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Richmond Symphony cellist Jason McComb and University of Richmond-based pianist Joanne Kong were the box-office champions in the first Summer at CenterStage series.

Defying concerns that classical music might be a poor summertime draw at a downtown venue, the eight-program series played to mostly capacity crowds in Richmond CenterStage’s Gottwald Playhouse.

For drawing the fullest house on July 31, McComb and Kong were awarded busts of Johannes Brahms, whose sonatas were featured this summer.

A second summer season is planned for 2015. Organizers – the Richmond Symphony, University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University music departments and CenterStage – are contemplating programs of French chamber music.
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For your calendar-marking and ticket-buying convenience, here’s an overview of ticketed classical events and festivals in Richmond during the 2014-15 season.

There are fewer conflicts than in past years. Two dueling matinees – Virginia Opera vs. Richmond Symphony on Oct. 5, symphony vs. Richmond Philharmonic on May 3 – and a couple of pops concerts up against chamber-music programs are the only offenders (so far).

There aren’t many blockbusters or game-changers, either. In the former category, the symphony’s performances of Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony (No. 2) on Oct. 18-19 qualify. And eighth blackbird, the University of Richmond’s new-music sextet, undoubtedly will spring surprises galore in their programs on Sept. 22 and, with the Sleeping Giant composers’ collective, on March 16. (Some free performances at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond, not listed here, also venture off the usual musical turf.)

It will be nice to hear violinist Joshua Bell, appearing in Richmond for the first time since 1989 in the symphony’s Sept. 20 season-opener. He’s playing Bruch’s Concerto No. 1 in G minor, one of his signature showpieces. I can’t say I’ve spent 25 years yearning to hear Bell play this above all other music; but if he delivers the goods, I’m prepared to be dazzled.

In contrast to recent seasons in which it pushed the repertory envelope, Virginia Opera marks its 40th anniversary with a greatest-hits lineup: “Sweeney Todd” (Oct. 3 and 5), “H.M.S. Pinafore” (Nov. 21 and 23), “Salome” (Feb. 6 and 8) and “La Traviata” (March 27 and 29). The latter features the Richmond Symphony as the pit band touring the state – thus, the largely blank weeks on the calendar in late March and early April.

Highlighting chamber-music offerings: the first local performance by pianist Hélène Grimaud (April 22) at UR; return engagements for the Pacifica Quartet (Sept. 13) and St. Lawrence String Quartet (Nov. 15), the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (Feb. 28) and violinist Rachel Barton Pine (Jan. 24) at VCU; the annual visit by the Shanghai Quartet with former Guarneri Quartet violist Michael Tree (Jan. 25) and a duo recital by pianist Jonathan Biss and violinist Miriam Fried (Nov. 2) at UR; and James Wilson’s characteristically wide-ranging programming, with extra helpings of solo Bach, for the Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia on various dates in October, January and May.

Following the calendar, you’ll find telephone and online links to the presenting organizations.


SEPTEMBER
10 – Albert Guinovart, piano (UR Modlin Center).
13 – Pacifica Quartet (VCU Singleton Center).
20 – Richmond Symphony/Steven Smith; Joshua Bell, violin (Richmond CenterStage).
22 – eighth blackbird (UR Modlin Center).
26-28 – Alexander Paley Music Festival (St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church).
27 – Richmond Symphony Pops/Keitaro Harada; Waterloo (“ABBA – the Music”) (Richmond CenterStage).

OCTOBER
2 – Richmond Symphony/Steven Smith (Rush-Hour concert) (Richmond CenterStage).
3/5 – Virginia Opera: “Sweeney Todd” (Richmond CenterStage).
5 – Richmond Symphony/Steven Smith (Randolph-Macon College).
18-19 – Richmond Symphony & Symphony Chorus/Steven Smith (Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony) (Richmond CenterStage).
25 – Richmond Symphony LolliPops/Keitaro Harada (“Beethoven Lives Upstairs”).
25 – New York Brass Arts Trio (VCU Singleton Center).
27 – Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia (Bon Air Presbyterian Church).

NOVEMBER
2 – Jonathan Biss, piano; Miriam Fried, violin (UR Modlin Center).
2 – Richmond Philharmonic/Peter Wilson, conductor & violin (Collegiate School).
7-8 – Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival (UR Modlin Center).
8 – Richmond Symphony/Steven Smith; Richard King, French horn (Richmond CenterStage).
13 – Richmond Symphony/Steven Smith; Tom Schneider, bassoon (Rush-Hour concert) (Richmond CenterStage).
15 – St. Lawrence String Quartet (VCU Singleton Center).
16 – Richmond Symphony/Steven Smith; Tom Schneider, bassoon (Randolph-Macon College).
21/23 – Virginia Opera: “H.M.S. Pinafore” (Richmond CenterStage).

