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Aug. 10, Bon Air Presbyterian Church

Want to make even a sophisticated music lover flunk a blindfold test? Play Giuseppe Verdi’s String Quartet in E minor, and ask the identity of the composer. Subjected to the test myself, I would probably guess Bedrich Smetana or some more obscure mid- to late-romantic Slav. The piece bears little or no resemblance to the operatic Verdi, although several of its themes were lifted from his operas.

The quartet, written in 1872 as Verdi was marooned in a Naples hotel while rehearsals for “Aïda” were delayed by a singer’s illness, is the only significant instrumental work by the composer to have survived; but it remained a rarity until last year’s Verdi bicentennial. I’ve heard it played no less than three times in the past 18 months.

The latest performance, by violinists Catherine Cary and Susy Yim, violist Stephen Schmidt and cellist Neal Cary in the Richmond Chamber Players’ second Interlude series concert of this season, was in some ways the most convincing. The ensemble sounded warm and highly expressive – cellist Cary especially so in his solo in the trio of the third movement; and treated the most impressive part of the piece, the fugal scherzo opening the final movement, to a detailed and finely balanced reading.

Similar qualities came through in the “Rustiques” Wind Trio by Joseph Canteloube, the French composer best-known as the arranger-orchestrator of “Songs of the Auvergne.” Like the song cycle, the trio is rooted in French folk music; but its more animated sections recall in insouciant neo-classical Parisian style of Les Six in the 1920s.

Oboist Gustav Highstein, clarinetist Jared Davis and bassoonist Michael Gordon played the Canteloube, which Davis termed a “French morsel,” with affectionate treatment of its lyrical themes – Gordon melodized in the central rêverie to fine effect – and a gratifying tartness in its more urbane, modernist harmonies.

Davis, the new principal clarinetist of the Richmond Symphony, also was featured in an Adagio in D flat major for clarinet and string quartet that has been credited to the young Richard Wagner, but was probably the work of Heinrich Baermann, an influential German clarinetist of the early 19th century. The clarinetist treated this short air to a mellow reading of great tonal refinement.

Cellist Cary and pianist John Walter opened the program with its only even vaguely familiar entry, the “Twelve Variations on ‘Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen’ from Mozart’s ‘Die Zauberflöte’ ” by the young Beethoven. The piano is the dominant voice of the duo in most of the variations, and Walter played with a tone of animated whimsy well-suited to Papageno, the love-struck comic character who sings the aria in “The Magic Flute.” Cary seconded Walter stylistically in his more limited contributions to the set.

The Richmond Chamber Players’ Interlude series continues with concerts at 3 p.m. Aug. 17 and 24 at Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 W. Huguenot Road. Tickets: 20. Details: (804) 217-7205; www.richmondchamberplayers.org
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Ralph Skiano, the Richmond Symphony’s principal clarinetist since 2002, has joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as its principal clarinetist.

Jared Davis, who has been assistant principal and E flat clarinetist of the Richmond Symphony since 2004, succeeds Skiano in the first chair.

Skiano, a native of Alexandria and graduate of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, has performed as a soloist several times with the Richmond Symphony, as well as playing as guest soloist with other orchestras.

He has been active in chamber music in the mid-Atlantic region, performing with the Richmond-based Atlantic Chamber Ensemble and the Washington-based Fessenden Chamber Ensemble. He also served as principal clarinet of the Des Moines Opera, and performed in a number of summer music festivals.

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Writing for The New York Times Magazine, Monte Reel profiles the world’s most prodigious record collector, Zero Freitas, a Brazilian businessman who, Reel writes, is “driven to get his hands on all the records in the world.”

Freitas has amassed a collection of several million vinyl discs – he’s not sure of the exact number – and continues to acquire them in batches of dozens, hundreds and thousands, much more than his cataloguing staff can keep up with:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/10/magazine/the-brazilian-bus-magnate-whos-buying-up-all-the-worlds-vinyl-records.html?action=click&contentCollection=Politics&module=MostEmailed&version=Full&region=Marginalia&src=me&pgtype=article
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Charles West, clarinet
Yin Zheng & Xi Zhang, piano
Aug. 7, Richmond CenterStage

Clarinetist Charles West and pianist Yin Zheng are colleagues in the Virginia Commonwealth University music department and regular collaborators in chamber performances. Their performance of Brahms’ Sonata in F minor, Op. 120, in the latest Summer at CenterStage recital reflected their familiarity with each other’s musicianship.

Unfortunately, the reading was brisk, almost to the point of sounding brusque. Stylishness and efficiency too often trumped depth of expression. Balances also proved uneven, with one or the other instrument suddenly surging into the foreground, then receding.

The acoustics of Richmond CenterStage’s Gottwald Playhouse may have been a factor. Wind instruments have a tendency to glare in the space; big chords and heavy accents on the piano similarly sound oversized.

