Monday, May 22, 2017

Letter V Classical Radio this week


Sampling new and recent recordings of piano music, with works by Chopin, Schubert, Bach, Mozart, Enescu and Ginastera.

May 24
noon-3 p.m. EDT
1600-1900 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

Chopin: “Fantasy on Polish Airs,” Op. 13
Jan Lisiecki, piano
NDR Elbphilharmonie/Krysztof Urbański
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Enescu: Suite No. 2, Op. 10
Charles Richard Hamelin, piano
(Analekta)

Chopin:
Polonaise-Fantasie
in A flat major, Op. 61
Maurizio Pollini, piano
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Schubert:
Impromptu in F minor, D. 935, No. 1
Shai Wosner, piano
(Onyx)

Schubert:
Sonata in A major, D. 959
Jorge Federico Osorio,
piano
(Çedille)

Schubert:
Impromptu in F minor,
D. 935, No. 4
Shai Wosner, piano
(Onyx)

J.S. Bach: “French Suite” No. 5 in G major, BWV 816
Murray Perahia, piano
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Mozart:
Piano Concerto No. 21
in C major, K. 467
Simone Dinnerstein, piano
Havana Lyceum Orchestra/
José Antonio
Méndez Pardón
(Sony Classical)

Ginastera:
“Danzas Argentinas,” Op. 2
Tania Stavreva, piano
(TS)

Friday, May 19, 2017

Spare Air this weekend


Meandering from the medieval to the modern, from central and eastern Europe to Britain and America . . . 

May 21
7-9 p.m. EDT
2300-0100 GMT/UTC
WDCE-FM, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

Orff: “Carmina burana” – “O Fortuna”
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/
Robert Shaw
(Telarc)

anon. (13th century):
“Carmina burana” –
“O Fortuna”
Boston Camerata/
Joel Cohen
(Nonesuch)

anon. (14th century):
“Stella splendens”
Hesperion XX/
Jordi Savall
(AliaVox)

anon. (13th century):
“La quarte Estampie Royal”
Hesperion XXI/
Jordi Savall
(AliaVox)

Neidhart von Reuental: “Meie din liechter schin”
Hermann Oswald, vocalist
Ensemble Unicorn
(Pneuma)

Orff-Bull:
“ ‘Carmina burana’ Fantasy”
Sandy Bull, banjo
(Vanguard)

anon. (14th century):
“Cantio Prima declinatio”
Schola Gregoriana Pragensis/David Eben
(Supraphon)

Jan Jirásek: “Missa Propria”
Boni Pueri Boys Choir/
Jiří Skopal
(Catalyst)

anon.: 2 Bulgarian chants
Ensemble Bulgarika (Catalyst)

anon.
(Collection Uhrovska, 1730):
“Praambulum I”
“Visel som”
“Ach ma myla”
C 298
“Ksobassu Nota”
(arrangements by
Matthias Maute)
Ensemble Caprice/
Matthias Maute
(Analekta)

Telemann:
Concerto in E minor, TV 52:1
Matthias Maute &
Sophie Larivère, recorders
Ensemble Caprice/Matthias Maute
(Analekta)

anon. (19th century):
“Cili’s Kale Bazingns”
“Bughici’s Tish Nign”
“Gut Morgn”
“Unzer Toyrele”
Cili Schwartz, vocalist
Budowitz
(Koch International Classics)

David Lang:
“World to Come”
Maya Beiser, cello
(Koch International Classics)

Charlottesville Symphony taps Rous


Benjamin Rous, who has served as resident conductor of the Virginia Symphony since 2010, has been named music director of the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia.

He succeeds Kate Tamarkin, who retired this season after 11 years with the ensemble.

Rous, who is a violinist, violist and keyboard player, was guest principal second violinist of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, working under the direction of Claudio Abbado and Daniel Harding, and performed with the Arcturus Chamber Ensemble in the Boston area. He has guest-conducted a number of orchestras, including the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, the Buffalo Philharmonic and the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa. He is the faculty conductor of the Greenwood Music Camp in Massachusetts.

With the Virginia Symphony, Rous has conducted pops and young people’s concerts as well as programs in the Hampton Roads orchestra’s classical series.

A graduate of Harvard University and the University of Michigan, Rous will join the University of Virginia music faculty as he takes over the Charlottesville orchestra.

Highbrows duke it out


Nadia Sirota plays referee in “New Music Fight Club,” a look back at the conflict between academic serialists and the then-young rebels of the 1970s and ’80s – among them, her father, Robert Sirota – in the Meet the Composer series on Q2, an online podcast from New York’s WQXR radio:

http://www.wqxr.org/story/new-music-fight-club/

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

Monday, May 15, 2017

Letter V Classical Radio this week


Exploring classical style as it flowered in the late 18th century, a couple of familiar works – Mozart’s “Eine kleine Nachtmusik,” Haydn’s Symphony No. 102 – and an assortment of discoveries, including one of the most unusual pieces of the period, Paul Wranitzky’s “Grande Symphonie charactéristique,” a musical play-by-play of the French Revolution and the outbreak of the Revolutionary Wars.

May 17
noon-3 p.m. EDT
1600-1900 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

Josef Mysliveček:
Overture No. 2 in A major
Concerto Köln/
Werner Ehrhardt
(DG Archiv)

Thomas Linley Jr.:
Violin Concerto in F major
Mirijam Contzen, violin
Bavarian Chamber Philharmonia/
Reinhard Goebel
(Oehms Classics)

Mozart:
Serenade in G major, K. 525
(“Eine kleine Nachtmusik”)
Die Kölner Akademie/
Michael Alexander Willens
(BIS)

William Herschel:
Symphony No. 2
in D major
(“Richmond”)
London Mozart Players/
Matthias Bamert
(Chandos)

C.P.E. Bach:
Cello Concerto in A minor, Wq 170
Peter Bruns, cello
Akademie für alte Musik Berlin/Stefan Mai
(Harmonia Mundi)

Haydn:
Symphony No. 102
in B flat major
Les Musiciens du Louvre, Grenoble/
Marc Minkowski
(Naïve)

Józef Elsner:
“Sultan Vampum” Overture
Opole Philharmonic/
Bogusław Dawidow
(Dux)

Pedro Étienne Solère:
“Concerto espagnol” in B flat major
Dieter Klöcker, clarinet
Prague Chamber Orchestra/
Milan Lajcík
(Supraphon)

Paul Wranitzky:
“Grande Symphonie charactéristique”
in C minor
(“On the Peace with
the French Republic”)
NDR Radio Philharmonic/Paul Griffiths
(cpo)

Indiana orchestra taps Hymes


Janna Hymes, music director of the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra, has been named music director of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, an Indiana ensemble of professional and volunteer musicians. She was among 130 applicants for the job.

