November 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. Check with venues on masking, proof of Covid-19 vaccination or negative test results and other public-health requirements. Adult single-ticket prices are listed; senior, student/youth, military, group and other discounts may be offered.

Nov. 1 (7:30 p.m.)
South Lawn (Homer Flat), University of Virginia, Charlottesville
UVa Wind Ensemble
New Music Ensemble
Jazz Ensemble

Terry Riley: “In C”
free
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu/events

Nov. 3 (7 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
VCU Guitar Program
“An Evening of Classical Guitar”
works TBA by J.S. Bach, Sor, Villa-Lobos, Ponce, others

free
(804) 828-1166
http://arts.vcu.edu/academics/departments/music/concerts-and-events/

Nov. 3 (8 p.m.)
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW, Washington
Lara Downes, piano
Thalea Quartet
Rita Dove, poet

“Tomorrow I May Be Far Away”
works TBA by William Grant Still, Duke Ellington, Florence Price, Quinn Mason, Carlos Simon, Nina Simone, Alvin Singleton

$40
(202) 785-9727 (Washington Performing Arts)
http://washingtonperformingarts.org

Nov. 4 (7 p.m.)
Nov. 6 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Nicholas McGegan conducting

J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D major, BWV 1069
Telemann: Orchestral Suite in F major, TWV 55:F3
Haydn: Symphony No. 98 in B flat major

$29-$89
(800) 444-1324
http://kennedy-center.org

Nov. 4 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Renée Fleming VOICES & Fortas Chamber Music Concerts:
Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano
Copland House Ensemble

Pierre Jalbert: “Crossings”
John Harbison: “Songs America Loves to Sing”
(selections)
Richard Danielpour: “A Standing Witness”

$45
(800) 444-1324
http://kennedy-center.org

Nov. 5 (8 p.m.)
Nov. 6 (7:30 p.m.)
Nov. 7 (2:30 p.m.)
Harrison Opera House, 160 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk
Virginia Opera
Adam Turner conducting

Puccini: “La Bohème: Rodolfo Remembers”
(concept & adaptation by Keturah Stickann & Bruce Stasyna for San Diego Opera)
Matthew Vickers (Rodolfo)
Raquel González (Mimi)
Luis Orozco (Marcello)
Marlen Nahhas (Musetta)
Eric J. McConnell (Colline)
Nicholas Martorano (Schaunard)
Keturah Stickann, stage director

in Italian, English captions
$25-$130
(866) 673-7282
http://vaopera.org

Nov. 5 (8 p.m.)
Capital One Hall, 7750 Capital One Tower Road, Tysons
National Symphony Orchestra
Nicholas McGegan conducting

J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D major, BWV 1069
Telemann: Orchestral Suite in F major, TWV 55:F3
Haydn: Symphony No. 98 in B flat major

$29-$69
(800) 653-8000 (Ticketmaster)
http://capitalonehall.com/events

Nov. 6 (2 p.m.)
Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library, First and Franklin streets
Sigma Alpha Iota artists
program TBA
free
(804) 646-7223
http://rvalibrary.org/gellman-concerts/

Nov. 6 (4 p.m.)
Williamsburg Community Chapel, 3899 John Tyler Highway
Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra
Michael Butterman conducting

Vaughan Williams: “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis”
Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor
Massenet: “Thaïs” – “Méditation”

Zuill Bailey, cello
Elgar: “Enigma Variations”
$55 (live attendance); $25 (access to online stream)
(757) 229-9857
http://williamsburgsymphony.org

Nov. 6 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Nov. 7 (3:30 p.m.)
Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center, Charlottesville High School, 1400 Melbourne Road
Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia
Benjamin Rous conducting

Missy Mazzoli: Double-Bass Concerto (“Dark with Excessive Bright”)
Peter Spaar, double-bass
Gershwin: Lullaby
Beethoven: Quartet in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4
(string-orchestra arrangement)
$8-$45
(434) 924-3376
http://cvillesymphony.org

Nov. 6 (7 p.m.)
Nov. 8 (7 p.m.)
Nov. 10 (7:30 p.m.)
Nov. 14 (2 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington
Washington National Opera:
WNO Orchestra & Chorus
Evan Rogister conducting
Pretty Yende & Alexandria Shiner, sopranos
Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano
Lawrence Brownlee & David Butt Philip, tenors
Christian Van Horn, bass-baritone
Brenna Corner, stage director

“Come Home: a Celebration of Return”
program TBA

$45-$299
(800) 444-1324
http://kennedy-center.org

Nov. 7 (3 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
UR Schola Cantorum & Women’s Chorale
members of 1971 University Choir
Jeffrey Riehl directing

Mary Beth Bennett: “There Must Be Silence” (premiere)
trad.-James Erb: “Shenandoah”
other works TBA

free
(804) 289-8980
http://modlin.richmond.edu/events

Nov. 7 (3 p.m.)
Capital One Hall, 7750 Capital One Tower Road, Tysons
Capital Wind Symphony
George Etheridge directing

Charles Tomlinson Griffes: Poem for flute
Erin Fleming Morgan, flute
Delibes: “Sylvia” – March and Procession of Bacchus
Mark Camphouse: “A Movement for Rosa”
Johan de Meij: Symphony No. 1 (“The Lord of the Rings”)
Sousa: “Hands Across the Sea”
Kenneth J. Alford: “Eagle Squadron”

free
(800) 653-8000 (Ticketmaster)
http://capitalonehall.com/events

Nov. 7 (4 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
Jerusalem Quartet
Pinchas Zukerman, violin & viola
Amanda Forsyth, cello

Bruckner: String Quintet in F major – Adagio
Dvořák: String Sextet in A major, Op. 48
Brahms: String Sextet in B flat major, Op. 18

$41-$65
(888) 945-2468 (Tickets.com)
http://cfa.calendar.gmu.edu

Nov. 9 (7:30 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Tuesday Evening Concerts:
Augustin Hadelich, violin
J.S. Bach: Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: “Blue/s Forms”
Ysaÿe: Sonata No. 2 (“Obsession”)
J.S. Bach: Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004

$12-$39
(434) 924-3376
http://tecs.org

Nov. 11 (7 p.m.)
Nov. 12 (11:30 a.m.)
Nov. 13 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Juanjo Mena conducting

Schumann: “Manfred” Overture
Bryce Dessner: Concerto for two pianos

Katia & Marielle Labèque, pianos
Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major
$15-$89
(800) 444-1324
http://kennedy-center.org

Nov. 12 (7:30 p.m.)
Sandler Arts Center, 201 S. Market St., Virginia Beach
Virginia Symphony Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta & Paul Sanho Kim conducting

Bizet: “Carmen” (excerpts)
Brian Nedvin, tenor
Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B minor (“Unfinished”)
Adolphus Hailstork: “Fanfare on ‘Amazing Grace’ ”

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

Nov. 12 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
University Singers
Michael Slon directing

concert celebrating women and marking 50th anniversary of co-education at UVa
program TBA

$15
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu/events

Nov. 13 (8 p.m.)
Nov. 14 (3 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Energy Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony
Valentina Peleggi conducting

Ruth Gipps: Symphony No. 2 in B major
Gipps: Oboe Concerto in D minor

Katherine Needleman, oboe
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor
$10-$82 (live attendance); $30 (online video-audio stream, accessible from Nov. 17)
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Nov. 13 (7:30 p.m.)
Nov. 14 (3 p.m.)
Shaftman Performance Hall, Jefferson Center, 541 Luck Ave., Roanoke
Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
David Stewart Wiley conducting

Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551 (“Jupiter”)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491

Terrence Wilson, piano
Soon Hee Newbold: “Perseus”
$34-$56
(540) 343-9127
http://rso.com

Nov. 13 (8 p.m.)
Nov. 14 (2 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
Virginia Opera
Brandon Eldredge conducting

Puccini: “La Bohème: Rodolfo Remembers”
(concept & adaptation by Keturah Stickann & Bruce Stasyna for San Diego Opera)
Matthew Vickers (Rodolfo)
Raquel González (Mimi)
Luis Orozco (Marcello)
Marlen Nahhas (Musetta)
Eric J. McConnell (Colline)
Nicholas Martorano (Schaunard)
Keturah Stickann, stage director

in Italian, English captions
$45-$115
(888) 945-2468 (Tickets.com)
http://vaopera.org

Nov. 14 (2 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Kennedy Center Chamber Players:
Dayna Hepler & Ricardo Cyncynates, violins
David Hardy, cello
Lambert Orkis, piano

Mozart: Piano Trio in E major, K. 542
Clara Wieck Schumann: Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17
Franck: Violin Sonata in A major

$36-$41
(800) 444-1324
http://kennedy-center.org

Nov. 17 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Young Concert Artists:
Zhu Wang, piano
J.S. Bach: Concerto in D minor, BWV 974 (after Benedetto Marcello)
Schumann: Humoresque in B flat major, Op. 20
Zhang Zhao: “Pi Huang” (Beijing Opera)
Nina Shekhar: work TBA (premiere)

