Robert Mann (1920-2018)

Robert Mann, the founding first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet, has died at 97.

In a 1995 interview for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Mann told me that shortly after World War II, as he returned to civilian life and joined the faculty of New York’s Juilliard School, he asked Edgar Schenkman, a Juilliard conducting teacher, whether the school’s president, William Schuman, would be interested in the establishment of a resident string quartet.

Schenkman, who subsequently became the founding music director of the Richmond Symphony, told Mann that Schuman had a quartet in mind and guided the young violinist and his colleagues in writing a proposal.

In 1946, Mann, violinist Robert Koff, violist Raphael Hillyer and cellist Arthur Winograd launched the Juilliard, now the oldest continually performing string quartet in the US. Mann remained the leader of the group for more than 50 years, retiring in 1997.

An obituary by The New York Times’ Margalit Fox:

Letter V Classical Radio Jan. 3

To launch a new year of Letter V Classical Radio, a special four-hour celebration of Leonard Bernstein, whose centenary is being marked worldwide in 2018. We’ll hear Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic, which he led from 1957 to 1969, in performances of four of his greatest works and of music by composers he played a leading role in promoting: Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, Gustav Mahler and Carl Nielsen.

noon-4 p.m. EST
1500-1900 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://wdce.net

Past Masters:
Bernstein: “Candide” Overture
New York Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein
(Sony Classical)
(recorded 1960)

Past Masters:
Bernstein: “Serenade after Plato’s ‘Symposium’ ”
Zino Francescatti, violin
New York Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein
(Sony Classical)
(recorded 1965)

Past Masters:
Bernstein: “On the Waterfront” Symphonic Suite
New York Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein
(Sony Classical)
(recorded 1960)

Past Masters:
Beethoven: “King Stefan” Overture
New York Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein
(Sony Classical)
(recorded 1966)

Past Masters:
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major
New York Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein
(Sony Classical)
(recorded 1966)

Past Masters:
Ives: Symphony No. 2
New York Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein
(Sony Classical)
(recorded 1958)

Past Masters:
Copland: “ ‘Rodeo’ – Four Dance Episodes”
New York Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein
(Sony Classical)
(recorded 1960)

Past Masters:
Nielsen: Symphony No. 3 (“Sinfonia espansiva”)
Ruth Guldbaek, soprano
Niels Moller, tenor
Royal Danish Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein
(Sony Classical)
(recorded 1965)

Past Masters:
Bernstein: “ ‘West Side Story’ Symphonic Dances”
New York Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein
(Sony Classical)
(recorded 1961)

January 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: Pianist Alexander Paley’s mid-winter mini-festival, Jan. 13-14 at St. Luke Lutheran Church, features works by Richard Strauss, Debussy, Liszt and Schumann, with Paley joined by pianist Peiwen Chen (his wife and four-hands piano partner) and narrator Aaron Anderson. . . . Steven Smith conducts the Richmond Symphony with the Symphony Chorus and singers from Virginia Opera’s Emerging Artists Program in a Viennese New Year’s program, Jan. 13-14 at Carpenter Theatre of Dominion Arts Center. . . . Richmond composer Walter Braxton introduces his new opera “To Damascus” with Capitol Opera Richmond in seven performances from Jan. 18 to 27 at the Firehouse Theatre. . . . Smith and the symphony play works by Salieri, Mozart, Norman Butler and Ruth Crawford Seeger in a Metro Collection program, featuring Zachary Guiles, the orchestra’s principal trombonist, Jan. 21 at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, with that program excerpted in a Jan. 18 Rush Hour casual concert at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Richmond. . . . Chia-Hsuan Lin and the symphony, joined by the School of the Richmond Ballet, present Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” in a LolliPops family program, Jan. 20 at Dominion Arts Center. . . . Pianists Leon Fleischer and Katherine Jacobson play works by Bach, Schubert, Chopin, Debussy and Ravel in the next Rennolds Chamber Concerts program, Jan. 28 at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Singleton Arts Center.

