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The Atlantic Crossing of songs and dances, from England, Scotland and Ireland to America.

May 28
7-9 p.m. EDT
2300-0100 GMT/UTC
WDCE-FM, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

trad. English: “Greensleeves to a Ground”
Jordi Savall, viol
Hesperion XXI
(AliaVox)

trad. Anglo-Appalachian:
“Fair Margaret and Sweet William” (Child No. 74)
“Lord Bateman” (Child No. 54)
Custer LaRue, vocalist
Mary Anne Ballard, viol
Mark Cudek, cittern
Ronn McFarlane, lute
(Dorian)

trad. English:
“Nottamun Town”
trad. Anglo-Appalachian:
“The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night”
Brian Kay, vocalist & dulcimer
Amanda Powell, vocalist
Apollo’s Fire/Jeannette Sorrell
(Avie)

Turlough O’Carolan:
“Carolan’s Rambles to Teague”
“Fairy Queen”
“I Am Asleep”
“Bridget Cruise”
“Carolan’s Dream”
“I Am Asleep and Don’t Waken Me”
Caitriona O’Leary, vocalist
The Harp Consort/
Andrew Lawrence-King
(Deutsche Harmonia Mundi)

trad. Scottish:
“Scots, Wha Ha’e”/
“Bruce’s Address”/
“Saw You My Hero”
William Hite, vocalist
Boston Camerata/Joel Cohen
(Erato)

trad. Irish/Scottish:
“Farewell to Ireland”/“Highlander’s Farewell”
Susanna Perry Gilmore, fiddle
Apollo’s Fire/Jeannette Sorrell
(Avie)

trad. Scottish-American: “Scotland”
William Hite & Joel Fredericksen, vocalists
Boston Camerata/Joel Cohen
(Erato)

anon.: “God Save the Queen”
(arrangement by Benjamin Britten)
Chorus of East Anglian Choirs
English Chamber Orchestra/
Benjamin Britten
(Decca)

anon. American:
“The Rights of Women”
Margaret Swanson, vocalist
Harvard University Choir
Boston Camerata/
Joel Cohen
(Erato)

John Stafford Smith:
“The Anacreontic Song”
The Hilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier
(Harmonia Mundi)

Smith: “The Star Spangled Banner”
(19th century arrangement)
Empire Brass Quintet
(Musical Heritage Society)

Henry Clay Work:
“The Ship That Never Returned”
Maybelle Carter, vocalist
The Carter Family
(Columbia)

Work-
David G. George:
“The Wreck of the Old 97”
Lester Flatt,
vocalist & guitar
Earl Scruggs,
banjo
The Foggy Mountain Boys
(Columbia)

Work-Jacqueline Steiner & Bess Lomax Hawes: “M.T.A.” (“The Man Who Never Returned”)
Kingston Trio
(Capitol)

Stephen Foster: “O Susanna!”
trad. Irish: “Pretty Peg”/“Far from Home”
Brian Kay & Ross Hauck, vocalists
Susanna Perry Gilmore, fiddle
Apollo’s Fire/
Jeannette Sorrell
(Avie)

Copland:
“Rodeo” – “Hoedown”
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/
David Zinman
(Argo)

trad. Appalachian:
“Pretty Betty Martin”/
“Katy Did”/“Red Rockin’ Chair”
Tina Bergmann, vocalist & hammered dulcimer
Amanda Powell, vocalist
Apollo’s Fire/Jeannette Sorrell
(Avie)

Stephen Foster: “Hard Times Come Again No More”
Thomas Hampson, vocalist
Jay Ungar, violin
Molly Mason, guitar
David Alpher, piano
(Angel)

trad. Scottish-Sorrell: “Sugarloaf Mountain”
Apollo’s Fire/Jeannette Sorrell
(Avie)
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The Richmond Symphony has received a $500,000 grant from the Cabell Foundation, contingent on the symphony raising a matching sum in new and increased donations over the next 12 months.

The one-to-one grant from the Cabell Foundation, a longtime supporter of the orchestra, “gives the symphony a powerful tool to leverage new and increased funding from those who wish to support our growing commitment to artistic excellence and the Richmond community,” said David Fisk, executive director of the symphony.

Upon completion of the challenge, the foundation will give $500,000 to the Richmond Symphony Foundation, increasing the Cabell Fund for Artistic Excellence to $1 million. The fund supports recruitment and retention of musicians and administrators.

The matched funds the symphony raises will help support projects in its 60th anniversary 2017-18 season and initiatives and programs associated with the orchestra’s 2020 Strategic Plan.
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Sampling new and recent recordings of piano music, with works by Chopin, Schubert, Bach, Mozart, Enescu and Ginastera.

