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Gidon Kremer, the Latvian-born, Russian-schooled violinist and conductor, writes that following the murder of Boris Nemtsov, a leading critic of the Vladimir Putin regime, Russia stands “on the edge of moral collapse . . . [a] society starved of pure air, pumped full of fear and jingoism, where good intentions have been driven into a dead-end.”

His full statement can be read here:

http://slippedisc.com/2015/02/gidon-kremer-on-the-murder-of-boris-nemtsov/

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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: Organist Bruce Stevens, whose recital was snowed out last month, plays a program of Bach, Mendelssohn, Rheinberger and more on March 1 on the Beckerath organ of Cannon Memorial Chapel at the University of Richmond. . . . The Richmond Symphony is joined by guest conductor Tito Muñoz, music director of the Phoenix Symphony, and pianist Stanislav Khristenko for a program of Mozart, Schumann and Beethoven, March 7 at Richmond CenterStage. . . . The symphony is engaged for most of the month as the pit orchestra for Virginia Opera’s production of Verdi’s “La Traviata,” coming to Richmond CenterStage on March 27 and 29 after runs at the Harrison Opera House in Norfolk (March 13, 15 and 17) and George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax (March 21-22). . . . Richard Spece conducts Richmond’s new period-instruments orchestra, Mannheim Rocket, in its inaugural concert, playing symphonies by Mozart and Beethoven on March 13 at historic Monumental Church. . . . eighth blackbird, the new-music sextet in residence at the University of Richmond, is joined by the Sleeping Giants composers’ collective in “HandEye,” March 16 at UR’s Modlin Arts Center. . . . Virginia Commonwealth University stages a Flamenco Festival of music, dance and song, featuring flamenco guitarists Torcuato Zamora and Miguelito and other performers, March 20-22 at VCU’s Singleton Arts Center. . . . Two Richmond Symphony principals, violinist Daisuke Yamamoto and cellist Neal Cary, join pianist Joanne Kong in “Vive la France,” a program of French chamber music, March 23 at the Modlin Center.

* Noteworthy elsewhere: Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble tour the Western and on-Western worlds on May 1 at Washington’s Kennedy Center. . . . The Kronos Quartet revisits the music and images of World War I in “Beyond Zero: 1914-1918,” March 5 at Virginia Tech’s Center for the Arts in Blacksburg. . . . Jesús López-Cobos conducts the National Symphony Orchestra in music of Spain and Portugal, March 5-7, part of the Kennedy Center’s month-long “Iberian Suite” festival of music, dance and visual art. . . . Pianist Lang Lang plays Bach, Tchaikovsky and Chopin, March 7 at the Kennedy Center. . . . Roberto Díaz premieres the Viola Concerto of Jennifer Higdon with Robert Spano conducting the Curtis Chamber Orchestra, in a program also featuring works by Prokofiev, Mozart and Spano, March 7 at the Library of Congress in Washington. . . . Pianist Marc-André Hamelin joins Les Violons du Roy in a program of Rameau, Haydn and Mozart, March 17 at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. . . . The Emerson String Quartet plays Beethoven, Ravel and Purcell, March 26 at the Kennedy Center. . . . Cellist Matt Haimovitz brings his “Bach Listening Room” program to the Mansion at Strathmore in the Maryland suburbs of DC on March 27. . . . Steven Reineke, the National Symphony Pops and guest artists perform in “Do You Hear the People Sing,” a sampler of the musicals of Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schönberg (“Les Miserables,” “Miss Saigon,” “Martin Guerre”), March 27-28 at the Kennedy Center.



March 1 (3 p.m.)
Cannon Memorial Chapel, University of Richmond
Bruce Stevens, organ
J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 541
Mendelssohn: Sonata in D minor, Op. 65, No. 6
Pachelbel: Partita on “Christus, der ist meine Leben”
Anton Heiller: “In Festo Corporus Christi”
Rheinberger: Sonata No. 9 in B flat minor, Op. 142
free
(804) 289-8980
www.modlin.richmond.edu

March 1 (4 p.m.)
St. Matthias’ Episcopal Church, 11300 W. Huguenot Road, Midlothian
Richmond Symphony Brass Quintet
Clifton Hardison, percussion
“Anthony Holborne Suite”
Giovanni Gabrieli: “Canzona prima à 5”
J.S. Bach: Contrapunctus No. 1
Victor Ewald: Quintet No. 1
“Duke Ellington Suite”
donation requested
(804) 272-8588
www.stmatmidlo.com

March 1 (2:30 p.m.)
Sandler Arts Center, 201 S. Market St., Virginia Beach
Virginia Symphony
JoAnn Falletta conducting
Libby Larsen: “Four on the Floor”
Dvorák: Cello Concerto in B minor
Amit Peled, cello
Copland: Symphony No. 3
$25-$107
(757) 892-6366
www.virginiasymphony.org

