richmond, with selected events elsewhere in Virginia and the Washington area. Program information, provided by presenters, is updated as details become available. Adult single-ticket prices are listed; senior, student/youth, group and other discounts may be offered.

* In and around Richmond: Jacques Houtmann, the Richmond Symphony’s music director from 1971 to 1987, returns to conduct the orchestra in Franck’s Symphony in D minor, Wagner’s “Tannhäuser” Overture and, with soloist Rémi Geniet, Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Jan. 14 at the Carpenter Theatre of Dominion Arts Center. . . . Houtmann previews that Masterworks program with the Franck symphony in a Casual Fridays concert, Jan. 13 at the Carpenter Theatre. . . . The symphony’s current music director, Steven Smith, conducts works of Gluck, Purcell, Schubert and Joan Tower in a Rush Hour casual concert on Jan. 19 at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, and a Metro Collection concert on Jan. 22 at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland. . . . Pianist Jeremy Denk returns to town with his wide-ranging “Medieval to Modern” recital program,
Jan. 21 at the University of Richmond’s Modlin Arts Center, and conducts a free master class on Jan. 22. . . . Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers plays Beethoven and Ravel alongside works by contemporary Scandinavian and Baltic composers in a Rennolds Chamber Concerts program, Jan. 28 at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Singleton Arts Center. . . . Pianist Alexander Paley, joined by his wife and four-hands partner, Peiwen Chen, plays Liszt, Brahms, Debussy and, with narrator Pamela McClain, Poulenc’s children’s classic “The Story of Babar,” in the midwinter concerts of his Richmond festival, Jan. 28-29 at St. Luke Lutheran Church. . . . The Atlantic Chamber Ensemble spotlights “Operatic Winds” in music by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Richard Strauss, Jan. 29 at Unity Church of Bon Air. . . . The Wren Masters, a Williamsburg-based quartet playing Renaissance and baroque music, performs on Jan. 29 at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Bon Air.

* Noteworthy elsewhere: The celebrated English pianist Paul Lewis plays Beethoven’s Concerto No. 4 in G major with Dima Slobodeniouk conducting the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on a program also featuring Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” Symphony (No. 6) and Stravinsky’s “Symphonies of Wind Instruments,” Jan. 7 at Strathmore in the Maryland suburbs of DC. . . . Jeremy Denk plays Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand with Mark Elder and the National Symphony Orchestra on a program also including music of Stravinsky and Rimsky-Korsakov, Jan. 12-14 at Washington’s Kennedy Center. . . . Cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras and pianist Alexander Melnikov play sonatas of Beethoven, Debussy and Chopin in a Tuesday Evening Concerts program, Jan. 24 at the University of Virginia’s Old Cabell Hall in Charlottesville.
. . . Pianist Louis Lortie joins Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra in a program of Chopin and Stravinsky, Jan. 24 at the Kennedy Center. . . . In a “Tribute to Slava” – the late Mstislav Rostropovich, longtime music director of the National Symphony Orchestra – the orchestra’s current music director, Christoph Eschenbach, conducts the Violin Concerto in G minor of Mieczyslaw Weinberg, with Gidon Kremer as soloist, and the Eighth Symphony of Shostakovich, Jan. 26-28 at the Kennedy Center. . . . Virginia Opera opens “The Magic Marksman,” an English-language production of Weber’s “Der Freischütz,” Jan. 27, 29 and 31 at Norfolk’s Harrison Opera House, with performances to come in February at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax and Dominion Arts Center in Richmond. . . . Mason Bates, the Richmond-bred composer, presents “Ravishment,” the latest installment of his “KC Jukebox” series, with music by John Adams, Gabriella Smith, Lisa Bielawa, Chris Cerrone and David Hertzberg, Jan. 30 at the Kennedy Center.


Jan. 2 (3 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Strauss Symphony Orchestra of America
Imre Kollár conducting
Katarzyna Dondalska, soprano
Zoltán Nyári, tenor
National Ballet of Hungary
International Champion Ballroom Dancers
“Salute to Vienna’s New Year Concert”
program TBA
$49-$95
(301) 581-5100
http://www.strathmore.org

Jan. 7 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Dima Slobodeniouk conducting
Stravinsky: “Symphonies of Wind Instruments”
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major
Paul Lewis, piano
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor (“Pathétique”)
$35-$101
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

Jan. 8 (7 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
Jeffrey Siegel, piano & speaker
“Keyboard Conversations: Keys to the Classics, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven”
$25-$42
(888) 945-2468
http://cfa.gmu.edu

Jan. 9 (7:30 p.m.)
Family Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Fortas Chamber Music Concerts:
Dover Quartet
Mozart: Quartet in F major, K. 590
Caroline Shaw: “Plan & Elevation (The Grounds of Dumbarton Oaks)”
Smetana: Quartet No. 1 in E minor (“From My Life”)
$50
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Jan. 12 (7:30 p.m.)
The Mansion at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Inscape Chamber Orchestra
Richard Scerbo conducting
Mozart: Piano Sonata in F major, K. 280 – Adagio
Steven Stucky: “Ad Parnassum”
Nathan Lincoln-Decusatis: “Chopin Syndrome”
Arvo Pärt: “Mozart-Adagio”
John Harbison: “Songs America Loves to Sing”
$30
(301) 581-5100
http://www.strathmore.org

Jan. 12 (7 p.m.)
Jan. 13 (11:30 a.m.)
Jan. 14 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Mark Elder conducting
Rimsky-Korsakov: “The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh” Suite
Ravel: Piano Concerto for the left hand
Jeremy Denk, piano
Stravinsky: “The Firebird”
$15-$89
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Jan. 13 (6:30 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony Casual Fridays
Jacques Houtmann conducting
Todd Waldo, host
Franck: Symphony in D minor
$10-$50
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Jan. 13 (8:15 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop conducting & speaking
“Off the Cuff: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7”
$35-$99
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

Jan. 14 (2 p.m.)
Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library, First and Franklin streets
Tabatha Easley, flute
Justin Alexander, percussion
works TBA by Valerie Coleman, Marco Alunno, William Bausch, John Griffin, Michael Burritt
free
(804) 646-7223
http://www.RVAlibrary.org

Jan. 14 (8 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony
Jacques Houtmann conducting
Wagner: “Tannhäuser” Overture
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor
Rémi Geniet, piano
Franck: Symphony in D minor
$10-$80
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Jan. 14 (9 p.m.)
Family Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Washington National Opera American Opera Initiative
Steven Osgood conducting
Frances Pollack & Vanessa Moody: “What Gets Kept”
Daryl Freedman (Amy)
Jennifer Cherest (Emma)
Frederick Ballentine (Lawrence)
Zach Redler & Jason Carlson: “Adam”
Frederick Ballentine (Adam)
Raquel González (Athena)
Andrew Bogard (Colonel Gray)
Matthew Peterson & Emily Roller: “Lifeboat”
Andrew McLaughlin (Professor)
Raquel González (Soldier)
Daryl Freedman (Doctor)
in English
$49
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Jan. 14 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
National Philharmonic
Victoria Gau conducting
Colin Sorgi & Henry Flory, violins
Mark Hill, oboe
J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066
J.S. Bach: Concerto in D minor, BWV 1043, for two violins
J.S. Bach: Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041
J.S. Bach: Concerto in D minor, BWV 1060, for violin and oboe
$23-$78
(301) 581-5100
http://www.strathmore.org

Jan. 15 (7 p.m.)
Calvary Revival Church, 5833 Poplar Hall Drive, Norfolk
Virginia Symphony
Benjamin Rous conducting
Brendon Elliott, violin
Stephanie K. Saunders, saxophone
Norfolk State University Vocal Jazz Ensemble
“Songs for a Dreamer: a Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”
program TBA
free
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

Jan. 15 (3 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop & Valentina Peleggi conducting
Rimsky-Korsakov: “Capriccio espagnol”
Walton: Violin Concerto
Jonathan Carney, violin
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major
$35-$99
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

Jan. 19 (6:30 p.m.)
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Overbrook Road at Ownby Lane, Richmond
Richmond Symphony Rush Hour
Steven Smith conducting
Gluck: “Orfeo et Euridice” Overture
Joan Tower: “Chamber Dance”
Purcell: “The Gordian Knot Untied” Suite No. 1 (excerpts)
Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major (excerpts)
$15
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Jan. 19 (7 p.m.)
Jan. 22 (3 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Gianandrea Noseda conducting
“Portraits of America”
John Williams: “Lincoln” Suite
Copland: “A Lincoln Portrait”
narrator TBA
Bernstein: “Fanfare for the Inauguration of JFK”
John Williams: “JFK” Suite
Gershwin: “Rhapsody in Blue”
Jon Kimura Parker, piano
$15-$99
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Jan. 19 (7:30 p.m.)
The Mansion at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Luis Magalhães & Nina Schumann, pianos
J.S. Bach: “Goldberg Variations,” BWV 998
Franck: “Prélude, Aria and Finale”
Barber: “Souvenirs”
$30
(301) 581-5100
http://www.strathmore.org

Jan. 20 (8 p.m.)
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News
Jan. 21 (8 p.m.)
Chrysler Hall, 215 St. Paul’s Boulevard, Norfolk
Jan. 22 (2:30 p.m.)
Sandler Arts Center, 201 S. Market St., Virginia Beach
Jan. 28 (8 p.m.)
Regent University Theater, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach
Virginia Symphony
Benjamin Rous conducting
Monteverdi: “Orfeo” – Toccata
Vivaldi: “The Four Seasons”
Vahn Armstrong, Simon Lapointe, Amanda Gates Armstrong & Elizabeth Coulter Vonderheide, violins
Vivaldi: Concerto for two trumpets
David Vonderheide & Asam Gandolfo, trumpets
Vivaldi: Piccolo Concerto
Rachel Ordaz, piccolo
Biber: “Battaglia”
$25-$110
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

Jan. 21 (2 p.m.)
Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library, First and Franklin streets
Richmond Music Teachers Association members
program TBA
free
(804) 646-7223
http://www.RVAlibrary.org

Jan. 21 (7:30 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
Jeremy Denk, piano
“Medieval to Modern”
Machaut: “Doulz amis, oy mon compleint”
Gilles Binchois: “Triste plasir”
Johannes Ockegheim: “Missa Prolationum” – Kyrie
Guillaume Dufay: “Franc cuer Gentil”
Josquin des Prez: “Missa Pange lingua” – Kyrie I
Clément Janequin: “Au Joly Jeu”
Byrd: “My Ladye Neville’s Booke of Virginal Music” – “A Voluntairie”
Carlo Gesualdo: “Madrigali libro sesto” – “O dolce mio Tesoro”
Monteverdi: “Zefiro torna e di soavi accenti”
Purcell: Ground in C minor
Scarlatti: Sonata in B flat major, K. 551
J.S. Bach: “Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue,” BWV 903
Mozart: Sonata in C major, K. 545 – II: Andante
Beethoven: Sonata in C minor, Op. 10, No. 1 – I: Allegro molto e con brio
Schumann: “Fantasiestücke,” Op. 12 – V: “In der Nacht”
Chopin: Prelude in C major, Op. 28, No. 1
Chopin: Prelude in A minor, Op. 28, No. 2
Wagner-Liszt: “Tristan und Isolde” – “Isoldes Liebestod”
Brahms: “Klavierstücke,” Op. 119 – I: Intermezzo in B minor
Schoenberg: “Three Pieces” – I: Mässige Viertel
Debussy: “Images,” Book 1 – “Reflets dans l’eau”
Stravinsky: “Piano Rag Music”
Stockhausen: “Klavierstücke” I
Philip Glass: Etude No. 2
Ligeti: Etudes, Book 1 – “Autumn in Warsaw”
Gilles Binchois: “Triste plasir” (reprise)
$40
Free master class, 10:30 a.m. Jan. 22, Choral Room 127, Booker Hall of Music
(804) 289-8980
http://modlin.richmond.edu

