Sunday, August 2, 2015

Paul Freeman (1936-2015)


Paul Freeman, the Richmond-born conductor who was a pioneer in performing and recording works of African-American composers, has died at 79.

In the 1970s, Freeman recorded nine albums surveying black composers for Columbia Records; a generation later, he supplemented those recordings with the African Heritage Symphonic Series on the Cedille label. He also recorded much of the standard repertory, from Mozart to Mahler, with a number of European orchestras. He was one of the most prolific American conductors in the recording studio, with a discography of more than 200 releases.

In 1987, Freeman founded the Chicago Sinfonietta; he led the ensemble, famed for the racial and ethnic diversity of its roster, for 24 years. In 1996 he was named chief conductor of the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. He also had been music director of the Victoria Symphony in British Columbia, and had held posts with the Dallas and Detroit symphonies and the Helsinki Philharmonic.

Freeman, one of 12 children of Mr. and Mrs. L.H. Freeman, grew up in the Jackson Ward neighborhood of Richmond. He was a 1952 graduate of Armstrong High School in the city’s then-racially segregated school system. He was one of two prominent conductors to come out of the school’s orchestra program, led by Maurice Williams. (The other was the late Leon Thompson, who was educational director of the New York Philharmonic in the 1970s.) Freeman also studied locally with cellist June Carpenter and clarinetist-conductor F. Nathaniel Gatlin.

Freeman subsequently earned degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Berlin Hochschule für Musik, and underwent advanced study in conducting with Pierre Monteux and Richard Lert.

An obituary by Hedy Weiss in the Chicago Sun-Times:

http://entertainment.suntimes.com/music/chicago-sinfonietta-founder-paul-freeman-1936-2015/

Saturday, August 1, 2015

August calendar


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 Richmond: The Virginia Commonwealth University Global Summer Institute of Music presents free concerts of piano and chamber music, Aug. 3-8 at sites around the city. . . . Summer at CenterStage, the chamber-music series presented by the Richmond Symphony and the music departments of the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University, continues with one-hour programs of French repertory Thursdays in Richmond CenterStage’s Gottwald Playhouse. . . . The Richmond Chamber Players present their Interlude 2015 series of Sunday matinees at Bon Air Presbyterian Church, with violinist Karen Johnson, former concertmaster of the Richmond Symphony, joining the ensemble on Aug. 9 and 30. . . . Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church’s August Musicales series featured the church’s organist, Christopher Martin, on Aug. 12; the duo of violinist Robert Murray and organist Ardyth Lohuis on Aug. 19; and the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble on Aug. 26.

* Elsewhere: Ash Lawn Opera stages the Lerner & Loewe musical “My Fair Lady,” Aug. 1, 2, 5, 7 and 8 at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville. . . . The Wintergreen Summer Music Festival concludes its 2015 season of ticketed events with orchestral and chamber concerts, Aug. 1-2 at the resort’s Dunlop Pavilion. . . . The Garth Newel Music Center, near Hot Springs in Bath County, presents chamber programs Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons throughout the month. . . . The popular foursome The Piano Guys perform on Aug. 6 at Wolf Trap in Northern Virginia. (Ticket availability is limited.) . . . The Wolf Trap Opera Company and National Symphony Orchestra present a fully staged production, with video special effects, of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” on Aug. 7. . . . The Staunton Music Festival presents free noontime chamber programs and ticketed evening concerts of orchestral, chamber and operatic programming, Aug. 14-23 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Blackfriars Playhouse and other venues in the western Virginia city.


Aug. 1 (7:30 p.m.)
Aug. 2 (2 p.m.)
Aug. 5 (7:30 p.m.)
Aug. 7 (7:30 p.m.)
Aug. 8 (2 p.m.)
Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Charlottesville
Ash Lawn Opera
Andy Anderson conducting
Lerner & Loewe: “My Fair Lady”
Sharin Apostolou (Eliza Doolittle)
Curt Olds (Henry Higgins)
Stephanos Tsirakoglou (Alfred Doolittle)
Dominic Armstrong (Freddy Eynsford-Hill)
Dan Stern (Col. Pickering)
Joe Duquette (Karpathy)
Daniel Witzke, stage director
in English
$47-$90
(434) 979-1333
www.ashlawnopera.com

