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Classical performances in and around Richmond, with selected events elsewhere in Virginia and the Washington area. Program information, provided by presenters, is updated as details become available. Adult single-ticket prices are listed; senior, student/youth, group and other discounts may be offered.

* In and around Richmond: The Richmond Symphony previews its 2016-17 season with free outdoor concerts, both led by its associate conductor, Chia-Hsuan Lin, Sept. 10 at Pocahontas State Park and Sept. 17 at Chester Village Green, both in Chesterfield County. . . . The symphony season formally begins with violinist Itzhak Perlman joining the orchestra and its music director, Steven Smith, in a sold-out concert on Sept. 25, and with Smith conducting and discussing works of Richard Strauss and Leonard Bernstein in the first of the season’s Rush Hour mini-concerts on Sept. 30, both at Dominion Arts Center. . . . The Richmond Piano Trio – University of Richmond-based pianist Joanne Kong and two symphony principals, violinist Daisuke Yamamoto and cellist Neal Cary – plays Beethoven, Boccherini and Ravel in the first classical program of the season at UR’s Modlin Arts Center on Sept. 14.
. . . Pianist Alexander Paley returns for his 19th fall music festival in Richmond, joined by his wife and piano four-hands partner, Pei-Wen Chen, and by violinist Yamamoto, cellist Nicholas Finch, clarinetist Charles West and French horn player James Ferree in music of Vivaldi, Mozart, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and others, Sept. 16-18 at St. Luke Lutheran Church. . . . The Dover Quartet plays Beethoven, Britten and Shostakovich in the season opener of the Rennolds Chamber Concerts series, Sept. 17
at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Singleton Arts Center. . . . The Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia launches its season with a free program of Boccherini and George Onslow on Sept. 17 at the Richmond Public Library, and a ticketed all-Schubert program of the “Trout” Quintet, featuring Carsten Schmidt playing a period-style fortepiano, and String Quintet in C major, Sept. 18 at Second Presbyterian Church. . . . Singer Ute Gfrerer, with Virginia Opera’s Adam Turner at the piano, previews the company’s production of Kurt Weill’s “The Seven Deadly Sins” in a cabaret program, “Sinful Nights,” Sept. 17 at Dominion Arts Center, following a Sept. 14 date at the Copeland Center in Norfolk.

* Noteworthy elsewhere: The Garth Newel Piano Quartet and guests play Schubert, Dvorák, Shostakovich and more on Sept. 3 and 4 in the final programs of the summer season at Garth Newel Music Center, near Hot Springs in Bath County. . . . The Virginia Symphony begins a chamber-music series with an all-Brahms program, Sept. 7 at Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Arts Center in Newport News, and launches its subscription season with conductor JoAnn Falletta and pianist Conrad Tao in program of Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky and Borodin, Sept. 23-25 at venues in Newport News, Norfolk and Virginia Beach.
. . . The Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival presents Toshio Hosokawa’s one-act opera on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” and works by Dvorák, Brahms, Chausson, Enescu, Debussy, Shostakovich and others in seven concerts, Sept. 8-22 at various venues. . . . Edgar Meyer, the star of the double-bass, plays Bach and his own music, Sept. 9 at Virginia Tech’s Moss Arts Center in Blacksburg. . . . Colin Mochrie of The Second City comedy troupe joins Steven Reineke and the National Symphony Pops for “The Second City Guide to the Symphony,” Sept. 15-17 at Washington’s Kennedy Center. . . . Washington National Opera stages Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” with soprano Amanda Majeski in the role of Countess Almaviva, in five performances, Sept. 22-30 at the Kennedy Center Opera House. . . . Kate Tamarkin launches her farewell season as music director of the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia with Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” and works by Charles Tomlinson Griffes and Dan Welcher, Sept. 23 at UVa’s Old Cabell Hall and Sept. 25 at Charlottesville High School. . . . Jean-Yves Thibaudet plays Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F major with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, on a program also featuring Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasileiras” No. 5 with soprano Julia Bullock, Sept. 24 at Strathmore in the Maryland suburbs of DC. . . . Lang Lang joins Christoph Eschenbach and the National Symphony in Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Concerto in the orchestra’s season-opening gala, Sept. 25 at the Kennedy Center. . . . Adam Turner conducts an unusual double-bill of Kurt Weill’s “The Seven Deadly Sins” and Ruggero Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” in the first production of Virginia Opera’s 2016-17 season, Sept. 30 at Norfolk’s Harrison Opera House (with more performances in October in Norfolk, Fairfax and Richmond).


