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The Claudio Abbado retrospective will air next week.
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Feb. 6
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A special retrospective on conductor Claudio Abbado (1933-2014):

Verdi: Triumphal scene from “Aïda”
La Scala Chorus & Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon)

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor
Martha Argerich, piano; Mahler Chamber Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon)

Mussorgsky: Scherzo in B flat major
London Symphony (RCA Victor)

Debussy: “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun”
Emmanuel Pahud, flute; Berlin Philharmonic (Deutsche Grammophon)

Brahms: “Nänie”
Berlin Radio Choir, Berlin Philharmonic (Deutsche Grammophon)

Mahler: finale from Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”)
Eteri Gavzava, soprano; Anna Larsson, contralto; Lucerne Festival Chorus & Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon)
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At NPR Music, Priska Neely explores what might have been – and still may become – the great American “street opera,” Duke Ellington’s “Queenie Pie.”

This jazz opera, first conceived in the 1930s and almost brought to fruition 30 years later, was left unfinished when Ellington died in 1974. A version by Marc Bolin, currently being staged at California’s Long Beach Opera and also being used for a production opening on Feb. 15 at Chicago Opera Theater, is the latest in a succession of “completions” crafted from surviving material:

http://www.npr.org/2014/02/02/269524876/duke-ellingtons-lost-opera-forever-a-work-in-progress
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Facing financial implosion, the Memphis Symphony – whose rising-star music director, Mei-Ann Chen, just performed with the Richmond Symphony (review in previous post) – “says that its current season will be the final one in its current configuration,” Memphis Business Journal reports:

http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/news/2014/02/03/memphis-symphony-financial-crisis.html

Officials quoted in the brief article say nothing about how the orchestra might be reconfigured or what role Chen might play in it.

The Commercial Appeal, Memphis’ daily newspaper, quotes orchestra officials as saying it would need $20-$25 million to continue as it is currently constituted. (The paper’s coverage is behind a pay wall.)

Norman Lebrecht focuses on the orchestra board’s choice of words – “wind down” – to characterize the situation:

http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2014/02/a-us-orchestra-is-being-wound-down.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+artsjournal%2FbQrW+%28Slipped+disc%29

ADDENDUM: Ruth McCambridge of Nonprofit Quarterly fills in some of the blanks. The Memphis Symphony’s endowment, she writes, “has been spent down through covering operating deficits that have totaled $8.34 million since 2005. The symphony board has unanimously approved a resolution saying the Memphis Symphony ‘cannot incur future deficits in operations’ and giving its executive committee authority to ‘wind down MSO’s operations’ if adequate funding or commitments aren’t found.”
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Mei-Ann Chen conducting
with George Li, piano
Feb. 1, Richmond CenterStage

Standing ovations are almost de rigueur at classical concerts these days, but still can be startling and exhilarating experiences. You just have to distinguish between routine, polite ones and genuine, spontaneous ones. For future reference, the response to George Li at the end of the Grieg Piano Concerto was what a genuine ovation looks and sounds like.

Much of the audience leaped to its feet, loudly applauding, in many cases shouting and whooping as well. The happy tumult didn’t die down until Li played a first encore (Vladimir Horowitz’s Fantasy on themes from Bizet’s “Carmen”), then resumed until he played a second (Chopin’s Nocturne in C sharp minor), which finally down-shifted the applause to highly appreciative.

Li, an 18-year-old Bostonian, is one of the proliferating number of young piano virtuosos who boast both knockout technique and a level of musicality normally heard from more mature artists. It took a while for the latter to manifest itself in his performance of the Grieg.

He hit the opening chords and stated the big theme of the first movement almost as if pounding an anvil. His tone remained ringingly bright throughout the concerto, but with frequent shading of color and flexibility in tempo – more lyrical and poetical, that is.

The Chopin encore found Li at his most poetic and tonally nuanced – seemingly a different performer and instrument from those heard at the beginning of the Grieg.

The pianist had a forceful and expressive partner in guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen, music director of the Memphis Symphony and Chicago Sinfonietta. In the Grieg, Chen crafted sonorously atmospheric, warmly lyrical orchestral playing.

Her treatment of Schumann’s Second Symphony was brisk and alert, effectively centering the listener’s attention on the second, scherzo movement, with its speedy crosscurrents of brilliant string and wind scoring. The slow movement, marked adagio expressivo, was paced more like an andante and plumbed few expressive depths. The conductor mustered a collective triumphant outcry for the symphony’s finale.

Chen and the orchestra’s strings opened the program with Osvaldo Golijov’s orchestral version of “Last Round,” a piece that incorporates the Argentinian-born composer’s formative influences: East European Jewish music (Golijov’s parents were émigrés), Stravinsky-cum-Hindemith neoclassicism and the “new tango” style of Argentine master Astor Piazzolla.

