Thursday, January 31, 2013

Virginia Symphony 2013-14

Midori, the esteemed Japanese-American violinist, will join the Virginia Symphony and its music director, JoAnn Falletta, in the opening concerts of the of the 2013-14 season of Hampton Roads-based orchestra.

The coming season also will feature guest appearances by Thomas Wilkins, the onetime Richmond Symphony associate conductor, now music director of the Omaha Symphony, and guest performances by violinist Michael Ludwig, the piano duo of Christina and Michelle Naughton and pianist Martina Filjak.

Wilkins will conduct a ninth classical concert, featuring Brendon Eliot, the young violinist from Newport News, in the Violin Concerto of the Hampton Roads-based composer Adolphus Hailstork.

Falletta will conduct five of the eight classical subscription concerts scheduled next season.

Classical and pops mainstage concerts will be staged at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk, the Sandler Arts Center in Virginia Beach and the Ferguson Arts Center at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, with one pops date at Norfolk’s Harrison Opera House.

For information on subscription ticket packages, call the Virginia Symphony box office at (757) 892-6366 or visit

Mainstage concert dates, artists and repertory for the 2013-14 Virginia Symphony season:

* Sept. 20 (Newport News), 21 (Norfolk), 22 (Virginia Beach) – JoAnn Falletta conducting. Kabalevsky: “Colas Breugnon” Overture; Prokofiev: “Romeo and Juliet” ballet suite; Brahms: Violin Concerto (Midori, violin).

* Oct. 17 (Newport News), 19 (Harrison Opera House, Norfolk) – Brent Havens conducting. “I Will Always Love You: a Tribute to Whitney Houston.”

* Oct. 26 (Norfolk), 27 (Virginia Beach) – Maximiano Valdés conducting. Verdi: work TBA; Rossini: Stabat Mater (Virginia Symphony Chorus).

* Nov. 15 (Newport News), 16 (Norfolk), 23 (Virginia Beach) – Benjamin Rous conducting. Stravinsky: “Apollon musagète;” Bach: Concerto in A major, BWV 1055, for oboe d’amore and orchestra (Sherie Aguirre, oboe d’amore); Beethoven: Symphony No. 5.

* Dec. 14 (Norfolk), 15 (Virginia Beach) – Robert Shoup conducting. Holiday Pops program (Virginia Symphony Chorus).

* Dec. 20 (Newport News), 21 (Norfolk) – JoAnn Falletta conducting. Handel: “Messiah” (soloists TBA, Virginia Symphony Chorus).

* Jan. 24 (Newport News), 25 (Norfolk), 26 (Virginia Beach) – Jo Ann Falletta conducting. Saint-Saëns: “Carnival of the Animals;” Poulenc: Concerto for two pianos (Christina & Michelle Naughton, pianos); Debussy: “La Mer;” Ravel: “Bolero.”

* Feb. 6 (Newport News), 8 (Norfolk) – Benjamin Rous conducting. “Classical Mystery Tour: a Tribute to The Beatles.”

* Feb. 21 (Newport News), 22 (Norfolk), 23 (Virginia Beach) – JoAnn Falletta conducting. Barber: “Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance;” Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 (Martina Filjak, piano); Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances.

* March 8 (Norfolk) – Benjamin Rous conducting. “VSO Pops Salutes Broadway.”

* March 14 (Newport News), 15 (Norfolk) – Thomas Wilkins conducting. Bernstein-Harmon: “Candide” Suite; Roberto Sierra: Concerto for saxophones (James Carter, saxophone); William Grant Still: Symphony No. 1 (“Afro-American”); Copland: “Billy the Kid” Suite.

* April 4 (Newport News), 5 (Norfolk), 6 (Virginia Beach) – JoAnn Falletta conducting. Webern: “Im Sommerwind;” Sibelius: Violin Concerto (Michael Ludwig, violin); Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 (Pathétique”).

* April 11 (Newport News), 12 (Norfolk) – Benjamin Rous conducting. “Pixar in Concert.”

* April 27 (Newport News) – Thomas Wilkins conducting. Adolphus Hailstork: Violin Concerto (Brendon Eliot, violin); other works TBA.