Aug. 1 (6 p.m.)
Aug. 2 (3 p.m.)
Dunlop Pavilion, Wintergreen Resort, Route 664, Nelson County
Wintergreen Summer Music Festival:
Wintergreen Festival Orchestra
Josep Caballé-Domenech conducting
Kabalevsky: “The Comedians”
Darol Hagen: “Amelia” – “Three Sky Interludes”
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor
$40
(434) 325-8292
www.wintergreenperformingarts.org

Aug. 1 (5 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220 near Hot Springs, Bath County
Bayla Keyes & Teresa Ling, violins
Evelyn Grau, viola
Joseph Lee & Isaac Melamed, cellos
Robert Merfeld, harmonium
Read Gainsford, piano
Shawn Puller, tenor
Saint-Saëns: Barcarolle, Op. 108
Debussy: Cello Sonata in D minor
Reynaldo Hahn: “A Chloria,” “Si mes vers avaient des aisles,” “L’Heure exquise”
Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor
$25; $84 with dinner
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 1 (8:30 p.m.)
Filene Center, Wolf Trap, Trap Road, Fairfax County
National Symphony Orchestra
Emil de Cou conducting
“Star Trek,” 2009 film with live orchestral accompaniment
$30-$58
(877) 965-3872 (Tickets.com)
www.wolftrap.org

Aug. 2 (11 a.m.)
Dunlop Pavilion, Wintergreen Resort, Route 664, Nelson County
Wintergreen Summer Music Festival:
Wintergreen Festival Artists
Bartók: Duos for violin and viola
Jack Gallagher: Toccata for brass quintet
Christopher Theofanidis: “Ariel Ascending”
Libby Larsen: “Up Where the Air Gets Thin”
$25
(434) 325-8292
www.wintergreenperformingarts.org

Aug. 2 (3 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220 near Hot Springs, Bath County
Bayla Keyes & Teresa Ling, violins
Evelyn Grau, viola
Joseph Lee & Isaac Melamed, cellos
Robert Merfeld & Read Gainsford, pianos
Rachmaninoff: “Six Morceaux,” Op. 11 – Barcarolle
Glinka “Trio pathétique”
Stravinsky: “Three Pieces for String Quartet”
Glazunov: String Quintet in A major, Op. 29
$25; $43 with picnic
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 3 (7 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Global Summer Institute of Music:
Schubert: Sonata in B flat major, D. 960
Henning Vauth, piano
Mark Olivier: “TILT”
Justin Alexander, percussion
Sonia Vlahcevic, piano
Chopin: Ballade in F minor, Op. 52
Xi Zhang, piano
Barber: Cello Sonata in C minor, Op. 6
Jason Wang, cello
Xi Zhang, piano
free
(804) 828-1166
wp.vcu.edu/gsim

Aug. 4 (7 p.m.)
Gottwald Playhouse, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
VCU Global Summer Institute of Music:
Chopin: Nocturne in F minor, Op. 55
Chopin: Waltz in A flat major, Op. 64
Chopin: Fantasy in F minor, Op. 49
Juan-Pablo Andrade, piano
Schubert: Sonata in A minor (“Arpeggione”)
Qi Wang, flute
Henning Vauth, piano
Chopin: Étude in A flat major, Op. 25, No. 1
Chopin: Étude in A minor, Op. 25, No. 11
Ravel: “Jeux d’eau”

Rachmaninoff: Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36
Chun-Chieh Yen, piano
free
(804) 828-1166
wp.vcu.edu/gsim

Aug. 5 (7 p.m.)
Black Music Center Recital Hall, Virginia Commonwealth University, Grove Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Global Summer Institute of Music:
Chopin: Préludes, Op. 28, Nos. 1-8
Yixin Wu, piano
Liszt: “Liebesträume” No. 3 in A flat major
Cheng-Hsun Yeh, piano
Beethoven: Sonata in F minor, Op. 57 (“Appassionata”) – III: Allegro ma non troppo – presto
Pei-Chi Li, piano
Schubert: Impromptu in E flat major, D. 899, No. 2
Yiduo Yu, piano
Chopin: Ballade in G minor, Op. 23
Binyan Xu, piano
Chopin: “Variations brillantes” in B flat major, Op. 12
Yi-Shan Cheng, piano
Brahms: Scherzo in E flat minor, Op. 4
Wun-Chen Huang, piano
Liszt: “Annes de pèlerinage” II – “Sonetto 104 del Petrarca”
Moyue Zhuo, piano
Chopin: Sonata No. 3 in B minor – finale
Yu-Ting Shu, piano
Liszt: “Rhapsodie espagnole”
Ching-Hua Chang, piano
free
(804) 828-1166
wp.vcu.edu/gsim

