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A guest joins me in the second hour: Benjamin Broening, the University of Richmond-based composer and maestro of the Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival, who will discuss his compositions (electro and acoustic) and preview his new orchestral work “Sea Surface Full of Clouds,” which will be premiered by the Richmond Symphony in its April 18 Masterworks program.

April 9
11 a.m.-2 p.m. EDT
1500-1800 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
www.wdce.org

Mozart: Serenade in D major, K. 239
(“Serenata notturna”)
The English Concert/Andrew Manze
(Harmonia Mundi USA)

Schubert: Fantasie
in C major, D. 934
Jennifer Koh, violin
Reiko Uchida, piano
(Cedille)

Hubert Parry: Symphonic Variations
London Symphony Orchestra/Adrian Boult
(Lyrita)

Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47
Daniel Hope, violin
Paul Neubauer, viola
David Finckel, cello
Wu Han, piano
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Benjamin Broening:
works TBA
artists TBA

Geminiani: Concerto Grosso XII (“Follia”)
(after Corelli)
Harmonie Universelle/
Florian Deuter & Mónica Waisman (Accent)

Past Masters:
Beethoven: Symphony
No. 6 in F major (“Pastoral”)
Vienna Philharmonic/Karl Böhm
(Deutsche Grammophon)
(recorded 1971)
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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: Two premieres in Richmond this month: University of Richmond-based composer Benjamin Broening introduces his “Sea Surface Full of Clouds” on a Richmond Symphony program, also featuring Elgar’s “Enigma Variations” and symphony concertmaster Daisuke Yamamato playing Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, April 18-19 at Richmond CenterStage; and the choruses of UR and eighth blackbird give the premiere performance of Dominick DiOrio’s “An Equal Humanity” on April 19 at UR’s Modlin Arts Center. . . . The Atlantic Chamber Ensemble gets “classically funny” on April 14 at St. Luke Lutheran Church. . . . The Richmond Symphonic Winds celebrate their 20th anniversary in an April 21 concert at St. Luke. . . . The esteemed French pianist Hélène Grimaud plays Liszt, Schubert, Ravel, Debussy and more, April 22 at the Modlin Center. . . . VCU Opera and the VCU Symphony stage the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta “The Gondoliers,” April 24 and 26 at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Singleton Arts Center.

* Noteworthy elsewhere: Pianist Stephen Hough plays Debussy and Chopin, April 1 at Washington’s Kennedy Center. . . . Violinist Joshua Bell visits Virginia Tech’s Center for the Arts in Blacksburg on April 2 (his concert rescheduled after being snowed out earlier in the year). . . . Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra, with the young Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki, in a program of Grieg and Rachmaninoff, April 7 at the Kennedy Center. . . . Virginia Opera’s lauded production of Verdi’s “La Traviata” closes its run with performances on April 11-12 at the Sandler Arts Center in Virginia Beach. . . . Clarinetist Martin Fröst joins the Australian Chamber Orchestra in a program of Mozart, Haydn and more, April 17 at the Virginia Tech Center for the Arts. . . . JoAnn Falletta leads the Virginia Symphony in a production of Bartók’s opera “Duke Bluebeard’s Castle,” with a critically acclaimed light-and-glass design by Dale Chihuly, April 18-19 at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk. . . . The Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia, Kate Tamarkin conducting, stages a highlight of its 40th anniversary season, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, April 18-19 at Charlottesville High School. . . . John Eliot Gardiner’s English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir give a concert performance of Monteverdi’s opera “L’Orfeo,” April 21 at the Kennedy Center. . . . Pianist Evgeny Kissin plays Beethoven, Prokofiev, Chopin and Liszt, April 22 at Strathmore in the Maryland suburbs of DC. . . . Keith Lockhart conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra in a program of Ravel, Walton, Vaughan Williams and Britten, with pianist Charlie Albright, April 23 at the Ferguson Arts Center of Christopher Newport University in Newport News and April 24 at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax. . . . Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter joins Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony in a program of Berg, Debussy and more, April 29 at the Kennedy Center.


