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My review for the Richmond Times-Dispatch of Philip Glass and colleagues, playing the composer’s piano etudes on Feb. 4 at the University of Richmond’s Modlin Arts Center:

http://www.richmond.com/entertainment/music/article_1cc4f588-e33c-5602-ae26-5db260267965.html
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One of the most enticing and durable mysteries in classical music is theme of Edward Elgar’s “Enigma Variations.” (Hardly anyone refers to the piece using Elgar’s title, “Variations on an Original Theme.”) The composer, writing at the time of the premiere in 1899, called his theme a “dark saying” that “must be left unguessed, and I warn you that the [connection] between the Variations and the Theme is often of the slightest texture; further, through and over the whole set another and larger theme ‘goes’, but is not played . . . ”

Bob Padgett, a violinist and teacher in Plano, Texas, believes he has cracked the code. Elgar scholars doubt it. Daniel Estrin, writing for The New Republic, chronicles the sleuth’s hunt for the enigma:

http://newrepublic.com/article/139816/breaking-elgars-enigma
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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: Composer Philip Glass, who celebrated his 80th birthday on Jan. 31, joins four colleagues, including eighth blackbird’s Lisa Kaplan, to play his complete piano études, Feb. 4 at the University of Richmond’s Modlin Arts Center. . . . Guitarist Jason Vieaux joins Steven Smith and the Richmond Symphony in Dan Visconti’s “Living Language,”
a new concerto co-commissioned by the symphony, in a Masterworks program also featuring works by Rossini and Beethoven, Feb. 4-5 at the Carpenter Theatre of Dominion Arts Center. . . . The symphony’s timpanist, Jim Jacobson, is featured in J.C.C. Fischer’s rarely heard Symphony in C major with eight obbligato timpani, alongside works of Beethoven and Bruce Adolphe, in a Rush Hour casual concert on Feb. 16 at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and a Metro Collection matinee on Feb. 19 at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland. . . . The internationally lauded Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir sings works by Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Arvo Pärt and Veljo Tormis, Feb. 12 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. . . . David Goode, the celebrated young English organist, performs on Feb. 17 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. . . . Virginia Opera brings its “Magic Marksman,” an English-language production of Weber’s “Der Freischütz,” to Dominion Arts Center on Feb. 17 and 19, following performances the previous weekend at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax. . . . The Montrose Trio – pianist Jon Kimura Parker and two alumni of the Tokyo String Quartet, violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith – plays piano trios of Shostakovich, Beethoven and Brahms, Feb. 18 in a Rennolds Chamber Concerts program at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Singleton Arts Center. . . . The Shanghai Quartet and pipa (Chinese lute) virtuoso Wu Man play Chinese and Chinese-American chamber works, Feb. 19 at UR’s Modlin Center. . . . The Ron McCurdy Quartet brings “The Langston Hughes Project,” featuring Hughes’ “Ask Your Mama” Suite, to VCU’s Singleton Center on Feb. 21.
. . . The Richmond Symphony accompanies “Windborne’s Music of David Bowie,” Feb. 25 at the Altria Theater.