March 1 (5 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Silk Road Ensemble
Kojiro Umezaki: “Side In Side Out”
Giovanni Sollimat: “Taranta Project”
Edward Perez: “The Latina 6/8 Suite”
Zhao Lin: “Paramita”
Sandeep Das & Kayhan Kalhor: “Jugalbandi”
Kinan Azmeh: “Wedding”
$56-$145
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts Society)
www.wpas.org

March 1 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Fortas Chamber Music Concerts:
Imani Winds
Valerie Coleman: “Tzigane”
Hindemith: “Kleine Kammermusik,” Op. 24, No. 2
Pavel Haas: Wind Quintet, Op. 10
Debussy: “Bruyères”
Stravinsky: “The Rite of Spring”
trad.: klezmer dances
$32
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

March 2 (7:30 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
Barry Hannigan, piano
works by Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Pierce, Burnson, Benshoof
free
(804) 289-8980
www.modlin.richmond.edu

March 4 (7 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
Eastman Triana:
Julianne Kirk-Doyle, clarinet
Anyango Yarbo-Davenport, violin
Yin Zheng, piano
works by Milhaud, Arutunian, Menotti, Schoenfield
free
(804) 828-6776
www.arts.vcu.edu/music

March 4 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Arakaender Choir & Orchestra
Ashley Solomon conducting
“Baroque Music from Jesuit Reductions in Bolivia”
$35
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

March 5 (7:30 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Myssyk conducting
Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 (“Romantic”)
other works TBA
VCU Concerto Competition winners
free
(804) 828-6776
www.arts.vcu.edu/music

March 5 (7:30 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
Kronos Quartet
Byzantine chant: “Eternal Memory to the Virtuous” (arranged by Aleksandra Vrebalov)
Stravinsky: ”Three Pieces for String Quartet”
Geeshie Wiley: “Last Kind Words” (arranged by Jacob Garchik)
Tanburi Cemil Bey: “Evic Taksim” (arranged by Stephen Prutsman)
Ravel: “Trois beaux oiseaux du Paradis” (arranged by JJ Hollingsworth)
trad.: “Smyrneiko Minore” (arranged by Jacob Garchik)
Webern: “Six Bagatelles”
Ives: “They Are There! Fighting for the People’s New Free World”
Rachmaninoff: “All Night Vigil” – Nunc Dimittis
“Beyond Zero: 1914-1918”
Aleksandra Vrebalov, composer
Bill Morrison, filmmaker
$10-$55
(540) 231-5300
www.artscenter.vt.edu

March 5 (7 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Jesús López-Cobos conducting
Turina: “Danzas fantánsticas”
Albéniz-Arbos: “Iberia”
Portuguese fado songs
Carminho & Camané, fadistas
$10-$85
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

March 5 (7:30 p.m.)
March 8 (2 p.m.)
March 10 (7:30 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington
Washington National Opera
Antony Walker conducting
Poulenc: “Dialogues of the Carmelites”
Leah Crocetto (Madame Lidoine)
Layla Claire (Blanche de la Force)
Dolora Zajick (Madame de Croissy)
Elizabeth Bishop (Mother Marie)
Ashley Emerson (Sister Constance)
Alan Held (Marquis de la Force)
Shawn Mathey (Chevalier de la Force)
Robert Baker (Chaplain)
Francesca Zambello, stage director
in English, English captions
$25-$300
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

March 6 (8 p.m.)
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News
March 7 (8 p.m.)
Chrysler Hall, 215 St. Paul’s Boulevard, Norfolk
Virginia Symphony Pops
Benjamin Rous conducting
Sal Androlina, clarinet
“Music of Benny Goodman”
$25-$93
(757) 892-6366
www.virginiasymphony.org

March 6 (8 p.m.)
March 7 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Jesús López-Cobos conducting
Cristóbal Halffter: “Tiento del primer tono y batalla imperial”
De Falla: “Nights in the Gardens of Spain”
Javier Perianes, piano
Villa-Lobos: “Bachianas Brasileiras” Nos. 5
Juanita Lascarro, soprano
Albéniz-Arbos: “Iberia”
Turina: “Danzas fantánsticas”
$10-$85
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

March 7 (8 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
Richmond Symphony
Tito Muñoz conducting
Beethoven: “Egmont” Overture
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
Stanislav Khristenko, piano
Schumann: Symphony No. 4 in D minor
$10-$78
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
www.richmondsymphony.com

March 7 (4 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
Lang Lang, piano
J.S. Bach: “Italian Concerto”
Tchaikovsky: “The Seasons”
Chopin: scherzos, Opp. 20, 31, 39, 54
$35-$99
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

March 7 (7 p.m.)
March 9 (7 p.m.)
March 11 (7:30 p.m.)
March 13 (7:30 p.m.)
March 15 (2 p.m.)
March 19 (7:30 p.m.)
March 21 (7 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington
Washington National Opera
Philippe Auguin/Eric Weimer conducting
Wagner: “The Flying Dutchman”
Eric Owens/Alan Held (Dutchman)
Christiane Libor/Jennifer Root (Senta)
Jay Hunter Morris (Erik)
Ain Anger/Peter Volpe (Daland)
Dana Beth Miller (Mary)
Michael Brandenburg (Steersman)
Stephen Lawless, stage director
in German, English captions
$25-$300
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

