Sunday, July 5, 2015

UR Modlin Center 2015-16

The Catalyst Quartet and tenor Lawrence Brownlee will make their local debuts, the Shanghai Quartet will be joined by the Korean-American marimba virtuoso June Moon Kyung Hahn, and the Takács Quartet, pianists Yefim Bronfman and Garrick Ohlsson and the Australian Chamber Orchestra will return in the coming classical concert season of the University of Richmond’s Modlin Arts Center.

UR’s resident new-music ensemble, eighth blackbird, will present its “Hand Eye” sampler of contemporary works and join the jazz-classical-contemporary bass player and composer Matt Ulery in two programs, as well as participating in the university’s annual Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival.

Among other UR-based musicians, the university’s Schola Cantorum & Women’s Chorale will sing two programs of music by Baltic composers in conjunction with their tour of Baltic countries; the UR Symphony Orchestra will be joined by pianist Charles Staples in Grieg’s Piano Concerto; organist Bruce Stevens will sample music by Johann Sebastian Bach and his North German predecessors; and the duo cellist Dana McComb and pianist Joanne Kong will present “Six Degrees of Separation,” a program exploring connections and musical relationships between modern and contemporary composers from Europe and the Americas.

The Modlin Center also will present extensive lineups of contemporary popular and folk, jazz and ethnic-music concerts, theater, dance, comedy and family performances by artists such as Audra McDonald, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Arlo Guthrie, the Reduced Shakespeare Company, Regina Carter, Mavis Staples & Joan Osborne and the Moscow Festival Ballet.

In addition to performances in Modlin Center venues on UR’s Westhampton campus, several events will be presented at Richmond CenterStage in downtown Richmond.

Subscription ticket sets for Modlin Center events can be assembled from four or more events.

To obtain a season brochure or more information, call the Modlin Center box office at (804) 289-8980 or visit

The Modlin Center’s 2015-16 season lineup (all programs begin at 7:30 p.m. unless listed otherwise):

(in Camp Concert Hall)
Sept. 9 – Catalyst Quartet. “Zone B.” Beethoven: Quartet in D major, Op. 18, No. 3; Bartók: Quartet No. 3; Brahms: Quartet in B flat major, Op. 67. ($32)
Nov. 8 – Shanghai Quartet with June Moon Kyung Hahn, marimba. Mendelssohn: Quartet in F minor, Op. 80; Jeajoon Ruy: Marimba Quintet; Grieg: Quartet in G minor, Op. 27. ($36)
Jan. 15 – Yefim Bronfman, piano. Prokofiev: sonatas TBA. ($40)
Jan. 27 – eighth blackbird. “Hand Eye,” works by Ted Hearne, Robert Honstein, Christopher Cerrone, Timo Andres. ($20)
Feb. 20 – Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognietti directing. Multimedia program on northern Western Australia, with photographer Jon Frank, director Mick Sowry, composer Iain Grandage, didgeridoo player Mark Atkins, singer Steve Pigram, surfers Derek Hynd, Ryan Burch & Dane Beevor. ($38)
March 19 – Lawrence Brownlee, tenor, with Kevin Murphy, piano. Works by Mozart, Liszt, Ginastera, Joseph Marx, Ben Moore. ($40)
April 13 – Matt Ulery Trio & eighth blackbird. Works TBA by Ulery. ($20)
April 15 – Takács Quartet with Garrick Ohlsson, piano. Beethoven: Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2; Webern: “Langsammer Satz;” Elgar: Piano Quintet. ($40)