* Noteworthy elsewhere: Washington’s Kennedy Center celebrates the Lunar New Year on Feb. 6 with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra and guests performing Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” and Chinese compositions.
. . . Violinist Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Yuja Wang play Janácek, Schubert, Debussy and Bartók, Feb. 7 at Strathmore in the Maryland suburbs of DC. . . . Violinist Joshua Bell plays and conducts in a Kennedy Center mini-residency, with a recital of Beethoven, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Sarasate and more on Feb. 10, a National Symphony Orchestra program of Beethoven and Lalo – a new choreographed version of the “Symphonie espagnole” – on Feb. 11, and “The Man with the Violin,” a National Symphony family program, on Feb. 12. . . . The Venice Baroque Orchestra samples Vivaldi, Geminiani, Locatelli and more on Feb. 13 at the Kennedy Center, and is joined by violinist Nicola Benedetti in Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” on Feb. 14 at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. . . . Violinist Hilary Hahn joins Cornelius Meister and the National Symphony for Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, on a progam also featuring works by Dvorák, Janácek and Richard Strauss, Feb. 16-18 at the Kennedy Center. . . . The contemporary orchestra A Far Cry is joined by the vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, Feb. 18 at the Moss Arts Center of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. . . . Johannes Moser, the celebrated young German cellist, plays the Dvorák Concerto in B minor with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Feb. 19 at Strathmore. . . . Trumpeter-composer Wynton Marsalis, with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, choirs and symphony orchestra, performs “All Rise,” his ode to New Orleans and the blues, Feb. 24 and 26 at Strathmore. . . . Kate Lindsey, the Richmond-born mezzo-soprano, stars in “Dead Man Walking” by Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally, a Washington National Opera production opening at the Kennedy Center on Feb. 25 and 27, with more performances in March. . . . Pianist Nikolai Lugansky joins Yuri Temirkanov and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic in a program of Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich, Feb. 27 at the Kennedy Center.


Feb. 2 (8 p.m.)
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News
Feb. 3 (8 p.m.)
Chrysler Hall, 215 St. Paul’s Boulevard, Norfolk
Virginia Symphony Pops
Benjamin Rous conducting
“Classical Mystery Tour: a Tribute to the Beatles”
$25-$100
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

Feb. 2 (7 p.m.)
Feb. 4 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach conducting
Tchaikovsky: Serenade in C major
Christopher Rouse: Trombone Concerto
Craig Mulcahy, trombone
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F major
$25-$99
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Feb. 2 (8 p.m.)
Theater of the Arts, University of the District of Columbia, Washington
Danish String Quartet
Beethoven: Quartet in G major, Op. 18, No. 2
Alfred Schnittke: Quartet No. 3
Beethoven: Quartet in B flat major, Op. 130
Beethoven: “Great Fugue,” Op. 133
$47
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts)
http://www.washingtonperformingarts.com

Feb. 2 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Markus Stenz conducting
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491
Gabriela Montero, piano
Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 (“Romantic”)
$35-$99
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

Feb. 3 (7 p.m.)
Family Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Renée Fleming VOICES:
Rinde Eckert, vocalist-instrumentalist
“RIN – Tales from the Life of a Troubadour”
$29
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Feb. 4 (7:30 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
Philip Glass, composer & pianist
Maki Namekawa, Aaron Diehl, Timo Andres & Lisa Kaplan, pianists
Glass: études (complete)
$50
(804) 289-8980
http://modlin.richmond.edu

Feb. 4 (8 p.m.)
Feb. 5 (3 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony
Steven Smith conducting
Rossini: “Semiramide” Overture
Dan Visconti: “Living Language”
Jason Vieaux, guitar
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F major
$10-$80
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Feb. 4 (3:30 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Mimi Stillman, flute
Charles Abramovic, piano
program TBA
free
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu/events

Feb. 4 (7:30 p.m.)
Moss Arts Center, Virginia Tech, 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg
National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
Theodore Kuchar conducting
Dvorák: “Carnival” Overture
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3
Alexei Grynyuk, piano
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5
$25-$55
(540) 231-5100
http://artscenter.vt.edu

Feb. 4 (8 p.m.)
Feb. 5 (2 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
Virginia Opera
Adam Turner conducting
Weber: “Der Freischütz” (“The Magic Marksman”)
Andrew Paulson (Prince Ottokar)
Kevin Langan (Cuno)
Corey Bix (Max)
Joseph Barron (Caspar)
Trevor Neal (Kilian)
Jake Gardner (Hermit/Samiel)
Kara Shay Thomson (Agathe)
Katherine Polit (Ännchen)
Stephen Lawless, stage director
in English, English captions
$52-$110
(888) 945-2468 (Tickets.com)
http://vaopera.org

Feb. 5 (3 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
Richard Becker, piano
works TBA by Chopin, Becker, others
free
(804) 289-8980
http://modlin.richmond.edu

