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Thomas Wilkins, a Norfolk native and former associate conductor of the Richmond Symphony, has been appointed professor of music (orchestral conducting) at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University.

Wilkins will continue to serve as music director of the Omaha Symphony through the 2021-22 season, after which he will become music director emeritus. He also is principal conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in Los Angeles and holds the Germeshausen Family and Youth Conductor Chair of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

While conducting in Richmond (1989-94), Wilkins also was on the music faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University. He subsequently served as resident conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Florida Orchestra of Tampa Bay. He has guest-conducted many leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, and the Baltimore, Dallas, Houston and Cincinnati symphonies.

Wilkins is a graduate of Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music in Winchester and the New England Conservatory in Boston.
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Richmond ranks 20th among large metropolitan areas in the US in the 2017 Arts Vibrancy Index Report of Southern Methodist University’s National Center for Arts Research.

The report cited Richmond for its concentration of museums, frequency and accessibility of performing arts attractions, and for grassroots and collective arts ventures.

“Richmond scores in the top 10 percent of cities on arts providers, arts dollars and government support,” write the authors of the report, Zannie Giraud Voss and Glenn Voss, with Natalie Crane and Jennifer Armstrong. “It has a unique way of blending classic and contemporary, southern heritage with progressive art
. . . honoring the past but making space for the future.”

The index rates communities on “demand, supply and public support for arts and culture on a per capita basis.” Its ratings take into account the number of artists, arts organizations and culture-related businesses, earned revenue such as ticket sales and admission fees, contributions to non-profit arts groups, compensation of artists and arts groups’ staffs, and state and federal funding of cultural activities.

Richmond, Pittsburgh (No. 16) and Rochester, NY
(No. 19), had fallen out of the large-city top 20 in the previous report, released in 2015. All three are among the communities that, by the index’s metrics, have the most vibrant arts activity and support, those with populations either below 300,000 or between 1 and 3 million. (Greater Richmond’s 2015 population is listed as 1.27 million.)

The only other Virginia localities earning a top-20 listing were those in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, ranked No. 1 among large metro areas.

The index’s ratings of other large population centers generally considered major cultural hubs: New York City-Jersey City, NJ-White Plains, NY, No. 2; greater San Francisco, No. 3; Nashville, No. 4; Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN, No. 5; Boston, No. 6; Los Angeles, No. 7; the Maryland suburbs of DC, No. 8; Seattle, No. 10; Philadelphia, No. 11; Denver, No. 14; Chicago, No. 15.

The Arts Vibrancy Index Report can be read here: http://www.smu.edu/~/media/Site/Meadows/NCAR/NCAR_ArtsVibrancy_04-17.pdf
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May 3
noon-3 p.m. EDT
1600-1900 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

Johann Nepomuk Hummel: “Freudenfest” Overture
London Mozart Players/Howard Shelley
(Chandos)

Schubert:
Symphony No. 2
in B flat major
Anima Eterna Orchestra/
Jos van Immerseel
(Zig Zag Territories)

Bernhard Molique:
Oboe Concertino
in G minor
Heinz Holliger, oboe
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra/
Eliahu Inbal
(Philips)
 
Glazunov:
String Quintet in A major
The Nash Ensemble
(Hyperion)

Past Masters:
Mendelssohn:
Octet in E flat major, Op. 20
Jascha Heifetz,
Arnold Belnick,
Israel Baker & Joseph Stepansky, violins
William Primrose &
Virginia Majewski, violas
Gregor Piatigorsky & Gabor Rejto, cellos
(recorded 1961)
(RCA Red Seal)

Johann Joachim Quantz:
Flute Concerto No. 3
in G major
Emmanuel Pahud, flute
Kammerakademie Potsdam/
Trevor Pinnock
(Warner Classics)

Beethoven:
Trio in C major, Op. 87,
for oboe, clarinet and bassoon
Les Vents Français
(Warner Classics)

Mozart: Symphony No. 27 in G major, K. 199
Academy of Ancient Music/Christopher Hogwood
(L’Oiseau Lyre)
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A budget plan agreed to by congressional leaders over the weekend preserves spending on the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities and Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Trump administration had proposed eliminating funds for the cultural agencies.

The plan, covering about $1 trillion in federal spending for the 2017 fiscal year, increases the NEA and NEH budgets to $150 million each and maintains CPB funding (currently $445 million), The Washington Post’s Kelsey Snell and Ed O’Keefe report:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/05/01/whats-in-the-spending-agreement-we-read-it-so-you-dont-have-to/

The House of Representatives and Senate are expected to vote on the bipartisan budget deal this week.
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Classical performances in and around Richmond, with selected events elsewhere in Virginia and the Washington area. Program information, provided by presenters, is updated as details become available. Adult single-ticket prices are listed; senior, student/youth, group and other discounts may be offered.