Classical coughers

The German economist Andreas Wagner tells BBC Radio 4's Today program that people are twice as likely to cough during concerts of classical music than they are outside the concert hall. That holds true, Wagner says, even when the relatively older age of classical audiences is taken into account, reports Rosa Silverman of The Telegraph (UK):

And when can one expect crescendos of coughing? In modern works and slow movements.

If that surprises you, sneeze.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

VA conductor tapped for showcase

Benjamin Rous, associate conductor of the Virginia Symphony of Hampton Roads, is one of six selected to perform in the 2013 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, the League of American Orchestras’ biennial showcase of young conducting talent.

The concert, with the Jacksonville (FL) Symphony, will take place on March 13.

Rous, an alumnus of Harvard University and the University of Michigan who also is a violinist, harpsichordist and composer, joined the Virginia Symphony in 2010. He served for two seasons as assistant conductor of the Phoenix Symphony, and since 2000 has performed with the Arcturus Chamber Ensemble of Carlisle, MA.

Others selected for the showcase are Joshua David Gersen, music director of the New York Youth Symphony and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Conducting Fellow of the New World Symphony of Miami; Keitaro Harada, assistant conductor of the Arizona Opera and music director of the Phoenix Youth Symphony; Gavriel Heine, staff conductor at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, and music director of the Northern Lights Festival Opera in Minnesota; Vladimir Kulenovic, associate conductor of the Utah Symphony & Utah Opera; and Sameer Patel, assistant conductor of the Fort Wayne (IN) Philharmonic.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Review: Richmond Symphony

Steven Smith conducting
Jan. 26, Richmond CenterStage

Paquito D’Rivera, the Cuban-born jazz reed player and bandleader, has also written several classical concert works. “Gran Danzón” (“Bel Air” Concerto) for flute and orchestra may be the best-known of these pieces, partly because of its rhythmic infectiousness and deftly colorful orchestration, and partly because the flutist for whom it was written, Marina Piccinini, is such a virtuosic and persuasive advocate for the music.

The flute may seem an odd choice for leading voice of a work rooted in Latin dance music – the prevailing horn is typically a saxophone or brass instrument; but the Cuban danzón in its traditional form was played on wooden flutes. The musicians’ “fresh and peculiar way of playing” inspired “Gran Danzón,” D’Rivera writes. (The “Bel Air” subtitle refers to the vintage Chevrolets still on the road in Cuba.)

Piccinini, who introduced the concerto 12 years ago, has by now thoroughly absorbed its idiom – not just its rhythms and colors, but also its deep integration of Latin expression and classical form. She plays the piece as a concert work of scope and subtlety, not as some detour into sonic or stylistic novelty.

Conductor Steven Smith and the Richmond Symphony approached the D’Rivera concerto in the same spirit, emphasizing its neoclassical qualities while getting into its hip-swaying rhythmic grooves.

Smith and the orchestra took a similar, and comparably surprising, approach to Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade.” This symphonic chestnut is commonly played as lushly and largely as an orchestra can manage. This interpretation is much more transparent – its silences are as musical as its torrents of tone – and more centered on the expressiveness and colorations of soloists and ensembles.

The most prominent soloist in “Scheherazade” is the first violinist, the voice of the Sultana spinning her tales from “The Arabian Nights.” Daisuke Yamamoto, in his first classical concert as the symphony’s new concertmaster, proved to be a spellbinding tale-spinner, boasting a silvery tone and unusually sensitive phrasing.

The program opens with a work by Smith, who is a noted composer as well as a conductor. His “La Chasse” (1994), originally the finale of “Quattro Contro” for chamber orchestra, is not exactly what its title might lead the listener to expect. The chase here does not sound to be part of a hunt – its motion (and some of its sound effects) seem more vehicular than horse-driven, and its bright colors and sometimes complex construction and texture suggest a busy freeway more than they do than hills and dales. The seven-minute piece shows off the orchestra, and raises the curtain, nicely.

The program repeats at 3 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Carpenter Theatre of Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets. Tickets: $10-$73. Details: (800) 514-3849 (ETIX);

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Virginia Opera 2013-14

Virginia Opera will open its 2013-14 season with the company’s first production of Verdi’s last opera, “Falstaff.” Other works on the schedule are Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” Richard Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos” and Bizet’s “Carmen.”