Liszt: “Réminiscences de Norma”
$20-$40
(800) 444-1324
http://kennedy-center.org

Nov. 18 (6:30 p.m.)
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Overbrook Road at Ownby Lane, Richmond
Richmond Symphony
conductor TBA
program TBA
$15
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Nov. 18 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Nov. 19 (8 p.m.)
Nov. 20 (3:30 p.m.)
The Bridge PAI, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Technosonics ’21 computer music festival:
Matthew Burtner, Ted Coffey & Judith Shatin, composers
MICE (Mobile Interactive Computer Ensembles)
New Music Ensemble

programs TBA
free
concerts streamed live on YouTube
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu/events

Nov. 18 (7 p.m.)
Nov. 20 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Simone Young conducting

Arvo Pärt: “Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten”
Britten: Violin Concerto in D minor

Simone Lamsma, violin
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 in E minor
$15-$99
(800) 444-1324
http://kennedy-center.org

Nov. 19 (8 p.m.)
Nov. 21 (2:30 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Energy Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Virginia Opera
Adam Turner conducting

Puccini: “La Bohème: Rodolfo Remembers”
(concept & adaptation by Keturah Stickann & Bruce Stasyna for San Diego Opera)
Matthew Vickers (Rodolfo)
Raquel González (Mimi)
Luis Orozco (Marcello)
Marlen Nahhas (Musetta)
Eric J. McConnell (Colline)
Nicholas Martorano (Schaunard)
Keturah Stickann, stage director

in Italian, English captions
$18.75-$130
(866) 673-7282
http://vaopera.org

Nov. 19 (7:30 p.m.)
River Road Church, Baptist, River and Ridge roads, Richmond
Richmond chapter, American Guild of Organists’ Repertoire Recital Series:
Clara Gerdes, organ
Walton: “Orb and Sceptre” (Coronation march, 1953)
Duruflé: Scherzo, Op. 2
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Idyll, from Organ Album, Book I
Reger: “Phantasie über den Choral ‘Hallelujah! Gott zu loben’ ”
Gaston Litaize: “Douze pièces pour grand orgue” – Lied
Liszt: “Mephisto Waltz” No. 1

donation requested
(804) 288-1131
http://rrcb.org

Nov. 19 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
UVa Chamber Singers
Michael Slon directing

choral pieces TBA from Broadway shows
$10
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu/events

Nov. 20 (2 p.m.)
Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library, First and Franklin streets
RVA Baroque
Niccolo Seligmann & Raphael Seligmann: “Julie, Monster” (preview)
free
(804) 646-7223
http://rvalibrary.org/gellman-concerts/

Nov. 20 (2 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
UVa Early Music Ensemble
David Sariti, violin & direction

program TBA
$10
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu/events

Nov. 21 (3:30 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
UVa Chamber Music Series:
Jeannette Jang, violin
Adam Carter, cello
Jeremy Thompson, piano

J.S. Bach: Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009, for solo cello
Debussy: Cello Sonata in D minor
Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67

$15
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu/events

Nov. 21 (7 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
Jeffrey Siegel, piano
“Keyboard Conversations: the Glorious Music of Chopin”
Chopin: solo piano works TBA

$34-$53
(888) 945-2468 (Tickets.com)
http://cfa.calendar.gmu.edu

Nov. 21 (3 p.m.)
Capital One Hall, 7750 Capital One Tower Road, Tysons
Washington Balalaika Society
“Winter Dreams”
program TBA

$30
(800) 653-8000 (Ticketmaster)
http://capitalonehall.com/events

Nov. 22 (7:30 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
UR Wind Ensemble
Steven Barton directing

Travis Weller: “Chronicles of Hyperion” (premiere)
works TBA by Frescobaldi, Holst, Kabalevsky, Sousa, Ron Nelson
free
(804) 289-8980
http://modlin.richmond.edu/events

Nov. 22 (7:30 p.m.)
IX Park, 522 Second Street SE, Charlottesville
UVa Wind Ensemble
writers TBA
“Re:Imagine”
Steve Danyew: “Variations on the Tallis Canon”
Percy Grainger: “Molly on the Shore”
Thomas Albert: “A Maze with Grace”
Giovanni Santos: “Aphelion”
Roger Zare: “Mare Tranquilitatus”
Sohei Kano: “Wave Color”
Satoshi Yagisawa: “Capricious Winds II”

free
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu/events

Nov. 26 (8 p.m.)
Nov. 27 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra Pops
Steven Reineke conducting

