Sunday, August 16, 2015

2015-16 season overview

With the beginning of the fall season a few weeks away, it’s time for our annual thumbnail guide to 2015-16 classical events in Richmond. As many as we know of to date, that is – no word yet from any of the area’s independent choruses, and some other groups and presenters are still be to heard from.

As classical events tend to be clustered on weekends, conflicts are common, and there are some unfortunate ones in the coming season:

– The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performs in the Rennolds Chamber Concerts series at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Singleton Arts Center on the same date, Feb. 20, as the Australian Chamber Orchestra in the Modlin Arts series at the University of Richmond’s Modlin Arts Center.

– On March 19, tenor Lawrence Brownlee sings at UR while the Horszowski Trio plays at VCU.

– A UR concert by the Takács Quartet with pianist Garrick Ohlsson is on April 15, as is the first of two Virginia Opera dates for Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman” at Richmond CenterStage. That conflict can be worked around by opting for the April 17 matinee of “Dutchman.”

– On April 2, the symphony stages one of its single-night Masterworks programs (Copland’s “Appalachian Spring,” Brahms’ Second Symphony and flutist Mary Boodell playing Laura Schwendinger’s “Waking Dreams”) in conflict with the Doric String Quartet and pianist Jonathan Biss at VCU. A partial work-around: Symphony music director Steven Smith will discuss and the orchestra will play the Brahms Second on April 1 in one of the new “Casual Fridays” offerings.

I’ve listed all the ticketed dates and series performances from major presenters, as well as faculty concerts at UR and VCU. Times and ticket prices can be found in the season announcements already posted, and will be listed, along with programs, casting and other details, in the monthly calendars from September onward.

9 – Catalyst Quartet (Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond)
12-13 – Richmond Symphony & Symphony Chorus (Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony) (Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage)
13 – Andrew McEvoy, guitar (Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University)
25-27 – Alexander Paley Festival (St. Luke Lutheran Church)

2 – Justin Alexander Percussion Duo (VCU Singleton Center)
3 – Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia (Richmond Public Library)
4 – Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia (First Unitarian Universalist Church)
9/11 – Virginia Opera “Orpheus in the Underworld” (Carpenter Theatre)
10 – Igudesman & Joo (VCU Singleton Center)
12 – Patrick Smith, French horn (VCU Singleton Center)
16 – Richmond Symphony “Casual Fridays” (Carpenter Theatre)
17 – Richmond Symphony; Philippe Quint, violin (Carpenter Theatre)
18 – Sonia Vlahcevic, piano (VCU Singleton Center)
20/22 – Virginia Opera “La Bohème” (Carpenter Theatre)
22 – Charles West, clarinet (VCU Singleton Center)
24 – Juilliard String Quartet (VCU Singleton Center)
24 – Richmond Symphony Pops (“Nosferatu”) (Carpenter Theatre)
25 – Richmond Symphony; Jared Davis, clarinet (Randolph-Macon College)
31 – Richmond Symphony LolliPops (“Halloween Spooktacular”) (Carpenter Theatre)

1 – Atlantic Chamber Ensemble (Unity Christ Church of Bon Air)
3 – Andy Harnsberger, percussion (VCU Singleton Center)
6-7 – Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival; eighth blackbird (UR Modlin Center)
8 – Shanghai Quartet; June Moon Kyung Hahn, marimba (UR Modlin Center)
13 – Richmond Symphony “Casual Fridays” (Carpenter Theatre)
14 – Richmond Symphony; Orion Weiss, piano (Carpenter Theatre)
19 – Oberon String Quartet (St. Catherine’s School)
28 – Richmond Symphony LolliPops (“The Snowman”) (Carpenter Theatre)

4 – Richmond Symphony & Symphony Chorus (Handel’s “Messiah”) (Carpenter Theatre)
4 – VCU Holiday Gala (VCU Singleton Center)
5-6 – Richmond Symphony Pops (“Let It Snow!”) (Carpenter Theatre)
6 – UR Schola Cantorum & Women’s Chorale (Festival of Lessons and Carols) (Cannon Memorial Chapel, University of Richmond)
13 – Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia (Wilton House Museum)
15 – Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia (Holy Comforter Episcopal Church)

9-10 – Richmond Symphony; Virginia Opera Emerging Artists (Viennese New Year) (Carpenter Theatre)
14 – Richmond Symphony “Rush Hour” (Hardywood Park Craft Brewery)
15 – Yefim Bronfman, piano (UR Modlin Center)
17 – Richmond Symphony; Neal Cary, cello (Randolph-Macon)
24 – Sam Dorsey, guitar (VCU Singleton Center)
27 – eighth blackbird (UR Modlin Center)
28 – Atlantic Chamber Ensemble (VCU Singleton Center)
28-29 – Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia (First Unitarian Universalist Church)
30 – Richmond Symphony LolliPops (“Green Eggs and Ham”) (Carpenter Theatre)

5 – Richmond Symphony “Casual Fridays” (Carpenter Theatre)
6 – Richmond Symphony; Daisuke Yamamoto, violin (Carpenter Theatre)
7 – Richard Becker, piano (UR Modlin Center)
14 – Dana McComb, cello; Joanne Kong, piano (UR Modlin Center)
18 – Richmond Symphony “Rush Hour” (Hardywood Park Craft Brewery)
19/21 – Virginia Opera “Romeo and Juliet” (Carpenter Theatre)
20 – Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (VCU Singleton Center)
20 – Australian Chamber Orchestra (UR Modlin Center)
21 – Richmond Symphony; Gustav Highstein, oboe (Randolph-Macon)
27 – Richmond Symphony Pops; Jeans ‘n Classics (Carpenter Theatre)
28 – Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia (First Unitarian Universalist Church)
29 – Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia (“For a Look or a Touch”) (First Unitarian Universalist Church)

5-6 – Richmond Symphony & Symphony Chorus; Orli Shaham, piano (Carpenter Theatre)
14 – Bruce Stevens, organ (UR Cannon Chapel)
19 – Richmond Symphony LolliPops (“Carnival of the Animals”) (Carpenter Theatre)
19 – Lawrence Brownlee, tenor (UR Modlin Center)
19 – Horszowski Trio (VCU Singleton Center)
20 – Richard Becker & Doris Wylee-Becker, piano duo (UR Modlin Center)

1 – Richmond Symphony “Casual Fridays” (Carpenter Theatre)
2 – Richmond Symphony; Mary Boodell, flute (Carpenter Theatre)
2 – Doric String Quartet; Jonathan Biss, piano (VCU Singleton Center)
8 – Scott Dettra, organ (Ginter Park Presbyterian Church)
11/13 – eighth blackbird; Matt Ulery Trio (UR Modlin Center)
15 – Takács Quartet; Garrick Ohlsson, piano (UR Modlin Center)
15/17 – Virginia Opera “The Flying Dutchman” (Carpenter Theatre)
17 – Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia (Second Presbyterian Church)
23 – Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia (Richmond Public Library)
29 – Ahreum Han, organ (St. Paul’s Episcopal Church)
29 – VCU Opera (production TBA) (VCU Singleton Center)
30 – Richmond Symphony Pops; Steve Lippia, vocals (Carpenter Theatre)

1 – VCU Opera (production TBA) (VCU Singleton Center)
5 – Richmond Symphony “Rush Hour” (Hardywood Park Craft Brewery)
8 – Richmond Symphony (Randolph-Macon)
14-15 – Richmond Symphony & Symphony Chorus (Carpenter Theatre)
22 – Atlantic Chamber Ensemble (St. Luke Lutheran Church)