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Peter Shaffer, the British playwright whose “Amadeus” was one of the most popular dramatic treatments of a musical figure ever produced, has died at 90.

“Amadeus,” which dramatized the rivalry of the composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri in 18th-century Vienna and exploited the myth that Salieri was responsible for Mozart’s death, was a long-running hit on British and American stages, and in 1984 was made into a film by Milos Foreman, starring F. Murray Abraham as Salieri and Tom Hulce as Mozart.

The final encounter of the two composers “breaks all the rules that I’d ever been taught about cinema,” Shaffer said in an interview with the William Inge Center for the Arts, cited by The New York Times. The dying Mozart dictates the score of his Requiem to Salieri in “a scene about sound. The characters don’t move. . . . If you read the script, its nothing but eight pages of musical direction: ‘Bar this.’ ‘Oboe in E-flat’ and so forth. Very boring. It would give the average Hollywood producer a heart attack to read those eight pages. But they do work and they work wonderfully.”

By the time “Amadeus” was introduced onstage in 1979, Shaffer already was an established playwright. His “Equus” (1973) enjoyed long runs in London and New York theaters, and in 1977 was made into an acclaimed film, starring Richard Burton and Peter Firth.

Among Shaffer’s other plays were “Five Finger Exercise” (1959), “The Royal Hunt of the Sun” (1964), the paired one-acts “Black Comedy” (1965) and “White Lies” (1967) and “Lettice and Lovage” (1987) . His brother, Anthony Shaffer, was the author of the popular comedy “Sleuth” (1970).

The Times’ obituary of Peter Shaffer by Bruce Weber and Robert Berkvist:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/07/arts/peter-shaffer-dies-at-90-playwright-won-tonys-for-equus-and-amadeus.html
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who has been music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 2012, has been named the successor to James Levine as music director of the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

The 41-year-old Canadian, who made his Met debut conducting Bizet’s “Carmen” in 2009, will not assume the new post immediately. He becomes the Met’s music director-designate in the 2017-18 season, leading
two operas per season;
and music director in 2020-21, conducting five productions each season. His initial contract runs through 2025.

His current contract with the Philadelphia Orchestra runs through the 2025-26 season.

Nézet-Séguin tells The New York Times that his gradual entry into Met leadership “doesn’t mean that I will be out of touch. . . . I hope it won’t feel like there’s a wait, or there’s a void.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/03/arts/music/yannick-nezet-seguin-to-succeed-james-levine-as-met-operas-music-director.html

“In many ways, the charismatic Mr. Nézet-Séguin is an exciting choice for the Met. But challenging issues and big questions will face him when he arrives,” The Times’ chief opera critic, Anthony Tommasini, writes:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/03/arts/music/is-yannick-nzet-sguin-worth-the-wait-at-the-met.html

Reassuring Philadelphians of his commitment to their orchestra, Nézet-Séguin tells The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Peter Dobrin: “The conductors I have admired all my life divided their time between [symphonic and operatic] repertoires, and for me it’s a question of keeping those two poles but actually making them geographically closer. . . . So I made the choice to be a very much Northeast American.”

http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/music/classical/20160603_Yannick_Nzet-Sguin_gets_Met_job__will_also_stay_as_Phila__Orchestra_director.html
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My review for the Richmond Times-Dispatch of Classical Revolution RVA’s “A Taste of Tuscany”
at the Firehouse Theatre:

http://www.richmond.com/entertainment/music/article_8b3071c4-abc3-576b-87f1-91f8e7a07215.html
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Classical performances in and around Richmond, with selected events elsewhere in Virginia and the Washington area. Program information, provided by presenters, is updated as details become available. Adult single-ticket prices are listed; senior, student/youth, group and other discounts may be offered.

* In and around Richmond: Classical Revolution RVA, a collective of Richmond Symphony musicians and friends, presents “A Taste of Tuscany,” with Renaissance dances and Tchaikovsky’s “Souvenir de Florence” String Sextet, June 1-2 at the Firehouse Theatre. . . . The Welcome Summer Recital Series of St. James’s Episcopal Church presents organist Kevin Kwan on June 1, the church’s choir in English and American music on June 8 and oboist Gus Highstein and friends on June 15. . . . The Richmond Symphony, led by its associate conductor, Chia-Hsuan Lin, plays Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony, Strauss waltzes, John Williams’ “Star Wars” music and more in free concert on June 4 at Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield County.