Feb. 5 (3 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
St. Olaf Choir
Anton Armstrong directing
program TBA
$10-$50
(301) 581-5100
http://www.strathmore.org

Feb. 6 (7:30 p.m.)
Chrysler Museum of Art, 1 Memorial Place, Norfolk
Feldman Chamber Music Series:
Trio Tremonti
Mozart: Piano Trio in B flat major, K. 502
Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2, Op. 67
Dvorák: Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 26
$30
(757) 552-1630
http://www.feldmanchambermusic.org

Feb. 6 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
Beijing Symphony Orchestra
Muhai Tang conducting
“Lunar New Year at the Kennedy Center”
Mahler: “Das Lied von der Erde”
Kang Wang, tenor
Huiling Zhu, mezzo-soprano
Huang Ruo: “Wind Blows . . . ”
Liang Wang, oboe
Qigang Chen: “Eloignement”
“The Imperial Concubine in Tang Dynasty” – “Ode to Pear Blossom”
Xinyue Zhang, vocalist
$15-$39
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Feb. 7 (8 p.m.)
Williamsburg Library Theatre, 515 Scotland St.
Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg:
Trio Tremonti
Mozart: Piano Trio in B flat major, K. 502
Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2, Op. 67
Dvorák: Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 26
$15 (waiting list)
(757) 220-0051
http://www.chambermusicwilliamsburg.org

Feb. 7 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Leonidas Kavakos, violin
Yuja Wang, piano
Janácek: Violin Sonata
Schubert: Fantasy in C major, D. 934
Debussy: Violin Sonata
Bartók: Violin Sonata No. 1 in C sharp minor
$45-$80
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts)
http://www.washingtonperformingarts.com

Feb. 10 (8 p.m.)
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News
Feb. 11 (8 p.m.)
Chrysler Hall, 215 St. Paul’s Boulevard, Norfolk
Feb. 12 (2:30 p.m.)
Sandler Arts Center, 201 S. Market St., Virginia Beach
Virginia Symphony
JoAnn Falletta conducting
Bernard Herrmann: “Vertigo” Suite
John Corigliano: “The Red Violin” – Chaconne
Massenet: “Thaïs” – Meditation
Elina Vähälä, violin
Copland: “The Red Pony” Suite
Gershwin: “An American in Paris”
$25-$110
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

Feb. 10 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
Joshua Bell, violin
Sam Haywood, piano
Beethoven: Sonata in D major, Op. 12
Brahms: “F.A.E.” Sonata – Scherzo in C minor, WoO 2
Brahms: Sonata in D minor, Op. 108
Aaron Jay Kernis: “Air”
John Lithgow, narrator
Ysaÿe: Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 27 (“Georges Enescu”)
Rachmaninoff: Vocalise
Sarasate: “Carmen Fantasy”
$50-$125
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts)
http://www.washingtonperformingarts.com

Feb. 11 (2 p.m.)
Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library, First and Franklin streets
Capital Opera Richmond
J.S. Bach: Cantata 140, “Sleepers Awake” – Prelude
Mozart: “Bastien and Bastienne”
free
(804) 646-7223
http://www.richmondpubliclibrary.org

Feb. 11 (4 p.m.)
Grace & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 8 N. Laurel St., Richmond
Elizabeth Melcher Davis & Cheryl Van Ornam, organ
James River Brass
program TBA
free
reception follows
(804) 359-5628
http://ghtc.org

Feb. 11 (7:30 p.m.)
Feb. 12 (3 p.m.)
Shaftman Performance Hall, Jefferson Center, 541 Luck Ave. SW, Roanoke
Roanoke Symphony
Janna Hymes conducting
Wagner: “Siegfried Idyll”
Haydn: Divertimento in C major, Hob. XIV:4
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467 – II. Andante
David Stewart Wiley, piano
Tchaikovsky: Serenade in C major
$29-$52
(540) 343-9127
http://rso.com

Feb. 11 (2 p.m.)
Theater of the Arts, University of the District of Columbia, Washington
Igor Levit, piano
Shostakovich: Preludes and Fugues, Op. 24 –
No. 10 in C sharp minor
No. 4 in E minor
No. 12 in G sharp minor
Frederic Rzewski: “Dreams II”
Beethoven: “Diabelli Variations”
$47
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts)
http://www.washingtonperformingarts.com

Feb. 11 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Joshua Bell & Michael Stern conducting
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major
Lalo: “Symphonie espagnole” (choreographed version)
Joshua Bell, violin
Dance Higinbotham
$59-$125
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Feb. 11 (8 p.m.)
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW, Washington
Colin Currie, percussion
Elliott Carter: “Figment V”
Per Nørgård: “I Ching” – “Fire over Water”
Toshio Hosokawa: “Reminiscence”
Bruno Montovani: “Moi, Jeu”
Iannis Xenakis: “Rebonds B”
Stockhausen: “Vibra-Elufa”
Rolf Wallin: “Realismos Magicos”
$30
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts)
http://www.washingtonperformingarts.com

Feb. 12 (3 p.m.)
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Laurel Street at Floyd Avenue, Richmond
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Kaspars Putninš directing
Arvo Pärt: “Solfeggio”
Tchaikovsky: “Nine Sacred Choruses” –
III. “Cherubic Hymn”
VII. “Blessed Are They, Whom Thou Hast Chosen”
IX. “Now the Powers of Heaven”
Pärt: “Nunc dimitis”
Pärt: “The Woman with the Alabaster Box”
Pärt: “Dopo la vittoria”
Veljo Tormis: “Tower Bell of My Village”
Sibelius: “Six Partsongs” – VI. “Song of My Heart”
Sibelius: “Beloved”
Sibelius: “Fire on the Island”
Tormis: “Curse Upon Iron”
$45
(804) 359-5651
http://richmondcathedral.org

Feb. 12 (2 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Michael Stern conducting
Joshua Bell, violin
“The Man with the Violin”
family program TBA
$29-$49
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Feb. 13 (7 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Guitar Studio
“Music of the Renaissance”
program TBA
free
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events/

Feb. 13 (7:30 p.m.)
Theater Lab, Kennedy Center, Washington
Fortas Chamber Music Series:
Venice Baroque Orchestra
Andrea Marcon directing
Corelli: Concerto grosso in D major, Op. 6, No. 4
Vivaldi: Concerto in A minor for cello, strings, and basso continuo, RV 419
Charles Avison: Concerto grosso No. 3 in D minor (after Scarlatti)
Vivaldi: Concerto in C major for sopranino recorder, strings, and basso continuo, RV 443
Locatelli: Concerto grosso in C minor, Op. 1, No. 11
Vivaldi: Concerto in G major for two violins and basso continuo, RV 516
Vivaldi: Concerto in B minor for four violins, cello, and basso continuo, RV 580
Geminiani: Concerto grosso in D minor (“La Follia”) (after Corelli)
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Feb. 14 (7:30 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Tuesday Evening Concerts:
Venice Baroque Orchestra
Andrea Marcon directing
Nicola Benedetti, violin
Galuppi: Concerto a quattro No. 2 in G major
John Avison: Concerto grosso No. 8 in E minor (after Scarlatti)
Geminiani: Concerto grosso in D minor (“La Follia”) (after Corelli)
Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in D major
Vivaldi: “The Four Seasons”
$12-$35
(434) 924-3376
http://tecs.org

Feb. 16 (6:30 p.m.)
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Overbrook Road at Ownby Lane, Richmond
Richmond Symphony Rush Hour
Steven Smith conducting
Jim Jacobson, timpani
music by Beethoven, Johann Carl Christian Fischer, Bruce Adolphe
$15
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Feb. 16 (7 p.m.)
Feb. 17 (8 p.m.)
Feb. 18 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Cornelius Meister conducting
Dvorák: “The Noonday Witch”
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor
Hilary Hahn, violin
Janácek-Talich: “The Cunning Little Vixen” Suite
Richard Strauss: “Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks”
$15-$89
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Feb. 17 (7 p.m.)
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Grove Avenue at Three Chopt Road, Richmond
Richmond chapter, American Guild of Organists’ Repertoire Recital Series:
David Goode, organ
J. S. Bach: Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 – Chaconne (various arrangements)
William Harris: Prelude in E flat major
Franck: Choral No. 1 in E major
Herbert Howells: Rhapsody No. 3
David Goode: Prelude, “One thing I ask”
Frank Bridge: Adagio in E major
Liszt-Goode: Concert Study, “Waldesrauschen”
Zsolt Gárdonyi: “Mozart Changes”
donation requested
(804) 288-2867
http://richmondago.org

Feb. 17 (8 p.m.)
Feb. 19 (2:30 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Virginia Opera
Adam Turner conducting
Weber: “Der Freischütz” (“The Magic Marksman”)
Andrew Paulson (Prince Ottokar)
Kevin Langan (Cuno)
Corey Bix (Max)
Joseph Barron (Caspar)
Trevor Neal (Kilian)
Jake Gardner (Hermit/Samiel)
Kara Shay Thomson (Agathe)
Katherine Polit (Ännchen)
Stephen Lawless, stage director
in English, English captions
$19-$114
(866) 673-7282
http://vaopera.org

Feb. 17 (8:15 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop conducting & speaking
Johannes Moser, cello
“Off the Cuff: Dvorák’s Cello Concerto”
$35-$99
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

Feb. 18 (8 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
Rennolds Chamber Concerts:
Montrose Trio
Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op. 8
Beethoven: Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 1, No. 3
Brahms: Piano Trio in B major, Op. 8
$34
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events/

Feb. 18 (7 p.m.)
McLeod Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Virginia Glee Club
Virginia Gentlemen
Virginia Women’s Chorus
The Academical Village People
Hoos in Treble
Harmonious Hoo
The Virginia Belles
The Sil’hooettes
The New Dominions
The Flying V’s
“SingFest 2017: an A Capella Palooza”
$5; proceeds benefit Blue Ridge Area Food Bank
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu/events

Feb. 18 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Feb. 19 (3:30 p.m.)
Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center, Charlottesville High School, 1400 Melbourne Road
Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia
Adam Boyles conducting
Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D major
Bella Hristova, violin
Nielsen: Symphony No. 4 (“Inextinguishable”)
$8-$45
(434) 924-3376
http://cvillesymphony.org

Feb. 18 (7:30 p.m.)
Moss Arts Center, Virginia Tech, 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg
A Far Cry
Roomful of Teeth
Prokofiev: “Visions fugitives”
Ted Hearne: “Coloring Book”
Hearne: “Law of Mosaics”
Caroline Shaw: “Music in Common Time”
$20-$45
(540) 231-5100
http://artscenter.vt.edu

Feb. 18 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Brian Ganz, piano
“Chopin: a Young Genius”
Chopin: nocturnes, Op. 9
Chopin: études, Op. 10
Chopin: “Introduction and Variations on a German Air (‘Der Schweizerbub’),” Op. posth.
Chopin: Polonaise in A flat major, Op. posth.
Chopin: Polonaise in G sharp minor, Op. posth.
Chopin: Mazurka in G major, Op. posth.
Chopin: Mazurka in D major, Op. posth.
$34-$88
(301) 581-5100
http://www.strathmore.org

Feb. 19 (3 p.m.)
Blackwell Auditorium, Randolph-Macon College, 205 Henry St., Ashland
Richmond Symphony
Steven Smith conducting
Bruce Adolphe: “Tryannosaurus Sue: A Cretaceous Concerto”
Johann Carl Christian Fischer: Symphony in C major with eight obbligato timpani
Jim Jacobson, timpani
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B flat major
$22
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Feb. 19 (7 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Woodwind Ensembles
program TBA
free
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events/

Feb. 19 (7:30 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
Shanghai Quartet
Wu Man, pipa
Yi-Wen Jiang: “China Song” (selections)
Zhou Long: “Song of the Ch’in”
Zhao Lin: “Red Lantern”
Tan Dun: Concerto for pipa and string quartet
$36
(804) 289-8980
http://modlin.richmond.edu

Feb. 19 (3 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop conducting
Jonathan Leshnoff: “Dancin’ Blue Crabs” (premiere)
Barber: Symphony No. 1
Copland: “A Lincoln Portrait”
Kwame Kwei-Armah, narrator
Dvorák: Cello Concerto in B minor
Johannes Moser, cello
$35-$99
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

Feb. 20 (7:30 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
Neumann Lecture on Music:
Deborah Wong
“Listening to Pain”
free
(804) 289-8980
http://modlin.richmond.edu

Feb. 20 (7:30 p.m.)
Theater Lab, Kennedy Center, Washington
Fortas Chamber Music Series:
Aizuri Quartet
Beethoven: Quartet in D major, Op. 18, No. 6
Webern: “Langsammer Satz”
Caroline Shaw: “Blueprint”
Mendelssohn: Quartet in A minor, Op. 13
$45
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Feb. 21 (8 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
Ron McCurdy Quartet
“The Langston Hughes Project”
Hughes: “Ask Your Mama” Suite
free
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events/

Feb. 22 (7 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Terry Austin directing
program TBA
$10
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events/

Feb. 22 (8 p.m.)
Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Mason Bates’ KC Jukebox:
Victor Gama, multi-instrumentalist
other artists TBA
“Music & Instruments of Victor Gama”
Gama: works TBA
Bates: “Difficult Bamboo”
Caroline Shaw: Valencia”
Mike Savino: works TBA
party follows concert
$19-$29
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Feb. 22 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra Pops
Jules Buckley conducting
Snarky Puppy, guest stars
$25-$75
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Feb. 23 (8 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Symphony
Daniel Myssyk conducting
program TBA
$10
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events/

Feb. 23 (8 p.m.)
Crosswalk Community Church, 7575 Richmond Road, Williamsburg
Feb. 25 (8 p.m.)
Regent University Theater, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach
Virginia Symphony
Benjamin Rous conducting
Mozart: “The Abduction from the Seraglio” Overture
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219 (“Turkish”)
Yun Zhang, violin
Brahms: Serenade No. 1 in D major
$25-$65
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

Feb. 23 (6:30 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
University Singers
Michael Slon directing
guest artists TBA
“An Evening with Claude-Michel Schönberg & Alain Boublil”
selections TBA from Schönberg & Boubil musicals
free; ticket required
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu/events

Feb. 24 (7 p.m.)
Trinity Lutheran Church, 2315 N. Parham Road, Richmond
James River Brass
Daniel Stipe, organ
Craig Phillips: Suite for organ and brass
Sigfrid Karg-Elert: “Praise the Lord with Drums and Cymbals”
Carlyle Sharpe: “Confitemini Domino”
free
(804) 270-4626
http://www.trinityrichmond.net

Feb. 24 (7:30 p.m.)
St. Bridget Catholic Church, 6006 Three Chopt Road, Richmond
St. Bridget’s Chamber Choir
William Buckley directing
program TBA
free
(804) 282-9511
http://saintbridgetchurch.org

Feb. 24 (7 p.m.)
Roper Arts Center, 340 Granby St., Norfolk
Virginia Symphony
Benjamin Rous conducting
Mozart: “The Abduction from the Seraglio” Overture
Ravel: “Mother Goose” Suite – “Empress of the Pagodas”
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219 (“Turkish”)
Yun Zhang, violin
$9-$50
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

Feb. 24 (8 p.m.)
Feb. 25 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra Pops
Darin Atwater conducting
Ledisi & Mellow Tones, guest stars
$29-$99
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Feb. 24 (8 p.m.)
Feb. 26 (4 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Wynton Marsalis, trumpet
Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
National Philharmonic
Morgan State University Choir
Choral Arts Society of Washington
William Eddins conducting
Marsalis: “All Rise”
$65-$175
(301) 581-5100
http://www.strathmore.org

Feb. 25 (8 p.m.)
Altria Theater, Main and Laurel streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony
Brent Havens conducting
“Windborne’s Music of David Bowie”
$20-$75
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Feb. 25 (7 p.m.)
Feb. 27 (7 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington
Washington National Opera
Michael Christie conducting
Jake Heggie & Terrence McNally: “Dead Man Walking”
Kate Lindsey (Sister Helen Prejean)
Michael Mayes (Joseph De Rocher)
Susan Graham (Mrs. De Rocher)
Jacqueline Echols (Sister Rose)
Wayne Tigges (Owen Hart)
Francesco Zambello, stage director
in English, English captions
$45-$300
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Feb. 25 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Nicholas McGegan conducting
Rameau: “Dardanus” Suite
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216
Henning Kraggerud, violin
Schubert: “Overture in the Italian Style”
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major (“Italian”)
$35-$99
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

Feb. 26 (4 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
Theodore Kuchar conducting
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major
Dima Tkachenko, violin
Stravinsky: “The Firebird” Suite
$36-$60
(888) 945-2468 (Tickets.com)
http://cfa.gmu.edu

Feb. 26 (3:30 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Shawn Earle, clarinet
Rory Cowal, piano
“Canadian Vignettes”
Oskar Morawetz: Sonata for clarinet and piano
Elliott Wesgarber: “Empty Sky Ko Ku”
Lucio Agostini: “Trio Québecois”
Gordon Fitzell: “Bliss Point”
Omar Daniel: “Three Chambers”
Leon Zuckert: “Doina Romanian Fantasia”
Denis Gougeon: “Six Thèmes Solaires”
$15
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu/events

Feb. 27 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
St. Petersburg Philharmonic
Yuri Temirkanov conducting
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor
Nikolai Lugansky, piano
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5
$40-$110
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts)
http://www.washingtonperformingarts.com

Feb. 28 (6 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Flute Studio
program TBA
free
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events/
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Feb. 1
noon-3 p.m. EST
1700-2000 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

Mozart: “The Magic Flute” Overture
Zürich Opera Orchestra/
Nikolaus Harnoncourt
(Teldec)

Shostakovich:
Piano Concerto No. 1
Boris Gitburg, piano
Rhys Owens, trumpet
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/
Vasily Petrenko
(Naxos)

Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major
Gewandhaus Orchestra, Leipzig/Riccardo Chailly
(Decca)

J.S. Bach:
“Brandenburg” Concerto
No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
Akademie für
alte Musik Berlin
(Harmonia Mundi)

George Onslow:
Quartet in C minor,
Op. 8, No. 1
Ruggieri Quartet
(Aparte)

Ginastera: Concerto for string orchestra
Amsterdam Sinfonietta/Candida Thompson
(Channel Classics)

Hubert Parry:
Symphonic Variations
in E minor
Royal Scottish
National Orchestra/
Andrew Penny
(Naxos)

Past Masters:
Brahms:
Symphony No. 1 in C minor
Berlin Philharmonic/Karl Böhm
(recorded 1959)
(Deutsche Grammophon)
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My review for the Richmond Times-Dispatch of violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, performing on Jan. 28 in a Rennolds Chamber Concerts program at Virginia Commonwealth University:

http://www.richmond.com/entertainment/music/article_318e62a5-2f09-5619-91c2-11e433dd2f49.html
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Philip Glass, marking his 80th birthday on Jan. 31 with the premiere of his Symphony No. 11 by Dennis Russell Davies and the Bruckner Orchestra Linz at New York’s Carnegie Hall, finds that his music is “always recognizably me. Not because I don’t try not to be me: I do try, and I fail all the time. The best thing for me is when I play a new piece and someone says, ‘Oh, it doesn’t sound like you.’ That, to me, is success,” the composer tells William Robin in an interview for The New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/27/arts/interview-philip-glass-celebrates-his-80th-birthday-with-an-11th-symphony.html

Glass, Maki Namekawa, Aaron Diehl, Timo Andres and eighth blackbird’s Lisa Kaplan will play his complete set of piano etudes at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at the University of Richmond’s Modlin Arts Center.

Details: http://modlin.richmond.edu/events/modlin-arts-presents/philip-glass.html
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Matthew VanBesien, president of the New York Philharmonic, is resigning to take over direction of the University Musical Society, the principal performance presenter at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

VanBesien’s departure follows recent resignations by the philharmonic’s chief fund-raiser and head of artistic planning.

Alan Gilbert, the philharmonic’s current music director, ends his tenure at the end of this season, and his successor, Jaap van Zweden, will not formally assume the music director’s position until the 2018-19 season.

Vacancies in these top positions add to already uncertain prospects for the institution. The orchestra, which has run deficits for 15 years, already was facing several years of performing outside its home venue, David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fisher Hall) at Lincoln Center, while the space undergoes an extensive, $500 million-plus renovation. Because of complications in the redesign, the projected reopening date has been pushed back to fall 2022.

Management turnover at the philharmonic “is staggering, which threatens to make the planning process more chaotic, and give potential donors pause,” The New York Times’ Michael Cooper reports:

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/24/arts/music/new-york-philharmonic-president-to-step-down.html
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Serge Koussevitzky is remembered in this country as the longtime conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, founder of Tanglewood, the music camp and festival in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, and a leading advocate of living composers. His promotion of modern music pre-dated his American years. In Paris, Koussevitzky made his Grands Concerts symphoniques a showcase of the new and different. Staged from 1921 to 1929, these concerts introduced an extraordinary number of works, many of which have become staples of the symphonic repertory. They also featured early music, much of it little-known at the time. In this program, we’ll revisit Koussevitzky’s Paris concerts, including their most famous premiere, Maurice Ravel’s orchestration of Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” commissioned by Koussevitzky and first performed under his direction on Oct. 19, 1922.

Jan. 25
noon-3 p.m. EST
1700-2000 UTC/GMT
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

Scriabin: “The Poem of Ecstasy”
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/
Pierre Boulez
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Germaine Tailleferre: Concertino for harp and orchestra
Nicanor Zabaleta, harp
French National
Radio Orchestra/
Jean Martinon
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Debussy:
Danse (“Tarantelle Styrienne”)
(orchestration by
Maurice Ravel)
Ulster Orchestra/
Yan Pascal Tortelier
(Chandos)
 
Past Masters:
J.S. Bach: “Italian Concerto”
in F major, BWV 971
Wanda Landowska,
harpsichord
(recorded 1938)
(EMI Classics)

Past Masters:
Stravinsky:
Octet for wind instruments
Boston Symphony
Chamber Players
(recorded 1974)
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Prokofiev:
Violin Concerto No. 1
in D major
Julia Fischer, violin
Russian National Orchestra/
Yakov Kreizberg
(Pentatone Classics)

Past Masters:
Honegger: “Pacific 231”
Suisse Romande Orchestra/
Ernest Ansermet
(recorded 1963)
(Decca)

Bloch:
Concerto grosso No. 1
Israel Chamber Orchestra/
Yoav Talmi
(Chandos)

Past Masters:
Mussorgsky:
“Pictures at an Exhibition”
(orchestration by
Maurice Ravel)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/
Fritz Reiner
(recorded 1957)
(RCA Victor)
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My review for the Richmond Times-Dispatch of the Richmond Symphony’s Jan. 22 Metro Collection concert at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland:

http://www.richmond.com/entertainment/music/article_792aec91-4fdd-5f14-9bad-d29bae192b0e.html
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My review for the Richmond Times-Dispatch of pianist Jeremy Denk, presenting his “Medieval to Modern” recital program on Jan. 21 at the University of Richmond’s Modlin Arts Center:

http://www.richmond.com/entertainment/music/article_aa24422c-e3ca-5976-8f9f-216b174120ea.html
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