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Aug. 16
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J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suite (Overture) No. 4
in D major, BWV 1069
Le Concert des Nations/Jordi Savall
(AliaVox)

Stravinsky:
Concerto in E flat major
(“Dumbarton Oaks”)
Ensemble Intercontemporain/
Pierre Boulez
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Handel:
Concerto grosso
in E minor, Op. 6, No. 3
Andrew Manze,
violin & director
Academy of Ancient Music
(Harmonia Mundi)

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

Beethoven:
Symphony No. 8 in F major
Montreal Symphony Orchestra/
Kent Nagano
(Analekta)

Osvado Golijov: “Omaramor”
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
(Decca)

Pancrace Royer: “Le Vertigo”
Jean Rondeau, harpsichord
(Erato)

Rachmaninoff:
Symphonic Dances
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/
Vasily Petrenko
(Avie)

Ravel: “La Valse”
Yuja Wang, piano
(Deutsche Grammophon)
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Aug. 13, Bon Air Presbyterian Church

All-baroque programs are tricky to program. The style’s usual constructs and modes of ornamentation and expression adhere to fairly strict formulas, posing the risk that one piece will sound pretty much like another. This hazard of sameness can plague successive offerings from even the most ingenious and substantive composers of the era – including Johann Sebastian Bach, the most ingenious of them all.

The risk was compounded in the Richmond Chamber Players’ all-Bach program, sampling works from the half-dozen years (1717-23) during which Bach served as Kapellmeister (court composer) in Cöthen, one of the miniature principalities that dotted 18th-century Germany. Most of Bach’s better-known instrumental works, other than organ pieces, date from these years, before he became cantor of St. Thomas Church in Leipzig and spent most of his time writing religious music.

The Chamber Players’ artistic director, violist Stephen Schmidt, and his colleagues tempered stylistic similarity with instrumental variety, with Schmidt playing the Sonata in G major, BWV 1027, for viola and harpsichord alongside harpsichordist Joanne Kong playing the “Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue,” BWV 903, and violinist Karen Johnson playing the solo Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006, alongside an ensemble playing the Trio Sonata in C minor, BWV 1079, for violin, flute and bass continuo from “A Musical Offering.”

Johnson, the former concertmaster of the Richmond Symphony, now performing with a number of ensembles in Washington, described the Third Partita as the “sunshine” piece among the six solo-violin sonatas and partitas, and played it accordingly.

To her customary combination of tonal warmth and brilliance, Johnson added the spontaneity and joyful quality of a child at play – not easy to pull off in music that calls for fully grown-up applications of virtuosity and stylishness.

Still more brilliance from Kong as she played the “Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue” at a very brisk pace and with striking variety of color and dynamism, defying the harpsichord’s usual tonal limitations. She displayed similar qualities in accompanying Schmidt in the viola sonata and joining cellist Neal Cary in the continuo of the trio sonata.

The latter work’s lead instrumentalists, violinist Catherine Cary and flutist Brandon George, were highly complementary voices and accomplished protagonists in a work that, once past its prelude, pre-echoes the classical sonata/concerto form in a lengthy allegro followed by a lyrical andante and a spirited finale.

Schmidt conceived the program as a double tercentenary, of Bach’s arrival in Cöthen and of the instrument that he plays. His treatment of the G major Sonata, originally for viola da gamba, nicely reconciled baroque style with the sound of his viola, which, like most antique fiddles, has been modernized to accommodate higher-tension metal strings and project at higher volume.

Schmidt and Kong took care to integrate and balance the tone and volume of the viola and harpsichord, bringing out the close weaving of sound and thematic material that Bach built into this work.
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David Lemelin, clarinet
Magdalena Adamek, piano
Aug. 10, Dominion Arts Center

David Lemelin, the Richmond Symphony’s principal clarinetist, joined by Magdalena Adamek, the Virginia Commonwealth University-based pianist, performed in the penultimate concert of the Richmond Symphony Summer Series’ “The Flower of England: from the Empire through the Wars.”

Their program’s two largest works, the Anglo-Irish composer Charles Villiers Stanford’s Clarinet Sonata, Op. 129, dating from 1911, and the Sonatina (1981) of Joseph Horovitz, represented stylistic poles of the music sampled in this series.

