Monday, October 22, 2007

Richmond Festival of Music dates

Cellist James Wilson and four other musicians will present "Baroque by Candlelight," a program previewing the 2008 Richmond Festival of Music, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at Wilton House Museum, 215 S. Wilton Road.

Wilson, artistic director of the festival, will be joined by New York-based baroque violinists Claire Jolivet and Theresa Salomon, Richmond Symphony flutist Mary Boodell and harpsichordist Carsten Schmidt in chamber music that might have been heard in the homes of early Americans. The program includes works by Handel, J.S. and C.P.E. Bach, Corelli, John Antes and Raynor Taylor.

Admission, $25 for adults, $15 for students, covers the concert and a tour of Wilton, an 18th-century mansion overlooking the James River in Richmond’s West End.

The ensemble will play the same program in a fund-raiser for the Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia, the festival’s presenting organization, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Wilton. Tickets for that event are $50.

The 2008 festival will run from April 8 to May 3, with five concerts at Second Presbyterian Church, Bon Air Presbyterian Church and the Virginia Holocaust Museum, as well as a chamber-music workshop for adults and secondary-school students.

The series, "Two Centuries of Music from America," will feature 14 musicians and groups in works by 29 composers at work in this country from the late-18th century through the present.

Series tickets are $110 for adults, $85 for seniors and $35 for students. Single tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students.

Tickets for both the preview concerts and the festival will go on sale Nov. 1.

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