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Because of weather conditions, the Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia has postponed a lecture-recital it was to have presented on Oct. 3 at the Richmond Public Library and an Oct. 4 concert at First Unitarian Universalist Church.

New dates will be announced later.

For more information, call (804) 519-2098 or visit www.cmscva.org
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A sampler of the music on tap in the 2015-16 season of the Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia, scheduled (weather permitting) to get under way with a lecture-recital on Oct. 3 at the Richmond Public Library and a concert on Oct. 4 at First Unitarian Universalist Church. The CMSCVA season continues with six more programs in December, February and April.

Cellist James Wilson, the society’s founder, artistic director and intrepid musical explorer, joins me in the second hour of the show to discuss this season’s mix of favorite pieces and discoveries.

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

Schubert: Quintet in C major, D.956
Janine Jansen & Boris Brovtsyn, violins
Amihai Grosz, viola
Torleif Thedéen & Jens Peter Maintz, cellos
(Decca)

Past Masters:
Corelli: Variations on “La Follia” in G minor, Op. 5, No. 12
Frans Brüggen, recorder
Anner Bylsma, cello
Gustav Leonhardt, harpsichord
(Warner Classics)
(recorded 1967)

Fanny Mendelssohn Henselt: Piano Trio in D minor – Andante espressivo
Stefan Mickisch, piano
Fanny Mendelssohn Quartet members (Troubadisc)

Erwin Schulhoff: Duo for violin and cello – Zingaresca
Gernot Sussmuth, violin
Hans-Jakob Eschenburg, cello (Capriccio)

J.S. Bach: “Brandenburg” Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047
Janos Rolla, violin & director
Maurice André, trumpet
Maxence Larrieu, flute
Bernard Schenkel, oboe
Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra (Capitol)

Beethoven: Sonata in
C major, Op. 102, No. 2
Matt Haimovitz, cello
Christopher O’Riley, fortepiano (Pentatone/Oxingale)

George Onslow: Quintet in
C minor, Op. 38 (“Bullet”)
Oxford String Quartet
Merry Peckham, cello (Carlton Classics)

Boccherini: “La Musica nottuna della Strada di Madrid” (excerpt)
Le Concert des Nations members (AliaVox)
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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: Virginia Opera brings its production of Jacques Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underworld” to Richmond CenterStage on Oct. 9 and 11 (after mances on Oct. 3-4 at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax). . . . The Rennolds Chamber Concerts series at Virginia Commonwealth University opens its season with the classical comedy duo Igudesman and Joo in “And Now Mozart,” Oct. 10 at VCU’s Singleton Arts Center. . . . The Richmond Symphony opens its new Casual Classics series of talks and mini-concerts with music director Steven Smith discussing and the orchestra playing Nielsen’s Symphony No. 4 (“Inextinguishable”) on Oct. 16, and presents the Nielsen along with “Point – Line – Point” by Richmond-bred composer Zachary Wadsworth and Philippe Quint playing Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Violin Concerto in an Oct. 17 Masterworks program, both at Richmond CenterStage. . . . The symphony’s Rush Hour series of casual concerts moves to Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, with Keitaro Harada conducting a program of Bartók, Weber and Mozart, featuring clarinetist Jared Davis, on Oct. 22. (The program will be repeated in full on Oct. 25 at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland.) . . . Organist Ahreum Han plays works of Bach, Vierne, Reger and others in the season-opener of the American Guild of Organists’ Repertoire Recital Series, Oct. 23 at Westminster Presbyterian Church. . . . The Juilliard String Quartet plays Schubert, Debussy and Elliott Carter, Oct. 24 at VCU’s Singleton Center. . . . The Richmond Symphony Pops season opens with the orchestra providing live accompaniment to F.W. Murnau’s classic silent horror film “Nosferatu,” plus a late showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” Oct. 24 at Richmond CenterStage.

* Noteworthy elsewhere: The Roanoke Symphony, David Stewart Wiley conducting, opens its 2015-16 season with an all-Gershwin program, featuring pianist Norman Krieger, Oct. 10 at the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre. . . . Washington plays host to four preeminent pianists this month: Jeremy Denk, playing Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and more, Oct. 11 at the Kennedy Center; András Schiff, playing Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert, Oct. 26 at Strathmore in the Maryland suburbs of DC; Evgeny Kissin, playing Mozart, Beethoven Brahms, Albéniz and Joaquin Larregla, Oct. 28 at the Kennedy Center; and Lang Lang, joining Christoph Eschenbach and the National Symphony in Grieg’s Piano Concerto, Oct. 29-31 at the Kennedy Center.
. . . Marin Alsop conducts the Baltimore Symphony and a cast of actors in Edward Berkeley’s staging of Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet,” Oct. 17 at Strathmore. . . . The Czech Republic’s Pavel Haas Quartet plays Martinu, Dvorák and Beethoven, Oct. 20 at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and Oct. 23 at the Library of Congress in Washington. . . . Violist David Aaron Carpenter leads the Salomé Chamber Orchestra, with Indian vocalist Ila Paliwal, in a music evoking the four seasons, Oct. 26 at the Kennedy Center. . . . Cellist Zuill Bailey joins JoAnn Falletta and the Virginia Symphony in Michael Daugherty’s “Tales of Hemingway,” on a program also featuring music of Ibert and Elgar, Oct. 29-30 and Nov. 1 at venues in Newport News, Norfolk and Virginia Beach. . . . The stellar male vocal ensemble Chanticleer presents “Over the Moon,” with music by composers ranging from Monteverdi to Mahler to Richmond-bred Mason Bates, Oct. 29 at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville. . . . Cellist Steven Isserlis and fortepianist Robert Levin survey Beethoven sonatas, Oct. 29 at the Kennedy Center. . . . Opera Roanoke opens its 40th anniversary season with Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd,” Oct. 30 at the Jefferson Center. . . . Avant-garde icon Meredith Monk and her vocal ensemble perform on Oct. 30 at the Library of Congress.