Jan. 21 (8 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony Pops
Chia-Hsuan Lin conducting
“The Genius of John Williams”
“Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones,” “Harry Potter,” other film scores TBA
pre-concert performance by Richmond Concert Band, 7 p.m.
SOLD OUT
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Jan. 21 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Johannes Debus conducting
Rossini: “The Barber of Seville” Overture
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor
$35-$99
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

Jan. 22 (3 p.m.)
Blackwell Auditorium, Randolph-Macon College, 205 Henry St., Ashland
Richmond Symphony
Steven Smith conducting
Gluck: “Orfeo et Euridice” Overture
Joan Tower: “Chamber Dance”
Purcell: “The Gordian Knot Untied” Suite No. 1
Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major
$22
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Jan. 22 (4 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Guitar Series:
Denver Walker & Nathan Mills, classical guitars
program TBA
$15
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events

Jan. 24 (7:30 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Tuesday Evening Concerts:
Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello
Alexander Melnikov, piano
Beethoven: Sonata in G minor, Op. 5, No. 2
Beethoven: Sonata in A major, Op. 69
Debussy: Sonata in D minor
Chopin: Sonata in G minor, Op. 65
$12-$35
(434) 924-3376
http://tecs.org

Jan. 24 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor
Louis Lortie, piano
Stravinsky: “Petrouchka”
$40-$110
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts)
http://www.washingtonperformingarts.org

Jan. 25 (7:30 p.m.)
Family Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Young Concert Artists:
Zorá String Quartet
Mozart: Quartet in D minor, K. 421
Webern: “Langsammer Satz”
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 9
$38
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Jan. 26 (7 p.m.)
Jan. 27 (8 p.m.)
Jan. 28 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach conducting
Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Violin Concerto in G minor
Gidon Kremer, violin
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8
$15-$89
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Jan. 26 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Pops
Jack Everly conducting
Ann Hampton Callaway, Tony DeSare & Frankie Moreno, vocalists
“A Tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes”
$35-$99
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

Jan. 27 (8 p.m.)
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News
Five Irish Tenors
program TBA
$30-$62
(855) 337-4849
http://fergusoncenter.org

Jan. 27 (8 p.m.)
Jan. 29 (2:30 p.m.)
Jan. 31 (7:30 p.m.)
Harrison Opera House, 160 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk
Virginia Opera
Adam Turner conducting
Weber: “Der Freischütz” (“The Magic Marksman”)
Andrew Paulson (Prince Ottokar)
Kevin Langan (Cuno)
Corey Bix (Max)
Joseph Barron (Caspar)
Trevor Neal (Kilian)
Jake Gardner (Hermit/Samiel)
Kara Shay Thomson (Agathe)
Katherine Polit (Ännchen)
Stephen Lawless, stage director
in English, English captions
$32.73-$107.27
(866) 673-7282
http://vaopera.org

Jan. 28 (7:30 p.m.)
St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Parkway, Richmond
Alexander Paley, piano
Alexander Paley & Peiwen Chen, piano four-hands
Liszt: “Hungarian Rhapsodies” Nos. 1-19
Brahms: “Hungarian Dances” Nos. 1-9
donation requested
(804) 665-9516
http://paleymusicfestival.org