Hymes, who has led the Williamsburg orchestra since 2004, also is music director of the Maine Pro Musica Orchestra, which she founded in 2008. She formerly was music director of the Maine Grand Opera, associate conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and resident conductor of the Charlotte Symphony.

As she takes over in Canton, Hymes will continue in her Williamsburg and Maine posts. Last year she renewed her contract in Williamsburg through the 2018-19 season, the orchestra’s 35th. A number of the Williamsburg Symphony’s musicians also are members of the Richmond Symphony.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Richmond Symphony reviewed


My review for the Richmond Times-Dispatch of the Richmond Symphony’s final Masterworks series concert of the season, a program of Brahms, Elgar and John Knowles Paine with cellist Gary Hoffman as guest soloist:

http://www.richmond.com/entertainment/music/music-review-in-masterworks-finale-richmond-symphony-gives-the-brahms/article_c822596a-1745-5b9a-b238-590d61719001.html

Spare Air: a radio tryout


During the University of Richmond’s summer break, WDCE-FM has some spare air, two hours of which I propose to fill with a different take on classical radio programming – some contemporary or “alt-classical” pieces, some early music, some folk and traditional music, some music that defies classification. This evening we’ll see how it works. After that . . .
stay tuned.

May 14
7-9 p.m. EDT
2300-0100 GMT/UTC
WDCE-FM, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

A. Marcus Cagle: “Soar Away”
Word of Mouth Chorus
(Nonesuch)

Caroline Shaw:
“Partita for 8 Voices”
Roomful of Teeth
(New Amsterdam)

Elder Duncan Dumas: “White”
Word of Mouth Chorus
(Nonesuch)

anon.:“My heartly service”
Custer LaRue, vocalist
Baltimore Consort
(Dorian)

Bryce Dessner:
“Murder Ballades”
eighth blackbird
(Çedille)

Tomaso Antonio Vitali: Chaconne in G minor
Jessica Lee, violin
Reiko Uchida, piano
(Azica)

Antonio Bertali: Sonata à 3
Combattimento Consort Amsterdam/
Jan Willem de Vriend
(Challenge Classics)

Arcangelo Corelli:
Sonata in D minor,
Op. 5, No. 12 (“Follia”)
– Adagio
“Folia Variations” for solo harp
2 improvisations
on the Folia bass
Stephen Stubbs,
baroque guitar & chittarone
Milos Valent, violin
Erin Headley, viola da gamba
Maxine Eilander, harp
(ECM)

traditional:
“My Johnny Was a Shoemaker”
“Westron Wynde”
“Scarborough Fair”
John Renbourn, guitar
Don Harper, viola
Tony Roberts, flute
(Transatlantic)

Moondog (Louis Hardin): “Gygg”
Moondog & ensemble
(Roof Records)

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Grazing the classics


One of the standard-issue explanations for the decline/impending doom of classical music is that in recent generations attention spans and tolerance for complexity have been in decline, and have fallen off the cliff among young people (not to mention, ahem, some adults) in the 140-character age of social media.

Alan Davey, controller (i.e., general manager) of BBC3, the network’s classical radio service, begs to differ:

“Young people’s brains aren’t experiencing a backward evolution. Their ability to articulate points of rhythm, melody and the flow of words in musical genres they have made or developed themselves prove that, as human beings, our urge for musical expression and facility lies deep. Young people are not afraid of things that need to be worked through. Complexity, curiosity and adventure is the new counter-culture,” Davey writes for The Guardian:

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/may/08/dont-apologise-for-classical-music-complexity-alan-davey-radio-3

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

After three years working among college students at WDCE-FM, the University of Richmond’s radio station, and sampling what this admittedly high-end slice of the under-25 population listens to, I agree with Davey, but with reservations and qualifiers – some of which he implicitly acknowledges in the examples he uses to support his argument.

Young people are not alienated by classical music – the very young, in fact, are as receptive to it as to any other music, as their tastes have not been overly affected by peer pressure and commercial signals.

Many young adults, I’ve found, have a good deal of curiosity about this genre, but their curiosity doesn’t lead them along the traditional music-appreciation path. Many start with a contemporary composer, contemporary specialty ensemble or rock musician influenced by classical music, and listen their way “backward” into the standard repertory – Reich to Bach, not the other way around.

As with most aspects of contemporary culture, context and branding counts for as much as content – arguably more. This is why so many classical musicians and presenters are staging concerts in nightclubs, brew-pubs and other settings in which younger audiences feel more at home than they would sitting silently in the dark in a concert hall. And performers are tailoring what and how they perform to these new venues.

For years I’ve observed, here and elsewhere, that there’s really no telling anymore what people listen to. The old indices of listener preference – sales charts of recordings, ratings of radio stations, what record companies choose to release and promote – are increasingly irrelevant when more and more people program “their” music via services such as Spotify and websites such as YouTube, whose range of musical choices is more or less unlimited and often not neatly segmented by format.

It’s instructive to read the comments on any given classical selection on YouTube. Like as not, they’ll range from “the definitive recording of this piece is from Sviatoslav Richter’s 1957 Prague recital” to
“THIS SONG ROCKS!!”

The younger you are, the more likely you are to be a grazing listener, sampling all kinds of music – including, yes, classical music.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Symphony receives innovation grant


The Richmond Symphony is one of 21 US orchestras to receive grants from the American Orchestras’ Future Fund, awarded by the League of American Orchestras with support from the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation.

The two-year grants to large and medium-sized orchestras mostly support educational programs and innovative efforts to attract new audiences and perform outside traditional concert spaces and formats.

The Richmond Symphony was awarded an $80,000 grant to support community outreach and audience-building initiatives, including its Big Tent outdoor concerts and VIBE after-school music program. The orchestra’s grant application also cited its Rush Hour casual mini-concerts at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and Casual Fridays talks and performances at Dominion Arts Center.

The orchestras receiving funds “were chosen for their ability to influence a positive future for the art form. They are making significant and exciting investments in organizational learning and innovation,” Jesse Rosen, President and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, said in a statement announcing the grants.

David Fisk, the Richmond Symphony’s executive director, credited supporters of the initiatives for which it received the grant, including the City of Richmond, Richmond Public Schools, Hardywood, Bon Secours and other business, foundation and individual donors.

The $4.5 million American Orchestras’ Future Fund will make a second round of two-year grants next year.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Letter V Classical Radio this week

May 10
noon-3 p.m. EDT
1600-1900 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

Sibelius: “Finlandia”
YL Male Voice Choir
Minnesota Orchestra/
Osmo Vänskä
(BIS)

Dvořák:
Serenade for strings
in E major, Op. 22
Appassionata/
Daniel Myssyk
(Fidelio)

Schumann:
Introduction and Allegro appassionato, Op. 92
Jan Lisiecki, piano
Orchestra dell’Accademia
Nazionale di Santa Cecilia/
Antonio Pappano
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Stravinsky:
“Symphonies of
Wind Instruments”
Berlin Philharmonic/
Pierre Boulez
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Mozart:
Serenade in B flat major,
K. 361 (“Gran Partita”)
Zefiro
(Naïve)

Past Masters:
Schubert:
Sonata in A minor,
D. 821 (“Arpeggione”)
Mstislav Rostropovich, cello
Benjamin Britten, piano
(recorded 1968)
(Decca)

Napoléon Henri Reber: Symphony No. 4 in G major
Le Cercle de l’Harmonie/
Jeremie Rohrer
(Ambroisie/Naïve)

Sunday, May 7, 2017

VCU Rennolds Concerts 2017-18


The Emerson String Quartet will open a pared-down season of four offerings in Virginia Commonwealth University’s 2017-18 Mary Anne Rennolds Chamber Concerts.

The Emerson, marking its 40th anniversary this year, will perform on Oct. 14.

Other artists booked for the coming season are Leon Fleischer, the eminent American pianist who will be celebrating his 90th birthday next year, and his wife and piano-duo partner, Katherine Jacobson, performing at VCU on Jan. 28; the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, appearing on Feb. 17 during its final US tour; and pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson, whose trio marks its 40th anniversary in 2017, closing the 2017-18 Rennolds series on March 17.

Programs will be announced later.

All concerts will begin at 8 p.m. Saturdays, except for the Fleisher-Jacobson recital at 3 p.m. on a Sunday, in Vlahcevic Concert Hall of VCU’s Singleton Arts Center, Park Avenue at Harrison Street in Richmond’s Fan District.

Subscription ticket packages are $110 for adults, $90 for seniors, VCU employees and members of the VCU Alumni Association. Single tickets will be $35 for adults, $32 for seniors, VCU employees and Alumni Association members.

For ticket orders or more information, call the VCU Music Department box office at (804) 828-6776 or
e-mail musictix@vcu.edu

Review: Miró Quartet

May 6, Virginia Commonwealth University

The finest string quartet I’ve heard in years played the most challenging of Beethoven’s quartets with near-perfect technique and extraordinary intensity in the season finale of VCU’s Rennolds Chamber Concerts.

The Miró Quartet – violinists Daniel Ching and William Fedkenheuer, violist John Largess and cellist Joshua Gindele – played Beethoven’s Quartet in C sharp minor, Op. 131, with a degree of concentration and expressive force that a listener would be lucky to experience once in a lifetime. This was the fifth time I’ve heard the piece performed live; none of the other four came remotely close to this.

What was so special about it?

Technically, the four musicians produced a faultless balance of distinct but thoroughly complementary voices – essential in a work often driven by interplay among solo instruments.

This balance was achieved in part by a nowadays-unconventional placement of instruments: violinists facing each other in front, with the cellist behind the first violin and the violist behind the second violin. This clarified Beethoven’s exchanges between violins, and also gave unusual weight to the full ensemble, as the cello and viola were projecting toward the audience rather than toward the violins, as they would in the usual seating of a string quartet.

It sounded as if the musicians were playing a matched set of instruments. They weren’t, but they were playing with matched ears regarding tone production – rich but not plush, tightly focused in pitch, rather woodsy even at the most brilliant – that proved ideal for the Beethoven, music of epic conception, highly complex construction and, ideally, a measure of sonic grit. (That grit is what eludes most ensembles in the late Beethoven quartets.)

Interpretively, the Miró grasped the complexities and their context in the narrative of this music. Op. 131 is in seven movements, played straight through, with a couple of pregnant pauses; it should sound and feel like an outpouring of overlapping ideas striving toward a single emphatic end. That’s how it came across in this extraordinary performance.

The program’s opening selection, Haydn’s Quartet in D major, Op. 20, No. 4, was an excellent prelude to the Beethoven. Haydn, who invented the classical string quartet, normally produced elegantly tuneful, carefully formatted constructs, not without the quirky touches that enliven his symphonies but with more subtle or tightly controlled quirks.

This early(ish) quartet, from a set of six written in 1772, departs from Haydn’s usual format, most famously in the Hungarian dance that takes the place of the usual third-movement minuet, but more notably in an adagio that sends a minor-key theme through a sequence of elaborations, each led by a single instrument that one-ups its predecessor in expressive intensity. The cumulative effect of this movement pre-echoes what Beethoven made of the somber tune that haunts Op. 131.

The Miró’s treatment of that adagio nicely balanced Haydneseque style with Beethovenian portent.

