Raymond F. Glover (1928-2017)

Raymond F. Glover, the former organist-choirmaster of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Richmond and chairman of the national commission that produced the 1982 Episcopal hymnal, has died at 89.

Glover served at St. Paul’s from 1969 until 1981, after which he became chairman of the Hymnal Commission of the Episcopal Church USA. He was the author of “The Hymnal 1982 Companion,” a four-volume collection of essays on the hymnal’s contents and its relationship to church liturgy, as well as a history of Christian hymnody in Great Britain and the United States.

A native of Buffalo, NY, Glover was a graduate of the University of Toronto and Union Theological Seminary in New York. Before moving to Richmond, he served as organist-choirmaster of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo and Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford, CT.

His wife, the late Joyce Glover, was longtime curator of Virginia House, a 16th-century English Tudor manor house that was dismantled and reconstructed in Richmond in 1925.

Review: Chamber Music Society

Dec. 12, Holy Comforter Episcopal Church

Concert audiences in Richmond, and many other American cities, might go years without being reminded that George Frideric Handel wrote music other than “Messiah.”

The most satisfying local reminder so far this century was an all-Handel program by a period-instruments troupe performing under the auspices of the Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia’s. No “Messiah,” and only a bit of another of Handel’s greatest hits, the “Water Music.”

Most of the program was given over to the composer’s concerti grossi, two of them from the Op. 6 set, arguably Handel’s most inspired and sophisticated orchestral music.

The Concerto grosso in A major, Op. 6, No. 11, would be the highlight of most any baroque program in which it figured, and certainly was on this occasion. Its exchanges between two lead violins and among larger string ensembles, often at high speed or with pronounced accenting, are challenging for performers and exhilarating for listeners. The Chamber Music Society group, led by violinist Martin Davids, delivered a brisk and highly expressive reading that earned an extended ovation.

The musicians were somewhat shakier in intonation and balance in the shorter, more darkly hued Concerto grosso in B minor, Op. 6, No. 12.

Flutist Mary Boodell, who serves as the society’s president as well as one of its regular performers, took the lead in the Concerto grosso in G major, Op. 3, No. 3, negotiating the speedy, heavily ornamented lead voice securely and more merrily than might be expected in such a test of technique.

The ensemble rounded of rounded out the program with movements from two other concerti grossi and with the the least blowsy, most “watery” of the three “Water Music” suites, the G major, played here by strings, oboes, bassoon, archlute and harpsichord, all attuned to its generally swaying, tidal rhythms and rather genteel treatment of popular baroque dances.

Letter V Classical Radio Dec. 13

In the final hour, a salute to Finland on its 100th birthday, with two of most evocative works by Jean Sibelius, the “Lemminkäinen” Suite and “Finlandia” with the vocal setting of its noble hymn tune.

noon-3 p.m. EST
1500-1800 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://wdce.net

Rossini: “The Siege of Corinth” Overture
Filarmonica della Scala, Milan/Riccardo Chailly
(Decca)

Mozart: Sonata in D major, K. 576 (“Hunt”)
Kristian Bezuidenhout, fortepiano
(Harmonia Mundi)

Mendelssohn: Quartet in A minor, Op. 13
Artemis Quartet
(Warner Classics)

Niels W. Gade: Violin Concerto in D minor
Christina Åstrand, violin
Tempere Philharmonic/John Storgårds
(Dacapo)

Smetana: “Wallenstein’s Camp”
BBC Philharmonic/Gianadrea Noseda
(Chandos)

Past Masters:
Bernhard Molique: Concertino in G minor
Heinz Holliger, oboe
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra/Eliahu Inbal
(Brilliant Classics)
(recorded 1975)

Sibelius: “Lemminkäinen” Suite
Lahti Symphony Orchestra/Neeme Järvi
(BIS)

Sibelius: “Finlandia”
Polytech Male Choir
Helsinki Philharmonic/Leif Segerstam
(Ondine)

