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The Richmond Symphony is donating instruments, valued at more than $100,000, to five elementary schools in the East End of Richmond – Bellevue, Chimborazo, Fairfield Court, George Mason and Woodville – enabling them to provide music lessons and organize ensembles.

Instruments and music-related equipment also will be purchased for for Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, Armstrong High School and Franklin Military Academy.

The funds were raised through the RVA East End Festival: the Gift of Music, staged in May, one of the first community outreach events by the orchestra under its Big Tent portable concert stage.

The concert and fundraising were supported by Bon Secours Richmond Health System and other corporate, foundation and individual donors.

“When we started this project with Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille and Bon Secours, we learned that there were only seven instruments to be shared among all of the East End’s elementary schools,” said David Fisk, the symphony’s executive director. “The community came together and saw a tremendous opportunity to make a substantial impact in the lives of these children.”

Following the donation, there will be enough instruments for each school to have a full string orchestra, Fisk said.

“Because of programs like the RVA East End Festival, music is no longer a privilege for a lucky few, but a part of every child[’s] world of possibility,” said Kim Hutchinson, executive director of the Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation.
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WDCE has installed a new transmitter, replacing a unit dating from the previous millennium. To celebrate the station’s stronger, clearer broadcast signal, a program of audio-showcase recordings of music ranging across seven centuries (14th to 21st) and running the gamut of style and sonority. (Online-stream listeners should notice the higher-definition sound of these discs, too.)

Nov. 9
10 a.m.-1 p.m. EST
1500-1800 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

Richard Strauss: “Don Juan”
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/Manfred Honeck
(Reference Recordings)

Mozart: Quintet
in E flat major, K. 452
Stephen Hough, piano
Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
(BIS)

Nielsen:
“An Imaginary Journey
to the Faroe Islands”
Danish National Symphony Orchestra/
Thomas Dausgaard
(Dacapo)

Mussorgsky: “Night on Bald Mountain”
(original version)
Los Angeles
Philharmonic/
Esa-Pekka Salonen
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Mason Bates:
“Alternative Energy”
Mason Bates, electronica
San Francisco
Symphony Orchestra/
Michael Tilson Thomas
(SFS Media)

Stravinsky:
“Symphony of Psalms”
Collegium Vocale Gent
Royal Flemish Philharmonic/Philippe Herreweghe
(Pentatone Classics)

Johan Helmich Roman: “Drottningholm Music” – selections
Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra/
Andrew Manze
(BIS)

Michael Praetorius: “Terpsichore” – selections
Doron Sherwin, cornetto
Capriccio Stravagante Renaissance Orchestra/
Skip Sempé
(Paradizo)

anon. (14th cen. France): chanson & estampie royal
Hesperion XXI/Jordi Savall
(AliaVox)

Telemann: “Hanaquoise”
anon. (18th cen. Hungary): 2 songs
Telemann: “Hanac” I-III
(arrangements
by Miloš Valent)
Miloš Valent, violin
Jan Rokyta, cimbalom
Holland Baroque Society
(Channel Classics)

Handel: “Water Music” – Suite II
Akademie für alte Musik Berlin
(Harmonia Mundi)
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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: The University of Richmond’s Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival features eighth blackbird and other performers in four free concerts, Nov. 4-5 at UR’s Modlin Arts Center. . . . Peter Wilson conducts the Richmond Philharmonic in Haydn’s “London” Symphony (No. 104) and Dvorák’s Seventh Symphony, Nov. 6 at Collegiate School’s Hershey Arts Center. . . . The lauded American contemporary vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, joined by UR’s Schola Cantorum chamber chorus, performs on Nov. 10 at the Modlin Center. . . . Steven Smith conducts the Richmond Symphony and Symphony Chorus, with three vocal soloists, in Berlioz’s “Romeo and Juliet,” Nov. 12 at the Carpenter Theatre of Dominion Arts Center. . . . Virginia Opera stages Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville,” Nov. 18 and 20 at Dominion Arts Center, following performances on Nov. 11, 13 and 15 at Harrison Opera House in Norfolk. . . . The biggest band in town gathers once again, as the Richmond Symphony and community musicians, led by Chia-Hsuan Lin, perform in the annual free “Come and Play” mega-orchestra concert, Nov. 20 at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Siegel Center. . . . The Richmond Symphony and other artists will perform in Commonwealth Catholic Charities’ “Holiday Festival of Music,” Nov. 28 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.
. . . The famed male vocal ensemble Chanticleer presents its Christmas program, Nov. 28 at St. Mary Catholic Church.

* Noteworthy elsewhere: Gianandrea Noseda, music director-designate of Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra, leads the orchestra in a complete performance of Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet” ballet music, Nov. 3-5 at the Kennedy Center.
. . . The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble plays Mozart, Schubert and Richard Strauss, Nov. 6 at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax. . . . The Takács Quartet plays an all-Beethoven program, Nov. 9 at the Kennedy Center. . . . Marin Alsop conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s “Tragic” Symphony (No. 6), Nov. 10 at Strathmore in the Maryland suburbs of DC. . . . The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center plays Mozart, Brahms and Schoenberg, Nov. 11 at Moss Arts Center of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. . . . Lawrence Brownlee stars in a Washington National Opera production of Donizetti’s “The Daughter of the Regiment,” Nov. 12-20 at the Kennedy Center. (Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appears in the cameo role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp on opening night.) . . . Lucas Debargue, the acclaimed young French pianist, plays Ravel, Chopin, Medtner and Scarlatti in a Nov. 12 recital at the University of the District of Columbia’s Theater of the Arts. . . . Benjamin Rous, associate conductor of Hampton Roads’ Virginia Symphony, makes his bid to become the next conductor of the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia with a program of Mozart, Stravinsky, Debussy and Ligeti, featuring pianist Tomer Gewirtzman, Nov. 19 at UVa’s Old Cabell Hall and Nov. 20 at Charlottesville High School. . . . Semyon Bychkov conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam in Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, Nov. 29 at the Kennedy Center.


Nov. 3 (7 p.m.)
Nov. 4 (8 p.m.)
Nov. 5 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Gianandrea Noseda conducting
Prokofiev: “Romeo and Juliet”
$15-$89
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Nov. 4 (7:30 p.m.)
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Laurel Street at Floyd Avenue, Richmond
Jennifer Pascual, organ
Guilmant: “Processional March” in A major, Op. 41, No. 5
Domenico Zipoli: Canzona, Pastorale, All’Offertorio
J.S. Bach: Pièce d’Orgue, BWV 572
Jean Demessieux: “Rorate Coeli: Chorale orné”
“Attende Domine” choral paraphrase
Langlais: “Gregorian Paraphrase on ‘Ave Maria’ and ‘Ave Maris Stella’ ”
Naji Hakim: Mariales, Incantation, Pastorale, Antienne, Hymne, Danse
Dupré: “15 Pieces for Organ,” Op. 18 – “Ave Maris Stella”
David N. Johnson: Trumpet Tune in D major
Mary David Calahan: “Christus Vincit,” “Ave Verum,” “Salve Mater”
Hovhaness: “Prayer to St. Gregory”
Tcherepnin: “Cherubimic Chant”
Guilmant: “Prose sur le Stabat Mater,” theme and 9 variations
Raffaele Manari: “Salve Regina: a Concert Study”
free
(804) 359-5651
http://richmondcathedral.org

Nov. 4 (2:30 and 7:30 p.m.)
Nov. 5 (10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival:
eighth blackbird
other artists TBA
programs TBA
free
(804) 289-8980
http://modlin.richmond.edu

Nov. 4 (7:30 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
Flamenco Festival:
Leah, guitar
Kevin Davis, percussion
Ana Ines King & Latin Ballet
Antonio Hidalgo Paz, dancer
“Spanish Soul”
program TBA
$15
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events

Nov. 4 (8 p.m.)
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News
Nov. 5 (8 p.m.)
Chrysler Hall, 215 St. Paul’s Boulevard, Norfolk
Virginia Symphony Pops
Benjamin Rous conducting
Jean Mellieur, vocalist
“Madmen across the Water: the Music of Elton John”
$25-$100
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

Nov. 4 (8:15 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Nicholas Hersh conducting & speaking
“Off the Cuff: The Nutcracker”
Tchaikovsky: “The Nutcracker” (excerpts)
$35-$99
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

Nov. 5 (2 p.m.)
Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library, First and Franklin streets
Sigma Alpha Iota members
program TBA
free
(804) 646-7223
http://www.richmondpubliclibrary.org

