Richmond Symphony Summer Series 2019

Ron Crutcher, the cellist who serves as president of the University of Richmond, will return to the Richmond Symphony Summer Series of chamber music, opening the series on July 11.

The series is presented by the symphony in collaboration with the music departments of UR and Virginia Commonwealth University. Its theme this summer will be “Exploring America,” with works by romantic, modern and contemporary American composers, from Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein and William Grant Still to Jennifer Higdon, Philip Glass and John Corigliano.

Six concerts, lasting about one hour, will be staged at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays from July 11 to Aug. 15 in the Gottwald Playhouse of Dominion Energy Center, Sixth and Grace streets.

In addition to Crutcher, performing with pianist Joanne Kong, featured artists include violinist Adrian Pintea with pianist Russell Wilson, French horn player Dominic Rotella with pianist Ingrid Keller, oboist Shawn Welk with pianist Daniel Stipe and violist Molly Sharp, violinist Meredith Riley with pianist Magda Adamek, and three participants in the VCU Global Summer Institute of Music, flutist Aleksandr Haskin, clarinetist Sara Reese and pianist Yin Zheng.

Subscriptions for the full series are $100 for adults and $60 for children and college students, and for a “Summer Sampler” series of three or more concerts, $18 per concert for adults and $11 per concert for children and college students. Single tickets, $20 for adults and $12 for children and college students, go on sale June 3.

In past seasons, most of the series’ concerts have sold out well in advance.

For ticket information, call the symphony’s patron services desk at (804) 788-1212 or visit

Artists and programs for the 2019 Richmond Symphony Summer Series:

July 11
Ron Crutcher, cello
Joanne Kong, piano
Barber: Cello Sonata in C minor, Op. 6
Lukas Foss: Capriccio for cello and piano
Alvin Singleton: “Argoru II” for solo cello
Philip Glass: etudes nos. 2, 12 for piano

July 18
Adrian Pintea, violin
Russell Wilson, piano
Barber: lost work
Max Stern: “Bedouin Impressions”
George Walker: Piano Sonata No. 1 – I: Allegro energico
John Corigliano: Sonata for violin and piano

July 25
Dominic Rotella, French horn
Ingrid Keller, piano
Robert Weirich: “Steamboat Stomp”
Alan Hovhaness: “Artik” Concerto for horn and strings (piano reduction)
Carol Barnett: Horn Sonata
Bernstein: “Elegy for Mippy I”
Paul Basler: Serenade for horn and piano
Gershwin-Joseph Turrin: “Someone to Watch over Me” (horn and piano version)

Aug. 1
Aleksandr Haskin, flute
Sara Reese, clarinet
Yin Zheng, piano
Bernstein: Clarinet Sonata
Robert Muczynski: “Time Pieces” for clarinet and piano
Lowell Liebermann: Flute Sonata, Op. 23
Samuel Zyman: Sonata for flute and piano
Jennifer Higdon: “Dash” for flute, clarinet and piano

Aug. 8
Shawn Welk, oboe
Daniel Stipe, piano
Molly Sharp, viola
David Stanley Smith: “Sonata pastorale,” Op. 43, for oboe and piano
Peter Schickele: “Gardens” for oboe and piano
Charles Tomlinson Griffes: “Roman Sketches,” Op. 7, for piano – I. “The White Peacock”
Charles Martin Loeffler: “Deux Rhapsodies” for oboe, viola and piano

Aug. 15
Meredith Riley, violin
Magda Adamek, piano
Robert Russell Bennett: “Hexapoda: 5 Studies in Jetteropera” for violin and piano
John Novacek: “Four Rags” for violin and piano
Gershwin: 3 preludes for piano
Edward MacDowell: “Woodland Sketches” for piano
William Grant Still: “Mother and Child” Suite for violin and piano

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