March 7 (8 p.m.)
Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, First Street at Independence Avenue N.E., Washington
Curtis Chamber Orchestra
Robert Spano conducting
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 (“Classical”)
Jennifer Higdon: Viola Concerto (premiere)
Roberto Díaz, viola
Spano: “Hölderlin-Lieder”
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551 (“Jupiter”)
free rush tickets distributed at 6 p.m.
(202) 
www.loc.gov/concerts

March 7 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Christian Macelaru conducting
Stravinsky: “The Fairy’s Kiss” Divertimento
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 1
Simon Trpceski, piano
Tchaikovsky: “The Tempest” Fantasy-Overture
Tchaikovsky: “Romeo and Juliet” Fantasy-Overture
$32-$95
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
www.strathmore.org

March 8 (3:30 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Virginia Consort Chorus & Orchestra
Judith Gary conducting
J.S. Bach: Mass in B minor – Gloria
Bernstein: Mass – Gloria
Beethoven: Mass in C major – Gloria
other works TBA
$35
(434) 924-3376
www.virginiaconsort.org

March 10 (7:30 p.m.)
March 11 (7:30 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Family Theater, Washington
PostClassical Ensemble
Antonio Muñoz Molina & Joseph Horowitz: “Iberian Mystics: the Confluence of Faiths”
$30
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

March 12 (8 p.m.)
Phi Beta Kappa Hall, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg
March 14 (8 p.m.)
Regent University Theater, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach
Virginia Symphony
JoAnn Falletta conducting
J.S. Bach: Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068
Haydn: Sinfonia concertante in B flat major
Vahn Armstrong, violin
Michael Daniels, cello
Sherie Aguirre, oboe
Laura Leisring, bassoon
Brahms: “Nänie”
Brahms: “Schicksalslied”
Virginia Symphony Chorus
Robert Shoup directing
$25-$63
(757) 892-6366
www.virginiasymphony.org

March 12 (7 p.m.)
March 13 (8 p.m.)
March 14 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach conducting
Chabrier: “España”
Lalo: “Symphonie espagnole”
Leticia Moreno, violin
Debussy: “Images” – “Ibéria”
Ravel: “Boléro”
$10-$85
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

March 13 (8 p.m.)
Monumental Church, 1224 E. Broad St., Richmond
Mannheim Rocket
Richard Spece conducting
Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550
Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major
pre-concert lecture at 7:30 p.m.
$30
(804) 491-6056
www.mannheimrocket.org

March 13 (8 p.m.)
March 15 (2:30 p.m.)
March 17 (7:30 p.m.)
Harrison Opera House, 160 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk
Virginia Opera
Andrew Bisantz conducting
Verdi: “La Traviata”
Cecilia Violetta López (Violetta)
Rolando Sanz (Alfredo Germont)
Malcolm MacKenzie (Giorgio Germont)
Courtney Miller (Flora)
Ashley Kerr (Annina)
Cullen Gandy (Gastone)
Lillian Groag, stage director
in Italian, English captions
$19-$99
(866) 673-7282
www.vaopera.org

March 13 (8 p.m.)
Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, First Street at Independence Avenue N.E., Washington
Kim Kashkashian, violin & viola
Peter Nagy, piano
Schumann-Kashkashian: “Fantasiestücke,” Op. 73
Bartók: Rhapsody No. 1 for violin and piano
László Tihanyi: “Eight Invocations to the Lunar Phase”
Brahms: Sonata in E flat major, Op. 120, No. 2, for viola and piano  
free rush tickets distributed at 6 p.m.
(202) 707-5502
www.loc.gov/concerts

March 15 (4 p.m.)
duPont Chapel, Hollins University, Roanoke
Roanoke Symphony Virtuosi
David Stewart Wiley, conductor & host
Judith Cline, soprano & narrator
“Beyond the Silence: Remembering the Holocaust”
works TBA by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Puccini, Gideon Klein, Erwin Schulhoff, Victor Ullman, others
$32-$52
(540) 343-9127
www.rso.com

March 15 (4 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
András Schiff, piano
Haydn: Sonata in C major, Hob. XVI:50
Beethoven: Sonata in E major, Op. 109
Mozart: Sonata in C major, K. 545
Schubert: Sonata in C minor, D. 958
$35-$75
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts Society)
www.wpas.org

March 16 (7:30 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
eighth blackbird
Sleeping Giant
Ted Hearne, Robert Honstein, Christopher Cerrone & Timo Andres: “HandEye”
$20
(804) 289-8980
www.modlin.richmond.edu

March 17 (8 p.m.)
Williamsburg Library Theatre, 515 Scotland St.
Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg:
Vienna Piano Trio
Mozart: Piano Trio in G major, K. 496
Schumann: “Fantasiestücke,” Op. 88
Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 49
$15 (waiting list)
(757) 229-0385
www.chambermusicwilliamsburg.org