DECEMBER
6-7 – Richmond Symphony Pops & Symphony Chorus/conductor TBA (“Let It Snow!”) (Richmond CenterStage).
13 – Richmond Symphony & Chorus/Steven Smith (Handel’s “Messiah”) (Richmond CenterStage).
16 – Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia: Beiliang Zhu & James Wilson, cellos (Holy Comforter Church, Episcopal).

JANUARY
8 – Richmond Symphony/Steven Smith (Rush-Hour concert) (Richmond CenterStage).
10 – Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia (First Unitarian Universalist Church).
11 – Richmond Symphony/Steven Smith (Randolph-Macon College).
12 – Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia (First Unitarian Universalist Church).
17-18 – Richmond Symphony/Steven Smith; Adam Golka, piano (Richmond CenterStage).
24 – Richmond Symphony LolliPops/Keitaro Harada; Charlotte Blake Alston, narrator (“Pinocchio’s Adventures in Funland”) (Richmond CenterStage).
24 – Rachel Barton Pine, violin (VCU Singleton Center).
25 – Shanghai Quartet; Michael Tree, viola (UR Modlin Center).
27 – Richmond Symphony/Steven Smith (Holocaust anniversary program) (Richmond CenterStage).
31 – Richmond Symphony Pops/Keitaro Harada; Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Richmond CenterStage).

FEBRUARY
6/8 – Virginia Opera: “Salome” (Richmond CenterStage).
11 – New York Polyphony (UR Modlin Center).
13 – Richmond Symphony & Symphony Chorus; One Voice Chorus; St. Paul’s Baptist Church Chorus/Steven Smith (Duke Ellington program) (St. Paul’s Baptist Church).
14 – Richmond Symphony & Symphony Chorus; One Voice Chorus; St. Paul’s Baptist Church Chorus/Steven Smith (Duke Ellington program) (Richmond CenterStage).
22 – Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia: Carsten Schmidt, harpsichord (Holy Comforter Church, Episcopal).
28 – Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (VCU Singleton Center).
28 – Richmond Symphony Pops/Keitaro Harada; vocalists TBA (“Wicked Divas”) (Richmond CenterStage).

MARCH
7 – Richmond Symphony/Tito Muñoz; Stanislav Khristenko, piano (Richmond CenterStage).
8 – Richmond Philharmonic/Peter Wilson; Sheri Oyan, also saxophone (Collegiate School).
16 – eighth blackbird; Sleeping Giant (UR Modlin Center).
21 – Richmond Symphony LolliPops/Keitaro Harada (“Orchestra Games”) (Richmond CenterStage).
27/29 – Virginia Opera: “La Traviata” (Richmond CenterStage).

APRIL
18-19 – Richmond Symphony/Steven Smith; Daisuke Yamamoto, violin (Richmond CenterStage).
22 – Hélène Grimaud, piano (UR Modlin Center).

MAY
2 – Richard Goode, piano; Sarah Shafer, soprano (VCU Singleton Center).
3 – Richmond Symphony/Steven Smith; Lynette Wardle, harp (Randolph-Macon College).
3 – Richmond Philharmonic/Peter Wilson; Jack Glatzer, violin (Collegiate School).
9-10 – Richmond Symphony & Symphony Chorus/Steven Smith (Richmond CenterStage).
16 – Richmond Symphony/conductor TBA (“Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II”) (Altria Theater).
17 – Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia (First Unitarian Universalist Church).
19 – Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia (First Unitarian Universalist Church).


RICHMOND SYMPHONY:
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
www.richmondsymphony.com

VIRGINIA OPERA:
(866) 673-7282
www.vaopera.org

UR MODLIN CENTER:
(804) 289-8980
www.modlin.richmond.edu

VCU RENNOLDS CONCERTS:
(804) 828-6776
www.arts.vcu.edu/music

RICHMOND PHILHARMONIC:
(804) 673-7400
www.richmondphilharmonic.org

CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF CENTRAL VIRGINIA:
(804) 519-2098
www.cmscva.org