Jan. 28 (8 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
Rennolds Chamber Concerts:
Anne Akiko Meyers, violin
pianist TBA
Beethoven: Sonata in D major, Op. 12, No. 1
Arvo Pärt: “Fratres”
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Fantasia
Ravel: “Tzigane”
Morten Lauridsen “O magnum mysterium”
Jakub Ciupinski: “Wreck of the Umbria” for violin with electronic/video installation
$34
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events

Jan. 28 (8 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
Five Irish Tenors
program TBA
$33-$55
(888) 945-2468
http://cfa.gmu.edu

Jan. 28 (8 p.m.)
Jan. 29 (3 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
National Philharmonic
Piotr Gajewski conducting
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor
Haochen Zhang, piano
Dvorák: Symphony No. 8 in G major
$42-$78
(301) 581-5100
http://www.strathmore.org

Jan. 29 (3 p.m.)
St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Parkway, Richmond
Alexander Paley & Peiwen Chen, piano
Pamela McClain, narrator
Debussy: “The Children’s Corner”
Debussy: “The Toybox”
Poulenc: “The Story of Babar”
donation requested
(804) 665-9516
http://paleymusicfestival.org

Jan. 29 (3 p.m.)
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 8706 Quaker Lane,
Richmond
The Wren Masters:
Sue Via, baroque violin
Sarah Gentry Glosson, baroque cello & viola da gamba
Ruth van Baak Griffioen, recorder
Thomas Marshall, harpsichord
Renaissance and baroque works TBA
$10 suggested donation
(804) 272-0992
http://stmichaelsbonair.org

Jan. 29 (4 p.m.)
Unity Church of Bon Air, 923 Buford Road, Richmond
Atlantic Chamber Ensemble
“Operatic Winds”
works TBA by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Richard Strauss
donation requested
(804) 320-5584
http://acensemble.org

Jan. 29 (3:30 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
UVa Chamber Music Series:
Rivanna String Quartet
William Grant Still: “Lyric String Quartette”
Fauré: “La bonne chanson”
Pamela Beasley, soprano
John Mayhood, piano
Ravel: Quartet in F major
$15
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu/events

Jan. 29 (7 p.m.)
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St., Washington
Kennedy Center Chamber Players
Mozart: “Variations on ‘Ah vous dirai-je, Maman’ ”
Ravel: Sonata for violin and cello
Martinu: Madrigals for violin and viola
Beethoven: String Trio in D major, Op. 9, No. 2
$18 in advance, $23 at door
(877) 987-6487
http://www.sixthandi.org

Jan. 30 (7:30 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Atrium, Washington
Mason Bates’ KC Jukebox
“Ravishment”
Lisa Bielawa, vocalist
other performers TBA
John Adams: Quartet No. 2
Gabriella Smith: “Carrot Revolution”
Lisa Bielawa: “Ravishment”
Lisa Bielawa: “Drama/Self Pity”
Chris Cerrone: “The Night Mare”
David Hertzberg: “Ellébore”
after-party with DJ Moose
$20
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org
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To usher out 2016, the third annual Habsburg Sock Hop – our more expansive take on the traditional Viennese New Year’s program of Strauss waltzes. We’ll feature several Strauss favorites, and contrast them with the waltz’s hill-country folk ancestor, the Ländler,
as it was employed by composers over three generations. And we’ll
sample folk dances from
other lands in the sprawling, multi-ethnic empire the Habsburg dynasty once ruled in Central Europe and the Balkans – Hungarian, Czech, Polish, Romanian, Jewish, Roma – alongside works, from the baroque to the modern, in which composers adapted those dances.