Stanford was the leading musical academic of Edwardian England, a founder of the Royal College of Music and longtime professor of music at Cambridge University. Vaughan Williams and Holst were among his many students. Stanford’s style was resolutely late-romantic, indebted especially to Brahms.

Horovitz, a 91-year-old Austrian émigré, is a prolific composer of works for wind instruments and ensembles. His Sonatina is one of many that draw inspiration from jazz.

Lemelin sounded equally fluent in these contrasting styles, playing with abundant lyricism and attentiveness to the range of dusky tone colors in the Stanford, and with flexibility, verve and playfulness in the Horovitz, especially in its stride-inflected final movement.

Between those poles, in the “Five Bagatelles,” Op. 23, of Gerald Finzi – one of the 20th century’s leading composers of music for clarinet – Lemelin ranged expertly through the differing styles and instrumental voices of this collection of miniatures, making his strongest impression in the impressionistic Forlana.

Adamek was a sympathetic and versatile accompanist, generally maintaining good balance with the clarinetist, and an animated partner in the busy fugue that concludes the Finzi set.

In her solo cameo, “Three Miniature Pastorales” by Frank Bridge, Adamek lived up to the composer’s characterization of the set – children’s music for an adult, outwardly playful but also inward-looking, reflecting Bridge’s spiritual trauma during the slaughter of World War I.

The series, staged in the Gottwald Playhouse of Dominion Arts Center, concludes on Aug. 17 with a performance by oboist Shawn Welk and pianist Richard Becker.
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Violinists Joshua Bell and Yesong Sophie Lee will perform in the Richmond Symphony’s Sept. 14 opening-night gala, replacing pianist Lang Lang, who has withdrawn from the symphony engagement for medical reasons.

Bell will be the soloist in Lalo’s “Symphonie espagnole,” and will be joined by Lee in Bach’s Concerto in D minor, BWV 1043, for two violins and orchestra.

The program also will feature Richard Strauss’ “Ein Heldenleben” and Ulysses Kay’s “Theater Set (Overture) for Orchestra.”

Bell, who last performed with the symphony in 2014, is one of the most popular classical artists on the current scene. He also has been music director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields since 2011. Lee, a 13-year-old from Seattle, is the winner of last year’s Menuhin International Violin Competition.

Lang Lang withdrew from performances in April due to an inflammation in his left arm. The pianist had hoped to return to performing over the summer.

For more information on the change of artists and programming, contact the Richmond Symphony’s patron services desk at (804) 788-1212.
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Aug. 9
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Nielsen: “Maskarade” Overture
Danish National Symphony Orchestra/
Thomas Dausgaard
(Dacapo)

Poulenc: Piano Concerto
Pascal Rogé, piano
London Chamber Orchestra/
Christopher
Warren-Green
(Simax)

Dvorák:
Serenade in D minor,
Op. 44, for winds
National Chamber Players/Lowell Graham
(Klavier)

Mozart:
Divertimento in B flat major,
K. 287 (“Lodron”)
Academy of St. Martin
in the Fields Chamber Ensemble
(Philips)

Tchaikovsky:
“Variations on
a Rococo Theme”
Pieter Wispelway, cello
German Chamber Philharmonic, Bremen/
Daniel Sepec
(Channel Classics)

Rodrigo: “Fantasia para un gentilhombre”
Miloš Karadaglic, guitar
London Philharmonic/
Yannick Nézet-Séguin
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Copland:
“Music for the Theater”
Basel Chamber Orchestra/
Christopher Hogwood
(Arte Nova)

John Marsh:
Symphony No. 10
in E flat major
(“A Conversation for Two Orchestras”)
London Mozart Players/Matthias Bamert
(Chandos)
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My review for the Richmond Times-Dispatch of the opening concert of the Richmond Chamber Players’ Interlude summer series:

http://www.richmond.com/entertainment/music/music-review-richmond-chamber-players-explore-two-somber-russian-works/article_5e039493-aa8d-566c-8ad8-d4f2806899f1.html
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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: Virginia Commonwealth University’s Global Summer Institute of Music presents faculty, student and guest artists in recitals and workshops, Aug. 1-10 at the university’s Singleton Arts Center and other venues in Richmond and Williamsburg.
. . . The Richmond Symphony Summer Series, “The Flower
of England,” concludes with concerts on Aug. 3, 10 and 17 in Dominion Arts Center’s Gottwald Playhouse. (These concerts often sell out in advance.) . . . The Richmond Chamber Players, joined by violinist Karen Johnson and harpsichordist Joanne Kong, range from Bach and Brahms to Bloch and Shostakovich in four Interlude 2017 concerts, Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27 at Bon Air Presbyterian Church. . . . Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church’s August Musicales series presents members of Capitol Opera Richmond on Aug. 9, the organ-and-piano Dúo MusArt Barcelona on Aug. 16, and the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble on Aug. 23.