ALEXANDER PALEY MUSIC FESTIVAL:
(804) 665-9516
www.paleyfestival.info
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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: Pianist Albert Guinovart plays music from the Catalonian region of Spain, Sept. 10 at the University of Richmond’s Modlin Arts Center. . . . The Pacifica Quartet opens this season’s Rennolds Chamber Concerts with a program of Haydn, Mendelssohn and Ligeti, Sept. 13 at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Singleton Arts Center. . . . Rajeev Taranath plays sarod (Indian lute) in a program of North Indian classical music, Sept. 17 at VCU. . . . Pianist Henning Vauth plays Frederic Rzewski’s epic “The People United Will Never Be Defeated,” Sept. 19 at VCU. . . . Stellar violinist Joshua Bell joins Steven Smith and the Richmond Symphony in the opening concert of the orchestra’s 2014-15 season, Sept. 20 at Richmond CenterStage. . . . The Atlantic Chamber Ensemble introduces Shawn Welk’s chamber arrangement of Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin” in a wide-ranging program on Sept. 21 at St. Matthias Episcopal Church in Midlothian. . . . eighth blackbird opens its 11th season at the University of Richmond with “Pattycake,” a program of new and recent works by György Ligeti, Tom Johnson, Lee Hyla, Sean Griffin, Gabriella Smith and David Little, Sept. 22 at the Modlin Center. . . . The Alexander Paley Music Festival, featuring the Russian-American pianist and colleagues in music by Rossini, Beethoven, Brahms, Rameau and Chopin, returns Sept. 26-28 at a new venue, St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church in South Richmond. . . . Keitaro Harada, the new associate conductor of the Richmond Symphony, leads a Symphony Pops program with Waterloo performing music of the Swedish pop legends ABBA, Sept. 27 at Richmond CenterStage.

* Noteworthy elsewhere: The Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival ranges from Mozart, Schubert and Martinu to chamber arrangements of Beethoven’s “Eroica” and Mahler’s Fourth symphonies in seven concerts from Sept. 7-18 at the University of Virginia’s Old Cabell Hall and the Paramount Theater. . . . Washington National Opera presents the vocal power couple of tenor Stephen Costello and soprano Ailyn Pérez, Sept. 10 at the Kennedy Center. . . . Pinchas Zukerman substitues for an indisposed Hilary Hahn, playing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony, Sept. 18 at Strathmore in the Maryland suburbs of DC. . . . Pianist Emanuel Ax joins JoAnn Falletta and the Virginia Symphony in Mozart and Richard Strauss to open the orchestra’s new season, Sept. 19-21 at venues in Newport News, Norfolk and Virginia Beach. . . . Washington National Opera stages Daniel Catán’s “Florencia in the Amazon” for five performances, Sept. 20-28 at the Kennedy Center. . . . Joshua Bell and soprano Kelli O’Hara join the National Symphony Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach and Steven Reineke conducting, in its season-opener, Sept. 21 at the Kennedy Center. . . . Kate Tamarkin leads the newly renamed Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia in the opening concerts of its 40th anniversary season, Sept. 26 at UVa’s Old Cabell Hall and Sept. 28 at Charlottesville High School’s the Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center.


Sept. 5 (7 p.m.)
Williamsburg Winery-Wessex Hall, 5800 Wessex Hundred
Virginia Symphony
JoAnn Falletta conducting
guest artists TBA
program TBA
$65-$150
(757) 892-6366
www.virginiasymphony.org

Sept. 7 (3 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival:
Timothy Summers, violin
Raphael Bell, cello
Judith Gordon, piano
Schubert: Violin Sonata in A major, D. 574
Martinu: Cello Sonata No. 3
Schubert: Piano Trio in B flat major, D. 898
$TBA
(434) 924-3376
www.cvillechambermusic.org

Sept. 9 (7:30 p.m.)
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Ninth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond chapter, American Guild of Organists Opening Service and Introduction of Officers:
David Sinden, organ
other performers TBA
hymns and organ works TBA on Psalm themes
donation requested
$15 (dinner at 6:30 p.m.; reservations required by Sept. 5)
(804) 272-0036
www.richmondago.org

Sept. 10 (7:30 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
Albert Guinovart, piano
Catalonian Spanish works TBA
$20
(804) 289-8980
www.modlin.richmond.edu

Sept. 10 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Washington National Opera:
Stephen Costello, tenor
Ailyn Pérez, soprano
Danielle Orlando, piano
program TBA
$60
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

Sept. 11 (7:30 p.m.)
31st Street Stage, 31st Street at Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach
VSOcean:
Virginia Symphony
conductor TBA
program TBA
free
(757) 892-6366
www.virginiasymphony.org

Sept. 11 (8 p.m.)
Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Charlottesville
Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival:
Sharon Roffman & Timothy Summers, violins
David Quiggle, viola
Raphael Bell, cello
Joseph Carver, double-bass
Judith Gordon, piano
Gabriel Shuford, harmonium
Sooyun Kim, flute
Adam Hollander, oboe
Matthew Hunt, clarinet
Bram van Sambeek, bassoon
Lisa Conway, French horn
Matthew Gold & I-Jen Fang, percussion
Virpi Räisänen, mezzo-soprano
Korngold: “Glück, das mir verblieb” from “Die tote Stadt”
Mozart: Quintet in E flat major, K. 452, for winds
Mahler-Simon: Symphony No. 4
$18-$25
(434) 979-1333
www.cvillechambermusic.org

Sept. 11 (7 p.m.)
Sept. 12 (8 p.m.)
Sept. 13 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra Pops
Steven Reineke conducting
Pink Martini & The von Trapps, guest stars
program TBA
$20-$88
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

Sept. 12 (7:30 p.m.)
Christopher Newport University, Newport News
Symphony Under the Stars:
Virginia Symphony
Benjamin Rous conducting
program TBA
free
(757) 892-6366
www.virginiasymphony.org

Sept. 12 (8 p.m.)
Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Charlottesville
Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival:
Sharon Roffman & Timothy Summers, violins
David Quiggle, viola
Raphael Bell & Edward Arron, cellos
Joseph Carver, double-bass
Judith Gordon, piano
Gabriel Shuford, harpsichord
Sooyun Kim, flute
Adam Hollander, oboe
Matthew Hunt, clarinet
Bram van Sambeek, bassoon
Jeroen Berwaerts, trumpet
Matthew Gold, percussion
Virpi Räisänen, mezzo-soprano
Vivaldi: Concerto in D major, RV 95 (“Le Pastorella”)
Alexandre Lunsqui: “Topografia Index 3” for percussion, clarinet and flute
Vivaldi: “Cessate, omai cessate,” RV 684
Rossini: Sonata “a quattro” No. 3 in C major
Luciano Berio: “Sequenza III” for solo voice
J. S. Bach: “Brandenburg” Concerto No. 2 in F major
$18-$25
(434) 979-1333
www.cvillechambermusic.org

Sept. 13 (6 p.m.)
Heritage Amphitheater, Pocahontas State Park, 10301 State Park Road, Chesterfield
Richmond Symphony
conductor TBA
program TBA
free
(804) 796-4255
www.richmondsymphony.com

Sept. 13 (8 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
Rennolds Chamber Concerts:
Pacifica Quartet
Haydn:Quartet in B flat major, Op. 76, No. 4 (“Sunrise”)
Ligeti: Quartet No. 1
Mendelssohn: Quartet in F minor, Op. 80
$34
(804) 828-6776
www.arts.vcu.edu/music

Sept. 13 (6 p.m.)
City Center at Oyster Point, 701 Town Center Drive, Newport News
Virginia Symphony members
conductor TBA
“VSO Jazz”
works TBA by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, others
free
(757) 892-6366
www.virginiasymphony.org

Sept. 13 (8:30 p.m.)
The Southern Café and Music Hall, 103 S. First St., Charlottesville
Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival:
performers TBA
“Music Fresh Squeezed”
program TBA
$12
(800) 594-8499
www.cvillechambermusic.org

Sept. 14 (4 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Guitar Series:
Denver Walter & Nathan Mills, classical and flamenco guitars
program TBA
$10-$15
(804) 828-6776
www.arts.vcu.edu/music

Sept. 14 (3 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival:
Sharon Roffman & Timothy Summers, violins
David Quiggle, viola
Raphael Bell & Edward Arron, cellos
Mimi Solomon & Steven Beck, piano
Matthew Hunt, clarinet
Bram van Sambeek, bassoon
Jeroen Berwaerts, trumpet
Beethoven: Trio in B flat major, Op. 11
Martinu: “La revue de cuisine”
Enescu: “Légende”
Ligeti: “Le Grand Macabre”
Beethoven-Ries: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major (“Eroica”)
$TBA
(434) 924-3376
www.cvillechambermusic.org

Sept. 17 (7 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
Rajeev Taranath, sarod
North Indian classical program TBA
free
(804) 828-6776
www.arts.vcu.edu/music

Sept. 18 (12:30 p.m.)
Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Charlottesville
Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival:
performers TBA
program TBA
free
(434) 979-1333
www.cvillechambermusic.org

Sept. 18 (8 p.m.)
Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Charlottesville
Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival:
Jennifer Koh & Timothy Summers, violins
Raphael Bell, cello
Benjamin Hochman, piano
Yehudi Wyner: “Concordance”
John Zorn: “Passagen”
David Ludwig: “Aria Fantasy” for piano quartet
Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78
$18-$25
(434) 979-1333
www.cvillechambermusic.org