Sept. 1 (7:30 p.m.)
Lake Matoaca Amphitheater, 201 Ukrop Way, Williamsburg
Sept. 3 (7:30 p.m.)
Yorktown Riverwalk Landing, 425 Water St.
Sept. 4 (7 p.m.)
Chesapeake City Park, 900 Greenbrier Road
Sept. 8 (7:30 p.m.)
31st Street Stage, 31st Street at Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach
Virginia Symphony
conductor TBA
Smith: “The Star-Spangled Banner”
Berlioz: “Le Corsaire” Overture
trad.: “Shenandoah”
Handel: “Water Music” – Overture and hornpipe
Mancini: “Moon River”
Rimsky-Korsakov: “Scheherazade” – “The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship”
John Williams: “Jaws” Suite (excerpts)
Richard Rodgers-Bennett: “South Pacific” Symphony Scenario
James Horsay: “Rivers of the Chesapeake” – “The Elizabeth”
Ted Ricketts: “Pirates of the Caribbean”
Sousa: “Hands Across the Sea”
free
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

Sept. 3 (5 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220, Bath County
Garth Newel Piano Quartet
Juliette Kang, violin
Stephen Fang, cello
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57
Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D. 956
$25, $84 with dinner
(877) 558-1689
http://www.garthnewel.org

Sept. 4 (3 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220, Bath County
Garth Newel Piano Quartet
Juliette Kang, violin
Stephen Fang, cello
Chopin: Préludes, Op. 28
Boccherini: Cello Quintet in C major
Dvorák: Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81
$25, $43 with picnic
(877) 558-1689
http://www.garthnewel.org

Sept. 4 (8 p.m.)
West Lawn, US Capitol, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Steven Reineke conducting
Storm Large & Le Bonheur
Labor Day concert
works TBA by Sousa, American songwriters
free
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Sept. 7 (7 p.m.)
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News
Virginia Symphony Chamber Series:
Vahn Armstrong & Elizabeth Coulter Vonderheide, violins
Satoko Rickenbacker & Matthew Umlauf, violas
Michael Daniels & Rebecca Gilmore Phillips, cellos
Michael Byerly, clarinet
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115
Brahms: String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36
$35
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

Sept. 8 (8 p.m.)
Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Charlottesville
Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival:
Eric Jacobson, conducting
Virpi Räisänen, mezzo-soprano
Min-Young Kim & Timothy Summers, violins
Melissa Reardon, viola
Thomas Kraines, cello
Zachary Cohen, double-bass
Blair McMillen, piano
Igor Begelman, clarinet
Erik Rönmark, saxophone
Jeroen Berwaerts, trumpet
Dave Nelson, trombone
Matthew Gold & I-Jen Fang, percussion
Ives: “The Unanswered Question”
Edward Nesbit: “Funeral Music (after Purcell)” (premiere)
Toshio Hosokawa: “The Raven”
$18-$25
(434) 295-5395
http://www.cvillechambermusic.org

Sept. 8 (7:30 p.m.)
Family Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Janai Brugger, soprano
pianist TBA
program TBA
$39
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Sept. 9 (12:30 p.m.)
Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Charlottesville
Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival:
Virpi Räisänen, mezzo-soprano
Min-Young Kim & Timothy Summers, violins
Melissa Reardon, viola
Thomas Kraines & Raphael Bell, cellos
Blair McMillen, piano
Jeroen Berwaerts, trumpet
Matthew Gold & I-Jen Fang, percussion
works TBA by Mozart, Rossini, Enescu, George Benjamin
free
(434) 295-5395
http://www.cvillechambermusic.org

