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The Richmond Symphony’s first venture into the city’s neighborhoods under its “Big Tent” – a portable concert stage that the orchestra acquired last year – will be the RVA East End Festival: the Gift of Music, May 6-8 in Chimborazo Park.

The orchestra will be joined by the No BS! Brass Band, singer Desirée Roots, musicians from the symphony’s Youth Orchestra Program and Richmond Public Schools, and other local artists in the free event. 

Bon Secours Richmond Health System, which operates Richmond Community Hospital in the East End, has joined festival partners as a sponsor toward a pledged goal of $100,000 to provide musical instruments and related materials to students at eight city schools in the neighborhood.

Other sponsors include the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, City of Richmond, Richard and Caroline T. Gwathmey Memorial Trust and Stone Brewery.

The festival will be the first of an ongoing series of outdoor events using the portable stage, purchased so the symphony could perform and anchor other performances outside its downtown home venue, the Carpenter Theatre of Dominion Arts Center (formerly Richmond CenterStage), and other concert halls.

The stage was first used last fall in the opening ceremony of the UCI Road World Championships.

“This new festival in the East End is exactly the type of outcome we envisioned with the Richmond Symphony’s acquisition of their new ‘Big Tent,’ ” Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones said in a statement announcing the festival. “Expanding the symphony’s footprint into neighborhoods like the East End is only the beginning of the wonderful partnerships and community engagement that this mobility will continue to inspire.”

David Fisk, the symphony‘s executive director, said the portable stage is “an opportunity to foster community pride, and showcase what the Richmond area, and its people, have to offer by using music’s power to unite and entertain.”

The RVA East End Festival will open on May 6 with a concert by the symphony, No BS! Brass Band and Roots. On May 7, students from the schools and Youth Orchestra Program will give a variety of performances. On May 8, the festival will conclude with performances by church choirs and spoken-word and gospel artists.

A “Kids Zone” will offer arts and crafts activities, a community mural project and other hands-on features. Food, beverage and other vendors will be on the festival site, as well as other businesses and non-profit groups.

Artists, businesses and community groups wishing to participate in the festival can file an interest form and obtain more information by visiting the festival’s website, http://www.rvaeastendfest.com
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Feb. 11
10 a.m.-1 p.m. EST
1500-1800 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
www.wdce.org

Ravel: “La Tombeau de Couperin”
Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal/
Charles Dutoit (Decca)

Past Masters:
Dohnányi: Trio in C major, Op. 10
Jascha Heifetz, violin
William Primrose, viola
Emanuel Feuermann, cello (Biddulph)
(recorded 1941)

Brahms: “Variations
on a Theme by Haydn”
Berlin Philharmonic/Claudio Abbado
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Schubert: Quartet in G major, D. 887
Miró Quartet (Miró Quartet Media)

Mozart: “The Impresario” Overture
Academy of St. Martin
in the Fields/
Neville Marriner
(EMI Classics)

John Adams:
“The Chairman Dances”
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/
David Zinman (Argo)

Beethoven: Sonata in
D minor, Op. 31, No. 2 (“Tempest”)
Ronald Brautigam, fortepiano (BIS)

Past Masters:
Rodrigo: “Fantasía para un gentilhombre”
(after Gaspar Sanz)
Andrés Segovia, guitar
Symphony of the Air/Enrique Jordá
(Deutsche Grammophon)
(recorded 1958)
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My review for the Richmond Times-Dispatch of the Richmond Symphony Masterworks program of Tchaikovsky’s “Manfred” Symphony and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, conducted by Victor Yampolsky and featuring Daisuke Yamamoto, the orchestra’s concertmaster, as violin soloist:

http://www.richmond.com/entertainment/music/article_b6fbd61f-6c86-516c-9222-406eda26675a.html
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Brendan Landis, the Brooklyn-based sound artist known as Hey Exit, has devised a transformation of Erik Satie’s “Gymnopedie”
No. 1 by overlaying every recording of the solo-piano piece onto a single audio track.

“As each plays at the same time, the attention shifts to the variations in tempo and phrasing, and [the overlay] creates a dense sound with rounded edges. Wild stuff!” opines Musical Toronto.

