Erin Freeman leaving Richmond for DC post

Erin Freeman, director of the Richmond Symphony Chorus and director of choral activities at Virginia Commonwealth University, will leave those positions in June to become artistic director of The City Choir of Washington, beginning next season.

Chosen from a field of 49 candidates, Freeman will succeed the veteran chorusmaster Robert Shafer, who has been artistic director of the 120-voice City Choir for 14 years. He led The Washington Chorus from 1971 until 2007.

An Atlanta native who sang in choruses led by Robert Shaw, Freeman came to Richmond in 2004 as music director of the Richmond Philharmonic. She joined the Richmond Symphony in 2007, succeeding the late James Erb as director of the Symphony Chorus, and also became the orchestra’s associate conductor, serving in the latter post until 2014. She subsequently joined the VCU faculty.

She briefly directed the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, and has led choral and orchestral concerts in a number of US cities and music festivals.

Since 2015, Freeman has been artistic director of Wintergreen Music, the summer festival and educational camp in Nelson County. She will retain the Wintergreen post, as well as continuing as resident conductor of Richmond Ballet.

“Erin has nurtured and developed a truly inspiring choral tradition,” Richmond Symphony Music Director Valentina Peleggi said in a statement included in a news release on Freeman’s departure, adding that “the high numbers of singers and their absolute dedication is testimony to her kindness and talent.”

Freeman, in turn, said: “My time with the Richmond Symphony Chorus and VCU have been some of the best years of my life. I have learned so much from my singers and students – lessons of leadership, grace, humor, and empathy.”

When the threat of infection from Covid-19 forced choristers to stop rehearsing and performing in conventional group settings, Freeman kept the Symphony Chorus going with online concerts and performances in outdoor spaces such as carparks.

With the resumption of choral music in indoor concerts this season, she prepared the ensemble for the Richmond Symphony’s holiday programs, staged in recent weeks. Freeman will conduct the orchestra, chorus and soloists in Haydn’s oratorio “The Creation” on April 9 and 10 – an event belatedly marking the Symphony Chorus’s 50th anniversary; a concert by the Richmond Symphony Chamber Chorus on April 28; and, in her final symphony engagement, will prepare the chorus for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on May 21 and 22.

UR Modlin Center spring 2022

The University of Richmond’s Modlin Arts Center has announced a spring-semester classical concert lineup featuring the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, joined by saxophonist Branford Marsalis; the trio of pianist Wu Han, violinist Philip Setzer and cellist David Finckel; the piano duo of Garrick Ohlsson and Kirill Gerstein; and double-bassist Edgar Meyer and The Scottish Ensemble.

UR faculty artists and student ensembles also will perform in free programs. Ticket registration in advance is required for those concerts.

The center’s Covid-19 safety protocol requires indoor masking regardless of vaccination status – masks will be provided on request at the box office – and physical distancing of six feet or more. Tickets are general admission, and seating in Camp Concert Hall is limited to 400 patrons. Program books will be available in digital versions.

Tickets are now available, and registration for free concerts may be made, by calling the Modlin Center box office at (804) 289-8980 or visiting the center’s website: http://modlin.richmond.edu

All performances are in Camp Concert Hall unless listed otherwise. Dates, times, programs (as announced to date, subject to change) and ticket prices:

Jan. 10 (7:30 p.m.)
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Branford Marsalis, saxophone

Rossini: “The Barber of Seville” Overture
Debussy: Rhapsodie for alto saxophone and orchestra
Ibert: “Concertino da Camera”
Turina: “La oración del torero”
Courtney Bryan: “Carmen, Jazz Suite on Themes by Bizet”

$40

Jan. 23 (3 p.m.)
Paul Hanson, piano & speaker
lecture-recital on Ives’ Piano Sonata No. 1
free; ticket registration required

Feb. 2 (7:30 p.m.)
Richard Becker, piano
works TBA by Liszt, Albéniz, Chopin
readings of Becker’s poems from forthcoming collection “On Sunday Afternoon”

free; ticket registration required

Feb. 9 (7:30 p.m.)
Lisa Terry, viola da gamba
Joanne Kong, harpsichord

works TBA by J.S. Bach, Telemann, Franz Xaver Chwatal, Hermann Gustav Jaeschke, David Loeb, Susan Matsui
free; ticket registration required

