Menuhin Competition postponed to 2021; Richmond Symphony calls off spring concerts

The Menuhin Competition for young violinists, scheduled for May in Richmond, has been postponed for one year. Organizers have rescheduled the competition to May 13-23, 2021.

“All of us involved in the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020 regret the need to postpone the event, but recognize the imperative to avoid any large gatherings until the COVID-19 danger has lifted,” David Fisk, executive director of the Richmond Symphony, said in a prepared statement. “The city is ready, our partners are ready, and during the coming year, we’ll work to make next year’s competition even bigger and better than before.”

The 44 violinists who qualified for the competition will be invited to compete next year. The participation of contestants, as well as judges, guest artists and conductors engaged for 2020, is expected to be settled later in the spring.

Tickets already sold for festival events will be honored next year.

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The Richmond Symphony also has canceled or postponed its spring performances. Cancellations include April Masterworks, Rush Hour, Metro Collection and Youth Orchestra concerts, as well as Menuhin Competition events in May. The “Richmond’s Finest” concert with the Commonwealth Bluegrass Band has been rescheduled to June 14, the “Star Wars: the Empire Strikes Back” concert has been rescheduled to June 19, and “Violins of Hope” and “Chesterfield Live! Big Tent Festival” have been postponed to dates to be announced.

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Virtual concertgoing (5)

Symphonic music from all over the map:

Enescu: “Romanian Rhapsody” No. 1
SWR Symphony Orchestra
Tito Muñoz conducting
(recorded 2019, Stuttgart):

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Mozart: Sinfonia concertante in E flat major, K. 364
Sergei Khachatrian, violin
Candida Thompson, viola
Amsterdam Sinfonietta
(recorded 2015, Amsterdam):

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Martinů: Symphony No. 4
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducting
(recorded 2016, Frankfurt):

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Rodrigo: “Concierto de Aranjuez”
Pepe Romero, guitar
Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos conducting
(recorded 2013, Copenhagen):

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Respighi: “Vetrate di Chiesa” (“Church Windows”)
Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia
Vasily Petrenko conducting
(recorded 2011, Rome):

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Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Czech Philharmonic
Jiří Bělohlávek conducting
(recorded 2015, Prague):