Michael Giacchino: Disney & Pixar’s “Up,” film with live orchestral accompaniment
$39-$79
(800) 444-1324
http://kennedy-center.org

Nov. 27 (8 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Energy Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony Pops
conductor TBA
guest artists TBA
“Let It Snow!” holiday pops concert
carols, seasonal classics, other works TBA

$9-$82
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Nov. 27 (8 p.m.)
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax
Canadian Brass
“Making Spirits Bright”
holiday program TBA

$41-$65
(888) 945-2468 (Tickets.com)
http://cfa.calendar.gmu.edu

Nov. 29 (7 p.m.)
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Laurel Street at Floyd Avenue, Richmond
Richmond Symphony
conductor TBA
other artists TBA
Commonwealth Catholic Charities’ annual Christmas concert
program TBA

$55-$70 (live attendance); $30 (online stream)
(804) 285-5900 (Commonwealth Catholic Charities)
http://ccofva.org/tickets

Nov. 29 (7:30 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
UR Chamber Music Ensembles
program TBA
free
(804) 289-8980
http://modlin.richmond.edu/events

Nov. 30 (7:30 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Tuesday Evening Concerts:
Trio Celeste
Beethoven: Piano Trio in G major, Op. 1, No. 2
Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 66

$12-$39
(434) 924-3376
http://tecs.org

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
(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
(800) 444-1324
http://kennedy-center.org

Dec. 4 (7:30 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Energy Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony
Richmond Symphony Chorus

soloists TBA
Chia-Hsuan Lin conducting
“A Baroque Holiday”
Handel: “Messiah”
(excerpts)
other works TBA

$18-$54
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

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
(434) 846-8499
http://lynchburgsymphony.org/events-concerts/

Veteran conductor and teacher retiring

Victor Yampolsky, the Russian-born conductor and violinist who has been a frequent guest of the Richmond Symphony, will retire after 37 years as head of orchestras at Northwestern University at the end of the school year.

The 79-year-old Yampolsky is the son of Vladimir Yampolsky, a prominent pianist in the former Soviet Union and longtime accompanist to David Oistrakh. The younger Yampolsky studied violin with Oistrakh, played in the Moscow Philharmonic, then conducted by Kirill Kondrashin, and eventually became the orchestra’s assistant concertmaster and assistant conductor.

Leonard Bernstein helped him emigrate to the West in the early 1970s. Within weeks of arriving in the US, Yampolsky had secured a position with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and within two years became its principal second violinist.

Attracted to conducting, he led an orchestra in Nova Scotia before joining the Northwestern faculty in 1984. Among his students were Giancarlo Guerrero, music director of the Nashville Symphony; Roderick Cox, the 2018 Georg Solti Award winner who was a candidate in the latest music-director search by the Richmond Symphony; and Chia-Hsuan Lin, the Richmond Symphony’s associate conductor.

Yampolsky was music director of the Omaha Symphony from 1995 until 2004, and guest conducted a number of orchestras and served as artistic director of several music festivals.

Richmond Symphony patrons will remember Yampolsky conducting Tchaikovsky’s “Manfred” Symphony in a 2016 Masterworks program, as well as leading several special concerts with the orchestra’s musicians.

A profile of Yamplosky by Les Jacobson for Evanston (IL) Roundtable:

http://evanstonroundtable.com/2021/10/22/inspiring-music-professor-victor-yampolsky-begins-last-season-teaching-and-conducting-at-nu/

Review: Richmond Symphony

Chia-Hsuan Lin conducting
with Sterling Elliott, cello
Oct. 23-24, Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Energy Center

(reviewed from online stream, posted Oct. 27)

Cellist Sterling Elliott, well on his way to being the most stellar member of a highly musical Newport News family, winner of the 2019 Sphinx Competition and the 2014 Richmond Symphony League Concerto Competition, brought out the lyricism within classicism of Joseph Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D major in his return to the Richmond Symphony.

The concerto, written as the mid-18th-century rococo or early classical style was evolving into the mature classical style that prevailed later in the century, is Haydn on good behavior: no rhythmic or structural quirks, no sudden silences or dissonant exclamations, and only one real joke – a “hunt” finale in which the solo cello is the prevailing voice while the usual hunt-masters, the horns, are bit players. It’s also Haydn at his most expansively lyrical, especially in its first movement, one of the largest pieces in sonata allegro form that the composer ever penned.