April 1 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Stephen Hough, piano
Debussy: “La plus que lente”
Debussy: “Estampes”
Chopin: four ballades
Debussy: “Children’s Corner”
Debussy: “L’Isle joyeuse”
$49
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts Society)
www.wpas.org

April 2 (7:30 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
UR Wind Ensemble
David Niethamer directing
program TBA
free
(804) 289-8980
www.modlin.richmond.edu

April 2 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
UVa New Music Ensemble
I-Jen Fang directing
Paul Botelho: electroacoustic works TBA
free
(434) 924-3376
www.music.virginia.edu/events

April 2 (7:30 p.m.)
Fife Theatre, Virginia Tech Center for the Arts, 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg
Joshua Bell, violin
Sam Haywood, piano
program TBA
$45-$75
(540) 231-5300
www.artscenter.vt.edu

April 2 (7 p.m.)
April 3 (8 p.m.)
April 4 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Krzysztof Urbanski conducting
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3
Daniil Trifonov, piano
$10-$85
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

April 3 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
William and Mary Symphony Orchestra
David Grandis conducting
Bloch: “Suite Hébraïque” – Rapsodie
Cassandra Holmes, viola
Haydn: Oboe Concerto in C major
Emily Harmon, oboe
George Frederick Bristow: Symphony No. 2 in D minor (“Jullien”)
$20
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

April 4 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Virginia Gentlemen
program TBA
$10
(434) 924-3376
www.music.virginia.edu/events

April 5 (2 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Kennedy Center Chamber Players
Shostakovich: Sonata, Op. 147, for viola and piano
Dvorák: Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81
$36
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

April 7 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Vocal Arts DC:
Karen Cargill, mezzo-soprano
Simon Lepper, piano
Gustav Mahler: “Rückert Lieder”
Grieg: six Lieder, Op. 48
Alma Mahler: five songs
Wagner: “Wesendonck Lieder”
$50
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

April 7 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor
Jan Lisiecki, piano
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2
$35-$105
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts Society)
www.wpas.org

April 8 (7 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU University Band
program TBA
free
(804) 828-6776
www.vcu.edu/music

April 8 (7:30 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
UR Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Kordzaia & Daniel Guzman conducting
Guzman (arr.): Cuban folk songs
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2
Daniel Liebovic, piano
free
(804) 289-8980
www.modlin.richmond.edu

April 8 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Fortas Chamber Music Concerts:
Edgar Meyer, double-bass
J.S. Bach: Suite No. 1, BWV 1007 (double-bass arr.)
Meyer: work-in-progress for unaccompanied double-bass
other works TBA
$49
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

April 10 (7:30 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
Commonwealth Singers
VCU Women's Choir
program TBA
$7 in advance, $10 at door
(804) 828-6776
www.vcu.edu/music

April 10 (8 p.m.)
The Barns at Wolf Trap. Trap Road, Vienna
Poulenc Trio
Lia Purpura, poet
Beethoven: Piano Trio, Op. 11
Alfred Schnittke: “Suite in Old Style,” with readings by Purpura
André Previn: Trio (1997) for piano, oboe and bassoon – III. Jaunty
Octavio Vasquez: “Triptico”
Poulenc: Trio (1926) for oboe, bassoon and piano
$35
(877) 965-3872 (Tickets.com)
www.wolftrap.org

April 10 (8 p.m.)
Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, First Street at Independence Avenue N.E., Washington
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Mahler: Piano Quartet in A minor
Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47
Brahms: Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25
free rush tickets distributed at 6 p.m.
(202) 707-5502
www.loc.gov/concerts

April 10 (8:15 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop conducting & speaking
“Off the Cuff: Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony”
$45-$105
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
www.strathmore.org

April 11 (2 p.m.)
Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library, First and Franklin streets
Fran Coleman, soprano
David Robbins, piano
“From Debussy to Duke: French Songs of the Jazz Age”
works by Debussy, Satie, Wiener, Milhaud, Ellington
free
(804) 646-7223
www.richmondpubliclibrary.org

April 11 (8 p.m.)
April 12 (2:30 p.m.)
Sandler Arts Center, 201 S. Market St., Virginia Beach
Virginia Opera
Andrew Bisantz conducting
Verdi: “La Traviata”
Cecilia Violetta López (Violetta)
Rolando Sanz (Alfredo Germont)
Malcolm MacKenzie (Giorgio Germont)
Courtney Miller (Flora)
Ashley Kerr (Annina)
Cullen Gandy (Gastone)
Lillian Groag, stage director
in Italian, English captions
$19-$89
(866) 673-7282
www.vaopera.org

April 11 (4 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Virginia Women’s Chorus
Katherine Mitchell directing
“Phoenix Rising: a Celebration of 40 Years of Women and Music”
Z. Randall Stroope: “Phoenix Rising”
Ola Gjeilo: “Evening Prayer”
John Petrucelli, tenor saxophone
works TBA by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Duruflé; folk songs
$15
(434) 924-3376
www.music.virginia.edu/events

April 11 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
UVa Percussion Ensemble
I-Jen Feng directing
Ed Smith, vibraphone
Smith: “Ten Year Portrait”
Judith Shatin: “Khamsa”
Craig Hunter: “Hoos Forever”
Elliott Burns: “Survive”
Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays: “Minuano”
free
(434) 924-3376
www.music.virginia.edu/events

April 11 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
National Philharmonic & Chorus
Victoria Gau conducting
J.S. Bach: “St. John Passion”
Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano
Magdalena Wór, mezzo-soprano
Rufus Muller, tenor (Evangelist)
Matthew Smith, tenor
Andrew McLaughlin, baritone (Jesus)
Christopheren Nomura, baritone
$28-$84
(301) 581-5100
www.strathmore.org

April 12 (4 p.m.)
Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 W. Huguenot Road, Richmond
Second Sunday South of the James:
Larry Robinson, piano
program TBA
donation requested
(804) 272-7514
www.bonairpc.org

April 12 (3 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
UVa Baroque Orchestra
David Sariti, director & leader
Albinoni: Sinfonia, Op. 2, No. 7 – adagio
Haydn: Symphony No. 16
works TBA by J.S. Bach, Tessarini, Fasch
$10
(434) 924-3376
www.music.virginia.edu/events

April 12 (3 p.m.)
Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre, Orange Avenue at Williamson Road
Roanoke Symphony
David Stewart Wiley conducting
Schumann: Symphony No. 1 in B flat major (“Spring”)
Fauré: Requiem
Leah Marer Wiley, soprano
Powell Leitch, baritone
Roanoke Symphony Chorus
guest choruses
$32-$52
(540) 343-9127
www.rso.com

April 12 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Jay Campbell, cello
Conor Hanick, piano
Debussy: Sonata in D minor
Stravinsky: “Suite Italienne”
David Fulmer: new commissioned work
Carter: Elegy
Brahms: Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99
$35
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts Society)
www.wpas.org

April 12 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop conducting
Shostakovich: “Festive” Overture
Kevin Puts: Flute Concerto
Adam Walker, flute
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor
$32-$95
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
www.strathmore.org

April 13 (7:30 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Choral Arts Society
Vocal Chamber Ensembles
program TBA
$7 in advance, $10 at door
(804) 828-6776
www.vcu.edu/music

April 13 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
UVa Chamber Music Series:
Maria Serkin, French horn
Shelby Sender, piano
Daniel Sender, violin
Françaix: “Canon in Octave”
Hindemith: Sonata for alto horn
Gounod: “Six Melodies” for horn and piano – larghetto
Brahms: Horn Trio in E flat Major, Op. 40
$15
(434) 924-3376
www.music.virginia.edu/events

April 14 (7 p.m.)
St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Parkway, Richmond
Atlantic Chamber Ensemble
“Classically Funny”
Saint-Saëns: “Carnival of the Animals”
Haydn: Symphony No. 94 in G major (“Surprise”)
Richard Strauss: “Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks”
works TBA by Gilbert & Sullivan
other works TBA
free
(804) 272-0486
www.stlukerichmond.org

April 15 (7 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Terry L. Austin directing
Jefferson Forest Hill School Band
David Webb directing
program TBA
free
(804) 828-6776
www.vcu.edu/music

April 16 (7 p.m.)
April 17 (8 p.m.)
April 18 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Vasily Sinaisky conducting
Borodin: “Prince Igor” Overture
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622
Loren Kitts, clarinet
Rachmaninoff: “The Bells”
$10-$85
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

April 17 (7:30 p.m.)
Salem Civic Center, 1001 Roanoke Boulevard
Roanoke Symphony Pops
David Stewart Wiley conducting
Mandy Gonzalez, Jennifer Hope Wills, Rob Gallagher & Jeremiah James, vocalists
“Rodgers & Hammerstein Broadway Celebration”
$32-$52
(540) 343-9127
www.rso.com

April 17 (7:30 p.m.)
Fife Theatre, Virginia Tech Center for the Arts, 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg
Australian Chamber Orchestra
Richard Tognetti, director & leader
Prokofiev-Barshai/Tognetti: “Visions fugitives”
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622
Martin Fröst, clarinet
Jonny Greenwood: “Water”
Haydn: Symphony No. 83 in G minor (“The Hen”)
$25-$55
(540) 231-5300
www.artscenter.vt.edu

April 18 (8 p.m.)
April 19 (3 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
Richmond Symphony
Steven Smith conducting
Benjamin Broening: “Sea Surface Full of Clouds” (premiere)
Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Daisuke Yamamoto, violin
Elgar: “Enigma Variations”
$10-$78
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
www.richmondsymphony.com

April 18 (8 p.m.)
April 19 (3 p.m.)
Chrysler Hall, 215 St. Paul’s Boulevard, Norfolk
Virginia Symphony
JoAnn Falletta conducting
Bartók: “Duke Bluebeard’s Castle”
Charles Robert Austin, baritone
Rebecca Nash, soprano
Dale Chihuly, scenic designer
$20-$125
(757) 892-6366
www.virginiasymphony.org

April 18 (8 p.m.)
April 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
Kate Tamarkin conducting
Dukas: “La Peri” Fanfare
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor (“Choral”)
Christina Pier, soprano
Lucille Beer, alto
Carlton Moe, tenor
Anton Belov, baritone
University Singers & Oratorio Society of Virginia
Michael Slon directing
$10-$45
(434) 924-3376
www.music.virginia.edu/events

April 18 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Peter Oundjian conducting
Haydn: Symphony No. 96 in D major (“Miracle”)
Vaughan Williams: Oboe Concerto
Katherine Needleman, oboe
Mussorgsky-Ravel: “Pictures at an Exhibition”
$50-$105
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
www.strathmore.org

April 19 (7 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra:
String Sinfonietta
Christie Adams conducting
Camerata Strings
Rebecca Jilcott conducting
Youth Concert Orchestra
Amy Birdsong conducting
program TBA
reception follows in Rhythm Hall
free
(804) 788-4717
www.richmondsymphony.com

April 19 (7:30 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
UR Schola Cantorum & Women’s Chorale
Jeffrey Riehl & David Pederson directing
eighth blackbird
Dominick DiOrio: “An Equal Humanity” (premiere)
free
(804) 289-8980
www.modlin.richmond.edu

April 21 (7:30 p.m.)
St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Parkway, Richmond
Richmond Symphonic Winds
Iris Schwartz directing
program TBA
free
(804) 272-0486
www.stlukerichmond.org