The coming season also features two special engagements: Puccini’s “The Girl of the Golden West” in January at the Sandler Arts Center in Virginia Beach, Ferguson Arts Center at Christopher Newport University in Newport News and Richmond CenterStage; and Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd” in May at the Harrison Opera House in Norfolk and Richmond CenterStage. The Puccini was to have been produced last fall by Lyric Opera Virginia, but the company delayed the show for lack of funds. The Sondheim musical is running during the Virginia Arts Festival.

All six productions will be staged at the Carpenter Theatre of Richmond CenterStage, five of them at the Harrison Opera House in Norfolk. The four-opera regular season also will be presented at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax. “The Girl of the Golden West” will be performed at the Sandler Arts Center in Virginia Beach and Ferguson Arts Center of Christopher Newport University in Newport News, as well as the Richmond venue.

Ticket subscription prices for the four-opera season range from $89 to $369 in Norfolk and $96 to $358 in Richmond. Subscriptions will go on sale in Fairfax on April 11. Ticket prices for the two specials are $35 to $100 in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, $35 to $97 in Richmond; and $32 to $90 in Newport News.

For more information, call (866) 673-7282 or visit Virginia Opera’s website,

Dates and casting for Virginia Opera’s 2013-14 season:

* “Falstaff” (in Italian, English captions) – Joseph Rescigno conducting; Stephen Lawless, stage director. Stars Stephen Powell (Falstaff), Weston Hurt (Ford), Elizabeth Caballero (Alice Ford). Sept. 27 (8 p.m.), Sept. 29 (2:30 p.m.) and Oct. 1 (7:30 p.m.) in Norfolk; Oct. 4 (8 p.m.) and Oct. 6 (2:30 p.m.) in Richmond; Oct. 11 (8 p.m.) and Oct. 13 (2 p.m.) in Fairfax.

* “The Magic Flute” (in English, English captions) – Mark Russell Smith conducting; Michael Shell, stage director. Stars Matthew Plenk (Tamino), Nadine Sierra (Pamina), Heather Buck (Queen of the Night), David Pershall (Papageno). Nov. 8 (8 p.m.), Nov. 10 (2:30 p.m.) and Nov. 12 (7:30 p.m.) in Norfolk; Nov. 22 (8 p.m.) and Nov. 24 (2:30 p.m.) in Richmond; Dec. 6 (8 p.m.) and Dec. 7 (2 p.m.) in Fairfax.

* “The Girl of the Golden West” (in Italian, English captions) Conductor TBA; Lillian Groag, stage director. Cast TBA. Jan. 10 (8 p.m.) and Jan. 12 (2:30 p.m.) in Virginia Beach; Jan. 17 (8 p.m.) and Jan. 19 (2:30 p.m.) in Richmond; Jan. 23 (7:30 p.m.) in Newport News.

* “Ariadne auf Naxos” (in German, English captions) – Garrett Keast conducting; stage director TBA. Stars Christina Pier (Ariadne), Audrey Luna (Zerbinetta). Feb. 7 (8 p.m.), Feb. 9 (2:30 p.m.) and Feb. 11 (7:30 p.m.) in Norfolk; Feb. 14 (8 p.m.) and Feb. 16 (2 p.m.) in Fairfax; Feb. 21 (8 p.m.) and Feb. 23 (2:30 p.m.) in Richmond.

* “Carmen” (in French, English captions) – John DeMain conducting; Tazewell Thompson, stage director. Stars Heather Johnson (Carmen), Corrine Winters (Micaëla). March 21 (8 p.m.), March 23 (2:30 p.m.) and March 25 (7:30 p.m.) in Norfolk; April 4 (8 p.m.) and April 6 (2:30 p.m.) in Richmond; April 11 (8 p.m.) and April 13 (2 p.m.) in Fairfax.

* “Sweeney Todd” (in English, English captions) Conductor TBA; Ron Daniels, stage director. Cast TBA. May May 9 (8 p.m.), May 10 (2:30 and 8 p.m.) and May 11 (2:30 p.m.) in Norfolk; May 23 (8 p.m.), May 24 (2:30 and 8 p.m.) and May 25 (2:30 p.m.) in Richmond.

James A. Jerritt (1925-2013)

James A. (Jerry) Jerritt, a presence in Richmond’s music scene for six decades, has died at 87.

Perhaps best-known as a record and sheet-music salesman, at Walter D. Moses and Jerritt & Morgan, Jerritt also was an active pianist and writer on music. His reviews of live performances were published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch in the 1960s and again in the 1980s and ’90s.

Living for about 10 years in Minneapolis-St. Paul, he was a record-store manager and publicist for a record distribution firm.

Jerry Jerritt was a valued colleague, and an even more valued friend.

ADDENDUM: Ellen Robertson's obituary for The

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Tuesday Evening Concerts 2013-14

The eminent Takács Quartet, three lauded young solo instrumentalists – pianist Yevgeny Sudbin, cellist Alisa Weilerstein and violinist Ray Chen – and three prominent early music ensembles will perform in the 2013-14 season of the Tuesday Evening Concert Series in Charlottesville.

The early music groups include Les Violons du Roy, a Quebec-based chamber orchestra; Ensemble Plus Ultra, a nine-member vocal group from Britain; and the Venice Baroque Orchestra, one of the leading Italian early instruments bands. Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, a frequent performer at the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and other major companies, will join Les Violons du Roy in their concert.

All performances will begin at 8 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

For information on ticket subscriptions for the series, whose concerts often sell out in advance, call (434) 244-9505 or visit the series’ website,

Dates and programs for the coming season:

Oct. 1 – Ray Chen, violin; pianist TBA. Mozart: Sonata in A major, K. 305; Tartini-Kreisler: “Devil’s Sonata;” Saint-Saëns: “Introduction and Rondo capriccioso;” Bach: Partita No. 3 in E major; Sarasate: “Habañera,” Op. 21, No. 2; Sarasate: “Playera,” Op. 23, No. 5; Sarasate: “Zigeunerweisen.”

Oct. 22 – Les Violons du Roy with Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano. Telemann: Suite in C major; Haydn: Cantata “Arianna a Naxos;” Bach: Suite No. 4 in D major; Handel: “Empio, diro, tu sei, togliti,” “Priva son d’ogni conforto” and “Si spietata, il tuo svaglia rigore svaglia” from “Julius Caesar.”

Nov. 12 – Ensemble Plus Ultra. Morales: “Et factum est postquam,” “Coph. Vocavi amicos meus;” Guerrero: “Celsi confessoris,” “Conditor alme siderum,” “Beata Dei genetrix;” Ribera: “Rex autem David,” “Vox in Rama;” Victoria: Incipit oratio Jeremaiae;” other works TBA.

Feb. 18 – Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon directing. Veracini: Overture in G minor for two oboes, strings and continuo; Vivaldi: Concerto in F major for two horns, strings and continuo; Vivaldi: Concerto in C major for two flutes, strings and continuo; Vivaldi: Concerto in G minor for two cellos, strings and continuo; Vivaldi: Sinfonia in C major for strings and continuo; Vivaldi: Concerto in F major for bassoon, strings and continuo; Vivaldi: Concerto in C major for sopranino recorder, strings and continuo; Geminiani: Concerto grosso in D minor (“La follia”) (after Corelli).

March 25 – Alisa Weilerstein, cello, and Inon Barnatan, piano. Beethoven: “Seven Variations on ‘Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen’;” Poulenc: Sonata for cello and piano; Shostakovich: 10 preludes from Op. 34; Rachmaninoff: Cello Sonata in G minor.

April 8 – Takács Quartet. Beethoven: Quartet in E flat major, Op. 127; Webern: “Six Bagatelles,” “Five Movements;” Dvořák: Quartet in F major, Op. 96 (“American”).

April 29 – Yevgeny Sudbin, piano. Program TBA.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

January 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 Atlantic Chamber Ensemble plays contemporary works by Arno Babajanian, Dana Wilson and David Bruce, Jan. 16 at Virginia Commonwealth University, Jan. 20 at Chester Presbyterian Church. . . . Pianist Paul Hanson plays modern classics of Scriabin, Schoenberg and Ives, Jan. 23 at the University of Richmond. . . . Flutist Marina Piccinini joins Steven Smith and the Richmond Symphony in Paquito D’Rivera’s Flute Concerto “Gran Danzon” on a program also featuring Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade,” Jan. 26-27 at Richmond CenterStage.

* Noteworthy elsewhere: Marin Alsop conducts the Baltimore Symphony and vocal forces in Prokofiev’s “Alexander Nevsky,” accompanying Sergei Eisenstein’s classic film, Jan. 122 at Strathmore in the Maryland suburbs of Washington. . . . Pianist Tzimon Barto joins Christoph Eschenbach and the National Symphony in a program of Beethoven, Bartók and Brahms, Jan. 17-19 at Washington’s Kennedy Center. . . . British violinist Chloe Hanslip joins JoAnn Falletta and the Virginia Symphony in a program highlighted by Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Violin Concerto, Jan. 18-20 at venues in Newport News, Norfolk and Virginia Beach. . . . Alsop, the Baltimore Symphony and pianist Garrick Ohlsson perform Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto in an “Off the Cuff” program of music and discussion, Jan. 18 at Strathmore. . . . Opera Lafayette, the Washington troupe specializing in reviving little-known operas, presents Félicien David’s “Lalla Roukh” (1862), Jan. 26 at the Kennedy Center. . . . Pianist Misha Dichter joins Russia’s St. Petersburg Quartet in a program of Borodin, Shostakovich and Schumann, Jan. 29 at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Jan. 4 (7:30 p.m.)
University Baptist Church, 1223 W. Main St., Charlottesville
University of Virginia University Singers
Cornell University Glee Club
program TBA
(757) 810-2932

Jan. 5 (8 p.m.)
Jan. 6 (3 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
National Philharmonic
Piotr Gajewski conducting
Telemann: Viola Concerto
Victoria Chiang, viola
Mendelssohn: String Symphony No. 9
Mozart: Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola and orchestra
Nurit Bar-Josef, violin
Victoria Chiang, viola
(301) 581-5100

Jan. 11 (8 p.m.)
The Barns at Wolf Trap, Trap Road, Vienna
JACK Quartet
Derek Bermel, composer & clarinet
Ligeti: Quartet No. 2
Bermel: “A Short History of the Universe (as Related by Nima Arkani-Hamed) (premiere)
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet
(703) 938-2404

Jan. 12 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Baltimore Choral Arts Society
Irina Tchistjakova, mezzo-soprano
Marin Alsop conducting
Prokofiev: “Alexander Nevsky”
(Sergei Eisenstein film with live accompaniment)
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)

Jan. 13 (7 p.m.)
Calvary Revival Church, 5833 Poplar Hall Drive, Norfolk
Virginia Symphony
conductor TBA
“Songs for a Dreamer: a Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.”
program TBA
(757) 213-1403

Jan. 16 (8 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
Jan. 20 (7 p.m.)
Chester Presbyterian Church, 3424 West Hundred Road
Atlantic Chamber Ensemble
Arno Babajanian: Piano Trio in F sharp minor
Dana Wilson: “Sing to me of the night”
David Bruce: “Gumboots” 
$7 in advance, $10 day of event (VCU); $5 (Chester)
(804) 223-2112

Jan. 16 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Vocal Arts DC:
Toby Spence, tenor
Graham Johnson, piano
program TBA
(800) 444-1324

Jan. 17 (7 p.m.)
Jan. 18 (8 p.m.)
Jan. 19 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach conducting
Beethoven: “Egmont" Overture
Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 2
Tzimon Barto, piano
Brahms: Symphony No. 2
(800) 444-1324

Jan. 18 (8 p.m.)
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News
Jan. 19 (8 p.m.)
Chrysler Hall, 201 Brambleton Ave., Norfolk
Jan. 20 (2:30 p.m.)
Sandler Arts Center, 201 S. Market St., Virginia Beach
Virginia Symphony
JoAnn Falletta conducting
Rossini: “Semiramide” Overture
Korngold: Violin Concerto
Chloe Hanslip, violin
Pizzetti: “Venetian Rondo”
Respighi: “The Pines of Rome”
(757) 892-6366

Jan. 18 (8:15 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop conducting
“Off the Cuff”
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)

Jan. 19 (2 p.m.)
Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library, First and Franklin streets
Richmond Music Teachers Association members
40th Anniversary Concert
program TBA
(804) 646-8223

Jan. 19 (8 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
Richmond Symphony Pops
Erin R. Freeman conducting
Maureen McGovern, guest star
“A Long and Winding Road”
program TBA
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)

Jan. 19 (8 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
Fairfax Symphony
Christopher Zimmerman conducting
Mozart: “The Magic Flute” Overture
Jonathon Leshnoff: Flute Concerto
Christina Jennings, flute
Ives: “The Unanswered Question”
Brahms: Symphony No. 1
(888) 945-2468 (

Jan. 19 (2 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Daniil Trifonov, piano
Scriabin: Sonata No. 2
Liszt: Sonata in B minor
Chopin: preludes, Op. 28
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts Society)

Jan. 19 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Brian Ganz, piano
“Chopin Project”
Chopin: five mazurkas, Op. 7
Chopin: “Ecossaises,” Op. 72, No. 3
Chopin: Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op. posth.
Chopin: Prelude in A-flat Major, Op. 28
Chopin: Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op, 23
Chopin: Ballade No. 3 In A flat Major, Op. 47
Chopin: preludes, Op. 28
(301) 581-5100

Jan. 23 (7:30 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
Paul Hanson, piano
Scriabin: Sonata No. 6
Schoenberg: “Five Pieces,” Op. 23
Ives: “Concord” Sonata
(804) 289-8980

Jan. 24 (7 p.m.)
Jan. 25 (8 p.m.)
Jan. 26 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach conducting
Beethoven-Weingartner: “Great Fugue”
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5
Dan Zhu, violin
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra
(800) 444-1324

Jan. 26 (4 p.m.)
Ginter Park Presbyterian Church, Seminary and Walton avenues, Richmond
City Singers Children’s Choirs
Leslie Dripps directing
“Wintertide Concert”
program TBA
donation requested
(804) 359-5049

Jan. 26 (8 p.m.)
Jan. 27 (3 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
Richmond Symphony
Steven Smith conducting
Steven Smith: “La Chasse”
Paquito D’Rivera: “Gran Danzon” (Flute Concerto)
Marina Piccinini, flute
Rimsky-Korsakov: “Scheherazade”
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)

Jan. 26 (8 p.m.)
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News
Project Trio
classical-jazz-pop program TBA
(757) 594-8752

Jan. 26 (8 p.m.)
Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Opera Lafayette
Ryan Brown conducting
Félicien David: “Lalla Roukh”
Marianne Fiset (Lalla Roukh)
Emiliano Gonzalez Toro (Noureddin)
Nathalie Paulin (Mirza)
Bernard Deletré (Baskir)
David Newman (Bakbara)
James Shaffran (Kaboul)
Kalanidhi Dance
Bernard Deletré, stage director
in French, English captions
(800) 444-1324

Jan. 26 (8 p.m.)
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, Washington
Brooklyn Rider
program TBA
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts Society)

Jan. 26 (8 p.m.)
Jan. 27 (3 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
National Philharmonic
Miroslaw Jacek Blaszczyk conducting
Tchaikovsky: “Rococo Variations”
Lutoslawski: Cello Concerto
Dariusz Skoraczewski, cello
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4
(301) 581-5100

Jan. 27 (4 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Guitar Series:
David Robinson, classical guitar
program TBA
(804) 828-6776

Jan. 27 (7 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra
Erin R. Freeman conducting
program TBA
(804) 788-4717

Jan. 27 (3 p.m.)
Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre, Orange Avenue at Williamson Road
Roanoke Symphony
Roanoke Youth Symphony
David Stewart Wiley conducting
“Sci-Fi Live”
classical and film music TBA
(540) 343-9127

Jan. 27 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Vilde Frang, violin
Michail Lifits, piano
Mozart: Violin Sonata in F minor, K. 376
Fauré: Violin Sonata No. 1 in A major
Brahms: Hungarian dances Nos. 2, 11, 17
Prokofiev: Violin Sonata No. 2
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts Society)

Jan. 29 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Tuesday Evening Concerts:
St. Petersburg Quartet
Misha Dichter, piano
Borodin: Quartet No. 2
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet
Schumann: Piano Quintet
(434) 924-3376

Jan. 30 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
New Century Chamber Orchestra
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin & conductor
Mendelssohn: String Symphony TBA
Bach: Violin Concerto in A minor
Villa-Lobos: “Bachianas Brasileras” No. 5
Richard Strauss: “Metamorphosen”
(301) 581-5100

Jan. 31 (8 p.m.)
Phi Beta Kappa Hall, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg
Virginia Symphony
George Hanson conducting
Ravel: “Le Tombeau de Couperin”
Haydn: Trumpet Concerto
David Vonderheide, trumpet
Christopher Theofandis: “Muse”
Haydn: Symphony No. 104 (“London”) 
(757) 892-6366