(in Camp Concert Hall unless listed otherwise; free admission)
Sept. 21 – David Esleck Trio.
Oct. 2 – Family Weekend Concert, with UR Music Department ensembles.
Oct. 25 (3 p.m.) – UR Schola Cantorum & Women’s Chorale, Jeffrey Riehl & David Pedersen directing. Works TBA by Baltic composers.
Nov. 6-7 (various times) – Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival, featuring eighth blackbird, other resident and guest performers.
Nov. 12 – UR Wind Ensemble, David Niethamer directing. Holst: “First Suite for Military Band;” other works TBA.
Nov. 16 – UR Jazz & Contemporary Combos, David Esleck, Mike Davison & Charles Arthur directing.
Nov. 22 (3 p.m., Tyler Haynes Commons) – Global Sounds, Andrew McGraw directing.
Nov. 30 – UR Chamber Ensembles.
Dec. 1 (Jepson Theatre) – UR Jazz Ensemble & Combo, Mike Davison directing, with Peter Loman, trumpet. “Cuban Spectacular – a Night in the Tropics, Part II.”
Dec. 2 – UR Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Kordzaia conducting, with Solomon Quinn, piano. Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major; Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor – first movement.
Dec. 6 (5 and 8 p.m., Cannon Memorial Chapel) – UR Schola Cantorum & Women’s Chorale, Jeffrey Riehl & David Pederson directing. “42nd Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols.”
Feb. 7 (3 p.m.) Richard Becker, piano. Debussy: préludes TBA; Chopin: préludes TBA; Becker: improvisations.
Feb. 14 (3 p.m.) Dana McComb, cello; Joanne Kong, piano. “Six Degrees of Separation,” works by Bloch, Webern, Prokofiev, Piazzolla, Cowell, Pärt.
Feb. 21 (3 p.m.) – Mike Davison Jazz Quintet.
March 14 (Cannon Memorial Chapel) – Bruce Stevens, organ. Works by J.S. Bach, Buxtehude, Böhm, Bruhns.
March 20 (3 p.m.) – Richard Becker & Doris Wylee-Becker, piano duo. Works by Schumann, Ravel, Ilana Lee Becker, others.
March 21 – Neumann Lecture on Music: J. Peter Burkholder. “From Improvisation to Symphony: Charles Ives as Organist and Composer.”
March 30 – UR Jazz Ensemble, Mike Davison directing. “A Celebration of Swing!” works by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, others.
April 4 – UR Jazz & Contemporary Combos, Mike Davison, David Esleck & Charles Arthur directing.
April 6 – UR Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Kordzaia conducting, with Charles Staples, piano. Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor; Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B minor (“Unfinished”); Schumann: Symphony No. 2 in C minor – fourth movement.
April 7 – UR Wind Ensemble, David Niethamer directing.
April 10 (3 p.m.) – UR Schola Cantorum & Women’s Chorale, Jeffrey Riehl & David Pedersen directing. Works by Baltic composers.
April 11 – eighth blackbird, with UR Jazz Combo, UR Chamber Ensembles & Matt Ulery, bass. “The Ulery Project,” chamber and jazz works by Ulery.
April 17 (3 p.m., Westhampton Green) “Global Family Concert,” with resident and visiting ensembles TBA. Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian and Brazilian music.
April 18 – UR Chamber Ensembles.

Sept. 16-17 (Jepson Theatre) – Malpaso Dance Company of Cuba with Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble. ($38)
Sept. 24 (Jepson Theatre) – Pokey LeFarge. ($18)
Oct. 1 (Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage) – Audra McDonald. ($52-$62)
Oct. 1-4 (2 p.m. Oct. 4) (Cousins Studio Theatre) – UR Theatre Department. Caryl Churchill’s “Love and Information,” directed by Dorothy Holland. ($10 general admission)
Oct. 4 (Jepson Theatre) – David Gonzalez. “The Frog Bride.” ($18)
Oct. 7 (Jepson Theatre) – The Robot Planet. “The Intergalactic Nemesis: Robot Planet Rising.” ($34)
Oct. 14 (Jepson Theatre) – The Reduced Shakespeare Company. “The Complete History of Comedy (Abridged).” ($36)
Oct. 16 (Camp Concert Hall) – Tom Papa. ($32)
Oct. 22-23 (Jepson Theatre) – Dorrance Dance with Toshi Reagon & Biglovely. “The Blues Project.” ($38)
Oct. 24 (Camp Concert Hall) – Regina Carter. “Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort.” ($40)
Oct. 28 (Camp Concert Hall) – Jeffrey Tambor, speaker. “Performing Your Life: an Evening with Jeffrey Tambor.” ($55)
Nov. 1 (Camp Concert Hall) – Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy. “Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond: a Celtic Family Celebration.” ($36)
Nov. 15 (Camp Concert Hall) – Mavis Staples & Joan Osborne. “Solid Soul.” ($45)
Nov. 19-22 (2 p.m. Nov. 22) (Jepson Theatre) – UR Theatre Department. Lynn Nottage’s “Intimate Apparel,” directed by Chuck Mike. ($10)
Nov. 20 (Camp Concert Hall) – Suzanne Vega & Duncan Sheik. ($40)
Dec. 5 (Jepson Theatre) – Danú. “Féile na Nollag (A Christmas Gathering).” ($36)
Jan. 21 (Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage) – The Band of the Royal Marines & The Pipes, Drums and Highland Dancers of the Scots Guard, Capt. Andy Gregory directing. ($30-$38)
Jan. 22-23 (Jepson Theatre) – Richochet, a Circus of Two. “Smoke and Mirrors.” ($32)
Jan. 30-31 (Jepson Theatre) – Arlo Guthrie. “Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour.” ($50)
Feb. 6 (Camp Concert Hall) – Mack Avenue Superband, featuring Gary Burton, The Christian McBride Trio, Tia Fuller & Sean Jones. ($40)
Feb. 11-14 (2 p.m. Feb. 14) (Cousins Studio Theatre) – UR Theatre Department. “Production Studies III” Showcase. (free)
Feb. 13 (Camp Concert Hall) – Balsam Range. ($40)
Feb. 17-21 (3 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20, 3 p.m. Feb. 21) (Rare Olde Times Pub, Canterbury Shopping Center, 10602 Patterson Ave.) – National Theatre of Scotland. David Grieg’s “The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart.” ($25; pre-show buffet $25 in advance, $30 at door)
Feb. 22 (location TBA) – Cultural Intimacy in Motion. “Flash” ($28, general-admission tickets go on sale in September)
Feb. 23 (Grace Street Theatre, 934 W. Grace St.) – Cultural Intimacy in Motion. Artist panel discussion. ($10, general-admission tickets go on sale in September)
Feb. 24 (Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage) – Cultural Intimacy in Motion. “Torobaka.” ($32-$40)
Feb. 26-28 (2 p.m. Feb. 28) (Jepson Theatre) – UR University Dancers, Ann Van Gelder directing. Annual Spring Concert: “Momentum.” ($10)
Feb. 27 (Camp Concert Hall) – Patty Griffin, Sarah Watkins & Anaïs Mitchell. ($45)
March 2 (Jepson Theatre) – Walnut Street Theatre. Eugene O’Neill’s “A Moon for the Misbegotten.” ($36)
March 3 (Camp Concert Hall) – Robert Glasper Trio. ($32)
March 11 (Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage) – Moscow Festival Ballet. Tchaikovsky’s “The Sleeping Beauty.” ($37-$47)
March 23 (Camp Concert Hall) – Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge. ($36)
April 2 (Camp Concert Hall) – Judy Collins, speaker. “The Healing Power of Art and Music.” ($40)
April 8-10 (3 and 7 p.m. April 9, 3 p.m. April 10) (Gottwald Playhouse, Richmond CenterStage) – Teatro Hugo & Ines. “Short Stories.” ($20) (Free puppetry workshop, 1:30 p.m. April 9)
April 14-17 (2 p.m. April 17) (Jepson Theatre) – UR Theatre Department. Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” directed by Walter Schoen. ($10)
April 16 (Camp Concert Hall) – “Shadow Ballads,” with Peni Candrarini, Anna Roberts-Gevalt, Elizabeth LePrelle, Andrew McGraw, Hannah Standiford, Gusti Sudarta & Danis Sugiyanto. ($18)
April 22-23 (Jepson Theatre) – Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. ($38)
May 1 (3 p.m., Jepson Theatre) – Theatreworks USA. “Henry and Mudge.” ($18)

(in Camp Concert Hall; $14 general admission)
Sept. 2 – National Theatre (Great Britain). NT Live: “Everyman,” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, directed by Rufus Norris. (encore)
Sept. 24 (2 p.m.) – National Theatre (Great Britain). NT Live: George Farquhar’s “The Beaux’ Strategem,” directed by Simon Godwin. (live)
Oct. 4 (3 p.m.) National Theatre (Great Britain). NT Live: “The Beaux’ Strategem.” (encore)
Oct. 11 (12:55 p.m.) – Bolshoi Ballet. “Giselle.” (live)
Oct. 15 (2 p.m.) National Theatre (Great Britain). NT Live: Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, directed by Lyndsey Turner. (live)
Oct. 18 (3 p.m.) National Theatre (Great Britain). NT Live: “Hamlet.” (encore)
Dec. 6 (12:55 p.m.) – Bolshoi Ballet. “Jewels.” (encore)
Jan. 24 (12:55 p.m.) – Bolshoi Ballet. “The Taming of the Shrew.” (live)
April 24 (12:55 p.m.) – Bolshoi Ballet. “Don Quixote.” (encore)