* Noteworthy elsewhere: Charlottesville Opera concludes its run of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical “Oklahoma!” with performances on Aug. 2, 4 and 5 at the Paramount Theater. . . . The Enso String Quartet, the Le Boeuf Brothers piano duo, the Garth Newel Piano Quartet and other artists perform in Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon programs throughout the month at Garth Newel Music Center, near Hot Springs in Bath County. . . . Violinist Sarah Chang joins the Asian Youth Orchestra in Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, sharing a program with works by Beethoven and Richard Strauss, Aug. 9 at the Filene Center amphitheater of Wolf Trap in Fairfax County. . . . The Staunton Music Festival marks its 20th anniversary summer season by ranging across centuries and continents, from Monteverdi, Bach and Beethoven to an émigrés-in-Hollywood program
and new music by resident composers Zachary Wadsworth and Moritz Eggert, in free noontime recitals and ticketed evening concerts, Aug. 11-20 at various venues in the Western Virginia city. . . . Wolf Trap Opera stages a double-bill of “Bastianello” by John Musto and “The Juniper Tree” by Philip Glass and Robert Moran, Aug. 11, 13, 16 and 19 at the Bars of Wolf Trap. . . . Il Divo, the classical-crossover vocal troupe, performs on Aug. 31 at the Filene Center of Wolf Trap.

Aug. 1 (7 p.m.)
Black Music Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Grove Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Global Summer Institute of Music:
artists TBA
Participants solo piano concert I
program TBA
free
(804) 828-6776
http://go.vcu.edu/GSIM

Aug. 2 (7 p.m.)
Black Music Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Grove Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Global Summer Institute of Music:
artists TBA
Participants solo piano concert II
program TBA
free
(804) 828-6776
http://go.vcu.edu/GSIM

Aug. 2 (7 p.m.)
Aug. 4 (7:30 p.m.)
Aug. 5 (2 p.m.)
Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Charlottesville
Charlottesville Opera
Andy Anderson conducting
Rodgers & Hammerstein: “Oklahoma!”
Jennifer Zetlan (Laurey)
Nathan Granner (Curly)
Sharin Apostolou (Ado Annie)
Tobias Greenhalgh (Jud Fry)
Isaac Bray (Will Parker)
Diana DiMarzio (Aunt Eller)
Charlottesville Ballet 
Mary Birnbaum, stage director
in English
$25-$75
(434) 979-1333
http://www.charlottesvilleopera.org

Aug. 3 (1 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Global Summer Institute of Music:
Laurens Patzlaff, piano
improvisation workshop
free
(804) 828-6776
http://go.vcu.edu/GSIM

Aug. 3 (2:30 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Global Summer Institute of Music:
Verona Quartet
sight-reading and rehearsal technique workshop
free
(804) 828-6776
http://go.vcu.edu/GSIM


Aug. 3 (6:30 p.m.)
Gottwald Playhouse, Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony Summer Series:
Zachary Guiles, trombone
Pascale Delache-Feldman, double-bass
Aleksandr Haskin, flute & piccolo
Yin Zheng, piano
Elgar-Sauer: “Chanson de nuit”
Elgar-Sauer: “Chanson de matin”
Holst: Concertante
Elgar: Duetto for double-bass and trombone
Elgar: “Salut d’amour” for trombone, piano and double-bass
Eugene Goossens: “Five Impressions of a Holiday” for flute, trombone and piano
Vaughan Williams: “Suite de Ballet” for flute and piano
Ian Clarke: “The Great Trace Race” for solo flute
Ian Clarke: “Zoom Tube” for solo flute
Britten: “Ploughboy” for trombone, piano and piccolo
$18 (waiting list)
(804) 788-1212
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Aug. 4 (6 p.m.)
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Grove Avenue at Boulevard, Richmond
VCU Global Summer Institute of Music:
Verona Quartet
GSIM faculty and student artists
program TBA 
free
(804) 828-6776
http://go.vcu.edu/GSIM

