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Steven Smith conducting
with Adam Golka, piano
Jan. 17, Richmond CenterStage

The acoustical quirks and deficiencies of the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage, where the Richmond Symphony presents most of its concerts, have been known since the renovated hall reopened in 2009.

Bass string sound projects weakly, more so when strings are moved out from under the stage’s orchestra shell and beyond the proscenium arch. A piano placed front and center on the stage extended into the hall loses volume relative to the orchestra, and its tone tends to sound brittle or hollow.

These shortcomings were on glaring display in the weekend’s symphony program, at least from my listening vantage – front row center, first dress circle, which ought to be a prime location acoustically.

Pianist Adam Golka, the soloist in Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto, was frequently barely audible when the orchestra was playing full tilt, which is to say through much of the first and last movements, most unfortunately during stretches when the solo piano plays important accompanying and contrapuntal roles.

His virtuosity and musical fluency came through in more exposed, less heavily orchestrated passages, and his lyrical gifts were gratifyingly displayed in the memorable tune at the heart of the concerto’s adagio, as well as in his encore, Schumann’s “Des Abends,” Op. 12, No. 1, which Golka played in memory of his teacher, José Feghali, who died last month at 53.

The other major work on the program, Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 in F major, was sapped of warmth by the weak bass string sound. That would have been bad enough – what is Brahms without sufficient warmth? – but the performance also was sapped of momentum by conductor Steven Smith’s variable, often sluggish tempos and emphasis on lyricism at the expense of the “pulse” that is essential in this composer’s music.

In the third movement, an allegretto that here was paced more like a fatigued andante, the pulse was so weak that it all but flat-lined. Some resuscitation was effected in an energetic finale.

The imbalance of high and low string sound was less pronounced in the program’s opening work, Jennifer Higdon’s tone poem “blue cathedral,” in which string sound is generally thin and rarified; its bass lines are rooted in the brass section. But this performance’s rather primary-colored string tone – seemingly at odds with the impressionistic intentions stated by the composer in her program note – sounded to be at least partly a consequence of the strings’ placement and imbalance.

And the large percussion-and-keyboard array called for in Higdon’s score, taking up nearly a quarter of the space onstage and remaining in place although mostly not in use for the rest of the concert, effectively shoved the orchestra forward into sonically unfriendly territory for the Brahms and Rachmaninoff.

The program repeats at 3 p.m. Jan. 18 in the Carpenter Theatre of Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets. Tickets: $10-$78. Details: (800) 514-3849 (ETIX); www.richmondsymphony.com
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The 2,400-seat Philharmonie de Paris, designed by Jean Nouvel, is the world’s newest concert hall – and certainly its most visually intriguing, inside and out.

You can take a virtual tour of the space here: http://www.philharmoniedeparis.fr/en/

Reviews from its inaugural concert on Jan. 14 range from guardedly positive to borderline-rapturous. Here’s a sampling:

From The New York Times’ Anthony Tommasini:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/16/arts/music/in-paris-a-music-hall-built-for-unity-offers-stirring-first-act.html?ref=music&_r=0

From The Guardian’s Tom Service:

http://www.theguardian.com/music/tomserviceblog/2015/jan/15/la-philharmonie-de-paris-new-musical-social-future-paris

And (via www.slippedisc.com) from British arts administrator/blogger Marshall Marcus:

https://marshallmarcus.wordpress.com/2015/01/14/ce-soir-nous-sommes-tous-la-philharmonie/
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A memorial service celebrating the life of Christopher Falzone will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 26 at the Catholic Church of the Epiphany, 11000 Smoketree Drive in Chesterfield County.

Falzone, the Richmond-bred pianist and composer who studied locally with Joanne Kong and subsequently with Leon Fleisher and Claude Frank at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music, went on to win the Gilmore Young Artist Award, the gold medal of the Gilels Competition in Odessa, the Martha Argerich Les Virtuoses du Future competition in Switzerland, and other major prizes. A burgeoning international career was cut short by his death at age 29 on Oct. 21 in Geneva.

Falzone’s death is among the notable losses to classical music in 2014 cited in an article on National Public Radio’s Deceptive Cadence blog:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2015/01/09/375630332/swan-songs-classical-musicians-we-lost-in-2014

The family advises that memorial contributions in Christopher Falzone’s name may be made to the chamber music programs at the Academy of Music, 4200 Dover Road, Richmond, VA 23221; Midwest Young Artists, 878 Lyster Road, Highwood, IL 60040; or the Levine School of Music, 2801 Upton St. NW, Washington, DC 20008.
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Russell Stanger, former music director of the Norfolk-based orchestra now called the Virginia Symphony, has died at 90.

An assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic (1960-62) during Leonard Bernstein’s tenure, Stanger in 1966 assumed artistic direction of what was then the Norfolk Symphony and led the orchestra for 14 years. He also guest-conducted internationally and was a composer and teacher.

An obituary by Lorraine Eaton for The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk:

http://hamptonroads.com/2015/01/conductor-stanger-was-thankful-friends-talents

Stanger conducts London’s Royal Philharmonic, accompanying pianist Earl Wild, in this excerpt from Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini:”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76ANl6ilOv4
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The second of the New Year anniversary shows, this one marking even-numbered anniversaries of a remarkable variety of memorable and influential compositions – none more so than Richard Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde,” introduced 150 years ago. The “Tristan chord” of its Prelude (notation at right) resonates powerfully in the harmonic language of late-romantic and modern music.

Prélude: In a week when the civilized world rallies around France as she mourns her dead and defies terrorists, we’ll open with longtime Boston Symphony flutist Doriot Anthony Dwyer playing Claude Debussy’s haunting “Syrinx.”

Jan. 15
11 a.m.-2 p.m. EST
1600-1900 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
www.wdce.org

Past Masters:
Debussy: “Syrinx
Doriot Anthony Dwyer, flute
(Deutsche Grammophon)
(recorded 1970)

Haydn: Symphony
No. 31 in D major (“Hornsignal”) –
I: Allegro (1765)
Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra/Dennis Russell Davies
(Sony Classical)

Schubert: Symphony No. 3 in D major (1815)
Vienna Philharmonic/
Carlos Kleiber (Deutsche Grammophon)

Frescobaldi: “Toccata undécima” (1615)
Gustav Leonhardt, harpsichord (Philips)

Ives: Piano Sonata No. 2 (“Concord, Mass.,
1840-1860”) – IV: “Thoreau” (1915)
Marc-André Hamelin, piano; Jamie Martin, flute (Hyperion)

Frescobaldi: “Partite sopra Folia” (1615)
Gustav Leonhardt, harpsichord (Philips)

Past Masters:
De Falla: “El amor brujo” (1915)
Shirley Verrett,
mezzo-soprano
Philadelphia Orchestra/
Leopold Stokowski (Sony Classical)
(recorded 1960)

Weber: Concertino in E minor, Op. 45 (1815)
Hermann Baumann, French horn
Gewandhaus Orchestra, Leipzig/Kurt Masur (Newton Classics)

Past Masters:
Wagner: “Tristan und Isolde” – Prelude & “Liebestod” (1865)
Berlin Philharmonic/
Wilhelm Furtwängler (Biddulph)
(recorded 1938)

Schubert: “Der Erlkönig” (1815)
(Max Reger orchestration)
Thomas Quasthoff, baritone
Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Claudio Abbado (Deutsche Grammophon)

Brahms: Horn Trio in E flat major, Op. 40 (1865)
William Purvis, French horn
Daniel Phillips, violin
Richard Goode, piano
(Bridge)

Bernstein: “Chichester Psalms” (1965)
Thomas Kelly, treble
Elizabeth Franklin-Kitchen, soprano
Victoria Nayler, alto
Jeremy Budd, tenor
Paul Charrier, bass
Bournemouth Symphony Chorus
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Marin Alsop (Naxos)
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Plenty of enticing music in concerts this weekend in Richmond. (See January calendar for details.) Alas, I won’t be hearing any of it. I’ve come down with a bug that definitely isn’t for sharing.
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In the new year, the show expands to three hours, beginning an hour earlier. The first two installments mark the year’sanniversaries of musicians and compositions – in this program, the sesquicentennial of the births of Jean Sibelius, Carl Nielsen, Paul Dukas and Alexander Glazunov.

Jan. 8
11 a.m.-2 p.m. EST
1600-1900 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
www.wdce.org

Sibelius: “Finlandia”
Boston Symphony Orchestra/
Colin Davis (Philips)

Past Masters:
Glazunov: Violin Concerto
in A minor
Nathan Milstein, violin
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/
William Steinberg
(EMI Classics)
(recorded 1957)

Nielsen: “Hymnus amoris”
Barbara Bonney, soprano
John Mark Ainsley, tenor
Lars Pedersen, tenor
Michael W. Hansen, baritone
Bo Anker Hansen, bass
Copenhagen Boys’ Choir
Danish National Radio Choir
Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra/
Ulf Schirmer
(Decca)

Past Masters:
Dukas: “Villanelle”
Dennis Brain, French horn
Wilfrid Parry, piano
(BBC Music)
(recorded 1957)