* In and around Richmond: The Miró Quartet, one of the most celebrated American string quartets, makes its local debut in the last of this season’s Rennolds Chamber Concerts at Virginia Commonwealth University with a program of Haydn, Beethoven and Dvorák, May 6 at the Singleton Arts Center. . . . Peter Wilson conducts the Richmond Philharmonic with a French horn quartet – James Ferree, Thomas Jöstlein, George Harple and Merry Beth Hall – in a program of Schumann, Mendelssohn and Brahms, May 7 at Collegiate School’s Hershey Arts Center. . . . Steven Smith conducts and discusses Brahms’ First Symphony in the last of the season’s Casual Fridays mini-concerts on May 12, and conducts the orchestra in the Brahms, Elgar’s Cello Concerto with Gary Hoffman as soloist and John Knowles Paine’s rarely heard “Oedipus Tyrannus” Prelude in the season finale of the Masterworks series on May 13, both at the Carpenter Theatre of Dominion Arts Center. . . . The James River Singers, led by David Pedersen, perform works by Brahms, Morten Lauridsen, John Rutter and others, May 19 at Trinity Lutheran Church and May 20 at the Church of the Holy Comforter, Episcopal. . . . The Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale, led by Ryan Tibbetts and joined by organist Daniel Stipe and an orchestra, present an all-Mozart program, including the Requiem, May 19 at River Road Presbyterian Church and May 21 at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church in Ashland. . . . The ACRONYM Baroque Ensemble plays instrumental works from the 17th century in “Venice to Vienna,” May 26 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. . . . The Symphony Musicians of Richmond, Ankush Bahl conducting, play Brahms, Mendelssohn, Elgar and Beethoven in “Music Unites,” their annual benefit for the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg, May 31 at St. Michael Catholic Church in Glen Allen.

* Noteworthy elsewhere: Highlights of the Virginia Arts Festival’s classical programming include Chanticleer, May 3 at Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Arts Center in Newport News and May 4 at Christ & St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Norfolk; the American String Quartet playing Haydn, Beethoven and Bartók, May 9 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth; JoAnn
Falletta conducting the Virginia Symphony & Chorus and Choral Arts Society of Washington in Berlioz’s Requiem, May 20 at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk; pianist Olga Kern playing Rachmaninoff, Gershwin, Scriabin and Balakirev, May 24 at the Wells Theatre in Norfolk; and the premiere of the chamber opera “KEPT: a Ghost Story” by Kristin Kuster & Megan Levad, May 25 and 28 at the Attucks Theater in Norfolk. . . . Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin play two-piano works by Stravinsky, Debussy and Mozart, May 1 at the Music Center at Strathmore, in the Maryland suburbs of DC. . . . Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato sings Handel’s “Ariodante” with The English Concert, May 2 at the Kennedy Center in Washington. . . . Washington National Opera wraps up its current season with Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” sung by an alternating cast in 14 performances from May 6 to 21 at the Kennedy Center. . . . Pianist Murray Perahia plays Bach, Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven, May 14 at Strathmore in the Maryland suburbs of DC. . . . Pianist Maurizio Pollini performs in an all-Chopin program, May 16 at the Kennedy Center. . . . The Fredericksburg Chamber Music Festival presents three programs, with music by Brahms, Schubert, Bach, Dohnányi, Peter Schickele and others, May 16, 18 and 19 at Trinity Episcopal Church. . . 
Ton Koopman, the Dutch early music maestro, conducts the National Symphony Orchestra in music of Bach and Handel, May 18-20 at the Kennedy Center. . . Audra McDonald, the noted opera and music-theater soprano, performs on May 26 at Strathmore.