Aug. 6 (6:30 p.m.)
Gottwald Playhouse, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
Summer at CenterStage:
Thomas Schneider, bassoon
Russell Wilson, piano
Bitsch: Concertino for bassoon and piano
Gounod: “Roméo et Juliette” – “Ah, lève-toi soleil!”
Massenet: “Werther” – “Pourquoi me réveiller?”
Bizet: “Carmen” – “Flower Song”
Ravel: Sonatine for piano
Debussy: Préludes, Book 2 – “Bruyères”
Dutilleux: “Sarabande et Cortège”
Saint-Saëns: Sonata, Op. 168, for bassoon and piano
$20
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
www.richmondsymphony.com

Aug. 6 (7:30 p.m.)
Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 8 N. Laurel St., Richmond
VCU Global Summer Institute of Music:
Haydn: Sonata in F major, Hob. XVI: 23 – I: Allegro moderato
Haiyu Liu, piano
Liszt: “Annes de pèlerinage” II – “Sonetto 104 del Petrarca”
Yu-Wen Chiu, piano
Chopin: Ballade in F major, Op. 38
I Hao Liu, piano
Scriabin: Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 6 – I: Allegro con fuoco
Jo-Yu Tsai, piano
Chopin: Nocturne in F major, Op. 15
Xuhuizi Chang, piano
Debussy: “Children’s Corner”
Xuande Wu, piano
Prokofiev: Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28
Ping-Chen Hsieh, piano
Mozart: Sonata in D major, K. 311 – II: Andante con expressione
Chopin: Étude in C minor, Op. 25, No. 12
Matthew Monnig, piano
Chopin: Ballade in G minor, Op. 23
Fangbing Liu, piano
Prokofiev: “Sarcasms,” Op. 17
Zhiqian Wu, piano
Wagner-Liszt: “Tristan und Isolde”
Stephen Daming, piano
J.S. Bach-Busoni: Partita No. 2 in D minor – Chaconne
Yuhan Cao, piano
free
(804) 828-1166
wp.vcu.edu/gsim

Aug. 6 (8 p.m.)
Filene Center, Wolf Trap, Trap Road, Fairfax County
The Piano Guys
program TBA
$30-$125
(877) 965-3872 (Tickets.com)
www.wolftrap.org

Aug. 7 (7 p.m.)
Cheek Theatre, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Boulevard at Grove Avenue, Richmond
VCU Global Summer Institute of Music:
Chopin: Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60
Tchaikovsky: “The Seasons” – November: “Troika”
Mendelssohn-Rachmaninoff: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” incidental music – Scherzo
Chun-Chieh Yen, piano
Mozart: Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478
Susanna Klein, violin
Molly Sharp, viola
Jason Wang, cello
Yin Zheng, piano
Sarasate: “Zigeunerweisen”
Eugene Damare: “La Tourterelle”
Qi Wang, flute
Henning Vauth, piano
Scarlatti: Sonata in G major, K. 146
Scarlatti: Sonata in F minor, K. 466
Beethoven: Sonata in B flat major, Op. 22 – I: Allegro con brio
Liszt: “Funeral March”
Kabalevsky: Rondo in A minor, Op. 59
Xiao Wu, piano
free
(804) 828-1166
wp.vcu.edu/gsim

Aug. 7 (8:15 p.m.)
Filene Center, Wolf Trap, Trap Road, Fairfax County
Wolf Trap Opera Company
National Symphony Orchestra
Choral Arts Society of Washington
Grant Gershon conducting
Puccini: “Madama Butterfly”
Alexandra Loutsion (Cio-Cio San)
Robert Watson (Lt. Pinkerton)
Joo Won Kang (Sharpless)
J’nai Bridges (Suzuki)
David Margulis (Goro)
Evan Boyer (The Bonze)
Tara Faircloth, stage director
in Italian, English captions
$25-$75
(877) 965-3872 (Tickets.com)
www.wolftrap.org

Aug. 8 (7 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harroson Street, Richmond
VCU Global Summer Institute of Music:
J.S. Bach: Flute Sonata in C major, BWV 1003
Siying Liu, flute
Yu-Wen Chiu, piano
Mozart: Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major, K. 313 – I & II
Yinuo Zhang, flute
Jo-Yu Tai, piano
Liu Zhiang: “Yellow River Concerto” – “The Wrath of the Yellow River”
Lina Zhao, piano
Yuhan Cao, piano accompaniment
Fauré: Fantasie, Op. 79 – Andantino
Shiwen Sheng, flute
Ching-Hua Chang, piano
Schumann: “Four Pieces” for viola and piano, Op. 113 – “Märchenbilder”
Fangze Jiang, viola
Stephen Daming, piano
Brahms: Viola Sonata in F minor, Op. 120, No. 1
Yuxuan Liu, viola
Yuhan Cao, piano
free
(804) 828-1166
wp.vcu.edu/gsim

Aug. 8 (5 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220 near Hot Springs, Bath County
Bayla Keyes & Teresa Ling, violins
Evelyn Grau, viola
Joseph Lee & Isaac Melamed, cellos
Robert Merfeld, harmonium
Read Gainsford, piano
Dvořák: Bagatelles, Op. 47
Prokofiev: Sonata in C major, Op. 56, for two violins
Dvořák: Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 21
$25; $84 with dinner
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 8 (8:15 p.m.)
Filene Center, Wolf Trap, Trap Road, Fairfax County
National Symphony Orchestra
The Washington Chorus
Emil de Cou conducting
“The Music of John Williams”
$20-$58
(877) 965-3872 (Tickets.com)
www.wolftrap.org

Aug. 9 (3 p.m.)
Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 W. Huguenot Road, Richmond
Interlude 2015:
Richmond Chamber Players
Karen Johnson, violin
Beethoven: Trio in B flat major, Op. 11, for clarinet, cello and piano
Jennifer Higdon: “String Poetic” for violin and piano
Cesar Cui: “Five Little Pieces” for flute, violin and piano
Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 2 (“Company”)
$20
(804) 272-7514
www.bonairpc.org

Aug. 9 (3 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220 near Hot Springs, Bath County
Garth Newel Music Center Emerging Artist Fellows
Beethoven: Quartet in C major, Op. 59, No. 3 (“Razumovsky”)
Martinů: Quartet No. 1 (1942)
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 1 (1935)
Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 60
$25; $43 with picnic
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 12 (7 p.m.)
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1627 Monument Ave., Richmond
August Musicales:
Christopher Martin, organ
works by Hollins, Benoit, Dupré, Escaich, Guilmant
donation requested
(804) 359-2463
www.grace-covenant.org

Aug. 13 (6:30 p.m.)
Gottwald Playhouse, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
Summer at CenterStage:
Jared Davis, clarinet
Daniel Stipe, piano
Debussy: “Première rhapsodie”
Debussy: “Images,” Book 2
Cahuzac: “Cantilène”
Milhaud: Duo concertante, Op. 351, for clarinet and piano
Poulenc: Sonata for clarinet and piano
$20
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
www.richmondsymphony.com

Aug. 14 (6 p.m.)
Hunt Hall, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
“Midsummer Ball”
Beethoven: “Egmont” Overture
Froberger: “Tombeau de Mr. Blanchrocher”
Fauré: “Le Bonne Chanson” (excerpts)
Gershwin: songs TBA
Milhaud: “Scaramouche”
$120, including dinner, dessert and after-concert extras
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 15 (noon)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverly St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
Biber: Sonata for trumpet, strings and continuo
Beethoven: folksong arrangements TBA
Dvořák: Piano Trio in E minor, Op. 90 (“Dumky”)
free
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 15 (7:30 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverly St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
Johann Strauss II: “On the Beautiful Blue Danube”
Toch: “Georgraphical Fugue” for speaking chorus
Susan Botti: “The Journey Without Her” for piano trio
Telemann: “Les Nations” Suite (excerpts)
George Crumb: “Shenandoah” for soprano, four percussionists and amplified piano
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major (“Italian”)
$22
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 15 (5 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220 near Hot Springs, Bath County
Garth Newel Piano Quartet
Rob Patterson, clarinet
Bruch: “Eight Pieces” for clarinet, viola and piano (excerpts)
Martin Bresnick: Trio for clarinet, viola and piano
Brahms: Piano Trio No. 2 in C major, Op. 87
$25; $84 with dinner
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 16 (3 p.m.)
Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 W. Huguenot Road, Richmond
Interlude 2015:
Richmond Chamber Players
P.D.Q. Bach: “Suite No. 1 for Solo Cello All By Its Lonesome”
Mozart: “A Musical Joke”
Hindemith: “Minimax” for string quartet
P.D.Q. Bach: “Schleptet” in E flat major for flute, oboe, French horn, violin, viola and two cellos
$20
(804) 272-7514
www.bonairpc.org

Aug. 16 (3 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverly St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
musicians & narrator TBA
Staunton Academy of Ballet members
Saint-Saëns: “Carnival of the Animals”
free
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 16 (7:30 p.m.)
Blackfriars Playhouse, 10 S. Market St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
Mendelssohn: “A Midsummer Night's Dream” incidental music – Overture, intermezzo, wedding march
Susan Botti: “Telaio: Desdemona” for voice and chamber ensemble
Purcell: airs TBA for voices and lutes
Bernstein: “West Side Story” – Suite No. 2 for voices and orchestra
$28
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 16 (3 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220 near Hot Springs, Bath County
Garth Newel Piano Quartet
Rob Patterson, clarinet
Beethoven: String Trio in C minor, Op. 9, No. 3
John Mackey: “Breakdown Tango” for clarinet, violin, cello and piano
Zemlinsky: Trio in D minor, Op. 3, for clarinet, cello and piano
$25; $43 with picnic
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 17 (noon)
Central United Methodist Church, 14 N. Lewis St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
Schulhoff: Concertino for flute, viola and double-bass
Mozart: Quintet, K. 452, for piano and winds
free
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 17 (7:30 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverly St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
Zachary Wadsworth: work TBA for two percussionists and two double-basses (premiere)
J.S. Bach: “The Art of the Fugue” – Contrapunctus XIV for string quartet
Busoni: “Fantasia contrappuntisca” for two pianos
Mozart: “Don Giovanni” (excerpts)
$22
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 18 (noon)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverly St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
Schubert: “Der Hirt auf dem Felsen”
Susan Botti: “Jabberwocky” for voice and percussion
Mozart: “Per questa bella mano”
Berio: “O King” for soprano and chamber ensemble
Dufay: “Je veuil chanter de cuer joyeux”
Berberian: “Stripsody” for solo voice
Brahms-Wadsworth: “ ‘New’ Liebesliederwalzer” for vocal quartet and piano four-hands (premiere)
free
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 18 (7:30 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverly St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
J.S. Bach: Concerto in D major for three harpsichords
Lambert: “Vos mepris chaque jour”
Handel: Prelude and Passacaglia for three harpsichords, organ and therobo
Mendelssohn: three duets for voices and piano
Schubert: Adagio and Rondo concertante in F major
Mozart: “Abendempfindung” for voice and piano
Buxtehude: Praeludium in F sharp for organ
C.P.E. Bach: Concerto for fortepiano, harpsichord and orchestra
$22
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 19 (7 p.m.)
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1627 Monument Ave., Richmond
August Musicales:
Robert Murray, violin
Ardyth Lohius, organ
program TBA
donation requested
(804) 359-2463
www.grace-covenant.org

Aug. 19 (noon)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverly St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in D minor (“Dorian”) for organ
Hildegard of Bingen: “Ave generosa” for female voices
Yannelli: “Mass for the New Millennium” for chorus and chamber orchestra
free
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 19 (7:30 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverly St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
Haydn: Allegro in C major for mechanical organ
Beethoven: “Canon for Maelzel” for voices and metronome
Haydn: Symphony No. 101 in D major (“Clock”)
Dotas: new jazz composition (premiere)
Messiaen: “Quartet for the End of Time”
$22
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 20 (6:30 p.m.)
Gottwald Playhouse, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
Summer at CenterStage:
Susanna Klein, violin
Yin Zheng, piano
Debussy: “Valse romantique”
Boeck: Sonata for violin and piano
Saint-Saëns: Violin Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 75
$20
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
www.richmondsymphony.com