Past Masters:
Glazunov: “The Seasons” – “Winter”
studio orchestra/
Alexander Glazunov
(EMI Classics)
(recorded 1929)

Sibelius: Symphony No. 5
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Colin Davis
(Philips)

Dukas: “La Peri” Suite
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/
Jesús López-Cobos
(Telarc)

Sibelius: “The Swan of Tuonela”
Philadelphia Orchestra/
Eugene Ormandy
(EMI Classics)

Nielsen: Symphony No. 5
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic/Sakari Oramo
(Bis)

Dukas: “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”
Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy
(RCA Victor)
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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 Richmond Symphony, with guest conductor Victor Yampolsky, plays Stravinsky, Mozart and J.C. Bach in a Rush-Hour program on Jan. 8 at Richmond CenterStage, with J.S. Bach’s “Brandenburg” Concerto No. 3 added for concerts on Jan. 10 at Southside Church of the Nazrene in Chesterfield County and Jan. 11 at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland. . . . French flutist Nicholas Duchamp joins the Eckhardt Ensemble in a program of Bach and Italian Renaissance dances, Jan. 10 at St. Luke Lutheran Church. . . . The Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia presents three programs of baroque music, a free lecture-recital on the trio sonata, Jan. 10 in the Richmond Public Library’s Gellman Room, and ticketed concerts on Jan. 10 (featuring soprano Jessica Petrus) and Jan. 12 at First Unitarian Universalist Church. . . . Steven Smith conducts a Richmond Symphony program of Brahms, Jennifer Higdon and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, with Adam Golka as soloist, Jan. 17-18 at Richmond CenterStage. . . . Violinist Rachel Barton Pine plays Schubert, Prokofiev, Franck and more in a Rennolds Chamber Concerts program, Jan. 24 at Virginia Commonwealth University’ Singleton Arts Center. . . . The Shanghai Quartet, joined by former Guarneri Quartet violist Michael Tree, plays Brahms, Turina and more, Jan. 25 at the University of Richmond’s Modlin Arts Center. . . . Steven Smith and the Richmond Symphony, joined by the Symphony Chorus and choristers from eight Virginia colleges and universities, perform in “Voices of Survival,” a Holocaust remembrance program, Jan. 27 at Richmond CenterStage.

* Noteworthy elsewhere: Two Beethoven Ninths to ring in the new year: Nicholas McGegan conducting the Baltimore Symphony, Jan. 3 at Strathmore in the DC suburbs, and JoAnn Falletta conducting the Virginia Symphony, Jan. 30-Feb. 1 at venues in Newport News, Norfolk and Virginia Beach. . . . Marin Alsop conducts the Baltimore Symphony in Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” and Osvaldo Golijov’s “Rose of the Wind,” featuring a multi-ethnic, multi-genre quartet of instruments, Jan. 11 at Strathmore.
. . . Gil Shaham plays Bach’s six sonatas and partitas for solo violin, Jan. 16 at Strathmore, while Jennifer Koh, performing on Jan. 22 at Strathmore in the third installment of her “Bach Project,” plays two of the sonatas alongside solo-violin works by Luciano Berio and John Zorn. . . . Pianist Tzimon Barto joins Christoph Eschenbach and the National Symphony for the U.S. premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Jan. 17 and 19 at the Kennedy Center in Washington. . . . The St. Lawrence String Quartet plays Haydn, Dvorák and John Adams, Jan. 23 at the Library of Congress in Washington. . . . Virginia Opera opens its new production of Richard Strauss’ “Salome” with performances on Jan. 30 and Feb. 1 and 3 at the Harrison Opera House in Norfolk (February dates follow in Richmond and Fairfax). . . . The State Symphony of Mexico performs on Jan. 30 at the Virginia Tech Arts Center in Blacksburg and Jan. 31 at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax. . . . Marin Alsop conducts the Baltimore Symphony in Mahler’s epic Third Symphony, Jan. 31 at Strathmore.


Jan. 3 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Nicholas McGegan conducting
Beethoven: “King Stefan” Overture
Haydn: “The Storm”
Beethoven: “Opferlied”
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor (“Choral”)
Katie Van Kooten, soprano
Mary Phillips, mezzo-soprano
Thomas Cooley, tenor
Andrew Foster-Williams, baritone
Baltimore Choral Arts Society
$50-$110 
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office) 
www.strathmore.org

Jan. 4 (3 p.m.) 
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 
Strauss Symphony Orchestra of America 
András Deák conducting
Sera Gösch, soprano 
Michael Heim, tenor 
Kiev-Aniko Ballet of Ukraine 
International Champion Ballroom Dancers 
“Salute to Vienna” 
works by Johann Strauss II, others 
$49-$89 
(301) 581-5100 
www.strathmore.org

