Monday, June 26, 2017

Chamber Music Society 2017-18

Music ranging from baroque-era England to modern Latin America, and from solo-violin and -harpsichord music of Bach to songs by Schumann, Hugo Wolf and Peter Warlock, will be performed in the 2017-18 season of the Chamber
Music Society of Central Virginia.

The Chamber Music Society will present 11 programs devised by its artistic director, cellist James Wilson, in six Richmond venues. Four free mini-concerts will be presented in the Gellman Room of the Richmond Public Library’s downtown Main Branch. Three concerts will be staged in the newly renovated Perkinson Recital Hall at the University of Richmond. The winter baroque chamber program will move to a new location, the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design (aka Branch House) in the Fan District.

Performers include Jonathan Woody, a bass-baritone who won the 2016 Tafelmusik Vocal Competition in Toronto, and Johnny Gandelsman, a Moscow-born violinist who since moving to the US in 1995 has worked with a wide variety of artists and ensembles, from Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble and Brooklyn Rider to Bela Fleck, Nigel Kennedy and Suzanne Vega.

The season’s programming features familiar works – Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E flat major, Beethoven’s “Archduke” Piano Trio, Mendelssohn’s Quartet in F minor – alongside more rarely performed pieces such as Anton Arensky’s “Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky” and Verdi’s String Quartet, and works by German, English and Spanish baroque composers.

Six-concert subscription packages (all ticketed concerts except the Branch Museum program) are $151, $130 for seniors 60 and older. Single tickets are $28, $24 for seniors, $5 for students. Branch Museum concert tickets are $40. Tickets go on sale July 1.

For more information, call (804) 304-6312 or visit
Dates, artist and programs in the Chamber Music Society’s coming season:

Sept. 16 (2 p.m., Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library)
Aisslinn Nosky & Guillaume Pirard, violins
Max Mandel, viola 
James Wilson, cello
Carsten Schmidt, piano
Jonathan Woody, bass-baritone
“Minds on Fire”
Arensky: “Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky”
songs by Hugo Wolf, Peter Warlock
Schumann: Quartet in F major, Op. 41, No. 2 – Finale

Sept. 17 (4 p.m., Perkinson Recital Hall, North Court, University of Richmond)
Aisslinn Nosky & Guillaume Pirard, violins
Max Mandel, viola
James Wilson cello
Carsten Schmidt, fortepiano
Jonathan Woody, bass-baritone
“Kings of Leipzig”
Mendelssohn: Quartet in F minor, Op. 80
Schumann: “Dichterliebe”
Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44

Nov. 12 (4 p.m., Perkinson Recital Hall, North Court, University of Richmond)
Johnny Gandelsman, violin
J.S. Bach: Partita in E major, BWV 1006
J.S. Bach: Sonata in C major, BWV 1005
J.S. Bach: Partita in D minor, BWV 1004

Nov. 13 (2 p.m., Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library)
Johnny Gandelsman, violin
Chioke I’Anson, speaker
Angela Lehman, program curator
“One to One”
program TBA

Dec. 10 (7:30 p.m., Branch Museum of Architecture and Design)
Chloe Fedor & Nurit Pacht, violins
Maureen Murchie, viola
James Wilson cello
Mary Boodell, traverso flute
Carsten Schmidt, harpsichord
“Baroque at the Branch Museum”
works TBA by Purcell, Dowland, John Blow

Dec. 12 (7:30 p.m., Holy Comforter Episcopal Church)
Chloe Fedor & Nurit Pacht, violins
Maureen Murchie, viola
James Wilson, cello
Erik Higgins, double-bass
Mary Boodell, traverso flute
Sarah Heunsch & Meg Owens, oboes
Kelsey Schiller, bassoon
Carsten Schmidt, harpsichord
Handel: Concerto grosso in F major, Op. 6, No. 2
Handel: Concerto grosso in G major, Op. 3, No. 3
Handel: “Water Music” Suite No. 3
Handel: Concerto grosso in A minor, Op. 6, No. 4
Handel: Concerto grosso in D minor, Op. 3, No. 5

Feb. 24 (2 p.m., Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library)
Areta Zhulla, violin
Khari Joyner & James Wilson, cellos
Phillip Bush, piano
“Sense and Sensibility”
Beethoven: Cello Sonata in C major, Op. 102, No. 1
Ravel: Sonata for violin and cello

Feb. 25 (4 p.m., Perkinson Recital Hall, North Court, University of Richmond)
Areta Zhulla, violin
Khari Joyner, cello
Phillip Bush, piano
“The Archduke and the Impressionist”
Beethoven: Piano Trio in B flat major, Op. 97 (“Archduke”)
Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor

March 4 (4 p.m., Second Presbyterian Church)
Carsten Schmidt, harpsichord
J.S. Bach: Partita no. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825
J.S. Bach: Partita no. 2 in C minor, BWV 826
J.S. Bach: Partita no. 4 in D major, BWV 828

April 21 (2 p.m., Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library)
Grace Park & Melissa White, violins
Michael Casimir, viola
James Wilson, cello
Mary Boodell, flute
Adam Cockerham, guitar
“Fresh from the Americas”
works TBA by Carlos Chávez, José Augustin Sánchez, Leo Brouwer, others