Zheng’s performance of Brahms’ Op. 118 set of six piano pieces had some comparable sonic issues, especially at high volume and intensity – as in, for example, the opening of the Ballade in G minor. Her playing in the great Intermezzo in A major and the Romance in F major, pieces of less extroverted expression, made a better impression.

Some of her phrasing and handling of dynamics came close to being too mannered, but never quite crossed the line. Her subtle colorations in the concluding Intermezzo in E flat minor made one wonder how she would treat impressionistic scores – Ravel, say, or the Études-tableaux of Rachmaninoff.

The Chinese pianist Xi Zhang joined Zheng in three of the better-known Slavonic dances of Dvorák, Op. 46, Nos. 2 and 8 and Op. 72, No. 2, in the original piano four-hands versions. Their performances were bright, energetic and colorful, although generally primary colored.

Summer at CenterStage’s Aug. 14 program, by violinist Jocelyn Vorenberg and pianist David Fisk, is sold out, although some seats may become available. That, and programs on Aug. 21 and 28, begin at 6:30 p.m. in Gottwald Playhouse of Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets. Tickets: $20. Details: (800) 514-3849 (ETIX); www.richmondsymphony.com
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Aug. 7
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WDCE, University of Richmond
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www.wdce.org

Tchaikovsky: “Swan Lake” – Waltz
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/Vasily Petrenko (Avie)

Stravinsky: Capriccio for piano and orchestra
Olli Mustonen, piano
Deutsches Symphony Orchestra, Berlin/
Vladimir Ashkenazy (London)

Mozart: Quartet in C major, K. 465 (“Dissonance”)
Quartetto Italiano (Philips)

Smetana: “Libuše” Overture
Cleveland Orchestra/Christoph von Dohnányi (Decca)

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor
Itzhak Perlman, violin
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim (Erato)

Past Masters:
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn and strings
Peter Pears, tenor; Barry Tuckwell, French horn
London Symphony Orchestra/Benjamin Britten (London)
(recorded 1963)

Giovanni Gabrieli:
Magnificat à 33
Gabrieli Consort & Players/Paul McCreesh
(DG Archiv)

J.S. Bach: “The Art of the Fugue” –
Contrapunctus XIX
(orchestration by Luciano Berio)
Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra, Milan/Riccardo Chailly (Decca)

Brahms: Sonata in F minor, Op. 34b
Martha Argerich & Lilya Zilberstein, pianos
(EMI Classics)

Handel: Trio Sonata in G major, Op. 5, No. 4
Brook Street Band (Avie)

Past Masters:
Dvorák: Symphony No. 7
in D minor
Cleveland Orchestra/
George Szell (Sony Classical)
(recorded 1960)

Vivaldi: Flute Concerto in G major, Op. 10, No. 4
Matthias Maute, traverso
Rebel/Jörg-Michael Schwarz (Bridge)
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Francis Church, the longtime music critic of The Richmond News Leader, has died at 87. He had suffered a severe stroke earlier this year.

A Harvard University alumnus and cellist, Francis played in the Louisville Orchestra and the former Norfolk Symphony (now the Virginia Symphony) while working at newspapers. While serving as a critic and editor at The News Leader, he performed with the Richmond Philharmonic, Lynchburg Symphony and other orchestras, as well as chamber ensembles.

Francis and I were the classical-music critics of The News Leader and Richmond Times-Dispatch, respectively, during the 1980s and early ’90s, and as such were competitors. Sometimes we heard performances differently, but our differences were always respectful and cordial. On the most important issues – artistic integrity, developing and sustaining a substantive and thriving classical-music scene in Richmond – we agreed. Over time, competitors became good friends.

Francis retired when The News Leader ceased publication in 1992, but subsequently wrote reviews and commentaries for The Times-Dispatch and then for Letter V. He continued to play the cello until he was disabled by the stroke. He sang in the choir and was an active congregant at Bon Air Presbyterian Church.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 8 at Bon Air Presbyterian, 9201 W. Huguenot Road.

UPDATE (Aug. 7): An obituary by Ellen Robertson in The Times Dispatch:
 http://www.timesdispatch.com/obituaries/featured/francis-l-church-cellist-and-retired-editor-music-critic-and/article_7b3408c7-1aa2-5e9d-a872-414e0ab0f460.html
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Tickets go on sale Aug. 4 for the Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia’s 2014-15 season, which will include concerts focusing on classics and contemporary offshoots of Viennese music, Johann Sebastian Bach’s six suites for solo cello and “The Well-Tempered Clavier,” baroque trio sonatas and concertos, and romantic and modern music by Scandinavian, Baltic and Russian composers.

Joining cellist James Wilson, the society’s artistic director, will be a cast of longtime participants, among them harpsichordist-pianist Carsten Schmidt, flutist Mary Boodell, violinists Nurit Pacht and Jesse Mills, pianist Rieko Aizawa and lutenist David Walker.

Beiliang Zhu, winner of the 2012 Bach International Competition in Leipzig, will perform on a five-string baroque cello, sharing with Wilson the program of the Bach suites.