Throughout the concerto, Elliott balanced impeccable technique with warm projection of Haydn’s almost romantic melodies. And he treated listeners to solo cadenzas that sounded truly improvisatory.

Chia-Hsuan Lin, the symphony’s associate conductor, obtained orchestral playing that was closely attuned to the cellist’s conception of this music.

The second half of the program was devoted to two of the best examples of 20th-century composers writing in “antique” style, Igor Stravinsky’s “Pulcinella” Suite and Sergei Prokofiev’s “Classical” Symphony (No. 1 in D major).

“Pulcinella,” a 1920 ballet setting the adventures of a familiar commedia dell’arte character to tunes from a variety of then- (and still-) little-known 18th-century composers, is more orchestrally adventurous than similarly inflected, contemporaneous scores, such as Ottorino Respighi’s “Ancient Airs and Dances” suites and Maurice Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin.”

In the suite drawn from the ballet, Stravinsky produced a work that, like Benjamin Britten’s “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra,” is peppered with cameos for solo strings, woodwind and brass – notably, in this performance, contributions by violinist Daisuke Yamamoto, oboist Shawn Welk, flutist Mary Boodell, trumpeter Samuel Huss and trombonist Evan Williams.

Lin and the orchestra made comparably animated yet suave work of the Prokofiev symphony, with the full orchestra creating a gratifying balance of expressive and coloristic detail and full-blooded sonic mass.

The odd piece out in this program was its opening selection, “Overdrive” by the contemporary Australian-American composer Melissa Dunphy. Her brief score is eventful, colorful, rhythmically charged and more than a bit cinematic, often recalling the bustling and wackily characterful music that Carl Stalling wrote for the “Looney Tunes” cartoons.

The online stream of the program remains accessible through June 30, 2022. Single-concert access: $30. Full Masterworks season access: $180. Details: (800) 514-3849 (ETIX); http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Bernard Haitink (1929-2021)

Bernard Haitink, longtime chief conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, has died at 92.

Haitink led the Amsterdam orchestra from 1963 until 1988, and thereafter was awarded a laureate post with the ensemble.

He also held artistic leadership posts with the London Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Britain’s Glyndebourne Festival and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in London. He also was a regular guest conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic and other major orchestras in Europe and the US.

He led his final concert two years ago with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, with which he had made his conducting debut in 1954. (A recording of that final performance, of Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony, has just been issued on the Challenge Classics label.)

Haitink was a prolific recording artist, especially celebrated for his recordings of the symphonies of Mahler, Bruckner, Beethoven and Shostakovich.

An obituary by The New York Times’ Vivien Schweitzer:

Chinese pianist-turned-TV personality arrested

Li Yundi, the Chinese pianist known to many Westerners as Yundi, has been arrested by Chinese authorities, charged with solicitation.

The 39-year-old pianist, winner of the 2000 Chopin Competition in Warsaw, more recently has become a fan favorite in China for his appearances on television variety galas and reality shows.

He may have been targeted as part of the campaign by the communist regime of Xi Jinping “to rein in China’s raucous celebrity culture, warning about the perils of celebrity worship and fan clubs,” The New York Times’ Javier C. Hernández reports. “The Chinese government often uses accusations of prostitution to intimidate political enemies, and it was unclear why Mr. Li had been singled out and what punishment he might face.”

Norman Lebrecht, on his Slipped Disc blog, reports that Li’s membership in the Chinese Musicians Association has been canceled for “extremely negative social impact,” and that the China Association of Performing Arts has called for a boycott of the pianist for his “indifference to law and a lack of moral self-discipline.”

“This is on the point of turning into a witch hunt,” Lebrecht writes:

Yundi Li is sacked by Chinese arts orgs

UPDATE (Oct. 26): Lebrecht reports that an editorial in Global Times, controlled by the Chinese state, may signal “an official reprieve for the star pianist.” The outlet’s editor-in-chief, Hu Xijin, writes, “Everyone has the right to reprimand Li, but meanwhile, all the reactions, if combined together, should be proportional and in line with societal standards.”

Just in: China gives Yundi Li a second chance

Edita Gruberova (1946-2021)

Edita Gruberova, the widely lauded Slovakian coloratura soprano who was a mainstay of the Vienna State Opera, the Salzburg Festival, New York’s Metropolitan Opera, La Scala in Milan, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London, and performed on a number of acclaimed recordings of opera and oratorio, has died at 74.