Mesmerizing stuff, I’d say:

http://www.musicaltoronto.org/2016/02/01/coffee-break-5/

(via http://slippedisc.com)
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Feb. 4
10 a.m.-1 p.m. EST
1500-1800 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
www.wdce.org

Handel: “Music for the Royal Fireworks”
Le Concert des Nations/Jordi Savall (Astrée)

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

J.S. Bach: Orchestral
Suite No. 4 in D major,
BWV 1069
Ensemble Sonnerie/
Monica Huggett (Avie)

Mozart: Mass in C minor, K. 427 (“Great”)
Gillian Keith, soprano
Tove Dahlberg, mezzo-soprano
Thomas Cooley, tenor
Nathan Berg, bass-baritone
Handel and Haydn Society/
Harry Christophers (Coro)

Haydn: Quartet in D minor, Op. 76, No. 2 (“Fifths”)
Alban Berg Quartet (Warner Classics)

Respighi:
“Concerto all’antica”
Andrea Cappelletti, violin
Philharmonia Orchestra/
Matthias Bamert
(Koch Schwann)

Schubert: Impromptu in F minor, D. 935, No. 4
Krystian Zimerman, piano (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: Symphony Musicians of Richmond present their annual “Music Unites” concert with Victor Yampolsky conducting music of Beethoven, Brahms and Elgar, Feb. 1 at St. Michael Catholic Church. . . . Yampolsky conducts the Richmond Symphony in a Casual Fridays exploration of Tchaikovsky’s “Manfred” Symphony on Feb. 5, and a Masterworks program featuring the Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, with concertmaster Daisuke Yamamoto as soloist, on Feb. 6, both at the Carpenter Theatre of Dominion Arts Center (formerly Richmond CenterStage). . . . Pianist Richard Becker presents his annual Super Bowl-alternative concert, a program of préludes by Chopin and Debussy and his own improvisations, Feb. 7 at the University of Richmond’s Modlin Arts Center. . . . Daniel Myssyk conducts members of the VCU Symphony with pianists Sonia Vlahcevic and Yin Zheng and performers from the VCU Department of Dance and Theatre in a theatrical version of Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals,” with additional incidental music by Robert M. Lepage and Guy Beausoleil, Feb. 7 at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Singleton Arts Center. . . . Organist Marvin Mills and soprano Marlissa Hudson perform in “The Spiritual Bach,” a program of works by J.S. Bach alongside African-American spirituals, Feb. 12 at Trinity Lutheran Church. . . . Cellist Dana McComb and pianist Joanne Kong present “Six Degrees of Separation,” exploring music by Bloch, Webern, Prokofiev, Piazzolla, Henry Cowell and Arvo Pärt, Feb. 14 at UR’s Modlin Center. . . . Daniel Roth, organist of Paris’ Église Saint-Sulpice, plays Bach, Franck, Saint-Saëns, Wagner and more in a recital on Feb. 16 at St. Bridget Catholic Church. . . . Tenor John Aler conducts singers from Virginia Opera’s Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program, Feb. 17 in the Gottwald Playhouse of Dominion Arts Center. . . . Steven Smith conducts the Richmond Symphony with its principal oboist, Gustav Highstein, in music of Richard Strauss, Stravinsky and Beethoven, in a casual Rush Hour series concert on Feb. 18 at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and a Metro Collection performance on Feb. 21 at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland. . . . Virginia Opera stages Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliet,” Feb. 19 and 21 at Dominion Arts Center’s Carpenter Theatre (plus performances earlier in the month at Norfolk’s Harrison Opera House and George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax). . . . The Australian Chamber Orchestra performs in a multimedia travelogue of Western Australia, Feb. 20 at UR’s Modlin Arts Center. . . . The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center plays Beethoven, Dohnányi and Dvorák, in a Rennolds Chamber Concerts program on Feb. 20 at VCU’s Singleton Arts Center. . . . The Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia presents “Different Voices,” with works by Fazil Say, Erwin Schulhoff, Valerie Coleman and Fanny Mendelssohn Henselt, on Feb. 28, and Jake Heggie’s “For a Look or a Touch,” a chamber opera on the gay victims of the Nazi Holocaust, on Feb. 29, both at First Unitarian Universalist Church. . . . The Richmond Symphony and Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra present their annual “Side by Side” concert, featuring cellist Jason Hwang, winner of the 2015 Richmond Symphony Orchestra League competition, Feb. 28 at the Carpenter Theatre. 