Sept. 9 (7:30 p.m.)
Salem Civic Center, 1001 Roanoke Boulevard
Roanoke Symphony Pops
David Stewart Wiley conducting
Billy Ocean, guest star
$32-$53
(540) 343-9127
http://rso.com

Sept. 9 (7:30 p.m.)
Fife Theatre, Moss Arts Center, Virginia Tech, 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg
Edgar Meyer, double-bass
J.S. Bach: Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
Meyer: new work TBA
other works TBA
$25-$55
(540) 231-5300
http://www.artscenter.vt.edu

Sept. 10 (6 p.m.)
Heritage Amphitheater, Pocahontas State Park, 10301 State Park Road, Chesterfield County
Richmond Symphony
Chia-Hsuan Lin conducting
Rossini: “The Barber of Seville” Overture
Britten: “Matinées musicales” (excerpts)
Lerner & Loewe-John Whitney: “My Fair Lady” Medley
Henry Mancini-John Ross: “Moon River”
Vaughan Williams: “English Folk Song Suite” (excerpts)
Rodgers & Hammerstein-Walter Paul: “Carousel” Suite
Benny Anderson-Roy Philippe: “Mamma Mia” Suite
Lalo Schifrin: “Mission Impossible” theme
free ($7 parking fee)
(804) 796-4255
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Sept. 10 (7:30 p.m.)
Town Point Park, Norfolk
Virginia Opera singers
Virginia Symphony
Adam Turner conducting
“Opera in the Park”
works TBA by Bizet, Verdi, Puccini, others
free
(866) 673-7282
http://vaopera.org

Sept. 10 (8:30 p.m.)
Live Arts, 123 E. Water St., Charlottesville
Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival:
Virpi Räisänen, mezzo–soprano
Min-Young Kim & Timothy Summers, violins
Melissa Reardon, viola
Thomas Kraines & Raphael Bell, cellos
Zachary Cohen, double-bass
Blair McMillen, piano
Angela Jones-Reus, flute
Igor Begelman, clarinet
Erik Rönmark, saxophone
Jeroen Berwaerts, trumpet
Matthew Gold & I-Jen Fang, percussion
“Music Fresh Squeezed”
program TBA
$25
(434) 295-5395
http://www.cvillechambermusic.org

Sept. 11 (4 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
John Bullard, classical banjo
program TBA
$15
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events/

Sept. 11 (3 p.m.)
Covenant Presbyterian Church, 201 Walnut Boulevard, Petersburg
performers TBA
“9/11 Fifteenth Anniversary: a Commemorative Concert”
program TBA
donations benefit Interfaith Adult Daycare
(804) 782-8240
http://covpcweb.org

Sept. 11 (3 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival:
Virpi Räisänen, mezzo–soprano
Min-Young Kim & Timothy Summers, violins
Melissa Reardon & Fitz Gary, violas
Thomas Kraines & Raphael Bell, cellos
Blair McMillen, piano
Jeroen Berwaerts, trumpet
Hindemith: Trumpet Sonata
Handel: arias TBA
Brahms: String Sextet in B flat major, Op. 18
$18-$25
(434) 295-5395
http://www.cvillechambermusic.org

Sept. 14 (7:30 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
Richmond Piano Trio
works TBA by Beethoven, Boccherini, Ravel
free
(804) 289-8980
http://modlin.richmond.edu

Sept. 14 (7:30 p.m.)
Harrison Opera House, 160 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk
Ute Gfrerer, vocalist
Adam Turner, piano
“A Sinful Night”
songs by Weill, Bernstein, Sondheim, others
$25
(866) 673-7282
http://vaopera.org