Feb. 18 (7:30 p.m.)
Wu Han, piano
Philip Setzer, violin
David Finckel, cello

Haydn: Piano Trio in D minor, Hob XV:23
Beethoven: Piano Trio in E flat major, Op. 70, No. 1 (“Ghost”)
Dvořák: Piano Trio in F minor, Op. 65

$35

March 2 (7:30 p.m.)
Garrick Ohlsson & Kirill Gerstein, piano duo
Thomas Adès: “Powder Her Face” Suite
Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances
Feruccio Busoni: “Fantasia Contrappuntistica”
Ravel: “La Valse”

$35

March 20 (3 p.m.)
Doris Wylee-Becker, piano
works TBA by J.S. Bach, Schumann
free; ticket registration required

March 28 (7:30 p.m.)
Cannon Memorial Chapel
Bruce Stevens, organ
“Bach & His Friends and Successors”
works TBA by J.S. Bach, others

free; ticket registration required

April 4 (7:30 p.m.)
Ukrop Auditorium, Robins School of Business
Neumann Lecture on Music:
Robynn Stilwell, speaker
“Storyteller of the Shadowland: Marginalized Identity at the Roots of ‘Americana’ ”
free; ticket registration required

April 6 (7:30 p.m.)
UR Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Kordzaia conducting

program TBA
free; ticket registration required

April 7 (7:30 p.m.)
Edgar Meyer, double-bass & director
The Scottish Ensemble

Holst: “St. Paul’s Suite”
Meyer: Concert Duo, Movement 1
Meyer: new work TBA
Caroline Shaw: “Punctum”
J.S. Bach: viola da gamba sonata TBA
Vaughan Williams: “The Lark Ascending”
(Adam Johnston arrangement)
$35

April 10 (3 p.m.)
UR Schola Cantorum & Women’s Chorale
Jeffrey Riehl directing

program TBA
free; ticket registration required

April 11 (7:30 p.m.)
UR Wind Ensemble
Steven Barton directing

works TBA by Bernstein, Barton, William Schuman, Jack Stamp, Vasily Kalinnikov, Leroy Anderson
free; ticket registration required

April 18 (7:30 p.m.)
UR Chamber Ensembles
program TBA
free; ticket registration required

Review: ‘Julie, Monster’

(Updated Dec. 12)

RVA Baroque
PJ Freebourn directing

Dec. 3, Firehouse Theatre
(reviewed from online stream, posted Dec. 4)

“Julie, Monster: a Queer Baroque Opera” is queer in both common meanings of the word. Its principal characters are omnisexual in practice, homosexual at heart. Musically, it’s a queer mix of contrasting, colliding genres – early baroque liberally garnished with Renaissance dance, with 21st-century electronica, rave/house beats and pop/soul balladry in hot pursuit.

Composer Niccolo Seligmann hews closely to the standard format of French baroque music theater: recitatives leading into arias or duets – mostly, soliloquies of stylized emotive affect – sprinkled with dance sequences, and choruses or more dances to punctuate scenes. Unlike standard baroque opera, though, this isn’t a toga party. Instead of a figure from mythology or ancient history, this opera’s subject was a real person living in the late 1600s.

The antique theatrical chassis proves to be load-bearing and roadworthy, handling the show’s whiplash swerves in musical style and century-hopping lane changes in lingo and attitude.

Raphael Seligmann’s libretto swings from earnest to raucous and back. In his text, the decorous late-17th century and a funky/glitzy old/new day, populated by roguish party animals and brawlers, cohabit with less dissonance than might be expected. (Every era is baroque in its own way.) Issues of sexual and gender equity are addressed sincerely, at times soulfully; but a bypass into activist agitprop late in the show needlessly sticks a pin in a message already received.