* Noteworthy elsewhere: Soprano Renée Fleming joins the Emerson String Quartet in a program of Brahms, Berg and Egon Wellesz, June 2 at the Kennedy Center in Washington. . . . Christoph Eschenbach wraps up his tenure as music director of 
the National Symphony Orchestra in programs of Haydn, Schumann and Esa-Pekka Salonen, featuring violinist Lelia Josefowicz, June 2-4, and Mahler and Bruckner, with contralto Nathalie Stutzmann, June 9-11, at the Kennedy Center. . . . The Wolf Trap Opera Company stages Benjamin Britten’s “The Rape of Lucretia,” June 10, 12, 15 and 18 at The Barns of Wolf Trap. . . . The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop conducting, plays the newly completed full orchestration of Copland’s “Appalachian Spring,” with the Baltimore School for the Arts Dancers performing the original Martha Graham choreography of the ballet, June 11 at Strathmore in the Maryland suburbs of DC. . . . The Shenandoah Bach Festival presents music of Bach, Vivaldi, Copland, Ginastera and more in three concerts and its traditional finale, the Leipzig service, June 12-19 at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg. . . . The Solera Quartet and guests play Mozart, Mendelssohn, Dvorák and more in Virginia Arts Festival coffee concerts, June 23-24 at Williamsburg Winery. . . . Ash Lawn Opera’s Young Artists preview the company’s summer production of Mozart’s “Cosí fan tutte,” June 25 at Garth Newel Music Center, near Hot Springs in Bath County; the full production of the opera, conducted by Steven Jarvi, will be staged on June 30 at the Virginia Tech Arts Center in Blacksburg.


June 1 (8 p.m.)
June 2 (8 p.m.)
Firehouse Theatre, 1609 W. Broad St., Richmond
Classical Revolution RVA:
“A Taste of Tuscany”
trad.: “Renaissance Suite”
Gus Highstein & Shawn Welk, oboes
Jennifer Debiec Lawson & Amal Gochenour, flutes
Giustino Riccio, percussion
Ellen Cockerham Riccio, violin
Esther Nahm & Molly Sharp, violas
Jason McComb, cello
Tchaikovsky: String Sextet in D minor, Op. 70 (“Souvenir de Florence”)
Daisuke Yamamoto & Adrian Pintea, violins
Molly Sharp & Esther Nahm, violas
Jason McComb & Peter Greydanus, cellos
$18 in advance, $25 at door
(804) 355-2001
http://tasteoftuscanyrva.bpt.me

June 1 (7 p.m.)
St. James’s Episcopal Church, 1205 W. Franklin St., Richmond
Welcome Summer Recital Series:
Kevin Kwan, organ
program TBA
donations benefit St. James’s Children’s Center
(804) 355-1779
http://www.doers.org

June 2 (7 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Renée Fleming, soprano
Emerson String Quartet
Brahms: Quartet in A minor, Op. 41, No. 2
Egon Wellesz: “Five Sonnets” for soprano and string quartet
Berg: “Lyric Suite”
$69
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

June 2 (7 p.m.)
June 3 (8 p.m.)
June 4 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach conducting
Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D major (“London”)
Esa-Pekka Salonen: Violin Concerto
Lelia Josefowicz, violin
Schumann: Symphony No. 4 in D minor
$15-$89
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

June 3 (8 p.m.)
Chrysler Hall, 215 St. Paul’s Boulevard, Norfolk
Virginia Symphony
Benjamin Rous conducting
Jeans ’n Classics
Jean Meilleur, vocalist
“The Music of David Bowie”
$20-$70
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

June 4 (7 p.m.)
Heritage Amphitheater, Pocahontas State Park, 10301 State Park Road, Chesterfield County
Richmond Symphony
Chia-Hsuan Lin conducting
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major (“Italian”)
John Williams: “Star Wars” Suite (excerpts)
Johann Strauss II: waltzes TBA
other works TBA
free ($7 parking fee)
(804) 796-4255
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

June 4 (7:30 p.m.)
Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Charlottesville
Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia
Kate Tamarkin conducting
“Pops at the Paramount”
Bernstein: “Candide” Overture
Weill: “The Threepenny Opera” – “Mack the Knife”
Lennon & McCartney: “Beatles Medley”
Lunn: “Downton Abbey” Suite
Gershwin: “Rhapsody in Blue”
Jeremy Thompson, piano
Williams: “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” Suite
Schoenberg: “Les Miserables” – “I Dreamed a Dream”
Rodgers: “South Pacific” (selections)
Arlen: “The Wizard of Oz” – “Over the Rainbow”
“Tribute to Irving Berlin”
$25-$95
(434) 979-1333
http://www.theparamount.net

