Sunday, May 1, 2016

May 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 and around Richmond: The Richmond Symphony concludes its 2015-16 subscription season with a program of Fauré, Ravel and Mendelssohn, excerpted in a Rush Hour concert on May 5 at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and presented in full in a Metro Collection concert on May 8 at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland; and a Masterworks program of Ravel’s “Daphnis et Chloé,” featuring the Richmond Symphony Chorus, with works by Barber and Charles Tomlinson Griffes, May 14-15 at the Carpenter Theatre of Dominion Arts Center. . . . Noah Helm, winner of the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, plays Peter Schickele’s Bassoon Concerto, in a Youth Orchestra program, also featuring “Animal Rhapsody” by Music Alive: New Partnerships composer-in-residence Laura Schwendinger,
May 17 at the Carpenter Theatre. . . . The symphony performs under its “Big Tent” outdoor concert stage in the RVA East End Festival, May 6 at Chimborazo Park, and Celebrate Jackson Ward, May 21 in Abner Clay Park. . . . The Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale sings works of Dvořák, Haydn and more, with organist Daniel Stipe playing Bach, May 8 at River Road Presbyterian Church and May 15 at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church in Ashland.
. . . The James River Singers perform “Choral Music of the Stage and Screen,” including works by Mozart, Handel, Bernstein, Puccini and others, May 13
at River Road Church, Baptist, and May 15 at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter. . . . The Atlantic Chamber Ensemble plays Schubert’s Octet and works by Anton Reicha, Gerald Finzi and Eugene Goossens, May 22 at St. Luke Lutheran Church.

* Noteworthy elsewhere: Pianist Murray Perahia plays Mozart, Brahms and Beethoven, May 1 at Strathmore in the Maryland suburbs of DC. . . . Hampton Roads’ Virginia Arts Festival continues with PUBLIQuartet playing contemporary music, May 1 at Glass Wheel Studio in Norfolk; mandolinist Avi Avital in a classical-crossover program, May 5 at the Sandler Arts Center in Virginia Beach; The Texas Tenors with the Virginia Symphony, May 8 at the Sandler Center; pianist Yuja Wang, playing Chopin, Schumann and Beethoven, May 11 at the Roper Arts Center in Norfolk; the Miami String Quartet, with pianist André-Michel Schub and other collaborators, May 16-19 at venues in Norfolk and Portsmouth; Virginia Symphony music director JoAnn Falletta, trading her baton for classical guitar and leading the Tidewater Classical Guitar Orchestra, May 18 at Norfolk Academy; and the vocal ensemble New York Polyphony, May 26 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth. . . . Pianist Yefim Bronfman samples his ongoing concert cycles of the Prokofiev sonatas, May 3 at the Library of Congress in Washington. . . . Washington National Opera’s production of the Wagner “Ring” cycle at the Kennedy Center Opera House, whose stars include Alan Held as Wotan, Elizabeth Bishop as Fricka, Daniel Brenna as Siegfried, Catherine Foster and Nina Stemme alternating as Brünnhilde, Gordon Hawkins as Alberich and Eric Halfvarson as Hagen, continues with “The Rhinegold” (“Das Rheingold”) on May 10 and 17, “The Valkyrie” (“Die Walküre”) on May 2, 11 and 18; “Siegfried” on May 4, 13 and 20; and “Twilight of the Gods” (“Götterdämmerung”) on May 6, 15 and 22 (limited ticket availability). . . . The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington celebrates its 35th anniversary with a choreographed performance of Orff’s “Carmina burana,” May 8 at the Kennedy Center. . . . Violinist Itzhak Perlman and pianist Emanuel Ax play Mozart, Fauré, Richard Strauss and more, May 10 at the Kennedy Center. . . . Ash Lawn Opera and the Oratorio Society of Virginia stage Verdi’s “La Traviata,” May 13 and 15 at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville. . . . The Fredericksburg Festival of the Arts’ 29th annual Chamber Music Festival features members of the Muir String Quartet and guest artists in works by Mozart, Brahms, Dvořák, Barber, Ginastera, Elgar and others, May 17, 19 and 20 at Trinity Episcopal Church. . . . Composer-conductor John Adams and pianist Jeremy Denk collaborate
in Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto, in an “Off the Cuff” casual concert on May 13 and a full-length concert also featuring Adams’ “Harmonielehre” on May 15, both at Strathmore. . . . Pianist Simone Dinnerstein plays Schubert and Philip Glass, May 22 at Strathmore.


