Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Richmond Philharmonic 2016-17

The Richmond Philharmonic will present the premiere of a Violin Concerto by the Boston-based composer Elena Ruehr and will perform Robert Schumann’s rarely heard Konzertstück for four horns and orchestra in its 2016-17 season.

The Ruehr concerto, with the Romanian-born American violinist Irina Muresanu as soloist, will be introduced on
a program of compositions by women, also featuring the “Gaelic” Symphony by the pioneering American female composer Amy Beach and “Made in America” by the prominent contemporary composer Joan Tower.

In the Schumann, Thomas Jöstlein, a Richmond Symphony alumnus now serving as associate principal horn of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, will join James Ferree, the Richmond Symphony’s principal horn player, and two members of the philharmonic, George Harple and Merry Beth Hall.

The philharmonic’s coming season, its fourth with Peter Wilson as music director, also will feature performances of major symphonies by Dvořák, Brahms and Haydn.

The orchestra’s November and May classical concerts will be staged in the Hershey Arts Center of Collegiate School; the March concert at the Steward School. Tickets are $8 ($16 for families) in advance, $10 ($20 for families) at the door.

The philharmonic also will stage two free pops concerts, a holiday program with music for Christmas and Hanukkah on Dec. 5 at the James Center Atrium and a summer pops concert on June 18 at Summer Park in Brandermill.

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The Richmond Philharmonic’s 2016-17 dates and programs:

Nov. 6 (4 p.m., Collegiate School) Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D major (“London”); Dvořák: Symphony No. 7 in D minor.

Dec. 5 (7 p.m., James Center Atrium) Holiday pops concert (free).

March 19 (4 p.m., Steward School) Joan Tower: “Made in America;” Elena Ruehr: Violin Concerto (premiere) (Irina Muresanu, violin); Amy Beach: Symphony No. 2 in E minor (“Gaelic”).

May 7 (4 p.m., Collegiate School) Mendelssohn: “Hebrides” Overture; Schumann: Konzertstück in F major for four horns and orchestra (James Ferree, Thomas Jöstlein, George Harple & Merry Beth Hall, French horns); Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major.

June 18 (6 p.m., Sunday Park, Brandermill) Summer pops concert (free).