June 4 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
National Philharmonic
Piotr Gajewski conducting
Brahms: “Gesang der Parzen”
Brahms: “Nänie”
National Philharmonic Chorale
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor (“Pathétique”)
$29-$89
(301) 581-5100
http://www.strathmore.org

June 5 (7 p.m.)
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News
Virginia Symphony
conductor TBA
“The Music of ‘Star Wars’: The Symphony Strikes Back!”
$25-$50
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

June 8 (7 p.m.)
St. James’s Episcopal Church, 1205 W. Franklin St., Richmond
Welcome Summer Recital Series:
St. James’s Parish Choir
Mark Whitmire directing
Vaughan Williams: Mass in G minor
works TBA by Howells, Stanford, Alice Parker, Moses Hogan; Anglican Psalm chants
donations benefit Choir Scholarship Fund
(804) 355-1779
http://www.doers.org

June 9 (8:30 p.m.)
Town Point Park, 1 Waterside Drive, Norfolk
Virginia Arts Festival:
Virginia Symphony
Rob Fisher conducting
Tchaikovsky: “1812 Overture”
works TBA by Gershwin, Sousa, others
free
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

June 9 (7 p.m.)
June 10 (8 p.m.)
June 11 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach conducting
Mahler: “Rückert-Lieder”
Nathalie Stutzmann, contralto
Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 (“Romantic”)
$15-$89
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

June 10 (7:30 p.m.)
June 12 (3 p.m.)
June 15 (7:30 p.m.)
June 18 (7:30 p.m.)
The Barns at Wolf Trap, Trap Road, Vienna
Wolf Trap Opera Company
Craig Kier conducting
Britten: “The Rape of Lucretia”
J’Nai Bridges (Lucretia)
Ben Edquist (Junius)
Will Liverman (Tarquinius)
Amy Owens (Lucia)
Sarah Larsen (Bianca)
Christian Zaremba (Collatinus)
Brenton Ryan (Male Chorus)
Kerrian Otaño (Female Chorus)
Louisa Muller, stage director
in English, English captions
$32-$88
(703) 255-1868
http://www.wolftrap.org

June 11 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop conducting
James Lee III: “Thurgood’s Rhapsody” (premiere)
Copland: “Appalachian Spring”
Baltimore School for the Arts Dancers
Thomas Adès: “Polaris”
Ravel: “Daphnis et Chloé” Suite No. 2
$42-$105
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

June 12 (3 p.m.)
Lehman Auditorium, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg
Shenandoah Bach Festival:
Festival Orchestra & Choir
Kenneth Nafziger conducting
Christine Fairfield, soprano
Joel Ross, countertenor
Brian Thorsett, tenor
David Newman, baritone
“Bach’s Work Week – The Sunday Cantata
J.S. Bach: cantatas TBA
$27
(540) 432-4582
http://www.emu.edu/bach

June 12 (7 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Washington Men’s Camerata
Frank Albinder directing
“Music from Down Under”
Christopher Marshall: “Tihei, Mauri Ora!”
other works TBA
$35
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

June 15 (7 p.m.)
St. James’s Episcopal Church, 1205 W. Franklin St., Richmond
Welcome Summer Recital Series:
Gus Highstein, oboe
other performers TBA
program TBA
donations benefit CARITAS
(804) 355-1779
http://www.doers.org

June 17 (7:30 p.m.)
Lehman Auditorium, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg
Shenandoah Bach Festival:
Festival Orchestra
Kenneth Nafziger conducting
Nathan Medley & Tommy Tuckwiler, countertenors
Nancy Gurlick, recorder
Harrisonburg High School Choir
works TBA by Vivaldi, Vinci, Purcell, Handel, J.C. Bach
$27
(540) 432-4582
http://www.emu.edu/bach

June 17 (8 p.m.)
June 18 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra Pops
Steven Reineke conducting
Norm Lewis, Alicia Hall Moran, Jason Moran, José James, vocalists
Heritage Signature Chorale
“Forever Gershwin”
Gershwin: “Porgy and Bess” (excerpts)
other works TBA
$20-$88
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

June 17 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop conducting
Verdi: Requiem
Tamara Wilson, soprano
Elizabeth Bishop, mezzo-soprano
Dimitri Pittas, tenor
Morris Robinson, bass
Choral Arts Society of Washington
$35-$99
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

June 18 (7:30 p.m.)
Lehman Auditorium, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg
Shenandoah Bach Festival:
Festival Orchestra
Kenneth Nafziger conducting
Copland: “Appalachian Spring”
Copland: “Quiet City”
Thomson: “The Plow That Broke the Plains”
Ginastera: “Estancia”
$27
(540) 432-4582
http://www.emu.edu/bach

June 19 (10 a.m.)
Lehman Auditorium, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg
Shenandoah Bach Festival:
Festival Orchestra & Chorus
Kenneth Nafziger conducting
Nathan Medley, countertenor
Marvin Mills, organ
The Rev. Brett Davis, homilist
“Leipzig Service”
J.S. Bach: Cantata, “Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust,” BWV 170
donation requested
(540) 432-4582
http://www.emu.edu/bach

June 23 (10:30 a.m.)
Williamsburg Winery, 5800 Wessex Hundred
Virginia Arts Festival:
Solera Quartet
guest artist TBA
Mozart: Quintet in C major, K. 515
Shaw: Entr’acte
Mendelssohn: Quartet in A minor, Op. 13
$20
(757) 282-2822
http://www.vafest.org

June 24 (10:30 a.m.)
Williamsburg Winery, 5800 Wessex Hundred
Virginia Arts Festival:
Solera Quartet
Debra Wendells Cross, flute
Barbara Chapman, harp
Rota: Sonata for flute and harp
Villa-Lobos: “The Jet Whistle”
Dvorák: Quartet in F major, Op. 96 (“American”)
$20
(757) 282-2822
http://www.vafest.org

June 24 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Millennial Choirs & Orchestra
conductor TBA
Jenny Oaks Baker, violin
“God and Country Tour”
program TBA
$16-$43
(301) 581-5100
http://www.strathmore.org

June 25 (7 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220, Bath County
Ash Lawn Opera Young Artists
conductor TBA
Mozart: “Cosí fan tutte” (abridged)
cast TBA
$25
(877) 558-1689
http://www.garthnewel.org

June 30 (7:30 p.m.)
Fife Theatre, Virginia Tech Arts Center, 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg
Ash Lawn Opera
Steven Jarvi conducting
Mozart: “Cosí fan tutte”
Melinda Whittington (Fiordiligi)
Cassandra Zoe Velasco (Dorabella)
Joshua Dennis (Ferrando)
Andrew Garland (Guglielmo)
Kristopher Irmiter (Don Alfonso)
Mirielle Asselin (Despina)
Andrea Dorf McGray, stage director
in Italian, English captions
$30
(540) 231-5300
http://www.artscenter.vt.edu

June 30 (8:30 p.m.)
Filene Center, Wolf Trap, Trap Road, Vienna
National Symphony Orchestra
Justin Freer conducting
“Dreamworks Animation in Concert”
$25-$45
(703) 255-1868
http://www.wolftrap.org
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The show moves to later in the day on Thursdays from June 2 through Aug. 18.

In the wake of the sad news that Martha Argerich’s festival in Lugano, Switzerland, is shutting down after this summer, we’ll sample some of the finest live recordings made at this showcase of unusually empathetic performances
of both familiar and rarely heard piano and chamber repertory.

Argerich performs with pianist Yefim Bronfman,
the Capuçon brothers – violinist Renaud and cellist Gautier – and other gifted musicians who have gathered around the famed pianist during the 15-year run of this remarkable event. 

June 2
4-7 p.m. EDT
2000-2300 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 (“Classical”)
(transcription by Rikuya Terashima)
Martha Argerich &
Yefim Bronfman, pianos
(EMI Classics)

Beethoven: Violin Sonata in G major, Op. 30, No. 3
Renaud Capuçon, violin
Martha Argerich, piano (Warner Classics)

Carlos Guastavino: “Tres Romances Argentinos”
Martha Argerich & Mauricio Vallina, pianos
(EMI Classics)

Mendelssohn: Piano Trio
in D minor, Op. 49
Martha Argerich, piano
Renaud Capuçon, violin
Gautier Capuçon, cello
(EMI Classics)

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
Martha Argerich, piano
Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana/
Jacek Kaspszyk
(Warner Classics)

Liszt: “Concerto pathétique”
Martha Argerich & Lilya Zilberstein, pianos
(Warner Classics)

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

Ravel: “La Valse”
Martha Argerich &
Sergio Tiempo, pianos
(Warner Classics)
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Grant Woolard mixes 57 familiar melodies by 33 composers, from Pachelbel and Vivaldi to Mozart and Chopin to Liszt and Satie, into a six-minute classical mashup. Ingenious stuff:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OYkWSW7u4k

(via http://www.slate.com)
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Progetto Martha Argerich, the summer festival in Lugano, Switzerland, featuring the famed pianist and her musician friends, will shut down after this year.