April 21 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Tuesday Evening Concerts:
Nikolai Demidenko, piano
Schubert: Sonata in A Major, D. 664
Schubert: Sonata in A minor, D. 784
Chopin: “Polonaise-Fantasie”
Chopin: Barcarolle
Chopin: Sonata No 3 in B minor
$12-$33
(434) 924-3376
www.tecs.org

April 21 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
English Baroque Soloists
Monteverdi Choir
John Eliot Gardiner conducting
Monteverdi: “L’Orfeo” (concert presentation)
in Italian
$35-$100
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts Society)
www.wpas.org

April 22 (7:30 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
Hélène Grimaud, piano
works by Liszt, Schubert, Ravel, Debussy, Berio, Fauré, others
$40
(804) 289-8980
www.modlin.richmond.edu

April 22 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Evgeny Kissin, piano
Beethoven: Sonata in C Major, Op. 53 (“Waldstein”)
Prokofiev: Sonata No. 4 in C minor, Op. 29
Chopin: mazurkas TBA
Liszt: “Hungarian Rhapsody” No. 15 (“Rákóczi March”)
$63-$79
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts Society)
www.wpas.org

April 23 (7:30 p.m.)
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News
BBC Concert Orchestra
Keith Lockhart conducting
Ravel: “Le Tombeau de Couperin”
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major
Charlie Albright, piano
Walton: “Crown Imperial”
Vaughan Williams: “Norfolk Rhapsody” No. 1
Britten: “Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell” (“Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra”)
$27-$77
(855) 337-4849
www.fergusoncenter.org

April 24 (7:30 p.m.)
April 26 (4 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Opera
VCU Symphony
Gilbert & Sullivan: “The Gondoliers”
cast TBA
in English
ticket prices TBA
(804) 828-6776
www.vcu.edu/music

April 24 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Virginia Belles
program TBA
$7
(434) 924-3376
www.music.virginia.edu/events

April 24 (8 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
BBC Concert Orchestra
Keith Lockhart conducting
Ravel: “Le Tombeau de Couperin”
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major
Charlie Albright, piano
Walton: “Crown Imperial”
Vaughan Williams: “Norfolk Rhapsody” No. 1
Britten: “Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell” (“Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra”)
$36-$60
(888) 945-2468 (Tickets.com)
www.cfa.gmu.edu

April 24 (8 p.m.)
Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, First Street at Independence Avenue N.E., Washington
Katherine Chi & Aleksandar Madzar, pianos
Yura Lee, violin
Carter: Duo for violin and piano
Stockhausen: “Mantra”
free; tickets required
(800) 745-3000 (Ticketmaster)
www.loc.gov/concerts

April 25 (8 p.m.)
American Theatre, 125 E. Mellen St., Hampton
Ahn Trio
program TBA
$25-$30
(800) 745-3000 (Ticketmaster)
www.hamptonarts.net

April 25 (2 p.m.)
Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, First Street at Independence Avenue N.E., Washington
Jory Vinikour, harpsichord
Handel: Suite in A major
Handel: Suite in F sharp minor
J.S. Bach: “Overture in French Style,” BWV 831
free; tickets required
(800) 745-3000 (Ticketmaster)
www.loc.gov/concerts

April 26 (6 p.m.)
St. James’s Episcopal Church, 1205 W. Franklin St., Richmond
David Fisk, piano
Ellen Cockerham, Steven Smith, Susanna Klein & Jocelyn Adelman, violins
Molly Sharp, viola
Barbara Gaden, cello
Richard Spece, clarinet
Anne O’Byrne, soprano
James Taylor, tenor
works by Brahms, Franck, Vaughan Williams, Finzi, Britten, others
donations benefit Richmond Symphony
(804) 355-1779

April 26 (3:30 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
UVa Wind Ensemble
William Pease & Andrew Koch directing
“Jefferson: Past, Present and Future”
program TBA
$10
(434) 924-3376
www.music.virginia.edu/events