Letter V Classical Radio Dec. 6

noon-3 p.m. EST
1500-1800 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://wdce.net

J.S. Bach: “Brandenburg” Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049
Café Zimmermann/Pablo Valetti
(Alpha)

Bloch: Concerto grosso No. 2
Amadeus Chamber Orchestra/Agnieszka Ducmal
(cpo)

Martinů: Divertimento (Serenade No. 4)
Oldřich Vlček, violin & director
Zdenék Zindel, viola
Prague Chamber Orchestra
(Supraphon)

Clemens Thieme: Suite à 5 in B flat major
L’Arpa Festante/Christoph Hesse
(Deutsche Harmonia Mundi)

Chausson: Concerto in D major, Op. 21
Isabelle Faust, violin
Alexander Melnikov, piano
Salagon Quartet
(Harmonia Mundi)

Wagner: “Siegfried Idyll”
Budapest Festival Orchestra/Iván Fischer
(Channel Classics)

Ravel: Introduction and Allegro
James Galway, flute
Richard Stoltzman, clarinet
Heidi Lehwalder, harp
Tokyo String Quartet
(RCA Red Seal)

Copland: Clarinet Concerto
Teddy Abrams, clarinet
Louisville Orchestra/Jason Seber
(Decca Gold)

Stravinsky: Symphony in C major
L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/Charles Dutoit
(Decca)

Levine under molestation investigation

James Levine, longtime maestro of the Metropolitan Opera, has been suspended by the company following reports that he is under investigation by Illinois authorities concerning an alleged sexual affair with a teenage boy in the 1980s, and two subsequent charges of similar misconduct in the 1960s.

The initial charge became public in this article in the New York Post:

http://nypost.com/2017/12/02/legendary-opera-conductor-molested-teen-for-years-police-report/amp/

Charges of earlier misconduct by Levine came in this article in The New York Times:

The Times reports that the Met, which has been aware of the Illinois charge since October 2016, is launching its own investigation.

The 74-year-old conductor has not commented on the allegations. Levine has denied rumors about his personal life for three decades.

The latest charges come from men who in the late 1960s were teenaged students in the summer program of the Meadow Brook School of Music in Michigan. Levine was a faculty member.

UPDATE 1: In a post on his Slipped Disc blog, the veteran classical-music journalist Norman Lebrecht lists the institutions with which Levine has been affiliated, and how or whether they responded to persistent rumors about the conductor’s sexual predilections.

Under the heading “Everyone Else,” Lebrecht writes: “Hundreds in the music world heard stories. No one did anything. We all need to ask if our standards of conduct were good enough and if our consciences are clear that we did enough to protect vulnerable young persons.”

http://slippedisc.com/2017/12/the-levine-affair-who-has-questions-to-answer/

UPDATE 2: A fourth man comes forward with an accusation of sexual misconduct by Levine, again at the Michigan summer music camp in the 1960s, and the leader of the MET Orchestra committee says that among the musicians, “the general feeling is of anguish.” The Times’ Michael Cooper reports:

UPDATE 3: Levine, after several days of silence, denies allegations of sexual misconduct. Following his statement, two of his accusers stand by their charges:

Richmond bids for Menuhin Competition

The Richmond Symphony, the University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, the Community Idea Stations (the area’s public radio and television corporation) and the City of Richmond are bidding to play host to the 2020 Menuhin International Competition for young violinists.

Named for Yehudi Menuhin (1916-99), the American-born British violinist, conductor and educator, the competition for violinists aged 22 and younger runs for 11 days, with opening and closing gala concerts with orchestra, as well as other public performances.

Forty-four contestants from 17 countries, chosen from more than 400 applicants, took part in the 2016 competition, held in London. One of its winners, Yesong Sophie Lee of Seattle, performed with violinist Joshua Bell in the opening-night concert of the Richmond Symphony in September.

Past competition sites have included Oslo, Beijing and Austin. The 2018 event will be staged in Geneva.

“Richmond is understood to be the only North American venue still being considered” for the 2020 competition, according to a release issued by the Richmond Symphony. Other contenders are believed to be London and Melbourne.

The winning bidder will be announced in April during the Geneva competition finals.

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

In and around Richmond: The holiday music season gets under way with the Richmond Symphony, Symphony Chorus and soloists, Chia-Hsuan Lin conducting, in Handel’s “Messiah,” on Dec. 1, and Erin R. Freeman conducting the orchestra and chorus, with guest vocalist Susan Greenbaum, in “Let It Snow!” holiday pops concerts on Dec. 2-3, both at the Carpenter Theatre of Dominion Arts Center. . . . Virginia Commonwealth University’s Music Department presents its annual Holiday Gala, Dec. 8 at VCU’s Singleton Arts Center. . . . Bass clarinetist Michael Lowenstein joins Mike Goldberg and the Central Virginia Wind Symphony in two holiday concerts, Dec. 9 at Virginia Center Commons in Glen Allen and Dec. 10 at Collegiate School’s Hershey Arts Center in western Henrico County. . . . Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia ensembles explore the English baroque in chamber works by Purcell, Dowland and Charles Avison, Dec. 10 at Wilton House Museum, and an all-Handel program, Dec. 12 at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church. . . . Holiday choral programs include the Richmond Choral Society’s Christmas program, Dec. 3 at Trinity Lutheran Church; the University of Richmond’s 44th annual Festival of Lessons and Carols, Dec. 10 at Cannon Memorial Chapel; the annual “Messiah” sing-along, led by Anne Carr Regan, Dec. 10 at Bon Air Presbyterian Church (with a rehearsal on Dec. 9 at the church); the James River Singers’ “Tidings of Joy,” Dec. 15 at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church and Dec. 16 at Trinity Lutheran Church; and the Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale with organist Daniel Stipe in Part 1 of “Messiah” and more, Dec. 15 at Grace Baptist Church in Richmond and Dec. 17 at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church in Ashland; and an Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols, Dec. 16 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.

Noteworthy elsewhere: Pianist Yuja Wang joins Gianandrea Noseda and the National Symphony Orchestra in Prokofiev’s rarely heard Piano Concerto No. 5, on a program with works by Rachmaninoff and Britten, Dec. 1 and 2 at Washington’s Kennedy Center. . . . A cast of leading music-theater singers perform in Charlottesville Opera’s “Broadway in Charlottesville,” Dec. 2 at the Paramount Theater. . . . Virginia Opera concludes its run of Puccini’s “The Girl of the Golden West,” Dec. 2-3 at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax. . . . The Canadian Brass brings its “Christmastime is Here” program on Dec. 8 to Strathmore in the Maryland suburbs of DC. . . . Adam Turner, Virginia Opera’s resident conductor, conducts the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and its chorus with soloists in Handel’s “Messiah,” Dec. 14 at Regent University Theater in Virginia Beach, Dec. 15 at First Baptist Church in Newport News and Dec. 16 at the Harrison Opera House in Norfolk. . . . Jeannette Sorrell, director of the Cleveland period-instruments band Apollo’s Fire, conducts the National Symphony Orchestra, University of Maryland Concert Choir and soloists in “Messiah,” Dec. 14-16 at the Kennedy Center. . . . Washington National Opera stages “The Little Prince,” a family opera by Rachel Portman and Nicholas Wright, Dec. 14-17 at the Kennedy Center. . . . The Vienna Choir Boys bring their “Christmas in Vienna” program to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Dec. 17. . . . The Dover Quartet plays late-romantic/early modern works by Schoenberg, Zemlinsky and Viktor Ullman, Dec. 18-19 at the Library of Congress in Washington. . . . Jennifer Holliday, BeBe and Ce Winans, Take 6 and other artists join Steven Reineke and the National Symphony Orchestra Pops in “Handel’s ‘Messiah’: a Soulful Celebration,” Dec. 20 at the Kennedy Center.

Dec. 1 (7:30 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony
Chia-Hsuan Lin conducting
Handel: “Messiah”
Suzanne Karpov, soprano
Jessica Renfro, mezzo-soprano
William Ferguson, tenor
Calvin Griffin, bass-baritone
Richmond Symphony Chorus
$20-$45
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Dec. 1 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Dec. 9 (8 p.m.)
First Presbyterian Church, 500 Park St., Charlottesville
Virginia Glee Club
Frank Albinder directing
77th annual Christmas Concert
$15
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu/events

Dec. 1 (8 p.m.)
Dec. 2 (1 p.m.)
University of Virginia Chapel, Charlottesville
Virginia Women’s Chorus
KaeRenae Mitchell directing
Anastasia Jellison, harp
Britten: “A Ceremony of Carols”
other works TBA
$17.50
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu/events

Dec. 1 (11:30 a.m.)
Dec. 2 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Gianandrea Noseda conducting
Britten: “Matinées musicales” (after Rossini)
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 5 in G major
Yuja Wang, piano
Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances
$15-$94
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Dec. 1 (8:15 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop conducting
University of Maryland Concert Choir
“BSO Off the Cuff: Mozart’s Mysterious Requiem”
$35-$89
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

Dec. 2 (2 p.m.)
Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library, First and Franklin streets
Agnes Wan, piano
works TBA by Scarlatti, Haydn, Chopin, Prokofiev
Robert Schumann: Lieder TBA (Clara Wieck Schumann transcriptions)
free
(804) 646-7223
http://rvalibrary.org

Dec. 2 (8 p.m.)
Dec. 3 (3 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony
Erin R. Freeman conducting
Richmond Symphony Chorus
Susan Greenbaum, guest vocalist
“Let It Snow!” holiday program
$10-$80
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Dec. 2 (7:30 p.m.)
Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Charlottesville
Charlottesville Opera:
Mark Aldrich, Lauren Molina, Aaron Ramey, Brian Charles Rooney, Eric Van Tielen, Sharin Apostolou, Deborah Grausman, vocalists
Aurelien Eulert, piano
“Broadway in Charlottesville”
$50-$125
(434) 979-1333
http://charlottesvilleopera.org

Dec. 2 (8 p.m.)
Dec. 3 (3:30 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Charlottesville Symphony
Michael Slon conducting
UVa University Singers
John D’earth, trumpet
“Family Holiday Concerts”
Leroy Anderson: “Sleigh Ride”
Tchaikovsky: “The Nutcracker” (excerpts)
Handel: “Messiah” – “Hallelujah”
John Williams: “Call of the Champions”
other works TBA
$10-$45
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu/events

Dec. 2 (8 p.m.)
Dec. 3 (2 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
Virginia Opera
Andrew Bisantz conducting
Puccini: “The Girl of the Golden West”
Jill Gardner (Minnie)
Roger Honeywell (Dick Johnson)
Mark Walters (Jack Rance)
Chris Carr (Nick)
Joseph Lattanzi (Sonora)
Jake Gardner (Ashby)
Joshua Arky (Jake Wallace)
Melisa Bonetti (Wowkle)
Bille Bruley (Trin)
Stephen Carroll (Harry)
Joseph Hubbard (Larkens)
Matt Kelly (Joe)
Brandon Morales (Billy Jackrabbit/Castro)
Andrew Paulson (Handsome)
James McClure (Sid)
Bret N. Thom (Happy)
Lillian Groag, stage director
in Italian, English captions
$54-$110
(888) 945-2468 (Tickets.com)
http://cfa.gmu.edu/calendar

Dec. 3 (4 p.m.)
Trinity Lutheran Church, 2315 N. Parham Road, Richmond
Richmond Choral Society
Markus Compton directing
Christopher Martin, organ
Keith Tan, piano
Grace Bauson, harp
Stacy Matthews, violin
“Christmas with the Richmond Choral Society”
$15 in advance, $18 at door
(804) 353-9582
http://richmondchoralsociety.org

Dec. 3 (4 p.m.)
Black Music Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Grove Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Guitar Ensemble
VCU Community Guitar Ensemble
program TBA
free
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events/

Dec. 3 (7 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program
Christie-Jo Adams, Matt Wilson, Rebecca Jilcott & Christopher Moseley conducting
program TBA
free
(804) 788-4717
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Dec. 3 (4 p.m.)
Walnut Hills Baptist Church, 1014 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg
Cantori Choral Ensemble
Agnes French directing
Christmas concert
$15 in advance, $20 at door
(757) 345-6355
http://cantoriwilliamsburg.org

Dec. 3 (3 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop conducting
Christopher Rouse: “Berceuse Infinie”
Mozart: Requiem
Alisa Jordheim, soprano
Diana Moore, alto
Benjamin Butterfield, tenor
Michael Dean, bass-baritone
University of Maryland Concert Choir
$33-$99
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

Dec. 4 (7:30 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Commonwealth Singers
VCU Choral Arts Society
Erin R. Freeman directing
program TBA
$10
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events/

Dec. 4 (7:30 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
UR Chamber Ensembles
program TBA
free
(804) 289-8980
http://modlin.richmond.edu

Dec. 5 (8 p.m.)
Vlahecevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Symphony
Daniel Myssyk conducting
Jennifer Higdon: “Blue Cathedral”
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor
Magdalena Adamek, piano
Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 in G major
$10
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events/

Dec. 5 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
orchestra & audience participants
Donald Loach directing
Handel: “Messiah” Sing-In
$10
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu/events

Dec. 5 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Vocal Arts DC:
Andrei Bondarenko, baritone
Gary Matthewman, piano
works TBA by Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Massenet, Fauré, Ibert, Saint-Saëns
$50
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Dec. 6 (7:30 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Women’s Choir
Vocal Chamber Ensembles
Rebecca Tyree directing
program TBA
$10
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events/

Dec. 6 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Fortas Chamber Music Series:
Cantus
“Three Tales of Christmas”
$45
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Dec. 7 (7 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra Pops
Steven Reineke conducting
Megan Hilty, guest vocalist
The Washington Chorus
“NSO Salutes the Military”
free (box office opens at 5 p.m.)
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Dec. 8 (7 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU faculty and student musicians
Holiday Gala
$10
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events/

Dec. 8 (8 p.m.)
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News
Dec. 9 (8 p.m.)
Chrysler Hall, 215 St. Paul’s Boulevard, Norfolk
Dec. 10 (7 p.m.)
Sandler Arts Center, 201 S. Market St., Virginia Beach
Virginia Symphony Pops
Virginia symphony Orchestra Chorus
Robert Shoup conducting
I Sherman Greene Chorale
Nanyakarum Ellis
Teens with a Purpose
Rachel Bradley, mezzo-soprano
Matt Kelly, baritone
“Holiday Pops”
$25-$87
(757) 892-6366
http://virginiasymphony.org

Dec. 8 (7:30 p.m.)
Salem Civic Center, 1001 Roanoke Boulevard
Dec. 10 (7 p.m.)
Martinsville High School Auditorium
Roanoke Symphony Pops
David Stewart Wiley conducting
Michael Lynche, guest vocalist
Roanoke Symphony Chorus
Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir
Smith River Singers (Dec. 10)
“Holiday Pops”
$25-$63
(540) 343-9127
http://rso.com

Dec. 8 (8 p.m.)
Dec. 9 (2 and 8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra Pops
Steven Reineke conducting
Megan Hilty, guest vocalist
“A Holiday Pops!”
$24-$99
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Dec. 8 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Canadian Brass
“Christmastime is Here”
$35-$65
(301) 581-5100
http://www.strathmore.org

Dec. 9 (7 p.m.)
Virginia Center Commons, 10101 Brook Road, Glen Allen
Dec. 10 (3 p.m.)
Hershey Arts Center, Collegiate School, 103 N. Mooreland Road, Richmond
Central Virginia Wind Symphony
Mike Goldberg directing
Michael Lowenstein, bass clarinet
Kat Simons, host (Dec. 9)
Bill Fitzgerald, host (Dec. 10)
holiday program TBA
free
(804) 342-8797
http://www.thewindsymphony.com

Dec. 9 (8 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
American Pops Festival Orchestra
Anthony Maiello conducting
“Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season”
$33-$55
(888) 945-2468 (Tickets.com)
http://cfa.gmu.edu/calendar

Dec. 10 (4 p.m.)
Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 W. Huguenot Road, Richmond
Second Sunday South of the James:
Handel: “Messiah”
sing-along performance
chamber orchestra
Anne Carr Regan conducting
Karen Floyd Savage, soprano
Ellen Broen, mezzo-soprano
DeVontè Saunders, tenor
Alan Chavez, bass
donation requested
rehearsal 1-3 p.m. Dec. 9 at church
(804) 272-7514
http://bonairpc.org

Dec. 10 (4 and 7:30 p.m.)
Wilton House Museum, 215 S. Wilton Road, Richmond
Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia:
Jacob Ashbury & Nurit Pacht, violins
Maureen Murchie, viola
James Wilson, cello
Adam Cockerham, lute
works TBA by Purcell, Dowland, Charles Avison
$40 (4 p.m. concert sold out)
(804) 304-6312
http://cmscva.org

Dec. 10 (5 and 8 p.m.)
Cannon Memorial Chapel, University of Richmond
UR Schola Cantorum & Women’s Chorale
Jeffrey Riehl & David Pedersen directing
44th annual Festival of Lessons and Carols
free (seating limited)
(804) 289-8000
http://chaplaincy.richmond.edu/practice/christian-life/holidays.html

Dec. 10 (4 p.m.)
Grace Episcopal Church, 303 S. Main St., Kilmarnock
Cantori Choral Ensemble
Agnes French directing
Christmas concert
donation requested
(757) 345-6355
http://cantoriwilliamsburg.org

Dec. 10 (2 and 5 p.m.)
Dec. 16 (4 p.m.)
Dec. 21 (7 p.m.)
Dec. 22 (7 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
The Washington Chorus
Christopher Bell directing
“A Candlelight Christmas”
$18-$72
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Dec. 12 (7:30 p.m.)
Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, Monument Avenue at Staples Mill Road, Richmond
Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia:
Chloe Fedor & Nurit Pacht, violins
Maureen Murchie, viola
James Wilson, cello
Erik Higgins, double-bass
Mary Boodell, traverso flute
Meg Owens & Sarah Heunsch, oboes
Kelsey Schiller, bassoon
Carsten Schmidt, harpsichord
Handel: Concerto grosso in F major, op. 6, no. 2
Handel: Concerto grosso in G major, op. 3, no. 3
Handel: “Water Music” Suite no. 3
Handel: Concerto grosso in A minor, op. 6, no. 4
Handel: Concerto grosso in D minor, op. 3, no. 5
$28
(804) 304-6312
http://cmscva.org

Dec. 12 (7:30 p.m.)
Roper Arts Center, 340 Granby St., Norfolk
Dec. 13 (7 p.m.)
Chesapeake Conference Center, 700 Conference Center Drive
Dec. 15 (8 p.m.)
St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg
Virginia Symphony Brass
Paul Bhasin directing
“Holiday Brass”
$25-$65
(757) 892-6366
http://virginiasymphony.org

Dec. 14 (8 p.m.)
Regent University Theater, Virginia Beach
Dec. 15 (8 p.m.)
First Baptist Church, 12716 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News
Dec. 16 (8 p.m.)
Harrison Opera House, 160 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk
Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Adam Turner conducting
Handel: “Messiah”
Sarah Jane McMahon, soprano
Margaret Gawrysiak, mezzo-soprano
David Blalock, tenor
Levi Hernandez, baritone
Virginia Symphony Chorus
$25-$110
(757) 892-6366
http://virginiasymphony.org

Dec. 14 (7 p.m.)
Dec. 15 (8 p.m.)
Dec. 16 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Jeannette Sorrell conducting
Handel: “Messiah”
Sophie Daneman, soprano
Ann McMahon Quintero, mezzo-soprano
Karim Sulayman, tenor
Christian Immler, baritone
University of Maryland Concert Choir
$15-$89
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Dec. 14 (7:30 p.m.)
Dec. 15 (7:30 p.m.)
Dec. 16 (2 and 7:30 p.m.)
Dec. 17 (2 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Washington National Opera
James Lowe conducting
Rachel Portman & Nicholas Wright: “The Little Prince”
Henry Baratz/Holden Browne (The Little Prince)
Michael Adams/Christian Bowers (The Pilot)
Arnold Livingston Geis (The Snake/Vain Man)
Allegra De Vita (The Fox)
Raquel González (The Water)
Madison Leonard (The Rose)
Alexander McKissick (The Drunkard/Lamplighter)
Christopher Kenney (The Businessman)
Timothy Bruno (The King)
Francesca Zambello, stage director
in English, English captions
$45-$65
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Dec. 15 (7 p.m.)
Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, Monument Avenue at Staples Mill Road, Richmond
Dec. 16 (7 p.m.)
Trinity Lutheran Church, 2315 N. Parham Road, Richmond
James River Singers
David Pedersen directing
“Tidings of Joy”
works TBA by Michael Praetorius, Johann Michael Bach, John Tavener, Herbert Howells, Dan Forrest, others
$15
(757) 814-5446
http://thejamesriversingers.org

Dec. 15 (7:30 p.m.)
Grace Baptist Church, 4200 Dover Road, Richmond
Dec. 17 (3 p.m.)
Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, 201 Henry St., Ashland
Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale
Ryan Tibbetts directing
Handel: “Messiah,” Part 1
Ola Gjeilo: “Song of the Universal”
Handel: Organ Concerto in F major, Op. 4, No. 5
Daniel Stipe, organ
$10 in advance, $15 at door
(800) 838-3006
http://cvamc.org

Dec. 15 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
The Washington Chorus
Christopher Bell directing
“A Candlelight Christmas”
$33-$72
(301) 581-5100
http://www.strathmore.org

Dec. 16 (2 p.m.)
Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library, First and Franklin streets
Richmond Boys Choir
Joseph Wimbush directing
holiday program TBA
free
(804) 646-7223
http://rvalibrary.org

Dec. 16 (7:30 p.m.)
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Laurel Street at Floyd Avenue, Richmond
Cathedral musicians
Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols
donations benefit Capital Area Health Network
(804) 359-5651
http://richmondcathedral.org/music/#concerts

Dec. 16 (2:30 and 7:30 p.m.)
Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Charlottesville
Oratorio Society of Central Virginia
Michael Slon directing
Albemarle High School Chorus
Charlottesville High School Chorus
“Christmas at the Paramount”
J.A.C. Redford: “Welcome All Wonders: a Christmas Celebration”
English, Spanish carols TBA
$10-$49
(434) 979-1333
http://www.theparamount.net

Dec. 16 (1 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
Choral Arts Society of Washington
Choral Arts Orchestra
Scott Tucker directing
“A Family Christmas”
$20-$45
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Dec. 16 (8 p.m.)
Dec. 17 (3 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
National Philharmonic
Stan Engebretson conducting
Handel: “Messiah”
Esther Heideman, soprano
Yvette Smith, mezzo-soprano
Norman Shankle, tenor
Trevor Scheunemann, baritone
National Philharmonic Chorale
$28-$88
(301) 581-5100
http://www.strathmore.org

Dec. 17 (2 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
Vienna Choir Boys
“Christmas in Vienna”
$33-$55
(888) 945-2468 (Tickets.com)
http://cfa.gmu.edu/calendar

Dec. 17 (5 p.m.)
Dec. 18 (7 p.m.)
Dec. 24 (1 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
Choral Arts Society of Washington
Choral Arts Orchestra
Scott Tucker directing
“Christmas with Choral Arts”
$15-$69
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Dec. 18 (8 p.m.)
Dec. 19 (8 p.m.)
Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, East Capitol Street at First Street NE, Washington
Dover Quartet
Viktor Ullmann: Quartet no. 3, op. 46
Schoenberg: Quartet in D major
Zemlinsky: Quartet No. 2, op. 15
free; tickets required via http://www.eventbrite.com
(202) 707-5502
http://www.loc.gov/concerts

Dec. 20 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra Pops
Steven Reineke conducting
Jennifer Holliday, BeBe Winans, CeCe Winans, Take 6, The Legendary Clark Sisters, Chanté Moore, Deitrick Haddon, Billy Porter, Kelly Price, Sheléa, Janice Chandler-Eteme, Nnenna Freelon, Steven Ford Singers, guest stars
“Handel’s ‘Messiah’: a Soulful Celebration”
$29-$149
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Dec. 30 (2 p.m.)
Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library, First and Franklin streets
Duo Seraphim:
Sarah Hawkey, soprano
Niccolo Seligmann, viola da gamba
French and Italian baroque works TBA
free
(804) 646-7223
http://rvalibrary.org

Dec. 30 (3 p.m.)
Music Center at Stathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Strauss Symphony Orchestra of America
Bernhard Schneider conducting
Micaëla Oeste, soprano
Tilmann Unger, tenor
Kiev-Aniko Ballet of Ukraine
International Champion Ballroom Dancers
“Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert”
$49-$95
(301) 581-5100
http://www.strathmore.org

Richmond Symphony Chorus auditions

The Richmond Symphony Chorus will hold auditions for prospective members from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Epiphany Lutheran Church, Monument Avenue at Horsepen Road.

The chorus, led by Erin Freeman, rehearses on Tuesday evenings at Dominion Arts Center, with additional rehearsals during performance weeks.

In coming months, performances include participation in a Martin Luther King Jr. memorial program, “Remembering 1968: a Tribute to MLK,” on Feb. 3 and 4, and the premiere of a work by Richmond-bred composer Mason Bates on May 12.

For information on preparations and to schedule an audition, go to http://www.rschorus.com/auditions

China National Symphony date canceled

The China National Symphony Orchestra, citing concern for the security of its musicians following the mass shooting in October at a Las Vegas music festival, has canceled its North American tour, which was to have included a Feb. 14 performance at Richmond’s Dominion Arts Center.

That date’s presenter, the University of Richmond’s Modlin Arts Center, will give refunds on tickets at the point of purchase.

For more information, call the Modlin Center box office at (804) 289-8980.

Letter V Classical Radio Nov. 29

noon-3 p.m. EST
1500-1900 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://wdce.net

Sibelius: “Karelia” Suite
Lahti Symphony Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä
(BIS)

Past Masters:
Smetana: Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15
Jan Panenka, piano
Josef Suk, violin
Josef Chuchro, cello
(Supraphon)
(recorded 1956)

Michael Daugherty: “Dead Elvis”
Charles Ullery, bassoon
London Sinfonietta/David Zinman
(Argo)

Ferdinand Ries: Symphony No. 4 in F major
Zurich Chamber Orchestra/Howard Griffiths
(cpo)

Britten: Violin Concerto in D minor
Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Manfred Honeck
(Sony Classical)

Haydn: Quartet in D major, Op. 20, No. 4
Doric String Quartet
(Chandos)

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9 in E flat major
WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne/Rudolf Barshai
(Brilliant Classics)