May 1 (4 p.m.)
Glass Wheel Studio, 128 W. Olney Road, Norfolk
Virginia Arts Festival:
PUBLIQuartet
program TBA
$20
(757) 282-2822
http://www.vafest.org

May 1 (3:30 p.m.)
Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center, Charlottesville High School, 1400 Melbourne Road
Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia
Kate Tamarkin conducting
Respighi: “Trittico botticelliano”
Tchaikovsky: “Variations on a Rococo Theme”
Denise Djokic, cello
Mussorgsky-Ravel: “Pictures at an Exhibition”
$10-$45
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu/events

May 1 (2 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Vocal Arts DC:
Michelle DeYoung, mezzo-soprano
Kevin Murphy, piano
Falla: “Seven Popular Spanish Songs”
Elgar: “Sea Pictures”
songs TBA by Brahms, Richard Strauss, Joseph Marx
$50
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

May 1 (5 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
The Washington Chorus
Julian Wachner directing
Washington National Cathedral Choir of Boys and Girls
Thierry Escaich, organ
Duruflé: Requiem
Vierne: “Messe solennelle” – Kyrie
Fauré: “Cantique de Jean Racine”
Wachner: “At the Lighting of the Lamps”
Duruflé: “”Messe Cum Jubilo”
$18-$72
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

May 1 (4 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Murray Perahia, piano
Haydn: Variations in F minor
Mozart: Sonata in A minor, K. 310/300d
Brahms: Ballade in G minor, Op. 118, No. 3
Brahms: Intermezzo in C major, Op. 119, No. 3
Brahms: Intermezzo in E minor, Op. 119, No. 2
Brahms: Intermezzo in A major, Op. 118, No. 2
Brahms: Capriccio in D minor, Op. 116, No. 1
Beethoven: Sonata in B flat major, Op. 106 (“Hammerklavier”)
$60-$100
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts)
http://www.washingtonperformingarts.org

May 2 (6 p.m.)
May 11 (6 p.m.)
May 18 (6 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington
Washington National Opera
Philippe Auguin conducting
Wagner: “The Valkyrie” (“Die Walküre”)
Christopher Ventris (Siegmund)
Meagan Miller (Sieglinde)
Raymond Aceto (Hunding)
Alan Held (Wotan)
Catherine Foster/Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde)
Elizabeth Bishop (Fricka)
Marcy Stonikas (Gerhilde)
Lori Phillips (Helmwige)
Catherine Martin (Waltraute)
Lindsay Ammann (Schwertleite)
Melody Moore (Ortlinde)
Eve Gigliotti (Siegrune)
Renée Tatum (Grimgerde)
Daryl Freedman (Rossweisse)
Francesca Zambello, stage director
in German, English captions
$75-$525
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

May 3 (6 p.m.)
University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Matthew Burtner & Anselmo Canfora: “Sound Cast of San Giorgio Maggiore”
sonic architecture sound walk, Lower Lawn
Burtner’s “Palladian Echoes” performed by Uva Chamber Singers, Michael Slon directing, 7 p.m., Old Cabell Hall lobby
Digitalis concert, 8 p.m., Old Cabell Hall
free
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu/events