April 28 (7:30 p.m.)
Cannon Memorial Chapel, University of Richmond
American Guild of Organists:
Tom Bailey, Bruce Stevens & Grant Hellmers, organ
lecture-recital, “Bach’s ‘Orgelbüchlein:’ Insights of Anton Heiller”
free
www.richmondago.org

April 28 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Young Concert Artists Series:
Bella Hristova, violin
Amy Yang, piano
J.S. Bach: Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
Ysaÿe: Sonata No. 4 in E minor (“Fritz Kreisler”)
Joan Tower: new work for unaccompanied violin
Beethoven: Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96
$35
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

April 29 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Fortas Chamber Music Concerts:
Miró Quartet
Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano
Schubert: Lieder TBA
Schubert: Quartet in D minor, D. 810 (“Death and the Maiden”)
Wolf: “Mörike Lieder”
Copland: “Two Pieces for String Quartet” – Rondino
Copland: “Old American Songs” (selections)
$32
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

April 29 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
New World Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas conducting
Schubert: “Rosamunde” incidental music (excerpts)
Berg: Violin Concerto
Norbert Moret: “En Rêve” for violin and chamber orchestra
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
Debussy: “La Mer”
$35-$85
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts Society)
www.wpas.org

April 30 (8 p.m.)
The Barns at Wolf Trap, Trap Road, Vienna
Black Violin
Wilner “Will B” Baptiste, viola
Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester, violin
classical/hip-hop fusion program TBA
$25-$27
(877) 965-3872 (Tickets.com)
www.wolftrap.org

April 30 (7 p.m.)
May 2 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach conducting
Johann Strauss II: “Die Fledermaus” Overture
Penderecki: Concerto grosso for three cellos and orchestra
Steven Honigberg, James Lee & David Teie, cellos
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C major
$10-$85
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

April 30 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Vocal Arts DC:
New York Festival of Song
Michael Barrett & Steven Blier directing
Corinne Winters, soprano
Theo Lebow, tenor
“Letters from Spain: a World of Song from Spanish Poetry”
works by Schumann, Wolf, Taneyev, Shostakovich, Granados, Montsalvatge
$50
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org
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Music for Passover and Easter, including Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Mendelssohn’s setting of Psalm 42 and Handel’s oratorio “Israel in Egypt.”

April 2
11 a.m.-2 p.m. EDT
1500-1800 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
www.wdce.org

Haydn: Symphony No. 26 in D minor (“Lamentation”)
The English Concert/Trevor Pinnock
(DG Archiv)

Pergolesi: Stabat Mater
Emma Kirkby, soprano
James Bowman, countertenor
Academy of Ancient Music/Christopher Hogwood
(Decca)

Mendelssohn: Psalm 42
Eiddwen Harhhy, soprano
La Chapelle Royale
Collegium Vocale Ghent
Ensemble Orchestral de Paris/
Philippe Herreweghe
(Harmonia Mundi France)

Handel: “Israel in Egypt”
Ruth Holton, Elisabeth Friday & Donna Deam, sopranos
Ashley Stafford, Michael Chance, Patrick Collin & Jonathan Peter Kenny, altos
Nicolas Robinson, Philip Salmon, Paul Tindall & Andrew Tusa, tenors
Julian Clarkson & Christopher Purves, basses
Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner
(Philips)

Penderecki: “Polish Requiem” – Lacrimosa
Jadwiga Gadulanka, soprano
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic/
Krzysztof Penderecki
(Chandos)
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John Renbourn, the English guitarist whose “folk-baroque” performances and recordings with the group Pentangle and on his own introduced the folk-music audience to early music antecedents, has died at 70.

An obituary by The New York Times’ Jon Pareles:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/29/arts/music/john-renbourn-eclectic-guitarist-who-founded-the-pentangle-dies-at-70.html?ref=music
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Virginia Opera
Andrew Bisantz conducting
March 27, Richmond CenterStage

Verdi’s “La Traviata,” the work with which Virginia Opera made its debut in 1975, concludes its 40th anniversary season on a very high note. From casting and direction to scenery and costumes, this production is almost faultless.

Soprano Cecilia Violetta López, portraying Violetta, the Parisian courtesan turned self-sacrificing lover, and tenor Rolando Sanz, as Alfredo Germont, the young man with whom Violetta falls in love, boast powerful, flexible voices. Their ability to bring nuance to character and emotion makes their duets fully entwined musically and dramatically, as well as bringing more than brilliance to their solo arias. López’s acting is comparably nuanced.

Malcolm Mackenzie, as Giorgio Germont, Alfredo’s father, who persuades Violetta to abandon her lover for the sake of family honor, ultimately to bitterly regret his success, brings far more dimension to this character than audiences normally see and hear. Mackenzie establishes his presence and authority as the paterfamilias in a big, commanding baritone, then reins it in most effectively in Giorgio’s Act 2 duet and the Act 3 death-scene ensemble.

With leads of such quality, this hardy perennial of operatic melodrama cuts much deeper than usual.

The supporting cast – Courtney Miller (Flora), Ashley Kerr (Annina), Cullen Gandy (Gastone), Andre Chiang (Baron Duphol), Matthew Scollin (Marchese d’Obigny) – and chorus live up to the leads’ standards of vocalization and characterization.

Stage director Lillian Groag crafts a straightforward “Traviata” whose drama is driven by story and music, and never over-driven. In the ball scenes, Groag shows her mastery at getting a crowd to genuinely act. The only real directorial intervention on traditional staging is a foursome of white-gowned ghost figures, simultaneously evoking Violetta’s glamorous past and tragic fate.

Visually, this co-production of Virginia Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera adheres to the decorous 19th-century French Empire style of a traditional “Traviata,” with some helpful post-modern modifications, chiefly a brighter color palette and skeletal structural elements that make the set look less claustrophobic than the typical representation of a Parisian salon.

Conductor Andrew Bisantz, leading a pit orchestra drawn from the Richmond Symphony, realizes the pathos in Verdi’s score to striking effect, while giving free rein to festive and dramatically charged sequences – too free, occasionally, in the first of two Richmond performances, as brassy stretches of orchestration overbalanced voices.

Virginia Opera “La Traviata” repeats at 2:30 p.m. March 29 at the Carpenter Theatre of Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets. Tickets: $20.33-$105.93. Details: (800) 514-3849 (ETIX). The run concludes with performances at 8 p.m. April 11 and 2:30 p.m. April 12 at the Sandler Arts Center, 201 S. Market St., in Virginia Beach. Tickets: $19-$89. Details: (866) 673-7282; www.vaopera.org
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March 26
11 a.m.-2 p.m. EDT
1500-1800 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
www.wdce.org

Nielsen: “Maskarade” Overture
Danish National Orchestra/Sixten Ehrling (Audiofon)

Haydn: Quartet in D major, Op. 76, No. 5
Carmina Quartet (Denon)

Past Masters:
Dvorák: Serenade in E major
Royal Philharmonic/
Leopold Stokowski
(Newton Classics)
(recorded 1975)

Peter Warlock: “Capriol” Suite
Royal Philharmonic/Barry Wordsworth
(Royal Philharmonic Masterworks)

Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D major
Minnesota Orchestra/
Osmo Vänskä (BIS)

Sidney Lanier:
“Blackbirds”
“Wind Song”
Paula Robison, flute
Samuel Sanders, piano (Arabesque)

Poulenc: “L’Eventail de Jeanne” –
Pastourelle
Orchestre National de France/Charles Dutoit (London)

Rameau:
“Les Boréades” Suite
Orchestra of the 18th Century/Frans Brüggen (Philips)

Poulenc: “Aubade”
Pascal Rogé, piano
Orchestre National de France/Charles Dutoit (London)
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Music from digital sources – streaming services and downloads of recordings – accounted for nearly two-thirds of sales of recorded music in 2014, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.

