Monday, September 2, 2013

Richmond season overview

Here’s a handy (I hope) overview of sounds to come in Richmond’s 2013-14 classical season.

Included in the following list are offerings by the city’s major performing troupes and presenters, the music departments of Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond, music festivals and independent recital series.

Several organizations have yet to announce their coming seasons. When they do, those events will be added to the list.

As usual, there are conflicting dates. The big ones (so far) are:

Sept. 28: A three-way collision of the VCU Rennolds Concert Series opener with pianist Joyce Yang, opening night of the Richmond Symphony Pops series and the second night of the Alexander Paley Music Festival.

Oct. 25: Another three-way, this time eighth blackbird’s “Colombine’s Paradise Theatre” at UR, the Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia’s fall gala with the Aeolus Quartet and Raul Prieto Ramirez in the American Guild of Organists’ Repertoire Recital Series.

Dec. 6: The Richmond Symphony & Chorus perform Handel’s “Messiah” and the Salzburg Marionette Theatre presents Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” at UR.

Several other conflicts can be avoided by switching tickets for multi-day presentations, or by hustling from one venue to another between afternoon and evening performances.

Non-ticketed events – admission free or by donation – are marked by an asterisk (*).

Following the listings, you’ll find links to presenting organizations.

8 Daryl Harper, clarinet, et al. (VCU Singleton Center)
14 Richmond Symphony (Pocahontas State Park)*
15 Brazilian Guitars (VCU Singleton Center)
20 Lyric Opera Virginia: “Viva Verdi” (Collegiate School Oates Theater)
21-22 Richmond Symphony/William Wolfram, piano (Richmond CenterStage)
23 Tabatha Easley, flute, et al. (VCU Singleton Center)
25 VCU Symphonic Wind Ensemble/Patrick Smith, French horn (VCU Singleton Center)
27-29 Alexander Paley Music Festival (First English Lutheran Church)*
28 Richmond Symphony Pops: “Classical Mystery Tour” (Richmond CenterStage)
28 Joyce Yang, piano (VCU Singleton Center)

2 Saakumu Ensemble (VCU Singleton Center)*
3/5 VCU Britten Festival (VCU Singleton Center)
4 VCU Britten Festival (Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church)
4/6 Virginia Opera: “Falstaff” (Richmond CenterStage)
6 Susanna Phillips, soprano; et al.: “Songs for Soprano” (UR Modlin Center)
7 University of Alabama Birmingham Chamber Trio (VCU Singleton Center)*
9 UR Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Ensembles/Joanne Kong, piano (UR Modlin Center)*
12 Menahem Pressler, piano/New York Chamber Soloists (VCU Singleton Center)
13 Sonia Vlahcevic, piano (VCU Singleton Center)*
13 Richmond Symphony (Randolph-Macon College)
14 Patrick Smith, French horn, et al. (VCU Singleton Center)
19 Lyric Opera Virginia: “Broadway and Beyond” (UR Modlin Center)
19-20 Richmond Symphony & Chorus: Verdi Requiem (Richmond CenterStage)
22 VCU Faculty Wind Quintet (VCU Singleton Center)
25 eighth blackbird: “Colombine’s Paradise Theatre” (UR Modlin Center)
25 Aeolus Quartet (Ellen Glasgow House)
26 Aeolus Quartet: “The Quartet Through Time” (Richmond Public Library)*
25 Raul Prieto Ramirez, organ (Ginter Park Presbyterian Church)*
26 Richmond Symphony LolliPops: “Carnivals & Clowns” (Richmond CenterStage)
27 Richmond Symphony & community musicians: “Come and Play” (VCU Siegel Center)*
27 UR Schola Cantorum & Women’s Chorale (UR Modlin Center)*

1-2 Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival/eighth blackbird/Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble (UR Modlin Center)*
9 Richmond Symphony/Kate Lindsey, mezzo-soprano (Richmond CenterStage)
10 UR Wind Ensemble (UR Modlin Center)*
10 Richmond Philharmonic/Peter Wilson (VCU Singleton Center)
12 Richmond Symphony & Symphony Youth Orchestra: “Side by Side” (Richmond CenterStage)*
15 Shanghai Quartet/Peter Serkin, piano (UR Modlin Center)
21 Richmond Symphony/Ralph Skiano, clarinet (Richmond CenterStage)
22/24 Virginia Opera: “The Magic Flute” (Richmond CenterStage)
24 Richmond Symphony/Ralph Skiano, clarinet (Randolph-Macon College)

2 UR Chamber Ensembles (UR Modlin Center)*
4 UR Symphony Orchestra/Erica Yamamoto, piano/Jenni Swegan, soprano (UR Modlin Center)*
6 Richmond Symphony & Chorus: “Messiah” (Richmond CenterStage)
6 Salzburg Marionette Theatre: “The Magic Flute” (UR Modlin Center)
7-8 Richmond Symphony Pops & Chorus: “Let It Snow!” (Richmond CenterStage)
8 Festival of Lessons & Carols (UR Cannon Memorial Chapel)*
8 Richmond Symphony youth orchestras (Richmond

