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Tickets go on sale Aug. 4 for the Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia’s 2014-15 season, which will include concerts focusing on classics and contemporary offshoots of Viennese music, Johann Sebastian Bach’s six suites for solo cello and “The Well-Tempered Clavier,” baroque trio sonatas and concertos, and romantic and modern music by Scandinavian, Baltic and Russian composers.

Joining cellist James Wilson, the society’s artistic director, will be a cast of longtime participants, among them harpsichordist-pianist Carsten Schmidt, flutist Mary Boodell, violinists Nurit Pacht and Jesse Mills, pianist Rieko Aizawa and lutenist David Walker.

Beiliang Zhu, winner of the 2012 Bach International Competition in Leipzig, will perform on a five-string baroque cello, sharing with Wilson the program of the Bach suites.

Soprano Jessica Petrus will be featured in a baroque vocal program, “Dido and Other Heroines,” singing Michel Monteclair’s “The Death of Dido.”

Altogether, the Chamber Music Society will stage 11 performances in the coming season – four free lecture-recital “informances” in the Gellman Room of the Richmond Public Library’s main branch at First and Franklin streets, and seven ticketed programs at three locations: Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 W. Huguenot Road; First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1000 Blanton Ave. at the Carillon; and the Church of the Holy Comforter, Episcopal, Monument Avenue at Staples Mill Road.

Season subscriptions are $155 and single tickets $25, with senior and student discounts offered.

For more information, call (804) 519-2098 or visit www.cmscva.org

The Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia’s 2014-15 artists and programs:

Oct. 25 (2 p.m.)
Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library
Mary Boodell, flute
Nurit Pacht & Guillaume Pirard, violins
Melissa Reardon, viola
James Wilson, cello
Carsten Schmidt, piano
“NeoVienna”
Onuto Narbutaite: “Winter Serenade”
Arvo Pärt: “Mozart Adagio”
Alfred Schnittke: “Mozart à la Haydn”
Matthew Burtner: “(dis)integrations”
Judith Shatin: “Fledermaus Fantasy”

Oct. 27 (7:30 p.m.)
Bon Air Presbyterian Church
Mary Boodell, flute
Nurit Pacht & Guillaume Pirard, violins
Melissa Reardon, viola
James Wilson, cello
Carsten Schmidt, piano
Stephen Henley, organ
“Austro-Hungarian Waltz”
Johann Strauss II: “Roses from the South”
Haydn: Quartet in C major, Op. 76, No. 3 (“Emperor”)
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Waltz for piano
Webern: Piece for string trio
Dohnányi: Piano Quintet in C minor, Op. 1

Dec. 16 (7:30 p.m.)
Church of the Holy Comforter, Episcopal
Beiliang Zhu & James Wilson, baroque cellos
J.S. Bach: suites Nos. 1-6 for solo cello

Jan. 10 (2 p.m.)
Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library
Fiona Hughes & Martin Davids, violins
Kyle Miller, viola
James Wilson, cello
David Walker, lute
Mark Shudiner, harpsichord
“3=4 (or More)”
trio sonatas TBA

Jan. 10 (7:30 p.m.)
First Unitarian Universalist Church
Jessica Petrus, soprano
Anne Timberlake, recorder
Fiona Hughes & Martin Davids, violins
Kyle Miller, viola
James Wilson, cello
David Walker, lute
Mark Shudiner, harpsichord
“Winter Baroque: Dido and Other Heroines”
Michel Monteclair: “The Death of Dido”
other works TBA

Jan. 12 (7:30 p.m.)
First Unitarian Universalist Church
Mary Boodell, traverso flute
Fiona Hughes & Martin Davids, violins
Kyle Miller, viola
James Wilson, cello
David Walker, lute
Mark Shudiner, harpsichord
“Concerti Barocchi”
program TBA

Feb. 21 (2 p.m.)
Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library
Carsten Schmidt, harpsichord & speaker
“Bach as Teacher”

Feb. 22 (4 p.m.)
Church of the Holy Comforter, Episcopal
Carsten Schmidt, harpsichord
J.S. Bach: “The Well-Tempered Clavier”

May 16 (2 p.m.)
Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library
Mary Boodell, flute
Jesse Mills & Daisuke Yamamoto, violins
Melissa Reardon, viola
James Wilson, cello
Rieko Aizawa, piano
“Ice Cubes”
Scandinavian, Baltic, Russian works TBA

May 17 (4 p.m.)
First Unitarian Universalist Church
Mary Boodell, flute
Jesse Mills & Daisuke Yamamoto, violins
Melissa Reardon, viola
James Wilson, cello
Rieko Aizawa, piano
“Romantics and Mystics”
Borodin: Quartet No. 2 in D major
Friedrich Kuhlau: Quintet in E major, Op. 51, No. 2, for flute and strings
Onuto Narbutaite: “Mozartsommer”

May 19 (7:30 p.m.)
First Unitarian Universalist Church
Mary Boodell, flute
Jesse Mills, violin
James Wilson, cello
Rieko Aizawa, piano
“Hot and Cold”
Grieg: Andante in C minor for piano, violin and cello
Peteris Vasks: “Landscapes with Birds”
Sibelius: “The Swan of Tuonela”
Arensky: Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor
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Classical performances in and around Richmond, with selected events elsewhere in Virginia and the Washington area. Program information, provided by presenters, is updated as details become available. Adult single-ticket prices are listed; senior, student/youth, group and other discounts may be offered.