The festival, staged for the past 15 years, is known to most listeners as the source of a series of recordings for EMI Classics and its successor label, Warner Classics, of often electrifying live performances of rarely heard chamber and piano music.

The Lugano festival’s principal sponsor is pulling out and no replacement has been found, Norman Lebrecht reports:

http://slippedisc.com/2016/05/just-in-martha-argerich-festival-faces-closure/
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A program of arrangements and transcriptions, including Beethoven’s piano version of his Violin Concerto, Mahler’s string orchestration of Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” Quartet, Luciano Berio’s orchestration of Brahms’ Clarinet Sonata in F minor, Mozart’s “Prague” Symphony remade as a string quintet by Franz Theodor Schubert (Franz Schubert’s father), and two “Kreutzers” – the violin sonata by Beethoven and the string quartet by Janácek – as recast by the most prolific string orchestrator at work today, Richard Tognietti.

May 26
1-5 p.m. EDT
1700-2100 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

J.S. Bach: Concerto in A minor, BWV 1065
(transcription of Vivaldi’s Concerto in B minor
for four violins)
Gerald Hambitzer, Robert Hill,
Christoph Anselm Noll
& Roderick Shaw, harpsichords
Cologne Chamber Orchestra/
Helmut Müller-Brühl (Naxos)

Brahms: Sonata in
F minor, Op. 102, No. 1
(orchestration by
Luciano Berio)
Fausto Ghiazza, clarinet
Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra, Milan/
Riccardo Chailly (Decca)

Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 503 (“Prague”)
(arrangement by Franz Theodor Schubert)
Vienna Schubert Ensemble (Camerata)

Mahler: “Songs of a Wayfarer”
(arrangement by
Arnold Schoenberg)
Susan Platts,
mezzo-soprano
Smithsonian Chamber Players &Santa Fe Pro Musica/Kenneth Slowik
(Dorian)

Beethoven: Piano Concerto in D major, Op. 61a
(arrangement of Violin Concerto by Beethoven)
Ronald Brautigam, piano
Norrköping Symphony Orchestra/Andrew Parrott (BIS)

Past Masters:
Johann Strauss II:
“Wine, Women and Song”
(arrangement by Alban Berg)
Boston Symphony Chamber Players
(Deutsche Grammophon)
(recorded 1977)

Schubert: Quartet in D minor, D. 810 (“Death and the Maiden”)
(orchestration by Gustav Mahler)
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra/Iona Brown (Chandos)

Schubert: “Ständchen”
(transcription by
Franz Liszt)
Frederic Chiu, piano (Harmonia Mundi)

Beethoven: Sonata
in A major, Op. 47
(“Kreutzer”)
(orchestration by
Richard Tognietti)
Camerata Bern/
Antje Weithaas (Avi)

Janácek: Quartet No. 1 (“Kreutzer Sonata”)
(orchestration by Richard Tognietti)
Australian Chamber Orchestra/Richard Tognietti (Chandos)
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My review for the Richmond Times-Dispatch of the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble, performing at St. Luke Lutheran Church:

http://www.richmond.com/entertainment/music/article_64b4f628-a024-5661-b2cd-be090765a2a4.html
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Because of weather conditions forecast for the weekend, the Richmond Symphony concert under its Big Tent outdoor stage in the Celebrate Jackson Ward festival has been rescheduled to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 22 in Abner Clay Park, Brook Road at Leigh Street in central Richmond.

The symphony will be joined by a festival chorus and members of Elegba Folklore Society and Virginia Repertory Theatre. The program includes works by Florence Price, James P. Johnson, Duke Ellington, Rodgers & Hammerstein and others.

Festival concerts scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 21 will be staged indoors at Richmond Alternative School, 119 W. Leigh St., next door to Clay Park.

Admission is free for all festival events.

UPDATE (May 22): Richmond Symphony spokesman Scott Dodson writes that the orchestra cannot participate in the May 22 concert if the temperature remains under 65 degrees, because of potential damage to musical instruments. With or without the symphony, the 6 p.m. show will go on with Elegba, Virginia Rep and the Celebrate Jackson Ward Chorus, and other events of the final day of the festival will go on as scheduled.
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