May 3 (8 p.m.)
Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, First Street at Independence Avenue N.E., Washington
Yefim Bronfman, piano
Prokofiev: Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82
Prokofiev: Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83
Prokofiev: Sonata No. 8 in B flat major, Op. 84
free; tickets required via http://www.eventbrite.com
(202) 707-5502
http://www.loc.gov/concerts

May 4 (noon)
St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg
Charles City Spiritual Ensemble
Aaron Renninger, organ
African-American spirituals, other works TBA
free
(757) 229-3631
http://www.bedeva.org/concerts

May 4 (6 p.m.)
May 13 (6 p.m.)
May 20 (6 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington
Washington National Opera
Philippe Auguin conducting
Wagner: “Siegfried”
Daniel Brenna (Siegfried)
David Cangelosi (Mime)
Alan Held (The Wanderer)
Gordon Hawkins (Alberich)
Soloman Howard (Fafner)
Jacqueline Echols (Forest Bird)
Lindsay Ammann (Erda)
Catherine Foster/Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde)
Francesca Zambello, stage director
in German, English captions
$75-$525
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

May 4 (7 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Fortas Chamber Music Concerts:
Enso String Quartet
Beethoven: Quartet in E flat major, Op. 74 (“Harp”)
David Bruce: “Cymbelline”
Avi Avital, mandolin
Sibelius: Quartet in D minor (“Voces intimae”)
$32
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

May 5 (6:30 p.m.)
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Overbrook Road at Ownby Lane, Richmond
Rush Hour:
Richmond Symphony
Steven Smith conducting
Fauré: “Pelleas et Melisande” Suite
Ravel: “Mother Goose” Suite (excerpts)
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A minor (“Scottish”) (excerpts)
$15
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

May 5 (7:30 p.m.)
Miller Studio Theatre, Sandler Arts Center, 201 S. Market St., Virginia Beach
Virginia Arts Festival:
Avi Avital, mandolin
program TBA
$20-$33
(757) 282-2822
http://www.vafest.org

May 5 (7 p.m.)
May 6 (8 p.m.)
May 7 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Litton conducting
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major
Vadim Gluzman, violin
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 (“The Year 1905”)
$15-$89
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

May 6 (7:30 p.m.)
Chimborazo Park, 3215 E. Broad St., Richmond
RVA East End Festival:
Richmond Symphony
Steven Smith conducting
No BS! Brass Band
Desirée Roots, vocalist
program TBA
free
(804) 788-4717, ext. 141
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

May 6 (10:30 a.m.)
Miller Studio Theatre, Sandler Arts Center, 201 S. Market St., Virginia Beach
Virginia Arts Festival:
Tianwa Yang, violin
Debra Wendells Cross, flute
André-Michel Schub, piano
Debussy: Violin Sonata
Copland: Duo for flute and piano
Brahms: Violin Sonata in D minor, Op. 108
$20
(757) 282-2822
http://www.vafest.org

May 6 (7:30 p.m.)
Salem Civic Center, 1001 Roanoke Boulevard
Roanoke Symphony
David Stewart Wiley conducting
Jeans ’n Classics, guest stars
“Music of Led Zeppelin”
$32-$53
(540) 343-9127
http://rso.com

May 6 (5 p.m.)
May 15 (1 p.m.)
May 22 (1 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington
Washington National Opera
Philippe Auguin conducting
Wagner: “Twilight of the Gods” (“Götterdämmerung”)
Catherine Foster/Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde)
Daniel Brenna (Siegfried)
Ryan McKinny (Gunther)
Eric Halfvarson (Hagen)
Melissa Citro (Gutrune)
Jamie Barton (Waltraute, Second Norn)
Gordon Hawkins (Alberich)
Lindsay Ammann (First Norn)
Marcy Stonikas (Third Norn)
Jacqueline Echols (Woglinde) 
Catherine Martin (Wellgunde)
Renée Tatum (Flosshilde)
Francesca Zambello, stage director
in German, English captions
$75-$525
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