March 17 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Tuesday Evening Concerts:
Les Violons du Roy
Bernard Labadie conducting
Rameau: “Les Boréades” Suite
Haydn: Symphony No. 45 in F sharp minor (“Farewell”)
Mozart: Rondo in A major, K. 386
Haydn: Piano Concerto in D major
Marc-André Hamelin, piano
$12-$33
(434) 924-3376
www.tecs.org

March 19 (7 p.m.)
March 20 (8 p.m.)
March 21 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach conducting
Mahler: Symphony No. 9
$10-$85
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

March 20 (7:30 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Flamenco Festival:
Torcuato Zamora, flamenco guitar
dancers TBA
program TBA
$15
(804) 828-6776
www.arts.vcu.edu/music

March 20 (8 p.m.)
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News
March 21 (8 p.m.)
Chrysler Hall, 215 St. Paul’s Boulevard, Norfolk
March 22 (2:30 p.m.)
Sandler Arts Center, 201 S. Market St., Virginia Beach
Virginia Symphony
Benjamin Rous conducting
Rimsky-Korsakov: “Russian Easter Overture”
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major
Alexendre de Costa, violin
$25-$107
(757) 892-6366
www.virginiasymphony.org

March 21 (11 a.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
Richmond Symphony LolliPops
Erin R. Freeman conducting
Alexander Sapp, narrator
Gregory Smith: “The Orchestra Games”
$10-$12
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
www.richmondsymphony.com

March 21 (7:30 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Flamenco Festival:
Miguelito, flamenco guitar
dancers, vocalist TBA
“Flamenco Fiesta”
program TBA
$15
(804) 828-6776
www.arts.vcu.edu/music

March 21 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
March 22 (3:30 p.m.)
Monticello High School, 1400 Independence Way, Charlottesville
Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia
Kate Tamarkin conducting
J.S. Bach: Oboe Concerto in D minor
Aaron Hill, oboe
William Boyce: Symphony No. 5 in D major
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor
$10-$45
(434) 924-3376
www.music.virginia.edu/events

March 21 (8 p.m.)
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 401 Alderman Road, Charlottesville
Virginia Glee Club
Frank Albinder directing
Penn Glee Club (University of Pennsylvania)
Erik Nordgren directing
“Botherhood in Song”
program TBA
free
(434) 924-3376
www.music.virginia.edu/events

March 21 (8 p.m.)
March 22 (2 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
Virginia Opera
Andrew Bisantz conducting
Verdi: “La Traviata”
Cecilia Violetta López (Violetta)
Rolando Sanz (Alfredo Germont)
Malcolm MacKenzie (Giorgio Germont)
Courtney Miller (Flora)
Ashley Kerr (Annina)
Cullen Gandy (Gastone)
Lillian Groag, stage director
in Italian, English captions
$44-$98
(888) 945-2468 (Tickets.com)
www.vaopera.org

March 21 (2 p.m.)
Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, First Street at Independence Avenue N.E., Washington
Leipzig String Quartet
Borodin: Quartet No. 2 in D major
Stravinsky: “Three Pieces for String Quartet”
Wagner: “Albumblatt (für Cosima Wagner)”
Debussy: Quartet in G minor 
free rush tickets distributed at 6 p.m.
(202) 707-5502
www.loc.gov/concerts

March 22 (4 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Flamenco Festival:
Leah Kruszewski, flamenco guitar
guest artists TBA
“Flamenco Finale”
program TBA
$15
(804) 828-6776
www.arts.vcu.edu/music

March 22 (7:30 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
Orquestra Jovem do Estado
Cláudio Cruz conducting
Harolyn Blackwell, soprano
“From Villa-Lobos to Tom Jobim: Symphonic Music from Brazil”
program TBA
$15-$58
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

March 22 (3 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop conducting
Ravel: “Valses nobles et sentimentales”
Haydn: Cello Concerto in C major
Sol Gabetta, cello
Ravel: “La Valse”
Richard Strauss: “Der Rosenkavalier” Suite
$32-$95
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
www.strathmore.org

March 23 (7:30 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
Daisuke Yamamoto, violin
Neal Cary, cello
Joanne Kong, piano
“Vive la France”
Ravel: “Tzigane”
Chausson: Piano Trio in G minor
works TBA by Fauré, Offenbach
free
(804) 289-8980
www.modlin.richmond.edu

March 24 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Fortas Chamber Music Concerts:
Sharon Isbin, guitar
Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano
Federico Lorca: “Canciones españolas antiguas” (selections)
Granados: “Spanish Dance” No. 5
Albéniz: “Asturias”
Rodrigo: “Aranjuez ma pensée”
Xavier Montsalvatge: “Cinco canciónes negras” (selections)
Francisco Tárrega: “Recuerdos de la Alhambra”
De Falla: “Siete canciones populares españolas”
$32
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

March 25 (7:30 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
Crash Ensemble
Donnacha Dennehy: “Turn”
Dan Trueman: “Marbles” (premiere)
Eric Lyon: “Dualities” (premiere)
Michael Gordon: “Dry”
$20-$45
(540) 231-5300
www.artscenter.vt.edu