* Noteworthy elsewhere: Pianist André Watts joins Mario Venzago and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a program of Mozart, Schumann and Gluck, Feb. 4 at Strathmore in the Maryland suburbs of DC. . . . The Virginia Symphony stages a Beethoven Festival, including the “Eroica” and “Pastoral” symphonies, “Choral Fantasy” and other works, Feb. 6, 12, 18 and 20 at various venues in southeastern Virginia. . . . Ensemble Plus Ultra, the acclaimed British vocal group, presents “From Spain to Eternity,” music to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of El Greco, Feb. 9 at the University of Virginia’s Old Cabell Hall in Charlottesville. . . . Washington National Opera stages Kurt Weill‘s last musical, “Lost in the Stars,” for nine performances from Feb. 12-20 in the Eisenhower Theater at the Kennedy Center. . . . Joshua Bell plays Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony, on a program also featuring music of Rossini and Richard Strauss, Feb. 13 at Strathmore. . . . Pianist Marc-André Hamelin joins Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra for a program of Liszt, Prokofiev and Weber, Feb. 15 at the Kennedy Center. . . . Harry Christophers conducts vocalists and instrumentalists of the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston in works by Byrd, Purcell, Mozart, Bach and others, Feb. 20 at the Library of Congress in Washington. . . . Mason Bates, the Richmond-bred composer, DJ and electronica artist, samples music by John Luther Adams, Gabriela Lena Frank, Christopher Rouse and Kevin Puts, plus his own “Red River,” in the next installment of his “KC Jukebox” club-style programs, Feb. 22 at the Kennedy Center. . . . The Knights, the New York-based chamber orchestra, are joined by violinist Gil Shaham for a program of Prokofiev, Beethoven and Jean-Féry Rebel, Feb. 26 at the Virginia Tech Arts Center in Blacksburg. . . . The Virginia Sinfonietta, a new chamber orchestra focusing on contemporary music, plays works by John Adams, Paul Dooley, Toru Takemitsu and Stephen Hartke, Feb. 28 at UVa’s Old Cabell Hall.


Feb. 1 (7 p.m.)
St. Michael Catholic Church, 4491 Springfield Road, Richmond
Symphony Musicians of Richmond
Victor Yampolsky conducting
“Music Unites”
Brahms: “Academic Festival” Overture
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major
Elgar: “Enigma Variations” – “Nimrod”
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor (“Choral”) – “Ode to Joy” (audience sing-along)
reception follows
donations benefit United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg
(804) 527-1037

Feb. 2 (7 p.m.)
Feb. 3 (7 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Opera Lafayette
Ryan Brown conducting
Chabrier: “Une Éducation Manquée”
Sophie Junker, Amel Brahim Djelloul, Dominique Cote, vocalists
Jeffrey Watson, piano
Bernard Deletré, stage director
in French
$50-$110
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Feb. 3 (8 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
Tabatha Easley, flute
pianist TBA
program TBA
free
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music

Feb. 3 (noon)
St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg
Aaron Renninger, organ
Michael Strauss, viola
program TBA
free
(757) 229-3631
http://www.bedeva.org

Feb. 4 (7:30 p.m.)
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News
Polish Baltic Philharmonic
Boguslaw Dawidow conducting
Wagner: “The Flying Dutchman” Overture
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor
Marcin Koziak, piano
Rimsky-Korsakov: “Scheherazade”
$27-$87
(855) 337-4849
http://fergusoncenter.org

Feb. 4 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Mario Venzago conducting
Gluck: “Armide” (excerpts)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat major, K. 271 (“Jeunehomme”)
André Watts, piano
Schumann: Symphony No. 4 in D minor
$35-$99
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

Feb. 5 (6:30 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center (formerly Richmond CenterStage), Sixth and Grace streets
Richmond Symphony
Victor Yampolsky conducting & speaking
Casual Fridays:
Tchaikovsky: “Manfred” Symphony
$10-$50
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Feb. 5 (8 p.m.)
Feb. 7 (2:30 p.m.)
Feb. 9 (7:30 p.m.)
Harrison Opera House, 160 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk
Virginia Opera
James Meena conducting
Gounod: “Romeo and Juliet”
Marie-Eve Munger (Juliet)
Jonathan Boyd (Romeo)
Kevin Langan (Frere Laurent)
Efrain Solis (Mercutio)
Kim Sogioka (Stephano)
Ashraf Sewailam (Count Capulet)
Kyle Tomlin (Tybalt)
Susan Nicely (Gertrude)
Keith Brown (Duke of Verona)
Brian Mextorf (Paris)
Andrew McLaughlin (Gregorio)
Martin Bakari (Benvolio)
Bernard Uzan, stage director
in French, English captions
$34-$121
(866) 673-7282
http://vaopera.org

Feb. 5 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Fernando Rocha, percussion
Xenakis: “Rebonds”
works TBA by Eli Stine, Peter Bussigel, Matthew Burtner, João Pedro Oliveira
free
(434) 924-3052
http://music.virginia.edu/events

Feb. 6 (8 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center (formerly Richmond CenterStage), Sixth and Grace streets
Richmond Symphony
Victor Yampolsky conducting
Masterworks:
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor
Daisuke Yamamoto, violin
Tchaikovsky: “Manfred” Symphony
$10-$78
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Feb. 6 (8 p.m.)
Wilder Arts Center, Norfolk State University, 700 Park Ave.
Feb. 12 (8 p.m.)
Sandler Arts Center, 201 S. Market St., Virginia Beach
Virginia Symphony
Benjamin Rous conducting
Beethoven: “Egmont” Overture
Beethoven: “Choral Fantasy”
Prisca Benoit, piano
Virginia Symphony Chorus
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major (“Eroica”)
$25-$110
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

Feb. 6 (8 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
Christopher Zimmerman conducting
Kernis: “Musica Celestis”
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major
George Li, piano
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551 (“Jupiter”)
$34-$58
(888) 945-2468 (Tickets.com)
http://cfa.gmu.edu/calendar

Feb. 6 (2 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Pedja Muzijevic, piano
Haydn: Sonata in D Major, Hob. XVI:51
Crumb: “Makrokosmos,” Vol. 1 – Pastorale
Haydn: Sonata in G Major, Hob. XVI:40
Cage: “The Seasons”
Haydn: Sonata in G minor, Hob. XVI:44
Feldman: “Two Intermissions”
Haydn: Sonata in C major, Hob XVI: 50
$55
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts)
http://www.washingtonperformingarts.org

Feb. 6 (8 p.m.)
Feb. 7 (3 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
National Philharmonic
Piotr Gajewski conducting
Rossini: “The Italian Girl in Algiers” Overture
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
Chopin: “Variations on ‘La ci darem la mano’ ”
Brian Ganz, piano
Mozart: Symphony No. 35 in D major, K. 385 (“Haffner”)
$19-$79
(301) 581-5100
http://www.strathmore.org

Feb. 7 (3 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
Richard Becker, piano
Chopin: préludes TBA
Debussy: préludes TBA
Becker: improvisations
free
(804) 289-8980
http://www.modlin.richmond.edu

Feb. 7 (3 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Symphony members
Daniel Myssyk conducting
Sonia Vlahcevic & Yin Zheng, pianos
performers from VCU Department of Dance and Theatre
Saint-Saëns: “Carnival of the Animals” with additional incidental music by Robert M. Lepage and Guy Beausoleil
$5
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music

Feb. 9 (7:30 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Tuesday Evening Concerts:
Ensemble Plus Ultra
“From Spain to Eternity”
works TBA by Cristobal de Morales, Alonso Lobo, Francisco Guerrero, Huw Belling, Alonso de Tejeda
$12-$35
(434) 924-3376
http://www.tecs.org

Feb. 11 (7 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Marina Piccinini, flute
Andreas Haefliger, piano
Marc-André Dalbavie: Nocturne
Prokofiev: Flute Sonata in D Major, Op. 94
Thomas Adès: “Darknesse Visible” for solo piano
Franck-Piccinini: Sonata in A major
Boulez: Sonatine for flute and piano
$50
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts)
http://www.washingtonperformingarts.org

Feb. 12 (7:30 p.m.)
Trinity Lutheran Church, 2315 N. Parham Road, Richmond
Marvin Mills, organ
Marlissa Hudson, soprano
“The Spiritual Bach”
works TBA by J.S. Bach, African-American spirituals TBA
free
(804) 270-4626
http://trinityrichmond.net

Feb. 12 (7:30 p.m.)
Feb. 13 (7:30 p.m.)
Feb. 14 (1:30 p.m.)
Feb. 16 (7:30 p.m.)
Feb. 17 (7:30 p.m.)
Feb. 18 (7:30 p.m.)
Feb. 19 (7:30 p.m.)
Feb. 20 (1:30 and 7:30 p.m.)
Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Washington National Opera
John DeMain conducting
Kurt Weill & Maxwell Anderson: “Lost in the Stars”
Eric Owens (Stephen Kumalo)
Sean Panikkar (The Leader)
Wynn Harmon (James Jarvis)
Tazewell Thompson, stage director
in English, with captions
$69-$265
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Feb. 13 (2 p.m.)
Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library, First and Franklin streets
Capitol Opera Richmond
“Fairy Tale Operas – Arias and Scenes”
program TBA
free
(804) 646-7223
http://www.richmondpubliclibrary.org