May 6 (8 p.m.)
Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, First Street at Independence Avenue N.E., Washington
Musicians from Marlboro
Haydn: Quartet in F major, Op. 77, No. 2
Kaija Saariaho: “Terra Memoria”
Schumann: Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 63
free; tickets required via http://www.eventbrite.com
(202) 707-5502
http://www.loc.gov/concerts

May 7 (7:30 p.m.)
Grace & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 8 N. Laurel St., Richmond
Violaine Michel, violin
Hope Armstrong Erb, piano
works TBA by Schubert, Dvořák, Brahms, Rachmaninoff
free
(804) 359-5628
http://ghtc.org

May 7 (2 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Yury Shadrin & Tian Lu, piano duo
program TBA
$48
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

May 7 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop conducting
Joan Tower: “Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman” No. 6 (premiere)
Lalo: “Symphonie espagnole”
Alexandra Soumm, violin
Anna Clyne: new work TBA (premiere)
Bizet: “Carmen” Suite
$35-$99
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

May 8 (3 p.m.)
Blackwell Auditorium, Randolph-Macon College, 205 Henry St., Ashland
Richmond Symphony
Steven Smith conducting
Fauré: “Pelleas et Melisande” Suite
Ravel: “Mother Goose” Suite
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A minor (“Scottish”)
$20
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

May 8 (3 p.m.)
River Road Presbyterian Church, 8960 River Road, Richmond
May 15 (3 p.m.)
Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, 201 Henry St., Ashland
Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale
Ryan Tibbets directing
Dvořák: Mass in D major
Stephanie Hill, soprano
Heather Jones, alto
Lynn Atkins, tenor
Chase Peak, bass
Haydn: Te Deum
Gorécki: “Totus Tuus”
Roxanna Panufnik: “The Call”
J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in A minor
Daniel Stipe, organ
$10 in advance, $15 at door
(800) 838-3006
http://www.cvamc.org

May 8 (7 p.m.)
Sandler Arts Center, 201 S. Market St., Virginia Beach
Virginia Arts Festival:
The Texas Tenors
Virginia Symphony
conductor TBA
program TBA
$20-$59
(757) 282-2822
http://www.vafest.org

May 8 (7 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
Jeffrey Siegel, piano
“Keyboard Conversations: Musical Pictures”
Mussorgsky: “Pictures at an Exhibition”
works TBA by Debussy, Rachmaninoff
$24-$40
(888) 945-2468 (Tickets.com)
http://cfa.gmu.edu/calendar

May 8 (2 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Kennedy Center Chamber Players
Takemitsu: “And then I knew ’twas wind”
Hindemith: Harp Sonata
Bartók: 11 duos for two violins
Villa-Lobos: “Assobio a Jato” (“The Jet Whistle”) for flute and cello
Ravel: Introduction and Allegro for harp and strings
Fauré: Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 15
$36
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

May 8 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington
New York City Master Chorale members
Thea Kano directing
Gallim Dance
John Moran directing
Andrea Miller, choreographer
“Carmina/35”
Orff: “Carmina burana”
Paige Cutrona, soprano
Robert Baker, tenor
Young Kwang Yoo, baritone
$25-$81
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

May 10 (7:30 p.m.)
St. Bridget Catholic Church, 6006 Three Chopt Road, Richmond
Russell Weismann, organ
program TBA
donation requested
(804) 282-9511
http://www.stbridgets.org

May 10 (7:30 p.m.)
Hixon Theater, Barr Education Center, 440 Bank St., Norfolk
Virginia Arts Festival:
Tianwa Yang, violin
André-Michel Schub, piano
Beverly Kane Baker, viola
Michael Daniels, cello
Christopher White, double-bass
Michael Byerly, clarinet
Laura Leisring, bassoon
Kimberly Gilman, French horn
Beethoven: Violin Sonata in A major, Op. 47 (“Kreutzer”)
Beethoven: Septet in E flat major, Op. 20
$20-$35
(757) 282-2822
http://www.vafest.org

