UR Modlin Center 2018-19

Kate Lindsey, the Richmond-born mezzo-soprano who has become a star of opera and art-song, and first local performances by pianist Daniil Trifonov and the Danish String Quartet highlight the 2018-19 classical season of the University of Richmond’s Modlin Arts Center.

The university’s Tucker-Boatwright Festival, this year focusing on Asian music and its resonations in the West, will feature the Richmond Symphony in three on-campus concerts.

The Shanghai Quartet with cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, the Dover Quartet with pianist Peter Serkin, the Takács Quartet and the Colour of Music Festival Chamber Orchestra also will perform in the center’s classical series.

UR’s resident new-music sextet eighth blackbird will present “Stay on It” by the pioneering African-American composer Julius Eastman in a spring program, and will perform in the university’s Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival in the fall.

Music department faculty artists and student ensembles, including pianists Richard Becker and Paul Hanson, the Richmond Piano Trio, organist Bruce Stevens and the UR Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Schola Cantorum & Women’s Chorale, will perform in free concerts throughout the school year.

The Modlin Arts season also will present leading folk, jazz, world-music, dance and theater troupes. Among them are Celtic fiddler Eileen Ivers; comedian Paula Poundstone; saxophonists Branford Marsalis and Maceo Parker; the Mark Morris Dance Group & Music Ensemble; the Second City comedy troupe; singers René Marie, Alicia Olatuja and Theo Bleckmann in “Songs of Freedom;” banjoist Béla Fleck, tabla player Zakir Hussain and double-bassist Edgar Meyer; the vocal trio Red Molly; the Sounds of China ensemble; Urban Bush Women; and a group led by jazz guitarist John Scofield.

For a complete schedule of Modlin Arts 2018-19 offerings, visit the website http://modlin.richmond.edu

To obtain a season brochure and more information on ticket subscriptions, call the center’s box office at (804) 289-8980.

The Modlin Center’s 2018-19 classical artists and programs, all concerts at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall:

Sept. 26 – Colour of Music Festival Chamber Orchestra, with vocal soloists TBA. “A Tribute to Leontyne Price.” ($34)

Oct. 19 – Dover Quartet, with pianist Peter Serkin. Schubert: Quartet in G major, D. 887; Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34. ($36)

Oct. 26 – Mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey and pianist Baptiste Trotignon. “Thousands of Miles.” Songs TBA by Kurt Weill, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Alma Mahler and Alexander von Zemlinsky. ($36).

Nov. 8 – Danish String Quartet. Haydn: Quartet in C major, Op. 30, No. 2; Hans Abrahamsen: Quartet No. 1 (“Ten Preludes for String Quartet”); Beethoven: Quartet in F major, Op. 59, No. 1 (“Razumovsky”). ($36)

Feb. 7 – Pianist Daniil Trifonov. Beethoven: “Andante favori;” Beethoven: Sonata in E flat major, Op. 31, No. 3 (“Hunt”); Schumann: “Bunte Blätter,” Op. 99 (excerpts); Schumann: Presto passionato, Op. 22; Prokofiev: Sonata No. 8. ($40)

Feb. 28 – Shanghai Quartet, with cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han. Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D. 956; Dvořák: Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81. ($36)

April 12 – Takács Quartet. Haydn: Quartet in G major, Op. 76, No. 1; Beethoven: Quartet in F major, Op. 135; Grieg: Quartet in G Minor. ($38)

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Richmond Symphony Tucker-Boatwright Festival programs, all at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall:

Oct. 3 – “Middle Eastern Connections.” Mozart: “The Abduction from the Seraglio” Overture; Beethoven: “The Ruins of Athens” incidental music – Turkish March; Kareem Roustom: “Dabke;” Fazil Say: Symphonic Dances; Ives: “Country Band March;” Haydn: Symphony No. 88 in G major. ($36)

Jan. 23 – “Southeast Asian Connections.” Debussy: “Pagodes,” “La boite a joujoux” (with Balinese shadow play); Evan Ziporyn: “Ngabon” for gamelan and orchestra; Dewa Ketut Alit: “Open My Door;” Mozart: Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183; reconstruction of gamelan music by Sumarsam, as heard by Debussy at 1889 Paris Exposition. ($36)

Feb. 22 – “South Asian Connections.” Reena Esmail: “Avartan;” Esmail: new work for Indian singer and orchestra (singer TBA); Shirish Korde: “Lalit” for cello, tabla and chamber orchestra (cellist & tabla player TBA); Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major (“Pastoral”). ($36)

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UR Music Department classical artists and programs, all free admission, all at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall unless listed otherwise:

Aug. 29 – Music Faculty Showcase. Artists and program TBA.

Sept. 14 – Family Weekend Concert. Artists and program TBA.

Oct. 1 (7:30 p.m., Perkinson Recital Hall, North Court)  “Call to Prayer: Creative Liturgy in Transcontinental Islamic Practice.” Muezzin Yunus Khaerisman, vocalist Jessika Kenney, Prof. Anne Rasmussen.

Oct. 10 (7:30 p.m., Perkinson Recital Hall, North Court) – Tucker-Boatwright Festival: “Mohican Songs of the Spirit.” Vocalist Bill Miller.

Oct. 28 – UR Schola Cantorum & Women’s Chorale, Jeffrey Riehl & David Pedersen directing. Contemporary works TBA.

Nov. 2-3 – Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival, Benjamin Broening directing. eighth blackbird, other artists TBA. Programs TBA.

Nov. 18 – UR Wind Ensemble, David Niethamer directing. Holst: Suite No. 1 in E flat major for military band; Ives: “Country Band March;” Bernstein: works TBA.

Nov. 28 – UR Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Kordzaia conducting. Richard Strauss: Violin Concerto in D major – I: Allegro (Micah Huntor-Chang, violin); Rossini: “La gazza ladra” (“The Thieving Magpie”) Overture; Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D major – IV: Finale.

Dec. 3 – UR Chamber Ensembles, Joanne Kong directing. Program TBA.

Dec. 9 (5 and 8 p.m., Cannon Memorial Chapel) – UR Schola Cantorum & Women’s Chorale, Jeffrey Riehl & David Pedersen directing. 45th annual Festival of Lessons and Carols.

Feb. 3 (3 p.m.) Pianist Richard Becker. Works TBA by Mozart, Chopin, Schumann.

Feb. 11 – Richmond Piano Trio (violinist Daisuke Yamamoto, cellist Neal Cary, pianist Joanne Kong). Beethoven: Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 1, No. 3; Rachmaninoff: “Trio elegaique” in G minor; Schubert: Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat major, D. 898.

Feb. 22-24 (times TBA, Perkinson Recital Hall, North Court) Tucker-Boatwright Festival: “Sonic Representation in the Digital Age.” Artists and programs TBA.

Feb. 23 – Neumann Lecture on Music: Guthrie Ramsey. “Hide/Melt/Ghost: Writing the Early History of African-American Music.”

March 3 – UR Schola Cantorum & Women’s Chorale, Jeffrey Riehl & David Pedersen directing. Program TBA.

March 6 – Pianist Paul Hanson. Works TBA by Schubert, Brahms, Scriabin.

March 7 – eighth blackbird. Julius Eastman: “Stay on It;” works TBA by Angélica Negrón, Viet Cuong, others.

March 24 (3 p.m.) – Duo-pianists Richard Becker & Doris Wylee-Becker. Program TBA.

April 1 (7:30 p.m., River Road Church, Baptist) Organist Bruce Stevens. Works TBA by Franck, Widor, Percy Whitlock, others.

April 10 – UR Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Kordzaia conducting, with harpist Claire Jones, percussionist-composer Chris Marshall, GreenSpring International American Youth Harp Ensemble. Marshall: new work TBA; Stravinsky: “The Firebird” Suite (excerpts).

April 15 – UR Wind Ensemble, David Niethamer directing. Program TBA.

April 22 – UR Chamber Ensembles, Joane Kong directing. Program TBA.

Letter V Classical Radio July 4

Celebrating the birthday of the United States – a nation of immigrants and refugees – with three centuries of music made in America by immigrants and refugees.

1-5 p.m. EDT
1700-2100 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM

Alexander Reinagle: “Miscellaneous” Overture in D major
(reconstruction by Bertil van Boer)
Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä/Patrick Gallois

Johann Friedrich Peter: String Quintet No. 1 in D major
American Moravian Chamber Ensemble
(New World)

Past Masters:
Anthony Philip Heinrich: Grand Symphony in D major
(“The Ornithological Combat of Kings”)
Syracuse Symphony Orchestra/Christopher Keene
(New World)
(recorded 1977)

Past Masters:
Korngold: Violin Concerto in D major
Jascha Heifetz, violin
Los Angeles Philharmonic/Alfred Wallenstein
(RCA Red Seal)
(recorded 1953)

Past Masters:
Stravinsky: “Scherzo à la russe”
Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Igor Stravinsky
(Sony Classical)
(recorded 1963)

Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances
Martha Argerich & Nicolas Economou, pianos
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Hindemith: “Symphonic Metamorphosis on a Theme of Carl Maria von Weber”
Philadelphia Orchestra/Wolfgang Sawallisch
(EMI Classics)

Past Masters:
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Fritz Reiner
(RCA Red Seal)
(recorded 1955)

Ernst Krenek: Trio, Op. 108
Péter Somogyi, violin
Csaba Klenyán, clarinet
Ildikó Nagy, piano

Past Masters:
Schoenberg: Theme and Variations, Op. 43b
Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy
(Sony Classical)
(recorded 1963)

Martinů: Symphony No. 1
BBC Symphony Orchestra/Jiří Bĕlohlávek