Friday, May 2, 2014

A summer of Brahms

A cycle of Johannes Brahms’ sonatas for violin, cello and clarinet will be performed on eight successive Thursdays in July and August in Summer at CenterStage, a collaborative venture by the Richmond Symphony, CenterStage and the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University music departments.

Following the casual-concert format of the symphony’s Rush Hour Concerts, the summer series will present one-hour programs beginning at 6:30 p.m. in CenterStage’s Gottwald Playhouse.

The ticket price, $20, will include a beverage voucher. Discounts will be offered for full and partial series-ticket packages. Single-ticket discounts are available for children and students.

For ticket purchases and more information, call (800) 514-3849 (ETIX) or visit

Dates, artists and program highlights for the Brahms sonata series:

July 10 – Daisuke Yamamoto, violin, and Doris Wylee-Becker, piano. Scherzo in C minor (“Sonatensatz”).

July 17 – Barbara Gaden, cello, and Russell Wilson, piano. Cello Sonata in E minor, Op. 38.

July 24 – Ellen Cockerham, violin, and Maria Yefimova, piano. Violin Sonata in G major, Op. 78.

July 31 – Jason McComb, cello, and Joanne Kong, piano. Cello Sonata in F major, Op. 99.

Aug. 7 – Charles West, clarinet, and Yin Zheng, piano. Clarinet Sonata in F minor, Op. 120, No. 1.

Aug. 14 – Jocelyn Vorenberg, violin, and David Fisk, piano. Violin Sonata in A major, Op. 100.

Aug. 21 – Susanna Klein and Ross Monroe Winter, violins, and Charles Staples, piano. Violin Sonata in D minor, Op. 108.

Aug. 28 – Jared Davis, clarinet, and Daniel Stipe, piano. Clarinet Sonata in E flat major, Op. 120, No. 2.

(Additional repertory for each program will be announced later.)