An obituary in Opera News:

http://www.operanews.com/Opera_News_Magazine/2021/10/News/Edita_Gruberova,_74,_Spectacularly_Accomplished_Coloratura_Who_Made_the_Vienna_State_Opera_Her_Artistic_Home,_has_Died.html

Another Finn to watch

Sixty years ago, Hungary produced a wildly disproportionate share of the world’s leading conductors: Georg Solti, George Szell, Eugene Ormandy, Antal Dorati, Fritz Reiner, Ferenc Fricsay.

Today, Finland has become a fertile seedbed of internationally prominent maestri: Esa-Pekka Salonen, Osmo Vänskä, Sakari Oramo, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Klaus Mäkelä, Susanna Mälkki, Hannu Lintu, and now, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, the 35-year-old timpanist-turned-conductor beginning his tenure as chief conductor of Britain’s Philharmonia Orchestra.

Not your stereotypical European maestro, Imogen Tilden finds in an interview with Rouvali for The Guardian:

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/oct/19/philharmonia-principal-conductor-santtu-matias-rouvali-interview

Review: Chamber Music Society

Johnny Gandelsman & Njioma Grevious, violins
Jordan Bak, viola
James Wilson, cello
Mary Boodell, flute
Oct. 17, Trinity Lutheran Church

Antonín Dvořák’s advice to American composers – develop a distinctively native style by drawing from Black and American Indian songs and dances –was taken most faithfully and successfully by Black composers working in the first third of the 20th century, as a Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia ensemble demonstrated in a program featuring Dvořák’s “American” Quartet (in F major, Op. 96), written in 1893, and Florence Price’s Quartet No. 2 in A minor, published in 1935.

Many White American composers of the post-Dvořák generation followed a different course, as the ensemble demonstrated in Amy Beach’s Theme and Variations, Op. 80, for flute and string quartet, published in 1920.

Price and Beach both worked in compositional forms that would have been familiar to Dvořák and his Central European contemporaries, but only Price evoked American vernacular music, chiefly spirituals and the rhythmic creative movement of African origin known as juba dance or hambone. Beach, like most American musicians schooled in the 19th century, received a purely European-oriented education and reflected few if any identifiably American traits in her instrumental music.

In its first movement and finale, Price’s quartet hinges on a reverie-like theme recalling one of the more mournful spirituals (e.g., “Go Down, Moses”), with a brief juba dance as its contrasting central movement. Beach, by contrast, works off a dreamy, rather somber theme resembling one of the nostalgic tunes in Richard Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier,” with variations that contrast Viennese and French-impressionist accents.

This performance of the Dvořák was marked by a first violin part, played by Johnny Gandelsman, employing the old romantic expressive technique of portamento – slides from one note to the next – and by rustic (or “folksy”) voicings of the prominent viola part, played by Jordan Bak. Also notable was a highly transparent texture in which no string player sounded recessed or covered, even at the unusually speedy tempo adopted in the finale.

Moody atmospherics and rich instrumental blends prevailed in both the Price and Beach works, no mean feat in the latter, as flutist Mary Boodell kept her instrument, which can easily stand out from strings, securely within the ensemble’s tonescape and texture thanks to subtle phrasing and dynamic control. All five musicians brought out a wealth of tone color in Beach’s more impressionistic variations.

The string players, with Njioma Grevious as first violin, ably clarified the sometimes dense voicings and formal complexities of the first movement of the Price quartet, without straying too far from its spiritual theme, and gave the juba dance and finale a nice balance of rhythmic animation and tunefulness.

The Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia presents violinist Johnny Gandelsman in the premiere of Angélica Negrón’s “A través del manto luminoso” and solo-violin pieces by Rhiannon Giddens, Tyshawn Sorey, Conrad Tao and Christina Courtin at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at Historic Mankin Mansion, 4200 Oakleys Lane in Highland Springs. Tickets: $30. Details: (804) 304-6312; http://cmscva.org

Atlanta Symphony taps Nathalie Stutzmann

Nathalie Stutzmann, the French contralto who took up conducting in 2009, has been named the new music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

When she succeeds Robert Spano next season, Stutzmann will be the first woman to lead the Atlanta Symphony and the first female music director appointed by a first-tier US orchestra since Marin Alsop, who led the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra from 2007 until the end of last season.

The 56-year-old Stutzmann, currently chief conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra in Norway and principal guest conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, said she hopes that her Atlanta appointment will signal that women will “one day not be considered as a minority, but as musicians, conductors and maestros,” The New York Times’ Javier C. Hernández reports: