Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July 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.

* Festival season: Summer music festivals abound around the region. Locally, there’s “Summer at CenterStage,” a recital series featuring musicians from the Richmond Symphony, the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University, this year surveying “Debussy and the Romantics” on July 9, 16, 23 and 30 (and each Thursday in August) in the Gottwald Playhouse of Richmond CenterStage. . . . The Castleton Festival, at Castleton Farms in Rappahannock County, presents three operas – Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette,” Ravel’s “L’heure espagnole” (“The Spanish Hour”) and Derrick Wang’s new comedy “Scalia/Ginsburg” – plus orchestra and chamber-music concerts, July 3-19. . . . The Wintergreen Summer Music Festival, at the Nelson County resort, marks its 20th anniversary and the first season of a new artistic director, Erin R. Freeman (better known locally as director of the Richmond Symphony Chorus and director of choral activities at Virginia Commonwealth University), with orchestra and chamber concerts and more, July 8-31 (with more to come in early August). . . . Ash Lawn Opera stages Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly,” July 10, 12, 16 and 18 at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville. . . . The Wolf Trap Opera Company revives John Corigliano’s Mozartian fantasy “The Ghosts of Versailles,” July 10, 12, 15 and 18 at the Barns at Wolf Trap. . . . The Garth Newel Music Center in Bath County presents its summer season of chamber concerts, featuring the Garth Newel Piano Quartet, the Daedalus String Quartet and other guest artists, opening on July 11 and continuing each weekend through August. . . . The National Symphony Orchestra presents at concert version of Verdi’s “Aïda,” July 24 at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center amphitheater. . . . Jackie Evancho, the popular classical-pop soprano, performs on July 25 at the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival in Orkney Springs.


July 3 (7 p.m.)
St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg
Michael Steven Lianos, organ
works by Copland, Ives, Buck, Sousa, others
free
(757) 229-3631
www.bedeva.org/concerts

July 3 (8 p.m.)
July 5 (2 p.m.)
July 10 (8 p.m.)
July 18 (7 p.m.)
Festival Theatre, Castleton Farms, off Route 618, Rappahannock County
Castleton Festival:
Castleton Festival Orchestra & Chorus
Rafael Payare conducting
Gounod: “Roméo et Juliette”
Rebecca Nathanson (Juliette)
Daniel Montenegro (Roméo)
Tyler Simpson (Frère Laurent)
Paul LaRosa (Mercutio)
Kira Dills-Dessura (Stéphano)
Ben Bloomfield (Capulet)
Leonardo Navarro (Tybalt)
Erika Rodden (Gertrude)
Eric Heatley (Pâris)
Matthew Brooks (Grégorio)
Francisco Huerta (Benvolio)
Jonathan Dauermann (Frère Jean)
Dorothy Danner, stage director
in French, English captions
$20-$120
(866) 974-0767
www.castletonfestival.org

July 4 (7:30 p.m.)
Dogwood Dell, Byrd Park, Richmond
Festival of Arts:
Richmond Concert Band
Mark Poland directing
“July 4 Celebration”
program TBA
fireworks display follows concert
carillon performance by Lawrence Robinson, 6 p.m.
free
(804) 646-3355
www.richmondgov.com/parks

July 4 (3 p.m.)
Festival Theatre, Castleton Farms, off Route 618, Rappahannock County
Castleton Festival:
Castleton Winds, Castleton Orchestra & Chorus
Col. John R. Bourgeois directing
“All-American Band Concert”
works by Sousa, Copland, Schuman, others
$20-$40
(866) 974-0767
www.castletonfestival.org

July 4 (8 p.m.)
West Lawn, U.S. Capitol, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Jack Everly conducting
Lang Lang, Barry Manilow, Alabama, Nicole Scherzinger, Hunter Hayes, Meghan Linsey, KC and the Sunshine Band, other guest stars
“A Capitol Fourth”
program TBA
free
(800) 444-1324
www.kennedy-center.org

July 5 (11 a.m.)
Theatre House, Castleton Farms, off Route 618, Rappahannock County
Castleton Festival:
Castleton Chamber Players
Golijov: “Last Round”
Beethoven: Septet in E flat major, Op. 20
$20-$50
(866) 974-0767
www.castletonfestival.org

July 8 (7:30 p.m.)
Dunlap Pavilion, Wintergreen Resort, Route 664, Nelson County
Wintergreen Summer Music Festival:
Wintergreen Festival Artists & guest artists
Festival opening night & 20th anniversary gala
program TBA
$75; includes admission to reception
(434) 325-8292
www.wintergreenperformingarts.org

July 9 (6:30 p.m.)
Gottwald Playhouse, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
Summer at CenterStage:
James Ferree, French horn
Richard Becker, piano
Fauré: five songs (Sterling Proctor transcriptions)
Chabrier: Larghetto
Damase: Berceuse, Op. 19
Koechlin: Sonata, Op. 70 – andante
Satie: “Gnossienne” No. 1 (David Jolley arrangement)
Debussy: Préludes, Book 1 – “La cathédrale engloutie”
Debussy: “Images,” Book 1 – “Reflets dans l’eau”
Dukas: “Villanelle”
$20
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
www.richmondsymphony.com

July 9 (7:30 p.m.)
31st Street Stage, 31st Street at Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach
Virginia Symphony
Benjamin Rous conducting
“A Night in Vienna”
works by Johann Strauss II, Suppé, Haydn, Mozart, others
free
(757) 892-6366
www.virginiasymphony.org

July 9 (7:30 p.m.)
Dunlap Pavilion, Wintergreen Resort, Route 664, Nelson County
Wintergreen Summer Music Festival:
Richmond Symphony Chamber Chorus
Erin R. Freeman directing
Rossini: “Sins of My Old Age” (excerpts)
Rossini: “Petite Messe Solennelle” (excerpts)
$25
(434) 325-8292
www.wintergreenperformingarts.org

July 10 (7:30 p.m.)
July 12 (2 p.m.)
July 16 (7:30 p.m.)
July 18 (7:30 p.m.)
Paramount Theater, 215 W. Main St., Charlottesville
Ash Lawn Opera
Steven Jarvi conducting
Puccini: “Madame Butterfly”
Eleni Calenos (Cio-Cio San)
Jason Slayden (Pinkerton)
Eve Gigliotti (Suzuki)
Hyung Yun (Sharpless)
Joe Shadday (Goro)
Dan Rigazzi, stage director
in Italian, English captions
$47-$90
(434) 979-1333
www.ashlawnopera.com

July 10 (7:30 p.m.)
Bold Rock Cidery, 1020 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford
Wintergreen Summer Music Festival:
Wintergreen Festival Artists
J.S. Bach: arias TBA for oboe, soprano
J.S. Bach: Violin Sonata No. 3
J.S. Bach: “Brandenburg” Concerto No. 6
$30
(434) 325-8292
www.wintergreenperformingarts.org

July 10 (7:30 p.m.)
July 12 (3 p.m.)
July 15 (7:30 p.m.)
July 18 (7:30 p.m.)
The Barns at Wolf Trap, Trap Road, Fairfax County
Wolf Trap Opera Company
Eric Melear conducting
John Corigliano: “The Ghosts of Versailles”
Melinda Whittington (Marie Antoinette)
Will Liverman (Beaumarchais)
Robert Watson (Bégearss)
Morgan Pearse (Figaro)
Sarah Larsen (Susanna)
D’Ana Lombard (Rosina)
Frederick Ballentine (Count Almaviva)
Amy Owens (Florestine)
David Margulis (Léon)
Jenni Bank (Samira)
Timothy Bruno (Louis XVI)
Abigail Levis (Cherubino)
W. Clay Thompson (Suleyman Pasha)
Nadia Fayad (Woman with Hat)
Ian Koziara (Marquis)
Louisa Muller, stage director
in English, with captions
$32-$88
(877) 965-3872 (Tickets.com)
www.wolftrap.org

July 11 (6 p.m.)
July 12 (3 p.m.)
Dunlap Pavilion, Wintergreen Resort, Route 664, Nelson County
Wintergreen Summer Music Festival:
Wintergreen Festival Orchestra
Victor Yampolsky conducting
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for strings
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
Winston Choi, piano
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major (“Italian”)
$40
(434) 325-8292
www.wintergreenperformingarts.org

July 11 (4 p.m.)
Theatre House, Castleton Farms, off Route 618, Rappahannock County
Castleton Festival:
Castleton Chamber Players
Janáček: Quartet No. 1 (“Kreutzer Sonata”)
Dvořák: Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81
$40
(866) 974-0767
www.castletonfestival.org

July 11 (5 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220 near Hot Springs, Bath County
Garth Newel Chamber Music Festival:
Fritz Gearhart & Teresa Ling, violins
Evelyn Grau, viola
Isaac Melamed, cello
Genevieve Feiwen Lee, piano
Dohnányi: Piano Quintet in C minor, Op. 1
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34
$25; $84 with dinner following concert
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org

July 11 (8:15 p.m.)
Filene Center amphitheater, Wolf Trap, Trap Road, Fairfax County
National Symphony Orchestra
Shiyeon Sung conducting
Beethoven: “Egmont” Overture
Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor
Sarah Chang, violin
Lim: “Han River” Overture
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor
$20-$58
(877) 965-3872 (Tickets.com)
www.wolftrap.org

July 12 (11 a.m.)
Dunlap Pavilion, Wintergreen Resort, Route 664, Nelson County
Wintergreen Summer Music Festival:
Wintergreen Festival Artists
Beethoven: Septet in E flat major, Op. 20
Stravinsky: Septet
Spohr: “Grand Nonetto”
Britten: Sinfonietta
$25
(434) 325-8292
www.wintergreenperformingarts.org

July 12 (2 p.m.)
Festival Theatre, Castleton Farms, off Route 618, Rappahannock County
Castleton Festival:
Castleton Festival Orchestra & Chorus
Rafael Payare conducting
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor (“Choral”)
Alessandra Marc, soprano
Denyce Graves, mezzo-soprano
Stanford Olsen, tenor
Eduardo Chama, baritone
$20-$65
(866) 974-0767
www.castletonfestival.org

July 12 (3 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220 near Hot Springs, Bath County
Garth Newel Chamber Music Festival:
Fritz Gearhart & Teresa Ling, violins
Evelyn Grau, viola
Isaac Melamed, cello
Genevieve Feiwen Lee, piano
Beethoven: Piano Trio in G major, Op. 1, No. 2
Dvořák: Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81
$25; $43 with picnic following concert
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org

July 14 (8 p.m.)
Paramount Theater, 215 W. Main St., Charlottesville
Charlottesville Municipal Band
Stephen R. Layman & James W. Simmons directing
“Music from Stage and Screen”
works by Brahms, Gershwin, Sousa, Goldman, John Williams, George M. Cohan, others
free
(434) 979-1333
www.theparamount.net

July 14 (7:30 p.m.)
Dunlap Pavilion, Wintergreen Resort, Route 664, Nelson County
Wintergreen Summer Music Festival:
Wintergreen Festival Artists
Handel-Halvorsen: Passacaglia in G minor
Nielsen: Wind Quintet
Schubert: Quartet No. 9
Schubert: “Nacht und Träume”
$30
(434) 325-8292
www.wintergreenperformingarts.org

July 16 (6:30 p.m.)
Gottwald Playhouse, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
Summer at CenterStage:
Ellen Cockerham, violin
Maria Yefimova, piano
Debussy: Violin Sonata
Ravel: “Jeux d’eau”
Fauré: Violin Sonata No. 1 in A major, Op. 13
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
www.richmondsymphony.com

July 16 (7:30 p.m.)
Dunlap Pavilion, Wintergreen Resort, Route 664, Nelson County
Wintergreen Summer Music Festival:
Elisabeth Adkins, violin
Edward Newman, piano
program TBA
$30
(434) 325-8292
www.wintergreenperformingarts.org

July 16 (8 p.m.)
July 19 (11 a.m.)
Theatre House, Castleton Farms, off Route 618, Rappahannock County
Castleton Festival:
Castleton Artists Training Seminar performers
“Opera Scenes”
programs TBA
$30
(866) 974-0767
www.castletonfestival.org

July 17 (7:30 p.m.)
Dunlap Pavilion, Wintergreen Resort, Route 664, Nelson County
Wintergreen Summer Music Festival:
Wintergreen Festival Orchestra
Erin R. Freeman conducting
Virginia Music Teachers Association Concerto Competition winners
“The Future of Music: a Celebration of Youth”
program TBA
$30
(434) 325-8292
www.wintergreenperformingarts.org

July 17 (8 p.m.)
July 19 (6:30 p.m.)
Festival Theatre, Castleton Farms, off Route 618, Rappahannock County
Castleton Festival:
Castleton Festival Orchestra
Salvatore Percacciolo conducting
Ravel: “L’heure espagnole” (“The Spanish Hour”)
Kate Allen (Concepción)
Ben Bloomfield (Ramiro)
Cris Frisco (Torquemada)
Tyler Nelson (Gonzalve)
Tyler Simpson (Don Iñigo Gomez)
in French, English captions
Derrick Wang: “Scalia/Ginsburg”
Ellen Wieser (Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg)
John Overholt (Justice Antonin Scalia)
Adam Cioffari (The Commentator)
in English
Maria Tucci, stage director
$20-$85
(866) 974-0767
www.castletonfestival.org

July 18 (6 p.m.)
July 19 (3 p.m.)
Dunlap Pavilion, Wintergreen Resort, Route 664, Nelson County
Wintergreen Summer Music Festival:
Wintergreen Festival Orchestra
Erin R. Freeman conducting
Schubert-Reger: Lieder TBA
Barber: “Knoxville, Summer of 1915”
Arianna Zukerman, soprano
Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B minor (“Unfinished”)
Kodály: “Dances of Galanta”
$40
(434) 325-8292
www.wintergreenperformingarts.org

July 18 (11 a.m.)
Theatre House, Castleton Farms, off Route 618, Rappahannock County
Castleton Festival:
Castleton Chamber Players
program TBA
$20-$50
(866) 974-0767
www.castletonfestival.org

July 18 (5 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220 near Hot Springs, Bath County
Garth Newel Chamber Music Festival:
Teresa Ling, violin
Evelyn Grau, viola
Isaac Melamed, cello
Genevieve Feiwen Lee, piano
Fellowship Emerging Artists
Stanley Ritchie conducting
Frank Bridge: “Phantasy” in F sharp minor for piano quartet
Stephen Hartke: “King of the Sun” for piano quartet
Vivaldi: Concerto for orchestra
Geminiani: “La Follia” (after Corelli)
J.S. Bach: “Brandenburg” Concerto No. 3
$25; $84 with dinner following concert
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org

July 18 (8:30 p.m.)
Filene Center amphitheater, Wolf Trap, Trap Road, Fairfax County
National Symphony Orchestra Pops
Susie Benchasil Seiter conducting
“Pokemon Symphonic Evolutions”
$25-$45
(877) 965-3872 (Tickets.com)
www.wolftrap.org

July 19 (11 a.m.)
Dunlap Pavilion, Wintergreen Resort, Route 664, Nelson County
Wintergreen Summer Music Festival:
Wintergreen Festival Artists & Wintergreen Academy student artists
Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 1
Reger: Prelude for solo violin, WoO II/19
Michael White: Duo for violin and cello
$25
(434) 325-8292
www.wintergreenperformingarts.org

July 19 (2 p.m.)
Festival Theatre, Castleton Farms, off Route 618, Rappahannock County
Castleton Festival:
Castleton Festival Orchestra
Fabio Luisi conducting
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor
Alessandro Taverna, piano
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major
$20-$85
(866) 974-0767
www.castletonfestival.org

July 19 (3 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220 near Hot Springs, Bath County
Garth Newel Chamber Music Festival:
Garth Newel Piano Quartet
Louise Héritte Viardot: Piano Quartet in A major, Op. 9 (“Im Sommer”)
Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 26
$25; $43 with picnic following concert
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org

July 21 (7:30 p.m.)
Dunlap Pavilion, Wintergreen Resort, Route 664, Nelson County
Wintergreen Summer Music Festival:
Lynette Wardle, harp
other artists TBA
Debussy: Sonata for flute, viola and harp
Saint-Saëns: Fantasie for violin and harp
Pierné: Impromptu-caprice, Op. 9
Ravel: “Cinque Mélodies populaire Grecques”
$30
(434) 325-8292
www.wintergreenperformingarts.org

July 22 (2 p.m.)
Dunlap Pavilion, Wintergreen Resort, Route 664, Nelson County
Wintergreen Summer Music Festival:
Wintergreen Festival Artists
“Inside the Music I: a Trio of Trios by Michael White, Daron Hagen and Gilda Lyons”
$25
(434) 325-8292
www.wintergreenperformingarts.org

July 23 (6:30 p.m.)
Gottwald Playhouse, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
Summer at CenterStage:
Stephen Schmidt, viola
John Walter, piano
Berlioz-Liszt: “Harold in Italy” – “Harold in the Mountains”
Debussy: “Estampes”
Clarke: Viola Sonata
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
www.richmondsymphony.com

July 23 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Jonathan Carney, violin & director
Vivaldi: “The Four Seasons”
Handel: “Water Music” (excerpts)
$25-$45
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
www.strathmore.org

July 24 (7:30 p.m.)
Dunlap Pavilion, Wintergreen Resort, Route 664, Nelson County
Wintergreen Summer Music Festival:
Wintergreen Festival Artists
Erin Freeman conducting
Martinů: “La Revue de Cuisine”
“The Tramp,” Charlie Chaplin’s silent film with premiere of new score by Daron Hagen
$30
(434) 325-8292
www.wintergreenperformingarts.org

July 24 (8 p.m.)
Orkney Springs Hotel Pavilion, Route 263, Shenandoah County
Shenandoah Valley Music Festival:
Fairfax Symphony Pops
Luke Frazier conducting
Mary Michael Patterson & Hilary Morrow, vocalists
“She Did It Her Way”
$34-$39
(540) 459-3396
www.musicfest.org

July 24 (8:15 p.m.)
Filene Center amphitheater, Wolf Trap, Trap Road, Fairfax County
National Symphony Orchestra
Daniele Callegari conducting
Verdi: “Aïda” (concert presentation)
Marjorie Owens (Aïda)
Michelle DeYoung (Amneris)
Carl Tanner (Radamès)
Scott Hendricks (Amonasro)
The Washington Chorus
in Italian, English captions
$22-$75
(877) 965-3872 (Tickets.com)
www.wolftrap.org

July 25 (6 p.m.)
July 26 (3 p.m.)
Dunlap Pavilion, Wintergreen Resort, Route 664, Nelson County
Wintergreen Summer Music Festival:
Wintergreen Festival Orchestra
Alfred Savia conducting
Michael White: “In Memoriam”
Lance Suzuki, flute
Haydn: Cello Concerto in D major
Zuill Bailey, cello
Wagner: “Siegfried Idyll”
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 (“Classical”)
$40
(434) 325-8292
www.wintergreenperformingarts.org

July 25 (8 p.m.)
Orkney Springs Hotel Pavilion, Route 263, Shenandoah County
Shenandoah Valley Music Festival:
Jackie Evancho, soprano
classical & pops program TBA
$44-$59
(540) 459-3396
www.musicfest.org

July 25 (5 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220 near Hot Springs, Bath County
Garth Newel Chamber Music Festival:
Daedalus Quartet
Evelyn Grau, viola
Isaac Melamed, cello
Richard Strauss: Sextet from “Capriccio”
Janáček: Quartet No. 1 (“Kreutzer Sonata”)
Beethoven: Quartet in A minor, Op. 132
$25; $84 with dinner following concert
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org

July 26 (11 a.m.)
Dunlap Pavilion, Wintergreen Resort, Route 664, Nelson County
Wintergreen Summer Music Festival:
Wintergreen Festival Artists
Bartók: duos TBA for violin and viola
Jack Gallagher: Toccata for brass quintet
Christopher Theofanidis: “Ariel Ascending”
Libby Larsen: “Up Where the Air Gets Thin”
$25
(434) 325-8292
www.wintergreenperformingarts.org

July 26 (3 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, Route 220 near Hot Springs, Bath County
Garth Newel Chamber Music Festival:
Daedalus Quartet
Beethoven: Quartet in D major, Op. 18, No. 3
Fang-Wei Luo: “Lament (Three Fragments for Homeless People)”
Anna Weesner: “The Space Between”
Schumann: Quartet in F major, Op. 41, No. 2
$25; $43 with picnic following concert
(877) 558-1689
www.garthnewel.org

July 27 (7:30 p.m.)
Dunlap Pavilion, Wintergreen Resort, Route 664, Nelson County
Wintergreen Summer Music Festival:
Invoke string quartet
program TBA
$25
(434) 325-8292
www.wintergreenperformingarts.org

July 29 (2 p.m.)
Dunlap Pavilion, Wintergreen Resort, Route 664, Nelson County
Wintergreen Summer Music Festival:
Wintergreen Festival Artists
“Inside the Music II: ‘Dear Youth’ – a performance exploration of Civil War history”
Daron Hagen: “Dear Youth” for flute, piano and soprano
with talk by Edward Ayers on Civil War history and culture
$25
(434) 325-8292
www.wintergreenperformingarts.org

July 30 (6:30 p.m.)
Gottwald Playhouse, Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets
Summer at CenterStage:
Jason McComb, cello
Joanne Kong, piano
Debussy: Cello Sonata
Fauré: Nocturne, Op. 33, No. 2
Dutilleux: “Trois strophes sur le nom de Sacher”
Franck-Delsart: Cello Sonata
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
www.richmondsymphony.com

July 30 (7:30 p.m.)
31st Street Stage, 31st Street at Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach
Virginia Symphony
conductor TBA
program TBA
free
(757) 892-6366
www.virginiasymphony.org

July 30 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Tito Munoz conducting
Barber: “The School for Scandal” Overture
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor
Ariel Horowitz, violin
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor (“From the New World”)
$25-$45
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
www.strathmore.org

July 31 (7:30 p.m.)
Dunlap Pavilion, Wintergreen Resort, Route 664, Nelson County
Wintergreen Summer Music Festival:
Wintergreen Festival Artists
Invoke string quartet
Brahms: Sextet No. 2 in G major
other works TBA
$30
(434) 325-8292
www.wintergreenperformingarts.org

July 31 (8:15 p.m.)
Filene Center amphitheater, Wolf Trap, Trap Road, Fairfax County
National Symphony Orchestra Pops
Emil de Cou conducting
Rufus Wainwright, guest star
$25-$58
(877) 965-3872 (Tickets.com)
www.wolftrap.org

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Letter V Classical Radio this week

June 25
11 a.m.-2 p.m. EDT
1500-1800 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
www.wdce.org

Past Masters:
Elgar: “Cockaigne” Overture (“In London Town”)
Royal Philharmonic/Thomas Beecham
(Sony Classical)
(recorded 1954)

George Onslow: Quartet
in C minor, Op. 8, No. 1
Quatuor Ruggieri (Aparte)

Chausson: Poème
Nicola Benedetti, violin
London Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Harding (Deutsche Grammophon)

Ravel: “La Valse”
Shelest Piano Duo (Sorel Classics)

Dvořák: Symphony No. 6 in D major
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/Marin Alsop (Naxos)

Bloch: “From Jewish Life”
Sol Gabetta, cello
Amsterdam Sinfonietta
(Sony Classical)

Brahms: “Paganini Variations,” Op. 35
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano (London)

Boccherini: Quintet in D major (“Fandango”)
Le Concert des Nations (AliaVox)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Gunther Schuller (1925-2015)


Gunther Schuller, the composer, conductor and musicologist who coined the term “third stream” to describe his own and others’ hybrids of classical music and jazz, has died at 89.

In an obituary for The New York Times, Allan Kozinn notes that Schuller lived a musical “double life” as a composer, scholar and performer, at one time playing for both the Metropolitan Opera orchestra and in a group led by the jazz trumpeter Miles Davis:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/22/arts/music/gunther-schuller-composer-who-synthesized-classical-and-jazz-dies-at-89.html

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Smith extends symphony tenure


Steven Smith has extended his contract as the Richmond Symphony’s music director for another three years, agreeing to serve through the 2018-19 season, and the orchestra projects running a budget surplus in its current fiscal year.

David Fisk, the symphony’s executive director, announced at the annual meeting of the organization’s board of directors that the orchestra has raised the funds needed to match a $500,000 grant from the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation to purchase a “big tent” stage that can be transported and set up for outdoor concerts.

Those funds largely account for a reported six-figure surplus on a $6 million annual budget, the third time in as many years that the symphony has run in the black.

Rebecca J. Horner, a community volunteer, has been elected the new chair of the symphony board, succeeding Philip H. Bennett. Other officers elected at the annual meeting are Richard Smith, vice chair; Elizabeth Cabell Jennings, treasurer; and D. Brennen Keene, secretary. Fisk, George Mahoney, Sarah Knakmuhs and Mark T. Cox IV also will serve on the board’s executive committee.

Ronald Crutcher, incoming president of the University of Richmond and a performing cellist, will join the symphony board. Other new board members are Priscilla Burbank, Steve Girard and Brandon C. Taylor.

Letter V Classical Radio this week


A special guest, Erin R. Freeman, the Richmond Symphony and Virginia Commonwealth University choral director, joins me to discuss her recent appointment as artistic director of Wintergreen Performing Arts and its summer festival, running from July 6 until Aug. 2 at the western Virginia resort community. We’ll sample some of the music Freeman has programmed for this year’s 20th anniversary season, and discuss her plans for future Wintergreen festivals.

June 18
11 a.m.-2 p.m. EDT
1500-1800 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
www.wdce.org

Mozart: “The Marriage of Figaro” Overture
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/
Neville Marriner (EMI Classics)

Mason Bates: Violin Concerto
Anne Akiko Meyers, violin
London Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin (EOne)

Past Masters:
Beethoven: Sonata in C minor, Op. 13 (“Pathétique”)
Radu Lupu, piano (Decca)
(recorded 1970)

Kodály: “Dances of Galánta”
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Neeme Järvi (Chandos)

Schubert: “Gretchen am Spinnrade;” “Nacht und Träume”
(orchestrations by Max Reger)
Camilla Nylund, soprano
Hannover Radio Philharmonic/
Werner Andreas Albert (cpo)

Nielsen: Wind Quintet – finale
Emmanuel Pahud, flute;
Sabine Meyer, clarinet;
Stefan Schweigert, bassoon;
Jonathan Kelly, oboe;
Radek Baborák, French horn (EMI Classics)

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major (“Italian”) – finale
National Philharmonic/Leopold Stokowski
(Sony Classical)

Debussy: Sonata for flute, viola and harp
Philippe Bernold, flute;
Gérard Caussé, viola;
Isabelle Moretti, harp (Harmonia Mundi France)

Past Masters:
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3
Martha Argerich, piano
Berlin Philharmonic/
Claudio Abbado
(Deutsche Grammophon)
(recorded 1967)

John Dowland: Pavana (1622), “Mr. Knight’s Galliard”
Paul O’Dette, lute (Harmonia Mundi USA)

Monday, June 15, 2015

Is flatter better?


Ted Gioia, writing for The Daily Beast, examines the movement to retune the now-standard pitch, based on 440 Hertz for A on the treble stave, down to 432 Hz. Advocates of the flatter pitch point out that A=440 was imposed on German musicians by Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi propaganda chief, “as part of a heinous plan to warp the consciousness of the masses,” although, as Gioia notes, U.S. musicians adopted the sharper pitch years before the Nazis came to power:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/06/06/are-we-all-mistuning-our-instruments-and-can-we-blame-the-nazis.html

Gioia’s article comes with a video offering pitch comparison. Its electronic-keyboard sound samples and weirdly worded captions (A=432 “is logic, pure and rich of arguments”) do not help make its case.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Summer at CenterStage 2015


“Debussy and the French Romantics” will be the theme of the second season of the Summer at CenterStage Recital Series, presented by the Richmond Symphony and the music departments of the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University.

The series runs from July 9 through Aug. 27, with performances at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays in the Gottwald Playhouse of Richmond CenterStage, Sixth and Grace streets.

Musicians from the symphony, UR and VCU will play chamber works by Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Franck, Poulenc and other romantic, modern and contemporary French composers.

Seating in the Gottwald Playhouse is limited. Most of the concerts in last summer’s series played to full or near-full houses.

Subscription tickets are $130 for adults, $96 for children 18 and younger, $40 for college students (valid identification required), with a 10 percent discount on tickets for mini-series of three or more concerts. Single tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for those aged 3-18, $7 for college students. Adult tickets include a voucher for a free beverage.

For more information on the series, call the symphony’s patron services office at (804) 788-1212 or visit www.richmondsymphony.com

Artists and programs for this season’s Summer at CenterStage:

July 9 – James Ferree, French horn; Richard Becker, piano. Fauré: five songs (Sterling Proctor transcriptions); Chabrier: Larghetto; Damase: Berceuse, Op. 19; Koechlin: Sonata, Op. 70 – andante; Satie: “Gnossienne No. 1 (David Jolley arrangement); Debussy: Préludes, Book 1 – “La cathédrale engloutie;” Debussy: “Images,” Book 1 – “Reflets dans l’eau;” Dukas: “Villanelle.”

July 16 – Ellen Cockerham, violin; Maria Yefimova, piano. Debussy: Violin Sonata; Ravel: “Jeux d’eau;” Fauré: Violin Sonata No. 1 in A major, Op. 13.

July 23 – Stephen Schmidt, viola; John Walter, piano. Berlioz: “Harold in Italy” – “Harold in the Mountains” (Franz Liszt transcription); Debussy: “Estampes;” Clarke: Viola Sonata.

July 30 – Jason McComb, cello; Joanne Kong, piano. Debussy: Cello Sonata; Fauré: Nocturne, Op. 33, No. 2; Dutilleux: “Trois strophes sur le nom de Sacher;” Franck: Cello Sonata (Delsart transcription).

Aug. 6 – Thomas Schneider, bassoon; Russell Wilson, piano. Bitsch: Concertino; three French tenor arias; Ravel: Sonatine for piano; Debussy: Préludes, Book 2 – “Bruyères;” Dutilleux: “Sarabande et Cortège;” Saint-Saëns: Bassoon Sonata, Op. 168.

Aug. 13 – Jared Davis, clarinet; Daniel Stipe, piano. Debussy: “Première rhapsodie;” Debussy: “Images,” Book 2; Cahuzac: “Cantilène;” Milhaud: Duo concertant, Op. 351; Poulenc: Clarinet Sonata.

Aug. 20 – Susanna Klein, violin; Yin Zheng, piano. Debussy: “Valse romantique;” Boeck: Violin Sonata; Saint-Saëns: Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 75.

Aug. 27 – Jennifer Lawson, flute; David Fisk, piano. Fauré: Fantasie; Dutilleux: Sonatine; Debussy: “L’ilse joyeuse;” Jolivet: “Chant de Linos;” Poulenc: Flute Sonata.