May 10 (7 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
Itzhak Perlman, violin
Emanuel Ax, piano
Mozart: Sonata in C major, K. 296
Fauré: Sonata in A major, Op. 13
Richard Strauss: Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 18
other works TBA
$55-$135
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts)
http://www.washingtonperformingarts.org

May 10 (7:30 p.m.)
May 17 (7:30 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington
Washington National Opera
Philippe Auguin conducting
Wagner: “The Rhinegold” (“Das Rheingold”)
Alan Held (Wotan)
Elizabeth Bishop (Fricka)
Gordon Hawkins (Alberich)
Melody Moore (Freia)
Julian Close (Fasolt)
Soloman Howard (Fafner)
Lindsay Ammann (Erda)
Jacqueline Echols (Woglinde)
Catherine Martin (Wellgunde)
Renée Tatum (Flosshilde)
Richard Cox (Froh)
Ryan McKinny (Donner)
William Burden (Loge)
David Cangelosi (Mime)
Francesca Zambello, stage director
in German, English captions
$75-$515
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

May 11 (7:30 p.m.)
Roper Arts Center, 340 Granby St., Norfolk
Virginia Arts Festival:
Yuja Wang, piano
Brahms: ballades, Op. 10, Nos. 1-2
Schumann: “Kreisleriana”
Beethoven: Sonata in B flat major, Op. 106 (“Hammerklavier”)
$20-$49
(757) 282-2822
http://www.vafest.org

May 12 (7 p.m.)
May 13 (8 p.m.)
May 14 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
James MacMillan conducting
MacMillan: “The Sacrifice” – 3 interludes
Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor
Alban Gerhardt, cello
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 4 in F minor
$15-$89
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

May 13 (7 p.m.)
River Road Church, Baptist, 8000 River Road, Richmond
May 15 (5 p.m.)
Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, Monument Avenue at Staples Mill Road, Richmond
James River Singers
David Pedersen directing
“Choral Music from the Stage and Screen” 
Mozart: “Placido e il Mar”
John Williams: “Hymn to the Fallen”
Offenbach: “Neighbors’ Chorus”
Handel: Coronation Anthem No. 1 – “Zadok the Priest”
Bernstein: “The Lark” – choruses
works TBA by Puccini, Gilbert & Sullivan, Gershwin, others
$15
(804) 814-5446
http://www.thejamesriversingers.org

May 13 (7:30 p.m.)
May 15 (2:30 p.m.)
Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Charlottesville
Ash Lawn Opera
Oratorio Society of Virginia
Michael Slon conducting
Verdi: “La Traviata”
Cecilia Violetta Lopez (Violetta)
Rolando Sanz (Alfredo)
Hyung Yun (Germont)
Mary Birnbaum, stage director
in Italian, English captions
$25-$49
(434) 979-1333
http://www.ashlawnopera.org

May 13 (8:15 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
John Adams conducting & speaking
Jeremy Denk, piano
“Off the Cuff: Beethoven’s Emperor”
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major (“Emperor”)
$45-$99
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

May 14 (8 p.m.)
May 15 (3 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony
Steven Smith conducting
Charles Tomlinson Griffes: “The White Peacock”
Barber: Symphony No. 1
Ravel: “Daphnis et Chloé”
Richmond Symphony Chorus
$10-$78
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

May 15 (7 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program:
String Sinfonietta
Christie-Jo Adams conducting
Camerata Strings
Rebecca Jilcott conducting
Youth Concert Orchestra
Christopher Moseley conducting
program TBA
free
(804) 788-4717
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

May 15 (3 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
John Adams conducting
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major (“Emperor”)
Jeremy Denk, piano
Adams: “Harmonielehre”
$35-$99
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

