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Musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra have gone on strike, rejecting management demands for concessions in salaries and benefits.

Meanwhile, the orchestras of San Francisco, Atlanta, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Buffalo, San Diego, St. Louis, Seattle, Omaha, Minnesota and Colorado are reporting good news: jumps in concert attendance, improved bottom lines, musicians receiving pay hikes.

What’s gone wrong in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Fort Worth, and gone right elsewhere? A combination of causes and effects, some unique to the orchestras’ histories and hometowns. The overriding factor appears to be governance – debt management (or mismanagement), fund-raising and marketing.

Some orchestras have attracted new audiences and donors; others are dependent on longtime patrons who are now dying off. Some have broadened their appeal with new programming and new concert formats and venues; others are sticking to the tried-and-(previously) true.

A few expert observers have begun to weigh in on these issues. Here’s one early take, from Douglas McLennan, founder and editor of ArtsJournal:

http://www.artsjournal.com/diacritical/2016/09/some-of-our-orchestras-seem-to-be-thriving-is-this-a-new-trend.html

Another overview, from Anne Midgette of The Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/style/wp/2016/09/30/three-strikes-music-lovers-are-out/

And another, from Michael Cooper of The New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/02/arts/music/philadelphia-orchestra-strike.html

The Richmond Symphony seems to be on the right side of the good news/bad news divide, at least in terms of revenue. Its ticket sales have increased over the last three seasons, and it posted a surplus of nearly $52,000 on a budget of $5.58 million in the 2016 fiscal year.

UPDATE (Oct. 3): The Philadelphia Orchestra strike ends after two days, with its musicians approving a contract with modest pay hikes, concessions on scheduling concerts, and a slight increase in the orchestra roster, The Times’ Cooper reports:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/03/arts/music/philadelphia-orchestra-strike.html
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Classical performances in and around Richmond, with selected events elsewhere in Virginia and the Washington area. Program information, provided by presenters, is updated as details become available. Adult single-ticket prices are listed; senior, student/youth, group and other discounts may be offered.

* In and around Richmond: The Richmond chapter of the American Guild of Organists opens its 2016-17 Repertoire Recital Series with the widely praised young organist Monica Czausz, Oct. 7 at Ginter Park Presbyterian Church. . . . The newly formed Thales Trio – violinist Ellen Cockerham Riccio, cellist Sara Wolfe and pianist Daniel Stipe – plays Mendelssohn and Ravel, Oct. 9 at Trinity Lutheran Church. . . . The Richmond Symphony and its music director, Steven Smith, open the Metro Collection chamber-orchestra series with concertmaster Daisuke Yamamoto as solo violinist in a Latino-themed program of Copland, Piazzolla, Revueltas and Gabriela Lena-Frank, Oct. 16 at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland (excerpted in a Rush Hour casual concert, Oct. 13 at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery); and are joined by pianist Anton Nel in a Masterworks program of Schumann, Dvorák and Libby Larsen, Oct. 22-23 at the Carpenter Theatre of Dominion Arts Center. . . . Virginia Opera stages its double-bill of Kurt Weill’s “The Seven Deadly Sins” and Ruggero Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci,” Oct. 14 and 16 at Dominion Arts Center (following performances on Oct. 8-9 at George Mason University in Fairfax). . . . The Parker Quartet, with violist Kim Kashkashian, perform in a Rennolds Chamber Concerts program of Mendelssohn, Dvorák and Augusta Read Thomas, Oct. 15 at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Singleton Arts Center. . . . The Sphinx Virtuosi chamber orchestra and Catalyst Quartet present “Latin Voyages,” including works by Ginastera, Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Osvaldo Golijov and others, Oct. 16 at the University of Richmond’s Modlin Arts Center.

* Noteworthy elsewhere: Derek Jacobi and Richard Clifford read from Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” while the Folger Consort and guests perform Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” in “Measure + Dido,” Oct. 1 at Washington’s Kennedy Center. . . . Charlottesville’s Tuesday Ecvening Concerts series presents the Tempest Trio in works by Beethoven, Bernstein and Dvorák on Oct. 4, and the Alxander Quartet with pianist Joyce Yang in music of Schumann, Brahms and Shostakovich on Oct. 18, both at Old Cabell Hall of the University of Virginia. . . . Pianist Emanuel Ax joins Juraj Valcuha and the National Symphony Orchestra in a program of Beethoven, Dvorák, Korngold, and Richard Strauss, Beethoven, Oct. 6-8 at the Kennedy Center. . . . Opera Roanoke presents the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical “South Pacific,” Oct. 7 and 9 at Roanoke’s Jefferson Center and Oct. 12 at the Moss Arts Center of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. . . . The Brooklyn Rider string quartet and mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter join for “So Many Things,” Oct. 8 at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington. . . . Cellist Zuill Bailey plays Michael Daugherty’s “Tales of Hemingway” with David Stewart Wiley and the Roanoke Symphony, Oct. 15 at the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre. . . . Vasily Petrenko conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, with pianist Inon Barnatan, in a program of Beethoven and Shostakovich, Oct. 15 at the Music Center at Strathmore in the Maryland suburbs of DC. . . . Alisa Weilerstein plays J.S. Bach’s six suites for solo cello, Oct. 16 at the University of the District of Columbia. . . . Mason Bates, the Richmond-bred composer and DJ, stages another of his “KC Jukebox” new-music programs, “Mercury Soul,” Oct. 24 at the Kennedy Center. . . . Daniel Matsukawa, principal bassoonist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, plays and conducts in a program of Mozart, Beethoven and Prokofiev with his orchestral alma mater, the Virginia Symphony, Oct. 27 at Crosswalk Community Church in Williamsburg and Oct. 30 at the Sandler Arts Center in Virginia Beach.
. . . Nicola Benedetti plays the new Violin Concerto by Wynton Marsalis, on a program also featuring music of Tchaikovsky, with Christoph Eschenbach and National Symphony Orchestra, Oct. 27 and 29 at the Kennedy Center. . . . Violinist Hilary Hahn and pianist Robert Levin play works of J.S. Bach, Mozart, Schubert and others, Oct. 28 at the Kennedy Center. . . . The celebrated Russian pianist Denis Matsuev plays Beethoven, Prokofiev, Liszt, Schumann and Tchaikovsky, Oct. 30 at Strathmore.


Oct. 1 (11 a.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony LolliPops
Chia-Hsuan Lin conducting
Lyn Dillies, magician
“Magic at the Symphony”
$12-$17
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Oct. 1 (8 p.m.)
Chrysler Hall, 215 St. Paul’s Boulevard, Norfolk
Virginia Symphony Pops
Ankush Bahl conducting
Marva Hicks, vocals
Byron Stripling, trumpet & vocals
“Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: a Musical Tribute”
$25-$100
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

Oct. 1 (8 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
Christopher Zimmerman conducting
Dvorák: Cello Concerto in B minor
Amit Peled, cello
Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor (“From the New World”)
$39-$65
(888) 945-2468 (Tickets.com)
http://cfa.gmu.edu

Oct. 1 (7 p.m.)
Oct. 2 (2 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington
Washington National Opera
James Gaffigan conducting
Mozart: “The Marriage of Figaro”
Lisette Oropesa (Susanna)
Ryan McKinny (Figaro)
Amanda Majeski (Countess Almaviva)
Joshua Hopkins (Count Almaviva)
Aleksandra Romano (Cherubino)
Elizabeth Bishop (Marcellina)
Valeriano Lanchas (Doctor Bartolo)
Keith Jameson (Don Basilio)
Rexford Tester (Don Curzio)
Ariana Wehr (Barbarina)
Timothy J. Bruno (Antonio)
Peter Kazaras, stage director
in Italian, English captions
$25-$315
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Oct. 1 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner conducting
Elgar: “Falstaff”
Walton: “Henry V” Suite
Tchaikovsky: “Romeo and Juliet” Fantasy-Overture
$15-$89
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Oct. 1 (8 p.m.)
Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Folger Consort
Derek Jacobi & Richard Clifford, readers
Peter Becker, Emily Noël & Molly Quinn, vocal soloists
Shirine Babb & Owiso Odera, actors
“Measure + Dido”
Purcell: “Dido and Aeneas” with readings from Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure”
$79-$119
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Oct. 2 (4 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
Sonia Vlahcevic, piano
other artists TBA
program TBA
free
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events

Oct. 2 (2:30 p.m.)
Oct. 4 (7:30 p.m.)
Harrison Opera House, 160 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk
Virginia Opera
Adam Turner conducting
Weill: “The Seven Deadly Sins”
Ute Gfrerer (Anna I)
Gabrielle Zucker (Anna II)
Bille Bruley & Stefan Barner, tenors
Lee Gregory, baritone 
Christopher Morales, bass
in English with captions
Leoncavallo: “Pagliacci”
Clay Hilley (Canio)
Kelly Kaduce (Nedda)
Michael Chioldi (Tonio)
Stefan Barner (Beppe)
Lee Gregory (Silvio)
in Italian, English captions
Keturah Stickann, stage director
$32.73-$107.27
(866) 673-7282
http://vaopera.org

Oct. 4 (7:30 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Tuesday Evening Concerts:
Tempest Trio
Beethoven: Piano Trio in D major, Op. 70, No. 1 (“Ghost”)
Bernstein: Piano Trio
Dvorák: Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 26
$12-$35
(434) 924-3376
http://tecs.org

Oct. 5 (noon)
St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg
Aaron Renninger, organ
“Music of Germany – a Trip Through the Centuries”
program TBA
free
(757) 229-3631
http://www.bedeva.org/concerts

Oct. 6 (7 p.m.)
Oct. 7 (11:30 a.m.)
Oct. 8 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Juraj Valcuha conducting
“Shakespeare at the Symphony”
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major
Emanuel Ax, piano
Korngold: “Much Ado About Nothing” Suite
Dvorák: “Othello” Overture
Richard Strauss: “Macbeth”
Naomi Jacobson & Craig Wallace, actors
$15-$89
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Oct. 7 (7:30 p.m.)
Ginter Park Presbyterian Church, Walton and Seminary avenues, Richmond
Repertoire Recital Series of Richmond chapter, American Guild of Organists:
Monica Czausz, organ
Sowerby: “Requiescat in Pace”
Janácek: “Glagolitic Mass” – Postlude
Daniel Knaggs: ”Book of Visions” – “Night shall be no more”
Dvorák-Lemare-Czausz: “Carnival” Overture
J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532
Karg-Elert: “Three Impressions for Organ,” op. 72 – “Claire de Lune”
Horatio Parker: Sonata in E-flat Minor, op. 65 – Allegretto
Jehan Alain: “Deuxième Fantaisie”
Naji Hakim: “Hommage à Igor Stravinsky” – Finale
donation requested
(804) 359-5049
http://richmondago.org

Oct. 7 (7:30 p.m.)
Roper Arts Center, 340 Granby St., Norfolk
Virginia Symphony
Benjamin Rous conducting
Copland: “Fanfare for the Common Man”
Copland: “A Lincoln Portrait”
Edna V. Baehre-Kolovani, narrator
Copland: “Appalachian Spring”
$9-$50
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

Oct. 7 (7:30 p.m.)
Oct. 9 (3 p.m.)
Shaftman Performance Hall, Jefferson Center, 541 Luck Ave., Roanoke
Oct. 12 (7:30 p.m.)
Moss Arts Center, Virginia Tech, 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg
Opera Roanoke
Roanoke Symphony
Scott Williamson conducting
Rodgers & Hammerstein: “South Pacific”
Corey Crider (Emile de Becque)
Ariana Wyatt (Nellie Forbush)
J.J. Hudson, stage director
in English
$26-$105
(540) 345-2550
http://operaroanoke.org

Oct. 8 (8 p.m.)
Oct. 9 (2 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
Virginia Opera
Adam Turner conducting
Weill: “The Seven Deadly Sins”
Ute Gfrerer (Anna I)
Gabrielle Zucker (Anna II)
Bille Bruley & Stefan Barner, tenors
Lee Gregory, baritone
Christopher Morales, bass
in English with captions
Leoncavallo: “Pagliacci”
Clay Hilley (Canio)
Kelly Kaduce (Nedda)
Michael Chioldi (Tonio)
Stefan Barner (Beppe)
Lee Gregory (Silvio)
in Italian, English captions
Keturah Stickann, stage director
$52-$110
(888) 945-2468 (Tickets.com)
http://vaopera.org

Oct. 8 (7:30 p.m.)
Moss Arts Center, Virginia Tech, 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg
Harlem String Quartet
Celso Garrida-Lecca: Quartet No. 2
Abelardo Valdés: “Danzón Almendra”
Rafael Hernandez: “El Cumbanchero”
Beethoven: Quartet in C major, Op. 59, No. 3 (“Razumovsky”)
$22-$55
(540) 231-5300
http://artscenter.vt.edu

Oct. 8 (8 p.m.)
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, Washington
Brooklyn Rider
Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano
“So Many Things”
$40
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts)
http://www.washingtonperformingarts.org

Oct. 8 (8 p.m.)
Oct. 9 (3 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
National Philharmonic
Piotr Gajewski conducting
Vivaldi: “The Four Seasons”
Piazzolla: “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires”
Chee-Yun, violin
$28-$88
(301) 581-5100
http://www.strathmore.org

Oct. 9 (4 p.m.)
Trinity Lutheran Church, 2315 N. Parham Road, Richmond
Thales Trio
Ravel: Piano Trio
Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 49
reception follows
free
(804) 270-4626
http://trinityrichmond.net

Oct. 9 (3:30 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
UVa Chamber Music Series:
David Sariti, violin
program TBA
$15
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu/events

Oct. 11 (8 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Symphony
Daniel Myssyk conducting
Gabrieli: Sonata XIII
Tchaikovsky: ”The Sleeping Beauty” – “Pas d’action”
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor (“Pathétique”) – Waltz
Suppé: “Poet and Peasant” Overture
Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major
$10
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events

Oct. 13 (6:30 p.m.)
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Overbrook Road at Ownby Lane, Richmond
Richmond Symphony Rush Hour
Steven Smith conducting
Daisuke Yamamoto, violin
works and excerpts by Copland, Piazzolla, Revueltas, Gabriela Lena-Frank
$15
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Oct. 13 (7 p.m.)
Oct. 14 (8 p.m.)
Oct. 15 (8 p.m.)
Oct. 16 (2 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra Pops
Steven Reineke conducting
Cirque de la Symphonie, guest stars
“Halloween Extravaganza”
$24-$99
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Oct. 14 (8 p.m.)
Oct. 16 (2:30 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Virginia Opera
Adam Turner conducting
Weill: “The Seven Deadly Sins”
Ute Gfrerer (Anna I)
Gabrielle Zucker (Anna II)
Bille Bruley & Stefan Barner, tenors
Lee Gregory, baritone
Christopher Morales, bass
in English with captions
Leoncavallo: “Pagliacci”
Clay Hilley (Canio)
Kelly Kaduce (Nedda)
Michael Chioldi (Tonio)
Stefan Barner (Beppe)
Lee Gregory (Silvio)
in Italian, English captions
Keturah Stickann, stage director
$19-$114
(866) 673-7282
http://vaopera.org

Oct. 15 (8 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
Rennolds Chamber Concerts:
Parker Quartet
Kim Kashkashian, viola
Mendelssohn: Quartet in E flat major, Op. 12
Augusta Read Thomas: “Helix Spirals”
Dvorák: String Quintet in E flat major, Op. 97
$34
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events

Oct. 15 (7:30 p.m.)
Berglund Performing Arts Theatre, Orange Avenue at Williamson Road, Roanoke
Roanoke Symphony
David Stewart Wiley conducting
Michael Daugherty: “Tales of Hemingway”
Bruch: “Kol Nidrei”
Zuill Bailey, cello
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor
$34-$56
(540) 343-9127
http://rso.com

Oct. 15 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko conducting
Beethoven: “Coriolan” Overture
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor
Inon Barnatan, piano
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10
$35-$99
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