May 1 (6:30 p.m.)
Taubman Museum, 110 Salem Ave., Roanoke
Roanoke Symphony Virtuosi
“Impressionist Garden”
works TBA by Ravel, Debussy, Copland, others
$35-$45
(540) 343-9127
http://rso.com

May 1 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Leif Ove Andsnes & Marc-André Hamelin, pianos
Mozart: Larghetto and Allegro in E flat major
Stravinsky: Concerto for two pianos
Debussy: “En blanc et noir”
Stravinsky: “The Rite of Spring”
$45-$80
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts)
http://www.strathmore.org

May 2 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano
The English Concert
Handel: “Ariodante”
in Italian
$39-$125
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

May 3 (7:30 p.m.)
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Laurel Street at Floyd Avenue, Richmond
David Jonies, organ
Buxtehude: Praeludium in E major, BuxWV 141
J.S. Bach: Partita on “Christ, der du bist der helle Tag”
Juan Cabanilles: “Tiento partido de mano derecho de 1. Tono”
Guilmant: “March on a Theme by Handel,” Op. 15
Richard Proulx: “Pavane – Danse liturgique”
Reger: Sonata No. 2, Op. 60
free
(804) 359-5651
http://richmondcathedral.org

May 3 (noon)
St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg
David Jonies, organ
works TBA by Guilmant, Handel, Reger, Leo Sowerby
free
(757) 229-3631
http://www.bedeva.org/concerts

May 3 (7:30 p.m.)
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News
May 4 (7:30 p.m.)
Christ & St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 560 W. Olney Road, Norfolk
Virginia Arts Festival:
Chanticleer
program TBA
$26.25-$35
(757) 282-2822
http://vafest.org

May 4 (7:30 p.m.)
Chrysler Hall, 215 St. Paul’s Boulevard, Norfolk
Virginia Symphony Pops
Virginia Symphony Chorus
Benjamin Rous conducting
“The Music of ‘Star Wars’ ”
$25-$100
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

May 5 (6:15 p.m.)
Chimborazo Park, Richmond
East End Festival:
Richmond Symphony
conductor TBA
Virginia Rep members
Roxbury
program TBA
free
(804) 788-1212
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

May 5 (7:30 p.m.)
Moss Arts Center, Virginia Tech, 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg
New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players
Gilbert & Sullivan: “H.M.S. Pinafore”
cast TBA
in English
$40-$75
(540) 231-5100
http://artscenter.vt.edu

May 5 (8 p.m.)
May 6 (2 and 8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra Pops
Steven Reineke conducting
Indigo Girls, guest stars
$24-$99
(800) 434-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

May 5 (8:15 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Markus Stenz conducting & speaking
“Off the Cuff: Stravinsky’s ‘The Firebird’ ”
$35-$99
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

May 6 (8 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
Rennolds Chamber Concerts:
Miró Quartet
Haydn: Quartet in D major, Op. 20, No. 4
Dvorák: “Cypresses” (selections)
Beethoven: Quartet in C sharp minor, Op. 131
$34
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events

May 6 (7 p.m.)
May 7 (2 p.m.)
May 8 (7 p.m.)
May 9 (7:30 p.m.)
May 10 (7:30 p.m.)
May 11 (7:30 p.m.)
May 13 (7 p.m.)
May 14 (2 p.m.)
May 15 (7 p.m.)
May 17 (7:30 p.m.)
May 18 (7:30 p.m.)
May 19 (7:30 p.m.)
May 20 (7 p.m.)
May 21 (2 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington
Washington National Opera
Philippe Auguin conducting
Puccini: “Madama Butterfly”
Ermonela Jaho/See-Kyung Rim/
Yunah Lee/Raquel González (Cio-Cio San)
Brian Jagde/Dimitri Pittas/Chaz’men Williams-Ali (Pinkerton)
Troy Cook/Trevor Scheunemann/Hunter Enoch (Sharpless)
Kristen Choi/Daryl Freedman (Suzuki)
Ian McEuen (Goro)
Timothy J. Bruno (The Bonze)
Michael Adams (Yamadori)
Allegra De Vita (Kate Sharpless)
Andrew Bogard (Commissioner)
James Shaffran (Registrar)
Leslie Swackhamer, stage director
in Italian, English captions
$25-$300
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

May 7 (4 p.m.)
Hershey Arts Center, Collegiate School, North Mooreland Road, Richmond
Richmond Philharmonic
Peter Wilson conducting
Mendelssohn: “Hebrides” Overture
Schumann: “Konzertstück” in F major
James Ferree, Thomas Jöstlein, George Harple & Merry Beth Hall, French horns
Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major
$8 in advance, $10 at door
(804) 673-7400
http://www.richmondphilharmonic.org

May 7 (3 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Markus Stenz conducting
Mendelssohn: “Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage”
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major
David Fray, piano
Stravinsky: “The Firebird”
$35-$99
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

May 9 (7:30 p.m.)
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 424 Washington St., Portsmouth
Virginia Arts Festival:
American String Quartet
Haydn: Quartet in G major, Op. 76, No. 1
Bartók: Quartet No. 3
Beethoven: Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2 (“Razumovsky”)
$35
(757) 282-2822
http://vafest.org