May 16 (7:30 p.m.)
Hixon Theater, Barr Education Center, 440 Bank St., Norfolk
Virginia Arts Festival:
Miami String Quartet
André-Michel Schub, piano
Haydn: Quartet in F minor, Op. 20, No. 5
Beethoven: Quartet in F minor, Op. 95 (“Serioso”)
Brahms: Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25
$20-$35 
(757) 282-2822
http://www.vafest.org

May 17 (7 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra
conductor TBA
Wagner: “Die Meistersinger” Overture
Peter Schickele: Bassoon Concerto
Noah Helm, bassoon
Laura Schwendinger: “Animal Rhapsody”
Gounod: “Faust” ballet music
free
(804) 788-4717
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

May 17 (7:30 p.m.)
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 424 Washington St., Portsmouth
Virginia Arts Festival:
Miami String Quartet
Mozart: Quartet in G major, K. 387 (“Spring”)
Smetana: Quartet No. 1 in E minor (“From My Life”)
Mendelssohn: Quartet in E minor, Op. 44, No. 2
$20-$35
(757) 282-2822
http://www.vafest.org

May 17 (7 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 825 College Ave., Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg Festival of the Arts:
Bayla Keyes & Peter Zazofsky, violins
Steven Ansell & Daniel Foster, violas
Mikhail Jojatu, cello
Kathleen Reynolds, bassoon
William Schamberg, French horn
Michele Levin, piano
James Demler, narrator
Mozart: Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478
Anthony Plog: “Aesop’s Fables”
Elgar: Romance in D minor, Op. 62
Brahms: Quintet in G major, Op. 111
$25
(540) 374-5040
http://fredfest.org/chamber

May 18 (10:30 a.m.)
Hixon Theater, Barr Education Center, 440 Bank St., Norfolk
Virginia Arts Festival:
Miami String Quartet
Beverly Kane Baker, viola
Mozart: Quintet in C major, K. 515
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 9
$20
(757) 282-2822
http://www.vafest.org

May 18 (8 p.m.)
Norfolk Academy, 1585 Wesleyan Drive
Virginia Arts Festival:
JoAnn Falletta, classical guitar & conductor
Tidewater Classical Guitar Orchestra
program TBA
$35
(757) 282-2822
http://www.vafest.org

May 19 (10:30 a.m.)
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 424 Washington St., Portsmouth
Virginia Arts Festival:
Miami String Quartet
Beverly Kane Baker, viola
Michael Daniels, cello
Beethoven: Quartet in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4
Brahms: Sextet in B flat major, Op. 18
$20
(757) 282-2822
http://www.vafest.org

May 19 (8 p.m.)
Phi Beta Kappa Hall, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg
May 20 (8 p.m.)
Regent University Theater, Virginia Beach
Virginia Symphony
JoAnn Falletta conducting
Rossini: “The Italian Girl in Algiers” Overture
Philip Glass: Violin Concerto No. 1
Vahn Armstrong, violin
Puccini: “Preludio Sinfonico”
Dvořák: “Czech Suite”
$25-$65
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

May 19 (7 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 825 College Ave., Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg Festival of the Arts:
Bayla Keyes & Peter Zazofsky, violins
Steven Ansell, viola
Mikhail Jojatu, cello
Carol Wincenc, flute
Robert Sheena, English horn
Kathleen Reynolds, bassoon
William Schamberg, French horn
Michele Levin, piano
James Demler, baritone
Barber: “Dover Beach”
Mozart: Adagio, K. 580a
Copland: Duo for flute and piano
Dvořák: Quartet in F major, Op. 96 (“American”)
$25
(540) 374-5040
http://fredfest.org/chamber

May 20 (7:30 p.m.)
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Laurel Street at Floyd Avenue, Richmond
Daniel Sañez, organ
works TBA by J.S. Bach, Buxtehude, Philip Glass, Arvo Pärt, others
free
(804) 359-5651
http://www.richmondcathedral.org

May 20 (8 p.m.)
University Chapel, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Virginia Glee Club
Frank Albinder directing
Finals Concert
program TBA
free
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu/events