Unusually, the symphony’s violinists and violists played standing, with first and second violins to the left and right of the conductor. This may have helped energize the players – several seemed on the verge of dancing in the fast opening section; and it certainly didn’t detract from tone production in the longer lentissimo that followed. I’ve rarely heard lusher sound from these fiddlers.
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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 and performers, is updated throughout the month as details become available. Adult single-ticket prices are listed; senior, student/youth, group and other discounts may be offered.

SCOUTING REPORT

* In and around Richmond: The Richmond Symphony launches the month with guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen and pianist George Li in a program of Grieg, Schumann and Golijov, Feb. 1 at Richmond CenterStage. . . . The King’s Singers delve into “The Great American Songbook,” Feb. 7 at the University of Richmond’s Modlin Arts Center. . . . Symphony Music Director Steven Smith leads a jazz pops concert with trumpeter Rex Richardson and friends, Feb. 8 at Richmond CenterStage. . . . Harpsichordist Carsten Schmidt performs works of Couperin, Froberger, Bach and others for the Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia, in a free concert Feb. 8 in the Richmond Public Library’s Gellman Room, and a “house concert” on Feb. 9 in Manakin-Sabot. . . . The Escher String Quartet and guitarist Jason Vieaux play Mendelssohn, Boccherini and more in a Rennolds Chamber Concerts program, Feb. 15 at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Singleton Arts Center. . . . Bruce Stevens plays Bach, Buxtehude, contemporary music by Mary Beth Bennett and more on UR’s Beckerath organ, Feb. 17 at Cannon Memorial Chapel. . . . The Venice Baroque Orchestra, with cellist Mario Brunello, play Vivaldi, Boccherini and more, Feb. 19 at UR’s Modlin Center (following earlier dates at the American Theatre in Hampton and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville). . . . Erin R. Freeman conducts the symphony and Richmond Symphony Chamber Chorus in a Mozart-Handel program, Feb. 21 at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Feb. 23 at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland. . . . Virginia Opera brings its production of Richard Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos” to Richmond CenterStage on Feb. 21 and 23, following dates in Norfolk and Fairfax. . . . And a heads-up for March 1, when Steven Smith and the Richmond Symphony play Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony and the Violin Concerto of Richmond-bred composer Mason Bates, with Anne Akiko Meyers as soloist, at Richmond CenterStage.

* Noteworthy elsewhere: Time for Three, a string trio that bills itself as chamber music’s first “garage band,” plays Bach, Brahms and pop-song arrangements, Feb. 3 at Washington’s Kennedy Center. . . . The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra plays Bach’s six “Brandenburg” concertos, Feb. 4 at the Library of Congress in DC. . . . Cellist Steven Isserlis joins Christoph Eschenbach and the National Symphony in a program of Schumann, Haydn and Brahms, Feb. 6-8 at the Kennedy Center. . . . Pianist Simone Dinnerstein plays Bach, Beethoven and contemporary works by George Crumb and Nico Muhly, Feb. 9 at the Kennedy Center. . . . Yuri Temirkanov conducts Russia’s St. Petersburg Philharmonic in Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff, Feb. 12 at Strathmore in the Maryland suburbs of DC. . . . Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter joins Cristian Macelaru and the National Symphony in concertos by Currier (Feb. 13) and Dvorák (Feb. 14-15) at the Kennedy Center. . . . Violinist Joshua Bell visits Virginia Tech’s new Center for the Arts in Blacksburg for a Valentine’s Day concert on Feb. 14 (sold out; waiting list). . . . Pianist Lang Lang plays Mozart and Chopin, Feb. 15 at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville. . . . Virginia-bred singers Jake Tanner and Matthew Worth star in the Washington National Opera production of Jake Heggie’s “Moby-Dick,” Feb. 22, 25 and 28 (with more dates in March) at the Kennedy Center. . . . The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra plays Vivaldi, Bach and Tchaikovsky, Feb. 24 at the Virginia Tech Center for the Arts in Blacksburg. . . . Evgeny Kissin gives an unusual program, performing piano works of Jewish and Yiddish heritage, and reciting Yiddish poetry, Feb. 24 at the Kennedy Center.


Feb. 1 (8 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
Richmond Symphony
Mei-Ann Chen conducting
Osvaldo Golijov: “Last Round”
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor
George Li, piano
Schumann: Symphony No. 2
$10-$76
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
www.richmondsymphony.com

Feb. 1 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Albemarle Ensemble
Reicha: Wind Quintet in D major, Op. 91, No. 3
Milhaud: Sonata, Op. 47, for oboe, flute, clarinet and piano
Zemlinsky: Humoreske (Rondo) for wind quintet
Farrenc: Sextet, Op. 40, for piano and winds
$15
(434) 924-3376
www.music.virginia.edu/events