May 10 (7:30 p.m.)
Hixon Theater, 440 Bank St., Norfolk
American String Quartet
André-Michel Schub, piano
Beethoven: Quartet in B flat major, Op. 18, No. 6
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 3
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34
SOLD OUT (waiting list)
(757) 282-2822
http://vafest.org

May 11 (10:30 a.m.)
Williamsburg Winery, 5800 Wessex Hundred
Virginia Arts Festival:
American String Quartet
André-Michel Schub, piano
Mozart: Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K. 493
Ravel: Quartet in F major
SOLD OUT (waiting list)
(757) 282-2822
http://vafest.org

May 11 (7 p.m.)
May 12 (8 p.m.)
May 13 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Gustavo Gimeno conducting
Tchaikovsky: “The Nutcracker” Suite
Christopher Rouse: Organ Concerto
Paul Jacobs, organ
Rimsky-Korsakov: “Scheherazade”
$15-$89
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

May 12 (6:30 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Casual Fridays:
Richmond Symphony
Steven Smith conducting & speaking
Todd Waldo, host
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor
$10-$50
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

May 12 (7:30 p.m.)
Salem Civic Center, 1001 Roanoke Boulevard
Roanoke Symphony Pops
David Stewart Wiley conducting
Eric van Hoven, Sean MacLaughlin,
Alicia Hall Moran & Jennifer Hope Wills, vocalists
“My Fair Broadway”
$32-$53
(540) 343-9127
http://rso.com

May 13 (8 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony
Steven Smith conducting
John Knowles Paine: “Oedipus Tyrannus” Prelude
Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor
Gary Hoffman, cello
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor
$10-$80
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

May 13 (8 p.m.)
Regent University Theater, Virginia Beach
Virginia Symphony
Benjamin Rous conducting
Malcom Arnold: “Tam O’Shanter” Overture
Britten: “Suite on English Folk Songs”
Beethoven-Rous: “Irish songs
John McGuire, tenor
Haydn: Symphony No. 101 in D major (“Clock”)
$25-$45
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

May 13 (8 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
Christopher Zimmerman conducting
Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor (“Choral”)
Danielle Talamantes, soprano
Janine Hawley, mezzo-soprano
Kyle Tomlin, tenor
David Murray, bass
Fairfax Choral Society
Music & Arts Chorus
$39-$65
(888) 945-2468 (Tickets.com)
http://www.fairfaxsymphony.org

May 13 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Markus Stenz conducting
Mozart: Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201
Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E flat major
Andrew Balio, trumpet
Detlev Glanert: “Frenesia”
Richard Strauss: “Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks”
$35-$99
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

May 14 (4 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Oratorio Society of Central Virginia
Michael Slon directing
Danielle Talamantes, soprano
Jordan Davidson, tenor
Jeremy Thompson, organ
“A Celebration of Great Choruses”
works TBA by J.S. Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn, Orff, Rachmaninoff, Bernstein
$25
(434) 924-3376
http://oratoriosociety.org

May 14 (5 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
The Washington Chorus
Julian Wachner directing
Stravinsky: “Oedipus Rex”
Orff: “Carmina burana”
Colleen Daly, soprano
Margaret Lattimore, mezzo-soprano
Vale Rideout & Robert Baker, tenors
Christopher Burchett, baritone
Morris Robinson, bass
Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington
Children’s Chorus of Washington
Washington National Cathedral Boy & Girl Choristers
$18-$72
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

May 14 (5 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Murray Perahia, piano
J.S. Bach “French Suite” No. 6 in E major, BWV 817
Schubert: 4 impromptus, D. 935
Mozart: Rondo in A minor, K. 511
Beethoven: Sonata in C minor, Op. 111
$45-$80
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts)
http://www.strathmore.org

May 15 (7 and 9:30 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
Mason Bates’ KC Jukebox:
Mason Bates, composer & electronica
Thievery Corporation
DJ Justin Reed
DJ Striz
Bates: “The Rise of Exotic Computing”
other works TBA
$29-$59
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

May 16 (7 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 825 College Ave., Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg Chamber Music Festival:
Bayla Keyes & Peter Zazofsky, violins
Steven Ansell & Daniel Foster, violas
Michael Reynolds & Mihail Jojatu, cellos
Kathleen Reynolds, bassoon
Michele Levin, piano
Dvorák: Terzetto
Peter Schickele: “Serenade for Six”
Brahms: String Sextet in G major, Op. 36
$30
(540) 374-5040
http://artsliveva.org