Sept. 15 (8 p.m.)
Dickenson Theater, Piedmont Virginia Community College, Charlottesville
Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival:
Timothy Summers, violin
Raphael Bell, cello
Alasdair Beatson, piano
Matthew Gold, I-Jen Fang & Mike Truesdell, percussion
Debussy: “La Mer”
Anna Thorvaldsdottir: “Aura”
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 15
$18-$25
(434) 295-5395
http://www.cvillechambermusic.org

Sept. 15 (7 p.m.)
Sept. 16 (8 p.m.)
Sept. 17 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra Pops
Steven Reineke conducting
Colin Mochrie, comedian
“The Second City Guide to the Symphony”
$24-$99
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Sept. 16 (7 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
Jesús Silva Scholarship Concert:
performers TBA
program TBA
free
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events/

Sept. 16 (7:30 p.m.)
St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Parkway, Richmond
Paley Music Festival:
Alexander Paley & Pei-Wen Chen, piano & piano four-hands
Daisuke Yamamoto, violin
Nicholas Finch, cello
James Ferree, French horn
Vivaldi: “The Four Seasons” (piano four-hands arrangement) (US premiere)
Brahms: Cello Sonata in E minor, Op. 38
Brahms: Horn Trio in E flat major, Op. 40
donation requested
(804) 665-9516
http://paleymusicfestival.org

Sept. 17 (2 p.m.)
Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library, First and Franklin streets
Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia:
Nurit Pacht & Guillaume Pirard, violins
Celia Hatton, viola
Khari Joyner & James Wilson, cellos
Boccherini: String Trio in G minor
Boccherini: Quartet in G major (“La Tiranna Spagnola”)
Boccherini: Quintet in D major (“Fandango”)
George Onslow: Quintet in C minor, Op. 38 (“The Bullet”)
free
(804) 646-7223
http://cmscva.org

Sept. 17 (7 p.m.)
Chester Village Green, 3524 Festival Park Plaza, Chesterfield County
Chesterfest:
Richmond Symphony
Chia-Hsuan Lin conducting
program TBA
free
(rain date: 5 p.m. Sept. 18)
(804) 405-5443
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Sept. 17 (7:30 p.m.)
St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Parkway, Richmond
Paley Music Festival:
Alexander Paley & Pei-Wen Chen, piano & piano four-hands
Daisuke Yamamoto, violin
Nicholas Finch, cello
Prokofiev: Cello Sonata, Op. 119
Rachmaninoff: “Six Pieces,” Op. 11, for piano four-hands
Tchaikovsky: “The Seasons”
Arensky: Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 32
donation requested
(804) 665-9516
http://paleymusicfestival.org

Sept. 17 (8 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
Rennolds Chamber Concerts:
Dover Quartet
Beethoven: Quartet in F major, Op. 18, No. 1
Britten: Quartet No. 2
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 2
$34
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events

Sept. 17 (7 p.m.)
Rhythm Hall, Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Ute Gfrerer, vocalist
Adam Turner, piano
“A Sinful Night”
songs by Weill, Bernstein, Sondheim, others
$38-$50
(866) 673-7282
http://vaopera.org

Sept. 17 (7 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Virginia Women’s Chorus
Katherine Mitchell directing
Benefit concert for survivors of sexual assault
program TBA
$10
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu/events

Sept. 17 ( 8 p.m.)
Sept. 18 (3 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
National Philharmonic
Piotr Gajewski conducting
Beethoven: “Coriolan” Overture
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major
Brian Ganz, piano
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major
$28-$88
(301) 581-5100
http://www.strathmore.org

Sept. 18 (3 p.m.)
St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Parkway, Richmond
Paley Music Festival:
Alexander Paley & Pei-Wen Chen, piano & piano four-hands
Nicholas Finch, cello
Charles West, clarinet
Mozart: Sonata in F major, K. 497, for piano four-hands
Mozart-Zemlinsky: “The Magic Flute” Suite for piano four-hands
Zemlinsky: Clarinet Trio in D minor, Op. 3
donation requested
(804) 665-9516
hhhttp://paleymusicfestival.org

Sept. 18 (4 p.m.)
Second Presbyterian Church, 5 N. Fifth St., Richmond
Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia:
Nurit Pacht & Guillaume Pirard, violins
Celia Hatton, viola
Khari Joyner & James Wilson, cellos
Tony Manzo, double-bass
Carsten Schmidt, fortepiano
Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667 (“Trout”)
Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D. 956
pre-concert talk by Wilson at 3:30 p.m.
$25
(804) 519-2098
http://cmscva.org

Sept. 18 (3 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival:
Timothy Summers, violin
Dov Scheindlin, viola
Raphael Bell, cello
Alasdair Beatson, piano
Chausson: Pièce, Op. 39
Enescu: “Concert Piece”
Fauré: Piano Quartet No. 2 in G minor
$18-$25
(434) 295-5395
http://www.cvillechambermusic.org

Sept. 19 (7:30 p.m.)
Kaufman Theater, Chrysler Museum, 1 Memorial Place, Norfolk
Feldman Chamber Music Society:
Trio Solisti
Haydn: Piano Trio in C major, Hob. XV: 27
Chausson: Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 3
Brahms: Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8
$30
(757) 552-1630
http://www.feldmanchambermusic.org

Sept. 20 (8 p.m.)
Williamsburg Library Theater, 515 Scotland St.
Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg:
Trio Solisti
Haydn: Piano Trio in C major, Hob. XV: 27
Chausson: Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 3
Brahms: Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8
$15
(757) 220-0051
http://chambermusicwilliamsburg.org

Sept. 22 (8 p.m.)
Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Charlottesville
Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival:
Axel Strauss, violin
Raphael Bell, cello
Gloria Chien, piano
Martinu: Duo No. 1 for violin and cello
Enescu: Sonata No. 2, Op. 6, for violin and piano
Dvorák: Piano Trio in F minor, Op. 65
$18-$25
(434) 295-5395
http://www.cvillechambermusic.org

Sept. 22 (7:30 p.m.)
Sept. 24 (7 p.m.)
Sept. 26 (7 p.m.)
Sept. 28 (7:30 p.m.)
Sept. 30 (7:30 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington
Washington National Opera
James Gaffigan conducting
Mozart: “The Marriage of Figaro”
Lisette Oropesa (Susanna)
Ryan McKinny (Figaro)
Amanda Majeski (Countess Almaviva)
Joshua Hopkins (Count Almaviva)
Aleksandra Romano (Cherubino)
Elizabeth Bishop (Marcellina)
Valeriano Lanchas (Doctor Bartolo)
Keith Jameson (Don Basilio)
Rexford Tester (Don Curzio)
Ariana Wehr (Barbarina)
Timothy J. Bruno (Antonio)
Peter Kazaras, stage director
in Italian, English captions
$25-$315
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Sept. 23 (7:30 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
Family Weekend Concert:
UR faculty and student performers TBA
program TBA
free
(804) 289-8980
http://modlin.richmond.edu

Sept. 23 (8 p.m.)
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News
Sept. 24 (8 p.m.)
Chrysler Hall, 215 St. Paul’s Boulevard, Norfolk
Sept. 25 (2:30 p.m.)
Sandler Arts Center, 201 S. Market St., Virginia Beach
Virginia Symphony
JoAnn Falletta conducting
Borodin: “Polovtsian Dances”
Stravinsky: “Petrouchka”
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor
Conrad Tao, piano
$25-$110
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

Sept. 23 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Sept. 25 (3:30 p.m.)
Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center, Charlottesville High School, 1400 Melbourne Road
Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia
Kate Tamarkin conducting
Charles Tomlinson Griffes: “The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan”
Dan Welcher: “Prairie Light: Three Texas Water Colors of Georgia O’Keeffe”
Rimsky-Korsakov: “Scheherazade”
Daniel Sender, violin
$10-$45
(434) 924-3376
http://cvillesymphony.org

Sept. 24 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop conducting
Villa-Lobos: “Bachianas Brasileiras” No. 5
Julia Bullock, soprano
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F major
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor
$35-$99
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

Sept. 25 (2 p.m.)
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Laurel Street at Floyd Avenue, Richmond
Brandon George, flute
Andy Lin, viola
Bridget Kibbey, harp
J.S. Bach (attr.): Sonata in G minor, BWV 1020
Debussy: Sonata for flute, viola and harp
Takemitsu: “And then I knew t’was wind”
Harald Genzmer: Trio for flute, viola and harp
Ravel-Salzedo: Sonatine
free
(804) 359-5651
http://www.richmondcathedral.org/concerts.html

Sept. 25 (8 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony
Steven Smith conducting
Richard Strauss: “Don Juan”
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor
Itzhak Perlman, violin
Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story”
Enescu: “Romanian Rhapsody” No. 1
SOLD OUT
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Sept. 25 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach & Steven Reineke conducting
Dvorák: “Carnival” Overture
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor
Lang Lang, piano
Mervyn Warren: “We Are All America”
Brian McKnight & Nnenna Freelon, vocalists
Steven Ford Singers
Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir
$59-$125
(800) 444-1324
hhttp://www.kennedy-center.org

Sept. 29 (8 p.m.)
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News
Virginia Symphony Pops
Ankush Bahl conducting
Marva Hicks, vocals
Byron Stripling, trumpet & vocals
“Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: a Musical Tribute”
$25-$100
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

Sept. 29 (7 p.m.)
Sept. 30 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner conducting
Elgar: “Falstaff”
Walton: “Henry V” Suite
Tchaikovsky: “Romeo and Juliet” Fantasy-Overture
$15-$89
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Sept. 29 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop conducting
Lori Laitman: “UNSUNG” (premiere)
Stravinsky: “Symphony in Three Movements”
Orff: “Carmina burana”
Anna Christy, soprano
Matthew Plenk, tenor
Elliot Madore, baritone
Baltimore Choral Arts Society
Peabody Children’s Chorus
$35-$99
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

Sept. 30 (6:30 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Rush Hour:
Richmond Symphony
Steven Smith conducting & speaking
Richard Strauss: “Don Juan”
Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story”
$10-$50
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Sept. 30 (8 p.m.)
Harrison Opera House, 160 W. Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk
Virginia Opera
Adam Turner conducting
Weill: “The Seven Deadly Sins”
Ute Gfrerer (Anna I)
Gabrielle Zucker (Anna II)
Bille Bruley & Stefan Barner, tenors
Lee Gregory, baritone
Christopher Morales, bass
in English with captions
Leoncavallo: “Pagliacci”
Clay Hilley (Canio)
Kelly Kaduce (Nedda)
Michael Chioldi (Tonio)
Stefan Barner (Beppe)
Lee Gregory (Silvio)
in Italian, English captions
Keturah Stickann, stage director
$32.73-$107.27
(866) 673-7282
http://vaopera.org
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Aug. 31
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WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

Chopin: Polonaise in A flat major, Op. 61
(“Polonaise-Fantasie”)
Ivan Moravec, piano
(Philips)

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: “Symphonic Variations
on an African Air”
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/
Grant Llewellyn
(Argo)

Stravinsky:
“Suite Italienne”
Leonidas Kavakos, violin
Péter Nagy, piano
(ECM)

Brahms: Piano Quintet
in F minor, Op. 34
Stefan Vladar, piano
Artis Quartet
(Sony Classical)

Barber: “Knoxville,
Summer of 1915”
Dawn Upshaw, soprano
Orchestra of St. Luke’s/
David Zinman
(Nonesuch)