Feb. 13 (8 p.m.)
Feb. 14 (2 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
Virginia Opera
John Baril conducting
Gounod: “Romeo and Juliet”
Marie-Eve Munger (Juliet)
Jonathan Boyd (Romeo)
Kevin Langan (Frere Laurent)
Efrain Solis (Mercutio)
Kim Sogioka (Stephano)
Ashraf Sewailam (Count Capulet)
Kyle Tomlin (Tybalt)
Susan Nicely (Gertrude)
Keith Brown (Duke of Verona)
Brian Mextorf (Paris)
Andrew McLaughlin (Gregorio)
Martin Bakari (Benvolio)
Bernard Uzan, stage director
in French, English captions
$48-$98
(888) 945-2468 (Tickets.com)
http://vaopera.org

Feb. 13 (2 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Leon Fleisher, piano
master class with students from Curtis Institute of Music
$65
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts)
http://www.washingtonperformingarts.org

Feb. 13 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop conducting
Rossini: “William Tell” Overture
Richard Strauss: “Also sprach Zarathustra”
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major
Joshua Bell, violin
$150
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

Feb. 14 (3 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
Dana McComb, cello
Joanne Kong, piano
“Six Degrees of Separation”
works TBA by Bloch, Webern, Prokofiev, Piazzolla, Cowell, Pärt
free
(804) 289-8980
http://www.modlin.richmond.edu

Feb. 14 (3 p.m.)
Shaftman Performance Hall, Jefferson Center, 541 Luck Ave. SW, Roanoke
Feb. 16 (7 p.m.)
Fife Theatre, Davis Performance Hall, Virginia Tech Arts Center, 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg
Roanoke Symphony
David Stewart Wiley conducting
Johann Strauss II: “Roses from the South”
Mozart: Serenade in D major, K. 320 (“Posthorn”)
Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C major (“Great”)
$20-$52
(540) 343-9127
http://rso.com

Feb. 15 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Iván Fischer conducting
Weber: “Der Freischütz” Overture
Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major
Marc-André Hamelin, piano
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5
$60-$120
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts)
http://www.washingtonperformingarts.org

Feb. 16 (7:30 p.m.)
St. Bridget Catholic Church, 6006 Three Chopt Road, Richmond
Daniel Roth, organ
J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 547
J.S. Bach: Canonic variations on “Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her,” BWV 769
Franck-Roth: “Rédemption” – Interlude symphonique
Saint-Saëns-Roth: 6 duos for piano and harmonium – Scherzo
Roth: “Livre d’orgue pour le Magnificat” – “Et misericordia”
Wagner-Lemare: “The Flying Dutchman” Overture 
improvisation on submitted themes
donation requested
(804) 282-9511
http://www.saintbridgetchurch.org

Feb. 17 (7 p.m.)
Gottwald Playhouse, Dominion Arts Center (formerly Richmond CenterStage), Sixth and Grace streets
Virginia Opera:
John Aler, tenor
master class with Virginia Opera Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program participants
reception follows
free
(866) 673-6782
http://vaopera.org

Feb. 17 (8 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
Patrick Smith, French horn
Magdalena Adamek, piano
program TBA
free
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music

Feb. 18 (6:30 p.m.)
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Overbrook Road at Owenby Lane, Richmond
Richmond Symphony
Steven Smith conducting
Rush Hour:
Richard Strauss: Oboe Concerto
Gustav Highstein, oboe
Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 (excerpts)
Stravinsky: Octet (excerpts)
$15
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Feb. 18 (7:30 p.m.)
Roper Arts Center, 340 Granby St., Norfolk
Feb. 20 (8 p.m.)
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News
Virginia Symphony
Taeyoung Lee conducting
Beethoven: Triple Concerto
Yun Zhang, violin
Rebecca Gilmore Phillips, cello
Prisca Benoit, piano
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major (“Pastoral”)
$9-$76
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

Feb. 18 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Pops
Jack Everly conducting
Sutton Foster, guest star
$40-$104
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