Sept. 18 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop conducting
Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major
Pinchas Zukerman, violin
Mahler: Symphony No. 4
Tamara Wilson, soprano
$65-$120
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
www.strathmore.org

Sept. 19 (7 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
Henning Vauth, piano
Frederic Rzewski: “The People United Will Never Be Defeated”
other works TBA
free
(804) 828-6776
www.arts.vcu.edu/music

Sept. 19 (7:30 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
UR Wind Ensemble
UR Jazz Ensemble
UR Symphony Orchestra
Schola Cantorum & Women’s Chorale
“Family Weekend Concert”
program TBA
free
(804) 289-8980
www.modlin.richmond.edu

Sept. 19 (8 p.m.)
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News
Sept. 20 (8 p.m.)
Chrysler Hall, 215 St. Paul’s Boulevard, Norfolk
Sept. 21 (2:30 p.m.)
Sandler Arts Center, 201 Market St., Virginia Beach
Virginia Symphony
JoAnn Falletta conducting
Richard Strauss: “Don Juan”
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 14 in E flat major, K. 449
Richard Strauss: “Burleske”
Emanuel Ax, piano
Ravel: “La Valse”
$25-$107
(757) 892-6366
www.virginiasymphony.org

Sept. 20 (8 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
Richmond Symphony
Steven Smith conducting
Smetana: “The Moldau”
Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor
Joshua Bell, violin
Respighi: “The Fountains of Rome”
Respighi: “The Pines of Rome”
$25-$125
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
www.richmondsymphony.com

Sept. 20 (7:30 p.m.)
Olin Theater, Roanoke College, Salem
Kandinsky Trio
Scott Williamson, tenor
Haydn: Piano Trio in E flat major
Vaughan Williams: “On Wenlock Edge”
Dvorák: Piano Trio in F minor, Op. 65
$12-$20
(540) 375-2333
www.roanoke.edu

Sept. 20 (8 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
Christopher Zimmerman conducting
Glinka: “Russlan and Ludmilla” Overture
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor
Alexander Schimpf, piano
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major
$25-$60
(888) 945-2468 (Tickets.com)
www.fairfaxsymphony.org

Sept. 20 (7 p.m.)
Sept. 22 (7 p.m.)
Sept. 24 (7:30 p.m.)
Sept. 26 (7:30 p.m.)
Sept. 28 (2 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington
Washington National Opera
Carolyn Kuan conducting
Daniel Catán: “Florencia in the Amazon”
Christine Goerke/Melody Moore (Florencia Grimaldi)
Norman Garrett (Ríolobo)
Andrea Carroll (Rosalba)
Patrick O’Halloran (Arcadio)
Nancy Fabiola Herrera (Paula)
Michael Todd Simpson (Álvaro)
David Pittsinger (Captain)
Francesca Zambello, stage director
in Spanish, English captions
$25-$300
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

Sept. 21 (4 p.m.)
St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 11300 W. Huguenot Road, Midlothian
Atlantic Chamber Ensemble
Ravel-Welk: “Le Tombeau de Couperin”
works TBA by Britten, Schubert, Saint-Saëns, Glass, Webern
donation requested
(804) 272-8588, ext. 103
www.stmatmidlo.com

Sept. 21 (2 and 5 p.m.)
Vinton War Memorial, 814 Washington Ave.
David Stewart Wiley Quartet (Roanoke Symphony members)
“The Classical Connection: Baroque to Billy Joel”
works TBA by J.S. Bach, Jethro Tull, Procol Harum, Billy Joel, others
$32-$52
(540) 343-9127
www.rso.com

Sept. 21 (7 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
Jeffrey Siegel, piano
“Keyboard Conversations: Classics Go Pop!”
works TBA by Gershwin, Chopin, Debussy, Mozart, Schubert, others
$24-$40
(888) 945-2468 (Tickets.com)
www.cfa.gmu.edu

Sept. 21 (7 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach & Steven Reineke conducting
Bernstein: “Candide” Overture
Saint-Saëns: “Introduction and Rondo capriccioso”
Ravel: “Tzigane”
Joshua Bell, violin
Bernstein: “Glitter and Be Gay” from “Candide”
Flaherty-Ahrens: “Something Beautiful”
Kosma-Manilow-Mercer-Reineke: “Autumn Leaves”/“When October Goes”
Monnot-Guglielmi-Reineke: “La vie en rose”
Kelli O’Hara, soprano
Ravel: “La Valse”
$49-$125
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