Aug. 4 (8:30 p.m.)
Filene Center, Wolf Trap, Trap Road, Fairfax County
National Symphony Orchestra
Emil de Cou conducting
“ ‘La La Land’ in Concert,” film with orchestra accompaniment
$40-$60
(877) 965-3872 (Tickets.com)
http://www.wolftrap.org

Aug. 5 (9 a.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Global Summer Institute of Music:
Verona Quartet
workshop and coaching session
free
(804) 828-6776
http://go.vcu.edu/GSIM

Aug. 5 (5 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220, Hot Springs
Garth Newel Piano Quartet
Mark Caulson: Piano Quartet
Fauré: Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 45
$25 (concert), $84 (concert & dinner)
(877) 558-1689
http://www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 5 (8:30 p.m.)
Filene Center, Wolf Trap, Trap Road, Fairfax County
National Symphony Orchestra
Emil de Cou conducting
“Jurassic Park,” film with orchestra accompaniment
$35-$58
(877) 965-3872 (Tickets.com)
http://www.wolftrap.org

Aug. 6 (3 p.m.)
Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 W. Huguenot Road, Richmond
Richmond Chamber Players
Frank Zindler: “Valse melancolique” for cello and piano (premiere)
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 4
Allan Blank: Duo for violin and piano (2011)
Rachmaninoff: Piano Trio No. 1 (“Trio Elegaique”)
$20
(804) 217-7205
http://www.richmondchamberplayers.org

Aug. 6 (3 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220, Hot Springs
Garth Newel Emerging Artists
Beethoven: Quartet in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4
Haydn: Quartet in C major, Op. 20, No. 2
Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor
$25 (concert), $43 (concert & picnic)
(877) 558-1689
http://www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 7 (9 a.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Global Summer Institute of Music:
Eugenia Zukerman, flute
solo and chamber music masterclass
free
(804) 828-6776
http://go.vcu.edu/GSIM

Aug. 7 (7 p.m.)
Williamsburg Library Theatre, 515 Scotland Street
VCU Global Summer Institute of Music:
GSIM faculty and student artists
program TBA
free
(804) 828-6776
http://go.vcu.edu/GSIM

Aug. 8 (7 p.m.)
Trinity United Methodist Church, 903 Forest Ave., Richmond
VCU Global Summer Institute of Music:
GSIM participants
program TBA
free
(804) 828-6776
http://go.vcu.edu/GSIM

Aug. 9 (2 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Global Summer Institute of Music:
Cicilia Yudha, piano
lecture-recital on piano works by Robert Casadesus, Henri Dutilleux
free
(804) 828-6776
http://go.vcu.edu/GSIM

Aug. 9 (7 p.m.)
Black Music Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Grove Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Global Summer Institute of Music:
GSIM paricipants
“Voice Extravaganza”
program TBA
free
(804) 828-6776
http://go.vcu.edu/GSIM

Aug. 9 (7:30 p.m.)
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1627 Monument Ave., Richmond
August Musicales:
Capitol Opera Richmond:
Karine Marshall, Caroline Whisnant & Fran Coleman, sopranos
Erin Wind, mezzo-soprano
Tracey Welborn, tenor
Chase Peak, baritone
Dave Robins, piano
program TBA
donation requested
(804) 359-2463
http://grace-covenant.org

Aug. 9 (8 p.m.)
Filene Center, Wolf Trap, Trap Road, Fairfax County
Asian Youth Orchestra
Richard Pontzious conducting
Richard Strauss: “Don Juan”
Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D major
Sarah Chang, violin
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major
$20-$58
(877) 965-3872 (Tickets.com)
http://www.wolftrap.org

Aug. 10 (6:30 p.m.)
Gottwald Playhouse, Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony Summer Series:
David Lemelin, clarinet
Magdalena Adamek, piano
Gerald Finzi: “Five Bagatelles,” Op. 25
Charles Villiers Stanford: Clarinet Sonata, Op. 129
Frank Bridge: “Three Miniature Pastoralres”
Joseph Horovitz: Sonatina
$18 (waiting list)
(804) 788-1212
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Aug. 10 (7 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Global Summer Institute of Music:
GSIM Festival Orchestra
other artists TBA
program TBA
free
(804) 828-6776
http://go.vcu.edu/GSIM

Aug. 11 (noon)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverly St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
Grieg: 3 songs
Ritter: Suite in F sharp minor for harpsichord
Kaipainen: Sonata for two violins
Grieg: “Wedding Day at Troldhaugen” for orchestra
free
(540) 569-0267
http://stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 11 (7:30 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverly St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
Handel: “Water Music” suites Nos. 2, 3
Handel: Coronation anthem, “Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened”
Handel: “Theodora” – arias TBA
Handel: “Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day” (excerpts)
$22
(540) 569-0267
http://stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 11 (7:30 p.m.)
Aug. 13 (3 p.m.)
Aug. 16 (7:30 p.m.)
Aug. 19 (7:30 p.m.)
The Barns at Wolf Trap, Trap Road, Fairfax County
Wolf Trap Opera
Lidiya Yankovskaya conducting
John Musto: “Bastianello”
Jonas Hacker (Young Man/Lambent)
Shea Owens (Bastianello the elder/Frediano/Ippolito/Lino)
Summer Hassan (Ortensia/Ettalina/Eustacia)
Richard Ollarsaba (Luciano)
Zoie Reams (Amadora/Stelladora)
Philip Glass & Robert Moran: “The Juniper Tree”
Ben Edquist (Father)
Summer Hassan (Mother)
Annie Rosen (Stepmother)
Madison Leonard (Daughter)
Megan Mikailovna Samarin (Son)
Andrew Gilstrap (Goldsmith)
Michael J. Hawk (Cobbler)
Sam Grosby (Miller)
R.B. Schlather, stage director
in English
$32-$88
(877) 965-3872 (Tickets.com)
http://www.wolftrap.org

Aug. 12 (noon)
First Presbyterian Church, 100 E. Frederick St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
Biber: Sonata for two trumpets, strings and continuo
Dvorák: Piano Trio in E minor, Op. 90 (“Dumky”)
free
(540) 569-0267
http://stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 12 (7:30 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverly St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
Rameau: “Les Indies galantes” Suite
Eggert: “Creation III” for string quartet and bass drum
Brahms: “Alto Rhapsody”
Ravel: “Une barque sur l’ocean” for solo piano
Monteverdi: “Zefiro Torna” for two tenors, violin and continuo
Saariaho: “Three Japanese Gardens” for percussion and electronics
Smetana: “The Moldau”
$22
(540) 569-0267
http://stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 12 (5 p.m.) 
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220, Hot Springs
Le Boeuf Brothers, piano duo
Garth Newel Piano Quartet
Le Boeuf Brothers: works TBA
$25 (concert), $84 (concert & dinner)
(877) 558-1689
http://www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 13 (3 p.m.)
Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 W. Huguenot Road, Richmond
Richmond Chamber Players
Karen Johnson, violin
Joanne Kong, harpsichord
J.S. Bach: Sonata No. 1 in G major, BWV 1027, for viola and harpsichord
J.S. Bach: “Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue,” BWV 903, for harpsichord
J.S. Bach: Sonata/partita TBA for solo violin
J.S. Bach: “A Musical Offering,” BWV 1079 – Trio Sonata in C minor
$20
(804) 217-7205
http://www.richmondchamberplayers.org

Aug. 13 (3:30 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverly St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
Prokofiev: “Peter and the Wolf”
free
(540) 569-0267
http://stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 13 (7:30 p.m.)
Blackfriars Playhouse, 10 S. Market St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Happenstance Theater
other artists TBA
Mozart: “The Marriage of Figaro” Overture
Wadsworth: “The Doctor” (premiere)
J.S. Bach: Cantata, “Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht” (“Coffee Cantata”), BWV 211
Happenstance Theater: original piece TBA
Kurtz: “Last Contrabass in Las Vegas”
Milhaud: “Scaramouche”
$28
(540) 569-0267
http://stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 13 (3 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220, Hot Springs
Le Boeuf Brothers, piano duo 
Jeanette Fang, piano
Le Boeuf Brothers: works TBA
$25 (concert), $43 (concert & picnic)
(877) 558-1689
http://www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 14 (noon)
First Presbyterian Church, 100 E. Frederick St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
Pärt: “Summa” for vocal ensemble
Eggert: “Iron Curtain” for percussion quartet
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 8
free
(540) 569-0267
http://stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 14 (7:30 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverly St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Happenstance Theater
other artists TBA
Copland: “Fanfare for the Common Man”
Eisler: “Hollywood Elegies” for voice and piano
Stravinsky: “Polka: for a Young Elephant”
Chaplin-Wadsworth: ”Music from ‘City Lights’ ”
Rachmaninoff: Suite No. 2 for two pianos (excerpt)
Schoenberg: “Ode to Napoleon”
Arlen: ”The Wizard of Oz” – “If I Only Had a Brain”
Bernstein: “Candide” Overture
$22
(540) 569-0267
http://stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 15 (noon)
First Presbyterian Church, 100 E. Frederick St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
Beethoven: Quintet in E flat major, Op. 16, for piano and winds
D’India: madrigals for five voices
Eggert: “Amadee, Amadee” for piano and winds
free
(540) 569-0267
http://stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 15 (7:30 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverly St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
Mozart: concert aria, “Ch’io scordi di te”
TerVeldthuis (Jacob TV): “The Storm”
Merula: Toccata for organ
Couperin: works TBA for one, two and three harpsichords
Schrader: organ improvisation
Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667 (“Trout”)
$22
(540) 569-0267
http://stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 16 (7:30 p.m.)
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1627 Monument Ave., Richmond
August Musicales:
Dúo MusArt Barcelona:
Raúl Prieto Ramírez, organ
Maria Teresa Sierra, piano
program TBA
donation requested
(804) 359-2463
http://grace-covenant.org

Aug. 16 (noon)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverly St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
Mendelssohn: 2 songs
Mendelssohn: Organ Sonata in C minor, Op. 65
Mendelssohn: Sextet in D major, Op. 110, for piano and strings
free
(540) 569-0267 
http://stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 16 (7:30 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverly St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
Haydn: Quartet in C major, Op. 76, No. 3 – II: Variations on “Gott erhalte Franz der Kaiser”
Eggert: “One Man Band II” for piano
Vogelweide: “Unter den Linden” for voice and instruments
Wagner: “Die Meistersinger” Prelude for two pianos eight-hands
Weill: “The Threepenny Opera” (excerpts)
Schütz: “Meine Seele verlanget” for double chorus
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F major
$22
(540) 569-0267
http://stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 17 (6:30 p.m.)
Gottwald Playhouse, Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony Summer Series:
Shawn Welk, oboe & English horn
Richard Becker, piano
Britten: “Six Metamorphoses after Ovid” – “Pan,” “Arethusa”
Edmund Rubbra: Oboe Sonata in C major, Op. 100
Vaughan Williams: “Six Studies in English Folk Song” (English horn arr.)
Thomas F. Dunhill: “Three Short Pieces,” Op. 81
Eugene Goossens: “Concerto in One Movement,” Op. 45 (oboe-piano arr.)
$18 (waiting list)
(804) 788-1212
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Aug. 17 (7:30 p.m.)
31st Street Stage, 31st Street at Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach
Virginia Symphony
conductor TBA
“Symphony by the Sea”
works by Copland, Bernstein, Sousa, John Williams, others
free
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

Aug. 17 (noon)
First Presbyterian Church, 100 E. Frederick St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
Poulenc: Sonata for piano four-hands
Britten: “Two Folksong Settings” for voice and harp
Biscardi: “Traverso” for flute and piano
Fauré: “La Bonne Chanson” for tenor, string quartet and piano
free
(540) 569-0267
http://stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 17 (7:30 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverly St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
Haydn: Symphony No. 94 in G major (“Surprise”)
Guinivan: new work TBA (premiere)
Richard Strauss-Hasenoehrl: “Till Eulenspiegel, einmal anders” for chamber ensemble
Stravinsky: “Pulcinella” Suite
$22
(540) 569-0267
http://stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 18 (noon)
First Presbyterian Church, 100 E. Frederick St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
Telemann: Overture in A minor for recorder, strings and continuo
Poulenc: “Madrigals” for vocal quartet
Ravel: Introduction and Allegro for harp, flute, clarinet and string quartet
free
(540) 569-0267
http://stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 18 (7:30 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverly St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068
J.S. Bach: arias and duets TBA
J.S. Bach: Concerto in C minor, BWV 1060a, for oboe, violin, strings and continuo
J.S. Bach: Magnificat in D major
$22
(540) 569-0267
http://stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 19 (noon)
First Presbyterian Church, 100 E. Frederick St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
Scriabin: Nocturne for piano left-hand
Eggert: “Hammerklavier” (excerpt)
Haney: “Three-Hand Piece”
Debussy: “Petite Suite” (excerpt) for piano four-hands
Randall: “It’s Alright” for piano five-hands
Rachmaninoff: Valse, Op. 11, for piano six-hands
Liptak: “Piano Roll Blues” for piano seven-hands
Lavignac: “Galop-March” for piano eight-hands
free
(540) 569-0267
http://stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 19 (7:30 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverly St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
Varèse: “Offrandes”
Dvorák: Quintet in E flat major, Op. 97 (“American”) – Larghetto
Joplin: “Maple Leaf Rag”
Burtner: new work TBA
Bartók: “Contrasts” for violin, clarinet and piano
Crumb: “American Songbook” – “The Kanawha River at Dusk,” “Black Is My Love”
Gershwin: “I Got Rhythm” Variations for piano and orchestra
$22
(540) 569-0267
http://stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 19 (5 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220, Hot Springs
Jeanette Fang, Brian Keng-Lu Hsu, Genevieve Feiwen Lee & Tian Tian, pianos
David Biedenbender: “Resonance Modes”
Logan Skelton: “American Sketches”
Barber: “Souvenirs” 
Debussy: “En blanc et noir”
Rachmaninoff: Suite No. 2, Op., 17
$25 (concert), $84 (concert & dinner)
(877) 558-1689
http://www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 20 (3 p.m.)
Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 W. Huguenot Road, Richmond
Richmond Chamber Players
Prokofiev: Quintet, Op. 39, for oboe, clarinet, violin, viola and piano
Allan Blank: “Diversions” for solo clarinet
Brahms: Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25
$20
(804) 217-7205
http://www.richmondchamberplayers.org

Aug. 20 (11 a.m.)
Blackfriars Playhouse, 10 S. Market St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
Wadsworth: “Eclipse” for harp and chamber ensemble (premiere)
Beethoven: String Quintet in C major, Op. 29 (“Storm”)
$10
(540) 569-0267
http://stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 20 (3 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverly St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor (“Choral”)
$22
(540) 569-0267
http://stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 20 (3 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220, Hot Springs
Jeanette Fang, Brian Keng-Lu Hsu, Genevieve Feiwen Lee & Tian Tian, pianos
Schumann-Liszt: ”Liebeslied” – “Widmung”
Schubert-Liszt: “Du bist die Ruh’ ”
Liszt: “Hungarian Rhapsody” No. 6
Matthew Browne: “Lisztomania” (premiere)
Frederic Rzewski: “Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues”
Saint-Saëns: “Variations on a Theme by Beethoven,” Op. 35
Lutoslawski: “Paganini Variations”
Saint-Saëns: “Danse macabre”
$25 (concert), $43 (concert & picnic)
(877) 558-1689
http://www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 23 (7:30 p.m.)
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1627 Monument Ave., Richmond
August Musicales:
Atlantic Chamber Ensemble
Beethoven: Quintet in E flat major, Op. 16, for piano and winds
Golijov: “Lullaby and Doina” for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello and double-bass
Ravel-Welk: “Ma mère l’oye” (“Mother Goose”) for 10 musicians
donation requested
(804) 359-2463
http://grace-covenant.org

Aug. 26 (5 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220, Hot Springs
Enso String Quartet
Teresa Ling, violin
Evelyn Grau, viola
Isaac Melamed, cello
Rimsky-Korsakov: Sextet in A major
Schubert: Quartet in G major, D. 887
$25 (concert), $84 (concert & dinner)
(877) 558-1689
http://www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 27 (3 p.m.)
Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 W. Huguenot Road, Richmond
Richmond Chamber Players
Randall Thompson: “The Wind in the Willows” for string quartet
Christian Manen Megara: “Six Croquis,” Op. 126. for piano
Herbert Haufrecht: “Ferdinand the Bull” for piano and narrator
Ernest Bloch: “Schelomo” for cello and piano
$20
(804) 217-7205
http://www.richmondchamberplayers.org

Aug. 27 (3 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220, Hot Springs
Enso String Quartet
Teresa Ling, violin
Evelyn Grau, viola
Isaac Melamed, cello
Schubert: “Quarttetsatz” in C minor, D. 703
Erwin Schulhoff: “Five Pieces for String Quartet”
Dvorák: Sextet in A major, Op. 48
$25 (concert), $43 (concert & picnic)
(877) 558-1689
http://www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 31 (8 p.m.)
Filene Center, Wolf Trap, Trap Road, Fairfax County
Il Divo
program TBA
$30-$75
(877) 965-3872 (Tickets.com)
http://www.wolftrap.org
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Aug. 2
noon-3 p.m. EDT
1600-1900 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

Mozart: “Così fan tutte” Overture
La Cetra Baroque Orchestra, Basel/
Andrea Marcon
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Stravinsky:
“Suite Italienne”
Leonidas Kavakos, violin
Péter Nagy, piano
(ECM)

Mendelssohn:
Quartet in A minor, Op. 13
Pacifica Quartet
(Çedille)

Dvorák: Symphony No. 5 in F major
Czech Philharmonic/Václav Neumann
(Supraphon)

Past Masters:
Richard Strauss: “Don Juan”
Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam/
Willem Mengelberg
(recorded 1938)
(Dutton Laboratories)

Grieg: “Lyric Pieces” –
“Evening in the Mountains”
“At Your Feet”
“Summer Evening”
“Gone”
“Remembrances”
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
(EMI Classics)

Berlioz: “Les nuits d’été”
Melanie Diener, soprano
Kenneth Tarver, tenor
Denis Sedov, bass
Cleveland Orchestra/
Pierre Boulez
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Johann Strauss II:
“On the Beautiful Blue Danube”
Anima Eterna Orchestra/Jos van Immerseel
(Outhere Rewind)
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Schuyler Slack, cello
David Fisk, piano
Gottwald Playhouse, Dominion Arts Center

Works by Frank Bridge, speaking in radically different musical voices on either side of the divide of World War I, framed the third program of the Richmond Symphony Summer Series, this year focusing on late-romantic and modern chamber works from Britain.

Schuyler Slack, who joined the symphony’s cello section in 2015, and pianist David Fisk, the orchestra’s English-born executive director, gave affectionate but not treacly readings of Bridge’s “Four Pieces” (1900-10), paced by a lightly swaggering treatment of the set’s Serenade.

The two musicians turned sternly emphatic in Bridge’s Cello Sonata in D minor, as troubling an echo of wartime trauma as any chamber work written during the First World War. Slack and Fisk held little back in expression or volume. It was a compelling performance of a turbulent but uneven and episodic piece.

The program’s two central offerings, Arnold Bax’s “Folk Tale” and Frederick Delius’ Romance for cello and piano, sampled two dialects of the British impressionistic/pastoral style.

Bax’s folk tale is Irish and epic (“think big giants,” Fisk advised the audience) and richly atmospheric – remarkably so, coming from two instruments, even if one is has the tonal and expressive depth of the cello.

Delius’ Romance typifies his open-textured, French-accented style. Fisk and Slack made unusually lively discourse of the Bax, and captured the urbane and emotionally ambivalent tones of voice that Delius gave this unusual romance.
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July 26
noon-3 p.m. EDT
1600-1900 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

Beethoven: “Leonore” Overture No. 1
Swedish Chamber Orchestra/Thomas Dausgaard
(Simax)

Haydn: Quartet in F minor, Op. 20, No. 5
Quatuor Mosaïques
(Naïve)

Past Masters:
Mahler:
“Songs of a Wayfarer”
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone
Philharmonia Orchestra/Wilhelm Furtwängler
(recorded 1952)
(EMI Classics)

Bruckner:
Symphony No. 3
in D minor
Gewandhaus Orchestra, Leipzig/
Andriss Nelsons
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Wagner: 
“Tristan und Isolde”
– Prelude
Staatskapelle Dresden/Carlos Kleiber
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Past Masters:
Saint-Saëns:
Piano Concerto No. 2
in G minor
Earl Wild, piano
RCA Victor
Symphony Orchestra/
Massimo Freccia
(recorded 1967)
(Chesky)

Schubert:
Fantasy in C major, D. 934
Jennifer Koh, violin
Reiko Uchida, piano
(Çedille)
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