For the first time last year, music streaming subscriptions accounted for more revenue than sales of compact discs. Both continued to be outpaced by purchases of digital downloads.

As tabulated by RIAA, streaming revenue was $1.87 billion. CD sales brought in $1.85 billion. Download purchases, which dipped last year, still accounted for $2.58 billion.

Vinyl-disc and tape purchases, not tabulated separately, apparently nudged “physical” music sales to a larger share of the market than streaming, judging by the pie chart in this report from cnet’s Joan E. Solsman:

http://www.cnet.com/news/streaming-music-drowns-out-us-cd-sales-for-the-first-time/

(via www.artsjournal.com)
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In the last hour of the program, a special guest: Daniel Leibovic, the Richmond-born pianist, now studying at Yale University, who will play Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor with the University of Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Kordzaia conducting, on April 8 at UR’s Modlin Arts Center. While discussing the concerto and the young pianist’s musical activities and aspirations, we’ll sample Rachmaninoff’s Rachmaninoff: two of his 1919 Ampico piano rolls in digital realizations and his celebrated 1929 recording of the Second Piano Concerto with Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

March 19
11 a.m.-2 p.m. EDT
1500-1800 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
www.wdce.org

Handel: “Il pastor fido” Suite (1734 version)
Tafelmusik/Jeanne Lamon (Sony Classical)

Haydn: “The Seasons” – “Spring”
“Song of Joy”
Genia Kühmeier, soprano
Werner Güra, tenor
Arnold Schoenberg Choir
Concentus Musicus Wien/Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi)

Vaughan Williams:
“The Lark Ascending”
Hilary Hahn, violin
London Symphony Orchestra/Colin Davis (Deutsche Grammophon)

Past Masters:
Smetana: “Má Vlast” (“My Fatherland”) –
“From Bohemia’s Meadows and Forests”
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Rafael Kubelik (Mercury)
(recorded 1952)

Schumann: Symphony
No. 3 in E flat major (“Rhenish”)
Staatskapelle Berlin/
Daniel Barenboim (Teldec)

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

Past Masters:
Rachmaninoff:
Prelude in C sharp minor, Op. 3, No. 2
Étude-tableau in B minor, Op. 39, No. 4
Sergei Rachmaninoff, Ampico piano roll (Telarc)
(recorded 1919; 1996 realizations by Wayne Stahnke)

Past Masters:
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor
Sergei Rachmaninoff, piano
Philadelphia Orchestra/Leopold Stokowski
(RCA Victor)
(recorded 1929)
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For his 1977 “Star Wars” score, “John Williams all but lifted the core idea . . . from the scherzo of Erich Korngold’s Symphony in F sharp minor, written 25 years earlier,” notes Los Angeles Times music critic Mark Swed. By the reasoning of the court judgment last week that “Blurred Lines,” a song by Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, plagiarized Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up,” would Korngold’s heirs have a claim against Williams?

“Out of this lawsuit, which is essentially a spat by millionaires about money, the court has attempted to regulate the rules of musical composition,” Swed writes. Citing examples of composers “borrowing” the music of others from medieval to modern times, the critic declares: “So-called creative thievery isn’t just the privilege of pop musicians; it is the God-given right of all musicians and the very basis of Western music.”

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-blurred-lines-classical-notebook-20150314-column.html

Swed makes a persuasive case, but probably not one that would prevail in the US legal system.

A savvy composer today is best-advised not to borrow from, or even arguably approximate, any music not in the public domain – i.e., published since 1923.

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James B. Stewart, writing for The New Yorker, examines in depth the crises in finance, artistic direction and labor-management-board relations that almost led to a shutdown last fall at the Metropolitan Opera, and continue to plague the largest performing-arts institution in the U.S. A very sobering read:

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/03/23/a-fight-at-the-opera
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