SCOUTING REPORT

* In and around Richmond: The Richmond Chamber Players’ August Interlude series opens on Aug. 3 with a tribute to the late Richmond composer Allan Blank, and continue on Aug. 10, 17 and 24, all at Bon Air Presbyterian Church. . . . Virginia Commonwealth University’s Global Summer Piano Institute presents recitals and workshops by resident and visiting artists, Aug. 4-9 at on- and off-campus venues. . . . The August Musicales series at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church opens with pianist Hope Armstrong Erb, violinist Treesa Gold and cellist Teresa Bjornes, and continues with concerts by the U.S. Army Chorus on Aug. 20 and The Wren Masters early music ensemble on Aug. 27. . . . Summer at CenterStage, the chamber-music series focusing on Brahms, continues with mini-concerts featuring clarinetists Charles West and Jared Davis, violinists Jocelyn Vorenberg and Susannah Klein, pianists Charles Staples and David Fisk, and others, Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28 in the Gottwald Playhouse of Richmond CenterStage.

* Noteworthy elsewhere: Cellist Yo-Yo Ma joins Thomas Wilkins and the National Symphony Orchestra for Dvorák’s Cello Concerto, Aug. 2 at Wolf Trap in Northern Virginia.
. . . Ash Lawn Opera stages the musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” Aug. 2, 3, 6 and 8 at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville. . . . The Staunton Music Festival, Aug. 15-24, focuses on Bach, including performances of “The Musical Offering” and the “St. Matthew Passion,” and features several new works by the Richmond-bred composer Zachary Wadsworth. . . . Highlights of the month at Garth Newel Music Center near Hot Springs include the Daedalus Quartet playing Beethoven, Schubert, Bartók and more, Aug. 9-10, and two piano extravanzas with four performers, Aug. 30-31.


Aug. 2 (2 p.m.)
Aug. 3 (2 p.m.)
Aug. 6 (7:30 p.m.)
Aug. 8 (7:30 p.m.)
Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Charlottesville
Ash Lawn Opera
Mark Sforzini conducting
Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick: “Fiddler on the Roof”
David Kravitz (Tevye)
Jenni Bank (Golde)
Tamara Rusqué (Tzeitel)
Julia Ebner (Hodel)
Zoe Johnson (Chava)
Ethan DePuy (Motel)
Clayton Brown (Perchik)
Peter Lake (Fyedka)
Joe Duquette (Lazar Wolf)
Meaghan Deiter (Yenta)
Erin Passmore (Grandma Tzeitel)
Elyse Mendelson (Fruma/Sarah)
Jeremy Serkin (Constable)
Crystal Manich, stage director
in English
$42-$65
(434) 979-1333
www.theparamount.net

Aug. 2 (5 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220, near Hot Springs, Bath County
Bayla Keyes & Teresa Ling, violins
Evelyn Grau, viola
Isaac Melamed, cello
Genevieve Feiwen Lee & Robert Merfeld, piano
Dvorák: “Cypresses”
Ravel: Violin Sonata, Op. posth.
Turina: “Circulo,” Op. 91
Dvorák: Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81
$25 (concert); $84 (concert & dinner)
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 2 (8:15 p.m.)
Filene Center amphitheater, Wolf Trap, Trap Road, Vienna
National Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Wilkins conducting
Bernstein: “Candide” Overture and Suite
Grieg: “Peer Gynt” Suite No. 1
Dvorák: Cello Concerto in B minor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
$25-$75
(877) 965-3872 (Tickets.com)
www.wolftrap.org

Aug. 3 (3 p.m.)
Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 W. Huguenot Road, Richmond
August Interludes
Richmond Chamber Players
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115
David Niethamer, clarinet
Susy Yim & Catherine Cary, violins
Molly Sharp, viola
Neal Cary, cello
Barber: Quartet, Op. 11
Susy Yim & Catherine Cary, violins
Stephen Schmidt, viola
Neal Cary, cello
Allan Blank: “Study for solo viola”
Stephen Schmidt, viola
Blank: “Links” for clarinet, violin and piano
David Niethamer, clarinet
Catherine Cary, violin
John Walter, piano
$20
(804) 217-7205
www.richmondchamberplayers.org

Aug. 3 (3 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220, near Hot Springs, Bath County
“Young Artists Showcase”
performers TBA
Haydn: Quartet in D major, Op. 76, No. 5
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 7
Jalbert: Piano Trio
Turina: Piano Quartet in A minor, Op. 67
$25 (concert); $43 (concert & picnic)
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 4 (7 p.m.)
Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library, First and Franklin streets
VCU Global Summer Piano Institute:
Nikolai Kaputin: études Nos. 2-3
Scriabin: Sonata No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 53
Bo Gao, piano
Brahms: intermezzi, Op. 117, Nos. 1 and 3
Schumann: “Carnaval,” Op. 9
Langiabao Ge, piano
$15
(804) 828-6776
https://wp.vcu.edu/gspi/events/

Aug. 5 (2 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Global Summer Piano Institute:
Claire Chiu, piano & lecturer
“The Universe Encapsulated in Chinese Roots”
Fang Xiaomin: “Jin Ye”
Zhang Zhao: “Pi Huang”
Ge Ganru: “Gu Yue”
Chen Yi: “Ji-Dong-Nuo”
Zhou Long: “Wu Kui”
$15
(804) 828-6776
https://wp.vcu.edu/gspi/events/

Aug. 5 (7 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Global Summer Piano Institute:
Jin Tang, piano
Mozart: Sonata in F major, K. 280
Liqing Yang: Sonatina
Barber: Sonata, Op. 26
$15
(804) 828-6776
https://wp.vcu.edu/gspi/events/

Aug. 6 (7 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Global Summer Piano Institute:
Dizhou Zhao, piano
Chopin: 4 ballades
$15
(804) 828-6776
https://wp.vcu.edu/gspi/events/

Aug. 6 (7 p.m.)
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1627 Monument Ave., Richmond
August Musicales:
Hope Armstrong Erb, piano
Treesa Gold, violin
Teresa Bjornes, cello
program TBA
donations accepted
(804) 359-2463
www.grace-covenant.org

Aug. 6 (7 p.m.)
nTelos Wireless Pavilion, Charlottesville
Warren Hayes, vocals & guitar
Richmond Symphony
“Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration”
$39-$70
(877) 272-8849
www.thenteloswirelesspavilion.com

Aug. 7 (2 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Global Summer Piano Institute:
Sonia Vlahcevic, piano
Justin Alexander, percussion
Rhythmic workshop and contemporary concert
program TBA
$15
(804) 828-6776
https://wp.vcu.edu/gspi/events/

Aug. 7 (6:30 p.m.)
Gottwald Playhouse, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
Summer at CenterStage:
Charles West, clarinet
Xi Zhang, piano
Brahms: Clarinet Sonata in F minor, Op. 120, No. 1
Brahms: “Klavierstücke,” Op. 118
Dvorák: Slavonic dances, Op. 46, Nos. 1 and 8; Op. 72, No. 2
$20; includes free drink
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
www.richmondsymphony.com

Aug. 8 (7 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Global Summer Piano Institute:
Xi Zhang, piano
Haydn: Sonata in F major, Hob. XVI:23
Rachmaninoff: preludes, Op. 23, Nos. 6 and 2
Liszt: Sonata in B minor
$15
(804) 828-6776
https://wp.vcu.edu/gspi/events/

Aug. 9 (7 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Global Summer Piano Institute:
performers TBA
GSPI Culminating Participants Recital
program TBA
$15
(804) 828-6776
https://wp.vcu.edu/gspi/events/

Aug. 9 (5 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220, near Hot Springs, Bath County
Daedalus Quartet
Ullmann: Quartet No. 3, Op. 46
Weinberg: Quartet No. 8, Op. 66
Beethoven: Quartet in B flat major, Op. 130 (with “Great Fugue”)
$25 (concert); $84 (concert & dinner)
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 10 (3 p.m.)
Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 W. Huguenot Road, Richmond
August Musicales:
Richmond Chamber Players
Beethoven: “Twelve Variations on ‘Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen’ from Mozart’s ‘Die Zauberflöte’ ”
Neal Cary, cello
John Walter, piano
Canteloube: Woodwind Trio (“Rustiques”)
Gustav Highstein, oboe
Jared Davis, clarinet
Martin Gordon, bassoon
Wagner: Adagio for clarinet quintet
Jared Davis, clarinet
Catherine Cary & Susy Yim, violins
Stephen Schmidt, viola
Neal Cary, cello
Verdi: Quartet
Catherine Cary & Susy Yim, violins
Stephen Schmidt, viola
Neal Cary, cello
(804) 217-7205
www.richmondchamberplayers.org

Aug. 10 (3 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220, near Hot Springs, Bath County
Daedalus Quartet
Mozart: Quartet in G major, K. 80
Bartók: Quartet No. 2
Schubert: Quartet in A minor, D. 804
$25 (concert); $43 (concert & picnic)
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 12 (8 p.m.)
Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Charlottesville
Municipal Band of Charlottesville
Stephen R. Layton directing
Dick Orange, vocalist
James Tobin, clarinet
Michael Elswick, saxophones
“Celebrate the Big Bands”
works by Glenn Miller, The Gershwins, Benny Goodman, Richard Rodgers, others
free
(434) 979-1333
www.theparamount.net

Aug. 14 (6:30 p.m.)
Gottwald Playhouse, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
Summer at CenterStage:
Jocelyn Vorenberg, violin
David Fisk, piano
Beethoven: Violin Sonata in A minor, Op. 23
Brahms: Violin Sonata in A major, Op. 100
Wieniawski: Caprice in E flat major
Elgar: “La Capriceuse,” Op. 17
$20; includes free drink
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
www.richmondsymphony.com

Aug. 15 (8 p.m.)
Hunt Hall, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Carsten Schmidt directing
performers TBA
“Midsummer Ball: Vienna Meets Berlin”
Mozart: “The Magic Flute” (excerpts)
Johann Strauss II: “Tritsch-Tratsch Polka”
Schubert: Lieder TBA
Schoenberg: “Pierrot Lunaire” (excerpts)
Karas: “The Third Man” for solo harp
Weill: “The Threepenny Opera” (excerpts)
cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., dessert & dancing at 9 p.m.
$100
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 16 (noon)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverley St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Carsten Schmidt directing
performers TBA
Britten: “Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac”
Taira: “Sublimation” for harp
Tchaikovsky: “Romeo and Juliet” Fantasy-Overture for piano and string sextet (Vladimir Mendelssohn arr.)
free
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 16 (7:30 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverley St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Carsten Schmidt directing
performers TBA
Johann Strauss II: “Die Fledermaus” Overture
Weelkes: 2 madrigals
Liszt: Legend No. 1 (“Franziskus”) for piano
Cage: Suite for toy piano (excerpt)
Rossini: “Cat Duet” for two sopranos and piano
Crumb: “Voice of the Whale”
Edwards: “Dance of the Dragonfly” for four percussionists
Zachary Wadsworth: songs TBA
Haydn: Symphony No. 83 (“The Hen”)
$22
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 16 (5 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220, near Hot Springs, Bath County
Andres Díaz, cello
Genevieve Feiwen Lee, piano
Bach: Suite in C major, BWV 1009, for solo cello
Beethoven: Cello Sonata in D major, Op. 102, No. 2
Xi Wang: Rhapsody for cello
Shostakovich: Cello Sonata in D minor, Op. 40
$25 (concert); $84 (concert & dinner)
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 17 (3 p.m.)
Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 W. Huguenot Road, Richmond
August Musicales:
Richmond Chamber Players
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 1
Susy Yim & Catherine Cary, violins
Stephen Schmidt, viola
Neal Cary, cello
Smetana: Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15
Catherine Cary, violin
Neal Cary, cello
John Walter, piano
Beethoven: Quintet in C major, Op. 29
Susy Yim & Catherine Cary, violins
Molly Sharp & Stephen Schmidt, violas
Neal Cary, cello
$20
(804) 217-7205
www.richmondchamberplayers.org

Aug. 17 (3 p.m.)
Central United Methodist Church, 14 N. Lewis St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Carsten Schmidt directing
performers TBA
Prokofiev: “Peter and the Wolf”
free
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 17 (7:30 p.m.)
Blackfriars Playhouse, 10 S. Market St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Carsten Schmidt directing
performers TBA
Handel: Sinfonia & chorus from “Acis and Galatea”
Dunstable: “Quam pulchra est”
Dowland: “Lachrimae” for lute
Britten: Quartet No. 2 in C major
Vaughan Williams: “Studies in English Folksong”
Clyne: “steelworks” for flute, bass clarinet, percussion and tape
Britten: “Canticle V: The Death of St. Narcissus” for tenor and harp
Elgar: “Pomp and Circumstance” March No. 1 (“Land of Hope and Glory”) for chorus and orchestra
$28
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 17 (3 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220, near Hot Springs, Bath County
Teresa Ling, violin
Evelyn Grau, viola
Andres Díaz, cello
Genevieve Feiwen Lee, piano
Debussy: Cello Sonata
Beethoven: String Trio in G major, Op. 9, No. 1
Dvorák: Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 87
$25 (concert); $43 (concert & picnic)
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 18 (noon)
Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2807 N. Augusta St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Francesco Pedrini, organ
works TBA by Byrd, Parabosco, Bach, Bovet, Zachary Wadsworth, others
free
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 18 (7:30 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverley St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Carsten Schmidt directing
performers TBA
Vivaldi: Concerto in A minor for two violins
Burtner: “Syntax of Snow” for glockenspiel, snow and electronics
Anderson: “Three Duets” for two double-basses
Zachary Wadsworth: “Memory Etude” for violin and electronics
J.S. Bach: “Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf” motet for double chorus
G.L. Frank: “Los Sambras de los Apus” for four cellos
Bartók: Sonata for two pianos and percussion
$22
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 19 (noon)
Central United Methodist Church, 14 N. Lewis St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Carsten Schmidt directing
performers TBA
Beethoven: folksong arrangements TBA
Schoenberg-Webern: Chamber Symphony No. 1 for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano
free
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 19 (7:30 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverley St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Carsten Schmidt directing
performers TBA
J.S. Bach: Concerto in C major for three harpsichords
Haydn: Piano Trio in G major
Storace: Ciacconna for three harpsichords, organ and theorbo
Rachmaninoff: “Trio elegaique” No. 1
Schumann: 2 songs TBA
J.S. Bach: Sonata in C minor for violin and harpsichord
Rameau: “Le Cupis, le Marais” for harpsichord, violin, gamba, flute and oboe
Chopin: “Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise brillante” for piano and string quintet
$22
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 20 (7 p.m.)
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1627 Monument Ave., Richmond
August Musicales:
U.S. Army Chorus
program TBA
donations accepted
(804) 359-2463
www.grace-covenant.org

Aug. 20 (noon)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverley St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Carsten Schmidt directing
performers TBA
Schumann: “Spanisce Liebeslieder,” for vocal quartet and piano four-hands
Zachary Wadsworth: new work TBA for chorus and harp
Judith Shatin: “Marvelous Pursuits” for vocal quartet and piano four-hands
free
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 20 (7:30 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverly St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Carsten Schmidt directing
performers TBA
J.S. Bach: Chaconne for violin (from Partita No. 2)
J.S. Bach: “Christ lag in Todesbunden” for vocal quartet
E.I. Kahn: “Ciaconna dei tempo de guerra” for piano
Schütz: “Es steh Gott auf” for two sopranos, violins and continuo
Dotas: new work TBA for jazz ensemble
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor
$22
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 21 (6:30 p.m.)
Gottwald Playhouse, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
Summer at CenterStage:
Susannah Klein & Ross Winter, violins
Charles Staples, piano
Brahms: Violin Sonata in D minor, Op. 108
Prokofiev: Sonata, Op. 56, for two violins
Brahms: Capriccio in G minor, Op. 76
Shostakovich: Duo for two violins and piano (“The Gadfly”)
$20; includes free drink
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
www.richmondsymphony.com

Aug. 21 (noon)
Central United Methodist Church, 14 N. Lewis St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Carsten Schmidt directing
performers TBA
J.S. Bach: “The Musical Offering,” BWV 1079, for flute, string sextet and harpsichord
free
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 21 (7:30 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverley St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Carsten Schmidt directing
performers TBA
Rachmaninoff: Vocalise for soprano and strings
Mozart: Gigue in G major, K. 574, for piano
Mozart: “Ave verum corpus” for chorus
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 15 for violin, cello, piano and percussion
Walter-Kühne: “Fantasie on Themes from ‘Eugene Onegin’ ” for solo harp
Tchaikovsky: Suite in G major (“Mozartiana”)
$22
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 22 (noon)
Central United Methodist Church, 14 S. Lewis St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Carsten Schmidt directing
performers TBA
Zachary Wadsworth: “The New Wilderness” for English horn and piano
Fauré: Fantasie for flute and harp
Mozart: Serenade in C minor, K. 388, for wind octet
free
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 22 (7:30 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverley St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Carsten Schmidt directing
performers TBA
Albinoni: Concerto in F major for two oboes and strings
Kapsberger: Toccata for theorbo
Monteverdi: madrigals, Book VIII (excerpts)
Castello: Sonata for recorder, violin and continuo
Merula: Ciaconna for strings and continuo
Geminiani: Concerto grosso in D minor (“La Folia”)
Vivaldi: “Dixit Dominus” for soloists, double chorus and orchestra
$22
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 23 (noon)
Central United Methodist Church, 14 S. Lewis St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Carsten Schmidt directing
performers TBA
Zachary Wadsworth: new works TBA for baritone and chamber ensemble
Dohnányi: Sextet for piano, violin, viola, cello, clarinet and horn
free
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 23 (7:30 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverley St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Carsten Schmidt directing
performers TBA
Mahler: Adagietto from Symphony No. 5
Maderna: “Honeyreves” for flute and piano
Monteverdi: “Zefiro torna” for two tenors
Britten: Quartet No. 3
Vivaldi: “Nel profundo” from “Orlando furioso”
Lotti: “Crucifixus” for eight voices
Nono: “sofferte onde serene” for piano and tape
Vivaldi: “Winter” from “The Four Seasons”
$22
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 23 (5 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220, near Hot Springs, Bath County
Teresa Ling, violin
Evelyn Grau, viola
Isaac Melamed, cello
Paul DeNola, double-bass
Read Gainsford, piano & reader
Süsskind: “The Double-Bass, a One-Man Theater Piece”
Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667 (“Trout”)
$25 (concert); $84 (concert & dinner)
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 24 (3 p.m.)
Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 W. Huguenot Road, Richmond
August Musicales:
Richmond Chamber Players
Beethoven: Piano Trio in D major, Op. 70, No. 1 (“Ghost”)
Catherine Cary, violin
Neal Cary, cello
John Walter, piano
Tartini: Violin Sonata in G minor (“The Devil’s Trill”)
Susy Yim, violin
John Walter, piano
Liszt: “From the Grave of Richard Wagner”
Lynette Wardle, harp
Catherine Cary & Susy Yim, violins
Stephen Schmidt, viola
Neal Cary, cello
André Caplet: “Conte Fantastique d’après Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Masque of the Red Death’ ”
Stephen Henley, reader
Lynette Wardle, harp
Catherine Cary & Susy Yim, violins
Stephen Schmidt, viola
Neal Cary, cello
$20
(804) 217-7205
www.richmondchamberplayers.org

Aug. 24 (3 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverley St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
Carsten Schmidt directing
performers TBA
J.S. Bach: “St. Matthew Passion”
$28
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 24 (3 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220, near Hot Springs, Bath County
Teresa Ling, violin
Evelyn Grau, viola
Isaac Melamed, cello
Paul DeNola, double-bass
Paige Morgan, oboe
Richard Faria, clarinet
Read Gainsford, piano
Gabriele Lamb, Giorgia Bovo & Williams Cannon, dancers
Mozart: Oboe Quartet in F major, K. 370 (choreographed by Adam Barruch)
Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114
Prokofiev: Quintet, Op. 39 (choreographed by Gabrielle Lamb)
$25 (concert); $43 (concert & picnic)
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 27 (7 p.m.)
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1627 Monument Ave., Richmond
August Musicales:
The Wren Masters
Ruth van Baak Griffioen, recorder
Susan Via, baroque violin
Sarah Glosson, baroque cello & viola da gamba
Thomas Marshall, harpsichord
program TBA
donations accepted
(804) 359-2463
www.grace-covenant.org

Aug. 28 (6:30 p.m.)
Gottwald Playhouse, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
Summer at CenterStage:
Jared Davis, clarinet
Daniel Stipe, piano
Schumann: “Fantasiestücke,” Op. 73
Leo Weiner: “Peregi Verbunk” (“Hungarian Dance”)
Brahms: Clarinet Sonata in E flat major, Op. 120, No. 2
York Bowen: Clarinet Sonata, Op. 109
$20; includes free drink
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
www.richmondsymphony.com

Aug. 30 (5 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220, near Hot Springs, Bath County
Audrey Andrist, Genevieve Feiwen Lee, Lois Svard & Patti Wolf, pianos
Poulenc: Sonata for piano four-hands
Barber: “Souvenirs” for piano four-hands
Ravel: “Mother Goose” Suite for piano four-hands
Rachmaninoff: Suite for two pianos
Khachaturian: “Sabre Dance” for two pianos eight-hands
$25 (concert); $84 (concert & dinner)
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 31 (3 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220, near Hot Springs, Bath County
Audrey Andrist, Genevieve Feiwen Lee, Lois Svard & Patti Wolf, pianos
Gershwin: “Variations on ‘I Got Rhythm’ ” for two pianos
Brahms: Hungarian dances for piano four-hands
Stravinsky: “Three Movements from ‘Petrouchka’ ” for two pianos
Debussy: “En blanc et noir” for two pianos
Ellington-Strayhorn: “Tonk” for two pianos
Sousa: “The Stars and Stripes Forever” for two pianos eight-hands
$25 (concert); $43 (concert & picnic)
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org
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New York’s Metropolitan Opera, which had planned to lock out workers whose unions did not agree to new contract terms by July 31, has extended negotiations for another 72 hours.

The company issued a statement saying it has agreed to terms with three of the 15 unions representing its employees, those of service workers such as ushers and cleaners, employees of the call center and building engineers.

The three-day extension of talks was requested by the Federal Mediation Service, which was called in on negotiations between the Met and two of its largest employee unions, those representing singers, dancers, stage and managers and directors, and orchestra musicians and music staff. Negotiations also are continuing with the stagehands’ union, the company said.

The Met, which says that two-thirds of its $327 million operating budget is spent on pay and benefits for union workers, has been seeking concessions from those employees.

UPDATE (AUG. 2): The Met and the union representing its musicians have agreed to a one-week contract extension while an independent financial review is conducted. The extension effectively puts negotiations on hold with all 12 of the unions with which the company has not yet agreed on contract terms.
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July 31
noon-4 p.m. EDT
1600-2000 UTC
1700-2100 GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
www.wdce.org

Mozart: “Cosí fan tutte” Overture
Concerto Köln/René Jacobs (Harmonia Mundi France)

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major
Leif Ove Andsnes,
piano & director
Mahler Chamber Orchestra
(Sony Classical)

Barber: “Capricorn” Concerto
Basel Chamber Orchestra/Christopher Hogwood (Arte Nova)

Vivaldi: Concerto in E flat major, RV 253
(“La Tempesta di Mare”)
Simon Standage, violin
The English Concert/Trevor Pinnock (CRD)

Tchaikovsky: “Souvenir de Florence”
Sarah Chang & Bernhard Hartog, violins; Wolfram Christ & Tanja Christ, violas; Georg Faust & Olaf Maninger, cellos (EMI Classics)

Liszt: “Études de Paganini”
No. 1 in G minor (“Tremolo”),
No. 2 in E flat major (“Octave”),
No. 3 in G sharp minor (“La Campanella”)
Marc-André Hamelin, piano (Hyperion)

Lalo: “Symphonie espagnole”
Maxim Vengerov, violin
Philharmonia Orchestra/Antonio Pappano
(EMI Classics)

Past Masters:
Dohnányi: “Variations on a Nursery Song”
Erno Dohnányi, piano
London Symphony Orchestra/Lawrance Collingwood (EMI Classics)
(recorded 1931)

François-Adrien Boieldieu: “The Caliph of Baghdad” Overture
New Philharmonia Orchestra/Richard Bonynge (Decca)

Past Masters:
Rimsky-Korsakov: “Scheherazade”
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Fritz Reiner
(RCA Victor)
(recorded 1960)

Saint-Saëns: “Samson et Delila” – Bacchanale
Montreal Symphony Orchestra/Charles Dutoit (London)
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New York’s Metropolitan Opera appears headed toward a management lockout of unionized musicians and stage workers. The company’s general manager, Peter Gelb, has sent letters to Met employees warning that if agreements are not reached on new contracts by July 31, work will be halted.

Management is seeking concessions from workers to head off what Gelb says is a looming financial crisis at the Met, whose revenues, especially ticket sales, have declined while expenses have risen.

The New York Times’ Michael Cooper reports:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/24/arts/music/met-opera-prepares-to-lock-out-workers.html?ref=music

Norman Lebrecht posts an interview with Gelb on the situation:

http://slippedisc.com/2014/07/gelb-latest-its-sad-we-are-in-a-position-where-a-work-stoppage-could-take-place/

And a response from the Met’s musicians:

http://slippedisc.com/2014/07/musicians-to-peter-gelb-youll-lose-the-city-hundreds-of-millions-of-dollars/

And from the company’s stage unions:

http://slippedisc.com/2014/07/gelbs-proposed-lockout-the-stage-unions-respond/
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July 24
noon-4 p.m. EDT
1600-2000 UTC
1700-2100 GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
www.wdce.org

Nielsen: “Maskarade” – Overture, “Cockerel’s Dance”
Danish National Symphony Orchestra/Thomas Dausgaard (Dacapo)

Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44
Stefan Vladar, piano; Artis Quartet
(Sony Classical)

Kodály: “Hungarian Rondo”
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Sarasate: “Jota aragonesa”
Julia Fischer, violin; Milana Chernyavska, piano (Decca)

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467
Jan Lisiecki, piano
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/
Christian Zacharias
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Past Masters:
Dvorák: Quartet in F major, Op. 96 (“American”)
Smetana Quartet (Testament)
(recorded 1966)

Rossini: “William Tell” Overture
Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Claudio Abbado (Deutsche Grammophon)

Mendelssohn: Octet in E flat major, Op. 20
Daniel Hope, Lucy Gould, Sophie Basançon & Christian Eisenberger, violins; Pascal Siffert & Stewart Eaton, violas; William Conway & Kate Gould, cellos
(Deutsche Grammophon)

György Ligeti:
“Concert Romånesc”
Berlin Philharmonic/
Jonathan Nott (Teldec)

Bach-Busoni: Chaconne (from Partita in D minor, BWV 1004)
Awadagin Pratt, piano
(EMI Classics)

Schubert: Symphony No. 2 in B flat major
Staatskapelle Dresden/Herbert Blomstedt
(Berlin Classics)

C.P.E. Bach: Solo in G minor, Wq 135
Heinz Holliger, oboe; Ursula Holliger, harp; Rama Jucker, cello (Philips)
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The 17th annual Richmond music festival of pianist Alexander Paley and friends will be presented Sept. 26-28 at a new location, St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Paley and his wife and four-hands piano partner, Pei-Wen Chen, will be joined by clarinetist Charles West and cellist Rebecca Zimmerman for the fall festival of piano and chamber music.

The Paley Festival, first staged in 1998 in a book shop, subsequently has been presented in churches. St. Luke, located at the intersection of Chippenham Parkway and Custis Road, between Forest Hill Avenue and Huguenot Road, will be its first venue south of the James.

Paley will open the festival performing the 12 études of Chopin and two suites by the 18th-century French master Jean-Philippe Rameau. The pianist is currently in the process of recording the first full cycle of Rameau’s clavier suites on piano.

In the second program, Paley and Chen will play Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville,” in a rarely heard four-hands piano arrangement. In the finale, Paley, Zimmerman and West will play sonatas and trios of Beethoven and Brahms.

For more information, go to www.paleyfestival.info

The complete 2014 Paley Festival program schedule:

Sept. 26 (7:30 p.m.)
Alexander Paley, piano
Rameau: Suite No. 4 in A minor/major
Rameau: Suite No. 5 in G major/minor
Chopin: 12 études

Sept. 27 (7:30 p.m.)
Alexander Paley & Pei-Wen Chen, piano four-hands
Rossini: “The Barber of Seville”
(arrangement by Arnold Schoenberg)

Sept. 28 (3 p.m.)
Alexander Paley, piano
Charles West, clarinet
Rebecca Zimmerman, cello
Beethoven: Sonata in A major, Op. 69, for cello and piano
Beethoven: Trio in E flat major, Op. 38, for clarinet, cello and piano
Brahms: Sonata in F major, Op. 99, for cello and piano
Brahms: Trio in A minor, Op. 114, for clarinet, cello and piano
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The BBC Promenade Concerts are under way, and will continue until the famed Last Night of the Proms on Sept. 13. BBC Radio 3 is streaming most of the concerts, here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3

A guide to the full Proms season is here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms

The times listed are five hours ahead of local time. For example, 8 p.m. London time is 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
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Barbara Gaden, cello
Russell Wilson, piano
July 17, Richmond CenterStage

In a program dedicated to the memories of Saul Kay, a Richmond Symphony violinist who died in 2004, and his wife, Grace Kay, who died in May, cellist Barbara Gaden and pianist Russell Wilson began with reminiscences, mainly of Saul Kay and his critical yet supportive way with fellow musicians.

I won’t attempt to channel him in this review – even Grace wouldn’t try that; but I couldn’t help wondering whether Gaden and Wilson, both longtime symphony colleagues, didn’t sense him listening over their shoulders, especially in their performance of the Cello Sonata in E minor, Op. 38, of Brahms, a composer Saul Kay loved above most all others.

The greater degree of expression and sound projection, especially from the cellist, was marked in the Brahms, in comparison with a much less forceful performance of Beethoven’s “Seven Variations on ‘Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen’ [‘In men who know the feeling of love’]” from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.”

The compositions themselves account for much of the difference: Beethoven’s variations relegate the cello to a rather subsidiary role relative to that of a not especially assertive keyboard, while they are full-throated and nearly equal partners in the Brahms sonata. Gaden, moreover, sounded more inclined to make her instrument really sing in the Brahms.

Between the two cello-piano works, Wilson played Schumann’s Fantasy in C major, Op. 17, a sprawling, garrulous homage to Beethoven whose exclamatory expressions of passion naturally became the pianist’s interpretive focus.

“Summer at CenterStage” continues with violinist Ellen Cockerham and pianist Maria Yefimova playing Brahms’ Violin Sonata in G major, Op. 78, and Grieg’s Violin Sonata in G minor, Op. 45, at 6:30 p.m. July 24 in the Gottwald Playhouse of Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets. Tickets: $20. Details: (800) 514-3849 (ETIX); www.richmondsymphony.com
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Previewing the BBC Promenade Concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall – this year running from July 18 to Sept. 13 – with vintage recordings by the festival’s founder, Henry J. Wood; some of this season’s featured artists in the works they will play; and a couple of staples from the festive Last Night of the Proms . . .

July 17
noon-4 p.m. EDT
1600-2000 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
www.wdce.org

Past Masters:
Elgar: “Pomp and Circumstance” March No. 1
London Philharmonic/Henry J. Wood
(Dutton Laboratories)
(recorded 1940)

Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major (“Pastoral”)
Tonhalle Orchestra, Zürich/David Zinman (Arte Nova)

Past Masters:
Elgar: “The Kingdom” Prelude
BBC Symphony Orchestra/Edward Elgar
(EMI Classics)
(recorded 1933)

Past Masters:
Henry J. Wood: “Fantasia on British Sea Songs”
London Symphony Orchestra/Henry J. Wood (Dutton Laboratories)
(recorded 1939)

Dvorák: Cello Concerto in B minor
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
Czech Philharmonic/Jirí Belohlávek (Decca)

Beethoven: “Missa Solemnis” – Gloria
Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner (DG Archiv)

Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor
Joshua Bell, violin
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Neville Marriner (Decca)

Past Masters:
William Walton & Edith Sitwell: “Façade” (selections)
Edith Sitwell & Constant Lambert, reciters
chamber orchestra/William Walton (Symposium)
(recorded 1929)

Vaughan Williams: “Job – a Masque for Dancing”
London Philharmonic/
Vernon Handley (Classics for Pleasure)

Thomas Arne:
“Rule, Brittania”
Jamie MacDougall, tenor; Jennifer Smith, soprano
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale/
Nicholas McGegan (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi)

Hubert Parry: “Jerusalem”
(orchestration by Edward Elgar)
Choir of Winchester Cathedral; Waynflete Singers
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/David Hill (Argo)
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