Dec. 31
1-5 p.m.
1800-2200 GMT/UTC
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

Johann Strauss II: “Kaiser-Walzer”
London Symphony Orchestra/
John Georgiadis
(LSO Live)

Josef Lanner:
“Dornbacher Ländler”
Die Eipeldauer
(Preiser)

Haydn: Symphony No. 88
in G major – III: Menuetto
Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra/
Ivor Bolton
(Oehms Classics)

Mahler: Symphony No. 1 –
II: Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra/
Michael Tilson Thomas
(SFS Media)

Johann Strauss I:
“Alte und neue Tempête”
Camerata Cassovia
(Naxos)

Rossini: “William Tell” –
Final du Divertissement
Giuseppe Verdi Symphony
Orchestra, Milan/
Riccardo Chailly
(Decca)

Johann Strauss II: “Künstler-Quadrille”
Slovak State Philharmonic, Košice/
Johannes Wildner
(Naxos)

Past Masters:
Brahms: waltzes, Op. 39, Nos. 1, 2, 5, 6, 10, 15
Dinu Lipatti &
Nadia Boulanger,
piano four-hands
(recorded 1937)
(EMI Classics)

Johann Strauss II: “Seid umschlungen Millionen”
Vienna Philharmonic/Willi Boskovsky
(Decca)

Past Masters:
Kodály: “Dances of Galanta”
London Symphony Orchestra/
István Kertész
(recorded 1964)
(Decca Eloquence)

traditional
(Collection Uhrovska):
“Visel som”
“Acha ma myla”
C 298
“Ksobassu Nota”
(arrangements by
Matthias Maute)
David Greenberg, violin
Carmen Genest, voice
Ensemble Caprice/Matthias Maute
(Analekta)

traditional
(Anna Keczer Szirmay Collection):
Hungarian baroque dances
Collegium Musicum Budapest
(Hungaroton)

Haydn: Quartet in D major, Op. 20, No. 4 –
III: Menuet alla Zingarese
Daedalus Quartet
(Bridge)

Liszt:
“Hungarian Rhapsody” No. 19
(“Csárdas nobles”)
Leslie Howard, piano
(Hyperion)

Past Masters:
Brahms: Piano Quartet
in G minor, Op. 25 –
IV: Rondo alla Zingerese
(arrangement by
Arnold Schoenberg)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/
Robert Craft
(recorded 1964)
(Sony Classical)

traditional:
“Seremoj és Románca”
Apollo Chamber Ensemble
(Navona)

Johann Strauss II:
“Éljen a Magyar!” Polka
Anima Eterna Orchestra/
Jos van Immerseel
(Zig Zag Territories)

Smetana:
“The Bartered Bride” –
Polka
Furiant
“Dance of the Comedians”
Cleveland Orchestra/Christoph von Dohnányi
(Decca)

Dvorák: Bagatelles, Op. 47
Josef Suk & Ivan Ženatý, violins
Jan Talich, viola
Jirí Bárta, cello
Josef Hála, harmonium
(Supraphon)

traditional:
“Wallachian Lament”
Apollo Chamber Ensemble
(Navona)

Janácek: “Lachian Dances”
Basel Symphony Orchestra/
Walter Weller
(Ars Musici)

Tchaikovsky:
“Swan Lake” – Mazurka
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/Vasily Petrenko
(Avie)

Tchaikovsky:
“Eugene Onegin” –
Polonaise
Staatskapelle Dresden/
James Levine
(Philips)

Michal Kleofas Oginski:
Polonaise in A minor (“Farewell to the Homeland”)
Mazurka in D major
Polonaise in G minor (“Sirotinuszka”)
Iwo Zaluski, piano
(Olympia)

Chopin: 3 mazurkas, Op. 59
“Polonaise-Fantasie”
in A flat major, Op. 61
Martha Argerich, piano
(Deutsche Grammophon)

traditional:
“Hora de ascultare”
“Hora mare”
“Hora lui Dragol”
Tcha Limberger, violin
Hesperion XXI/
Jordi Savall
(AliaVox)

Past Masters:
Enescu: “Romanian Rhapsody” No. 1
London Symphony Orchestra/Antal Doráti
(recorded 1960)
(Mercury)
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