Jan. 8 (6:30 p.m.)
Gottwald Playhouse, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
Jan. 10 (1 p.m.)
Southside Church of the Nazarene, 6851 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield County
Jan. 11 (3 p.m.)
Blackwell Auditorium, Randolph-Macon College, 205 Henry St., Ashland
Richmond Symphony
Victor Yampolsky conducting
J.S. Bach: “Brandenburg” Concerto No. 3 (not on
Jan. 8 program)
J.C. Bach: Sinfonia in D major, Op. 18, No. 4
Mozart: Serenade in C minor, K. 388
Stravinsky: “Pulcinella” Suite
$20 (includes drink on Jan. 8)
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
www.richmondsymphony.com

Jan. 9 (8 p.m.)
The Barns at Wolf Trap, Trap Road, Vienna
Ying Quartet
Schumann: Quartet in F major, Op. 41, No. 2 
Webern: “Five Pieces for String Quartet” 
Brahms: Quartet in C minor, Op. 51, No. 1 
$35 
(877) 965-3872 (Tickets.com)
www.wolftrap.org

Jan. 9 (8:15 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop conducting
“Off the Cuff: Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring’ ”
talk followed by performance
$40-$100
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
www.strathmore.org

Jan. 10 (2 p.m.)
Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library, First and Franklin streets
Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia:
Fiona Hughes & Martin Davids, violins
Kyle Miller, viola
James Wilson, cello
David Walker, lute
Mark Shuldiner, harpsichord
“3=4 (or More)” 
lecture-recital on the baroque trio sonata
free
(804) 519-2098
www.cmscva.org

Jan. 10 (7 p.m.)
St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Parkway, Richmond 
Eckhardt Ensemble 
Nicholas Duchamp, flute 
baritone TBA 
J.S. Bach: Cantata 82, “Ich habe genug” 
J.S. Bach: Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 
Italian Renaissance dance suite 
$20 
(804) 272-0486 
www.stlukerichmond.org

Jan. 10 (7:30 p.m.)
First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1000 Blanton Ave. at the Carillon, Richmond
Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia:
Jessica Petrus, soprano 
Anne Timberlake, recorder 
Fiona Hughes & Martin Davids, violins 
James Wilson, cello
David Walker, lute 
Mark Shuldiner, harpsichord 
“Dido and Other Heroines” 
Monteclair: cantatas TBA 
Barbara Strozzi: vocal works TBA 
Purcell: trio sonatas TBA
$25 
(804) 519-2098 
www.cmscva.org

Jan. 10 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Cornell University Glee Club 
Robert Isaacs directing 
popular, folk, classical works 
$25 
(800) 444-1324 
www.kennedy-center.org

Jan. 10 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 
National Philharmonic 
Piotr Gajewski conducting 
Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504 (“Prague”) 
Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major 
Zuill Bailey, cello 
Haydn: Symphony No. 94 in G major (“Surprise”) 
$28-$84 
(301) 581-5100 
www.strathmore.org

Jan. 11 (4 p.m.)
Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 W. Huguenot Road
Second Sunday South of the James:
Charles Lindsey Jr., organ
Howells: Rhapsody No. 3
Franck: Chorale No. 3
Messiaen: “Transport de joie
Wagner: “Tannhäuser” – “Pilgrims’ Chorus”
J.S. Bach: “O Mensch, bewein”
French Noëls by Balbastre, Dandrieu
improvisations, congregational hymns
donation requested
(804) 272-7514
www.bonairpc.org

Jan. 11 (2 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington 
Kennedy Center Chamber Players 
Bartók: Duos for two violins (excerpts)
Ravel: Sonata for violin and cello 
York Bowen: Fantasia, Op. 41, No. 1, for four violas
Arensky: Quartet in A minor for violin, viola and two cellos 
$36 
(800) 444-1324 
www.kennedy-center.org

Jan. 11 (3 p.m.) 
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 
Marin Alsop conducting 
Barber: “Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Revenge” 
Golijov: “Rose of the Winds” 
Cristina Pato, Galician bagpipes 
Kayhan Kalhor, kamancheh (Persian bowed lute) 
David Krakauer, klezmer clarinet 
Michael Ward-Bergeman, hyper-accordion 
Stravinsky: “Le sacre du printemps” (“The Rite of Spring”) 
$32-$95 
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office) 
www.strathmore.org

Jan. 12 (7:30 p.m.) 
First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1000 Blanton Ave. at the Carillon, Richmond 
Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia: 
Mary Boodell, traverso flute 
Fiona Hughes & Martin Davids, violins 
Kyle Miller, viola 
James Wilson, cello
David Walker, lute
Mark Shuldiner, harpsichord 
“Concerti Barocchi” 
concertos by Vivaldi, Locatelli, Telemann 
$25 
(804) 519-2098 
www.cmscva.org

Jan. 14 (7:30 p.m.) 
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington 
Vocal Arts DC: 
Matthew Polenzani, tenor 
Julius Drake, piano 
works by Beethoven, Liszt, Ravel, Satie, Barber 
$50 
(800) 444-1324 
www.kennedy-center.org

Jan. 15 (7 p.m.)
Jan. 17 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra 
Christoph Eschenbach conducting 
Dvorák: “Carnival” Overture
Wolfgang Rihm: Piano Concerto No. 2 (U.S. premiere)
Tzimon Barto, piano
Berlioz: “Symphonie fantastique” 
$10-$85 
(800) 444-1324 
www.kennedy-center.org

Jan. 16 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington 
National Symphony Orchestra 
Christoph Eschenbach conducting 
“Beyond the Score: Berlioz’s ‘Symphonie
fantastique’ ” 
talk followed by performance 
$10-$50 
(800) 444-1324 
www.kennedy-center.org

Jan. 16 (8 p.m.) 
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 
Gil Shaham, violin
J.S. Bach: sonatas and partitas for solo violin,
BWV 1001-1006 
$30-$75 
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts Society) 
www.wpas.org

Jan. 17 (8 p.m.)
Jan. 18 (3 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
Richmond Symphony
Steven Smith conducting 
Jennifer Higdon: “Blue Cathedral”
Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor 
Adam Golka, piano
pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. 
$10-$78 
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX) 
www.richmondsymphony.com

Jan. 17 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 
Günther Herbig conducting 
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467
Alon Goldstein, piano
Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 
$32-$95 
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office) 
www.strathmore.org

Jan. 18 (7 p.m.)
Calvary Revival Church, 5833 Poplar Hall Drive, Norfolk
Virginia Symphony
Benjamin Rous conducting
Justine Elliott, violin
Virginia State University Jazz Ensemble
Frank Elliott directing 
“Songs for a Dreamer – a Tribute to Martin Luthrer King Jr.”
program TBA
free 
(757) 892-6366 
www.virginiasymphony.org

Jan. 18 (2 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Metropolitan Opera National Council’s Middle Atlantic Regional Auditions 2015
artists TBA
program TBA
$32
(800) 444-1324 
www.kennedy-center.org

Jan. 20 (8 p.m.) 
Williamsburg Library Theatre, 515 Scotland St.
Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg
Henschel Quartet
Mozart: Quartet in B flat major, K. 589
Beethoven: Quartet in F major, Op. 59, No. 1 (“Razumovsky”)
Janácek: Quartet No.1 (“Kreutzer Sonata”) 
$15 (waiting list) 
(757) 229-0385 
www.chambermusicwilliamsburg.org

Jan. 22 (8 p.m.)
Crosswalk Community Church, 7575 Richmond Road, Williamsburg
Jan. 24 (8 p.m.) 
Regent University Theater, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach
Virginia Symphony 
JoAnn Falletta conducting 
Hamilton Harty: “In Ireland” 
Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor 
Tamas Kocsis, violin
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A minor (“Scottish”)
$23-$63
(757) 892-6366 
www.virginiasymphony.org

Jan. 22 (7 p.m.)
Jan. 23 (8 p.m.)
Jan. 24 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach conducting
Tchaikovsky: “Hamlet”
Tchaikovsky: “Sérénade mélancolique” 
Tchaikovsky: “Valse-Scherzo” 
Nurit Bar-Josef, violin
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 in G minor (“Winter Dreams”)
$10-$85 
(800) 444-1324 
www.kennedy-center.org

Jan. 22 (7:30 p.m.)
Mansion at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 
Jennifer Koh, violin 
J.S. Bach: Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003 
Berio: “Sequenza” for solo violin 
John Zorn: “Passagen” 
J.S. Bach: Sonata No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005 
$32 
(301) 581-5100 
www.strathmore.org

Jan. 22 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Pops 
Jack Everly conducting 
Jason Alexander, guest star 
program TBA
$60-$120 
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office) 
www.strathmore.org

Jan. 23 (7:30 p.m.)
Jan. 24 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative:
Anne Manson conducting
Douglas Pew & Dara Weinberg: “Penny”
Deborah Nansteel (Penelope “Penny” Rutherford)
Kerrian Otaño (Katherine Tate)
Trevor Scheunemann (Gary Tate)
Wei Wu (Jaeson Shaw)
James Shaffran (Raymond Fasten) 
Patrick O’Halloran (Martin Halstrom) 
Alan Paul, stage director
in English
artists Q&A follows Jan. 23 performance
$32
(800) 444-1324 
www.kennedy-center.org

Jan. 23 (8 p.m.) 
Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, First Street at Independence Avenue N.E., Washington
St. Lawrence String Quartet
Haydn: Quartet in E flat major, Op. 33, No. 2 (“Joke”)
John Adams: String Quartet No. 2
Dvorák: Quartet in C major, Op. 61
free; tickets required 
(703) 573-7328 (Ticketmaster) 
www.loc.gov/concerts

Jan. 23 (8 p.m.) 
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Iván Fischer conducting
Mozart: “The Magic Flute” Overture 
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219 
Pinchas Zukerman, violin 
Mendelssohn: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” – Overture & incidental music 
Anna Lucia Richter, soprano
Barbara Kozelj, mezzo-soprano
$35-$95
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts Society)
www.wpas.org

Jan. 24 (11 a.m.) 
Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
Richmond Symphony LolliPops
Keitaro Harada conductor
Charlotte Blake Austin, narrator
Michael Gandolfi: “Pinocchio’s Adventures in Funland”
pre-concert activities at 10 a.m.
$10-$12 
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX) 
www.richmondsymphony.com

Jan. 24 (8 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Matthew Hagle, piano
Schubert: Sonata in A major, D. 574 (“Duo”)
Prokofiev: Sonata in F Minor
Brahms: “Wiegenlied” (“Lullaby”)
Ysaÿe: “Reve d’enfant” (“Child’s Dream”)
Rebecca Clarke: Lullaby
William Grant Still: “Mother and Child”
Franck: Sonata in A major
(804) 828-6776
www.arts.vcu.edu/music

Jan. 24 (8 p.m.)
Jan. 25 (3 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 
National Philharmonic 
Piotr Gajewski conducting 
J.S. Bach: “Brandenburg” concertos Nos. 2, 3, 4, 6
Justine Lamb-Budge, violin
Victoria Chiang & Julius Wirth, violas
David Whiteside & Nicolette Oppelt, flutes 
Mark Hill, oboe 
Chris Gekker, trumpet 
$28-$84 
(301) 581-5100 
www.strathmore.org

Jan. 25 (4 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond 
Robinson Guitar Duo 
program TBA 
$15 
free masterclass at 2 p.m. Jan. 24, Room B-15, Singleton Center 
(804) 828-6776 
www.arts.vcu.edu/music

Jan. 25 (7:30 p.m.) 
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond 
Shanghai Quartet 
Michel Tree, viola 
Brahms: Quintet in F major, Op. 88
Turina: “La Oración del Torero” (“The Matador’s Prayer”)
other works TBA 
$36
(804) 289-8980
www.modlin.richmond.edu

Jan. 25 (4 p.m.)
Performing Arts Theatre, Berglund Center, Williamson Road at Orange Avenue, Roanoke
Roanoke Symphony 
David Stewart Wiley conducting 
Roanoke Youth Symphony Orchestra 
James Glazebrook directing
Handel: “Water Music” (excerpts)
Duke Ellington: “The River”
Richard Rodgers: “Victory at Sea” Suite
Britten: “A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra”
$4-$14
(540) 343-9127 
www.rso.com

Jan. 26 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Kelly Sulick, flute 
Adam Carter, cello 
John Mayhood, piano 
Halsey Stevens: Sonatina for flute and piano 
James DeMars: “Seventh Healing Song of John Joseph (Blue)”
Jennifer Higdon: “Flute Poetic” 
Philippe Gaubert: “Pièce romantique” for flute, cello and piano 
Christopher Caliendo: Flute Sonata No. 8 (“Ghost”)
$15
(434) 924-3376
www.music.virginia.edu

Jan. 27 (7 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
Richmond Symphony
Steven Smith conducting 
Richmond Symphony Chorus &
Statewide Combined Chorus, singers from College of William and Mary, Hampden-Sydney College, Longwood University, Old Dominion University, Sweet Briar College, Union Presbyterian Seminary, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University
Erin R. Freeman directing
James A. Grymes, speaker
“Voices of Survival” – Holocaust Remembrance Concert
John Williams: “Schindler’s List” (excerpts)
Erwin Schulhoff: Symphony No. 5 – Scherzo
Michael Tippett: “A Child of Our Time” – “Go Down, Moses”
Pavel Haas: Study for strings
Bernstein: “Chichester Psalms” – Psalms 131, 133
Hans Krasa: Overture for small orchestra
Viktor Ullmann: Symphony No.2 – Adagio
Samuel Adler: “Transfiguration: an Ecumenical Mass” – Agnus Dei/“Prayer for Peace”
Schulhoff: “Jazz Suite” (excerpts)
Verdi: Requiem – Sanctus
U.S. and Israeli national anthems 
with video interviews with Richmond Holocaust survivors
co-sponsored by symphony, Virginia Holocaust Museum, Carol and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center
$20-$75 
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX) 
www.richmondsymphony.com

Jan. 29 (7 p.m.)
Jan. 30 (8 p.m.)
Jan. 31 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach conducting
Tchaikovsky: “Fatum” (“Fate”)
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major
Arabella Steinbacher, violin
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor
$10-$85
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

Jan. 30 (8 p.m.)
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News
Jan. 31 (8 p.m.)
Chrysler Hall, 215 St. Paul’s Boulevard, Norfolk
Feb. 1 (2:30 p.m.) Sandler Arts Center, 201 S. Market St., Virginia Beach
Virginia Symphony 
JoAnn Falletta conducting 
Rouusel: “Bacchus et Ariane” Suite 
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor (“Choral”) 
Aundi Moore, soprano 
Stacey Rishoi, mezzo-soprano 
Vale Rideout, tenor 
Kevin Deas, baritone 
Virginia Symphony Chorus 
Robert Shoup directing 
$25-$107 
(757) 892-6366 
www.virginiasymphony.org

Jan. 30 (8 p.m.)
Feb. 1 (2:30 p.m.) 
Feb. 3 (7:30 p.m.) 
Harrison Opera House, 160 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk
Virginia Opera
Ari Pelto conducting 
Richard Strauss: “Salome” 
Kelly Cae Hogan (Salome) 
Alan Woodrow (Herod) 
Katharine Goeldner (Herodias) 
Michael Chioldi (Jochanaan) 
Samuel Levine (Narraboth) 
Stephen Lawless, stage director 
in German, English captions 
$19-$99 
(866) 673-7282 
www.vaopera.org

Jan. 30 (7:30 p.m.) 
Fife Theatre, Davis Performance Hall, Virginia Tech Arts Center, Blacksburg 
State Symphony Orchestra of Mexico
Enrique Bátiz conducting
Granados: “Three Spanish Dances” 
Rodrigo: “Concierto de Aranjuez” 
Alfonso Morena, guitar 
Ponce: Piano Concerto (“Romantic”)
De Falla: “Nights in the Gardens of Spain”
Irina Chistiakova, piano
$20-$45 
(540) 231-5300 
www.artscenter.vt.edu

Jan. 31 (8 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
Richmond Symphony Pops 
Keitaro Harada conducting 
Dukes of Dixieland & 
No BS Brass Band, guest stars
New Orleans jazz program
$10-$78
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
www.richmondsymphony.com

Jan. 31 (3 and 6 p.m.)
Mill Mountain Theatre, 1 Market St. SE, Roanoke
Adelaide Muir Trombetta & Wendy Muior, sopranos
David Stewart Wiley, piano
“Sister Duo – to Broadway and Beyond” 
program TBA 
$32-$52 
(540) 343-9127 
www.rso.com

Jan. 31 (8 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
State Symphony Orchestra of Mexico
Enrique Bátiz conducting
Granados: “Three Spanish Dances”
Rodrigo: “Concierto de Aranjuez”
Alfonso Morena, guitar
Ponce: Piano Concerto (“Romantic”) 
De Falla: “Nights in the Gardens of Spain” 
Irina Chistiakova, piano
$30-$50
(888) 945-2468 (Tickets.com)
www.cfa.gmu.edu

Jan. 31 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 
Marin Alsop conducting 
Mahler: Symphony No. 3 
Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano 
Baltimore Choral Arts Society Women’s Chorus 
Peabody Children’s Chorus 
$32-$95 
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
www.strathmore.org
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A four-hour special on New Year's Day: A twist on the traditional Viennese waltz program, which I’m calling, with no offense intended toward any archdukes out there . . .