Sept. 22 (7:30 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
eighth blackbird
“Pattycake”
György Ligeti: Études (arr. 2014)
Tom Johnson: “Counting Duets” (2014)
Lee Hyla: “Wave” (2012)
Sean Griffin: “Pattycake” (2007)
Gabriella Smith: “Number Nine” (2013)
David Little: “and the sky was still there” (2010)
$20
(804) 289-8980
www.modlin.richmond.edu

Sept. 22 (8 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
Rex Richardson, Kevin Maloney, Brian Strawley & Taylor Barnett, trumpets
Yin Zheng, piano
“VCU Trumpet Spectacular”
program TBA
free
(804) 828-6776
www.arts.vcu.edu/music

Sept. 22 (7:30 p.m.)
Molnar Recital Hall, Wygal Music Building, Longwood University, Farmville
Kandinsky Piano Trio
program TBA
free
(434) 395-2504
www.longwood.edu/calendar.htm

Sept. 23 (8 p.m.)
Williamsburg Library Theatre, 515 Scotland St.
Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg:
Carpe Diem String Quartet
Wolf: “Italian Serenade”
Grieg: Quartet in G minor
Korine Fugiwara: “Fiddle Suite Montana”
$15
(757) 229-0385
www.chambermusicwilliamsburg.org

Sept. 26 (7:30 p.m.)
St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Parkway, Richmond
Paley Music Festival:
Alexander Paley, piano
Rameau: Suite No. 4 in A minor
Rameau: Suite No. 5 in G minor
Chopin: 24 études, Opp. 10 and 25
donation requested
(804) 665-9516
www.paleyfestival.info

Sept. 26 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Sept. 28 (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
Randol Alan Bass: “Anniversary Fanfare” (premiere)
Emmanuel Séjourné: Concerto for marimba and string orchestra
I-Jen Fang, marimba
Dvorák: Slavonic Dance in F major, Op. 46, No. 4
Kodály: “Háry János” Suite
$10-$45
(434) 924-3376
www.cvillesymphony.org

Sept. 27 (7:30 p.m.)
St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Parkway, Richmond
Paley Music Festival:
Alexander Paley & Pei-Wen Chen, piano four-hands
Rossini-Schoenberg: “The Barber of Seville”
donation requested
(804) 665-9516
www.paleyfestival.info

Sept. 27 (8 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
Richmond Symphony Pops
Keitaro Harada conducting
Waterloo, guest stars
“ABBA – the Music”
$10-$78
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
www.richmondsymphony.com

Sept. 27 (2 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Steven Lin, piano
Mozart: Sonata in F major, K. 332
Schumann: Sonata in F minor (“Concerto without Orchestra”)
Hertzberg: “Notturno Incantanto”
Chopin: Scherzo in C sharp minor, Op. 39
Ravel: “La Valse”
$35
(202) 985-9727 (Washington Performing Arts Society)
www.wpas.org

Sept. 27 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop conducting
Jennifer Higdon: “blue cathedral”
Korngold: Violin Concerto
James Ehnes, violin
John Williams: “Schindler’s List” main theme
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 1
$40-$100
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
www.strathmore.org

Sept. 28 (3 p.m.)
St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Parkway, Richmond
Paley Music Festival:
Alexander Paley & Pei-Wen Chen, piano
Rebecca Zimmerman, cello
Charles West, clarinet
Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69
Beethoven: Trio in E flat major, Op. 38, for clarinet, cello and piano
Brahms: Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99
Brahms: Trio in A minor, Op. 114, for clarinet, cello and piano
donation requested
(804) 665-9516
www.paleyfestival.info
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With the start of the fall semester at the University of Richmond, the show’s hours change.

Aug. 28
noon-2 p.m. EDT
1600-1800 UTC
1700-1900 GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
www.wdce.org

Aaron Jay Kernis: “New Era Dance”
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/David Zinman (Argo)

J.S. Bach: Suite (Overture)
No. 4 in D major,
BWV 1069
Akademie für alte
Musik, Berlin
(Harmonia Mundi France)

Respighi: “Trittico botticelliano”
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra/Hugh Wolff
(Teldec)

Jennifer Higdon: “Zaka”
eighth blackbird
(Cedille)

Past Masters:
Mendelssohn: Symphony
No. 4 in A major
(“Italian”)
National Philharmonic/
Leopold Stokowski
(recorded 1977)
(Sony Classical)

Mozart: Rondo in A minor,
K. 511
Lars Vogt, piano (EMI Classics)
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Aug. 24, Bon Air Presbyterian Church

In “A Nightmare Before Halloween,” the final program of their 2014 Interlude series, the Richmond Chamber Players departed from their norm in several respects. One was the rare addition of a harpist, Richmond Symphony principal Lynette Wardle, to the proceedings. Another was the insertion of recitations, by John Winn, better-known as a jazz reed player and teacher, before a couple of selections.

The more conventional spoken introduction was an abridgement of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death” before André Caplet’s “Conte fantastique,” a 1919 work for harp and string quartet that depicts Poe’s story in sound.

Far less expected – out of the blue, really – was a reading of Macbeth’s soliloquy on the death of Lady Macbeth (“To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow/Creeps in this petty pace from day to day”) from Act 5 of Shakespeare’s “Scottish play,” delivered before the central largo of Beethoven’s Piano Trio in D major, Op. 70, No. 1, known as the “Ghost” Trio.

Whyfor? Cellist Neal Cary recounted a tale told by Beethoven’s pupil Carl Czerny, that the trio’s slow movement was drawn from a sketch for an opera on “Macbeth,” which Beethoven never developed. (Perhaps one of the great “ones that got away” of classical music. Or maybe not: Other than Verdi’s “Otello,” operatic treatments of Shakespearian tragedies haven’t lived up to the originals; and, as the laborious evolution of “Fidelio” reminds us, opera didn’t come naturally to Beethoven.)

“Conte fantastique,” a more or less literal sonic echo of Poe’s narrative, is full of chilling sound effects, borrowed from quite liberally by composers of horror-movie scores, who evidently know this piece better than the rest of us. Harpist Wardle and the quartet of violinists Alana Carithers and Susy Yim, violist Stephen Schmidt and cellist Cary italicized those chills, giving special emphasis to the spooky combination of harp and low-register cello tones.

Their vivid rendering of the score’s impressionistic effects were a reminder of Caplet’s close association with Claude Debussy (Caplet’s orchestrations of “Clair de lune” and “The Children’s Corner” are better-known than his own works.)

Beethoven’s “Ghost” Trio, played by Carithers (substituting on short notice for an indisposed Catherine Cary), Cary and pianist John Walter, received a stylish reading, but one that needed more intensity and tension, especially in its “Macbeth” movement.

Yim, accompanied by Walter, took on the daunting task of playing Giuseppe Tartini’s Violin Sonata in G minor, the (in)famous “Devil’s Trill,” a showpiece for virtuoso fiddlers for nearly 300 years. Yim acquitted herself more than respectably in this rendition, taking a brisk but not lickety-split pace, trilling and double-stopping ably, utilizing the tonal resources of a modern violin and wisely not trying to play in “historically informed” style.

Wardle and the string quartet preceded the Caplet with a performance of Liszt’s “At the Grave of Richard Wagner,” a brief elegy that at its best evokes Wagner’s last opera, “Parsifal.”
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Susanna Klein & Ross Monroe Winter, violins
Charles Staples, piano
Aug. 21, Richmond CenterStage

For some years, the go-to guy in Richmond for Big Piano Music, especially major romantic works, has been Charles Staples. For technique, temperament and sheer stamina, no other pianist in these parts (and not many visitors) can touch him.

Staples excelled on those counts – and on exuberance, to boot – in solo performances of Brahms’ Intermezzo in E flat major, Op. 117, No. 1, and Rhapsody in G minor, Op. 79, No. 2; and in partnering violinist Susanna Klein in Brahms’ Sonata in D minor, Op. 108, and accompanying Klein and violinist Ross Monroe Winter in two pieces from Shostakovich’s “Gadfly” Suite.

In the intermezzo, which Staples described as “a Scottish lullaby in German,” the pianist demonstrated his deftness in coloring and subtle phrasing. In the larger Brahms rhapsody and sonata, he up-shifted in volume, intensity and drama, to often thrilling effect, although at the cost of some sonic congestion in the small, bright-sounding hall in which he was playing.

Klein’s violin tone – focused, relatively low-vibrato, with a touch of the dark, throaty sound of a viola – held its own alongside Staples’ assertive playing, and the violinist matched the pianist’s intensity of expression.

As a threesome with Winter in the lighter, more emotionally upbeat Shostakovich (yes, there is such music), the musicians had fun that proved infectious.

The high-fiber course in this musical meal was Prokofiev’s Sonata, Op. 56, for two, violins, a bright-sounding and at times quite dense exercise in counterpoint, an excellent showcase for the fiddlers’ concentration and ear for balance, but an endurance test for listeners. The contrast of its dark, Russian-soul first movement and slashing, quasi-brutalist second movement strikes the ear, if not exactly stroking it. Klein and Winter reveled in its technical and interpretive challenges.

“Summer at Center Stage” concludes with clarinetist Jared Davis and pianist Daniel Stipe playing works of Brahms, Schumann and Leo Weiner at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28 in the Gottwald Playhouse of Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets. Tickets: $20. Details: (800) 514-3849 (ETIX); www.richmondsymphony.com
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Aug. 21
noon-4 p.m. EDT
1600-2000 UTC
1700-2100 GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
www.wdce.org

Berlioz: “The Damnation of Faust” – “Rákóczy March”
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/David Zinman (Telarc)

Schumann: “Waldszenen”
Mitsuko Uchida, piano (Decca)

Dohnányi: Serenade
in C major, Op. 10
(string orchestration by Dmitry Sitkovetsky)
NES Chamber Orchestra/Dmitry Sitkovetsky (Nonesuch)

Beethoven: Symphony
No. 2 in D major
Orchestra of the 18th Century/Frans Brüggen (Philips)

Stravinsky: “Chant du Rossignol” (“Song of the Nightingale”)
New York Philharmonic/Lorin Maazel (Deutsche Grammophon)

Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E flat major
Maurice André, trumpet
London Philharmonic/
Jesus Lopez-Cobos
(EMI Classics)

Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1
Martha Argerich, piano;  Guy Touvron, trumpet
Württemburg Chamber Orchestra, Heilbronn/
Jörg Faerber
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Past Masters:
Dag Wirén: Serenade, Op. 11
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Neville Marriner (Decca)
(recorded 1970)

Liszt: “Tasso”
Gewandhaus Orchestra, Leipzig/Kurt Masur
(EMI Classics)

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

J.C. Bach: Sinfonia concertante in G major
Anna McDonald & Julia Bishop, violins; Sebastian Comberti, cello; Rachel Brown, flute
The Hanover Band/Anthony Halstead (cpo)
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Erin R. Freeman, director of the Richmond Symphony and Buffalo Philharmonic choruses and director of choral activities at Virginia Commonwealth University, has been selected as the next artistic director of Wintergreen Performing Arts, which presents a summer music festival and other performances at the Wintergreen Resort in Nelson County.

Freeman succeeds Larry Alan Smith, who will step down as of Oct. 1 to return to composing and pursue other musical activities. Smith has been Wintergreen Performing Arts’ artistic and executive director since 2006.

Freeman “brings a level of energy, a breadth of musical experience and a love of performing arts that will surely enrich the audience experience for all of us,” Tom Steele, president of Wintergreen Performing Arts’ board, said in a prepared statement.

In addition to the music festival, Freeman will take charge of the Wintergreen Summer Music Academy instructional program, and help organize other performing-arts events at the resort year-round.

Wintergreen Performing Arts, founded in 1995, has staged its four-week summer music festival since 1997. The 2015 festival runs from July 6 to Aug. 2.

For details, visit www.wintergreenperformingarts.org
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The Castleton Festival, the summer music festival launched by the late conductor Lorin Maazel at his estate in Rappahannock County in the northwestern Virginia highlands, will add jazz education and programming next summer, with the launching of a new Jazz at Lincoln Center Summer Jazz Academy.

The academy, planning for which began earlier this year when Maazel met with Wynton Marsalis, managing and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, will offer rigorous instruction from members of the New York-based jazz orchestra for 42 high-school-age students (grades 9-12) from around the world.

“It has long been our vision for Castleton to evolve for the shared joy and benefit of young performers and Virginia’s arts community, so it is a special honor to share the Castleton spirit with young people focused on jazz through the work of Wynton Marsalis, an artist whom my husband regarded with such an admiration and affection,” Dietlinde Turban Maazel, the conductor’s widow and successor as artistic director of the Castleton Festival, said a prepared statement. “When we heard [Marsalis] was looking for a location for his summer program, we knew it had to be at Castleton.”

The jazz academy will extend by two weeks the 2015 season of the Castleton Festival. Its opera, orchestral and chamber-music performances will run from June 27 to July 19; jazz concerts will be presented through Aug. 2.

Programming for the 2015 season will be announced early next year.

For more information about the festival, visit its website: www.castletonfestival.org
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The Metropolitan Opera has reached a tentative deal with the unions representing its orchestral musicians, choristers and stage managers, averting a threatened lockout by management that would have endangered the coming season.

The New York Times’ Michael Cooper reports:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/19/arts/music/in-met-opera-deal-both-sides-give.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpSum&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news
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