April 22 (4 p.m., First Unitarian Universalist Church)
Grace Park & Melissa White, violins
Michael Casimir, viola
James Wilson, cello
Adam Cockerham, guitar
Boccherini: Quintet in C major, Op. 30, No. 6 (“Musica notturna della strade di Madrid”)
Roberto di Marino: Ciaconna
Verdi: Quartet in E minor
Spanish baroque guitar works TBA

Yorktown pianist wins two prizes

Kyle Hu, a 16-year-old resident of Yorktown, has won first prize in the Tchaikovsky Young Pianists Competition in Kazakhstan and first prize among pianists aged 16 or younger in the Aarhus International Piano Competition in Denmark.

Hu, who studies with the University of Richmond’s Joanne Kong, was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Cooper International Piano Competition at Oberlin College in Ohio. He also has won prizes in state and regional competitions.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Off the air

I’ve come down with a case of upper-respiratory miseries; so, alas, there will be no Letter V Classical Radio this week and no Spare Air next weekend.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Spare Air this weekend

Music of the Romani – the gypsies – and of the cultures with which they interacted in central Europe and the Balkans. In this program, a sampler of traditional songs and dances, popularized takes on those folk styles, and adaptations
in orchestral and chamber music by composers from the 18th to 20th centuries –
Georg Phillipp Telemann, Joseph Haydn, Pablo de Sarasate, Béla Bartók, Zoltan Kodály and György Ligeti.

June 18
7-9 p.m. EDT
2300-0100 GMT/UTC
WDCE-FM, University of Richmond
90.1 FM

Kodály: “Dances of Galanta”
London Symphony Orchestra/
István Kertész
(Decca Eloquence)

trad. (Collection Uhrovska):
Dance 322
trad. (Collection Saltus Hungarici):
trad. (Collection Uhrovska):
“Ach ma myla co Myslis”
trad. (Collection Annae Szirmay-Keczer):
Dance 325,
“Melodiarium B-14”
trad. (Collection Uhrovska):
“Hungaricus 35”
Miloš Valent, violin & director
Jan Rokyta, cimbalom, hammered dulcimer & winds
Holland Baroque Society
(Channel Classics)

“Oh, the Road Is Long”
“If I Were a Rose”
Marta Sebestyén, vocals

Haydn: “Rondo à l’Ongarese”
Franz Paul Rigler:
“Gipsy Dances”
Gypsy Devils

Sarasate: “Ziguenerweisen”
Julia Fischer, violin
Milana Chernyavska, piano

Bartók: “Contrasts”
Joseph Szigeti, violin
Benny Goodman, clarinet
Béla Bartók, piano

trad.: “Hajdut Songs”
Péter Dabasi:
“The Poacher”
trad.: “Together Again”

“Perpetuum mobile”
“Concerto Polonois”
3 polonaises
trad. (Collection Annae Szirmay-Keczer):
Dance 90
“Pode Dworem”
“Melodiarium G-10”
“Melodiarium G-11”
Miloš Valent, violin & director
Jan Rokyta, cimbalom, hammered dulcimer & winds
Holland Baroque Society
(Channel Classics)

György Ligeti:
“Concert Românesc”
Berlin Philharmonic/
Jonathan Nott

NEA grants to 18 Virginia groups

Three Richmond organizations are among the recipients of grants in the Art Works program of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Richmond Symphony received $10,000 to support performances under its Big Tent portable stage and educational initiatives.

1708 Gallery received $20,000 to support InLight Richmond, an exhibition of of light-based video, sculpture, interactive projects and new media works on building façades, storefronts, sidewalks, green spaces and alleyways.

The Latin Ballet of Virginia received $10,000 to support its EverybodyReads! program, which promotes a love of reading, writing and literature through dance.

The NEA’s Art Works program is disbursing $82 million this spring to 1,029 organizations and programs in music, dance, theater, visual arts, folk and traditional arts and media programs, as well as institutions such as museums, arts agencies and festivals.

Other Virginia recipients of Art Works grants:

– Virginia Commission for the Arts: $701,500.

– Virginia Symphony, Hampton Roads: $15,000 to support the commissioning of “Steel, Smoke, Stars and Steam,” a concerto for orchestra by Michael Daugherty.

– Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Vienna: $65,000 to support professional training for singers and opera performances.

– Synetic Theater, Arlington: $10,000 to support the premiere of “The Mark of Cain,” a company-devised distillation of human history as seen through the eyes of Cain, civilization’s first criminal.

– The Art League, Alexandria: $20,000 to support Injured Military Personnel and art (IMPart), a visual-arts educational outreach program for wounded soldiers and their families and caregivers.

– Jefferson School Foundation, Charlottesville: $34,000 to support the commissioning of a sculpture by Melvin Edwards commemorating Vinegar Hill, which was the principal African-American business district in Charlottesville from the 1920s until it was razed in 1962.

– James Madison University, Harrisonburg: $20,000 to support a study examing potential impacts of arts programs that uses songwriting to explore issues of incarceration, equity, justice and community.