The Habsburg Sock-Hop

The program features the waltz and its folk ancestor, the Ländler, along with other music based on dances from the Czech and Slovak lands, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and the Eastern European Roma and Jewish cultures, in their authentic folk forms and as adapted by composers of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

Jan. 1
noon-4 p.m. EST
1700-2100 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
www.wdce.org

Past Masters:
Rossini: “La gazza ladra” (“The Thieving Magpie”) Overture
Royal Philharmonic/Colin Davis (EMI Classics)
(recorded 1961)

Haydn: Symphony
No. 97 in C major –
III: menuetto
Orchestra of the 18th Century/Frans Brüggen (Philips)

Past Masters:
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 – II: “In the tempo of a leisurely Ländler 
Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Bruno Walter (Sony Classical)
(recorded 1961)

Joseph Lanner: “Die Werber” (“The Suitors”) Waltz
Willi Boskovsky Ensemble (Regis)

Johann Strauss II: “Tales from the Vienna Woods”
London Philharmonic/Franz Welser-Möst
(EMI Seraphim)

*Schubert: Ecossaises
Willi Boskovsky Ensemble (Regis)

traditional:
“Wallachian Lament”
Apollo Chamber Ensemble (Navona)

Past Masters:
Dvorák: Piano Quintet
in A major, Op. 81
Smetana Quartet;
Pavel Stepán, piano
(Testament)
(recorded 1966)

Dvorák: Dumka and Furiant, Op. 12
Radoslav Kvapil, piano (Alto)

Smetana: Polka in A major
András Schiff, piano (Apex)

Past Masters:
Brahms: Hungarian dances
No. 5 in G minor
(orchestration by Albert Parlow)
No. 6 in D major
(orchestration by Parlow)
No. 21 in E minor
(orchestration by Dvorák)
No. 1 in G minor
(orchestration by Brahms)
Vienna Philharmonic/
Fritz Reiner (Decca)
(recorded 1960)

Haydn: Quartet in D major, Op. 20, No. 4 – III: Menuetto alla zingarese
Daedalus Quartet (Bridge)

Bartók: “Contrasts”
Charles West, clarinet; Laura Roelofs, violin; Landon Bilyeu, piano (Klavier)

Kodály:
“Dances of Galanta”
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Neeme Järvi (Chandos)

traditional:
Seremoj és Románca”
Apollo Chamber Ensemble (Navona)

Past Masters:
*Bartók: "Romanian Folk Dances
Philharmonia Orchestra/Charles Mackerras (Testament)
(recorded 1960)

Past Masters:
Enescu: “Romanian Rhapsody” No. 1
Philharmonia Orchestra/Charles Mackerras (Testament)
(recorded 1960)

Chopin: mazurkas
in F minor, Op. 63, No. 2
in A minor, Op. 67, No. 4
in C sharp minor, Op. 63,
No. 3
in F minor, Op. 68, No. 4
Stephen Hough, piano (Hyperion)

traditional: “Beckman’s Hora”
Budowitz (Koch Schwann)

Mahler: Symphony No. 1
in D major – III: “Solemn and measured, without dragging – very simple and modest, like a folk song
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra/
Michael Tilson Thomas (SFS Media)

Ligeti: Quartet No. 1 (“Metamorphoses nocturnes”)
Hagen Quartet (Deutsche Grammophon)

* Time permitted adding the Schubert Ecosaisses and Bartók’s “Romanian Folk Dances” to the originally posted program.
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In my second week substituting for Mark Lederway on Tuesday Classics, an end-of-the-year special: An all-Beethoven, all-Past Masters program of exceptional recordings, made between 1926 and 1985.

The featured artists: the duo of violinist Fritz Kreisler and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff; the Budapest String Quartet; pianists Claudio Arrau and Walter Gieseking; and, in three of the most compelling Beethoven symphony performances ever recorded, conductors George Szell (No. 5), Franz Konwitschny (No. 7) and Klaus Tennstedt (No. 9).

Dec. 30
noon-4 p.m. EST
1700-2100 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
www.wdce.org

all-Beethoven program:

Symphony No. 5 in C minor
Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam/
George Szell (Philips)
(recorded 1966)

Sonata in G major, Op. 30, No. 3
Fritz Kreisler, violin; Sergei Rachmaninoff, piano (Biddulph)
(recorded 1926)

“The Ruins of Athens” – “Turkish March”
Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam/
Willem Mengelberg (Grammofono 2000)
(recorded 1930)

Piano Concerto
No. 4 in G major
Claudio Arrau, piano
Staatskapelle Dresden/
Colin Davis
(Philips)
(recorded 1984)

Quartet in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4
Budapest String Quartet (Sony Classical)
(recorded 1941)

Symphony No. 7 in A major
Gewandhaus Orchestra, Leipzig/
Franz Konwitschny (Berlin Classics)
(recorded 1960)

Sonata in C major, Op. 53 (“Waldstein”)
Walter Gieseking, piano (Andromedia)
(recorded 1938)

Symphony No. 9 in D minor (“Choral”)
Mari Anne Häggander, soprano; Alfreda Hodgson, contralto; Robert Tear, tenor; Gwynne Howell, bass
London Philharmonic Choir
London Philharmonic/Klaus Tennstedt (BBC Music)
(recorded 1985)
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