Nov. 5 (7:30 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
Flamenco Festival:
Richard Marlow, guitar
program TBA
$15
Marlow in free flamenco guitar master class, 2 p.m. Nov. 5, Black Music Center, Grove Avenue at Harrison Street
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events

Nov. 5 (7 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
University Singers
UVa Chamber Singers
Virginia Glee Club
Virginia Women’s Chorus
“Choral Showcase”
works TBA by Tcherepnin, Rachmaninoff, others
$10
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu/events

Nov. 5 (7:30 p.m.)
Moss Arts Center, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
Kandinsky Trio
Kurt Rosenwinkel, guitar
Paul Langosch, bass
Beethoven: Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 1, No. 3
improvisations for guitar and bass
John D’earth: “Natural Bridge”
$20-$45
(540) 231-5300
http://artscenter.vt.edu

Nov. 5 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
National Philharmonic
National Philharmonic Chorale
Stan Engebretson conducting
Handel: Coronation Anthem No. 1, “Zadok the Priest”
Tallis: Motet, “Spem in Alium”
Alistair Coleman: “Of Radiance and Light” (premiere)
Eric Whitacre: Alleluia
John Rutter: Gloria
$19-$66
(301) 581-5100
http://www.strathmore.org

Nov. 6 (4 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
Flamenco Festival:
Miguelito (Michael Pérez), guitar
singer, dancers TBA
program TBA
$15
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events

Nov. 6 (4 p.m.)
Hershey Arts Center, Collegiate School, 103 N. Mooreland Road, Richmond
Richmond Philharmonic
Peter Wilson conducting
Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D major (“London”)
Dvorák: Symphony No. 7 in D minor
$16 in advance, $20 at door
(804) 673-7400
http://www.richmondphilharmonic.org

Nov. 6 (1:30 p.m.)
University Baptist Church, 1223 W. Main St., Charlottesville
Jubilate & Sanctuary Choir
Alba Beasley directing
“Let All the Nations Praise the Lord”
works TBA by Randall Thompson, John Rutter
free
(434) 293-5106
http://universitybaptist.org

Nov. 6 (2 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble
Mozart: Divertimento in D major, K. 136
Richard Strauss: “Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks”
Schubert: Octet in F major, D. 803
$36-$60
(888) 945-2468 (Tickets.com)
http://cfa.gmu.edu

Nov. 6 (3 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Nicholas Hersh conducting
Ravel: “Schehérazade”
Nicole Cabell, soprano
Tchaikovsky: “The Nutcracker” – “Overture Miniature” & Act 2
$35-$99
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

Nov. 9 (7 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU University Band
director TBA
program TBA
$7 in advance, $10 at door
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events

Nov. 9 (noon)
St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg
Joel S. Kumro, organ
works TBA by Bach, Mendelssohn, De Gringy, Duruflé
free
(757) 229-3631
http://www.bedeva.org

Nov. 9 (7:30 p.m.)
Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Takács Quartet
Beethoven: Quartet in G major, Op. 18, No. 2
Beethoven: Quartet in F minor, Op. 95 (“Serioso”)
Beethoven: Quartet in B flat major, Op. 130
$25-$59
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Nov. 10 (7:30 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
Roomful of Teeth
UR Schola Cantorum
Merrill Garbus: “Quizassa”
Eric Dudley: “Suonare”
Caroline Shaw: Partita for 8 voices
other works TBA
$38
(804) 289-8980
http://modlin.richmond.edu

Nov. 10 (7 p.m.)
Nov. 11 (8 p.m.)
Nov. 12 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles conducting
Debussy-Matthews: 4 préludes
Debussy: Nocturnes
Duruflé: Requiem
University of Maryland Concert Choir
$15-$89
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Nov. 10 (8 p.m.)
Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Igudesman & Joo, comedians
“And Now Mozart”
$20-$75
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Nov. 10 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop conducting
Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor (“Tragic”)
$35-$99
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

Nov. 11 (7:30 p.m.)
St. Bridget Catholic Church, 6006 Three Chopt Road, Richmond
Allen Bean, organ
program TBA
free
(804) 282-9511
http://www.saintbridgetchurch.org

Nov. 11 (8 p.m.)
Nov. 13 (2:30 p.m.)
Nov. 15 (7:30 p.m.)
Harrison Opera House, 160 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk
Virginia Opera
John Baril conducting
Rossini: “The Barber of Seville”
Will Liverman (Figaro)
Megan Marino (Rosina)
Andrew Owens (Count Almaviva)
Matthew Burns (Dr. Bartolo)
Christopher Job (Basilio)
Christine Suits (Berta)
André Chiang (Fiorello)
Michael Shell, stage director
in Italian, English captions
$32.73-$107.27
(866) 673-7282
http://vaopera.org