– Longwood University, Farmville: $25,000 to support the exhibition “Rural Avant-Garde: the Mountain Lake Experience” and accompanying catalogue.

– The Crooked Road (Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail), Abingdon: $30,000 to support the Mountains of Music Homecoming concert series.

– Town of Pulaski: $75,000 to support the Spectrum, Scheme, Synergy cultural planning initiative for the town’s central business district.

– National Arts Strategies, Alexandria: $75,000 to support the Creative Community Fellows program.

– National Arts Education Association, Alexandria: $25,000 to support professional leadership development programs.

– Association of Writers & Writing Programs, Fairfax: $75,000 to support an annual conference, online literature resources and publication and promotion of “The Writer’s Chronicle.”

– Fall for the Book, Fairfax: $10,000 to support the Fall for the Book literary festival.

– WETA (Greater Washington Telecommunications Association), Arlington: $50,000 to support “Art Takes Us,” a series of video segments on artists to be broadcast of PBS’ “NewsHour.”

In addition, eighth blackbird, the Chicago-based new-music sextet that maintains a residency at the University of Richmond, received a $10,000 grant to support workshops and performances of “Olagon: a Cantata in Doublespeak” by Dan Trueman, Paul Muldoon and Iarla Ó Lionáird. The piece will be performed on March 23, 2018 at UR.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Letter V Classical Radio this week

June 14
noon-3 p.m. EDT
1600-1900 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM

Vivaldi: “The Four Seasons” – “Summer”
Daniel Hope, violin & director
Zurich Chamber Orchestra
(Deutsche Grammophon)

“Acante et Céphise” Suite
Orchestra of
the 18th Century/
Frans Brüggen

Concerto in F major,
Op. 9, No. 3
Gail Hennessy & Rachel Chaplin, oboes
La Serenissima/Adrian Chandler

“Introduction and Variations
on ‘Nel cor piu non mi sento’ from ‘La molinara’ ”
(after Giovanni Paisiello)
Rachel Barton Pine, violin

Quartet in A minor,
Op. 41, No. 1
Pacifica Quartet

Jan Dismas Zelenka:
Trio Sonata in G minor, ZWV 181:4
Xenia Löffler &
Michael Bosch, oboes
Jane Gower, bassoon
Luděk Braný, double-bass
Shizuko Noiri, lute
Václav Luks, harpsichord

Johann Joseph Fux: Concerto in A minor
(“Le dolcezze e l’amerezze della notte”)
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra/
Gottfried von der Goltz

Symphony No. 60
in C major
(“Il Distratto”)
Il Giardano Armonico/
Giovanni Antonini

Quintet in C major
(“La Musica notturna della Strade di Madrid”)
Le Concert des Nations/Jordi Savall

Friday, June 9, 2017

Spare Air this weekend

Roots and branches of jazz, from the piano music of 19th-century African-American and Creole composers to the ragtime of Scott Joplin, stride piano of James P. Johnson and early New Orleans jazz of Joe (King) Oliver to two concert-hall echoes, George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and Johnson’s “Yamekraw:
a Negro Rhapsody.”

June 11
7-9 p.m. EDT
2300-0100 GMT/UTC
WDCE-FM, University of Richmond
90.1 FM

Albert Gumble: “At the Mississippi Cabaret”
Dick Hyman & His Orchestra
(New World)

Louis Moreau Gottschalk: “Bamboula”
Alan Feinberg, piano

Blind Tom Bethune:
“The Rainstorm”
John Davis, piano
(Newport Classics)

Charles Lucièn Lambert Sr.:
“Bresiliana, Grande valse brilliante de salon”
Michael Linville, piano

Scott Joplin:
“Maple Leaf Rag”
“Weeping Willow”
“Magnetic Rag”
Joshua Rifkin, piano

E.L. Bowman:
“Kansas City Blues”
Clarence Gaskill:
“Waltzing the Blues”
Roy Turk & Maceo Pinkard: “Sweet Man”
Dick Hyman
& His Orchestra
(New World)

James P. Johnson:
“Sweet Lorraine”
“St. Louis Blues”
“Twilight Rag”
James P. Johnson, piano
(Asch/Smithsonian Folkways)

Joe (King) Oliver:
“Dippermouth Blues”
“St. James Infirmary”
“Shake It and Break It”
King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band
King Oliver’s
Savannah Syncopators
(RCA Victor)

Gershwin: “Rhapsody in Blue”
George Gershwin, piano roll

Fats Waller: “Ain’t Misbehavin’ ”
Duke Ellington: “Solitude”
Bix Beiderbecke: “Candlelights”
Fats Waller: “Squeeze Me
Zez Confrey: “Kitten on the Keys”
Alan Feinberg, piano

Joe (King) Oliver:
“West End Blues”
Great American
Music Ensemble/
Doug Richards

James P. Johnson:
“Yamekraw: a Negro Rhapsody”
James P. Johnson, piano
(Asch/Smithsonian Folkways)

Gershwin: “Scandal Walk”
George Gershwin, piano roll