March 26 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Fortas Chamber Music Concerts:
Emerson String Quartet
Purcell: fantasias Nos. 2, 9
Purcell: Chacony in G minor
Beethoven: Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 74 (“Harp”)
Ravel: Quartet in F major
$69
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

March 27 (8 p.m.)
March 29 (2:30 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
Virginia Opera
Andrew Bisantz conducting
Verdi: “La Traviata”
Cecilia Violetta López (Violetta)
Rolando Sanz (Alfredo Germont)
Malcolm MacKenzie (Giorgio Germont)
Courtney Miller (Flora)
Ashley Kerr (Annina)
Cullen Gandy (Gastone)
Lillian Groag, stage director
in Italian, English captions
$20.33-$105.93
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
www.vaopera.org

March 27 (8 p.m.)
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News
March 28 (8 p.m.)
Chrysler Hall, 215 St. Paul’s Boulevard, Norfolk
Virginia Symphony Pops
Benjamin Rous conducting
Alli Mauzey & Nicole Parker, vocalists
“Wicked Divas in Concert”
$25-$93
(757) 892-6366
www.virginiasymphony.org

March 27 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
University Singers & Chamber Singers
Michael Slon directing
Ives: Psalm 90
Norman Dello Joio: “Jubilant Song”
Bernstein: “Hashkiveinu”
Copland: “In the Beginning”
American folk songs TBA
$15
(434) 924-3376
www.music.virginia.edu/events

March 27 (8 p.m.)
March 28 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra Pops
Steven Reineke conducting
Lea Salonga, Eric Kunze, Terrence Mann, Kathy Voytko & Marie Zamora, vocalists
University of Maryland Concert Choir
Children’s Chorus of Washington
“Do You Hear the People Sing”
selections from “Les Miserables,” “Miss Saigon,” “Martin Guerre” and other musicals by Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schönberg
$20-$88
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

March 27 (7 p.m.)
Mansion at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Matt Haimovitz, cello
“Bach Listening Room”
program TBA
$32
(301) 581-5100
www.strathmore.org

March 28 (2 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Jan Lisiecki, piano
J.S. Bach-Busoni: “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme,” BWV 645
J.S. Bach-Busoni: “Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ,” BWV 639
Grieg: “Lyric Piece,” Op. 12, No. 1 (“Arietta”)
J.S. Bach: Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826
Paderewski: “Three Humoresques de Concert,” Op. 14
Paderewski: Nocturne in B flat major, Op. 16, No. 4
Mendelssohn: Rondo capriccioso, Op. 14
Chopin: études, Op. 10
$38
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts Society)
www.wpas.org

March 28 (8 p.m.)
March 29 (3 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
National Philharmonic
Piotr Gajewski conducting
Tchaikovsky: “Romeo and Juliet” Fantasy-Overture
Rimsky-Korsakov: “Capriccio espagnol”
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3
Haochen Zhang, piano
$28-$84
(301) 581-5100
www.strathmore.org

March 29 (3 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
Richard Becker & Doris Wylee-Becker, piano duo
program TBA
free
(804) 289-8980
www.modlin.richmond.edu

March 30 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Adam Carter, cello
Peter Kairoff, piano
David Sariti, violin
J. S. Bach: Sonata No. 3 in G minor, BWV 1029, for viola da gamba and harpsichord
Schubert: Sonata in A minor, D. 821 (“Arpeggione”)
György Ligeti: Sonata for solo cello
Kodály: Duo, Op. 7, for violin and cello
$15
(434) 924-3376
www.music.virginia.edu/events

March 31 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Tuesday Evening Concerts:
Augustin Hadelich, violin
Joyce Yang, piano
Stravinsky: “Suite Italianne”
Kurtág: “Tre Pezzi”
Schumann: Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105
Franck: Sonata in A Major
Sarasate: “Carmen Fantasy”
$12-$33
(434) 924-3376
www.tecs.org
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Another US orchestra joins the crowd recruiting new maestros.

Mei-Ann Chen, music director of the Memphis Symphony, who has been winning high praise in her guest-conducting appearances (among them, a Richmond Symphony performance last season: http://letterv.blogspot.com/2014/02/review-richmond-symphony.html), will leave the financially troubled Memphis orchestra next year. Her departure was not unexpected:

http://www.commercialappeal.com/go-memphis/arts/stage-news/memphis-symphony-orchestra-music-director-meiann-chen-to-step-down-after-201516-season_38235644

Chen continues as music director of the Chicago Sinfonietta, which she took over in 2011 after the retirement of its founder, the Richmond-born conductor Paul Freeman.
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An object lesson in how to introduce an audience to new music – play it, talk a bit about it, then play it again – as the Jack Quartet gives the first US performance of Georg Friedrich Haas’ Quartet No. 8. A review by The New York Times’ Zachary Woolfe:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/26/arts/music/review-the-jack-and-the-calder-quartet-in-concert.html?ref=music

In 1904, Gustav Mahler was invited to conduct the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam in his new Fourth Symphony. He did so twice in one concert, which turned out to be one of the most warmly received performances of his music in his lifetime.
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Two New World symphonies frame this program: The much-loved Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”) of Antonin Dvorák, and the undeservedly obscure First Symphony (1931-32) of the pioneering African-American female composer Florence Beatrice Price. In between, the greatest concertos of Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen, whose sesquicentennials are celebrated this year. 

Feb. 26
11 a.m.-2 p.m. EST
1600-1900 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
www.wdce.org

Adolphus Hailstork: “An American Port of Call”
Virginia Symphony/JoAnn Falletta (Naxos)

Florence Beatrice Price: Symphony No. 1 in E minor
New Black Music Repertory Ensemble/
Leslie B. Dunner (Albany)

William Grant Still: “Summerland”
Alexa Still, flute
Susan DeWitt Smith, piano (Koch International Classics)

Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Hilary Hahn, violin
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra/
Esa-Pekka Salonen (Deutsche Grammophon)

Nielsen: Clarinet Concerto
Sabine Meyer, clarinet
Berlin Philharmonic/Simon Rattle (EMI Classics)

Alexander Reinagle: “Occasional Overture” in D major
(reconstruction by Bertil van Boer)
Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä/Patrick Gallois (Naxos)

Past Masters:
Dvorák: Symphony No. 9
in E minor (“From the New World”)
New York Philharmonic/
Leonard Bernstein
(Sony Classical)
(recorded 1962)

Dvorák: “Rusalka” – “O Silver Moon”
Renée Fleming, soprano
London Symphony Orchestra/Georg Solti (Decca)
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Dr. Ronald Andrew Crutcher, president emeritus of Wheaton College in Massachusetts and a musician with a wide-ranging academic and performing career, has been elected by the University of Richmond Board of Trustees as the university’s next president.

He will succeed Edward L. Ayers on July 1.

Dr. Crutcher is an alumnus of Miami University of Ohio, the University of Bonn, the State Academy of Music in Frankfurt, Germany, and Yale University. At Yale, he was the first cellist to earn a doctorate of musical arts.

He was vice president of academic affairs and dean at the Cleveland Institute of Music (1990-94) and director of the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin (1994-99). He served as provost at Miami of Ohio (1999-2004), after which he spent 10 years as president of Wheaton.

He also has held leadership positions with the Association of American Colleges & Universities, the American Council on Education and other academic groups.

As a performing cellist, he played in the Cincinnati, New Haven and Greensboro symphony orchestras and the Beethovenhalle Orchestra of Bonn. He also has sung as a tenor soloist. He currently is the cellist of the Klemperer Trio.

Dr. Crutcher served on the boards of the Berklee College of Music, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cincinnati Opera Association, the Austin Symphony Orchestra and the Harlem Spiritual Ensemble. He was president of Chamber Music America from 1996 to 2000.

In addition to serving as president of UR, Dr. Crutcher will be a professor of music.

His wife, Dr. Betty Neal Crutcher, is a cross-cultural mentoring consultant, helping to establish mentoring relationships among people of varied racial/ethnic, gender, socioeconomic, religious and sexual-orientation backgrounds.
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Faced with ever-escalating costs for the classic instruments of Stradivarius, Guarneri, Amati and other Italian makers of the 17th and 18th centuries, now routinely fetching seven- or even eight-figure prices, string musicians often strike deals for extended loans or leases of the instruments with the collectors, investors or institutions that own them.

A useful arrangement – while it lasts.

Since 2002, violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann has played the Lady Inchiquin Stradivarius, an instrument once owned by Fritz Kreisler, on a lease with a German bank. Then the bank shut down. The company clearing up its affairs is putting the Strad up for sale, but at a price Zimmermann can’t or won’t pay.

Just before engagements with the New York Philharmonic, the violinist has returned the Strad, Monica Houston-Waesch and Jennifer Smith report in The Wall Street Journal:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/prized-stradivarius-prompts-tug-of-war-german-violinist-to-play-with-new-york-philharmonic-1424483857

Meanwhile, Alexander Pavlovsky, first violinist of the Jerusalem Quartet (which performed last week at the University of Virginia), is “desperately looking for a new instrument,” according to an appeal sent out by the group. The Pressenda violin that Pavlovsky had been playing for 10 years has been taken back by its owner and will be sold.

(via www.slippedisc.com)
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In its 2015-16 season, the Richmond Symphony will mark the 150th anniversary year of the births of the two leading Scandinavian masters of the symphony, performing the Second Symphony of Finland’s Jean Sibelius and Fourth Symphony (“Inextinguishable”) of Denmark’s Carl Nielsen.

The coming season also will feature the first performances by the symphony of three Russian works: the Sixth Symphony of Shostakovich and two rarities, Tchaikovsky’s “Manfred” Symphony, based on the dramatic poem by Lord Byron, and Mussorgsky’s “St. John’s Night on the Bare Mountain,” the choral version of “Night on Bald Mountain,” which in addition to the choral part employs Mussorgsky’s own orchestration, markedly different from the commonly heard Rimsky-Korsakov scoring.

Other major works programmed for the coming season’s Masterworks concerts include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in the September season-opening concerts, and spring performances of Brahms’ Second Symphony, Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” Suite, Samuel Barber’s First Symphony and Ravel’s complete “Daphnis et Chloé,” the ballet score for orchestra with chorus that the composer characterized as a symphonie choréographique (choreographic symphony).

Contemporary works scheduled next season are “Point – Line – Plane” by Zachary Wadsworth, the Richmond-born composer now living in Canada; “Waking Dream” by Laura Schwendinger, a Wisconsin-based composer who will visit Richmond for a residency underwritten by the Music Alive: New Partnerships program of the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA; “Urban Sprawl” by the Ohio-based composer Clint Needham; and “Short Ride in a Fast Machine,” perhaps the most popular of John Adams’ concert pieces.

The Nielsen, Sibelius and Brahms symphonies will be introduced by Steven Smith, the Richmond Symphony’s music director, and the Tchaikovsky by guest conductor Victor Yampolsky, followed by full performances of the works, in a new Casual Fridays series of one-hour concerts at the Carpenter Theatre of Richmond CenterStage, also the venue for Masterworks, Pops and LolliPops concerts.

Program highlights of the Metro Collection series of Sunday matinees at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland include Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, Haydn’s Symphony No. 92 (“Oxford”), Beethoven’s First Symphony and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 (“Scottish”).

The Rush Hour series, Thursday evening casual concerts featuring selections from the Metro Collection programs, will move to a new venue, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Richmond’s
North Side.

Next season’s guest soloists include violinist Philippe Quint (playing Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Concerto in D major) and pianists Orion Weiss (Liszt’s Concerto No. 2) and Orli Shaham (Beethoven’s Concerto No. 3).

Five of the symphony’s principals also will perform as soloists: concertmaster Daisauke Yamamoto (Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2), flutist Mary Boodell (Schwendinger’s “Waking Dream”), clarinetist Jared Davis (Weber’s Concerto No. 2), cellist Neal Cary (Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme”) and oboist Gustav Highstein (Richard Strauss’ Concerto in D major).

The Richmond Symphony Chorus, directed by Erin R. Freeman, will perform in the Beethoven Ninth, Mussorgsky’s “St. John’s Night on the Bare Mountain” and Ravel’s “Daphnis et Chloé,” as well as the “Let It Snow!” pops concerts and Handel’s “Messiah.”

Singers from Virginia Opera Emerging Artists will join the symphony in a New Year’s Masterworks program featuring dance pieces and operetta arias by Johann Strauss II. Dancers from the School of the Richmond Ballet will join the symphony and its associate conductor, Keitaro Harada, in a performance of Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals” in the LolliPops series of Saturday morning family concerts.

Harada also will conduct the first Metro Collection and Rush Hour programs of the season, and will lead the orchestra in live accompaniments of two films: F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent horror classic “Nosferatu” in a “Science Fiction Double Feature” opening the pops series, and the animated film “The Snowman” in the LolliPops series.

For a 2015-16 season brochure or more information, call the Richmond Symphony’s patron services desk at (804) 788-1212 or visit its website: www.richmondsymphony.com

The symphony 2015-16 programs:


MASTERWORKS
8 p.m. Fridays, 3 p.m. Sundays at Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage
subscriptions:
Saturday – $171-$522 (adult), $95-$522 (child)
Sunday – $86-$261 (adult), $48-$261 (child)
single tickets: $10-$78 (adult/child), $9-$78 (senior)

Steven Smith conducting, unless listed otherwise

Sept. 12-13
John Adams: “Short Ride in a Fast Machine”
Berlioz: “King Lear” Overture
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor (“Choral”)
soloists TBA
Richmond Symphony Chorus
Erin R. Freeman directing

Oct. 17
Zachary Wadsworth: “Point – Line – Plane”
Korngold: Violin Concerto in D major
Philippe Quint, violin
Nielsen: Symphony No. 4 (“Inextinguishable”)

Nov. 14
Sibelius: “Tapiola”
Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major
Orion Weiss, piano
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D major

Jan. 9-10
Richard Strauss: “Der Rosenkavalier” Suite
Johann Strauss II: “On the Beautiful Blue Danube”
arias, Viennese dance pieces TBA
Virginia Opera Emerging Artists, vocalists

Feb. 6
Victor Yampolsky conducting
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor
Daisuke Yamamoto, violin
Tchaikovsky: “Manfred” Symphony

March 5-6
Mussorgsky: “St. John’s Night on the Bare Mountain”
Richmond Symphony Chorus
Erin R. Freeman directing
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor
Orli Shaham, piano
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6

April 2
Copland: “Appalachian Spring” Suite
Laura Schwendinger: “Waking Dream”
Mary Boodell, flute
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major

May 14-15
Charles Tomlinson Griffes: “The White Peacock”
Barber: Symphony No. 1
Ravel: “Daphnis et Chloé” (complete)
Richmond Symphony Chorus
Erin R. Freeman directing


CASUAL FRIDAYS
6:30 p.m. Fridays at Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage
subscriptions: $90-$180 (adult); $48-$180 (child)
single tickets: $10-$50 (adult/child), $9-$50 (senior)

Steven Smith, host & conductor, unless listed otherwise

Oct. 16
Nielsen: Symphony No. 4 (“Inextinguishable”)

Nov. 13
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D major

Feb. 5
Victor Yampolsky, host & conductor
Tchaikovsky: “Manfred” Symphony

April 1
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major


METRO COLLECTION
3 p.m. Sundays at Blackwell Auditorium, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland
subscriptions: $68 (adult), $40 (child)
single tickets: $20 (adult), $18 (senior), $10 (child)

Steven Smith conducting, unless listed otherwise

Oct. 25
Keitaro Harada conducting
Bartók: Divertimento for string orchestra
Weber: Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E flat major
Jared Davis, clarinet
Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550

Jan. 17
Ives: “The Unanswered Question”
Tchaikovsky:”Variations on a Rococo Theme”
Neal Cary, cello
Clint Needham: “Urban Sprawl”
Haydn: Symphony No. 92 in G major (“Oxford”)

Feb. 21
Stravinsky: Octet
Richard Strauss: Oboe Concerto in D major
Gustav Highstein, oboe
Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major

May 8
Fauré: “Pelléas et Mélisande” Suite
Ravel: “Mother Goose” Suite
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A minor (“Scottish”)


RUSH HOUR
condensed versions of Metro Collection programs
6:30 p.m. Thursdays at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Overbrook Road at Ownby Lane
tickets: $15

Steven Smith, host & conductor, unless listed otherwise

Oct. 22 (see Oct. 25 Metro Collection)
Keitaro Harada, host & conductor

Jan. 14 (see Jan. 17 Metro Collection)

Feb. 18 (see Feb. 21 Metro Collection)

May 5 (see May 8 Metro Collection)


SPECIAL CONCERT
7:30 p.m. at Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage
tickets: $20-$50 (adult), $12-$50 (child)

Erin R. Freeman conducting

Dec. 4
Handel: “Messiah”
soloists TBA
Richmond Symphony Chorus
Erin R. Freeman directing


POPS
8 p.m. Saturdays (3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6) at Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage
subscriptions: $86-$261 (adult), $48-$261 (child)
single tickets: $10-$78 (adult/child), $9-$78 (senior)

Keitaro Harada conducting

Oct. 24
“Science Fiction Double Feature”
F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent film “Nosferatu,” with live orchestra accompaniment
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (extra $10 charge)

Dec. 5-6
“Let It Snow!” holiday program
Richmond Symphony Chorus
Erin R. Freeman directing
special guests TBA

Feb. 27
“Music of Earth, Wind and Fire & The King of Pop”
Jeans ’n Classics

April 30
“Steve Lippia’s Centennial Celebration: a Frank Sinatra Tribute”
Steve Lippia, vocalist


LOLLIPOPS
11 a.m. Saturdays at Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage
subscriptions: $42 (adult), $34 (child)
single tickets: $17 (adult), $12 (child)

Keitaro Harada conducting

Oct. 31
“Halloween Spooktacular”

Nov. 28
“The Snowman,” animated film with live orchestra accompaniment

Jan. 30
Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham”
Sara Valentine, actor & director
Kimberly Schroder, soprano
Michael Boudewyns, actor

March 19
“Carnival of the Animals”
School of the Richmond Ballet
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Because of weather-related travel issues, the Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia has postponed harpsichordist Carsten Schmidt’s Feb. 21 lecture-recital at the Richmond Public Library and Feb. 22 performance of Book 1 of J.S. Bach’s “The Well-Tempered Clavier” at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter. New dates will be announced later.

The society will contact purchasers of tickets for the Feb. 22 concert regarding refunds or exchanging tickets for the new date.

For more information, call (804) 519-2098 or visit the society’s website, www.cmscva.org
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Christoph Eschenbach, music director of Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra, will relinquish the post in 2017 after seven seasons, becoming the orchestra’s conductor laureate. With Eschenbach’s coming departure, the NSO joins the New York Philharmonic in searching for a new music director in the next two years, The Washington Post’s Anne Midgette writes:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/style/wp/2015/02/18/eschenbachs-nso-contract-to-end-in-2017-will-become-conductor-laureate/

Washington and New York are among the highest-profile cases in an international reshuffle of orchestras’ artistic leadership.

In the U.S., music directors of the San Diego Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra have already announced their departures in the next two years. Osmo Vänskä’s current contract with the Minnesota Orchestra runs out in 2016, but it’s hard to imagine Minnesota letting him go (besides which, he recently married the orchestra’s concertmaster). New music directors took over this season at the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra and Florida Orchestra.

In Europe, the Berlin Philharmonic, Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin and London Symphony are in the midst of recruiting new chief conductors, and the Vienna State Opera has yet to replace Franz Welser-Möst after his sudden resignation last September.

And several other major ensembles’ conductors may be on the way out, willingly or not.
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