Nov. 11 (7:30 p.m.)
Moss Arts Center, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center:
Sean Lee & Alexander Sitkovetsky, violins
Matthew Lipman & Richard O’Neill, violas
David Finckel & Keith Robinson, cellos
Mozart: Quintet in C minor, K. 406
Schoenberg: “Verklärte Nacht” (“Transfigured Night”)
Brahms: Sextet in B flat major, Op. 18
$25-$55
(540) 231-5300
http://artscenter.vt.edu

Nov. 12 (8 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony
Steven Smith conducting
Berlioz: “Romeo and Juliet”
Kathryn Leemhuis, mezzo-soprano
Vale Rideout, tenor
Darren K. Stokes, bass-baritone
Richmond Symphony Chorus
Erin R. Freeman directing
$10-$80
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Nov. 12 (7:30 p.m.)
Nov. 13 (3 p.m.)
Shaftman Performance Hall, Jefferson Center, 341 Luck Ave., Roanoke
Roanoke Symphony
David Stewart Wiley conducting
Rossini: “The Italian Girl in Algiers” Overture
Mozart: Sinfonia concertante in E flat major, K. 297b, for winds and orchestra
RSO principal wind players
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major (“Italian”)
$29-$52
(540) 343-9127
http://rso.com

Nov. 12 (7 p.m.)
Nov. 13 (2 p.m.)
Nov. 14 (7 p.m.)
Nov. 16 (7:30 p.m.)
Nov. 17 (7:30 p.m.)
Nov. 18 (7:30 p.m.)
Nov. 19 (7 p.m.)
Nov. 20 (2 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington
Washington National Opera
Christopher Allen conducting
Donizetti: “The Daughter of the Regiment”
Lawrence Brownlee/Andrew Stenson (Tonio)
Lisette Oropesa/Andriana Churchman (Marie)
Kevin Burdette (Sulpice)
Deborah Nansteel (Marquise of Birkenfeld)
Ruth Bader Ginsburg/Cindy Gold (Duchess of Krakenthorp)
Timothy J. Bruno (Hortensius)
Hunter Enoch (Corporal)
Randy Snight (Dancing Master)
Robert Longbottom, stage director & choreographer
in Italian, English captions
$45-$315
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Nov. 12 (2 p.m.)
Theater of the Arts, University of the District of Columbia, Washington
Lucas Debargue, piano
Scarlatti: Sonata in C major, K. 132
Chopin: Ballade in F minor, Op. 52
Ravel: “Gaspard de la nuit”
Medtner: Sonata in F minor, Op. 5
$47
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts)
http://www.washingtonperformingarts.org

Nov. 13 (7 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra
Chia-Hsuan Lin conducting
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor
Tchaikovsky: “The Sleeping Beauty” Suite
other works TBA
free
(804) 788-4717
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Nov. 13 (7:30 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
UR Wind Ensemble
David Niethamer & Julie Giroux directing
Gordon Jacobs: “William Byrd Suite”
Giroux: works TBA
free
(804) 289-8980
http://modlin.richmond.edu

Nov. 13 (3:30 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
UVa Baroque Orchestra
David Sariti, violin & director
17th- and, 18th-century works TBA
$10
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu/events

Nov. 13 (5 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
The Washington Chorus
Julian Wachner directing
Washington National Cathedral Girl Choristers
soloists TBA
Philip Glass: “Symphony No. 5 (Requiem, Bardo & Nirmanakaya)”
$18-$72
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Nov. 13 (4 p.m.)
Theater of the Arts, University of the District of Columbia, Washington
Eric Owens, bass-baritone
Susanna Phillips, soprano
Myra Huang, piano
program TBA
$45
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts)
http://www.washingtonperformingarts.org

Nov. 15 (8 p.m.)
Williamsburg Library Theatre, 515 Scotland St.
Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg:
Tempesta di Mare Chamber Players
works TBA by Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Mancini, others
$15 (waiting list)
(757) 220-0051
http://chambermusicwilliamsburg.org