Oct. 16 (3 p.m.)
Blackwell Auditorium, Randolph-Macon College, 205 Henry St., Ashland
Richmond Symphony 
Steven Smith conducting
Copland: “Three Latin-American Sketches”
Piazzolla: “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires”
Daisuke Yamamoto, violin
Revueltas: “Alcancías”
Gabriela Lena-Frank: “Raices” (“Roots”)
$22
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Oct. 16 (7:30 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
Sphinx Virtuosi
Catalyst Quartet
“Latin Voyages: Viajes Latinos”
Piazzolla: “Libertango.” “La Muerta del Angel”
Williams: “Premera Suite Argentina”
Alvarez: “Metro Chabacano”
Espejo: “Prelude Iberique”
Villa-Lobos: “Bachianas Brasileiras” No. 5
Golijov: “Last Round”
Gianastera: Concerto for strings, Op. 33
pre-concert talk by Ronald Crutcher & artists at 6:30 p.m.
$38
(804) 289-8980
http://modlin.richmond.edu

Oct. 16 (4 p.m.)
UDC Theatre of the Arts, University of the District of Columbia, Washington
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
J.S. Bach: Suites Nos. 1-6 for solo cello
$47
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts)
http://www.washingtonperformingarts.org

Oct. 17 (7:30 p.m.)
Family Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Harlem String Quartet
Aldo López-Galiván, piano
Chick Corea: “The Adventures of Hippocrates”
Abelardito Valdés: “Almendra”
Billy Strayhorn: “Take the A Train”
López-Galiván: “Epilogo,” “Talking to the Universe,” “Eclipse,” “Pan Con Timba”
$54
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Oct. 18 (7 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
artists TBA
“Faculty Showcase”
program TBA
free
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events

Oct. 18 (7:30 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Tuesday Evening Concerts:
Alexander Quartet
Joyce Yang, piano
Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34
$12-$35
(434) 924-3376
http://tecs.org

Oct. 18 (7:30 p.m.)
Family Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Lawrence Brownlee, tenor
pianist TBA
program TBA
$69
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Oct. 21 (8 p.m.)
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News
Oct. 22 (8 p.m.) 
Chrysler Hall, 215 St. Paul’s Boulevard, Norfolk
Virginia Symphony 
JoAnn Falletta conducting
Gershwin: “Cuban” Overture
Ponce: Guitar Concerto
Celil Refik Kaya, guitar
Moncayo: “Huapango”
Revueltas: “Night of the Mayas”
$25-$110
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

Oct. 22 (2 p.m.)
Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library, First and Franklin streets
Sonia Vlahcevic & Magdalena Adamek, pianos
works TBA by Polish composers
free
(804) 646-7223
http://www.richmondpubliclibrary.org

Oct. 22 (8 p.m.)
Oct. 23 (3 p.m.) 
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony
Steven Smith conducting
Libby Larsen: “Collage: Boogie”
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor
Anton Nel, piano
Dvorák: Symphony No. 7 in D minor
$10-$80
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Oct. 22 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Hannu Lintu conducting
Rautavaara: “Cantus Arcticus”
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major
Angela Hewitt, piano
Dvorák: Symphony No. 8 in G major
$35-$99
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

Oct. 24 (7:30 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Atrium, Washington 
Mason Bates, DJ
Daniel Roumain, violin
Benjamin Shwartz conducting
“Mason Bates’ KC Jukebox: Mercury Soul”
works by Bates, Roumain, Stravinsky, John Adams
$20
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Oct. 26 (7:30 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
Paul Hanson, piano
works TBA by Debussy, Messiaen, Boulez
free
(804) 289-8980
http://modlin.richmond.edu

Oct. 27 (8 p.m.)
Crosswalk Community Church, 7575 Richmond Road, Williamsburg
Oct. 30 (2:30 p.m.)
Sandler Arts Center, 201 S. Market St., Virginia Beach
Virginia Symphony
Daniel Matsukawa conducting
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 (“Classical”)
Mozart: Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, K. 191
Daniel Matsukawa, bassoon
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor
$25-$76
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

Oct. 27 (7 p.m.)
Oct. 29 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach conducting
Tchaikovsky: “Eugene Onegin” – Polonaise
Wynton Marsalis: Violin Concerto
Nicola Benedetti, violin
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3 in D major (“Polish”)
$15-$89
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Oct. 28 (7 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
Michelle Huang, piano
Debussy: “Images,” Book 1
Ming-Hsiu Yen: “Two Old Postcards from Formosa”
Mussorgsky: “Pictures at an Exhibition”
free
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events

Oct. 28 (7:30 p.m.)
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Laurel Street at Floyd Avenue, Richmond
Marie-Bernadette Dufourcet-Hakim, organ
program TBA
$10 suggested donation
(804) 359-5651
http://richmondcathedral.org

Oct. 28 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
University Singers
Michael Slon directing
program TBA
$15
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu/events

Oct. 28 (8:30 p.m.)
Patrick Henry Ballroom, 611 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke
Roanoke Symphony String Quartet
actors from Mill Mountain Theatre
“A Little Late Night Music”
works TBA by Mozart
$35-$45
(540) 343-9127
http://rso.com

Oct. 28 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
Hilary Hahn, violin
Robert Levin, piano
J.S. Bach: Sonata in G major, BWV 1019
Antón García Abril: partitas 4-6 for solo violin
Hans Peter Turk: “Träume” for solo piano
Mozart: Sonata in E flat major, K. 481
Schubert: Rondo in B minor, D. 895
$38-$95
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts)
http://www.washingtonperformingarts.org

Oct. 29 (2 p.m.)
Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library, First and Franklin streets
Arline Hinkson, piano
Stephen Custer, cello
Celeste Gates, clarinet
works TBA by Beethoven, Bruch, Reinecke, Roto
free
(804) 646-7223
http://www.richmondpubliclibrary.org

Oct. 29 (8 p.m.)
Altria Theater, Main and Laurel streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony Pops
conductor TBA
Rashidra Scott, vocalist
“Windborne’s Music of Whitney Houston”
$10-$80
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Oct. 29 (2 p.m.)
UDC Theatre of the Arts, University of the District of Columbia, Washington
Llyr Williams, piano
Beethoven: Sonata in C minor, Op. 10, No. 1 (“Les Adieux”)
Debussy: Préludes, Book 1 (selections)
Scriabin: Poème, Op. 69, No. 1
Scriabin: Poème, Op. 63, No. 2 
Scriabin: Poème, Op. 71, No. 1
Chopin: Fantasy in F minor, Op. 49
$45
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts)
http://www.washingtonperformingarts.org

Oct. 30 (3 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
UR Schola Cantorum & Women’s Chorale
Jeffrey Riehl & David Pedersen directing
program TBA
free
(804) 289-8980
http://modlin.richmond.edu

Oct. 30 (3:30 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
UVa Chamber Music Series:
Albemarle Ensemble
program TBA
$15
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu/events

Oct. 30 (7 p.m.)
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, Washington
Kennedy Center Chamber Players
Beethoven: Duo in C major, WoO 27, for violin and cello
Beethoven: Cello Sonata in A major, Op. 69 
Beethoven: Piano Trio in B flat major, Op. 97 (“Archduke”)
$18-$23
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Oct. 30 (2 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Denis Matsuev, piano
Beethoven: Sonata in A flat major, Op. 110
Schumann: “Symphonic Études,” Op. 13
Liszt: “Mephisto Waltz”
Tchaikovsky: “Meditation,” Op. 72, No. 5
Prokofiev: Sonata No. 7
$57-$77
(301) 581-5300
http://www.strathmore.org
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A sampler of music from the 1920s: A jazzy, fast-forward decade, to be sure, but also the birth years of neoclassicism, the musical style that looks back while looking ahead. 

Sept. 28
10 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT
1400-1700 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

Gershwin: “Rhapsody in Blue”
(jazz-band orchestration by Ferde Grofé)
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Baltimore Symphony
Orchestra/
Marin Alsop
(Decca)

Ravel: Sonata
for violin and piano
Joshua Bell, violin
Jeremy Denk, piano
(Sony Classical)

Past Masters:
Milhaud: “La création du monde”
Champs Elysées Theatre Orchestra/
Darius Milhaud
(recorded 1958)
(Pristine Classical)

Weill: “The Little
Threepenny Music”
London Symphony Orchestra/
Michael Tilson Thomas
(Sony Classical)

Past Masters:
Walton: “Façade”
Peggy Ashcroft & Paul Scofield, reciters
London Sinfonietta/William Walton
(recorded 1969)
(Decca Eloquence)

J.S. Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 538
(orchestration by
Ottorino Respighi)
BBC Philharmonic/
Leonard Slatkin
(Chandos)

Stravinsky: Octet for winds
Boston Symphony
Chamber Players
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Bloch: Concerto grosso No. 1
Marc Pantillon, piano
Bienne Symphony Orchestra/Thomas Rösner
(Atma Classique)
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My review for the Richmond Times-Dispatch of the Richmond Symphony’s season-opening gala, guest-starring violinist Itzhak Perlman, at the Carpenter Theatre of Dominion Arts Center:

http://www.richmond.com/entertainment/music/article_80c29cc5-4613-57d0-a76e-da02e66799dc.html
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Barton Swaim, a onetime speechwriter, now a cultural columnist for The Weekly Standard, chronicles his difficult reconciliation with the symphonies of Gustav Mahler – finding, among other things, that Old Testament stories may be more helpful than psychoanalysis in developing an appreciation:

http://www.the-american-interest.com/2016/09/17/music-thats-everything/

(via http://www.artsjournal.com)
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Sept. 21
10 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT
1400-1700 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

William Boyce: Symphony in B flat major
The English Concert/Trevor Pinnock
(DG Archiv)

Thomas Linley Jr.:
Violin Concerto in F major
Mirijam Contzen, violin
Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic/
Reinhard Goebel
(Oehms Classics)

Brahms: “Variations
on a Theme by Handel”
Murray Perahia, piano
(Sony Classical)

Borodin: Piano Quintet in C minor, Op. posth.
Alexander Mogilevsky, piano
Andrey Baranov &
Géza Hosszu-Legocky, violins
Nora Romanoff, viola
Jing Zhao, cello
(Warner Classics)

Past Masters:
Schumann: Symphony
No. 2 in C major
New York Philharmonic/
Leonard Bernstein
(recorded 1960)
(Sony Classical)

Kodály: “Variations on a Hungarian Folksong”
(“The Peacock”)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/
Neeme Järvi
(Chandos)

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major
Pascal Rogé, piano
Vienna Radio
Symphony Orchestra/
Bertrand de Billy
(Oehms Classics)

Michael Torke: “Charcoal”
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/David Zinman
(Argo)
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My reviews for the Richmond Times-Dispatch of concerts by Alexander Paley and colleagues at St. Luke Lutheran Church, the Dover Quartet at Virginia Commonwealth University, and the Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia at Second Presbyterian Church:

http://www.richmond.com/entertainment/music/article_95dfd45a-7a98-590b-9711-5d8b63ef62b2.html
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Sept. 14
10 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT
1400-1700 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

Richard Strauss: “Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks”
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/
Manfred Honeck
(Reference Recordings)

Mozart:
Sinfonia concertante
in E flat major, K. 297b
(reconstruction by
Robert D. Levin)
Aurèle Nicolet, flute
Heinz Holliger, oboe
Hermann Baumann, French horn
Klaus Thunemann, bassoon
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/
Neville Marriner
(Philips)

Ravel: Introduction and Allegro
James Galway, flute
Richard Stoltzman, clarinet
Heidi Lehwalder, harp
Tokyo String Quartet
(RCA Victor)

Beethoven: Sonata
in C minor, Op. 13 (“Pathétique”)
András Schiff, piano
(ECM)

Tchaikovsky:
Violin Concerto in D major
Jennifer Koh, violin
Odense Symphony Orchestra/
Alexander Vedernikov
(Çedille)

Past Masters:
Delius: “Brigg Fair”
Royal Philharmonic/
Thomas Beecham
(recorded 1956)
(EMI Classics)

Amy Beach:
Theme and Variations,
Op. 80, for flute and
string quartet
Ambache
(Chandos)

Vaughan Williams: “Ten Blake Songs”
Mark Padmore, tenor
Nicholas Daniel, oboe
(Harmonia Mundi)
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The 19th annual Richmond music festival staged by pianist Alexander Paley will run from Sept. 16 to 18 at St. Luke Lutheran Church.

This year’s festival features Paley with his wife and keyboard partner, Pei-Wen Chen, in four-hands arrangements of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”
and Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” and Paley with violinist Daisuke Yamamoto, French horn player James Ferree, cellist Nicholas Finch and clarinetist Charles West in chamber works by Brahms, Prokofiev, Anton Arensky and Alexander Zemlinsky.

Paley also will play Tchaikovsky’s “The Seasons” and four-hands pieces by Mozart and Rachmaninoff with Chen.

The Vivaldi arrangement will be a US premiere.

There is no admission charge for the concerts, but donations are requested.

For more information on the festival, call (804) 665-9516 or visit http://paleymusicfestival.org

Dates, times, artists and programs at St. Luke, 7757 Chippenham Parkway:

Sept. 16 (7:30 p.m.) Vivaldi: “The Four Seasons” (Alexander Paley and Pei-Wen Chen, piano four-hands); Brahms: Sonata in E minor, Op. 38 (Nicholas Finch, cello; Paley, piano); Brahms: Trio in E flat major, Op. 40 (James Ferree, French horn; Daisuke Yamamoto, violin; Paley, piano).

Sept. 17 (7:30 p.m.) Prokofiev: Sonata, Op. 119, for cello and piano (Finch, cello; Paley, piano); Rachmaninoff: “Six Pieces,” Op. 11 (Paley and Chen, piano four-hands); Tchaikovsky: “The Seasons” (Paley, piano); Arensky: Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 32 (Yamamoto, violin; Finch, cello; Paley, piano).

Sept. 18 (3 p.m.) Mozart: Sonata in F major, K. 497 (Paley and Chen, piano four-hands); Mozart-Zemlinsky: “The Magic Flute” (Paley and Chen, piano four-hands); Zemlinsky: Trio in D minor, Op. 3 (Charles West, clarinet; Finch, cello; Paley, piano).
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L. Wayne Batty, the longtime voice professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and impresario of hundreds of productions of opera and musical theater in Richmond since the 1950s, has died at 94.

Perhaps most widely known for staging Christmas-season performances of Gian
Carlo Menotti’s “Amahl
and the Night Visitors” at the Altria Theater, Batty was the teacher and mentor of generations of singers in Richmond and well beyond. His best-known student, tenor Thomas Moser, became a major figure in opera in Europe, singing on the roster of the Vienna State Opera and with other major companies.

Staging locally produced opera, often in tandem with his wife, Mary Jane Ellis Batty, with the Richmond Opera Company and in Festival of Arts productions at Dogwood Dell, Batty devoted special attention to contemporary American scores. He led one of the first performances of Samuel Barber’s “Vanessa” following its premiere in 1958 at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

(In 2002, Batty accompanied me to a Washington National Opera revival of “Vanessa,” with Kiri Te Kanawa in the title role and Rosalind Elias, who portrayed Erika in the original production, as the Old Countess. Attending that performance, I missed the biggest news story to come of Ashland during the 27 years I lived there – the southernmost attack in the killing spree of the Washington snipers. The musical lore that Batty recounted during the trip more than compensated for my missing the big story.)

After singing with the World War II-era Army Air Corps Stage Band led by Henry Mancini and completing musical studies, Batty joined the faculty of what was then Richmond Professional Institute in 1949, and subsequently served for 12 years as chairman of the school’s music department. When he retired in 2007 after 58 years, he was both the longest-serving VCU professor and the longest-serving state employee.

An obituary by Ellen Robertson in the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

http://www.richmond.com/zzstyling/article_88e6394b-c4d1-57f5-aace-29064aba8894.html
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