Soprano Jessica Petrus will be featured in a baroque vocal program, “Dido and Other Heroines,” singing Michel Monteclair’s “The Death of Dido.”

Altogether, the Chamber Music Society will stage 11 performances in the coming season – four free lecture-recital “informances” in the Gellman Room of the Richmond Public Library’s main branch at First and Franklin streets, and seven ticketed programs at three locations: Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 W. Huguenot Road; First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1000 Blanton Ave. at the Carillon; and the Church of the Holy Comforter, Episcopal, Monument Avenue at Staples Mill Road.

Season subscriptions are $155 and single tickets $25, with senior and student discounts offered.

For more information, call (804) 519-2098 or visit www.cmscva.org

The Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia’s 2014-15 artists and programs:

Oct. 25 (2 p.m.)
Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library
Mary Boodell, flute
Nurit Pacht & Guillaume Pirard, violins
Melissa Reardon, viola
James Wilson, cello
Carsten Schmidt, piano
“NeoVienna”
Onuto Narbutaite: “Winter Serenade”
Arvo Pärt: “Mozart Adagio”
Alfred Schnittke: “Mozart à la Haydn”
Matthew Burtner: “(dis)integrations”
Judith Shatin: “Fledermaus Fantasy”

Oct. 27 (7:30 p.m.)
Bon Air Presbyterian Church
Mary Boodell, flute
Nurit Pacht & Guillaume Pirard, violins
Melissa Reardon, viola
James Wilson, cello
Carsten Schmidt, piano
Stephen Henley, organ
“Austro-Hungarian Waltz”
Johann Strauss II: “Roses from the South”
Haydn: Quartet in C major, Op. 76, No. 3 (“Emperor”)
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Waltz for piano
Webern: Piece for string trio
Dohnányi: Piano Quintet in C minor, Op. 1

Dec. 16 (7:30 p.m.)
Church of the Holy Comforter, Episcopal
Beiliang Zhu & James Wilson, baroque cellos
J.S. Bach: suites Nos. 1-6 for solo cello

Jan. 10 (2 p.m.)
Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library
Fiona Hughes & Martin Davids, violins
Kyle Miller, viola
James Wilson, cello
David Walker, lute
Mark Shudiner, harpsichord
“3=4 (or More)”
trio sonatas TBA

Jan. 10 (7:30 p.m.)
First Unitarian Universalist Church
Jessica Petrus, soprano
Anne Timberlake, recorder
Fiona Hughes & Martin Davids, violins
Kyle Miller, viola
James Wilson, cello
David Walker, lute
Mark Shudiner, harpsichord
“Winter Baroque: Dido and Other Heroines”
Michel Monteclair: “The Death of Dido”
other works TBA

Jan. 12 (7:30 p.m.)
First Unitarian Universalist Church
Mary Boodell, traverso flute
Fiona Hughes & Martin Davids, violins
Kyle Miller, viola
James Wilson, cello
David Walker, lute
Mark Shudiner, harpsichord
“Concerti Barocchi”
program TBA

Feb. 21 (2 p.m.)
Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library
Carsten Schmidt, harpsichord & speaker
“Bach as Teacher”

Feb. 22 (4 p.m.)
Church of the Holy Comforter, Episcopal
Carsten Schmidt, harpsichord
J.S. Bach: “The Well-Tempered Clavier”

May 16 (2 p.m.)
Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library
Mary Boodell, flute
Jesse Mills & Daisuke Yamamoto, violins
Melissa Reardon, viola
James Wilson, cello
Rieko Aizawa, piano
“Ice Cubes”
Scandinavian, Baltic, Russian works TBA

May 17 (4 p.m.)
First Unitarian Universalist Church
Mary Boodell, flute
Jesse Mills & Daisuke Yamamoto, violins
Melissa Reardon, viola
James Wilson, cello
Rieko Aizawa, piano
“Romantics and Mystics”
Borodin: Quartet No. 2 in D major
Friedrich Kuhlau: Quintet in E major, Op. 51, No. 2, for flute and strings
Onuto Narbutaite: “Mozartsommer”

May 19 (7:30 p.m.)
First Unitarian Universalist Church
Mary Boodell, flute
Jesse Mills, violin
James Wilson, cello
Rieko Aizawa, piano
“Hot and Cold”
Grieg: Andante in C minor for piano, violin and cello
Peteris Vasks: “Landscapes with Birds”
Sibelius: “The Swan of Tuonela”
Arensky: Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor
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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.