May 16 (7:30 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
Maurizio Pollini, piano
Chopin: Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 1
Chopin: Nocturne in D flat major, Op. 27, No. 2
Chopin: Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47
Chopin: Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52
Chopin: Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57
Chopin: Scherzo in B minor, Op. 20, No. 1
Chopin: Nocturne in F minor, Op. 55, No. 1
Chopin: Nocturne in E flat major, Op. 55, No. 2
Chopin: Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58
$25-$89
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

May 17 (10:30 a.m.)
Hixon Theater, 440 Bank St., Norfolk
Virginia Arts Festival:
Jinjoo Cho & Eric Wong, violins
Fitz Gary, viola
Madeline Fayette, cello
Haydn: Quartet in F major, Op. 77, No. 2 (“Lobkowitz”)
Osvaldo Golijov: “Tenebrae”
Mendelssohn: Quartet in E flat major, Op. 44, No. 3
$20
(757) 282-2822
http://vafest.org

May 18 (10:30 a.m.)
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 434 Washington St., Portsmouth
Virginia Arts Festival:
André-Michel Schub, piano
Debra Wendells Cross, flute
Sherie Lake Aguirre, oboe
Haydn: Trio in D major, Hob. XV:16
Schubert: Fantasy in C major, D. 760 (“Wanderer”)
Poulenc: Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano
$20
(757) 282-2822
http://vafest.org

May 18 (7 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 825 College Ave., Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg Chamber Music Festival:
Bayla Keyes & Peter Zazofsky, violins
Steven Ansell & Daniel Foster, violas
Michael Reynolds & Mihail Jojatu, cellos
Paul Glenn, double-bass
Carol Wincenc, flute
Kathleen Reynolds, bassoon
William Hudgins, clarinet
William Schamberg, French horn
Michele Levin, piano
J.S. Bach: “A Musical Offering”
Richard Strauss-Franz Hasenöhrl: “Till Eulenspiegel – einmal Anders!”
Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667 (“Trout”)
$30
(540) 374-5040
http://artsliveva.org

May 18 (7 p.m.)
May 19 (11:30 a.m.)
May 20 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Ton Koopman conducting
J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major,
BWV 1068
J.S. Bach: “Brandenburg” Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046
Handel: Concerto “a due cori” No. 3 in F major
Handel: “Music for the Royal Fireworks”
$25-$99
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

May 19 (7 p.m.)
Trinity Lutheran Church, 2315 N. Parham Road, Richmond
May 20 (7 p.m.)
Church of the Holy Comforter, Episcopal, Monument Avenue at Staples Mill Road, Richmond
James River Singers
David Pedersen directing
Ola Gjeilo: “Dark Night of the Soul”
John Rutter: “Fancies”
Brahms: choral quartets
Ethan Sperry: “Desh”
Morten Lauridsen: “Sure on This Shining Night”
$15
(804) 814-5446
http://thejamesriversingers.org

May 19 (7:30 p.m.)
River Road Presbyterian Church, 8960 River Road, Richmond
May 21 (3 p.m.)
Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, 201 Henry St., Ashland
Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale
orchestra
Ryan Tibbetts conducting
Daniel Stipe, organ
Mozart: Te Deum
Mozart: “Ave verum corpus”
Mozart: Requiem
soloists TBA
$10 in advance, $15 at door
(800) 838-3006
http://cvamc.org

May 19 (7 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 825 College Ave., Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg Chamber Music Festival:
Bayla Keyes & Peter Zazofsky, violins
Steven Ansell & Daniel Foster, violas
Michael Reynolds & Mihail Jojatu, cellos
Carol Wincenc, flute
William Hudgins, clarinet
William Schamberg, French horn
Michele Levin, piano
festival young artists
Gebriela Lena Frank: “Four Aztec-Mayan Pieces”
Jan Bach: “Four Two-Bit Contraptions” for flute and horn
J.S. Bach: “Brandenburg” Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
Dohnányi: Sextet in G major, Op. 37
$30
(540) 374-5040
http://artsliveva.org

May 19 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Virginia Glee Club
Frank Albinder directing
Finals Concert
program TBA
free
(434) 924-3052
http://music.virginia.edu/events

May 20 (8 p.m.)
Chrysler Hall, 215 St. Paul’s Boulevard, Norfolk
Virginia Arts Festival:
Virginia Symphony
JoAnn Falletta conducting
Berlioz: Requiem
Ryan McPherson, tenor
Virginia Symphony Chorus
Choral Arts Society of Washington
$18.75-$110
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

May 20 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
National Philharmonic
Piotr Gajewski conducting
Orff: “Carmina burana”
Marlissa Hudson, soprano
Robert Baker, tenor
Philip Cutlip, baritone
Strathmore Children’s Chorus
National Philharmonic Chorale
$34-$84
(301) 581-5100
http://www.strathmore.org

May 21 (4 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program:
String Sinfonietta
Christie-Jo Adams conducting
Camerata Strings
Rebecca Jilcott conducting
Youth Concert Orchestra
Christopher Moseley conducting
program TBA
free
(804) 788-1212
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

May 21 (7 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra
Chia-Hsuan Lin conducting
program TBA
free
(804) 788-1212
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

May 23 (8:30 p.m.)
St. Bridget Catholic Church, 6006 Three Chopt Road, Richmond
Rachel Laurin, organ
program TBA
free
(804) 282-9511
http://www.saintbridgetchurch.org

May 24 (7:30 p.m.)
Wells Theatre, 108 E. Tazewell St., Norfolk
Virginia Arts Festival:
Olga Kern, piano
Rachmaninoff: 3 études-tableaux
Rachmaninoff: 8 préludes
Gershwin: “Three Preludes”
Gershwin-Wild: “Seven Virtuoso Études” (selections)
Rachmaninoff: Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36
Scriabin: 2 études
Balakirev: “Islamey”
$26.25-$49
(757) 282-2822
http://vafest.org

May 25 (10:30 a.m.)
Sandler Arts Center, 201 S. Market St., Virginia Beach
Virginia Arts Festival:
Olga Kern & Vladislav Kern, pianos
works TBA by Liszt, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev
$20
(757) 282-2822
http://vafest.org

May 25 (7:30 p.m.)
May 28 (3 p.m.)
Attucks Theater, 1010 Church St., Norfolk
Virginia Arts Festival:
ensemble
JoAnn Falletta conducting
Kristin Kuster & Megan Levad: “KEPT: a Ghost Story” (premiere)
William Burden, tenor
Mary Birnbaum, stage director
in English
$18.75-$25
(757) 282-2822
http://vafest.org

May 26 (7 p.m.)
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Laurel Street at Floyd Avenue, Richmond
ACRONYM Baroque Ensemble
“Venice to Vienna”
Giovanni Priuli: “Sacrorum Concentuum” – Canzona Prima à 8
Giovanni Valentini: Sonata à 4 in G minor (“Enharmonic”)
Antonio Bertali: Sonata à 6 in D minor
Valentini: Sonata à 5 in G minor
Alessandro Poglietti: Sonata à 8 in A minor
Bertali: Sonata à 8 in C major
Valentini: Sonata à 5 in C major
Bertali: Sonata à 8 in A minor
Samuel Capricornus: Sonata à 8 in A minor
Clemens Thieme: Sonata à 8 in C major
Johann Rosenmüller: Sonate da Camera – Sonata à 5 No. 8 in E minor
Adam Drese: Sonata à 6 in C major
Johann Christoph Pezel: “Opus Musicum Sonatarum” – Ciacona in B flat major
free
(804) 359-5651
http://richmondcathedral.org

May 26 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Audra McDonald, soprano
pianist TBA
program TBA
$45-$105
(301) 581-5100
http://www.strathmore.org

May 27 (8 p.m.)
Main Street, Gloucester
Virginia Symphony
conductor TBA
“Symphony Under the Stars”
program TBA
free
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

May 28 (8 p.m.)
West Lawn U.S. Capitol, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
conductor TBA
guest stars TBA
National Memorial Day Concert
program TBA
free
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

May 31 (7 p.m.)
St. Michael Catholic Church, 4491 Springfield Road, Glen Allen
Symphony Musicians of Richmond
Ankush Bahl conducting
“Music Unites”
Brahms: “Tragic” Overture
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major (“Italian”)
Elgar: “Enigma Variations” – “Nimrod”
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor –
“Ode to Joy” (excerpt)
$20; proceeds benefit United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg
(804) 771-5866
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/music-unites-tickets-34005146308
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Chia-Hsuan Lin conducting
April 30, Randolph-Macon College

Chia-Hsuan Lin, the Richmond Symphony’s associate conductor, made the most of a rare opportunity to conduct the orchestra in a classical program in this season’s final Metro Collection concert in Ashland.