As a contrasting centerpiece, the group played five of the dozen miniatures that Dvořák arranged for string quartet from “Cypresses,” an early song cycle. (Violist Largess helpfully filled in the unrequited love story behind the work in introductory remarks, and the lyrics of the five songs were printed in the program book, for those whose poetic tolerance extends to mid-19th century romantic yearning-amid-nature verse – mercifully, not necessary for appreciation of the music.)

The Miró found the right tone of voice for the naïve lyricism of the young Dvořák, leavened by the more sophisticated instrumental writing of the mature composer.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Symphony Chorus auditions


The Richmond Symphony Chorus will hold auditions for new members from 6:30-9:30 p.m. May 30 and June 26 at Epiphany Lutheran Church, Monument Avenue at Horsepen Road.

The chorus, directed by Erin Freeman, rehearses weekly on Tuesday evenings from late August through early May at Dominion Arts Center, with additional rehearsals during performance weeks.

In the 2017-18 season, the Symphony Chorus will perform in Mozart’s Mass in C minor in November, Handel’s “Messiah” and the “Let It Snow!” pops concerts in December, Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy” and selections from Undine Smith Moore’s “Scenes from the Life of a Martyr” in February, and a new work by Mason Bates in May. The Bates work also is scheduled to be recorded after the concert.

For information on the audition process and access to preparation materials, call (804) 788-4717 or visit http://www.rschorus.com/auditions

Virginia Opera 2017-18


Virginia Opera will stage its first productions of Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Samson and Delilah” and Benjamin Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in its 2017-18 season.

The company will continue its survey of Giacomo Puccini’s operas with a production of his only American-themed work, “The Girl of the Golden West.” The season concludes with Gaetano Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor.”

Rachele Gilmore, a soprano has performed at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, will make her Virginia Opera debut as Lucia. Others in principal roles include Derek Taylor as Samson, Katharine Goeldner as Delilah, Jill Gardner as Minnie in “The Girl of the Golden West,” Heather Buck as Tytania and Matthew Burns as Bottom, both in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Adam Turner, Virginia Opera’s resident conductor, will lead the Saint-Saëns and Britten, with Andrew Bisantz conducting the Puccini and Ari Pelto conducting the Donizetti.

Productions are staged at the Harrison Opera House in Norfolk, the Carpenter Theatre of Dominion Arts Center in Richmond and the Center for the Arts of George Mason University in Fairfax.

Subscription ticket prices are $64.56-$372.72 in Norfolk, $66.36-$359.80 in Richmond. Subscription prices and information for Fairfax will be announced later.

For more information, call (866) 673-7282 or visit http://vaopera.org

Performance dates, venues and casting:

Sept. 29, Oct. 1 and 3 (Norfolk)
Oct. 7 and 8 (Fairfax)
Oct. 13 and 15 (Richmond)
Saint-Saëns: “Samson and Delilah”
Adam Turner conducting
Derek Taylor (Samson)
Katharine Goeldner (Delilah)
Michael Chioldi (High Priest)
Paul Curran, stage director
in French, English captions

Nov. 10, 12 and 14 (Norfolk)
Nov. 17 and 19 (Richmond)
Dec. 2 and 3 (Fairfax)
Puccini: “The Girl of the Golden West”
Andrew Bisantz conducting
Jill Gardner (Minnie)
Roger Honeywell (Ramerrez, alias Dick Johnson)
Lillian Groag, stage director
in Italian, English captions

Feb. 9, 11 and 13 (Norfolk)
Feb. 17 and 18 (Fairfax)
Feb. 23 and 25 (Richmond)
Britten: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Adam Turner conducting
Heather Buck (Tytania)
Matthew Burns (Bottom)
David Blalock (Lysander)
Michael Shell, stage director
in English, English captions

March 23, 25 and 27 (Norfolk)
April 7 and 8 (Fairfax)
April 13 and 15 (Richmond) 
Donizetti: “Lucia di Lammermoor”
Ari Pelto conducting
Rachele Gilmore (Lucia)
Joseph Dennis (Edgardo)
Kyle Lang, stage director
in Italian, English captions

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Indiana University taps Wilkins


Thomas Wilkins, a Norfolk native and former associate conductor of the Richmond Symphony, has been appointed professor of music (orchestral conducting) at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University.

Wilkins will continue to serve as music director of the Omaha Symphony through the 2021-22 season, after which he will become music director emeritus. He also is principal conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in Los Angeles and holds the Germeshausen Family and Youth Conductor Chair of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

While conducting in Richmond (1989-94), Wilkins also was on the music faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University. He subsequently served as resident conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Florida Orchestra of Tampa Bay. He has guest-conducted many leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, and the Baltimore, Dallas, Houston and Cincinnati symphonies.

Wilkins is a graduate of Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music in Winchester and the New England Conservatory in Boston.

Richmond No. 20 on arts index


Richmond ranks 20th among large metropolitan areas in the US in the 2017 Arts Vibrancy Index Report of Southern Methodist University’s National Center for Arts Research.

The report cited Richmond for its concentration of museums, frequency and accessibility of performing arts attractions, and for grassroots and collective arts ventures.

“Richmond scores in the top 10 percent of cities on arts providers, arts dollars and government support,” write the authors of the report, Zannie Giraud Voss and Glenn Voss, with Natalie Crane and Jennifer Armstrong. “It has a unique way of blending classic and contemporary, southern heritage with progressive art
. . . honoring the past but making space for the future.”

The index rates communities on “demand, supply and public support for arts and culture on a per capita basis.” Its ratings take into account the number of artists, arts organizations and culture-related businesses, earned revenue such as ticket sales and admission fees, contributions to non-profit arts groups, compensation of artists and arts groups’ staffs, and state and federal funding of cultural activities.

Richmond, Pittsburgh (No. 16) and Rochester, NY
(No. 19), had fallen out of the large-city top 20 in the previous report, released in 2015. All three are among the communities that, by the index’s metrics, have the most vibrant arts activity and support, those with populations either below 300,000 or between 1 and 3 million. (Greater Richmond’s 2015 population is listed as 1.27 million.)

The only other Virginia localities earning a top-20 listing were those in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, ranked No. 1 among large metro areas.