Oct. 1 (8 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
Novus Percutere
works TBA for percussion duo
free
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events/

Oct. 1 (8 p.m.)
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News 
Oct. 3 (8 p.m.)
Chrysler Hall, 215 St. Paul’s Boulevard, Norfolk 
Virginia Symphony Pops 
Benjamin Rous conducting 
Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr., guest stars 
“Up Up and Away – the Music and Memories” 
$25-$95 
(757) 892-6366 
www.virginiasymphony.org

Oct. 1 (7 p.m.) 
Oct. 2 (7 p.m.) 
Oct. 3 (1 and 7 p.m.) 
Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington 
Washington National Opera 
Evan Rogister conducting 
Bizet: “Carmen” 
Clémentine Margaine/Géraldine Chauvet (Carmen) 
Bryan Hymel/Rafael Davila (Don José) 
Michael Todd Simpson/Aleksey Bogdanov (Escamillo) 
Janai Brugger/Jacqueline Echols (Micaëla) 
E. Loren Meeker, stage director 
in French, English captions 
$25-$315 
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

Oct. 1 (7 p.m.)
Oct. 2 (8 p.m.) 
Oct. 3 (8 p.m.) 
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington 
National Symphony Orchestra 
Donald Runnicles conducting 
Mozart: “The Magic Flute” Overture 
Richard Strauss: “Four Last Songs” 
Olga Peretyatko, soprano 
Elgar: Serenade in E minor 
Elgar: “Enigma Variations” 
$15-$89 
(800) 444-1324 
www.kennedy-center.org

Oct. 2 (7:30 p.m.) 
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
performers TBA 
“Family Weekend Concert” 
program TBA 
free 
(804) 289-8980 
www.modlin.richmond.edu

Oct. 2 (8:15 p.m.) 
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Off the Cuff
Markus Strenz conducting 
Mozart: “Don Giovanni” (scenes)
Morgan Smith (Don Giovanni) 
Javier Arrey (Masetto) 
Jennifer Black (Donna Elvira) 
Timothy Bruno (Commendatore) 
Pureum Jo (Zerlina) 
Yi Li (Don Ottavio) 
Angela Meade (Donna Anna) 
Thomas Richards (Leporello) 
$20-$99 
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office) 
www.strathmore.org

Oct. 2 (7:30 p.m.) 
Christopher Newport University, Newport News 
Virginia Symphony 
conductor TBA 
“Symphony under the Stars” 
program TBA 
free 
(757) 892-6366 
www.virginiasymphony.org

Oct. 3 (8 p.m.) 
Oct. 4 (2 p.m.) 
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax 
Virginia Opera 
Anne Manson conducting 
Offenbach: “Orpheus in the Underworld” 
Meredith Lustig (Eurydice) 
Javier Abreu (Orpheus) 
Daniel Curran (Aristeus/Pluto) 
Troy Cook (Jupiter) 
Margaret Gawrysiak (Public Opinion) 
Brian Mextorf (John Styx) 
Kelly Glyptis (Cupid) 
Molly Hill (Venus) 
Keith Brown (Mars) 
Katherine Polit (Diana) 
Leah de Gruyl (Juno) 
Kyle Tomlin (Mercury) 
Bridgid Eversole (Minerva) 
Sam Helfrich, stage director 
in English, English captions 
$48-$98 
(888) 945-2468 (Tickets.com) 
www.vaopera.org

Oct. 3 (8 p.m.) 
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 
National Philharmonic 
Piotr Gajewski conducting 
Wagner: “Rienzi” (concert version) 
Issachah Savage (Rienzi) 
Mary Ann Stewart (Adriano) 
Eudora Brown (Irene) 
Kevin Thompson (Stefano Colona) 
Jason Stearns (Paolo Orsini) 
Robert Baker (Baroncelli) 
Stephen Bryant (Cecco, Raimondo) 
Washington Men’s Camerata 
National Philharmonic Chorale 
$29-$89 
(301) 581-5100 
www.strathmore.org

Oct. 4 (7 p.m.) 
River Road Presbyterian Church, 8960 River Road, Richmond 
Daniel Stipe, organ 
works TBA by J.S. Bach, Bloch, Dupré, Langlais 
free 
(804) 740-7083 
www.rrpcusa.org