Lin, whose primary work with the symphony is conducting lighter fare in Pops and LolliPops concerts and directing the symphony’s Young Performers Program, crafted a performance of Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony (No. 41 in C major, K. 551) on a grander scale than might have been expected from a chamber orchestra, and led a superbly detailed reading of Stravinsky’s “Danses concertantes.”

“Danses concertantes,” the first work that Stravinsky produced after moving to the US in 1939, is structured like the dance suites of the baroque period, but couched in the neo-classical style that he developed and that subsequently became a common language of mid-20th century music.

The piece is relatively easy listening, but far from easy playing, full of off-kilter and overlapping rhythms, unexpected harmonic twists, tricky instrumental balances and, with its spare instrumentation, no place to hide for musicians who aren’t fully on their game.

Lin’s treatment of the piece nicely balanced its melding of antique spirit and modern style, and brought out the many intricacies of Stravinsky’s orchestration. The musicians, paced by clarinetist Eric Anderson, flutist Jennifer Debiec Lawson and oboist Shawn Welk, played with refinement and exuberance.

A larger ensemble played the Mozart symphony and a bit of rarely heard Beethoven, the Overture to his ballet score “The Creatures of Prometheus,” emphatically but without the thick, sonically tubby quality that’s often the consequence of such an approach.

The Mozart, which can sound repetitious and formulaic in a routine performance, here sounded energized and intent on scaling an expressive height.

The program opened with “The Entrance of the Queen of Sheba” from Handel’s oratorio “Solomon,” a speedy, uncharacteristically unceremonial number that always makes me wonder whether Handel imagined the queen making her entrance fleeing a swarm of bees. Oboists Welk and Alexandra von der Embse stylishly led a suitably skittish romp through the piece.

Before the concert, David Fisk, the symphony’s executive director, was presented with the Award for Achievement in the Arts from the Arts Council of Randolph-Macon College.
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Erin Freeman directing
April 28, Second Baptist Church

The Richmond Symphony Chorus remembered its founding director, James Erb, in a program ranging from sections of Brahms’ “A German Requiem” and the Renaissance polyphony of Roland de Lassus to Erb’s own compositions and arrangements.

The emotional highlight of the program, not surprisingly, was its climax: the arrangement of “Shenandoah” that Erb prepared for his University of Richmond Chorus to take on its first European tour in 1971. (He founded the Symphony Chorus that year, as well.)

His “Shenandoah” has been sung by hundreds of choruses worldwide, and has been put to sometimes unlikely uses, such as accompanying the end credits of Oliver Stone’s film “Nixon.” Erb liked to joke that royalties from its many performances financed quite a few family vacations.

In this concert, the Symphony Chorus sang “Shenandoah” once onstage, then descended to the aisles of the Second Baptist Church, where the choristers were joined by audience members – among them, many alumni of Erb’s collegiate and community choruses – to sing it again.

It was the finale of a set of American and Anglo-Celtic folk-song arrangements that Erb had made over the years, all of them wistful or yearning in lyric content. Erb’s treatments mostly introduced the tunes in straightforward folk style – “Amazing Grace,” for example, at the outset clearly echoing the late-18th century shape-note tradition – then developed them in a mid-20th century style that might be described as romantic with modestly modernist touches.

Four members of the ensemble – Steve Travers, Gabriella Francesca Bergeret, Rondy Michael Lazaro and Colleen James – took solo turns in three of the folk tunes, most affectingly Lazaro in “Colorado Trail” and James in “Now Is the Cool of the Day.”

The chorus also sang Erb’s setting of William Blake’s “The Lamb,” and his arrangement of the Scottish song “John Anderson, My Jo,” by way of Robert Schumann’s “Romances and Ballads,” Op. 145.

The Brahms requiem was the last large-scale work that Erb prepared with the Symphony Chorus before his retirement in 2007. In this concert, his successor, Erin Freeman, led the ensemble in three of the work’s most solemnly lyrical sections, “Seilig sind, die da Leid tragen” (“Blessed are they that mourn”), “Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen” (“How lovely are Thy dwelling places”) and “Seilig sind die Toten” (“Blessed are the dead”).

The choristers sang these pieces with affectionate warmth and satisfying collective heft, the latter underscored by Michael Simpson in his organ accompaniment.

A chamber contingent of the chorus was on less familiar ground in Lassus’ chanson “Dessus le marché d’Arras” (“Near the Marketplace in Arras”), whose bawdy lyric describes a Spaniard bargaining for the favors of a French girl (Freeman eschewed translation in this church setting), and the Magnificat that the composer based on the tune – a piece that, nearly years later, Erb edited for the scholarly edition of Lassus’ compositions.