May 20 (7 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 825 College Ave., Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg Festival of the Arts:
Bayla Keyes & Peter Zazofsky, violins
Steven Ansell, viola
Mikhail Jojatu, cello
Carol Wincenc, flute
Robert Sheena, English horn
Kathleen Reynolds, bassoon
William Schamberg, French horn
Michele Levin, piano
Jean Français: Quartet for English horn and string trio
Brahms: songs for horn and bassoon
Ginastera: “Impressions of the Puña” for flute and string quartet
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34
$25
(540) 374-5040
http://fredfest.org/chamber

May 21 (8 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
Christopher Zimmerman conducting
Beethoven: “Leonore” Overture No. 3
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major
Andrew Tyson, piano
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor
$34-$58
(888) 945-2468 (Tickets.com)
http://cfa.gmu.edu/calendar

May 21 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
John Storgårds conducting
Tan Dun: “Water Concerto”
Christopher Lamb, percussion
Holst: “The Planets”
Baltimore Choral Arts Society Women’s Chorus
$35-$99
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

May 22 (4 p.m.)
St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Parkway, Richmond
Atlantic Chamber Ensemble
Anton Reicha: Wind Quintet in E flat major, Op. 88, No. 2
Gerald Finzi: “Epilogue”
Eugene Goossens: “Pastorale et Arlequinade”
Schubert: Octet in F major, D. 803
donation requested
(804) 272-0486
http://www.acensemble.org

May 22 (4 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Simone Dinnerstein, piano
Philip Glass: “Metamorphoses” (Excerpts)
Schubert: impromptus TBA, D. 899
Schubert: Sonata in B flat major, D. 960
$50-$90
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts)
http://www.washingtonperformingarts.org

May 26 (7:30 p.m.)
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 424 Washington St., Portsmouth
Virginia Arts Festival:
New York Polyphony
program TBA
$20-$35
(757) 282-2822
http://www.vafest.org

May 26 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Nicholas McGegan conducting
J.S. Bach: Mass in B minor
Yulia Van Doren, soprano
Christopher Ainslie, countertenor
Thomas Cooley, tenor
Dashon Burton, bass
Baltimore Choral Arts Society
$35-$99
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

May 28 (8 p.m.)
Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, 7519 Hospital Drive, Gloucester Courthouse
May 29 (7 p.m.)
Ocean View Beach Park, 100 W. Ocean View Ave., Norfolk
Virginia Symphony
JoAnn Falletta conducting
Aundi Marie Moore, soprano
Memorial Day concerts
program TBA
free
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

May 29 (5 p.m.)
Attucks Theatre, 1010 Church St., Norfolk
Virginia Arts Festival:
Sons of Serendip
program TBA
$20-$35
(757) 282-2822
http://www.vafest.org

Friday, April 29, 2016

'Between the cracks'


The New York Times’ Corrina da Fonseca-Wollheim explores the complex sound world of Ben Johnston, whose compositions, which call for the sounding of microtones that fall between the notes of the equal-temperament scale, are among the most challenging
in the musical literature. Johnston’s String Quartet No. 7, for example, requires producing more than 1,000 “microscopically distinct pitches.”

Such writing “between the cracks” creates “an open, infinite spiral, a kind of harmonic questing and adventuring that is based on natural phenomena and on pitches generated one from the next,” Sharan Leventhal, first violinist of the Kepler Quartet, which has recorded Johnston’s quartets, tells Fonseca-Wollheim.