Feb. 1 (8 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
Haifa Symphony Orchestra
Bohuslaw Dawidow conducting
Mozart: Symphony No. 40
Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”)
Uri Bracha: “Melodies for Mount Carmel”
Avshalom Sarid, viola
$30-$60
(888) 945-2468 (Tickets.com)
www.cfa.gmu.edu

Feb. 1 (2 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Benjamin Hochman, piano
Oliver Knussen: Variations for piano
Brahms: “Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel,” Op. 24
Frederic Rzewski: “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!”
$35
(202) 985-9727 (Washington Performing Arts Society)
www.wpas.org

Feb. 1 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach conducting
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor
Joshua Bell, violin
Hindemith: “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d”
Michelle DeYoung, mezzo-soprano
Matthias Goerne, baritone
Choral Arts Society of Washington
$10-$85
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

Feb. 1 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop conducting
Charlie Chaplin’s “The Idle Class” and “The Kid” with live orchestral accompaniment
$31-$94
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
www.strathmore.org

Feb. 2 (3 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
Richard Becker, piano
works by Beethoven Liszt, Chopin; recent works inspired by Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”
free
(804) 289-8980
www.modlin.richmond.edu

Feb. 2 (2 p.m.)
Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Charlottesville
Richmond Symphony LolliPops
Erin R. Freeman conducting
Glinka: “Russlan and Ludmilla” Overture
Grieg: “Peer Gynt” suites Nos. 1-2
Mendelssohn: Wedding March from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” incidental music
$10.50-$15.50
(434) 979-1333
www.theparamount.net

Feb. 3 (7:30 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
Neumann Lecture on Music:
Anthony Seeger
“Is Music Prophetic or Reflexive? Music, Activism and Social Change”
free
(804) 289-8980
www.modlin.richmond.edu

Feb. 3 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Time for Three
works by Bach, Brahms; popular song arrangements
$38
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

Feb. 4 (8 p.m.)
Williamsburg Library Theatre, 515 Scotland St.
Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg:
Hermitage Piano Trio
Beethoven: “Kakadu Variations,” Op. 121
Arensky: Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 32
Rimsky-Korsakov: Piano Trio in C major
$15 (waiting list)
(757) 229-0385
www.chambermusicwilliamsburg.org

Feb. 4 (8 p.m.)
Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, First Street at Independence Avenue N.E., Washington
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
J.S. Bach: “Brandenburg” concertos Nos. 1-6
free; tickets required
(703) 573-7328 (Ticketmaster)
http://www.loc.gov/rr/perform/concert/1314-preview.html

Feb. 5 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
Paul Jacobs, organ
works by Vierne, Boulanger, Duruflé, Messiaen, Guilmant
$15
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

Feb. 6 (8 p.m.)
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News
Feb. 8 (8 p.m.)
Chrysler Hall, 215 St. Paul’s Boulevard, Norfolk
Virginia Symphony Pops
Benjamin Rous conducting
cast of Beatlemania”
“Classical Mystery Tour: a Tribute to the Beatles”
$22-$90
(757) 892-6366
www.virginiasymphony.org

Feb. 6 (7 p.m.)
Feb. 7 (8 p.m.)
Feb. 8 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach conducting
Haydn: Symphony No. 72
Schumann: Cello Concerto
Steven Isserlis, cello
Brahms-Schoenberg: Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25
$10-$85
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

Feb. 7 (7:30 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
The King’s Singers
“The Great American Songbook”
works by the Gershwins, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, others
$36
free master class with Jeffrey Riehl and UR Schola Cantorum, 4:15 p.m. Feb. 7
(804) 289-8980
www.modlin.richmond.edu

Feb. 7 (8 p.m.)
Feb. 9 (2:30 p.m.)
Feb. 11 (7:30 p.m.)
Harrison Opera House, 160 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk
Virginia Opera
Garrett Keast conducting
Richard Strauss: “Ariadne auf Naxos”
Christina Pier (Ariadne)
Ric Fuhrman (Bacchus)
Audrey Luna (Zerbinetta)
Stephanie Lauricella (Composer)
Jake Gardner (Music Teacher)
Edwin Vega (Dancing Master)
Ryan Connelly (Scaramuccio)
Christopher Burchett (Harlekin)
Sam Helfrich, stage director
in German, English captions
$29-$114
(866) 673-7282
www.vaopera.org

Feb. 7 (8 p.m.)
The Barns of Wolf Trap, Trap Road, Vienna
Washington Saxophone Quartet
works by Gabrieli, Bach, Copland, Pierné, Barber, others
$35
(877) 965-3872 (Tickets.com)
www.wolftrap.org

Feb. 8 (2 p.m.)
Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library, First and Franklin streets
Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia:
Carsten Schmidt, harpsichord
“Paris 1652: When Johann Met Louis”
works by Johann Jakob Froberger, Louis Couperin
free
(804) 646-7223
www.richmondpubliclibrary.org

Feb. 8 (4 p.m.)
Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 8 N. Laurel St., Richmond
Anne O’Byrne, soprano
Ben Kwak, tenor
Chase Peak, baritone
Grace Notes
“In Love With Music”
program TBA
reception follows
free
(804) 359-5628
www.ghtc.org

Feb. 8 (8 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
Richmond Symphony Pops
Steven Smith conducting
Rex Richardson, trumpet
Steve Wilson, saxophones
Nate Smith, drums
Russell Wilson, piano
Pete Spaar, bass
works by Gershwin, Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, James M. Stephenson
$10-$76
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
www.richmondsymphony.com

Feb. 8 (8 p.m.)
Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, Washington
Sybarite5
“Everything in Its Right Place”
works by Mozart, Brubeck, Piazzolla, Eric Byers, Dan Visconti, others
$25
(202) 985-9727 (Washington Performing Arts Society)
www.wpas.org

Feb. 9 (4 p.m.)
private home, Manakin-Sabot
Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia:
Carsten Schmidt, harpsichord
works by Couperin, Froberger, Muffat, J.S. Bach, others
$30
(804) 519-2098
www.cmscva.org

Feb. 9 (4 p.m.)
Hylton Arts Center, George Mason University, Manassas
Haifa Symphony Orchestra
Boguslaw Dawidow conducting
Weber: “Euryanthe” Overture
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3
Roman Rabinovich, piano
$44-$60
(888) 945-2468 (Tickets.com)
www.hyltoncenter.org

Feb. 9 (4 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
The King’s Singers
“The Great American Songbook”
works by the Gershwins, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, others
$24-$48
(888) 945-2468 (Tickets.com)
www.cfa.gmu.edu

Feb. 9 (2 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Kennedy Center Chamber Players
Paganini: “Terzetto concertante” in D major for viola, cello and guitar
Grieg: Violin Sonata No. 3 in C minor, Op. 45
Leisner: “Dances in the Madhouse” for violin and guitar
Beethoven: Piano Trio in E flat major, Op. 1
$35
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

Feb. 9 (4 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
Simone Dinnerstein, piano
J.S. Bach: 15 two-part inventions
George Crumb: “Eine kleine Mitternacht Musik” for prepared piano
Nico Muhly: “You Can’t Get There From Here”
Beethoven: Sonata in C minor, Op. 111
$25-$85
(202) 985-9727 (Washington Performing Arts Society)
www.wpas.org

Feb. 11 (7:30 p.m.)
Feb. 12 (7:30 p.m.)
American Theatre, 125 E. Mellen St., Hampton
Sharon Isbin, Stanley Jordan & Romero Lubambo, guitars
“Guitar Passions”
program TBA
$25-$30
(757) 722-2787
www.hamptonarts.net

Feb. 12 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
St. Petersburg Philharmonic
Yuri Temirkanov conducting
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2
Sayaka Shoji, violin
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2
$35-$105
(202) 985-9727 (Washington Performing Arts Society)
www.wpas.org

Feb. 13 (7 p.m.)
Feb. 14 (8 p.m.)
Feb. 15 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Cristian Macelaru conducting
Janácek: “The Cunning Little Vixen” Suite
Martinu: Symphony No. 1
Currier: “Time Machines” (Feb. 13)
Dvorák: Violin Concerto (Feb. 14-15)
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
$10-$85
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

Feb. 13 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Sharon Isbin, Stanley Jordan & Romero Lubambo, guitars
“Guitar Passions”
works by Rodrigo, Albéniz, Jobim, others
$29-$70
(301) 581-5100
www.strathmore.org

Feb. 14 (7:30 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
Peter Tirrell D’Elia, piano
program TBA
free
free master class at 10 a.m. Feb. 15, Perkinson Recital Hall
(804) 289-8980
www.modlin.richmond.edu

Feb. 14 (8 p.m.)
Feb. 16 (2:30 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
Virginia Opera
Garrett Keast conducting
Richard Strauss: “Ariadne auf Naxos”
Christina Pier (Ariadne)
Ric Fuhrman (Bacchus)
Audrey Luna (Zerbinetta)
Stephanie Lauricella (Composer)
Jake Gardner (Music Teacher)
Edwin Vega (Dancing Master)
Ryan Connelly (Scaramuccio)
Christopher Burchett (Harlekin)
Sam Helfrich, stage director
in German, English captions
$44-$98
(888) 945-2468 (Tickets.com)
www.vaopera.org

Feb. 14 (8 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
Joshua Bell, violin
pianist TBA
“Valentine Concert”
program TBA
$40-$60 (waiting list)
(540) 231-5300
www.artscenter.vt.edu

Feb. 14 (7 p.m.)
Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, First Street at Independence Avenue N.E., Washington
JACK Quartet
Ursula Oppens, piano
Feldman: “Spring of Chosroes”
Feldman: “Structures”
Ferneyhough: “Exordium”
Carter: Quintet for piano and string quartet
Anderson: String Quartet No. 1 (U.S. premiere)
Anderson: Light Music”
Adès: Piano Quintet
free; tickets required
(703) 573-7328 (Ticketmaster)
http://www.loc.gov/rr/perform/concert/1314-preview.html

Feb. 15 (2 p.m.)
Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library, First and Franklin streets
Joshua Allen, bass-baritone
Marianne Kessler, piano
art songs, folk songs, Negro spirituals TBA
free
(804) 646-7223
www.richmondpubliclibrary.org
 
Feb. 15 (8 p.m.)Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
Rennolds Chamber Concerts:
Escher String Quartet
Jason Vieaux, guitar
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E minor, Op. 44, No. 2
Boccherini: Guitar Quintet
Giuliani: “Grande Overture”
Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Guitar Quintet
$34
(804) 828-6776
www.vcumusic.org

Feb. 15 (8 p.m.)
Feb. 16 (4 p.m.)
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 520 Graydon Ave., Norfolk
Virginia Chorale
Charles Woodward directing
Jeff Gallo, stage director
Joby Talbot: “Path of Miracles”
$25
(757) 627-8375
www.vachorale.org

Feb. 15 (8 p.m.)
Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Charlottesville
Lang Lang, piano
Mozart: Sonata in G major, K. 283
Mozart: Sonata in E flat major, K. 282
Mozart: Sonata in A minor, K. 310
Chopin: 4 ballades
$65.50-$250
(434) 979-1333
www.theparamount.net

Feb. 15 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Feb. 16 (3:30 p.m.)
Monticello High School, 1000 Independence Way, Charlottesville
Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra
Kate Tamarkin conducting
Rautavaara: “Isle of Bliss”
Ravel: “Mother Goose” Suite
Vaughan Williams: “Five Variants on ‘Dives and Lazarus’ ”
Copland: “Appalachian Spring” Suite
$10-$40
(434) 924-3376
www.music.virginia.edu/events

Feb. 15 (8 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
Peter Nero, piano
“Music of the Heart”
works by Beethoven, Gershwin, Puccini, Lloyd Webber, others
$30-$60
(888) 945-2468 (Tickets.com)
www.cfa.gmu.edu

Feb. 15 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Gilbert Varga conducting
Berlioz: “Roman Carnival” Overture
Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No. 3
Jonathan Carney, violin
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 (“Pathétique”)
$46-$109
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
www.strathmore.org

Feb. 16 (7:30 p.m.)
American Theatre, 125 E. Mellen St., Hampton
Venice Baroque Orcherstra
Andrea Marcon directing
Mario Brunello, cello
works by Vivaldi, Boccherini
$30-$35
(757) 722-2787
www.hamptonarts.net

Feb. 17 (7:30 p.m.)
Cannon Memorial Chapel, University of Richmond
Bruce Stevens, organ
works by Sweelinck, Bach, Buxtehude, Couperin, Reger, Arthur Foote, Mary Beth Bennett
free
(804) 289-8980
www.modlin.richmond.edu

Feb. 18 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Tuesday Evening Concerts:
Venice Baroque Orchestra
Andrea Marcon directing
works by Vivaldi, Geminiani, Veracini
$12-$33
(434) 924-3376
www.tecs.org

Feb. 19 (7:30 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
Venice Baroque Orchestra
Andrea Marcon directing
Mario Brunello, cello
works by Vivaldi, Boccherini, Sollima
$38
(804) 289-8980
www.modlin.richmond.edu

Feb. 20 (8 p.m.)
Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, First Street at Independence Avenue N.E., Washington
Ebène Quartet
Haydn: Quartet in F minor, Op. 20, No. 5
Schumann: Quartet in A major, Op. 41, No. 3
Mendelssohn: Quartet in F minor, Op. 80
free; tickets required
(703) 573-7328 (Ticketmaster)
http://www.loc.gov/rr/perform/concert/1314-preview.html

Feb. 21 (7 p.m.)
St. Augustine Catholic Church, 4400 Beulah Road, Richmond
Feb. 23 (3 p.m.)
Blackwell Auditorium, Randolph-Macon College, 205 Henry St., Ashland
Richmond Symphony
Erin R. Freeman conducting
Mozart: Symphony No. 34 in C major, K. 338
Handel: Coronation anthems Nos. 1-4
Richmond Symphony Chamber Chorus
$15-$20
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
www.richmondsymphony.com

Feb. 21 (8 p.m.)
Feb. 23 (2:30 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
Virginia Opera
Garrett Keast conducting
Richard Strauss: “Ariadne auf Naxos”
Christina Pier (Ariadne)
Ric Fuhrman (Bacchus)
Audrey Luna (Zerbinetta)
Stephanie Lauricella (Composer)
Jake Gardner (Music Teacher)
Edwin Vega (Dancing Master)
Ryan Connelly (Scaramuccio)
Christopher Burchett (Harlekin)
Sam Helfrich, stage director
in German, English captions
$29-$111
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
www.vaopera.org