Oct. 4 (3 p.m.) 
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 
Markus Strenz conducting 
Mozart: Symphony No. 1 in E flat major, K. 16 
Mozart: Sinfonia concertante in E flat major, K. 364/320d 
Madeline Adkins, violin 
Lisa Steltenpohl, viola 
Mozart: “Don Giovanni” (excerpts) 
Morgan Smith (Don Giovanni) 
Javier Arrey (Masetto) 
Jennifer Black (Donna Elvira) 
Timothy Bruno (Commendatore) 
Pureum Jo (Zerlina) 
Yi Li (Don Ottavio) 
Angela Meade (Donna Anna) 
Thomas Richards (Leporello) 
$20-$99 
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office) 
www.strathmore.org

Oct. 5 (7 p.m.) 
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond 
Albert Regni, saxophone 
Allen Farnham, piano 
works by Robert Muczynski, Robert Aldridge, Benedetto Marcello, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ramon Ricker 
free 
(804) 828-6776 
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events/

Oct. 6 (8 p.m.) 
Williamsburg Library Theatre, 515 Scotland St. 
Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg: 
Dover String Quartet 
Mozart: Quartet in B flat major, K. 458 (“Hunt”) 
Mozart: Quartet in B flat major, K. 589 
Dvorák: Quartet in F major, Op. 96 (“American”) 
$15 
(757) 229-0385 
www.chambermusicwilliamsburg.org

Oct. 7 (noon) 
St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg 
Kristi Engelbrecht, mezzo-soprano 
Aaron Renninger, organ 
program TBA 
free 
(757) 229-3631 
www.bedeva.org/concerts

Oct. 7 (7 p.m.) 
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington 
Vijay Iyer, piano 
Brentano String Quartet 
Iyer: solo set TBA 
Mendelssohn: Quartet in E flat major, Op. 12 
Iyer: “Time, Place, Action” 
$45 
(800) 444-1324 
www.kennedy-center.org

Oct. 8 (7 p.m.) 
Oct. 9 (11:30 a.m.) 
Oct. 10 (8 p.m.) 
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington 
National Symphony Orchestra 
Ludovic Morlot conducting 
Berlioz: “Les francs-juges” Overture 
Rodrigo: “Concierto de Aranjuez” 
Miloš Karadaglic, guitar 
Ravel: “Pavane pour une infante défunte” 
Ravel: “Rapsodie espagnole” 
Dukas: “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” 
$15-$89 
(800) 444-1324 
www.kennedy-center.org

Oct. 8 (8 p.m.) 
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Pops 
Jack Everly conducting 
“Classic FM: Five Decades of Radio Hits” 
$20-$99 
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office) 
www.strathmore.org

Oct. 9 (8 p.m.) 
Oct. 11 (2:30 p.m.) 
Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets 
Virginia Opera 
Anne Manson conducting 
Offenbach: “Orpheus in the Underworld” 
Meredith Lustig (Eurydice) 
Javier Abreu (Orpheus) 
Daniel Curran (Aristeus/Pluto) 
Troy Cook (Jupiter) 
Margaret Gawrysiak (Public Opinion) 
Brian Mextorf (John Styx) 
Kelly Glyptis (Cupid) 
Molly Hill (Venus) 
Keith Brown (Mars) 
Katherine Polit (Diana) 
Leah de Gruyl (Juno) 
Kyle Tomlin (Mercury) 
Bridgid Eversole (Minerva) 
Sam Helfrich, stage director 
in English, English captions 
$19-$109 
(866) 673-6782 
www.vaopera.org

Oct. 10 (7 p.m.) 
Powhatan High School auditorium, 1800 Jude’s Ferry Road 
Richmond Symphony 
conductor TBA 
program TBA 
$25-$50; proceeds benefit Powhatan Education Foundation 
(804) 788-4717 
www.richmondsymphony.com

Oct. 10 (8 p.m.) 
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond 
Rennolds Chamber Concerts: 
Igudesman & Joo 
“And Now Mozart” (comedy sketches)
$34 
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events/

Oct. 10 (7:30 p.m.) 
Berglund Performing Arts Theatre, 710 Williamson Road, Roanoke 
Roanoke Symphony 
David Stewart Wiley conducting 
Gershwin: “An American in Paris” 
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F major 
Norman Krieger, piano 
Gershwin: “Cuban” Overture 
Gershwin: “Porgy and Bess” Fantasy 
$34-$56 
(540) 343-9127 
www.rso.com

Oct. 10 (8 p.m.)
Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, First Street at Independence Avenue N.E., Washington
yarn|wire
Berio: “Linea” 
Murail: “Travel Notes” 
Mochizuki: “Le monde des ronds et des carrés”
Mincek: “Pendulum VI” 
Franszon: “Negotiation of Context B”
free; tickets required 
(703) 573-7328 (Ticketmaster) 
www.loc.gov/concerts

Oct. 11 (4 p.m.)
Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 W. Huguenot Road
Second Sunday South of the James:
Joanne Kong & Paul Hanson, pianos
works TBA by Liszt
donation requested
(804) 272-7514
www.bonairpc.org

Oct. 11 (2 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Jeremy Denk, piano 
J.S. Bach: “English” Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808 
Haydn: Fantasia in C minor 
Beethoven: Sonata in C sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 (“Moonlight”) 
Schubert: “Wanderer” Fantasy 
other works TBA 
$70 (waiting list) 
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts) 
www.wpas.org

Oct. 11 (8 p.m.) 
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington 
Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra 
conductor TBA 
vocalists, violinist TBA 
works by Sarasate, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, others 
$29-$99 
(800) 444-1324 
www.kennedy-center.org

Oct. 12 (7:30 p.m.) 
Bon Air United Methodist Church, 1645 Buford Road, Richmond 
John Craven, organ 
program TBA 
free 
(804) 272-2042 
www.bonairumc.org

Oct. 13 (8 p.m.) 
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond 
VCU Symphony
Daniel Myssyk conducting 
Stravinsky: “Symphonies of Wind Instruments” 
Gabriela Lena Frank: “Illapa” 
Tabatha Easley, flute 
Vivaldi: Gloria 
VCU Women’s Choir 
Rebecca Tyree directing 
$7 in advance, $10 at door 
(804) 828-6776 
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events/

Oct. 13 (7 p.m.) 
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington 
Young Concert Artists: 
Seiya Ueno, flute 
Wendy Chen, piano 
J.S. Bach: Sonata in B minor, BWV 1030 
Debussy: “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun” 
Boulez: Sonatine 
Richard Strauss: Sonata in E flat major, Op. 18 
Bizet-Borne: “Carmen” Fantasy 
$35 
(800) 444-1324 
www.kennedy-center.org

Oct. 14 (8 p.m.) 
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington 
William Neal, organ 
National Symphony Orchestra brass & timpani 
Handel: Organ Concerto in B flat major, Op. 4, No. 2 
Giovanni Gabrieli: “Canzon duodecimi toni” 
Giovanni Gabrieli: “Sonata pian’e forte” 
Giovanni Gabrieli: “Canzon à 7” 
J.S. Bach: Fantasia in G minor, BWV 572 
Handel: “Royal Fireworks Music” 
Franck: Choral No. 1 in E major 
Widor: Symphony No. 5 – adagio & toccata 
$15 
(800) 444-1324 
www.kennedy-center.org

Oct. 15 (7 p.m.) 
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington 
Vocal Arts DC: 
Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano 
Bradley Moore, piano 
works TBA by Schubert, Dvorák, Chausson, Turina; American hymns and spirituals 
$50 
(800) 444-1324 
www.kennedy-center.org

Oct. 16 (6:30 p.m.) 
Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets 
Richmond Symphony Casual Classics
Steven Smith, speaker and conductor 
Nielsen: Symphony No. 4 (“Inextinguishable”) 
$10-$50 
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX) 
www.richmondsymphony.com

Oct. 16 (7 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
Young-Hyun Cho, piano
Liszt: Ballade No. 2
Liszt: “Rapsodie espagnole”
works TBA by Haydn, Brahms, Debussy
free
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events/

Oct. 16 (8 p.m.) 
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News 
Oct. 17 (8 p.m.) 
L. Douglas Wilder Arts Center, Norfolk State University, 700 Park Ave. 
Oct. 18 (7 p.m.) 
Sandler Arts Center, 201 S. Market St., Virginia Beach 
Virginia Symphony 
JoAnn Falletta conducting 
Arnold Bax: “Tintagel” 
Respighi: “The Fountains of Rome” 
Walton: “Belshazzar’s Feast” 
Charles Robert Austin, bass-baritone 
Virginia Symphony Chorus 
$25-$110 
(757) 892-6366 
www.virginiasymphony.org

Oct. 16 (8 p.m.) 
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville 
Oct. 16 (11:59 p.m.) 
UVa Chapel, Charlottesville 
TechnoSonics XVI: “Music and Contemplation”
electronic works TBA
introductory program in Old Cabell Hall; 24-hour concert of “slow music” in UVa Chapel
free 
(434) 924-3376 
www.music.virginia.edu/events

Oct. 16 (8 p.m.) 
Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, First Street at Independence Avenue N.E., Washington 
Atos Trio 
Kirchner: Trio (1954) 
Hersch: “Carrion Miles to Purgatory” (premiere) 
Bloch: “Three Nocturnes” 
Beethoven: Piano Trio in B flat major, Op. 97 (“Archduke”) 
free; tickets required 
(703) 573-7328 (Ticketmaster) 
www.loc.gov/concerts

Oct. 17 (2 p.m.)
Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library, First and Franklin streets
Schuyler Slack, cello
Daniel Stipe, piano
“War and Peace”
works TBA by Fauré, Rachmaninoff, Frank Bridge
free
(804) 646-7223
www.richmondpubliclibrary.org

Oct. 17 (8 p.m.) 
Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets 
Richmond Symphony 
Steven Smith conducting 
Zachary Wadsworth: “Point – Line – Point” 
Korngold: Violin Concerto in D major 
Philippe Quint, violin 
Nielsen: Symphony No. 4 (“Inextinguishable”) 
$10-$78 
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX) 
www.richmondsymphony.com

Oct. 17 (2 p.m.) 
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington 
Herbert Schuch, piano 
Tristan Murail: “Cloches d’adieu, et un sourire . . . in memoriam Olivier Messiaen” 
Liszt: “Harmonies poétiques et religieuses” – “Pater Noster,” “Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude” 
J.S. Bach-Busoni: Choral Prelude “Ich ruf zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ,” BWV 639 
Messiaen: “Eight Préludes” – “Cloches d’angoisse et larmes d´adieu” 
J.S. Bach-Bauer: “Die Seele ruht in Gottes Händen,” from BWV 127 
Liszt: “Harmonies poétiques et religieuses” – “Funerailles” 
Ravel: “Miroirs” – “La vallée des cloches” 
$48 
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts) 
www.wpas.org

Oct. 17 (8 p.m.) 
Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, First Street at Independence Avenue N.E., Washington 
Nicholas Phan, tenor 
Myra Huang, piano 
Rorem: “O Do Not Love Too Long,” “Early in the Morning,” “Far-Far-Away,” “Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal,” “The Serpent” 
Schumann: “Dichterliebe” 
Britten: “Winter Words” 
Bowles: “Blue Mountain Ballads” 
free; tickets required 
(703) 573-7328 (Ticketmaster) 
www.loc.gov/concerts

Oct. 17 (8 p.m.) 
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 
Marin Alsop conducting 
Prokofiev: “Romeo and Juliet” (concert version with actors) 
Sebastian Stimman (Romeo) 
Christina Sajous (Juliet) 
Kelley Curran (Lady Capulet) 
Lise Bruneau (Chorus, Tibalt, Lady Montague, Citizen, Servant, Masker, Balthasar, Father John, Watch, Page) 
Louis Butelli (Friar Lawrence, Juliet’s Nurse, Lord Montague) 
Nehal Joshi (Benvolio, Paris, Prince Escalus) 
Brad Koed (Mercutio, Lord Capulet) 
Edward Berkeley, stage director 
$20-$99 
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office) 
www.strathmore.org

Oct. 18 (4 p.m.) 
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond 
Sonia Vlahcevic, piano 
program TBA 
free 
(804) 828-6776 
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events/

Oct. 18 (4 p.m.) 
St. Matthias’ Episcopal Church, 11300 W. Huguenot Road, Midlothian 
Timothy Seaman, hammered dulcimer, flute, other instrumengts
folk and classical works TBA 
donation requested 
(804) 272-8588, ext. 103 
www.stmatmidlo.com

Oct. 18 (2 p.m.) 
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington 
Kennedy Center Chamber Players 
Beethoven: String Trio in C minor, Op. 9, No. 3 
Brahms: Horn Trio in E flat major, Op. 40 
Beethoven: Piano Trio in G major, Op. 1, No. 2 
$36 
(800) 444-1324 
www.kennedy-center.org

Oct. 19 (8 p.m.) 
Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, First Street at Independence Avenue N.E., Washington
instrumental ensemble 
Ted Sperling directing
Capathia Jenkins & Lindsay Mendez, vocalists 
“An Evening with the Music of Marvin Hamlisch” 
free; tickets required 
(703) 573-7328 (Ticketmaster) 
www.loc.gov/concerts

Oct. 20 (7:30 p.m.) 
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville 
Tuesday Evening Concerts: 
Pavel Haas Quartet 
Martinu: Quartet No. 3 
Dvorák: Quartet in D minor, Op. 34 
Beethoven: Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2 (“Razumovsky”) 
$12-$35 
(434) 924-3376 
www.tecs.org

Oct. 22 (6:30 p.m.) 
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2408-10 Ownby Lane, Richmond 
Richmond Symphony Rush Hour 
Keitaro Harada speaking and conducting 
Bartók: Divertimento (excerpts) 
Weber: Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E flat major 
Jared Davis, clarinet 
Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550 (excerpts) 
$15 
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX) 
www.richmondsymphony.com

Oct. 23 (7:30 p.m.) 
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4103 Monument Ave., Richmond 
American Guild of Organists Repertoire Recital Series: 
Ahreum Han, organ 
J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532
Mozart: Andante in F major, K.616
Sigfrid Karg-Elert: “Valse Mignonne,” Op. 142, No.2
Vierne: “Naïdes,” Op. 55, No. 4
Vierne: “Clair de lune,” Op. 53, No. 5
Offenbach-Han: “Orphée aux enfers” Overture
Johannes Matthias Michel: “Organ, Timbrel, and Dance” – “Three jazz organ preludes”
Max Reger: Fantasy on the chorale “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme,” Op. 52, No.2 
donation requested 
(804) 355-6885 
www.richmondago.org

Oct. 23 (7:30 p.m.) 
Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Charlottesville 
Waynesboro Symphony 
Peter Wilson conducting 
“Masquerade: an Evening of Global Espionage” 
works TBA by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Shostakovich, others 
$30-$75 
(434) 979-1333 
www.theparamount.net

Oct. 23 (8 p.m.) 
Oct. 24 (8 p.m.) 
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington 
National Symphony Orchestra Pops 
Steven Reineke conducting 
Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers, guest stars 
$45-$109 
(800) 444-1324 
www.kennedy-center.org

Oct. 23 (8 p.m.) 
Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, First Street at Independence Avenue N.E., Washington 
Pavel Haas Quartet
Martinu: Quartet No. 3
Dvorák: Quartet in D minor, Op. 34
Beethoven: Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2 (“Razumovsky”)
free; tickets required 
(703) 573-7328 (Ticketmaster)
www.loc.gov/concerts

Oct. 24 (2 p.m.)
Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library, First and Franklin streets
Kristi Reynolds, piano
Chopin: Nocturne in E flat major, Op. 9
Chopin: Ballade in G minor, Op. 23
Debussy: Arabesque No. 1 in E major
Debussy: “Children’s Corner” Suite
other works TBA
free
(804) 646-7223
www.richmondpubliclibrary.org

Oct. 24 (8 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond 
Rennolds Chamber Concerts:
Juilliard String Quartet
Schubert: “Quartettsatz” in C minor, D. 703
Elliott Carter: Quartet No. 1
Debussy: Quartet in G minor
$34
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events/

Oct. 24 (8 p.m.) 
Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets 
Richmond Symphony Pops 
Timothy Verville conducting 
F.W. Murnau’s silent film “Nosferatu,” with live orchestral accompaniment of excerpts from works by Brahms, Dvorák, Wagner, Barber, Christopher Norby (arranged by Verville)
$10-$78; $10 more for late showing of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” 
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX) 
www.richmondsymphony.com

Oct. 24 (7 p.m.) 
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville 
University Singers 
UVa Chamber Singers 
Virginia Glee Club 
Virginia Women’s Chorus 
“Family Weekend Choral Showcase” 
program TBA 
$10 
(434) 924-3376 
www.music.virginia.edu/events

Oct. 24 (9:30 p.m.) 
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville 
Virginia Gentlemen 
Family Weekend Concert
program TBA 
ticket prices TBA 
(434) 924-3376 
www.music.virginia.edu/events

Oct. 24 (8 p.m.) 
Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, First Street at Independence Avenue N.E., Washington
Windsync
Reicha: Wind Quintet in E flat major, Op. 88, No. 2 
Mozart-Windsync: Serenade in B flat major (“Gran Partita”) – adagio 
Paul Lansky: “The Long and Short of It” (premiere) 
Barber: “Summer Music” 
Adam Schoenberg: “Winter Music” 
Maslanka: Quintet No. 2 – chaconne 
free; tickets required 
(703) 573-7328 (Ticketmaster) 
www.loc.gov/concerts

Oct. 24 (8 p.m.) 
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 
Joshua Weilerstein conducting 
Christopher Rouse: “Prospero’s Rooms” 
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466 
Valentina Lisitsa, piano 
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A minor (“Scottish”) 
$20-$99 
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office) 
www.strathmore.org

Oct. 25 (3 p.m.) 
Blackwell Auditorium, Randolph-Macon College, 205 Henry St., Ashland 
Richmond Symphony 
Steven Smith conducting 
Bartók: Divertimento 
Weber: Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E flat major 
Jared Davis, clarinet 
Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550 
$20 
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX) 
www.richmondsymphony.com

Oct. 25 (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 
www.modlin.richmond.edu

Oct. 25 (3 p.m.) 
Sandler Arts Center, 201 S. Market St., Virginia Beach 
Virginia Symphony Pops 
Benjamin Rous conducting 
“Halloween Spooktacular” 
$10-$15 
(757) 892-6366 
www.virginiasymphony.org

Oct. 26 (8 p.m.) 
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville 
Elizabeth Roberts, bassoon 
John Mayhood, piano 
works TBA by Elgar, Dutilleux, Barbara York, others 
$15 
(434) 924-3376 
www.music.virginia.edu/events

Oct. 26 (7 p.m.) 
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington 
David Aaron Carpenter, viola 
Salomé Chamber Orchestra 
Ila Paliwal, vocalist 
Vivaldi: “The Four Seasons” – “Summer,” “Winter” 
trad. Indian: “Diwali,” “Ganesh,” “Pongal,” “Baisakhi” 
Piazzolla-Eldor: “Libertango” 
Alexey Shor: “Four Seasons of Manhattan” 
Piazzolla: “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” – “Verano,” “Primavera” 
$45 
(800) 444-1324 
www.kennedy-center.org

Oct. 26 (8 p.m.) 
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 
András Schiff, piano 
Haydn: Sonata No. 61 in D major 
Beethoven: Sonata in A flat major, Op. 110 
Mozart: Sonata in B flat major, K. 570 
Schubert: Sonata in A major, D. 959 
$45-$85 
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts) 
www.wpas.org

Oct. 27 (7 p.m.) 
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington 
Mun Kyung Kim, piano 
Scriabin: “Five Préludes,” Op. 16
Beethoven: Sonata in F minor, Op. 57 (“Appassionata”)
Mussorgsky: “Pictures at an Exhibition”
$40 
(800) 444-1324 
www.kennedy-center.org

Oct. 28 (8 p.m.) 
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington 
Evgeny Kissin, piano 
Mozart: Sonata in C major, K. 330 
Beethoven: Sonata in F minor, Op. 57 (“Appassionata”) 
Brahms: 3 intermezzos, Op. 117 
Albéniz: “Granada,” “Cádiz,” “Córdoba,” “Asturias” 
Joaquin Larregla: “Viva Navarra!” 
$45-$135 
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts) 
www.wpas.org

Oct. 29 (8 p.m.) 
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News 
Oct. 31 (8 p.m.) 
Chrysler Hall, 215 St. Paul’s Boulevard, Norfolk 
Virginia Symphony 
JoAnn Falletta conducting 
Ibert: “Ports of Call” 
Michael Daugherty: “Tales of Hemingway” for cello and orchestra 
Zuill Bailey, cello 
Elgar: “Enigma Variations” 
$25-$110 
(757) 892-6366 
www.virginiasymphony.org

Oct. 29 (8 p.m.)
Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Charlottesville 
Chanticleer 
“Over the Moon” 
works TBA by Monteverdi, Mahler, Elgar, Finzi, Mason Bates, others 
$29.50-$39.50 
(434) 979-1333 
www.theparamount.net

Oct. 29 (7 p.m.) 
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington 
Steven Isserlis, cello 
Robert Levin, fortepiano 
Beethoven: Sonata in F major, Op. 5 
Beethoven: Sonata in D major, Op. 102, No. 2 
Beethoven: “12 Variations on ‘Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen’ from Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ ” 
Beethoven: Sonata in A major, Op. 69 
$60 
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts) 
www.wpas.org

Oct. 29 (7 p.m.) 
Oct. 30 (8 p.m.) 
Oct. 31 (8 p.m.) 
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington 
National Symphony Orchestra 
Christoph Eschenbach conducting 
Wagner: “Tannhäuser” Overture 
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor 
Lang Lang, piano 
Dvorák: Symphony No. 8 in G major 
$20-$99 
(800) 444-1324 
www.kennedy-center.org

Oct. 30 (7:30 p.m.) 
Shaftman Performance Hall, Jefferson Center, 541 Luck Ave., Roanoke 
Opera Roanoke 
Scott Williamson conducting 
Stephen Sondheim: “Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street” 
Corey Crider (Sweeney Todd) 
Carla Dirlikov (Mrs. Lovett) 
in English 
$49-$184 
(540) 345-2550 
www.operaroanoke.org

Oct. 30 (8 p.m.) 
Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, First Street at Independence Avenue N.E., Washington
Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble 
Monk: works TBA
free; tickets required
(703) 573-7328 (Ticketmaster) 
www.loc.gov/concerts

Oct. 31 (11 a.m.) 
Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets 
Richmond Symphony LolliPops 
Keitaro Harada conducting 
“Halloween Spooktacular” 
$17 (adult), $12 (child) 
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX) 
www.richmondsymphony.com

Oct. 31 (8 p.m.) 
Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, First Street at Independence Avenue N.E., Washington
Pomerium 
Alexander Blachly directing 
Desprez: “Benedicta es, caelorum regina” 
Desprez: “Missa Malheur me bat” – Agnus Dei 
Desprez: “Praeter rerum seriem” 
Desprez: “Missa L’homme armé” – Gloria, Agnus Dei 
Ockegheim: Requiem – Introitus 
Palestrina: “Missa sine nomine” – Gloria 
Lassus: “Regina coeli” 
Lassus: “Ave verum corpus” 
Andrea Gabrieli: “O sacrum convivium” 
Victoria: “Vexilla regis prodeunt” 
Giovanni Gabrieli: “Exultavit cor meum” 
free; tickets required 
(703) 573-7328 (Ticketmaster) 
www.loc.gov/concerts

Oct. 31 (8 p.m.) 
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 
National Philharmonic 
Victoria Gau conducting 
J.S. Bach: Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068 
J.S. Bach: Cantata 80 (“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”) 
J.S. Bach: Cantata 147 (“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”) 
Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano 
Yvette Smith, mezzo-soprano 
Matthew Smith, tenor 
Kevin Deas, baritone 
National Philharmonic Chorale 
$29-$89 
(301) 581-5100 
www.strathmore.org
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My review for the Richmond Times-Dispatch of the three-day Alexander Paley Music Festival:

http://www.richmond.com/entertainment/music/article_8fe1d655-6114-5f22-a5be-7d36ae53e7c0.html
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“Culture is kind of like a living seed and it can grow in places that are not fertile,” says one of the most prolific cultural gardeners of our time.

That would be Yo-Yo Ma, the cellist, master of crossing cultures and nicest guy in classical music, who on Oct. 7 will be celebrating his 60th birthday.

(Yes, really. Sixty.)

One of the places most in need of musical fertilization is the educational system, Ma tells Martin Steinberg in an interview published in Strings magazine:

http://www.allthingsstrings.com/Article-Index/Department/Feature/Yo-Yo-Ma-On-Intonation-Practice-and-the-Role-of-Music-in-Our-Lives
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Alexander Paley, piano
Paley and Peiwen Chen, piano four-hands
Sept. 25, St. Luke Lutheran Church

Musical impressionism, with its shimmering colors, rarified harmonies and seemingly open-ended structures, is usually associated with Debussy, Ravel and other French composers of the early 20th century. Pianist Alexander Paley, in the opening concert of his 18th annual Richmond festival, showed that impressionism has Slavic voices, too – notably, Pancho Vladigerov (1899-1978), the leading composer of modern Bulgaria.

Paley played Vladigerov’s “Sonatina concertante,” Op. 28, a work that belies its title – it’s no miniature – and probably confounded expectations of what classical music from the most southeastern of Slavic lands might sound like. Who would have expected a main theme theme in the first movement, recurring in the third, that could be a not-too-distant cousin of “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square?”

The vaguely “oriental” central andantino of Vladigerov’s sonatina came closer to ethnic expectations, but proved to be an interlude in music mainly driven by moodiness and sophisticated melodic invention.

The “Sonata-Reminiscenza” in A minor, Op. 38, No. 1, of the Russian Nikolai Medtner (1880-1951) was somewhat more firmly moored to its national/ethnic origins, but still unmistakably impressionistic, and through much of the piece almost stream-of-consciousness in character.

In both works, Paley devoted as much energy and concentration in illuminating detail as in passionate expression – not that there was any shortage of the latter.

With his wife and piano four-hands partner, Peiwen Chen, Paley played three pieces from the little-known canon of Franz Schubert in this medium: the “Grand Rondeau” in A major, D. 951; Allegro in A minor, D. 947; and “Eight Variations on a Theme from Hérold’s Opera ‘Marie’,” D. 908.

The allegro, known as “Lebensstürme” (“Storms of Life”), was the most satisfying of the three – surely for Chen, who had a more substantive bass line here than in the other two works, but also for the listener in that the music follows a dramatized trajectory rather than the rather obsessive mining of a pleasing but slender tune that predominates in the rondo and set of variations. Paley’s volatile pianism found a better outlet in “Lebensstürme,” as well.

Paley rounded out this opening-night program with performances of Chopin’s “Polonaise-Fantasie,” Op. 61, and the solo-piano version of George Enescu’s “Romanian Rhapsody” No. 1. In both, the pianist summoned quite explosive playing in big climaxes; but both readings also were distinguished by close attention to finer details of phrasing, rhythm and dynamics.

The Paley Music Festival continues with Rossini’s “Petite Messe Solennelle” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26, and chamber music of Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc and Saint-Saëns at 3 p.m. Sept. 27, at St. Luke Lutheran Church, Chippenham Parkway at Custis Road. Donations are requested. Details: (804) 665-9516; www.paleymusicfestival.org
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Because of the likelihood of rain, the Richmond Symphony has moved its Sept. 26 concert from Pocahontas State Park to the auditorium of James River High School, 3700 James River Road in Midlothian.

The concert, beginning at 6 p.m., will be conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University’s Daniel Myssyk. The program includes works by Berlioz, Bernstein and others.

Admission is free.
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A federal judge in Los Angeles has ruled in favor of a group of plaintiffs who maintained that “Happy Birthday,” written in the 1890s by sisters Patty and Mildred Hill of Louisville, KY, is in the public domain.

The publishing division of Warner Music acquired rights to the song in 1988 and has been collecting an estimated $2 million a year in royalties. A spokesman says the firm is “considering [its] options” following the ruling, the Los Angeles Times’ Christine Mai-Duc reports:

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-how-the-happy-birthday-song-was-set-free-20150923-story.html
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A preview of the Richmond Symphony’s 2015-16 season, with Steven Smith, the orchestra’s music director, joining me in the third hour of the show.

We’ll have lots to talk about: The symphony will be marking the 150th anniversary of the births of Finland’s Jean Sibelius and Denmark’s Carl Nielsen, and performing the rarely heard “Manfred” Symphony of Tchaikovsky and the choral version of Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain;” classic Americana from Copland, Barber and Charles Tomlinson Griffes; symphonies by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms and Shostakovich; and much more.

Sept. 24
10 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT
1400-1700 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
www.wdce.org

Mussorgsky: “Sorochinsky Fair” –
“St. John’s Night on the Bare Mountain”
Anatoli Kotcherga, bass-baritone
Berlin Radio Chorus
South Tyrol Children’s Choir
Berlin Philharmonic/
Claudio Abbado
(Sony Classical)

Ravel: “Ma mère l’Oye” (“Mother Goose”) Suite
London Philharmonic/
Sian Edwards
(EMI Classics)

Past Masters:
Copland: “Appalachian Spring” Suite
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Aaron Copland
(RCA Victor)
(recorded 1959)

Sibelius: “The Swan of Tuonela”
Lawrence Thorstenberg, English horn
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Colin Davis (Philips)

Stravinsky: Octet
Boston Symphony Chamber Players
(Deutsche Grammophon/
Eloquence)

Past Masters:
Nielsen: Symphony No. 4 (“Inextinguishable”)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Jean Martinon (RCA Victor)
(recorded 1966)

Bartók: Divertimento – I: Allegro non troppo
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/
Pierre Boulez (Deutsche Grammophon)

Charles Tomlinson Griffes: “The White Peacock”
Dallas Symphony Orchestra/Andrew Litton (Dorian)

Haydn: Symphony No. 92
in G major (“Oxford”) –
IV: Presto
Orchestra of the 18th Century/Frans Brüggen
(Philips)

Tchaikovsky: “Manfred” Symphony –
I: Lento lugubre - moderato con moto - andante
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/Vasily Petrenko
(Naxos)
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Is it news that the Metropolitan Opera is finally bringing the curtain down on its 124-year-old tradition of staging Verdi’s “Otello” with the tenor singing the role of the Moor in blackface – or at least bronzed-face?

Or is it news that it has taken the company 124 years to end the practice?

British actors were still darkening their faces for the Shakespeare play as recently as 1990. And when the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta “The Mikado” was staged last year in Seattle with the characters made up in what a Seattle Times critic dubbed “yellowface,” it sparked “a wide-ranging discussion of whether the work was a witty satire of the British, an ugly caricature of the Japanese, or both,” The New York Times’ Michael Cooper notes in an article exploring how white performers are made to look when portraying non-white characters:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/20/arts/music/an-otello-without-the-blackface-nods-to-modern-tastes.html
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