Feb. 19 (8 p.m.)
Feb. 21 (2:30 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center (formerly Richmond CenterStage), Sixth and Grace streets
Virginia Opera
James Meena conducting
Gounod: “Romeo and Juliet”
Marie-Eve Munger (Juliet)
Jonathan Boyd (Romeo)
Kevin Langan (Frere Laurent)
Efrain Solis (Mercutio)
Kim Sogioka (Stephano)
Ashraf Sewailam (Count Capulet)
Kyle Tomlin (Tybalt)
Susan Nicely (Gertrude)
Keith Brown (Duke of Verona)
Brian Mextorf (Paris)
Andrew McLaughlin (Gregorio)
Martin Bakari (Benvolio)
Bernard Uzan, stage director
in French, English captions
$19-$109
(866) 673-6782
http://vaopera.org

Feb. 19 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
Il Volo
program TBA
$59.50-$239.50
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Feb. 20 (7:30 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
Australian Chamber Orchestra
Richard Tognietti, violin & director
Mark Atkins, didgeridoo
Steve Pilgram, singer
“The Reef,” multimedia program, touring northern Western Australia; music by Iain Grandage
$38
(804) 289-8980
http://www.modlin.richmond.edu

Feb. 20 (8 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
Rennolds Chamber Concerts:
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center:
Gilles Vonsattel, piano
Arnaud Sussmann, violin
Paul Neubauer, viola
Paul Watkins, cello
Beethoven: Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 16
Dohnányi: Serenade in C major, Op. 10
Dvorák: Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 87
$34
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music

Feb. 20 (8 p.m.)
Altria Theater, Main and Laurel streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony
conductor TBA
“Video Games Live”
(rescheduled from Jan. 23)
$20-$70 (Jan. 23 tickets honored)
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Feb. 20 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Feb. 21 (3:30 p.m.)
Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center, Charlottesville High School, 1400 Melbourne Road
Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia
Kate Tamarkin conducting
Liadov: Polonaise in D major
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3
Gleb Ivanov, piano
Dvorák: Symphony No. 8 in G major
$10-$45
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu/events

Feb. 20 (7:30 p.m.)
Fife Theatre, Davis Performance Hall, Virginia Tech Arts Center, 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg
Vocalosity
program TBA
$20-$45
(540) 231-5100
http://www.artscenter.vt.edu

Feb. 20 (8 p.m.)
Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, First Street at Independence Avenue N.E., Washington
Handel and Haydn Society of Boston
Harry Christophers conducting
anon.: “Veni creator spiritus”
Byrd: “Laudibus in sanctis”
Purcell: Chaconny in G minor
selections from “The Old Colony Collection” (1823)
Kent: “Hear my prayer”
Mozart: “Almighty God, when round thy shrine”
Linley: “Bow down this ear, O Lord”
J.S. Bach: Cantata 229, “Komm, Jesu, komm,” BWV 229
Frank: “My Angel, his name is freedom”
Byrd: “Ye sacred muses”
Byrd: Mass four four voices – Agnus Dei
Byrd: “Ave verum corpus”
Purcell: Pavane
J.S. Bach: Cantata 225, “Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied,” BWV 225
free; tickets required
(703) 573-7328 (Ticketmaster)
http://www.loc.gov/concerts

Feb. 20 (8 p.m.)
Feb. 21 (3 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
National Philharmonic
Piotr Gajewski conducting
Vivaldi: Cello Concerto G minor
Vivaldi: Cello Concerto in G major
Piatigorsky: “Variations on a Paganini Theme”
Zuill Bailey, cello
Beethoven: “Elegiac Song”
Vivaldi: Gloria
Julie Keim, soprano
Magdalena Wór, mezzo-soprano
National Philharmonic Chorale
$29-$89
(301) 581-5100
http://www.strathmore.org

Feb. 21 (3 p.m.)
Blackwell Auditorium, Randolph-Macon College, 205 Henry St., Ashland
Richmond Symphony
Steven Smith conducting
Metro Collection:
Stravinsky: Octet
Richard Strauss: Oboe Concerto
Gustav Highstein, oboe
Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major
$20
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Feb. 21 (3 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
Brass Quintet of the Americas
program TBA
free
(804) 289-8980
http://www.modlin.richmond.edu

Feb. 21 (4 p.m.)
Old St. John’s Church, 103 St. John’s Church Lane (Route 30), King William County
Jay BeVille, baritone
Kristi Reynolds, piano
program TBA
donation requested
(804) 843-9194
http://oldstjohns.org

Feb. 22 (7:30 p.m.)
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News
Vocalosity
program TBA
$32-$52
(855) 337-4849
http://fergusoncenter.org