5 Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia: “Time” (Bon Air Presbyterian Church)
7 Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia: “The End of Time” (Bon Air Presbyterian Church)
11 Richmond Symphony/Neal Cary, cello (Richmond CenterStage)
17/19 Virginia Opera: “The Girl of the Golden West” (Richmond CenterStage)
25 Richmond Symphony LolliPops: “An American in Paris” (Richmond CenterStage)

1 Richmond Symphony/Mei-Ann Chen (Richmond CenterStage)
2 Richard Becker, piano (UR Modlin Center)*
3 Anthony Seeger, speaker: “Music, Activism and Social Change” (UR Modlin Center)*
7 The King’s Singers (UR Modlin Center)
8 Carsten Schmidt, harpsichord (Bon Air Presbyterian Church)
8 Richmond Symphony Pops/Rex Richardson, trumpet (Richmond CenterStage)
9 Carsten Schmidt, harpsichord (Cable-Lingerfelt house, Manakin-Sabot)
14 Peter Tirrell D’Elia, piano (UR Modlin Center)*
15 Escher String Quartet/Jason Vieaux, guitar (VCU Singleton Center)
17 Bruce Stevens, organ (UR Cannon Memorial Chapel)*
19 Venice Baroque Orchestra/Mario Brunello, cello (UR Modlin Center)
21 Richmond Symphony & Chamber Chorus (St. Augustine Catholic Church)
21/23 Virginia Opera: “Ariadne auf Naxos” (Richmond CenterStage)
23 Richmond Symphony & Chamber Chorus (Randolph-Macon College)

1-2 Richmond Symphony (Richmond CenterStage)
2 Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra (Richmond CenterStage)*
5 Emanuel Ax, piano (UR Modlin Center)
8 Richmond Symphony Pops/Cirque de la Symphonie (Richmond CenterStage)
9 Richmond Philharmonic/Peter Wilson (VCU Singleton Center)
15 Richmond Symphony LolliPops: “The Remarkable Farkle McBride” (Richmond CenterStage)
15 Lyric Opera Virginia: “La Vie de Bohème” (UR Modlin Center)
19 eighth blackbird: “Still in Motion” (UR Modlin Center)
24 Garth Newel Piano Quartet (UR Modlin Center)*
29 Alisa Weilerstein, cello (VCU Singleton Center)
30 Richard Becker & Doris Wylee-Becker, pianos (UR Modlin Center)*
30 Julia Brown, organ (St. Benedict Catholic

3 UR Wind Ensemble (UR Modlin Center)*
4 Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia: “Rule, Brittania” (Church of the Holy Comforter, Episcopal)
4/6 Virginia Opera: “Carmen” (Richmond CenterStage)
5 Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia: “Seeing Double” (Richmond Public Library)*
5 Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia: “Night Music” (Church of the Holy Comforter, Episcopal)
6 UR Schola Cantorum & Women’s Chorale/Second Presbyterian Church Choir: “Messiah” (UR Cannon Memorial Chapel)*
6 Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia: “Café Zimmermann” (Church of the Holy Comforter, Episcopal)
7 Takács Quartet (UR Modlin Center)
9 UR Symphony Orchestra/Michael J. Maccaferri, clarinet (UR Modlin Center)*
12 Pamela Frank, violin, et al. (VCU Singleton Center)
12 Richmond Symphony: “The Music of Michael Jackson” (Landmark Theater)
14 Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano/
Christopher Cano, piano (UR Modlin Center)*
21 UR Chamber Ensembles (UR Modlin Center)*
26 Richmond Symphony: Anoushka Shankar, sitar: “Musical Crossroads” (Richmond CenterStage)
27 Richmond Symphony youth orchestras (Richmond

1 Richmond Symphony/Daisuke Yamamoto, violin (Richmond CenterStage)
3 American String Quartet/Roberto Diaz, viola/Andres Diaz, cello (VCU Singleton Center)
4 Richmond Symphony/Daisuko Yamamoto, violin (Randolph-Macon College)
4 Richmond Philharmonic/Jennifer Kloetzel, cello (VCU Singleton Center)
4 Lyric Opera Virginia: “Master Class” (UR Modlin Center)
9 Thomas Murray, organ (St. Bridget Catholic
17-18 Richmond Symphony & choruses: “The Damnation of Faust” (Richmond CenterStage)
18 Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra (Richmond CenterStage)*
24-25 Virginia Opera: “Sweeney Todd” (Richmond CenterStage)


Richmond Symphony:

Virginia Opera:

Lyric Opera Virginia:

VCU Singleton Center:

UR Modlin Center:

Alexander Paley Music Festival:

Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia:

Richmond Philharmonic:

Richmond chapter, American Guild of Organists: