September 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 event listing includes primary Covid-19 safety protocols. When they are not specified by presenters or venues, my default guidance is “masks recommended” for indoor events, masks optional for outdoor events.

Sept. 1 (7:30 p.m.)
Lake Matoaka, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg
Sept. 3 (7:30 p.m.)
Riverwalk Landing, 331 Water St., Yorktown
Sept. 4 (7:30 p.m.)
Chesapeake City Park, 900 City Park Drive
Sept. 8 (7:30 p.m.)
Neptune’s Park, Atlantic Avenue at 31st Street, Virginia Beach
Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Adam Turner conducting

John Stafford Smith & Francis Scott Key: “The Star-Spangled Banner”
John Williams: “Star Wars” – main title theme
Harold Arlen: “The Wizard of Oz”
(excerpts) (Charles Sayre arrangement)
Ravel: “Mother Goose” Suite – “The Enchanted Garden”
Howard Shore: “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”
(John Whitney arrangement)
Wagner: “Die Walküre” – “Ride of the Valkyries”
John Powell: “ How To Train Your Dragon”
(Sean O’Loughlin arrangement)
Grieg: “Peer Gynt” – “In the Hall of the Mountain King”
Williams: “Hook” – “The Flight to Neverland”
Stravinsky: “The Firebird” – berceuse & finale
Williams: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” – “Harry’s Wondrous World”

free
masks optional
(757) 892-6366
http://virginiasymphony.org

Sept. 3 (5 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, 403 Garth Newel Lane, Hot Springs
Garth Newel Piano Quartet
Aaron Berofsky, violin

Haydn: Quartet in G major, Op. 33, No. 5
Amy Beach: Piano Quintet in F sharp minor, Op. 67

$25 (concert); $92 (concert & dinner)
masks recommended
(540) 839-5018
http://garthnewel.org

Sept. 4 (2 p.m.)
Herter Hall, Garth Newel Music Center, 403 Garth Newel Lane, Hot Springs
Garth Newel Piano Quartet
Aaron Berofsky, violin

Florence Beatrice Price: Piano Quintet in A minor (Lisa Jensen-Abbott arrangement)
Dvořák: Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81
$25 (concert); $53 (concert & picnic)
masks recommended
(540) 839-5018
http://garthnewel.org

Sept. 4 (8 p.m.)
West Lawn, US Capitol, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Steven Reineke conducting
Jimmie Herrod, guest star

Labor Day Weekend concert
John Stafford Smith & Francis Scott Key: “The Star-Spangled Banner”
Copland: “Fanfare for the Common Man”
Morton Gould: “American Salute”
Carlos Simon: “Tales: A Folklore Symphony” – “John Henry”
“The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me”
“The Man That Got Away”
“Come Rain or Come Shine”
John Williams: “Liberty Fanfare”
Sousa: “Liberty Bell March”
trad.: “Turkey in the Straw”
(Carmen Dragon arrangement)
“Each Time”
“A Case of You”
“Tomorrow”
“Armed Forces Medley”
(Jim Kessler arrangement)
Samuel A. Ward & Katherine Lee Bates: “America the Beautiful” (Carmen Dragon arrangement)
free
masks optional
(800) 444-1324
http://kennedy-center.org

Sept. 8 (8 p.m.)
Filene Center, Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna
National Symphony Orchestra
José Luis Gomez conducting

Paquito d’Rivera: “The Elephant and the Clown”
Paquito d’Rivera, clarinet
d’Rivera: “The Journey” (premiere)
Paquito d’Rivera, clarinet
Yo-Yo Ma, cello

Gershwin: “Cuban Overture”
Arturo Máquez: Danzon No. 2
Bernstein: “West Side Story” Symphonic Dances

$37 (lawn seating)
proof of Covid-19 vaccination or negative test result; masks optional
(703) 255-1868
http://wolftrap.org

Sept. 10 (7 p.m.)
Pocahontas State Park, 10301 State Park Road, Chesterfield County
Richmond Symphony
Chia-Hsuan Lin conducting

light-classical & pops program TBA
free; $10 parking fee
masks optional
(804) 788-1212
http://richmondsymphony.com

Sept. 11 (3 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
Rennolds Chamber Concerts:
George Li, piano
Beethoven: 32 Variations in C minor, WoO 80
Beethoven: Variations and Fugue in E flat major, Op. 35 (“Eroica”)
Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28

$35
masks required
(804) 828-1166
http://arts.vcu.edu/academics/departments/music/concerts-and-events/rennolds-series/

Sept. 15 (7 p.m.)
Sept. 17 (8 p.m.)
Sept. 18 (3 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
James Gaffigan conducting

Bernstein: MASS
Will Liverman, celebrant
Heritage Signature Chorale
Stanley J. Thurston directing
Children’s Chorus of Washington
Margaret Nomura Clark directing
Hope Boykin, choreographer
Alison Moritz, stage director

$29-$209
masks required
(800) 444-1324
http://kennedy-center.org

Sept. 16 (7:30 p.m.)
St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Parkway, Richmond
Alexander Paley Music Festival:
Amiram Ganz, violin
Alexander Paley, piano

Schubert: Violin Sonata in D major, D. 384
Schubert: Violin Sonata in A minor, D. 385
Schubert: Violin Sonata in G minor, D. 408
Schubert: Rondo in B minor, D. 895 (“Rondo brillant”)
Schubert: 4 impromptus, D. 899
Schubert: suite of waltzes

$20
masks recommended
(804) 665-9516
http://paleymusicfestival.org

Sept. 17 (7:30 p.m.)
St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Parkway, Richmond
Alexander Paley Music Festival:
Amiram Ganz, violin
Alexander Paley, piano

Schubert: Violin Sonata in A major, D. 574 (“Duo”)
Schubert: Piano Sonata in A minor, D. 537
Schubert: Piano Sonata in A major, D. 664
Schubert: Fantasy in C major, D. 934,
for violin & piano
$20
masks recommended
(804) 665-9516
http://paleymusicfestival.org

Sept. 17 (8 p.m.)
Sept. 18 (3 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Energy Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony
Valentina Peleggi conducting

William Grant Still: “Festive Overture”
Dvořák: Te Deum

Alexis Seminario, soprano
Dashon Burton, baritone
Richmond Symphony Chorus
Anthony Blake Clark directing

Zachary Wadsworth: “Beyond the Years” (premiere)
Richmond Symphony Chorus
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor
$15-$85
masks required
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://richmondsymphony.com

Sept. 18 (3 p.m.)
St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Parkway, Richmond
Alexander Paley Music Festival:
Alexander Paley & Peiwen Chen, piano & piano 4-hands
Richard Strauss: “Symphonia Domestica” for piano 4-hands (Otto Singer arrangement)
Johann Strauss II: “Die Fledermaus” (selections) for piano (Ernő Dohnányi arrangement)
$20
masks recommended
(804) 665-9516
http://paleymusicfestival.org

Sept. 18 (3 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
Joanne Kong, harpsichord
J.S. Bach: “The Well-Tempered Clavier,” Book 1 (selections)
free
masks recommended
(804) 289-8980
http://modlin.richmond.edu

Sept. 18 (3 p.m.)
Sandler Arts Center, 201 S. Market St., Virginia Beach
Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Helen Martell conducting

“Doctor Seuss at the Symphony”
$12-$22
masks recommended
(757) 892-6366
http://virginiasymphony.org

Sept. 18 (7 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
Jeffrey Siegel, piano & speaker
“Keyboard Conversations: American Pianistic Treasures”
works TBA by Gershwin, Barber, Bernstein, Gottschalk, Joplin

$29-$50
(703) 993-2787
http://cfa.gmu.edu

Sept. 19 (7:30 p.m.)
Chrysler Museum of Art, 1 Memorial Place, Norfolk
Feldman Chamber Music Society:
Los Angeles Piano Trio
program TBA
masks recommended
$30
(757) 551-1630
http://feldmanchambermusic.org

Sept. 20 (7:30 p.m.)
Williamsburg Library Theatre, 515 Scotland St.
Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg:
Los Angeles Piano Trio
program TBA
masks recommended
$30
(757) 741-3300 (Williamsburg Regional Library)
http://chambermusicwilliamsburg.org

Sept. 22 (6:30 p.m.)
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Overbrook Road at Ownby Lane, Richmond
Richmond Symphony
Valentina Peleggi conducting

Copland: “Appalachian Spring”
Brahms: Serenade No. 1 in D major

$30
masks recommended
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://richmondsymphony.com

Sept. 22 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Pan American Symphony Orchestra
Sergio Alessandro Buslje conducting
Elisa Cordova, soprano
Anna Tonna, mezzo-soprano
Israel Lozano, tenor
Gustavo Ahualli, baritone
Luciano Miotto, bass-baritone
Edwin Aparicio, flamenco dancer

“Antología de la Zarzuela”
Spanish zarzuela songs & dances TBA

$55-$85
masks required
(800) 444-1324
http://kennedy-center.org

Sept. 23 (7:30 p.m.)
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Laurel Street at Floyd Avenue, Richmond
Bruce Stevens, organ
Niels W. Gade: “Tre Tone Stukker,” Op. 22, No. 1 – Moderato
Johann Gottfried Walther: Partita on “Jesu, meine Freunde” – Chorale with 9 variations
Reger: Benedictus, Op. 59, No. 9
J.S. Bach: Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 (“Little”)
J.S. Bach: Chorale Prelude on “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme,” BWV 645
Saint-Saëns: “Sept Improvisations,” Op. 150, No. 4 – Allegretto
Jean Langlais: “Suite brève” – “Dialogue sur le mixtures”
Widor: “Symphonie gothique,” Op. 70 – Andante sostenuto
Eugène Gigout: “Dix pieces pour orgue” – Scherzo
Josef Rheinberger: Organ Sonata No. 3 in G major, Op. 88

free; registration via http://www.eventbrite.com/e/organ-recital-bruce-stevens-tickets-367710270317
masks recommended
(804) 359-5651
http://richmondcathedral.org

Sept. 23 (7:30 p.m.)
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News
Sept. 25 (2:30 p.m.)
Sandler Arts Center, 201 S. Market St., Virginia Beach
Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Eric Jacobsen conducting

Louis Moreau Gottschalk: Symphony No. 1 (“A Night in the Tropics”) – “Festa Criolla”
Rhythm Project All Stars
Bruch: “Scottish Fantasy”
Simone Porter, violin
Respighi: “The Pines of Rome”
$25-$79
masks recommended
(757) 892-6366
http://virginiasymphony.org

Sept. 24 (2 p.m.)
Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library, First and Franklin streets
Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia:
Mari Lee & Grant Houston, violins
Jordan Bak & Fitz Gary, viola
James Wilson, cello

“Just Kidding”
works TBA by Biber, Haydn, P.D.Q. Bach

free
masks required
(804) 646-7223
http://cmscva.org


Sept. 24 (8 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Energy Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony Pops
Steve Hackmann conducting

“Brahms X Radiohead”
mashup of Brahms’ First Symphony & Radioheads’s “Ok Computer”

$15-$85
masks required
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://richmondsymphony.com

Sept. 24 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Sept. 25 (3:30 p.m.)
Martin Luther King Jr. Arts Center, Charlottesville High School, 1400 Melbourne Road
Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia
Benjamin Rous conducting

Schubert: “Rosamunde” (“Die Zauberharfe”) Overture
Hummel: Bassoon Concerto in F major

Elizabeth Roberts, bassoon
Missy Mazzoli: Sinfonia (“For Orbiting Spheres”)
Brahms: Hungarian dances Nos. 6, 14, 5
Saint-Saëns: “Samson et Delila” – Bacchanale

$10-$45
masks recommended
(434) 924-3376
http://charlottesvillesymphony.org

Sept. 24 (7 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Gianandrea Noseda conducting

Season Opening Gala Concert
Smetana: “Vltava” (“The Moldau”)
Carlos Simon: “This Land”
Rachmaninoff: “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini”

Daniil Trifonov, piano
Richard Strauss: “Der Rosenkavalier” Suite
$65-$145
masks required
(800) 444-1324
http://kennedy-center.org

Sept. 24 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Søndergård conducting

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Ballade for orchestra
Mahler: “Songs of a Wayfarer”

Thomas Hampson, baritone
Richard Strauss: “An Alpine Symphony”
$35-$90
masks required
(877) 276-1444
http://strathmore.org

Sept. 25 (3:30 p.m.)
Marburg House, 3102 Bute Lane, Richmond
Belvedere Series:
Natalie Rose Kress, violin
Danielle Wiebe Burke, viola
Jonathan Ruck, cello
Ingrid Keller, piano

“Transformation and Inspiration”
J.S. Bach: Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012,
for solo cello
Handel-Halvorsen: “Sarabande con variazioni”
Robert Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47

$30
masks recommended
(804) 604-0689
http://www.belvedereseries.org

Sept. 25 (4 p.m.)
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 12291 River Road, Goochland County
Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia:
Mari Lee & Grant Houston, violins
Jordan Bak & Fitz Gary, viola
James Wilson, cello

Mozart: String Quintet in C major, K. 515
Mozart: String Quintet in G minor, K. 516

$30
masks required
(804) 304-6312
http://cmscva.org

Sept. 29 (7:30 p.m.)
Williamsburg Community Chapel, 3899 John Tyler Highway
Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra
Michael Butterman conducting

Brahms: “Variations on a Theme by Haydn”
Rachmaninoff: “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini”

Natasha Paremski, piano
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Theme and Variations
Hindemith: “Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber”

$60 (live attendance), $25 (online live stream)
masks recommended
(757) 229-9857
http://williamsburgsymphony.org

Sept. 29 (7 p.m.)
Olin Hall, Roanoke College, Salem
Jeffrey Springer, tenor
Jeff Midkiff, mandolin
David Stewart Wiley, piano

“Viva Italiana!”
Anton Coppola: songs TBA
Italian opera arias TBA
Neapolitan songs TBA

$34-$52
masks recommended
(540) 343-9127
http://rso.com

Sept. 29 (7 p.m.)
Sept. 30 (8 p.m.)
Oct. 1 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
John Storgårds conducting

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 in D major (“Classical”)
John Adams: Violin Concerto

Leila Josefowicz, violin
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3 in A minor
$15-$109
masks required
(800) 444-1324
http://kennedy-center.org

Sept. 30 (7 p.m.)
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Arthur Ashe Boulevard at Grove Avenue, Richmond
Richmond Symphony
Chia-Hsuan Lin conducting

“Music in the Galleries 1”
program TBA

free
masks recommended
(804) 340-1400
http://richmondsymphony.com

Sept. 30 (8 p.m.)
Oct. 1 (7:30 p.m.)
Oct. 2 (2:30 p.m.)
Harrison Opera House, 160 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk
Virginia Opera
Adam Turner conducting

Wagner: “The Valkyrie” (“Die Walküre”) (adaptation by Jonathan Dove & Graham Vick)
Kyle Albertson (Wotan)
Alexandra Loutsion (Brünnhilde)
Richard Trey Smagur (Siegmund)
Meghan Kasanders (Sieglinde)
Claudia Chapa (Fricka/Waltraute)
Ricardo L. Lugo (Hunding)
Lesley Anne Friend (Helmwige)
Adriane S. Kerr (Rossweisse)
Courtney Johnson (Grimgerde)
Joachim Schamberger, stage director

in German, English captions
masks recommended
$20-$110
(866) 673-7282
http://vaopera.org

Oct. 1 (7 p.m.)
Grace & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 8 N. Laurel St., Richmond
Capitol Opera Richmond:
artists TBA
“Spooktacular”
art-songs & poems TBA

$15
(804) 840-7878
http://capitoloperarichmond.com

Oct. 1 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Peter Oundjian conducting

Carlos Simon: “Fate Now Conquers”
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491

Tom Borrow, piano
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor (“From the New World”)
$35-$90
masks required
(877) 276-1444
http://strathmore.org

Oct. 4 (7:30 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Energy Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony
Valentina Peleggi conducting

Gabriela Ortiz: “Kauyumari”
De Falla: “The Three-Cornered Hat” Suite No. 2
Johann Strauss II: “On the Beautiful Blue Danube”
Ravel: “La valse”
Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor

Yo-Yo Ma, cello
$65-$200
masks required
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://richmondsymphony.com

Oct. 5 (8 p.m.)
Oct. 6 (8 p.m.)
Oct. 8 (8 p.m.)
Oct. 9 (7 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra Pops
Steven Reineke conducting
Bobby Wier & Wolf Bros featuring The Wolfpack, guest stars

Grateful Dead songs TBA
$69-$139 (Oct. 8 sold out)
masks required
(800) 444-1324
http://kennedy-center.org

Oct. 7 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
James Conlon conducting

Bernstein: Symphony No. 3 (“Kaddish”), with spoken text by Samual Pisar
Judith and Leah Pisar, speakers
Erica Petrocelli, soprano
University of Maryland Concert Choir
Jason Ferdinand directing
Maryland State Boychoir
Stephen Holmes directing

$35-$90
masks required
(877) 276-1444
http://strathmore.org

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