Aug. 20 (7:30 p.m.)
31st Street Stage, Virginia Beach
Virginia Symphony
conductor TBA
program TBA
free
(757) 892-6366
www.virginiasymphony.org

Aug. 20 (noon)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverly St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
Barber: “Summer Music” for wind quintet
Crumb: “Wanderer Fantasy” for two pianos and two slide whistles
Rosen: “Rhizome” for flute
Biscardi: Piano Quintet
Bernstein: “Peter Pan” – “Dream with Me”
free
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 20 (7:30 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverly St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
Pérotin: “Alleluia nativtas”
Stockhausen: “Klavierstück” IX
Handel: “Hercules” – “Where Shall I Fly” for contralto, strings and continuo
Liszt: “Au bord d’une source” for piano
Varèse: “Density 21.5” for flute
J.S. Bach: “Brandenburg” Concerto No. 2
Beethoven: “Great Fugue” for string quartet
Antheil: Violin Sonata No. 2
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major
$22
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 21 (noon)
Central United Methodist Church, 14 N. Lewis St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
Vivaldi: Concerto in D minor for two oboes, strings and continuo
Yun: Quartet for oboe, violin, viola and cello
Dvořák: Serenade in D minor for winds
free
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 21 (7:30 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverly St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
Vivaldi: “The Four Seasons”
madrigals TBA by Monteverdi, Marenzio, Gesualdo, others
$22
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 22 (noon)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverly St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
Milhaud: “Scaramouche” for two pianos
Vladimir Mendelssohn: “Dracula” for chamber ensemble (U.S. premiere)
Enescu: Octet in C major for strings – Valse
free
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 22 (7:30 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverly St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
Purcell: “Dido and Aeneas”
Peter Maxwell Davies: “Eight Songs for a Mad King”
$28
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 22 (5 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220 near Hot Springs, Bath County
Audrey Andrist, Read Gainsford, Genevieve Feiwen Lee & Esther Wang, pianos
Bernstein: “Candide” Overture for piano 4-hands
Fauré: “Dolly” Suite for piano 4-hands
Dvořák: Slavonic dances TBA for piano 4-hands
Lutoslawski: “Variations on a Theme of Paganini” for two pianos
Piazzolla: tangos TBA for two pianos
Liszt: “Hungarian Rhapsody” No. 2 for two pianos 8-hands
$25; $84 with dinner
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 23 (3 p.m.)
Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 W. Huguenot Road, Richmond
Interlude 2015:
Richmond Chamber Players
Beethoven: Piano Trio in E flat major, Op. 70, No. 2
Robert Muczynski: “Time Pieces” for clarinet and piano
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 2
$20
(804) 272-7514
www.bonairpc.org

Aug. 23 (3:30 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverly St., Staunton
Staunton Music Festival:
artists TBA
J.S. Bach: “St. John Passion”
$28
(540) 569-0267
www.stauntonmusicfestival.org

Aug. 23 (3 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220 near Hot Springs, Bath County
Audrey Andrist, Read Gainsford, Genevieve Feiwen Lee & Esther Wang, pianos
Brahms: waltzes for piano 4-hands
Kurt Rhode: “Altromondo” for piano 4-hands
Satie: “Le Belle Excentrique” for piano 4-hands
Gershwin: “ ‘I Got Rhythm’ Variations” for two pianos
Colin McPhee: “Balinese Ceremonial Dances” for two pianos
Ravel: “La Valse” for two pianos
$25; $43 with picnic
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 26 (7 p.m.)
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1627 Monument Ave., Richmond
August Musicales:
Atlantic Chamber Ensemble
works by Mozart, Loeffler, Debussy, Gershwin, Mendelssohn
donation requested
(804) 359-2463
www.grace-covenant.org

Aug. 27 (6:30 p.m.)
Gottwald Playhouse, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
Summer at CenterStage:
Jennifer Lawson, flute
David Fisk, piano
Fauré: Fantasie
Dutilleux: Sonatine for flute and piano
Debussy: “L’isle joyeuse”
Jolivet: “Chant de Linos”
Poulenc: Sonata for flute and piano
$20
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
www.richmondsymphony.com

Aug. 29 (5 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220 near Hot Springs, Bath County
Garth Newel Piano Quartet
Aaron Berofsky & Kathryn Votapek, violins
Leclair: duos TBA for two violins
Polina Nazaykinskaya: “Silver Awakening” for piano quartet (premiere)
Beethoven: String Quintet in C major, Op. 29
$25; $84 with dinner
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org

Aug. 30 (3 p.m.)
Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 W. Huguenot Road, Richmond
Interlude 2015:
Richmond Chamber Players
Karen Johnson, violin
J.S. Bach-Schumann: Suite No. 3 in C major for cello and piano
J.S. Bach: Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin – chaconne
J.S. Bach: Sonata for oboe, harp and cello
J.S. Bach-Sitkovetsky: “Goldberg Variations” for string trio (excerpts)
$20
(804) 272-7514
www.bonairpc.org

Aug. 30 (3 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220 near Hot Springs, Bath County
Garth Newel Piano Quartet
Aaron Berofsky, violin
Kathryn Votapek, violin & viola
Mozart: Duo No. 2 in B flat major for violin and viola
Frank Martin: “Trio on Irish Folk Tunes” for violin, cello and piano
Sibelius: String Quartet in D minor (“Voces intimae”)
$25; $43 with picnic
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Letter V Classical Radio this week


In the second hour of the program, a sampling of the recorded legacy of the great Czech pianist Ivan Moravec, who died earlier this week.

July 30
11 a.m.-2 p.m. EDT
1500-1800 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
www.wdce.org

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

Rameau: “Naïs” Suite
Orchestra of the 18th Century/Frans Brüggen (Glossa)

Chausson: Poème
Nicola Benedetti, violin
London Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Harding (Deutsche Grammophon)

Chopin: Scherzo in B flat minor, Op. 31
Chopin: Nocturne in B major, Op. 62, No. 1
Ivan Moravec, piano (Philips)

Beethoven: Sonata in D major, Op. 28 (“Pastoral”)
Ivan Moravec, piano (Supraphon)

Smetana: “Czech Dances, Book 2 – “Hulán” (“The Lancer”), “Obkročák,” Furiant
Ivan Moravec, piano (Supraphon)

Past Masters:
Mozart: Symphony No. 34 in C major, K. 338
Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam/
George Szell
(Philips)
(recorded 1966)

Brahms: Symphony
No. 3 in F major
Gewandhaus Orchestra, Leipzig/
Riccardo Chailly (Decca)

Ivan Moravec (1930-2015)


Ivan Moravec, the eminent Czech pianist fondly remembered in Richmond for his performances in 1994 and 2001 at Virginia Commonwealth University, has died at the age of 84. He had been in semi-retirement from concert activities in recent years.

A onetime protégé of Arturo Benedetti Michaelangelo, Moravec was as well-known for his performances of Chopin and French repertory as he was for Czech music. After his US debut in the 1960s and first recordings in the ’70s, Moravec became known on this side of the Atlantic as “the poet of the piano.”

An obituary in the Prague Post:

http://www.praguepost.com/czech-news/49028-monday-news-briefing-july-27-2015

A more extensive obituary, in The Telegraph (UK):

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/11768306/Ivan-Moravec-concert-pianist-obituary.html

And an obituary by Sam Roberts for The New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/31/arts/music/ivan-moravec-pianist-specialized-in-chopin-dies-at-84.html

Friday, July 24, 2015

Review: Summer at CenterStage

Stephen Schmidt, viola
John Walter, piano
July 23, Richmond CenterStage

Five years ago, violist Stephen Schmidt and pianist John Walter played the Viola Sonata (1919) of the English composer Rebecca Clarke in a Richmond Chamber Players program. The two musicians reprised the piece, even more successfully, in the most recent Summer at CenterStage recital.

In one of several enthusiastic and informative spoken introductions in this program, Schmidt said the Clarke is his favorite viola sonata. That soon became audible in an expressively engaged performance, in the animated first and second movements and the lyrical finale. The violist characterized Clarke’s style as impressionistic – which indeed it is, notably in the central vivace, whose rhythmic and gestural language strongly resembles Claude Debussy’s; but Clarke also echoed the English pastoral school in the closing adagio.

Schmidt sounded less fluent in Franz Liszt’s transcription of “Harold in the Mountains,” the first movement of Berlioz’s “Harold in Italy.” The original work is a symphony with solo viola as its frequent but not constant protagonist, and Liszt’s reduction of the orchestration to a virtuoso-piano showcase tends to overshadow if not diminish the viola’s role further. Here, the violist strove to maintain parity with the piano, played with extroverted brilliance by Walter, and taxed both tone and technique in the process.

Between the two viola pieces, Walter played Debussy’s “Estampes,” a set of three sonic pictures evoking Indonesian pagodas, evening in the Spanish city of Granada and the less place-specific “Gardens in the Rain.” The pianist played with great tonal clarity, especially in the shimmering effects that this composer so favors, as well as effective contrasts of dynamics and an unerring sense of the significance of the spaces between notes in Debussy’s piano music.

Summer at CenterStage continues with cellist Jason McComb and pianist Joanne Kong in a program of Debussy, Fauré, Dutilleux and Franck at 6:30 p.m. July 30 in the Gottwald Playhouse of Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets. Tickets: $20. Details: (800) 514-3849 (ETIX); www.richmondsymphony.com

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Letter V Classical Radio this week

July 23
11 a.m.-2 p.m. EDT
1500-1800 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
www.wdce.org

Johann Joseph Fux: “Processional Suite”
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra/
Gottfried von der Goltz (Carus)

Nico Muhly: Cello Concerto
Zuill Bailey, cello
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra/Jun Märkl
(Steinway & Sons)

Past Masters:
Beethoven: Sonata in C major, Op. 53 (“Waldstein”)
Walter Gieseking, piano (VAI Audio)
(recorded 1938)

Jón Leifs: “Geysir”
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra/
Esa-Pekka Salonen (Sony Classical)

Philip Lasser: “The Circle and the Child”
Simone Dinnerstein, piano
MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra/
Kristjan Järvi
(Sony Classical)

Schubert: Sonata in A minor, D. 821 (“Arpeggione”)
John Williams, guitar
Australian Chamber Orchestra (Sony Classical)

Bartók: “Dance Suite”
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Pierre Boulez (Deutsche Grammophon)

Dvořák: Quintet in B flat major, Op. 97
Talich Quartet
Tasso Adamopoulous, viola (Calliope)

Past Masters:
Mendelssohn: “The Hebrides” Overture
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Fritz Reiner
(RCA Victor)
(recorded 1956)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Letter V Classical Radio this week


Mozart and his orbit: His music alongside that of contemporaries and composers of the subsequent generation in whose work Mozart resonates.  

July 16
11 a.m.-2 p.m. EDT
1500-1800 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
www.wdce.org

Josef Mysliviček: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major
L’Orfeo Baroque Orchestra/
Michi Gaigg (cpo)

Haydn: Quartet in D minor, Op. 76, No. 2 (“Fifths”)
Carmina Quartet (Denon)

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218
Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/
Neville Marriner (Avie)

Schubert: Fantasie in F minor, D. 940
Katja & Ines Lunkenheimer,
piano four-hands
(Telos Music)

Beethoven: Variations on “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen” from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”, Op. 66
Matt Haimovitz, cello
Christopher O’Riley, fortepiano (Pentatone)

Mozart: Divertimento in E flat major, K. 289
Octophorus (Accent)

Rossini: “La scala di seta” Overture
Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Claudio Abbado (Deutsche Grammophon)

Boccherini: “La Musica notturna della Strade di Madrid”
Le Concert des Nations/
Jordi Savall (AliaVox)

Past Masters:
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K. 503
Leon Fleisher, piano
Cleveland Orchestra/
George Szell
(Sony Classical)
(recorded 1959)

Mendelssohn: String Symphony No. 6 in E flat major
Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam/Lev Markis (BIS)