Frank Martin: “Trio on Popular Irish Melodies”
Lincoln Trio
(Çedille)

Mendelssohn:
Double Concerto in D minor
Kristian Bezuidenhout, fortepiano
Gottfried von der Goltz,
violin & director
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
(Harmonia Mundi)

Past Masters:
Scarlatti: Sonata in A minor, K. 54
Vladimir Horowitz, piano
(recorded 1964)
(Sony Classical)
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Jessica Lee, who as a child and teen-age prodigy performed extensively in Richmond in the 1990s, will join the Cleveland Orchestra as assistant concertmaster, effective Aug. 29.

Lee, who left Richmond to study at the Curtis Institute
of Music in Philadelphia and
the Juilliard School in New York, was last heard here in a memorable performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “The Lark Ascending,” with Mark Russell Smith conducting the Richmond Symphony, a few days after the mass killings at Virginia Tech in April 2007.

She has played with Musicians from Marlboro, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Johannes String Quartet, ECCO (East Coast Chamber Orchestra) and other ensembles, as well as performing in solo recitals.

Lee recently released her first solo recording, including works by Beethoven, Prokofiev and Janácek, on the Azica label.
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My review for the Richmond Times-Dispatch of the Richmond Chamber Players’ program of Bartók and Dohnányi at Bon Air Presbyterian Church:

http://www.richmond.com/entertainment/music/article_aabd6e72-9260-5eb5-ac65-af27a9e1206f.html
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With the beginning of the fall season at WDCE, the show moves to Wednesdays, in the same hours.
(I’ll post each week’s program on Mondays.)

For openers, a sampler of Czech music, mixing works by familiar names – Dvorák, Smetana, Janácek – with discoveries, among them the Piano Sonata “Quasi una fantasia” of the early 19th-century virtuoso Jan Václav Vorišek and the “Missa votiva” of Jan Dismas Zelenka, a court musician in early 18th-century Dresden who was much admired by his Leipzig neighbor, Johann Sebastian Bach.

Aug. 24
10 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT
1400-1700 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

Janácek: “The Cunning Little Vixen” Suite
(arrangement by Václav Talich & Charles Mackerras)
Czech Philharmonic/Charles Mackerras
(Supraphon)

Jan Václav Vorišek: Sonata in B flat minor, Op. 20 (“Quasi una fantasia”)
Nikolai Demidenko, piano
(AGPL)

Martinu: Oboe Concerto
Heinz Holliger, oboe
Academy of St. Martin
in the Fields/
Neville Marriner
(Brilliant Classics)

Jan Dismas Zelenka:
“Missa votiva”
Joanne Lunn, soprano
Daniel Taylor, alto
Johannes Kaleschke, tenor
Thomas E. Bauer, bass
Stuttgart Chamber Choir
Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra/Frieder Bernius
(Carus)

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

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

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Eckart Preu, a former associate conductor of the Richmond Symphony (2001-04) and current music director of the Spokane (WA) Symphony and Stamford (CT) Symphony, has been named music director of the Long Beach Symphony in California.

The German-born Preu, a onetime boy chorister in the venerable Dresdner Kreuzchor, was chosen from a field of nine finalists. While continuing to lead the Spokane Symphony, he will take over his new orchestra in the 2017-18 season, the Long Beach Press-Telegram’s Richard Guzman reports:

http://www.presstelegram.com/arts-and-entertainment/20160819/long-beach-symphony-selects-new-music-director
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My review for the Richmond Times-Dispatch of pianist David Fisk and a string ensemble, playing Brahms and Dvorák in the August Musicales series at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church:

http://www.richmond.com/entertainment/music/article_a48aa02f-2221-5506-88a3-28bd629d9d8e.html
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The show previews its fall season with music from a circle of friends, and friendly rivals, in late 18th-century and early 19th-century Vienna. Some became household names; others are all but forgotten. Together, they were the figures who put the classical in classical music.

Aug. 18
10 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT
1400-1700 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

Antonio Salieri: “L’Angiolina” Overture
London Mozart Players/Matthias Bamert
(Chandos)

Mozart: Piano Quartet
in G minor, K. 478
Malcolm Bilson, fortepiano
Elizabeth Wilcock, violin
Jan Schlapp, viola
Timothy Mason, cello
(DG Archiv)

Franz Anton Hoffmeister: Viola Concerto in D major
Nils Mönkemeyer, viola
Dresdner Kapellsolisten/Helmut Branny
(Sony Classical)

Haydn: “Missa in anguistiis” (“Nelson Mass”)
Mary Wilson, soprano
Abigail Fischer,
mezzo-soprano
Keith Jameson, tenor
Kevin Deas,
bass-baritone
Boston Baroque/
Martin Pearlman
(Linn)

Beethoven: Sonata
in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2
(“The Tempest”)
Ronald Brautigam, fortepiano
(BIS)

Anton Eberl: Symphony
in E flat major
Concerto Köln/
Werner Ehrhardt
(Teldec)

Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf: Oboe Concerto in G major
Heinz Holliger, oboe
Camerata Bern/
Thomas Füri
(DG Archiv)

Johann Baptist Vanhal: Symphony in C major
(“Il Comista”)
Concerto Köln
(Teldec)
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My review for the Richmond Times-Dispatch of
oboist Shawn Welk and pianist Magdalena Adamek, performing in the finale of the Richmond Symphony Summer Series at Dominion Arts Center:

http://www.richmond.com/entertainment/music/article_de43a3da-1493-51fc-a137-2f2f41e3f4d6.html
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The Richmond Philharmonic will present the premiere of a Violin Concerto by the Boston-based composer Elena Ruehr and will perform Robert Schumann’s rarely heard Konzertstück for four horns and orchestra in its 2016-17 season.

The Ruehr concerto, with the Romanian-born American violinist Irina Muresanu as soloist, will be introduced on
a program of compositions by women, also featuring the “Gaelic” Symphony by the pioneering American female composer Amy Beach and “Made in America” by the prominent contemporary composer Joan Tower.

In the Schumann, Thomas Jöstlein, a Richmond Symphony alumnus now serving as associate principal horn of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, will join James Ferree, the Richmond Symphony’s principal horn player, and two members of the philharmonic, George Harple and Merry Beth Hall.

The philharmonic’s coming season, its fourth with Peter Wilson as music director, also will feature performances of major symphonies by Dvorák, Brahms and Haydn.

The orchestra’s November and May classical concerts will be staged in the Hershey Arts Center of Collegiate School; the March concert at the Steward School. Tickets are $8 ($16 for families) in advance, $10 ($20 for families) at the door.

The philharmonic also will stage two free pops concerts, a holiday program with music for Christmas and Hanukkah on Dec. 5 at the James Center Atrium and a summer pops concert on June 18 at Summer Park in Brandermill.

For more information, call (804) 673-7400 or visit http://www.richmondphilharmonic.org

The Richmond Philharmonic’s 2016-17 dates and programs:

Nov. 6 (4 p.m., Collegiate School) Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D major (“London”); Dvorák: Symphony No. 7 in D minor.

Dec. 5 (7 p.m., James Center Atrium) Holiday pops concert (free).

March 19 (4 p.m., Steward School) Joan Tower: “Made in America;” Elena Ruehr: Violin Concerto (premiere) (Irina Muresanu, violin); Amy Beach: Symphony No. 2 in E minor (“Gaelic”).

May 7 (4 p.m., Collegiate School) Mendelssohn: “Hebrides” Overture; Schumann: Konzertstück in F major for four horns and orchestra (James Ferree, Thomas Jöstlein, George Harple & Merry Beth Hall, French horns); Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major.

June 18 (6 p.m., Sunday Park, Brandermill) Summer pops concert (free).
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