In its premiere production, presented in a small playhouse on a limited budget, “Julie, Monster” was bare-bones visually, staged on a set of boxy modules and empty frames, with costumes only vaguely recalling the extravagant fashion of the Bourbon Sun King’s Versailles court, while more authentically dressing lowborn subjects in humbler haunts. Some canny lighting provided visual depth and variety.

The RVA Baroque ensemble, appearing to number about a half-dozen musicians, was similarly lean, audibly attuned to period musical style, although not always in tune. Electronic musical and sound effects overbalanced the live players, at least in the online stream’s audio mix; but the humans never quite dissolved in a sonic stew.

The singers carried the show. As Julie d’Aubigny, a combative (“monster”) vagabond singer and grifter turned scandalous, deeply troubled Parisian diva, Jaylin Brown was a commanding, brooding presence with considerable vocal flexibility – essential in a character whose voice must range from coloratura soprano to classic-R&B singer to Caribbean chanteuse.

Two other female voices stood out: Margaret Taylor-Woods as Marie-Thérèse, Julie’s later-in-life soulmate, paired with Brown in moving death-scene duets, and Libby Mullins, in the cameo role of a boy soprano.

Countertenor Ambrose Oisín Clark was impressive in voice and character as Thevenard.

James Brown’s experience in opera was parlayed into a period-stylishly affective portrayal of King Louis XIV. Keydron Dunn (as Gautier), Kenny Putnam (as Buzzy Rambutin) and Levi Meerovich (as Sérannes) wisely refrained from trying to sound baroque-operatic in their roles, instead reaching for their characters’ dramatic potential while usually standing one step back in a story that focuses on women.

In this production, a cast of 18 portrayed nearly three dozen characters. Many took on quite dissimilar roles: James Brown, for example, doubled as the king and a waiter. The supporting cast was vocally uneven but maintained physical presence and energy – even doing extra duty in passable renditions of early baroque dance.

Baroque opera was meant to be visual spectacle as much as music. Spectacle necessarily got short shrift in this production, and the music’s frequent shifts in style challenged continuity and consistency of performance.

“Julie, Monster” shows enticing promise, but would benefit from revision – common practice after a premiere. If the Seligmanns purged some dead spots (one less blackout-with-pavane, for starters), mitigated abrupt transitions (or gave them more dramatically potent abruptness), and found the resources to stage a full-dress, more consistently cast, vocally and instrumentally balanced, technically sophisticated production, the show would stand on strong legs.

A repeat performance, at 2 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Firehouse Theater, 1609 W. Broad St. in Richmond, is sold out.

(Correction: Ambrose Oisín Clark was misidentified in the initial posting of the review.)

December 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 ticket prices are listed; senior, student/youth, military, group and other discounts may be offered.

Each listing includes primary Covid-19 safety protocols for the event. Contact presenters or venues for detailed requirements.

Dec. 1 (7:30 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
UR Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Kordzaia conducting
Matthew Robinson, violin
Rilyn McKallip, flute

program TBA
free (ticket registration required)
masks required
(804) 289-8980
http://modlin.richmond.edu/events

Dec. 1 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Young Concert Artists:
William Socolof, bass-baritone
pianist TBA
Ibert: “Quatre chansons de Don Quichotte”
Robert Owens: “Die Nacht,” “Morgendämmerung”
Schubert: “Schwanengesang”
(selections)
Leaha Maria Villareal: “Crossing the Rubicon”
Debussy: “Trois chansons de Bilitis”
Joel Engel: “Jewish Folksongs”
(selections)
Mahler: “Urlicht”
Matthew Aucoin: “Three Whitman Songs”

$20-$40
proof of vaccination, photo ID & masks required
(800) 444-1324
http://kennedy-center.org

Dec. 2 (7:30 p.m.)
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News
Dec. 3 (7:30 p.m.)
Chrysler Hall, 215 St. Paul’s Boulevard, Norfolk
Dec. 5 (7:30 p.m.)
Sandler Arts Center, 201 S. Market St., Virginia Beach
Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Eric Jacobsen conducting
Branford Marsalis, saxophone

Mozart: “The Marriage of Figaro” Overture
Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor (Resurrection) – “Urlicht”
Sally Beamish: “Under the Wing of the Rock”
Mahler: “Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen”
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major
Beamish: “The Imagined Sound of Sun on Stone”
(Dec. 5 only)
$25-$110 (Dec. 3 sold out)
masks required
(757) 892-6366
http://virginiasymphony.org

Dec. 2 (7 p.m.)
Dec. 3 (8 p.m.)
Dec. 4 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Gianandrea Noseda conducting

Mozart: “The Magic Flute” Overture
Mozart: Concert aria, “Per questa bella mano”

Christian Simmons, bass
Robert Oppelt, double-bass

Mozart: “La Clemenza di Tito” Overture
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622

Lin Ma, clarinet
Mozart: Cantata, “Eine kleine Freimauer”
Mozart: Requiem
Mozart: “Ave verum corpus”

Suzannah Waddington, soprano
Hannah Shea, mezzo-soprano
Duke Kim & Matthew Pearce, tenors
Christian Simmons, bass
University of Maryland Concert Choir
Bill Barclay, narrator

$29-$104
proof of vaccination, photo ID & masks required
(800) 444-1324
http://kennedy-center.org

Dec. 3 (7 p.m.)
Dec. 5 (2 p.m.)
Firehouse Theater, 1609 W. Broad St., Richmond
RVA Baroque
P.J. Freebourn directing

Niccolo & Raphael Seligmann: “Julie Monster: a Queer Baroque Opera” (premiere)
Jaylin Brown (Julie)
Bryanna Batts (Boy Soprano, Wayfarer, announcer)
James Brown (King, waiter)
Diana Carver (Priest)
Valerie Chinn (Madame Bortigali, Messenger [Jeannne], entertainer)
Ambrose Oisín Clark (Thevenard, Arrogant 3)
Keydron Dunn (Gaultier, Valmalette, Constable 2)
Earl Fleming (Christmas Snow) (Party Dowager Empress)
Jarene Fleming (Priest’s Conscience, landlady)
Erin Foster (Arrogant Man, Constable 1, Jacquet)
Tim Herrmann (Corbetta, Julie’s Maid, entertainer, Arrogant 2, bodyguard)
James Lynn (Dr. Bortigali, Entertainer 2)
Levi Meerovich (Serannes)
Lindy Porkorny (Missy)
Kenneth Putnam (Buzzy)
Paige Reisenfeld (Cecilia)
DeVonté Saunders (Luynes)
Margaret Taylor-Woods (Marie-Therese
)
live performances sold out
proof of vaccination & masks required
$30 (online live stream)
(804) 355-2001 (Firehouse Theater)
http://rvabaroque.org/julie%2C-monster

Dec. 3 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Dec. 11 (8 p.m.)
University Baptist Church, 1223 W. Main St., Charlottesville
Virginia Glee Club
Frank Albinder directing
Daniel Hine, piano

81st annual Christmas Concerts
program TBA

$5-$20
masks required
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu/events

Dec. 3 (8 p.m.)
Dec. 4 (3:30 p.m.)
University Chapel, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Virginia Women’s Chorus
Katherine (“KaeRenae”) Mitchell directing
Anastasia Jellison, harp

38th annual Candlelight Concerts
Britten: “A Ceremony of Carols”
other seasonal works TBA

$7-$20
masks required
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu/events

Dec. 3 (7:30 p.m.)
Salem Civic Center, 1001 Roanoke Boulevard
Roanoke Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir
David Stewart Wiley conducting

other artists TBA
“Holiday Pops Spectacular”
program TBA

$32-$65
masks required
(540) 343-9127
http://rso.com

Dec. 4 (7:30 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Energy Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony
Chia-Hsuan Lin conducting

“A Baroque Holiday”
Handel: “Messiah”
(excerpts)
Mozart: “Ave verum corpus”
Vivaldi: Gloria
(excerpt)
J.S. Bach: Cantata, “Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben,” BWV 147
(excerpt)
Richmond Symphony Chorus
Antonio Rosetti: Concerto for horn, trombone and orchestra
Dominic Rotella, French horn
Evan Williams, trombone

J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068 (excerpts)
Handel: “Water Music”
(excerpt)
Handel: “Royal Fireworks Music”
(excerpt)
Gluck: “Orfeo ed Euridice” – “Dance of the Blessed Spirits”
(Felix Mottl arrangement)
proof of vaccination or negative test result, photo ID & masks required
$18-$54
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Dec. 4 (1:30 & 3 p.m.)
Dec. 5 (1:30 & 3 p.m.)
Kimball Theatre, Merchants Square, Williamsburg
Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra
Erin Freeman conducting

Holiday Pops
program TBA

$15-$30
masks required
(757) 229-9857
http://williamsburgsymphony.org

Dec. 4 (8 p.m.)
Dec. 5 (3:30 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia
UVa University Singers
Michael Slon conducting

“Family Holiday Concerts”
works TBA by Handel, Corelli, Vaughan Williams, Leroy Anderson, others

$10-$47
masks required
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu/events

Dec. 4 (7:30 p.m.)
Academy of the Arts Historic Theater, 600 Main St., Lynchburg
Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra
David Glover conducting

guest artists TBA
“Happy Holidays”
program TBA

$6-$75
masks required
(434) 846-8499
http://lynchburgsymphony.org/events-concerts/

Dec. 4 (3:30 p.m.)
Merchant Hall, Hylton Arts Center, George Mason University, Manassas
Manassas Symphony Orchestra
James Villani conducting

“Family Concert: Color and Light”
Charles Tomlinson Griffes: Poem

Irina Lin, flute
Jonathan Romeo: “Light”
music and light-show finale
proof of vaccination or negative test result & masks required
$20
(888) 945-2468 (Tickets.com)
http://hyltoncenter.org

Dec. 5 (2:30 p.m.)
River Road Church, Baptist, River and Ridge roads, Richmond
Raymond & Elizabeth Chenault, organ duo
Christmas-themed program TBA
free (tickets required)
masks recommended
online live stream accessible
(804) 288-1131
http://rrcb.org

Dec. 6 (11 a.m.)
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Laurel Street at Floyd Avenue, Richmond
Forgotten Clefs: Renaissance Wind Ensemble
“Prophecy|Nativity”
texts from Part 1 (Christmas portion) of Handel’s “Messiah” with works by 16th-century composers TBA
audience sing-along of Christmas carols

free (ticket registration required)
masks recommended
(804) 359-5651
http://richmondcathedral.org

Dec. 6 (7:30 p.m.)
Kaufman Theater, Chrysler Museum of Art, 1 Memorial Place, Norfolk
Feldman Chamber Music Society:
Horszowski Trio
Dvořák: Piano Trio in E minor, Op. 90 (“Dumky”)
Debussy: Piano Trio in G major
Arno Babajanian: Piano Trio in F sharp minor

$25
masks required
(757) 552-1630
http://feldmanchambermusic.org

Dec. 7 (8 p.m.)
Williamsburg Library Theater, 515 Scotland St.
Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg:
Horszowski Trio
Dvořák: Piano Trio in E minor, Op. 90 (“Dumky”)
Debussy: Piano Trio in G major
Arno Babajanian: Piano Trio in F sharp minor

$25
masks required
(757) 741-3300 (Williamsburg Regional Library)
http://chambermusicwilliamsburg.org

Dec. 7 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Washington National Opera Marian Anderson Vocal Award recital:
Frederick Ballentine, tenor
Kunal Lahiry, piano

program TBA
$39
proof of vaccination, photo ID & masks required
(800) 444-1324
http://kennedy-center.org

Dec. 8 (7:30 p.m.)
The Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SW, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Emil de Cou conducting
Dupont Brass

“Ugly Sweater Holiday Concert”
program TBA

$15-$30
proof of vaccination, photo ID & masks required
(202) 467-4600 (Instant Charge)
http://kennedy-center.org

Dec. 9 (7:30 p.m.)
Dec. 11 (2 & 8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra Pops
Steven Reineke conducting
Ingrid Michaelson, guest star

“Notes of Honor: NSO Salutes the Military”
holiday program TBA

$29-$119
proof of vaccination, photo ID & masks required
(800) 444-1324
http://kennedy-center.org

Dec. 10 (6 p.m.)
Meadow Park, Meadow Street at Park Avenue, Richmond
Fan Grande Illumination & Garden Tour:
Greater Richmond Children’s Choirs
Crystal Jonkman directing

holiday program TBA
free
masks recommended
(804) 201-1894
http://www.grcchoir.org/performances

Dec. 10 (7 p.m.)
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Laurel Street at Floyd Avenue, Richmond
Cathedral Schola Cantorum
Daniel Sañez, organ & direction

Advent Lessons and Carols
free (registration required)
donations benefit Ryan White Program of Capital Area Health Network
masks recommended
(804) 359-5651
http://richmondcathedral.org

Dec. 10 (7:30 p.m.)
Grace Baptist Church, 4200 Dover Road, Richmond
Dec. 12 (3 p.m.)
Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, Henry Street at College Avenue, Ashland
Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale
Ryan Tibbetts directing
Daniel Stipe, organ

Handel: “Messiah” – Part 1 (Christmas portion)
Cecilia McDowall: “A Winter’s Night”
$15
masks recommended
(800) 838-3006
http://cvamc.org

Dec. 10 (7:30 p.m.)
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News
Dec. 11 (7:30 p.m.)
Harrison Opera House, 160 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk
Dec. 12 (7 p.m.)
Sandler Arts Center, 201 S. Market St., Virginia Beach
Virginia Symphony Orchestra Pops & Chorus
Robert Shoup conducting

Holiday Pops
program TBA

$25-$110
masks required
(757) 892-6366
http://virginiasymphony.org

Dec. 10 (7 p.m.)
Cave Spring United Methodist Church, 4205 Hazel Drive, Roanoke
Roanoke Symphony Orchestra brass
Jay Crone directing

“Holiday Brass”
program TBA

$35-$52
masks required
(540) 343-9127
http://rso.com

Dec. 10 (8 p.m.)
Merchant Hall, Hylton Arts Center, George Mason University, Manassas
American Festival Pops Orchestra
Anthony Maiello conducting

“Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season”
program TBA

proof of vaccination or negative test result & masks required
$41-$65
(888) 945-2468 (Tickets.com)
http://hyltoncenter.org

Dec. 11 (2 & 7 p.m.)
Dec. 12 (1 & 4:30 p.m.)
Dec. 18 (2 & 7 p.m.)
Dec. 19 (1 & 4:30 p.m.)
Dec. 22 (7 p.m.)
Dec. 23 (2 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Energy Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Ballet
Richmond Symphony

conductor TBA
Tchaikovsky: “The Nutcracker”
$25-$125
proof of vaccination or negative test result, photo ID & masks required
(804) 334-0906
http://richmondballet.com

Dec. 11 (8 p.m.)
Dec. 12 (2 p.m.)
Forbes Arts Center, James Madison University, Harrisonburg
JMU music ensembles
“Holiday Fest: Winter Solstice”
program TBA

$23
masks required
(540) 568-7000
http://jmuforbescenter.com/events/2021/

Dec. 11 (3 p.m.)
Garth Newel Music Center, off Route 220 between Warm Springs & Hot Springs, Bath County
Jeannette Fang & Jeremy Thompson, piano duo
Mozart: Sonata in D major, K. 448
Amy Beach: “Suite Founded on Old Irish Melodies,” Op. 104
Rachmaninoff: Suite No. 2, Op. 17

$25-$80
masks recommended
$10 (online live stream)
(540) 839-5018
http://garthnewel.org

Dec. 11 (7:30 p.m.)
Merchant Hall, Hylton Arts Center, George Mason University, Manassas
Manassas Chorale & orchestra
Rebecca Verner directing
“Sing Gloria!”
holiday program TBA

proof of vaccination or negative test result & masks required
$23-$25
(888) 945-2468 (Tickets.com)
http://hyltoncenter.org

Dec. 11 (8 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
American Festival Pops Orchestra
Anthony Maiello conducting

“Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season”
program TBA

$36-$60
proof of vaccination or negative test result & masks required
(703) 993-2787
http://cfa.gmu.edu

Dec. 12 (4 p.m.)
Trinity Lutheran Church, 2315 N. Parham Road, Richmond
Richmond Choral Society
Markus Compton directing
Christopher Martin, organ
David Schwoebel, piano

“Christmas with the Richmond Choral Society”
program TBA

$10-$15 (live attendance)
proof of vaccination or negative test result, photo ID & masks required
$10 (online stream)
(804) 353-9582
http://richmondchoralsociety.org

Dec. 12 (4 p.m.)
Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 W. Huguenot Road, Richmond
Second Sunday South of the James:
chamber orchestra
Anne Carr Regan conducting
Stephen Henley, organ
Zarah Brock, soprano
Ellen Brone, mezzo-soprano
Vonte Saunders, tenor
Alan Chavez, bass

Handel: “Messiah” (audience sing-in)
rehearsal, 1 p.m. Dec. 11
donation requested
masks required (singers included)
(804) 272-7514
http://bonairpc.org/wp/2021/07/31/2021-sssj-fall-season/

Dec. 12 (4 p.m.)
First Presbyterian Church, 4602 Cary Street Road, Richmond
First Presbyterian Chancel Choir
Festival Orchestra
Jason N. Brown conducting
Bruce Stevens, organ

Saint-Saëns: “Oratorio de Noël”
Christmas carol sing-along

free
masks recommended
(804) 358-2383
http://fpcrichmond.org/

Dec. 12 (4 p.m.)
Monroe Park, Franklin and Belvidere streets, Richmond
Greater Richmond Children’s Choirs
Crystal Jonkman directing
Grace & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Choir
Elizabeth Melcher Davis directing

other choirs TBA
“Caroling in the Park”
free
masks recommended
(804) 201-1894
http://www.grcchoir.org/performances

Dec. 12 (7:15 p.m.)
River Road Church, Baptist, River and Ridge roads, Richmond
River Road Chancel Choir
Robert Gallagher directing

Service of Lessons and Carols
works TBA by Harold W. Friedell, Hugo Distler, Mary Beth Bennett, Will Todd, John Rutter, Mack Wilberg

free (tickets required)
masks recommended
online live stream accessible
(804) 288-1131
http://rrcb.org

Dec. 12 (3 p.m.)
Sandler Arts Center, 201 S. Market St., Virginia Beach
Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Robert Shoup conducting

“Jingle Bell Jam”
family program TBA

$12-$22
masks required
(757) 892-6366
http://virginiasymphony.org

Dec. 12 (2 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Tiffany Poon, piano
Robert Schumann: “Kinderszenen,” Op. 15
Robert Schumann: Arabeske, Op. 18
Clara Wieck Schumann: Sonata in G minor
Clara Wieck Schumann: “Soirées Musicales,” Op. 6, Nos. 2, 3, 5
Robert Schumann: “Davidsbündlertänze,” Op. 6

$40
proof of vaccination, photo ID & masks required
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts)
http://washingtonperformingarts.org

Dec. 14 (7:30 p.m.)
Shaftman Performance Hall, Jefferson Center, 541 Luck Ave., Roanoke
Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
RSO Virtuosi
David Stewart Wiley conducting

Handel: “Messiah” – Part 1 (Christmas portion) & “Hallelujah”
$28-$56
proof of vaccination or negative test result & masks required
(540) 343-9127
http://rso.com

Dec. 15 (7:30 p.m.)
St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg
Dec. 16 (7 p.m.)
Chesapeake Conference Center, 700 Conference Center Drive
Dec. 17 (7:30 p.m.)
Suffolk Arts Center, 110 W. Finley Ave.
Virginia Symphony Orchestra brass & percussion
“Holiday Brass”
program TBA

$25-$54 (Dec. 16 free)
masks required
(757) 892-6366
http://virginiasymphony.org

Dec. 16 (7:30 p.m.)
Regent University Theater, Virginia Beach
Dec. 17 (7:30 p.m.)
First Baptist Church, 12716 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News
Dec. 18 (7:30 p.m.)
Harrison Opera House, 160 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk
Virginia Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Don McCullough conducting

Handel: “Messiah” – Part 1 (Christmas portion) & “Hallelujah”
Vanessa Becerra, soprano
Sarah Mesko, mezzo soprano
Jonathan Hill, tenor
Aleksey Bogdanov, baritone

$25-$110
masks required
(757) 892-6366
http://virginiasymphony.org

Dec. 16 (7 p.m.)
Dec. 17 (8 p.m.)
Dec. 18 (8 p.m.)
Dec. 19 (1 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Gianandrea Noseda conducting

Handel: “Messiah” – Part 1 (Christmas portion)
J.S. Bach: Magnificat in D major, BWV 243
Suzannah Waddington, soprano (Handel & Bach)
Katerina Burton, soprano (Bach)
Rehanna Thelwell, alto
Duke Kim, tenor
William Meinert, bass
University of Maryland Concert Choir

$15-$99
proof of vaccination, photo ID & masks required
(800) 444-1324
http://kennedy-center.org

Dec. 18 (8 p.m.)
Gallery 5, 200 W. Marshall St., Richmond
Classical Revolution RVA
“Listen Local”
works TBA by Colton Dodd, David Robbins, Curt Sydnor, Donovan Williams

donation requested
masks required
(804) 678-8863 (Gallery 5)
http://www.classicalrevolutionrva.com/events

Dec. 18 (2:30 & 7:30 p.m.)
Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Charlottesville
Oratorio Society of Virginia
Michael Slon directing

“Christmas at the Paramount”
Vivaldi: Gloria
Rachmaninoff: “All-Night Vigil”
works TBA by Adolphus Hailstork, Abbie Betinis, others

$10-$52
proof of vaccination or negative test result & masks required
(434) 979-1333
http://theparamount.net

Dec. 18 (4 p.m.)
Dec. 19 (4 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
Fairfax Ballet
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
Christopher Zimmerman conducting

Tchaikovsky: “The Nutcracker”
$54-$94
proof of vaccination or negative test result & masks required
(703) 993-2787
http://cfa.gmu.edu

Dec. 18 (2 p.m.)
Dec. 24 (11 a.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
Choral Arts Society
Scott Tucker directing

“A Family Christmas”
program TBA

$20-$45
proof of vaccination (negative test result for children), photo ID & masks required
(800) 444-1324
http://kennedy-center.org

Dec. 19 (8 p.m.)
The Loft at the HofGarden, 2818 W. Broad St., Richmond
Classical Revolution RVA
“Classical Incarnations”
program TBA

donation requested
masks required
(804) 424-3303 (HofGarden)
http://www.classicalrevolutionrva.com/events

Dec. 19 (7 p.m.)
Dec. 21 (7 p.m.)
Dec. 22 (3 & 7:30 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
The Washington Chorus
Eugene Rogers directing

“A Candlelight Christmas”
program TBA

$15-$101
proof of vaccination, photo ID & masks required
(800) 444-1324
http://kennedy-center.org

Dec. 20 (7 p.m.)
Dec. 24 (2 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
Choral Arts Society Symphonic Chorus & Youth Choir
Scott Tucker directing

Christmas program TBA

$15-$72
proof of vaccination, photo ID & masks required
(800) 444-1324
http://kennedy-center.org

Dec. 23 (7:30 p.m.)
Capital One Hall, 7750 Capital One Tower Road, Tysons
National Philharmonic & Chorale
Stan Engebretson conducting

Handel: “Messiah”
Suzanne Karpov, soprano
Magdelena Wor, mezzo-soprano
Matthew Smith, tenor
Brandon Hendrickson, baritone

$45-$99
proof of vaccination or negative test result & masks required
(800) 653-8000 (Ticketmaster)
http://capitalonehall.com/events