The singers strained to negotiate the heavy traffic of notes in the chanson. They produced a firmer ensemble sound in the Magnificat.
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Martha Argerich, the eminent Argentine-born pianist who has rarely appeared on US stages in recent years, will perform twice in Washington Performing Arts’ 2017-18 season, playing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Antonio Pappano conducting the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia of Rome on Oct. 25 and playing works of Bach, Franck and others with violinist Itzhak Perlman on March 20, both at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

Washington Performing Arts, marking its 50th anniversary next season, is the region’s leading presenter of internationally prominent classical artists.

Its coming season also will feature concerts by the Mariinsky Orchestra of St. Petersburg, Valery Gergiev conducting, with pianist Daniil Trifonov, Nov. 12; the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Riccardo Muti conducting, Feb. 7; the Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting, March 6; and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel conducting, April 26. All will perform in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall except the Philadelphia Orchestra, which will play at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD, in the DC suburbs.

Solo and chamber recitalists include Ensemble Signal, Brad Lubman conducting, with composer Steve Reich in an all-Reich program, Oct. 18 at the Library of Congress; pianist Nikolai Lugansky, Nov. 1 at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater; violinist Joshua Bell with pianist Alessio Bax, Nov. 5 at Strathmore; violinist Maxim Vengerov with pianist Roustem Saitkoulov, Jan. 26 at Strathmore; pianist Alexandre Tharaud, Feb. 13 at the Terrace Theater; flutist Emmanuel Pahud with pianist Alessio Bax, Feb. 16 at the Terrace Theater; pianist Mitsuko Uchida, Feb. 21 at Strathmore; the trio of cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Emanuel Ax, Feb. 23 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall; pianist Boris Berezovsky, March 22 at the Terrace Theater; pianist Roman Rabinovich, March 24 at the Terrace Theater; the Kronos Quartet with pipa (Chinese lute) player Wu Man, April 19 at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium; and pianist Evgeny Kissin, May 16 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

The second season of SHIFT: a Festival of American Orchestras will present the Fort Worth Symphony, Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducting, with violinist Augustin Hadelich and the Texas Ballet Theater, April 10; the Albany Symphony, David Alan Miller conducting, with pianist Joyce Yang and tuba player Carol Jantsch, April 11; the Indianapolis Symphony, Krzystof Urbanski conducting, with cellist Alisa Weilerstein and two choirs, April 13; and Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra, Gianandrea Noseda conducting, with baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, April 14. All will perform at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

For a complete schedule of performers and programs, visit Washington Performing Arts’ website at http://www.washingtonperformingarts.org
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A lot of dust has been kicked up lately about changes in the way The New York Times covers classical music – notably, the brevity or omission of reviews of some performances.

There’s some urgency to the discussion, as The Times is one of the few newspapers in the US that still devotes significant space and staffing to the subject.

In an interview with Steve Smith on The Log Journal, Zachary Woolfe, who recently became classical-music editor of The Times and has overseen many of its changes in coverage, explains how the paper is “curating” classical news, features and reviews, online and in print, and the wider audience he intends to reach:

http://thelogjournal.com/2017/04/21/zachary-woolfe-curating-cultural-experiences-in-the-digital-domain/

(via http://www.artsjournal.com)
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April 26
noon-3 p.m. EDT
1600-1900 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

Beethoven: “Coriolan” Overture
Anima Eterna Orchestra/Jos van Immerseel
(Zig Zag Territories)

Mozart:
String Quintet
in G minor, K. 516
Hausmusik
(EMI Classics)

Mendelssohn:
“Variations sérieuses,”
Op. 54
Alfred Brendel, piano
(Philips)

Antonio Bertali: Chaconne in C major
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra Consort
(Carus)

J.S. Bach:
“Chromatic Fantasy
and Fugue” in D minor,
BWV 903
Leon Fleisher, piano
(Vanguard Classics)

Britten:
Quartet No. 3
in G major, Op. 94
Emerson String Quartet
(Decca Gold)

Past Masters:
Beethoven:
Symphony No. 9
in D minor (“Choral”)
Ursula Kaszut, soprano
Brigitte Fassbaender, mezzo-soprano
Nicolai Gedda, tenor
Donald McIntyre, bass
Munich Philharmonic Choir
Munich Motet Choir
Munich Philharmonic/Rudolf Kempe
(recorded 1973)
(Warner Classics)
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