Nov. 16 (7 p.m.)
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News
Virginia Symphony Winds
pianist TBA
Beethoven: Sextet in E flat major, Op. 71
Mozart: Quintet in E flat major, K. 452, for piano and winds
$35
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

Nov. 17 (7 p.m.)
Nov. 19 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Krzysztof Urbánski conducting
Wojciech Kilar: “Orawa”
Tchaikovsky: “Variations on a Rococo Theme”
Johannes Moser, cello
Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor (“From the New World”)
$15-$89
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Nov. 18 (7 p.m.)
St. Benedict Catholic Church, 300 N. Sheppard St., Richmond
Joel S. Kumro, organ and voice
works TBA by Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Reger, Fauré, others
free
(804) 254-8810
http://www.saintbenedictparish.org

Nov. 18 (8 p.m.)
Nov. 20 (2:30 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Virginia Opera
John Baril conducting
Rossini: “The Barber of Seville”
Will Liverman (Figaro)
Megan Marino (Rosina)
Andrew Owens (Count Almaviva)
Matthew Burns (Dr. Bartolo)
Christopher Job (Basilio)
Christine Suits (Berta)
André Chiang (Fiorello)
Michael Shell, stage director
in Italian, English captions
$19-$114
(866) 673-7282
http://vaopera.org

Nov. 18 (8 p.m.)
Nov. 19 (4 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Opera
Melanie Kohn-Day directing
singers TBA
arias and ensembles TBA by Mozart, Donizetti, Gershwin, Verdi, others
free
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events

Nov. 19 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Nov. 20 (3:30 p.m.)
Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center, Charlottesville High School, 1400 Melbourne Road
Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia
Benjamin Rous conducting
Ligeti: “Concert Românesc”
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491
Tomer Gewirtzman, piano
Debussy: “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun”
Stravinsky: “The Firebird” Suite
$10-$45
(434) 924-3376
http://cvillesymphony.org

Nov. 19 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop conducting
TJ Cole: work TBA (premiere)
John Adams: “Absolute Jest”
St. Lawrence String Quartet
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor (“Choral”)
Hailey Clark, soprano
Elizabeth DeShong, mezzo-soprano
Joshua Guerrero, tenor
Reginald Smith Jr., bass
Baltimore Choral Arts Society
$40-$105
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

Nov. 20 (6 p.m.)
Siegel Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Broad and Harrison streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony
community musicians
Chia-Hsuan Lin conducting
“Come and Play”
works TBA by Copland, John Williams, Henry Mancini, others
free
(804) 788-4717
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Nov. 20 (5 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
Choral Arts Society of Washington & orchestra
Scott Tucker conducting
tenor TBA
J.S. Bach: Cantata, “Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder,” BWV 244
Steven Stucky: “Take Him, Earth”
Berlioz: Requiem
$15-$69
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Nov. 21 (6:30 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
Sun Min Kim, piano
program TBA
free master class, 4 p.m. Nov. 21
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events

Nov. 21 (7:30 p.m.)
Theater Lab, Kennedy Center, Washington
ATOS Trio
Suk: Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 2
Smetana: Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15
Dvorák: Piano Trio in F minor, Op. 65
$45
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Nov. 25 (8 p.m.)
Nov. 26 (2 & 8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra Pops
Steven Reineke conducting
“E.T., the Extra Terrestrial,” film with live orchestral accompaniment
$29-$99
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Nov. 26 (11 a.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony Lollipops
Steven Smith conducting
“The Snowman,” film with live orchestral accompaniment
$12-$17
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Nov. 26 (7 p.m.)
Chrysler Hall, 215 St. Paul’s Boulevard, Norfolk
Virginia Symphony Pops
conductor TBA
“Home Alone,” film with live orchestral accompaniment
$20-$70
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

Nov. 27 (3 p.m.)
Sandler Arts Center, 201 S. Market St., Virginia Beach
Virginia Symphony Pops
conductor TBA
“The Snowman” and “The Gift of the Magi,” films with live orchestral accompaniment
$11-$50
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

Nov. 27 (4 p.m.)
Grace Episcopal Church, 303 S. Main St., Kilmarnock
Grace Parish Choir
Agnes French directing
Advent Service of Lessons and Carols
free
(804) 435-1285
http://www.graceepiscopalkilmarnock.com

Nov. 28 (7 p.m.)
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Laurel Street at Floyd Avenue, Richmond
Richmond Symphony
conductor TBA
other performers TBA
“Holiday Festival of Music”
program TBA
$40-$150; proceeds benefit Commonwealth Catholic Charities
(804) 359-5651
http://richmondcathedral.org

Nov. 28 (7 p.m.)
St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Road, Richmond
Chanticleer
Christmas program TBA
$35 in advance, $40 at door
(804) 740-4044
http://stmarysrichmond.org

Nov. 28 (7:30 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
UR Chamber Ensemble
program TBA
free
(804) 289-8980
http://modlin.richmond.edu

Nov. 28 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Kelly Sulick, flute
John Mayhood, piano
“Organized Delirium”
program TBA
free
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu/events

Nov. 29 (7:30 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Terry L. Austin directing
Rex Richardson, trumpet
program TBA
$10
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events

Nov. 29 (7:30 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Tuesday Evening Concerts:
Stefan Jackiw, violin
Anna Polonsky, piano
Schumann: “Three Romances,” Op. 22
Brahms: Sonata in D minor, Op. 108
David Fulmer: “They Turn Their Channeled Faces to the Sky”
Brahms: Sonata in G major, Op. 78
$12-$35
(434) 924-3376
http://tecs.org

Nov. 29 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam
Semyon Bychkov conducting
Detlev Glanert: “Theatrum bestiarum”
Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor
$48-$120
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts)
http://www.washingtonperformingarts.org

Nov. 30 (7:30 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
UR Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Kordzaia conducting
Mozart: “Cosí fan tutte” Overture
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor – first movement
Grace Chang, piano
Gounod: “Romeo et Juliette” – “Je veux vivre”
Victoria Prevost, soprano
Sibelius: “Finlandia”
free
(804) 289-8980
http://modlin.richmond.edu
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Eckart Preu, former associate conductor of the Richmond Symphony (2001-04), currently music director of the Spokane (WA) Symphony and incoming music director of the Long Beach (CA) Symphony, has been named music director of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.

Preu, a 47-year-old native of Erfurt, Germany, and onetime singer in the famed Dresdner Kreuzchor boys’ choir, has signed up for three seasons with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, beginning with the ensemble’s August 2017 Summermusik Festival, the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Janelle Gelfand reports:

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/entertainment/2016/10/29/eckart-preu-lead-chamber-orchestra/92718004/
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A deep dip into piano literature, featuring past masters (Claudio Arrau, John Ogdon, Marcelle Meyer), current luminaries (Marc-André Hamelin, Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimerman, Piotr Anderszewski) and two rising stars, Benjamin Grosvenor and Lucas Debargue.

Nov. 2
10 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT
1400-1700 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

Chopin: Fantasie in F minor, Op. 49
Krystian Zimmerman, piano
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Past Masters:
Stravinsky: Capriccio
for piano and orchestra
John Ogdon, piano
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/
Neville Marriner
(recorded 1970)
(Decca)

Past Masters:
Ravel:
“Gaspard de la nuit”
Marcelle Meyer, piano
(recorded 1954)
(EMI Classics)

Janácek: “In the Mists”
Piotr Anderszewski, piano
(Virgin Classics)

Schumann: Piano Quintet
in E flat major, Op. 44
Martha Argerich, piano
Dora Schwarzberg & Renaud Capuçon, violins
Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg, viola
Mark Dobrinsky, cello
(EMI Classics)

Haydn: Andante and Variations in F minor
(“Un piccolo divertimento”)
Marc-André Hamelin, piano
(Hyperion)

Mendelssohn:
Prelude and Fugue
in E minor, Op. 35, No. 1
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano
(Decca)

Beethoven:
Piano Concerto
No. 4 in G major
Claudio Arrau, piano
Staatskapelle Dresden/
Colin Davis
(Philips)

J.S. Bach: Toccata in C minor, BWV 911
Lucas Debargue, piano
(Sony Classical)
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A premature and macabre end to a Rossini double-bill on Oct. 29 at New York’s Metropolitan Opera: A matinee performance of “William Tell” was called off before the fourth act and “The Italian Girl in Algiers,” which was to follow in the evening, was canceled, after a patron dumped a white, dusty substance, believed to be the ashes of a cremated friend, in the orchestra pit.

The New York Times’ Michael Cooper and Christopher Mele report:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/30/nyregion/metropolitan-opera-cancels-performance-white-substance.html
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Oct. 26
10 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT
1400-1700 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

Mozart: “The Abduction from the Seraglio” Suite
(arrangement by Johann Nepomuk Went)
Netherlands Wind Ensemble
(Philips)

Barber:
“Capricorn” Concerto
Basel Chamber Orchestra/
Christopher Hogwood
(Arte Nova)

Poulenc: Sextet
for piano and winds
Pascal Rogé, piano
Patrick Gallois, flute
Maurice Bourgue, oboe
Michel Portal, clarinet
Amaury Wallez, bassoon
André Cazalet, French horn
(Decca)

Haydn: Symphony No. 82 in C major (“The Bear”)
Handel and Haydn Society, Boston/
Harry Christophers
(Coro)

Past Masters:
Beethoven: Quartet
in E flat major, Op. 127
Hungarian Quartet
(recorded 1953)
(Regis)

Rameau:
“Hippolyte et Aricie” Suite
Swedish Radio
Symphony Orchestra/
Daniel Harding
(Harmonia Mundi)

Janácek: Sonata
for violin and piano
Jessica Lee, violin
Reiko Uchida, piano
(Azica)

Tchaikovsky: “Romeo and Juliet” Fantasy-Overture
Czech Philharmonic/Semyon Bychkov
(Decca)
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Nov. 2
10 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT
1400-1700 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

Michael Torke: “Bright Blue Music”
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/David Zinman
(Argo)

Brahms: Horn Trio
in E flat major, Op. 40
Isabelle Faust, violin
Teunis van der Zwart,
natural horn
Alexander Melnikov, piano
(Harmonia Mundi)

Past Masters:
Stravinsky: Capriccio
for piano and orchestra
John Ogdon, piano
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/
Neville Marriner
(recorded 1970)
(Decca)

Berlioz:
“Symphonie fantastique”
Cleveland Orchestra/
Lorin Maazel
(Telarc)

Liszt:
“Transcendental Études” –
IV: “Mazeppa”
Kirill Gerstein, piano
(Myrios Classics)

Prokofiev: “Lieutenant Kijé” Suite
London Symphony Orchestra/Claudio Abbado
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Past Masters:
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4
in A major (“Italian”)
Philharmonia Orchestra/
Guido Cantelli
(recorded 1955)
(EMI Classics)

Peter Warlock: “Capriol” Suite
Camerata Wales/Owain Arwel Hughes
(BIS)
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My review for the Richmond Times-Dispatch of the Richmond Symphony with pianist Anton Nel, performing at Dominion Arts Center:

http://www.richmond.com/entertainment/music/article_07754249-37b0-5d4b-ab80-ae0f8b04878f.html
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This week, I trade time slots with Mark Lederway, my fellow WDCE highbrow. On Tuesday I’ll survey new and recent classical recordings – Brahms from violinist Joshua Bell, cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Jeremy Denk; Mozart from fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra; Stravinsky from JoAnn Falletta and the Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Players; Tchaikovsky from Vasily Petrenko abd the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; Debussy from Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.

Oct. 18
noon-4 p.m. EDT
1600-2000 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

Debussy: “Jeux”
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra/
Michael Tilson Thomas
(SFS Media)

Mozart:
Piano Concerto No. 12
in A major, K. 414
Kristian Bezuidenhout, fortepiano
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra/
Gottfried von der Goltz
(Harmonia Mundi)

Vijay Iyer: “Run”
J.S. Bach: Suite in C major, BWV 1009 – Prelude
Matt Haimovitz, cello
(Pentatone/Oxingale)

Dan Visconti: “Black Bend”
Fifth House Ensemble
Baladino
(Çedille)

Schumann:
“Märchenbilder,” Op. 113
Jodi Levitz, viola
Eric Zivian, fortepiano
(Avie)

Brahms: Piano Trio
in B major, Op. 8
(original version)
Joshua Bell, violin
Steven Isserlis, cello
Jeremy Denk, piano
(Sony Classical)

Stravinsky: “L’histoire du soldat” Suite
Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Players/
JoAnn Falletta
(Naxos)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony
No. 2 in C minor
(“Little Russian”)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/
Vasily Petrenko
(Onyx)

George Onslow:
Quintet in D minor, Op. 45
Elan Quintet
(Naxos)

Ginastera: Harp Concerto
Yolanda Kondanassis, harp
Oberlin Orchestra/Raphael Jiménez
(Oberlin Music)
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