Feb. 22 (8 p.m.)
Theater Lab, Kennedy Center, Washington
Mason Bates, composer, electronica & DJ
other artists TBA
“Mason Bates’s KC Jukebox: Of Land and Sea”
John Luther Adams: “At the Still Point” for electronica
Gabriela Lena Frank: “Milagros” (excerpts)
Christopher Rouse: “Ku-Ka-Ilimoku”
Kevin Puts: “Seven Seascapes”
Christopher Rouse: “Ogoun Badagris”
Mason Bates: “Red River”
$20
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Feb. 23 (7:30 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
Benjamin Fraley, percussion
program TBA
free
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music

Feb. 23 (8 p.m.)
Williamsburg Library Theatre, 515 Scotland St.
Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg:
Quatuor Danel
Tchaikovsky: Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11 – Andante cantabile
Borodin: Quartet No. 2 in D major – Nocturne: andante
Weinberg: Notturno
Weinberg: Quartet No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 27 – Scherzo
Tishchenko: Quartet No. 1, Op. 8
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 3
$15 (waiting list)
(757) 229-0385
http://chambermusicwilliamsburg.org

Feb. 23 (7:30 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Tuesday Evening Concerts:
Ray Chen, violin
Julio Elizalde, piano
Beethoven: Sonata in D major, Op. 12, No. 1
Saint-Saëns: Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 75
Ysaÿe: Sonata in E minor, Op. 27, No. 4
Falla: “ Suite populaire espagnole”
Monti: Czardas
$12-$35
(434) 924-3376
http://www.tecs.org

Feb. 23 (7 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Young Concert Artists:
Daniel Lebhardt, piano
Beethoven: Sonata in G major, Op. 31, No. 1
Tonia Ko: new work TBA (premiere)
Liszt: Sonata in B minor
$35
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Feb. 24 (6 p.m.)
1708 Gallery, 319 W. Broad St., Richmond
Richmond Symphony Orchestra League:
Steven Smith, speaker
“Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Orchestras, but Were Afraid to Ask”
$30
(804) 788-1212
http://www.rsol.org

Feb. 24 (7 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Terry Austin directing
program TBA
$7 in advance, $10 at door
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music

Feb. 25 (8 p.m.)
Crosswalk Community Church, 7575 Richmond Road, Williamsburg
Feb. 26 (8 p.m.)
Regent University Theater, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach
Virginia Symphony
JoAnn Falletta conducting
Granados: “Goyescas” – Intermezzo
Miguel del Aguila: “Concierto en Tango”
Roman Mekinulov, cello
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 in D major (“Reformation”)
$25-$65
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

Feb. 26 (7:30 p.m.)
Fife Theatre, Davis Performance Hall, Virginia Tech Arts Center, 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg
The Knights
Eric Jacobsen conducting
Rebel: “Les Caractères de la Danse”
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor
Gil Shaham, violin
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major (“Eroica”)
$25-$55
(540) 231-5100
http://www.artscenter.vt.edu

Feb. 26 (7 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Washington National Opera:
Leah Crocetto, soprano
Mark Markham, piano
program TBA
$45
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Feb. 26 (8 p.m.)
Feb. 27 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra Pops
Steven Reineke conducting
Darren Criss & Betsy Wolfe, guest stars
“Broadway Today”
$25-$99
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Feb. 26 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop conducting and speaking
“Off the Cuff: Enigma Variations”
Elgar: “Enigma Variations”
$35-$99
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

Feb. 27 (8 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center (formerly Richmond CenterStage), Sixth and Grace streets
Richmond Symphony Pops
Keitaro Harada conducting
Jeans ’n Classics, guest stars
“Earth, Wind and Fire & The King of Pop”
$10-$78
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Feb. 27 (2 p.m.)
Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, First Street at Independence Avenue N.E., Washington
Juilliard String Quartet
Schubert: “Quartettsatz” in C minor, D. 703
Carter: Quartet No. 1
Beethoven: Quartet in F major, Op. 135
free; tickets required
(703) 573-7328 (Ticketmaster)
http://www.loc.gov/concerts

Feb. 28 (3 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
Magdalena Adamek, piano
Susanna Klein, violin
program TBA
free
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music

Feb. 28 (4 p.m.)
First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1000 Blanton Avenue at the Carillon, Richmond
Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia:
Daisuke Yamamoto, violin
Mary Boodell, flute
Bryan Crumpler, clarinet
James Wilson, cello
Carsten Schmidt, piano
“Different Voices”
Fazil Say: “Four Cities” – “Sivas”
Erwin Schulhoff: Duo for violin and cello
Valerie Coleman: “Portraits of Langston”
Fanny Mendelssohn Henselt: Piano Trio in D minor
introductory talk by Jeffrey Riehl at 3:30 p.m.
$25
(804) 519-2098
http://cmscva.org

Feb. 28 (4 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center (formerly Richmond CenterStage), Sixth and Grace streets
Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra
Richmond Symphony
Steven Smith conducting
Side by Side:
Sibelius: “Finlandia”
Dvorák: Cello Concerto in B minor
Jason Hwang, cello
Tchaikovsky: “Swan Lake” (excerpts)
free
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Feb. 28 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Virginia Sinfonietta
conductor TBA
Adams: “Son of Chamber Symphony”
Paul Dooley: “Point Blank”
Takemitsu: “Rain Coming”
Stephen Hartke: “Wulfstan at the Millennium”
$10
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu/events

Feb. 28 (2 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Calder Quartet
Andrew Norman: “The Companion Guide to Rome” – “Sabina”
Janácek: Quartet No. 2 (“Intimate Letters”)
Beethoven: Quartet in E flat major, Op. 127
$50
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts)
http://www.washingtonperformingarts.org

Feb. 28 (3 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop conducting
Handel: “Music for the Royal Fireworks”
James MacMillan: Percussion Concerto No. 2
Colin Currie, percussion
Elgar: “Enigma Variations”
$35-$99
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

Feb. 29 (7:30 p.m.)
First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1000 Blanton Ave. at the Carillon, Richmond
Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia:
John Taylor Ward, baritone
Doug Schneider, actor
Daisuke Yamamoto, violin
Mary Boodell, flute
Bryan Crumpler, clarinet
James Wilson, cello
Carsten Schmidt, piano
Jake Heggie: “For a Look or a Touch” (2007)
introductory talk by Waitman Beorn
$25
(804) 519-2098
http://cmscva.org

Feb. 29 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
UVa Chamber Music Series:
Nathaniel Lee, trombone
American Trombone Quartet
John Mayhood, piano
J.G. Albrechtsberger: Concerto for alto trombone
works TBA by Jan Koetsier, Jacob ter Veldjuis (Jacob TV)
$15
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu/events
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My review for the Richmond Times-Dispatch of pianist Alexander Paley, playing Chopin and Rachmaninoff at St. Luke Lutheran Church:

http://www.richmond.com/entertainment/music/article_a63442eb-2c98-5173-86dd-ff61ce75cb39.html
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I’ll be sitting in for Jack Archie on Upbeat, his Sunday night classical show on WDCE-FM at the University of Richmond. American music in the first hour, French music in the second.

Jan. 31
7-9 p.m. EST
2400-0200 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
www.wdce.org

Bernstein: “Candide” Overture
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/David Zinman (London)

Adams: “Grand Pianola Music”
John Alley & Shelagh Sutherland, pianos
London Sinfonietta/John Adams (Nonesuch)

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

Blind Willie Johnson: “Dark Was the Night,
Cold Was the Ground”
(arranged by Stephen Prutsman)
Kronos Quartet (Nonesuch)

Berlioz: “Lélio” –
“Fantasia on Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ ”
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/
Michael Tilson Thomas (SFS Media)

Saint-Saëns: Symphony
No. 3 in C minor (“Organ”)
Daniel Roth, organ
Orchestre les Siècles/François-Xaver Roth
(Actes Sud)

Ravel: “La Valse”
London Symphony Orchestra/Pierre Monteux (Philips)
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Symphony Musicians of Richmond, members of the Richmond Symphony and Local 123, American Federation of Musicians, will present their annual “Music Unites” concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at St. Michael Catholic Church, 4491 Springfield Road.

Victor Yampolsky, director of orchestras at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music and guest conductor of the Richmond Symphony’s Feb. 5-6 Casual Fridays and Masterworks programs, will conduct the Music Unites concert.

The program includes Brahms’ “Academic Festival” Overture, Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, “Nimrod” from Elgar’s “Enigma Variations” and the “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, in which the audience is invited to sing along (in German).

A reception follows the program.

Donations will benefit United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg.

For more information, call (804) 527-1037.
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My review for the Richmond Times-Dispatch of eighth blackbird, performing in the musical-theatrical production “Hand Eye,” staged on Jan. 27 at the University of Richmond’s Modlin Arts Center:

http://www.richmond.com/entertainment/music/article_f1884066-4ede-5c27-9ce5-475fdae4a70b.html
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