Feb. 21 (8 p.m.)
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News
Feb. 22 (8 p.m.)
Chrysler Hall, 215 St. Paul’s Boulevard, Norfolk
Feb. 23 (2:30 p.m.)
Sandler Arts Center, 201 S. Market St., Virginia Beach
Virginia Symphony
JoAnn Falletta conducting
Berlioz: “Roman Carnival” Overture
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2
Martina Filjak, piano
Nielsen: Symphony No. 4 (“Inextinguishable”)
$22-$105
(757) 892-6366
www.virginiasymphony.org

Feb. 22 (7 p.m.)
Feb. 25 (7:30 p.m.)
Feb. 28 (7:30 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington
Washington National Opera
Evan Rogister conducting
Jake Heggie: “Moby-Dick”
Carl Tanner (Ahab)
Stephen Costello (Ishmael)
Matthew Worth (Starbuck)
Eric Greene (Queequeg)
Talise Trevigne (Pip)
Alexander Lewis (Flask)
Leonard Foglia, stage director
in English, English captions
$25-$305
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

Feb. 22 (8 p.m.)
Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, First Street at Independence Avenue N.E., Washington
Mitzi Meyerson, harpsichord
works by J.S. Bach, Purcell, Rameau, Croft, Couperin
free; tickets required
(703) 573-7328 (Ticketmaster)
http://www.loc.gov/rr/perform/concert/1314-preview.html

Feb. 22 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Brian Ganz, piano
Chopin: 4 mazurkas, Op. 17
Chopin: “Variations brillantes” in B flat Major, Op. 12
Chopin: Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52
Chopin: Nocturne in C Minor, Op. 48
Chopin: Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52
Chopin: Nocturne in F Sharp Minor
Chopin: Mazurka in D Major, Op. Posth.
Chopin: Mazurka in A Minor (“Notre Temps”)
Chopin: 2 waltzes, Op. 69
Chopin: Prelude in C Sharp Minor, Op. 45
Chopin: Scherzo in E Major, Op. 54
$28-$63
(301) 581-5100
www.strathmore.org

Feb. 24 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Matthew Ernst, trumpet
Janna Ernst, piano
works by Brahms, Albinoni, Antheil, Enescu, others
$15
(434) 924-3376
www.music.virginia.edu/events

Feb. 24 (8 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Vivaldi: “The Four Seasons”
J.S. Bach: “Brandenburg” Concerto No. 3
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for strings
$25-$40
(540) 231-5300
www.artscenter.vt.edu

Feb. 24 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Musica Hebraica:
Evgeny Kissin, piano & recitation
Bloch: Piano Sonata (1935)
Alexander Veprik: Piano Sonata No. 2 (1924)
Milner: “Farn opsheyd” (“Little Rhapsody”)
Krein: first 5 pieces from “Suite dansee” (1928)
selected Yiddish poetry
$35-$99
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

Feb. 26 (7 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Terry Austin directing
program TBA
$7 in advance, $10 day of performance
(804) 828-6776
www.vcumusic.org

Feb. 26 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Vocal Arts DC:
Hei-Kyung Hong, soprano
Vlad Iftinca, piano
program TBA
$50
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

Feb. 27 (8 p.m.)
Phi Beta Kappa Hall, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg
Virginia Symphony
Benjamin Rous conducting
Beethoven: “Leonore” Overture No. 3
Rodrigo: “Concierto de Aranjuez”
Artryom Dervoed, guitar
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 1
$22-$67
(757) 892-6366
www.virginiasymphony.org

Feb. 27 (7 p.m.)
Feb. 28 (8 p.m.)
March 1 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach conducting
Beethoven: Symphony No. 1
Widmann: Violin Concerto
Christian Tetzlaff, violin
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2
$10-$85
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

Feb. 27 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio
Beethoven: Piano Trio in G major, Op. 1, No. 2
André Previn: Piano Trio (2012)
Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66
$45
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

Feb. 27 (7:30 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Opera House Washington
Washington National Opera:
Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists
works by Mozart, Puccini, Gounod, Bellini, Verdi, others
$15
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

Feb. 28 (8:15 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop conducting
“Off the Cuff: Mozart CSI”
Didi Balle, writer-director
$44-$78
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
www.strathmore.org

Feb. 28 (8 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
David Niethamer, clarinet
pianist TBA
program TBA
free
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events
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France’s Ysaÿe Quartet, remembered locally for performances at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2004 and 2011, has disbanded after a career of 30 years, Le Figaro of Paris reports (in French):

http://www.lefigaro.fr/musique/2014/01/20/03006-20140120ARTFIG00277-la-valse-aux-adieux-du-quatuor-ysae.php
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Pete Seeger, father of the American folk revival, author or co-author of some of its iconic songs – “If I Had a Hammer,” “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season),” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” – and popularizer of the civil-rights anthem “We Shall Overcome,” has died at 94.

An obituary by Jon Pareles for The New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/29/arts/music/pete-seeger-songwriter-and-champion-of-folk-music-dies-at-94.html?hp&_r=0
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Pianist Emanuel Ax will open the 2014-15 season of the Virginia Symphony, joining Music Director JoAnn Falletta and the Hampton Roads-based orchestra in works of Mozart and Richard Strauss in three concerts in September.

Other guests of the orchestra in the coming season will be violinist-conductor Cho-Liang Lin (playing Mozart), violinists Alexandre de Costa (Tchaikovsky) and Tamas Kocsis (Bruch), cellist Amit Peled (Dvorák), pianists Prisca Benoit (Beethoven) and Sara Davis Buechner (Chopin), and vocal soloists to be announced, with the Virginia Symphony Chorus, in Handel’s “Messiah” and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

Major orchestral repertory next season includes Richard Strauss’ “Don Juan,” Ravel’s “La Valse,” Mahler’s First Symphony, Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony, Copland’s Third Symphony, Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony, Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony (No. 3), Beethoven’s First Symphony, Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, and the Prelude and “Liebestod” (“Love-Death”) from Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde.”

For information on ticket subscription packages, call the Virginia Symphony box office at (757) 892-6366, or visit www.virginiasymphony.org

The Virginia Symphony’s 2014-15 program lineup:

CLASSICS
at Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News; Chrysler Hall, Norfolk; Sandler Arts Center, Virginia Beach

Sept. 19 (Newport News), Sept. 20 (Norfolk), Sept. 21 (Virginia Beach) – JoAnn Falletta conducting. Richard Strauss: “Don Juan;” Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 14; Richard Strauss: Burleske for piano and orchestra (Emanuel Ax, piano); Ravel: “La Valse.”

Oct. 17 (Newport News), Oct. 18 (Norfolk), Oct. 19 (Virginia Beach) – Cho-Liang Lin conducting. Elgar: Serenade for strings; Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 2 (Cho-Liang Lin, violin); Mozart: Symphony No. 40.

Nov. 7 (Newport News), Nov. 8 (Norfolk), Nov. 9 (Virginia Beach) – JoAnn Falletta conducting. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Prisca Benoit, piano); Mahler: Symphony No. 1.

Dec. 5 (Newport News), Dec. 6 (location TBA) – Benjamin Rous conducting. Handel: “Messiah” (soloists TBA, Virginia Symphony Chorus).

Jan. 30 (Newport News), Feb. 1 (Norfolk), Feb. 2 (Virginia Beach) – JoAnn Falletta conducting. Roussel: “Bacchus et Ariane” Suite No. 2; Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (“Choral”) (soloists TBA, Virginia Symphony Chorus).

Feb. 13 (Newport News), Feb. 14 (Norfolk), Feb. 15 (Virginia Beach) – JoAnn Falletta conducting. Wagner: Prelude and “Liebestod” from “Tristan und Isolde;” Tchaikovsky: “Romeo and Juliet” Fantasy-Overture; Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2.

Feb. 27 (Newport News), Feb. 28 (Norfolk), March 1 (Virginia Beach) – JoAnn Falletta conducting. Libby Larsen: “On the Floor;” Dvorák: Cello Concerto (Amit Peled, cello); Copland: Symphony No. 3.

March 20 (Newport News), March 21 (Norfolk), March 22 (Virginia Beach) – Benjamin Rous conducting. Rimsky-Korsakov: “Russian Easter” Overture; Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9; Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto (Alexandre de Costa, violin).

REGIONAL CLASSICS
at Crosswalk Community Church, Williamsburg; Regent University Theater, Virginia Beach; Phi Beta Kappa Hall, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg

Nov. 13 (Crosswalk, Williamsburg), Nov. 15 (Virginia Beach) – JoAnn Falletta conducting. Milhaud: “Le boeuf sur le toit” (“The Bull on the Roof”); Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Sara Davis Buechner, piano); Beethoven: Symphony No. 1.

Dec. 3 (Virginia Beach), Dec. 4 (Crosswalk, Williamsburg) – Benjamin Rous conducting. Handel: “Messiah” (soloists TBA, Virginia Symphony Chorus).

Jan. 22 (Crosswalk, Williamsburg), Jan. 24 (Virginia Beach) – JoAnn Falletta conducting. Hamilton Harty: “In Ireland;” Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 (Tamas Kocsis, violin); Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 (“Scottish”).

March 12 (Phi Beta Kappa, Williamsburg), March 14 (Virginia Beach) – JoAnn Falletta conducting. J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 3; Haydn: Sinfonia concertante (Vahn Armstrong, violin; Michael Daniels, cello; Sherie Aguirre, oboe; Laura Leisring, bassoon); Brahms: “Nänie,” “Schicksalslied” (Virginia Symphony Chorus).

POPS
at Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News; Chrysler Hall, Norfolk; Sandler Arts Center, Virginia Beach

Oct. 3 (Newport News), Oct. 4 (Norfolk) – Benjamin Rous conducting. “A Night in Motown” (Spectrum, guest artists).

Dec. 19 (Virginia Beach), Dec. 20 (Norfolk) – Robert Shoup conducting. Holiday Pops (guest soloists TBA, Virginia Symphony Chorus).

Feb. 6 (Newport News), Feb. 7 (Norfolk) – Benjamin Rous conducting. “At the Movies with John Williams.”

March 6 (Newport News), March 7 (Norfolk) – Benjamin Rous conducting. “The Music of Benny Goodman” (Sal Andolina, clarinet).

March 27 (Newport News), March 28 (Norfolk) – Benjamin Rous conducting. “Wicked Divas in Concert” (guest vocalists TBA).

PB&J FAMILY CLASSICS
at Sandler Arts Center, Virginia Beach

Oct. 26 – Benjamin Rous conducting. “Halloween Spooktacular.”

Nov. 30 – Benjamin Rous conducting. “Jingle Bell Jam.”

Jan. 25 – Benjamin Rous conducting. Poulenc: “Babar the Elephant” (narrator TBA).

March 15 – Benjamin Rous conducting. “The Animated Orchestra” (Gregory Smith, narrator).
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Classical Revolution RVA, the performance cooperative organized by Richmond Symphony violinist Ellen Cockerham, will present a Mozart festival on Sunday, Jan. 26 (the composer’s 258th birthday) in the Carytown shopping district of Richmond.

Nine events are scheduled, beginning at 11 a.m., at various stores and restaurants along Cary Street. All are open free of charge except a screening of “Amadeus” at the Byrd Theatre. Tickets for the film are $4 in advance at AlterNatives, 3320 W. Cary St., or $5 at the door.

Here’s the festival schedule:

11 a.m.-noon (AlterNatives, 3320 W. Cary St.) Quartet performance. Program TBA. Coffee and pastries served.

Noon-1 p.m. (Carytown Bistro, 3200 W. Cary St.) Clarinet Quintet, Viola Quintet in G minor, flute quartet TBA.

Noon-2 p.m. (Can Can Brasserie, 3120 W. Cary St.) “Eine kleine Brunch Musik,” chamber music, art-songs, piano sonatas TBA.

2-3 p.m. (Plan 9 Records, 3017 W. Cary St.) “Operatic Incarnations,” vocal duos, trios, ensembles TBA.

2-3:30 p.m. (Cartwheels & Coffee, 2820 W. Cary St.) “Story Time: ‘The Magic Flute’,” story narrated by Mark Mobley, with arias sung by members of Capitol Opera Richmond.

3-4 p.m. (Chop Suey Books, 2913 W. Cary St.) “Wolfgang 101,” conductor Daniel Myssyk discusses Mozart.

4-5:30 p.m. (Babes of Carytown, 3166 W. Cary St.) Symphonies Nos. 31 (“Paris”), 38 (“Prague”) and 41 (“Jupiter”), conducted by Daniel Myssyk and Erin R. Freeman.

6-7 p.m. (Can Can Brasserie, 3120 W. Cary St.) “Mozart’s Greatest Hits,” Capitol Opera Richmond members perform arias from “The Marriage of Figaro,” “Cosí fan tutte,” “Don Giovanni,” other works, with orchestral accompaniment.

7:30 p.m. (Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary St.) “Amadeus.” Party after film at Portrait House, 2907 W. Cary St.

Details: http://classicalrevolutionrva.com/events/mozart-festival/

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ADDENDUM (Jan. 26): How’d it go? Great fun, to judge from the symphonies set at Babe’s. The program turned out to be movements from the “Paris” (No. 31), “Haffner” (No. 35), “Prague” (No. 38), “Jupiter” (No. 41) and the nicknameless Nos. 34 and 40, plus the overtures to “The Marriage of Figaro” and “Don Giovanni,” played by an orchestra of professionals and students.

The Richmond Symphony’s Erin R. Freeman conducted the first half in a rather mellow vein, emphasizing the lyrical and moody. In the second half, Virginia Commonwealth University-based Daniel Myssyk obtained more rhythmically pointed and dynamic playing. He also tried to reprise some of a lecture he had just given up the street, which proved to be a mistake in a crowded bar.

Balances were dicey – several hundred of us now know the trumpet parts of the “Paris” and “Jupiter” symphonies in detail – and the performances rough-and-ready. The musicians were sight-reading the scores, Freeman revealed.

Considering that they were, and that Mozart is music without much margin for inaudible error, the results were never less than listenable, and at times were remarkably polished.
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