The index’s ratings of other large population centers generally considered major cultural hubs: New York City-Jersey City, NJ-White Plains, NY, No. 2; greater San Francisco, No. 3; Nashville, No. 4; Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN, No. 5; Boston, No. 6; Los Angeles, No. 7; the Maryland suburbs of DC, No. 8; Seattle, No. 10; Philadelphia, No. 11; Denver, No. 14; Chicago, No. 15.

The Arts Vibrancy Index Report can be read here: http://www.smu.edu/~/media/Site/Meadows/NCAR/NCAR_ArtsVibrancy_04-17.pdf

Monday, May 1, 2017

Letter V Classical Radio this week

May 3
noon-3 p.m. EDT
1600-1900 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

Johann Nepomuk Hummel: “Freudenfest” Overture
London Mozart Players/Howard Shelley
(Chandos)

Schubert:
Symphony No. 2
in B flat major
Anima Eterna Orchestra/
Jos van Immerseel
(Zig Zag Territories)

Bernhard Molique:
Oboe Concertino
in G minor
Heinz Holliger, oboe
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra/
Eliahu Inbal
(Philips)
 
Glazunov:
String Quintet in A major
The Nash Ensemble
(Hyperion)

Past Masters:
Mendelssohn:
Octet in E flat major, Op. 20
Jascha Heifetz,
Arnold Belnick,
Israel Baker & Joseph Stepansky, violins
William Primrose &
Virginia Majewski, violas
Gregor Piatigorsky & Gabor Rejto, cellos
(recorded 1961)
(RCA Red Seal)

Johann Joachim Quantz:
Flute Concerto No. 3
in G major
Emmanuel Pahud, flute
Kammerakademie Potsdam/
Trevor Pinnock
(Warner Classics)

Beethoven:
Trio in C major, Op. 87,
for oboe, clarinet and bassoon
Les Vents Français
(Warner Classics)

Mozart: Symphony No. 27 in G major, K. 199
Academy of Ancient Music/Christopher Hogwood
(L’Oiseau Lyre)

Cultural cuts rejected


A budget plan agreed to by congressional leaders over the weekend preserves spending on the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities and Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Trump administration had proposed eliminating funds for the cultural agencies.

The plan, covering about $1 trillion in federal spending for the 2017 fiscal year, increases the NEA and NEH budgets to $150 million each and maintains CPB funding (currently $445 million), The Washington Post’s Kelsey Snell and Ed O’Keefe report:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/05/01/whats-in-the-spending-agreement-we-read-it-so-you-dont-have-to/

The House of Representatives and Senate are expected to vote on the bipartisan budget deal this week.

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 Miró Quartet, one of the most celebrated American string quartets, makes its local debut in the last of this season’s Rennolds Chamber Concerts at Virginia Commonwealth University with a program of Haydn, Beethoven and Dvořák, May 6 at the Singleton Arts Center. . . . Peter Wilson conducts the Richmond Philharmonic with a French horn quartet – James Ferree, Thomas Jöstlein, George Harple and Merry Beth Hall – in a program of Schumann, Mendelssohn and Brahms, May 7 at Collegiate School’s Hershey Arts Center. . . . Steven Smith conducts and discusses Brahms’ First Symphony in the last of the season’s Casual Fridays mini-concerts on May 12, and conducts the orchestra in the Brahms, Elgar’s Cello Concerto with Gary Hoffman as soloist and John Knowles Paine’s rarely heard “Oedipus Tyrannus” Prelude in the season finale of the Masterworks series on May 13, both at the Carpenter Theatre of Dominion Arts Center. . . . The James River Singers, led by David Pedersen, perform works by Brahms, Morten Lauridsen, John Rutter and others, May 19 at Trinity Lutheran Church and May 20 at the Church of the Holy Comforter, Episcopal. . . . The Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale, led by Ryan Tibbetts and joined by organist Daniel Stipe and an orchestra, present an all-Mozart program, including the Requiem, May 19 at River Road Presbyterian Church and May 21 at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church in Ashland. . . . The ACRONYM Baroque Ensemble plays instrumental works from the 17th century in “Venice to Vienna,” May 26 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. . . . The Symphony Musicians of Richmond, Ankush Bahl conducting, play Brahms, Mendelssohn, Elgar and Beethoven in “Music Unites,” their annual benefit for the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg, May 31 at St. Michael Catholic Church in Glen Allen.

* Noteworthy elsewhere: Highlights of the Virginia Arts Festival’s classical programming include Chanticleer, May 3 at Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Arts Center in Newport News and May 4 at Christ & St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Norfolk; the American String Quartet playing Haydn, Beethoven and Bartók, May 9 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth; JoAnn
Falletta conducting the Virginia Symphony & Chorus and Choral Arts Society of Washington in Berlioz’s Requiem, May 20 at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk; pianist Olga Kern playing Rachmaninoff, Gershwin, Scriabin and Balakirev, May 24 at the Wells Theatre in Norfolk; and the premiere of the chamber opera “KEPT: a Ghost Story” by Kristin Kuster & Megan Levad, May 25 and 28 at the Attucks Theater in Norfolk. . . . Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin play two-piano works by Stravinsky, Debussy and Mozart, May 1 at the Music Center at Strathmore, in the Maryland suburbs of DC. . . . Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato sings Handel’s “Ariodante” with The English Concert, May 2 at the Kennedy Center in Washington. . . . Washington National Opera wraps up its current season with Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” sung by an alternating cast in 14 performances from May 6 to 21 at the Kennedy Center. . . . Pianist Murray Perahia plays Bach, Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven, May 14 at Strathmore in the Maryland suburbs of DC. . . . Pianist Maurizio Pollini performs in an all-Chopin program, May 16 at the Kennedy Center. . . . The Fredericksburg Chamber Music Festival presents three programs, with music by Brahms, Schubert, Bach, Dohnányi, Peter Schickele and others, May 16, 18 and 19 at Trinity Episcopal Church. . . 
Ton Koopman, the Dutch early music maestro, conducts the National Symphony Orchestra in music of Bach and Handel, May 18-20 at the Kennedy Center. . . Audra McDonald, the noted opera and music-theater soprano, performs on May 26 at Strathmore.


May 1 (6:30 p.m.)
Taubman Museum, 110 Salem Ave., Roanoke
Roanoke Symphony Virtuosi
“Impressionist Garden”
works TBA by Ravel, Debussy, Copland, others
$35-$45
(540) 343-9127
http://rso.com

May 1 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Leif Ove Andsnes & Marc-André Hamelin, pianos
Mozart: Larghetto and Allegro in E flat major
Stravinsky: Concerto for two pianos
Debussy: “En blanc et noir”
Stravinsky: “The Rite of Spring”
$45-$80
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts)
http://www.strathmore.org

May 2 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano
The English Concert
Handel: “Ariodante”
in Italian
$39-$125
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

May 3 (7:30 p.m.)
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Laurel Street at Floyd Avenue, Richmond
David Jonies, organ
Buxtehude: Praeludium in E major, BuxWV 141
J.S. Bach: Partita on “Christ, der du bist der helle Tag”
Juan Cabanilles: “Tiento partido de mano derecho de 1. Tono”
Guilmant: “March on a Theme by Handel,” Op. 15
Richard Proulx: “Pavane – Danse liturgique”
Reger: Sonata No. 2, Op. 60
free
(804) 359-5651
http://richmondcathedral.org

May 3 (noon)
St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg
David Jonies, organ
works TBA by Guilmant, Handel, Reger, Leo Sowerby
free
(757) 229-3631
http://www.bedeva.org/concerts

May 3 (7:30 p.m.)
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News
May 4 (7:30 p.m.)
Christ & St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 560 W. Olney Road, Norfolk
Virginia Arts Festival:
Chanticleer
program TBA
$26.25-$35
(757) 282-2822
http://vafest.org

May 4 (7:30 p.m.)
Chrysler Hall, 215 St. Paul’s Boulevard, Norfolk
Virginia Symphony Pops
Virginia Symphony Chorus
Benjamin Rous conducting
“The Music of ‘Star Wars’ ”
$25-$100
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

May 5 (6:15 p.m.)
Chimborazo Park, Richmond
East End Festival:
Richmond Symphony
conductor TBA
Virginia Rep members
Roxbury
program TBA
free
(804) 788-1212
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

May 5 (7:30 p.m.)
Moss Arts Center, Virginia Tech, 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg
New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players
Gilbert & Sullivan: “H.M.S. Pinafore”
cast TBA
in English
$40-$75
(540) 231-5100
http://artscenter.vt.edu

May 5 (8 p.m.)
May 6 (2 and 8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra Pops
Steven Reineke conducting
Indigo Girls, guest stars
$24-$99
(800) 434-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

May 5 (8:15 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Markus Stenz conducting & speaking
“Off the Cuff: Stravinsky’s ‘The Firebird’ ”
$35-$99
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

May 6 (8 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
Rennolds Chamber Concerts:
Miró Quartet
Haydn: Quartet in D major, Op. 20, No. 4
Dvořák: “Cypresses” (selections)
Beethoven: Quartet in C sharp minor, Op. 131
$34
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events

May 6 (7 p.m.)
May 7 (2 p.m.)
May 8 (7 p.m.)
May 9 (7:30 p.m.)
May 10 (7:30 p.m.)
May 11 (7:30 p.m.)
May 13 (7 p.m.)
May 14 (2 p.m.)
May 15 (7 p.m.)
May 17 (7:30 p.m.)
May 18 (7:30 p.m.)
May 19 (7:30 p.m.)
May 20 (7 p.m.)
May 21 (2 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington
Washington National Opera
Philippe Auguin conducting
Puccini: “Madama Butterfly”
Ermonela Jaho/See-Kyung Rim/
Yunah Lee/Raquel González (Cio-Cio San)
Brian Jagde/Dimitri Pittas/Chaz’men Williams-Ali (Pinkerton)
Troy Cook/Trevor Scheunemann/Hunter Enoch (Sharpless)
Kristen Choi/Daryl Freedman (Suzuki)
Ian McEuen (Goro)
Timothy J. Bruno (The Bonze)
Michael Adams (Yamadori)
Allegra De Vita (Kate Sharpless)
Andrew Bogard (Commissioner)
James Shaffran (Registrar)
Leslie Swackhamer, stage director
in Italian, English captions
$25-$300
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

May 7 (4 p.m.)
Hershey Arts Center, Collegiate School, North Mooreland Road, Richmond
Richmond Philharmonic
Peter Wilson conducting
Mendelssohn: “Hebrides” Overture
Schumann: “Konzertstück” in F major
James Ferree, Thomas Jöstlein, George Harple & Merry Beth Hall, French horns
Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major
$8 in advance, $10 at door
(804) 673-7400
http://www.richmondphilharmonic.org

May 7 (3 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Markus Stenz conducting
Mendelssohn: “Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage”
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major
David Fray, piano
Stravinsky: “The Firebird”
$35-$99
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

May 9 (7:30 p.m.)
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 424 Washington St., Portsmouth
Virginia Arts Festival:
American String Quartet
Haydn: Quartet in G major, Op. 76, No. 1
Bartók: Quartet No. 3
Beethoven: Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2 (“Razumovsky”)
$35
(757) 282-2822
http://vafest.org

May 10 (7:30 p.m.)
Hixon Theater, 440 Bank St., Norfolk
American String Quartet
André-Michel Schub, piano
Beethoven: Quartet in B flat major, Op. 18, No. 6
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 3
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34
SOLD OUT (waiting list)
(757) 282-2822
http://vafest.org

May 11 (10:30 a.m.)
Williamsburg Winery, 5800 Wessex Hundred
Virginia Arts Festival:
American String Quartet
André-Michel Schub, piano
Mozart: Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K. 493
Ravel: Quartet in F major
SOLD OUT (waiting list)
(757) 282-2822
http://vafest.org

May 11 (7 p.m.)
May 12 (8 p.m.)
May 13 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Gustavo Gimeno conducting
Tchaikovsky: “The Nutcracker” Suite
Christopher Rouse: Organ Concerto
Paul Jacobs, organ
Rimsky-Korsakov: “Scheherazade”
$15-$89
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

May 12 (6:30 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Casual Fridays:
Richmond Symphony
Steven Smith conducting & speaking
Todd Waldo, host
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor
$10-$50
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

May 12 (7:30 p.m.)
Salem Civic Center, 1001 Roanoke Boulevard
Roanoke Symphony Pops
David Stewart Wiley conducting
Eric van Hoven, Sean MacLaughlin,
Alicia Hall Moran & Jennifer Hope Wills, vocalists
“My Fair Broadway”
$32-$53
(540) 343-9127
http://rso.com

May 13 (8 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony
Steven Smith conducting
John Knowles Paine: “Oedipus Tyrannus” Prelude
Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor
Gary Hoffman, cello
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor
$10-$80
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

May 13 (8 p.m.)
Regent University Theater, Virginia Beach
Virginia Symphony
Benjamin Rous conducting
Malcom Arnold: “Tam O’Shanter” Overture
Britten: “Suite on English Folk Songs”
Beethoven-Rous: “Irish songs
John McGuire, tenor
Haydn: Symphony No. 101 in D major (“Clock”)
$25-$45
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

May 13 (8 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
Christopher Zimmerman conducting
Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor (“Choral”)
Danielle Talamantes, soprano
Janine Hawley, mezzo-soprano
Kyle Tomlin, tenor
David Murray, bass
Fairfax Choral Society
Music & Arts Chorus
$39-$65
(888) 945-2468 (Tickets.com)
http://www.fairfaxsymphony.org

May 13 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Markus Stenz conducting
Mozart: Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201
Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E flat major
Andrew Balio, trumpet
Detlev Glanert: “Frenesia”
Richard Strauss: “Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks”
$35-$99
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

May 14 (4 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Oratorio Society of Central Virginia
Michael Slon directing
Danielle Talamantes, soprano
Jordan Davidson, tenor
Jeremy Thompson, organ
“A Celebration of Great Choruses”
works TBA by J.S. Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn, Orff, Rachmaninoff, Bernstein
$25
(434) 924-3376
http://oratoriosociety.org

May 14 (5 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
The Washington Chorus
Julian Wachner directing
Stravinsky: “Oedipus Rex”
Orff: “Carmina burana”
Colleen Daly, soprano
Margaret Lattimore, mezzo-soprano
Vale Rideout & Robert Baker, tenors
Christopher Burchett, baritone
Morris Robinson, bass
Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington
Children’s Chorus of Washington
Washington National Cathedral Boy & Girl Choristers
$18-$72
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

May 14 (5 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Murray Perahia, piano
J.S. Bach “French Suite” No. 6 in E major, BWV 817
Schubert: 4 impromptus, D. 935
Mozart: Rondo in A minor, K. 511
Beethoven: Sonata in C minor, Op. 111
$45-$80
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts)
http://www.strathmore.org

May 15 (7 and 9:30 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
Mason Bates’ KC Jukebox:
Mason Bates, composer & electronica
Thievery Corporation
DJ Justin Reed
DJ Striz
Bates: “The Rise of Exotic Computing”
other works TBA
$29-$59
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

May 16 (7 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 825 College Ave., Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg Chamber Music Festival:
Bayla Keyes & Peter Zazofsky, violins
Steven Ansell & Daniel Foster, violas
Michael Reynolds & Mihail Jojatu, cellos
Kathleen Reynolds, bassoon
Michele Levin, piano
Dvořák: Terzetto
Peter Schickele: “Serenade for Six”
Brahms: String Sextet in G major, Op. 36
$30
(540) 374-5040
http://artsliveva.org

May 16 (7:30 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
Maurizio Pollini, piano
Chopin: Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 1
Chopin: Nocturne in D flat major, Op. 27, No. 2
Chopin: Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47
Chopin: Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52
Chopin: Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57
Chopin: Scherzo in B minor, Op. 20, No. 1
Chopin: Nocturne in F minor, Op. 55, No. 1
Chopin: Nocturne in E flat major, Op. 55, No. 2
Chopin: Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58
$25-$89
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

May 17 (10:30 a.m.)
Hixon Theater, 440 Bank St., Norfolk
Virginia Arts Festival:
Jinjoo Cho & Eric Wong, violins
Fitz Gary, viola
Madeline Fayette, cello
Haydn: Quartet in F major, Op. 77, No. 2 (“Lobkowitz”)
Osvaldo Golijov: “Tenebrae”
Mendelssohn: Quartet in E flat major, Op. 44, No. 3
$20
(757) 282-2822
http://vafest.org

May 18 (10:30 a.m.)
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 434 Washington St., Portsmouth
Virginia Arts Festival:
André-Michel Schub, piano
Debra Wendells Cross, flute
Sherie Lake Aguirre, oboe
Haydn: Trio in D major, Hob. XV:16
Schubert: Fantasy in C major, D. 760 (“Wanderer”)
Poulenc: Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano
$20
(757) 282-2822
http://vafest.org

May 18 (7 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 825 College Ave., Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg Chamber Music Festival:
Bayla Keyes & Peter Zazofsky, violins
Steven Ansell & Daniel Foster, violas
Michael Reynolds & Mihail Jojatu, cellos
Paul Glenn, double-bass
Carol Wincenc, flute
Kathleen Reynolds, bassoon
William Hudgins, clarinet
William Schamberg, French horn
Michele Levin, piano
J.S. Bach: “A Musical Offering”
Richard Strauss-Franz Hasenöhrl: “Till Eulenspiegel – einmal Anders!”
Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667 (“Trout”)
$30
(540) 374-5040
http://artsliveva.org

May 18 (7 p.m.)
May 19 (11:30 a.m.)
May 20 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Ton Koopman conducting
J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major,
BWV 1068
J.S. Bach: “Brandenburg” Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046
Handel: Concerto “a due cori” No. 3 in F major
Handel: “Music for the Royal Fireworks”
$25-$99
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

May 19 (7 p.m.)
Trinity Lutheran Church, 2315 N. Parham Road, Richmond
May 20 (7 p.m.)
Church of the Holy Comforter, Episcopal, Monument Avenue at Staples Mill Road, Richmond
James River Singers
David Pedersen directing
Ola Gjeilo: “Dark Night of the Soul”
John Rutter: “Fancies”
Brahms: choral quartets
Ethan Sperry: “Desh”
Morten Lauridsen: “Sure on This Shining Night”
$15
(804) 814-5446
http://thejamesriversingers.org

May 19 (7:30 p.m.)
River Road Presbyterian Church, 8960 River Road, Richmond
May 21 (3 p.m.)
Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, 201 Henry St., Ashland
Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale
orchestra
Ryan Tibbetts conducting
Daniel Stipe, organ
Mozart: Te Deum
Mozart: “Ave verum corpus”
Mozart: Requiem
soloists TBA
$10 in advance, $15 at door
(800) 838-3006
http://cvamc.org

May 19 (7 p.m.)
Trinity Episcopal Church, 825 College Ave., Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg Chamber Music Festival:
Bayla Keyes & Peter Zazofsky, violins
Steven Ansell & Daniel Foster, violas
Michael Reynolds & Mihail Jojatu, cellos
Carol Wincenc, flute
William Hudgins, clarinet
William Schamberg, French horn
Michele Levin, piano
festival young artists
Gebriela Lena Frank: “Four Aztec-Mayan Pieces”
Jan Bach: “Four Two-Bit Contraptions” for flute and horn
J.S. Bach: “Brandenburg” Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
Dohnányi: Sextet in G major, Op. 37
$30
(540) 374-5040
http://artsliveva.org

May 19 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Virginia Glee Club
Frank Albinder directing
Finals Concert
program TBA
free
(434) 924-3052
http://music.virginia.edu/events

May 20 (8 p.m.)
Chrysler Hall, 215 St. Paul’s Boulevard, Norfolk
Virginia Arts Festival:
Virginia Symphony
JoAnn Falletta conducting
Berlioz: Requiem
Ryan McPherson, tenor
Virginia Symphony Chorus
Choral Arts Society of Washington
$18.75-$110
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

May 20 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
National Philharmonic
Piotr Gajewski conducting
Orff: “Carmina burana”
Marlissa Hudson, soprano
Robert Baker, tenor
Philip Cutlip, baritone
Strathmore Children’s Chorus
National Philharmonic Chorale
$34-$84
(301) 581-5100
http://www.strathmore.org

May 21 (4 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) 788-1212
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

May 21 (7 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra
Chia-Hsuan Lin conducting
program TBA
free
(804) 788-1212
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

May 23 (8:30 p.m.)
St. Bridget Catholic Church, 6006 Three Chopt Road, Richmond
Rachel Laurin, organ
program TBA
free
(804) 282-9511
http://www.saintbridgetchurch.org

May 24 (7:30 p.m.)
Wells Theatre, 108 E. Tazewell St., Norfolk
Virginia Arts Festival:
Olga Kern, piano
Rachmaninoff: 3 études-tableaux
Rachmaninoff: 8 préludes
Gershwin: “Three Preludes”
Gershwin-Wild: “Seven Virtuoso Études” (selections)
Rachmaninoff: Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36
Scriabin: 2 études
Balakirev: “Islamey”
$26.25-$49
(757) 282-2822
http://vafest.org

May 25 (10:30 a.m.)
Sandler Arts Center, 201 S. Market St., Virginia Beach
Virginia Arts Festival:
Olga Kern & Vladislav Kern, pianos
works TBA by Liszt, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev
$20
(757) 282-2822
http://vafest.org

May 25 (7:30 p.m.)
May 28 (3 p.m.)
Attucks Theater, 1010 Church St., Norfolk
Virginia Arts Festival:
ensemble
JoAnn Falletta conducting
Kristin Kuster & Megan Levad: “KEPT: a Ghost Story” (premiere)
William Burden, tenor
Mary Birnbaum, stage director
in English
$18.75-$25
(757) 282-2822
http://vafest.org

May 26 (7 p.m.)
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Laurel Street at Floyd Avenue, Richmond
ACRONYM Baroque Ensemble
“Venice to Vienna”
Giovanni Priuli: “Sacrorum Concentuum” – Canzona Prima à 8
Giovanni Valentini: Sonata à 4 in G minor (“Enharmonic”)
Antonio Bertali: Sonata à 6 in D minor
Valentini: Sonata à 5 in G minor
Alessandro Poglietti: Sonata à 8 in A minor
Bertali: Sonata à 8 in C major
Valentini: Sonata à 5 in C major
Bertali: Sonata à 8 in A minor
Samuel Capricornus: Sonata à 8 in A minor
Clemens Thieme: Sonata à 8 in C major
Johann Rosenmüller: Sonate da Camera – Sonata à 5 No. 8 in E minor
Adam Drese: Sonata à 6 in C major
Johann Christoph Pezel: “Opus Musicum Sonatarum” – Ciacona in B flat major
free
(804) 359-5651
http://richmondcathedral.org

May 26 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Audra McDonald, soprano
pianist TBA
program TBA
$45-$105
(301) 581-5100
http://www.strathmore.org

May 27 (8 p.m.)
Main Street, Gloucester
Virginia Symphony
conductor TBA
“Symphony Under the Stars”
program TBA
free
(757) 892-6366
http://www.virginiasymphony.org

May 28 (8 p.m.)
West Lawn U.S. Capitol, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
conductor TBA
guest stars TBA
National Memorial Day Concert
program TBA
free
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

May 31 (7 p.m.)
St. Michael Catholic Church, 4491 Springfield Road, Glen Allen
Symphony Musicians of Richmond
Ankush Bahl conducting
“Music Unites”
Brahms: “Tragic” Overture
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major (“Italian”)
Elgar: “Enigma Variations” – “Nimrod”
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor –
“Ode to Joy” (excerpt)
$20; proceeds benefit United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg
(804) 771-5866
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/music-unites-tickets-34005146308