Wednesday, March 26, 2008

VCU Rennolds series 2008-09

The Guarneri String Quartet will play one of the last dates in a 45-year career in next season’s Mary Anne Rennolds Chamber Concerts at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The Guarneri, organized in 1964 and a regular presence in the VCU chamber-music series since the early 1980s, will perform at the university in February. Last summer, the group announced its intention to retire in 2009.

In addition to the Guarneri, the 2008-09 Rennolds series will feature the Richmond debut of one of the most prominent of the younger American string ensembles, the Daedalus Quartet, which recently concluded residencies at the Juilliard School and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and is now quartet-in-residence at Columbia University.

Other artists booked for Rennolds Chamber Concerts next season are pianist Awadagin Pratt, violinist Rachel Barton Pine and, in first Richmond performances, the Hungarian Virtuosi chamber orchestra and the Imani Winds.

Pratt, Pine and the Imani Winds will present master classes in conjunction with their visits.

Performances will be staged at 8 p.m. in Vlahcevic Concert Hall of VCU’s Singleton Arts Center, Park Avenue at Harrison Street.

The 2008-09 Rennolds Chamber Concerts schedule:

* Daedalus Quartet, Sept. 13.

* Awadagin Pratt, Oct. 25. (Master class, 4 p.m. Oct. 24.)

* Hungarian Virtuosi, Nov. 15.

* Rachel Barton Pine, Jan. 31. (Master class, 4 p.m. Jan. 30.)

* Guarneri Quartet, Feb. 28.

* Imani Winds, April 4. (Master class, 4 p.m. April 3.)

Season subscriptions are $125, $105 for seniors 60 and older, $50 for full-time students. Single tickets are $32, $28 for seniors, $10 for students.

Details at the VCU Music Department box office: (804) 828-6776.