The 90-year-old composer uses mathematical terms to describe his tuning system, which is “interrelated to the emotional meaning. But I don’t tell people what it is. It’s like abstract expressionist painting.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/01/arts/music/players-are-wanted-for-ben-johnstons-works-some-sacrifice-is-required.html

(Johnston’s father, also named Ben, was the boss of my father, also named Clarke, at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in the 1940s and ’50s.)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Letter V Classical Radio this week

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

Past Masters:
J.S. Bach: Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major,
BWV 564
Michel Chapuis, organ (United Archives)
(recorded 1967)

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218
Pamela Frank, violin
Tonhalle Orchestra, Zürich/David Zinman (Arte Nova)

Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer: “Pièces de clavecin” Book 1 – “Vertigo”
Jean Rondeau, harpsichord (Erato)

Ravel: “La Valse”
Khatia Buniatishvili, piano
(Sony Classical)

Messiaen:
“Oiseaux exotiques”
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam/
Riccardo Chailly (Decca)

Grieg: Piano Concerto
in A minor
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Berlin Philharmonic/
Mariss Jansons
(EMI Classics)

Mason Bates: “Rusty Air in Carolina”
Mason Bates, electronica
Boston Modern Orchestra Project/
Gil Rose (BMOP/sound)

Poulenc: “Les Biches” Suite
Orchestre National de France/Charles Dutoit (London)

Haydn: Quartet in F major, Op. 77, No. 2
Takács Quartet (London)

Handel: Coronation Anthem No. 3 – “The King Shall Rejoice”
Choir of Westminster Abbey
The English Concert/Simon Preston (DG Archiv)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Turning a page


The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Peter Dobrin writes about the under-appreciated, sometimes perilous art of page-turning for pianists in chamber-music concerts – soon to be an extinct art, perhaps, as more musicians turn to screening digitalized scores:

http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/peter_dobrin/20160424_Classical_music_page-turners_turn_the_page_into_the_modern_era.html

(via http://www.artsjournal.com)

While we’re on the subject, belated tips of the hat to Solomon Quinn, the University of Richmond student and pianist who turned pages as Garrick Ohlsson played Elgar’s Piano Quintet with the Takács Quartet on April 15 at UR’s Modlin Arts Center; and to Ohlsson, who showed his appreciation of Quinn’s unobtrusive efficiency with an onstage handshake. A classy act, hardly ever seen by an audience.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Radio special


Late substitution duty today on WDCE-FM at the University of Richmond. Seems like a good day for music by George Frideric Handel. (Is there a bad
day for Handel?) I’ll mix familiar pieces such as “Music for the Royal Fireworks” and “Zadok
the Priest” with some undeservedly lesser-
known compositions –
the selections from “Solomon” are some of
his finest choral works –
as well as treatments of Handel’s themes by Beethoven, Brahms (via Edmund Rubbra) and Andrés Segovia.

The menuet concluding the Concerto “a due cori” in
F major should sound familiar – it’s the theme music of Letter V Classical Radio.

April 24
5-7 p.m. EDT
2100-2300 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

Handel: “Music for the Royal Fireworks”
Le Concert des Nations/Jordi Savall (Naïve)

Handel: Suite in D minor – Sarabande (“La Folía”)
Andrés Segovia, guitar (Deutsche Grammophon)

Beethoven: “12 Variations on a Theme from Handel’s Oratorio ‘Judas Maccabaeus’ ”
(“See the conqu’ring hero comes”)
Pierre Fournier, cello
Wilhelm Kempff, piano (Deutsche Grammophon)

Handel: Concerto “a due cori” No. 1 in B flat major
English Chamber Orchestra/Raymond Leppard (Philips)

Handel: Coronation Anthem No. 1 – “Zadok the Priest”
The Bach Choir
The English Concert/David Hill (BIS)

Handel: Concerto grosso in A major, Op. 6, No. 11
Andrew Manze, violin & director
Academy of Ancient Music (Harmonia Mundi)

Brahms: “Variations on a Theme by Handel”
(orchestratation by Edmund Rubbra)
Cleveland Orchestra/Vladimir Ashkenazy (Decca)

Handel: “Solomon” –
“Swell, swell the full chorus”
“Arrival of the Queen of Sheba”
“May no rash intruder” (“Nightingale Chorus”)
“From the censer curling rise”
Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner (Philips)