May 24
noon-3 p.m. EDT
1600-1900 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

Chopin: “Fantasy on Polish Airs,” Op. 13
Jan Lisiecki, piano
NDR Elbphilharmonie/Krysztof Urbanski
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Enescu: Suite No. 2, Op. 10
Charles Richard Hamelin, piano
(Analekta)

Chopin:
Polonaise-Fantasie
in A flat major, Op. 61
Maurizio Pollini, piano
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Schubert:
Impromptu in F minor, D. 935, No. 1
Shai Wosner, piano
(Onyx)

Schubert:
Sonata in A major, D. 959
Jorge Federico Osorio,
piano
(Çedille)

Schubert:
Impromptu in F minor,
D. 935, No. 4
Shai Wosner, piano
(Onyx)

J.S. Bach: “French Suite” No. 5 in G major, BWV 816
Murray Perahia, piano
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Mozart:
Piano Concerto No. 21
in C major, K. 467
Simone Dinnerstein, piano
Havana Lyceum Orchestra/
José Antonio
Méndez Pardón
(Sony Classical)

Ginastera:
“Danzas Argentinas,” Op. 2
Tania Stavreva, piano
(TS)
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Meandering from the medieval to the modern, from central and eastern Europe to Britain and America . . . 

May 21
7-9 p.m. EDT
2300-0100 GMT/UTC
WDCE-FM, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

Orff: “Carmina burana” – “O Fortuna”
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/
Robert Shaw
(Telarc)

anon. (13th century):
“Carmina burana” –
“O Fortuna”
Boston Camerata/
Joel Cohen
(Nonesuch)

anon. (14th century):
“Stella splendens”
Hesperion XX/
Jordi Savall
(AliaVox)

anon. (13th century):
“La quarte Estampie Royal”
Hesperion XXI/
Jordi Savall
(AliaVox)

Neidhart von Reuental: “Meie din liechter schin”
Hermann Oswald, vocalist
Ensemble Unicorn
(Pneuma)

Orff-Bull:
“ ‘Carmina burana’ Fantasy”
Sandy Bull, banjo
(Vanguard)

anon. (14th century):
“Cantio Prima declinatio”
Schola Gregoriana Pragensis/David Eben
(Supraphon)

Jan Jirásek: “Missa Propria”
Boni Pueri Boys Choir/
Jirí Skopal
(Catalyst)

anon.: 2 Bulgarian chants
Ensemble Bulgarika (Catalyst)

anon.
(Collection Uhrovska, 1730):
“Praambulum I”
“Visel som”
“Ach ma myla”
C 298
“Ksobassu Nota”
(arrangements by
Matthias Maute)
Ensemble Caprice/
Matthias Maute
(Analekta)

Telemann:
Concerto in E minor, TV 52:1
Matthias Maute &
Sophie Larivère, recorders
Ensemble Caprice/Matthias Maute
(Analekta)

anon. (19th century):
“Cili’s Kale Bazingns”
“Bughici’s Tish Nign”
“Gut Morgn”
“Unzer Toyrele”
Cili Schwartz, vocalist
Budowitz
(Koch International Classics)

David Lang:
“World to Come”
Maya Beiser, cello
(Koch International Classics)

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Benjamin Rous, who has served as resident conductor of the Virginia Symphony since 2010, has been named music director of the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia.

He succeeds Kate Tamarkin, who retired this season after 11 years with the ensemble.

Rous, who is a violinist, violist and keyboard player, was guest principal second violinist of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, working under the direction of Claudio Abbado and Daniel Harding, and performed with the Arcturus Chamber Ensemble in the Boston area. He has guest-conducted a number of orchestras, including the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, the Buffalo Philharmonic and the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa. He is the faculty conductor of the Greenwood Music Camp in Massachusetts.

With the Virginia Symphony, Rous has conducted pops and young people’s concerts as well as programs in the Hampton Roads orchestra’s classical series.

A graduate of Harvard University and the University of Michigan, Rous will join the University of Virginia music faculty as he takes over the Charlottesville orchestra.
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Nadia Sirota plays referee in “New Music Fight Club,” a look back at the conflict between academic serialists and the then-young rebels of the 1970s and ’80s – among them, her father, Robert Sirota – in the Meet the Composer series on Q2, an online podcast from New York’s WQXR radio:

http://www.wqxr.org/story/new-music-fight-club/

(via http://www.artsjournal.com)
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Exploring classical style as it flowered in the late 18th century, a couple of familiar works – Mozart’s “Eine kleine Nachtmusik,” Haydn’s Symphony No. 102 – and an assortment of discoveries, including one of the most unusual pieces of the period, Paul Wranitzky’s “Grande Symphonie charactéristique,” a musical play-by-play of the French Revolution and the outbreak of the Revolutionary Wars.

May 17
noon-3 p.m. EDT
1600-1900 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

Josef Myslivecek:
Overture No. 2 in A major
Concerto Köln/
Werner Ehrhardt
(DG Archiv)

Thomas Linley Jr.:
Violin Concerto in F major
Mirijam Contzen, violin
Bavarian Chamber Philharmonia/
Reinhard Goebel
(Oehms Classics)

Mozart:
Serenade in G major, K. 525
(“Eine kleine Nachtmusik”)
Die Kölner Akademie/
Michael Alexander Willens
(BIS)

William Herschel:
Symphony No. 2
in D major
(“Richmond”)
London Mozart Players/
Matthias Bamert
(Chandos)

C.P.E. Bach:
Cello Concerto in A minor, Wq 170
Peter Bruns, cello
Akademie für alte Musik Berlin/Stefan Mai
(Harmonia Mundi)

Haydn:
Symphony No. 102
in B flat major
Les Musiciens du Louvre, Grenoble/
Marc Minkowski
(Naïve)

Józef Elsner:
“Sultan Vampum” Overture
Opole Philharmonic/
Boguslaw Dawidow
(Dux)

Pedro Étienne Solère:
“Concerto espagnol” in B flat major
Dieter Klöcker, clarinet
Prague Chamber Orchestra/
Milan Lajcík
(Supraphon)

Paul Wranitzky:
“Grande Symphonie charactéristique”
in C minor
(“On the Peace with
the French Republic”)
NDR Radio Philharmonic/Paul Griffiths
(cpo)
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Janna Hymes, music director of the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra, has been named music director of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, an Indiana ensemble of professional and volunteer musicians. She was among 130 applicants for the job.

Hymes, who has led the Williamsburg orchestra since 2004, also is music director of the Maine Pro Musica Orchestra, which she founded in 2008. She formerly was music director of the Maine Grand Opera, associate conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and resident conductor of the Charlotte Symphony.

As she takes over in Canton, Hymes will continue in her Williamsburg and Maine posts. Last year she renewed her contract in Williamsburg through the 2018-19 season, the orchestra’s 35th. A number of the Williamsburg Symphony’s musicians also are members of the Richmond Symphony.
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My review for the Richmond Times-Dispatch of the Richmond Symphony’s final Masterworks series concert of the season, a program of Brahms, Elgar and John Knowles Paine with cellist Gary Hoffman as guest soloist:

http://www.richmond.com/entertainment/music/music-review-in-masterworks-finale-richmond-symphony-gives-the-brahms/article_c822596a-1745-5b9a-b238-590d61719001.html
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During the University of Richmond’s summer break, WDCE-FM has some spare air, two hours of which I propose to fill with a different take on classical radio programming – some contemporary or “alt-classical” pieces, some early music, some folk and traditional music, some music that defies classification. This evening we’ll see how it works. After that . . .
stay tuned.

May 14
7-9 p.m. EDT
2300-0100 GMT/UTC
WDCE-FM, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

A. Marcus Cagle: “Soar Away”
Word of Mouth Chorus
(Nonesuch)

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

Elder Duncan Dumas: “White”
Word of Mouth Chorus
(Nonesuch)

anon.:“My heartly service”
Custer LaRue, vocalist
Baltimore Consort
(Dorian)

Bryce Dessner:
“Murder Ballades”
eighth blackbird
(Çedille)

Tomaso Antonio Vitali: Chaconne in G minor
Jessica Lee, violin
Reiko Uchida, piano
(Azica)

Antonio Bertali: Sonata à 3
Combattimento Consort Amsterdam/
Jan Willem de Vriend
(Challenge Classics)

Arcangelo Corelli:
Sonata in D minor,
Op. 5, No. 12 (“Follia”)
– Adagio
“Folia Variations” for solo harp
2 improvisations
on the Folia bass
Stephen Stubbs,
baroque guitar & chittarone
Milos Valent, violin
Erin Headley, viola da gamba
Maxine Eilander, harp
(ECM)

traditional:
“My Johnny Was a Shoemaker”
“Westron Wynde”
“Scarborough Fair”
John Renbourn, guitar
Don Harper, viola
Tony Roberts, flute
(Transatlantic)

Moondog (Louis Hardin): “Gygg”
Moondog & ensemble
(Roof Records)
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