Chamber Music Society 2020-21

The Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia will present a series of online streamed winter concerts, and plans to resume live performances in the spring.

The society’s virtual concerts:

“Positive Thinking,” with flutist Brandon Patrick George, guitarist John Marcel Williams and cellist James Wilson playing Bernhard Romberg’s “Divertimento on Austrian Themes,” Guillaume Connesson’s Toccata-Nocturne and Astor Piazzolla’s “L’Histoire du tango,” streaming from Nov. 30.

“Reading Shakespeare,” with actor Brandon Carter and cellist James Wilson in readings from Shakespeare’s monologues and sonnets and Ned Rorem’s “After Reading Shakespeare,” streaming from Dec. 10.

“Keep Dreaming,” with flutist Mary Boodell, violist Melissa Reardon and harpist Sivan Magen playing works by Rameau, Saint-Saëns and Chiayu Hsu, streaming from a date to be announced in March.

Access to the streams are $15 per program, plus a $2.55 processing fee.

Live programs scheduled for the spring:

“Let Go,” with poet Roscoe Burnems, baroque violinist Christina Day Martinson, baroque cellist James Wilson and harpsichordist Carsten Schmidt in verses by Burnems, a national poetry slam winner, interspersed with the “Rosary Sonatas” of the German early baroque composer Heinrich Biber, at 1:30 and 4 p.m. March 28 at the Valentine, 1015 E. Clay St. Live tickets: $30 (adult), $5 (student); recorded stream access: $15, plus $2.55 processing fee.

“Self-reliance,” with violinists Adrian Pintea and Suliman Tekalli, violist Celia Hatton, cellist James Wilson, clarinetist David Lemelin and bassoonist Thomas Schneider in a free concert of solo works to be announced, May 1 in the Gellman Room of the Richmond Public Library, First and Franklin streets.

“Reach Out,” with violinists Adrian Pintea and Suliman Tekalli, violist Celia Hatton, cellist James Wilson, clarinetist David Lemelin, bassoonist Thomas Schneider and French horn player Adedeji Ogunfolu in Schubert’s Octet in F major and Shuying Li’s “The Eight Immortals and the Sea,” 2 and 4 p.m. May 2 at Art Works, 320 Hull St. Tickets: $30 (adult), $5 (student).

“Believe,” with violinists Johnny Gandelsman, Christina Day Martinson and Jessie Montgomery, violist Dana Kelley and cellist James Wilson in Ben Johnston’s Quartet No. 4 (“Amazing Grace”), Carlos Simon’s “Elegy – Cry from the Grave” and the ”Heilige Dankesang” (“Holy Song of Thanksgiving”) from Beethoven’s Quartet in A minor, Op. 132, in a free concert at 2 p.m. June 12 in the Gellman Room of the Richmond Public Library.

“Weather the Storm,” with violinists Johnny Gandelsman, Christina Day Martinson and Jessie Montgomery, violist Dana Kelley, cellist James Wilson, double-bassist Jonathan Colbert, traverso flutist Mary Boodell and harpsichordist Carsten Schmidt in Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” and a new commissioned work by Kevin Alexander Day, 2 and 4 p.m. June 13 at Atlas 42 at Innsbrook, 4032 Cox Road. Tickets: $30 (adult), $5 (student).

For more information on the Chamber Music Society’s season, call (804) 304-6312 or visit http://cmscva.org

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