Friday, September 9, 2016

Paley Festival 2016

The 19th annual Richmond music festival staged by pianist Alexander Paley will run from Sept. 16 to 18 at St. Luke Lutheran Church.

This year’s festival features Paley with his wife and keyboard partner, Pei-Wen Chen, in four-hands arrangements of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”
and Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” and Paley with violinist Daisuke Yamamoto, French horn player James Ferree, cellist Nicholas Finch and clarinetist Charles West in chamber works by Brahms, Prokofiev, Anton Arensky and Alexander Zemlinsky.

Paley also will play Tchaikovsky’s “The Seasons” and four-hands pieces by Mozart and Rachmaninoff with Chen.

The Vivaldi arrangement will be a US premiere.

There is no admission charge for the concerts, but donations are requested.

For more information on the festival, call (804) 665-9516 or visit

Dates, times, artists and programs at St. Luke, 7757 Chippenham Parkway:

Sept. 16 (7:30 p.m.) Vivaldi: “The Four Seasons” (Alexander Paley and Pei-Wen Chen, piano four-hands); Brahms: Sonata in E minor, Op. 38 (Nicholas Finch, cello; Paley, piano); Brahms: Trio in E flat major, Op. 40 (James Ferree, French horn; Daisuke Yamamoto, violin; Paley, piano).

Sept. 17 (7:30 p.m.) Prokofiev: Sonata, Op. 119, for cello and piano (Finch, cello; Paley, piano); Rachmaninoff: “Six Pieces,” Op. 11 (Paley and Chen, piano four-hands); Tchaikovsky: “The Seasons” (Paley, piano); Arensky: Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 32 (Yamamoto, violin; Finch, cello; Paley, piano).

Sept. 18 (3 p.m.) Mozart: Sonata in F major, K. 497 (Paley and Chen, piano four-hands); Mozart-Zemlinsky: “The Magic Flute” (Paley and Chen, piano four-hands); Zemlinsky: Trio in D minor, Op. 3 (Charles West, clarinet; Finch, cello; Paley, piano).