SCOUTING REPORT

* In and around Richmond: The Richmond Chamber Players’ August Interlude series opens on Aug. 3 with a tribute to the late Richmond composer Allan Blank, and continue on Aug. 10, 17 and 24, all at Bon Air Presbyterian Church. . . . Virginia Commonwealth University’s Global Summer Piano Institute presents recitals and workshops by resident and visiting artists, Aug. 4-9 at on- and off-campus venues. . . . The August Musicales series at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church opens with pianist Hope Armstrong Erb, violinist Treesa Gold and cellist Teresa Bjornes, and continues with concerts by the U.S. Army Chorus on Aug. 20 and The Wren Masters early music ensemble on Aug. 27. . . . Summer at CenterStage, the chamber-music series focusing on Brahms, continues with mini-concerts featuring clarinetists Charles West and Jared Davis, violinists Jocelyn Vorenberg and Susannah Klein, pianists Charles Staples and David Fisk, and others, Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28 in the Gottwald Playhouse of Richmond CenterStage.

* Noteworthy elsewhere: Cellist Yo-Yo Ma joins Thomas Wilkins and the National Symphony Orchestra for Dvorák’s Cello Concerto, Aug. 2 at Wolf Trap in Northern Virginia.
. . . Ash Lawn Opera stages the musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” Aug. 2, 3, 6 and 8 at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville. . . . The Staunton Music Festival, Aug. 15-24, focuses on Bach, including performances of “The Musical Offering” and the “St. Matthew Passion,” and features several new works by the Richmond-bred composer Zachary Wadsworth. . . . Highlights of the month at Garth Newel Music Center near Hot Springs include the Daedalus Quartet playing Beethoven, Schubert, Bartók and more, Aug. 9-10, and two piano extravanzas with four performers, Aug. 30-31.


Aug. 2 (2 p.m.)
Aug. 3 (2 p.m.)
Aug. 6 (7:30 p.m.)
Aug. 8 (7:30 p.m.)
Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Charlottesville
Ash Lawn Opera
Mark Sforzini conducting
Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick: “Fiddler on the Roof”
David Kravitz (Tevye)
Jenni Bank (Golde)
Tamara Rusqué (Tzeitel)
Julia Ebner (Hodel)
Zoe Johnson (Chava)
Ethan DePuy (Motel)
Clayton Brown (Perchik)
Peter Lake (Fyedka)
Joe Duquette (Lazar Wolf)
Meaghan Deiter (Yenta)
Erin Passmore (Grandma Tzeitel)
Elyse Mendelson (Fruma/Sarah)
Jeremy Serkin (Constable)
Crystal Manich, stage director
in English
$42-$65
(434) 979-1333
www.theparamount.net

Aug. 2 (5 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220, near Hot Springs, Bath County
Bayla Keyes & Teresa Ling, violins
Evelyn Grau, viola
Isaac Melamed, cello
Genevieve Feiwen Lee & Robert Merfeld, piano
Dvorák: “Cypresses”
Ravel: Violin Sonata, Op. posth.
Turina: “Circulo,” Op. 91
Dvorák: Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81
$25 (concert); $84 (concert & dinner)
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 2 (8:15 p.m.)
Filene Center amphitheater, Wolf Trap, Trap Road, Vienna
National Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Wilkins conducting
Bernstein: “Candide” Overture and Suite
Grieg: “Peer Gynt” Suite No. 1
Dvorák: Cello Concerto in B minor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
$25-$75
(877) 965-3872 (Tickets.com)
www.wolftrap.org

Aug. 3 (3 p.m.)
Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 W. Huguenot Road, Richmond
August Interludes
Richmond Chamber Players
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115
David Niethamer, clarinet
Susy Yim & Catherine Cary, violins
Molly Sharp, viola
Neal Cary, cello
Barber: Quartet, Op. 11
Susy Yim & Catherine Cary, violins
Stephen Schmidt, viola
Neal Cary, cello
Allan Blank: “Study for solo viola”
Stephen Schmidt, viola
Blank: “Links” for clarinet, violin and piano
David Niethamer, clarinet
Catherine Cary, violin
John Walter, piano
$20
(804) 217-7205
www.richmondchamberplayers.org

Aug. 3 (3 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220, near Hot Springs, Bath County
“Young Artists Showcase”
performers TBA
Haydn: Quartet in D major, Op. 76, No. 5
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 7
Jalbert: Piano Trio
Turina: Piano Quartet in A minor, Op. 67
$25 (concert); $43 (concert & picnic)
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 4 (7 p.m.)
Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library, First and Franklin streets
VCU Global Summer Piano Institute:
Nikolai Kaputin: études Nos. 2-3
Scriabin: Sonata No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 53
Bo Gao, piano
Brahms: intermezzi, Op. 117, Nos. 1 and 3
Schumann: “Carnaval,” Op. 9
Langiabao Ge, piano
$15
(804) 828-6776
https://wp.vcu.edu/gspi/events/

Aug. 5 (2 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Global Summer Piano Institute:
Claire Chiu, piano & lecturer
“The Universe Encapsulated in Chinese Roots”
Fang Xiaomin: “Jin Ye”
Zhang Zhao: “Pi Huang”
Ge Ganru: “Gu Yue”
Chen Yi: “Ji-Dong-Nuo”
Zhou Long: “Wu Kui”
$15
(804) 828-6776
https://wp.vcu.edu/gspi/events/

Aug. 5 (7 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Global Summer Piano Institute:
Jin Tang, piano
Mozart: Sonata in F major, K. 280
Liqing Yang: Sonatina
Barber: Sonata, Op. 26
$15
(804) 828-6776
https://wp.vcu.edu/gspi/events/

Aug. 6 (7 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Global Summer Piano Institute:
Dizhou Zhao, piano
Chopin: 4 ballades
$15
(804) 828-6776
https://wp.vcu.edu/gspi/events/

Aug. 6 (7 p.m.)
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1627 Monument Ave., Richmond
August Musicales:
Hope Armstrong Erb, piano
Treesa Gold, violin
Teresa Bjornes, cello
program TBA
donations accepted
(804) 359-2463
www.grace-covenant.org

Aug. 6 (7 p.m.)
nTelos Wireless Pavilion, Charlottesville
Warren Hayes, vocals & guitar
Richmond Symphony
“Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration”
$39-$70
(877) 272-8849
www.thenteloswirelesspavilion.com

Aug. 7 (2 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Global Summer Piano Institute:
Sonia Vlahcevic, piano
Justin Alexander, percussion
Rhythmic workshop and contemporary concert
program TBA
$15
(804) 828-6776
https://wp.vcu.edu/gspi/events/

Aug. 7 (6:30 p.m.)
Gottwald Playhouse, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
Summer at CenterStage:
Charles West, clarinet
Xi Zhang, piano
Brahms: Clarinet Sonata in F minor, Op. 120, No. 1
Brahms: “Klavierstücke,” Op. 118
Dvorák: Slavonic dances, Op. 46, Nos. 1 and 8; Op. 72, No. 2
$20; includes free drink
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
www.richmondsymphony.com

Aug. 8 (7 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Global Summer Piano Institute:
Xi Zhang, piano
Haydn: Sonata in F major, Hob. XVI:23
Rachmaninoff: preludes, Op. 23, Nos. 6 and 2
Liszt: Sonata in B minor
$15
(804) 828-6776
https://wp.vcu.edu/gspi/events/

Aug. 9 (7 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Global Summer Piano Institute:
performers TBA
GSPI Culminating Participants Recital
program TBA
$15
(804) 828-6776
https://wp.vcu.edu/gspi/events/

Aug. 9 (5 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220, near Hot Springs, Bath County
Daedalus Quartet
Ullmann: Quartet No. 3, Op. 46
Weinberg: Quartet No. 8, Op. 66
Beethoven: Quartet in B flat major, Op. 130 (with “Great Fugue”)
$25 (concert); $84 (concert & dinner)
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 10 (3 p.m.)
Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 W. Huguenot Road, Richmond
August Musicales:
Richmond Chamber Players
Beethoven: “Twelve Variations on ‘Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen’ from Mozart’s ‘Die Zauberflöte’ ”
Neal Cary, cello
John Walter, piano
Canteloube: Woodwind Trio (“Rustiques”)
Gustav Highstein, oboe
Jared Davis, clarinet
Martin Gordon, bassoon
Wagner: Adagio for clarinet quintet
Jared Davis, clarinet
Catherine Cary & Susy Yim, violins
Stephen Schmidt, viola
Neal Cary, cello
Verdi: Quartet
Catherine Cary & Susy Yim, violins
Stephen Schmidt, viola
Neal Cary, cello
(804) 217-7205
www.richmondchamberplayers.org

Aug. 10 (3 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220, near Hot Springs, Bath County
Daedalus Quartet
Mozart: Quartet in G major, K. 80
Bartók: Quartet No. 2
Schubert: Quartet in A minor, D. 804
$25 (concert); $43 (concert & picnic)
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 12 (8 p.m.)
Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Charlottesville
Municipal Band of Charlottesville
Stephen R. Layton directing
Dick Orange, vocalist
James Tobin, clarinet
Michael Elswick, saxophones
“Celebrate the Big Bands”
works by Glenn Miller, The Gershwins, Benny Goodman, Richard Rodgers, others
free
(434) 979-1333
www.theparamount.net

Aug. 14 (6:30 p.m.)
Gottwald Playhouse, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
Summer at CenterStage:
Jocelyn Vorenberg, violin
David Fisk, piano
Beethoven: Violin Sonata in A minor, Op. 23
Brahms: Violin Sonata in A major, Op. 100
Wieniawski: Caprice in E flat major
Elgar: “La Capriceuse,” Op. 17
$20; includes free drink
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
www.richmondsymphony.com

Aug. 15 (8 p.m.)
Hunt Hall, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Carsten Schmidt directing
performers TBA
“Midsummer Ball: Vienna Meets Berlin”
Mozart: “The Magic Flute” (excerpts)
Johann Strauss II: “Tritsch-Tratsch Polka”
Schubert: Lieder TBA
Schoenberg: “Pierrot Lunaire” (excerpts)
Karas: “The Third Man” for solo harp
Weill: “The Threepenny Opera” (excerpts)
cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., dessert & dancing at 9 p.m.
$100
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 16 (noon)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverley St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Carsten Schmidt directing
performers TBA
Britten: “Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac”
Taira: “Sublimation” for harp
Tchaikovsky: “Romeo and Juliet” Fantasy-Overture for piano and string sextet (Vladimir Mendelssohn arr.)
free
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 16 (7:30 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverley St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Carsten Schmidt directing
performers TBA
Johann Strauss II: “Die Fledermaus” Overture
Weelkes: 2 madrigals
Liszt: Legend No. 1 (“Franziskus”) for piano
Cage: Suite for toy piano (excerpt)
Rossini: “Cat Duet” for two sopranos and piano
Crumb: “Voice of the Whale”
Edwards: “Dance of the Dragonfly” for four percussionists
Zachary Wadsworth: songs TBA
Haydn: Symphony No. 83 (“The Hen”)
$22
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 16 (5 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220, near Hot Springs, Bath County
Andres Díaz, cello
Genevieve Feiwen Lee, piano
Bach: Suite in C major, BWV 1009, for solo cello
Beethoven: Cello Sonata in D major, Op. 102, No. 2
Xi Wang: Rhapsody for cello
Shostakovich: Cello Sonata in D minor, Op. 40
$25 (concert); $84 (concert & dinner)
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 17 (3 p.m.)
Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 W. Huguenot Road, Richmond
August Musicales:
Richmond Chamber Players
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 1
Susy Yim & Catherine Cary, violins
Stephen Schmidt, viola
Neal Cary, cello
Smetana: Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15
Catherine Cary, violin
Neal Cary, cello
John Walter, piano
Beethoven: Quintet in C major, Op. 29
Susy Yim & Catherine Cary, violins
Molly Sharp & Stephen Schmidt, violas
Neal Cary, cello
$20
(804) 217-7205
www.richmondchamberplayers.org

Aug. 17 (3 p.m.)
Central United Methodist Church, 14 N. Lewis St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Carsten Schmidt directing
performers TBA
Prokofiev: “Peter and the Wolf”
free
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 17 (7:30 p.m.)
Blackfriars Playhouse, 10 S. Market St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Carsten Schmidt directing
performers TBA
Handel: Sinfonia & chorus from “Acis and Galatea”
Dunstable: “Quam pulchra est”
Dowland: “Lachrimae” for lute
Britten: Quartet No. 2 in C major
Vaughan Williams: “Studies in English Folksong”
Clyne: “steelworks” for flute, bass clarinet, percussion and tape
Britten: “Canticle V: The Death of St. Narcissus” for tenor and harp
Elgar: “Pomp and Circumstance” March No. 1 (“Land of Hope and Glory”) for chorus and orchestra
$28
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 17 (3 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220, near Hot Springs, Bath County
Teresa Ling, violin
Evelyn Grau, viola
Andres Díaz, cello
Genevieve Feiwen Lee, piano
Debussy: Cello Sonata
Beethoven: String Trio in G major, Op. 9, No. 1
Dvorák: Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 87
$25 (concert); $43 (concert & picnic)
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 18 (noon)
Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2807 N. Augusta St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Francesco Pedrini, organ
works TBA by Byrd, Parabosco, Bach, Bovet, Zachary Wadsworth, others
free
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 18 (7:30 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverley St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Carsten Schmidt directing
performers TBA
Vivaldi: Concerto in A minor for two violins
Burtner: “Syntax of Snow” for glockenspiel, snow and electronics
Anderson: “Three Duets” for two double-basses
Zachary Wadsworth: “Memory Etude” for violin and electronics
J.S. Bach: “Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf” motet for double chorus
G.L. Frank: “Los Sambras de los Apus” for four cellos
Bartók: Sonata for two pianos and percussion
$22
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 19 (noon)
Central United Methodist Church, 14 N. Lewis St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Carsten Schmidt directing
performers TBA
Beethoven: folksong arrangements TBA
Schoenberg-Webern: Chamber Symphony No. 1 for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano
free
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 19 (7:30 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverley St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Carsten Schmidt directing
performers TBA
J.S. Bach: Concerto in C major for three harpsichords
Haydn: Piano Trio in G major
Storace: Ciacconna for three harpsichords, organ and theorbo
Rachmaninoff: “Trio elegaique” No. 1
Schumann: 2 songs TBA
J.S. Bach: Sonata in C minor for violin and harpsichord
Rameau: “Le Cupis, le Marais” for harpsichord, violin, gamba, flute and oboe
Chopin: “Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise brillante” for piano and string quintet
$22
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 20 (7 p.m.)
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1627 Monument Ave., Richmond
August Musicales:
U.S. Army Chorus
program TBA
donations accepted
(804) 359-2463
www.grace-covenant.org

Aug. 20 (noon)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverley St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Carsten Schmidt directing
performers TBA
Schumann: “Spanisce Liebeslieder,” for vocal quartet and piano four-hands
Zachary Wadsworth: new work TBA for chorus and harp
Judith Shatin: “Marvelous Pursuits” for vocal quartet and piano four-hands
free
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 20 (7:30 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverly St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Carsten Schmidt directing
performers TBA
J.S. Bach: Chaconne for violin (from Partita No. 2)
J.S. Bach: “Christ lag in Todesbunden” for vocal quartet
E.I. Kahn: “Ciaconna dei tempo de guerra” for piano
Schütz: “Es steh Gott auf” for two sopranos, violins and continuo
Dotas: new work TBA for jazz ensemble
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor
$22
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 21 (6:30 p.m.)
Gottwald Playhouse, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
Summer at CenterStage:
Susannah Klein & Ross Winter, violins
Charles Staples, piano
Brahms: Violin Sonata in D minor, Op. 108
Prokofiev: Sonata, Op. 56, for two violins
Brahms: Capriccio in G minor, Op. 76
Shostakovich: Duo for two violins and piano (“The Gadfly”)
$20; includes free drink
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
www.richmondsymphony.com

Aug. 21 (noon)
Central United Methodist Church, 14 N. Lewis St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Carsten Schmidt directing
performers TBA
J.S. Bach: “The Musical Offering,” BWV 1079, for flute, string sextet and harpsichord
free
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 21 (7:30 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverley St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Carsten Schmidt directing
performers TBA
Rachmaninoff: Vocalise for soprano and strings
Mozart: Gigue in G major, K. 574, for piano
Mozart: “Ave verum corpus” for chorus
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 15 for violin, cello, piano and percussion
Walter-Kühne: “Fantasie on Themes from ‘Eugene Onegin’ ” for solo harp
Tchaikovsky: Suite in G major (“Mozartiana”)
$22
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 22 (noon)
Central United Methodist Church, 14 S. Lewis St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Carsten Schmidt directing
performers TBA
Zachary Wadsworth: “The New Wilderness” for English horn and piano
Fauré: Fantasie for flute and harp
Mozart: Serenade in C minor, K. 388, for wind octet
free
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 22 (7:30 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverley St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Carsten Schmidt directing
performers TBA
Albinoni: Concerto in F major for two oboes and strings
Kapsberger: Toccata for theorbo
Monteverdi: madrigals, Book VIII (excerpts)
Castello: Sonata for recorder, violin and continuo
Merula: Ciaconna for strings and continuo
Geminiani: Concerto grosso in D minor (“La Folia”)
Vivaldi: “Dixit Dominus” for soloists, double chorus and orchestra
$22
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 23 (noon)
Central United Methodist Church, 14 S. Lewis St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Carsten Schmidt directing
performers TBA
Zachary Wadsworth: new works TBA for baritone and chamber ensemble
Dohnányi: Sextet for piano, violin, viola, cello, clarinet and horn
free
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 23 (7:30 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverley St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Carsten Schmidt directing
performers TBA
Mahler: Adagietto from Symphony No. 5
Maderna: “Honeyreves” for flute and piano
Monteverdi: “Zefiro torna” for two tenors
Britten: Quartet No. 3
Vivaldi: “Nel profundo” from “Orlando furioso”
Lotti: “Crucifixus” for eight voices
Nono: “sofferte onde serene” for piano and tape
Vivaldi: “Winter” from “The Four Seasons”
$22
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 23 (5 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220, near Hot Springs, Bath County
Teresa Ling, violin
Evelyn Grau, viola
Isaac Melamed, cello
Paul DeNola, double-bass
Read Gainsford, piano & reader
Süsskind: “The Double-Bass, a One-Man Theater Piece”
Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667 (“Trout”)
$25 (concert); $84 (concert & dinner)
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 24 (3 p.m.)
Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 W. Huguenot Road, Richmond
August Musicales:
Richmond Chamber Players
Beethoven: Piano Trio in D major, Op. 70, No. 1 (“Ghost”)
Catherine Cary, violin
Neal Cary, cello
John Walter, piano
Tartini: Violin Sonata in G minor (“The Devil’s Trill”)
Susy Yim, violin
John Walter, piano
Liszt: “From the Grave of Richard Wagner”
Lynette Wardle, harp
Catherine Cary & Susy Yim, violins
Stephen Schmidt, viola
Neal Cary, cello
André Caplet: “Conte Fantastique d’après Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Masque of the Red Death’ ”
Stephen Henley, reader
Lynette Wardle, harp
Catherine Cary & Susy Yim, violins
Stephen Schmidt, viola
Neal Cary, cello
$20
(804) 217-7205
www.richmondchamberplayers.org

Aug. 24 (3 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverley St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Carsten Schmidt directing
performers TBA
J.S. Bach: “St. Matthew Passion”
$28
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 24 (3 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220, near Hot Springs, Bath County
Teresa Ling, violin
Evelyn Grau, viola
Isaac Melamed, cello
Paul DeNola, double-bass
Paige Morgan, oboe
Richard Faria, clarinet
Read Gainsford, piano
Gabriele Lamb, Giorgia Bovo & Williams Cannon, dancers
Mozart: Oboe Quartet in F major, K. 370 (choreographed by Adam Barruch)
Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114
Prokofiev: Quintet, Op. 39 (choreographed by Gabrielle Lamb)
$25 (concert); $43 (concert & picnic)
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 27 (7 p.m.)
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1627 Monument Ave., Richmond
August Musicales:
The Wren Masters
Ruth van Baak Griffioen, recorder
Susan Via, baroque violin
Sarah Glosson, baroque cello & viola da gamba
Thomas Marshall, harpsichord
program TBA
donations accepted
(804) 359-2463
www.grace-covenant.org

Aug. 28 (6:30 p.m.)
Gottwald Playhouse, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
Summer at CenterStage:
Jared Davis, clarinet
Daniel Stipe, piano
Schumann: “Fantasiestücke,” Op. 73
Leo Weiner: “Peregi Verbunk” (“Hungarian Dance”)
Brahms: Clarinet Sonata in E flat major, Op. 120, No. 2
York Bowen: Clarinet Sonata, Op. 109
$20; includes free drink
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
www.richmondsymphony.com

Aug. 30 (5 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220, near Hot Springs, Bath County
Audrey Andrist, Genevieve Feiwen Lee, Lois Svard & Patti Wolf, pianos
Poulenc: Sonata for piano four-hands
Barber: “Souvenirs” for piano four-hands
Ravel: “Mother Goose” Suite for piano four-hands
Rachmaninoff: Suite for two pianos
Khachaturian: “Sabre Dance” for two pianos eight-hands
$25 (concert); $84 (concert & dinner)
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 31 (3 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220, near Hot Springs, Bath County
Audrey Andrist, Genevieve Feiwen Lee, Lois Svard & Patti Wolf, pianos
Gershwin: “Variations on ‘I Got Rhythm’ ” for two pianos
Brahms: Hungarian dances for piano four-hands
Stravinsky: “Three Movements from ‘Petrouchka’ ” for two pianos
Debussy: “En blanc et noir” for two pianos
Ellington-Strayhorn: “Tonk” for two pianos
Sousa: “The Stars and Stripes Forever” for two pianos eight-hands
$25 (concert); $43 (concert & picnic)
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org
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New York’s Metropolitan Opera, which had planned to lock out workers whose unions did not agree to new contract terms by July 31, has extended negotiations for another 72 hours.

The company issued a statement saying it has agreed to terms with three of the 15 unions representing its employees, those of service workers such as ushers and cleaners, employees of the call center and building engineers.

The three-day extension of talks was requested by the Federal Mediation Service, which was called in on negotiations between the Met and two of its largest employee unions, those representing singers, dancers, stage and managers and directors, and orchestra musicians and music staff. Negotiations also are continuing with the stagehands’ union, the company said.

The Met, which says that two-thirds of its $327 million operating budget is spent on pay and benefits for union workers, has been seeking concessions from those employees.

UPDATE (AUG. 2): The Met and the union representing its musicians have agreed to a one-week contract extension while an independent financial review is conducted. The extension effectively puts negotiations on hold with all 12 of the unions with which the company has not yet agreed on contract terms.
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July 31
noon-4 p.m. EDT
1600-2000 UTC
1700-2100 GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
www.wdce.org

Mozart: “Cosí fan tutte” Overture
Concerto Köln/René Jacobs (Harmonia Mundi France)

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major
Leif Ove Andsnes,
piano & director
Mahler Chamber Orchestra
(Sony Classical)

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

Vivaldi: Concerto in E flat major, RV 253
(“La Tempesta di Mare”)
Simon Standage, violin
The English Concert/Trevor Pinnock (CRD)

Tchaikovsky: “Souvenir de Florence”
Sarah Chang & Bernhard Hartog, violins; Wolfram Christ & Tanja Christ, violas; Georg Faust & Olaf Maninger, cellos (EMI Classics)

Liszt: “Études de Paganini”
No. 1 in G minor (“Tremolo”),
No. 2 in E flat major (“Octave”),
No. 3 in G sharp minor (“La Campanella”)
Marc-André Hamelin, piano (Hyperion)

Lalo: “Symphonie espagnole”
Maxim Vengerov, violin
Philharmonia Orchestra/Antonio Pappano
(EMI Classics)

Past Masters:
Dohnányi: “Variations on a Nursery Song”
Erno Dohnányi, piano
London Symphony Orchestra/Lawrance Collingwood (EMI Classics)
(recorded 1931)

François-Adrien Boieldieu: “The Caliph of Baghdad” Overture
New Philharmonia Orchestra/Richard Bonynge (Decca)

Past Masters:
Rimsky-Korsakov: “Scheherazade”
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Fritz Reiner
(RCA Victor)
(recorded 1960)

Saint-Saëns: “Samson et Delila” – Bacchanale
Montreal Symphony Orchestra/Charles Dutoit (London)
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