Noteworthy elsewhere: Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins Yutaka Sado and the National Symphony Orchestra in Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2 (“The Age of Anxiety”), on a program with works by Rossini, Tchaikovsky and Ravel, Jan. 11 and 13 at Washington’s Kennedy Center. . . . Europa Galante, the esteemed period-instruments orchestra led by violinist Fabio Biondi, plays works by Vivaldi, Galuppi, Reutter and Reinhardt, Jan. 12 at the Library of Congress in Washington. . . . Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative Festival presents “Proving Up” by Missy Mazzoli & Royce Vavrek, Jan. 19 and 21, and one-acts by Nathan Fletcher & Megan Cohen, Gity Razaz & Sara Cooper, and John Glover & Erin Bregman, Jan. 20, at the Kennedy Center. . . . The new-music ensemble Alarm Will Sound, with actors Robert Stanton, Jon Patrick Walter and David Chandler, performs “1969,” a multimedia production including music by the Beatles, Stockhausen, Bernstein, Berio and others, Jan. 25 at Moss Arts Center of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. . . . The noted Russian violinist Maxim Vengerov, accompanied by pianist Roustem Saitkoulov, plays works by Brahms, Ravel, Paganini and others, Jan. 26 at Strathmore in the Maryland suburbs of DC. . . . Soprano Kathleen Battle, joined by the Howard University Choir, performs in “Underground Railroad: a Spiritual Journey,” Jan. 28 at the Kennedy Center.

Jan. 6 (2 p.m.)
Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library, First and Franklin streets
Thales Piano Trio:
Ellen Riccio, violin
Sarah Bennett Wolfe, cello
Daniel Stipe, piano
works TBA by Clara Schumann, Jennifer Higdon, Rebecca Clarke
free
(804) 646-7223
http://rvalibrary.org

Jan. 6 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Bernard Labadie conducting
Mozart: “Eine kleine Nachtmusik”
Mozart: Concerto in C major, K. 299, for flute and harp
Emily Skala, flute
Sarah Fuller, harp
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551 (“Jupiter”)
$35-$110
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

Jan. 9 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Vocal Arts DC:
Tara Erraught, mezzo-soprano
John O’Conor, piano
works TBA by Rossini, Liszt, Wolf, Richard Strauss, Roger Quilter
$50
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Jan. 11 (7 p.m.)
Jan. 13 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Yutaka Sado conducting
Rossini: “La gazza ladra” (“The Thieving Magpie”) Overture
Bernstein: Symphony No. 2 (“The Age of Anxiety”)
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Tchaikovsky: “Francesca da Rimini”
Ravel: “Boléro”
$15-$89
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Jan. 12 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Edwin Outwater conducting
Sara Bareilles & Caroline Shaw, singer-composers
DECLASSIFIED: Ben Folds Presents
works TBA by Bareilles, Shaw, Rob Moose, Alex Lacamoire
$25-$75
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Jan. 12 (8 p.m.)
Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, East Capitol Street at First Street NE, Washington
Europa Galante
Fabio Biondi conducting
Galuppi: “Adriano in Siria” Sinfonia
Vivaldi: Sinfonia in G major, RV 149 (“Il coro della muse”)
Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in A major, RV 552 (“Con eco in lontano”)
Fabio Biondi, violin
Reutter: Sinfonia in D minor
Reinhardt: Sonata à quattro violini e basso
Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in C major, RV 189
Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in B flat major, RV 371
Fabio Biondi, violin
free; tickets required via http://www.eventbrite.com
(202) 707-5502
http://www.loc.gov/concerts

Jan. 12 (8:15 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop conducting & speaking
“BSO Off the Cuff: Impressionist Masterworks”
Debussy: “La Mer”
Ravel: “La Valse”
$35-$89
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

Jan. 13 (7:30 p.m.)
St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Parkway, Richmond
Alexander Paley Winter Weekend:
Richard Strauss: “Enoch Arden”
Aaron Anderson, speaker
Peiwen Chen, piano
Debussy: “La Mer”
Alexander Paley & Peiwen Chen, piano four-hands
donation requested
(804) 665-9516
http://paleymusicfestival.org

Jan. 13 (8 p.m.)
Jan. 14 (3 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony
Steven Smith conducting
Suppé: “Poet and Peasant” Overture
Mahler: “Des Knaben Wunderhorn” (excerpts)
April Martin, soprano
Melisa Bonetti, mezzo-soprano
David Blalock, tenor
Johann Strauss II: “The Gypsy Baron” Overture
Johann Strauss II: “Voices of Spring” Waltz
Johann Strauss II: “Pleasure Train” Polka
Johann Strauss II: “On the Beautiful Blue Danube” Waltz
Richmond Symphony Chorus
$10-$80
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Jan. 14 (3 p.m.)
St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Parkway, Richmond
Alexander Paley Winter Weekend:
Liszt: Sonata in B minor
Schumann: “Carnaval,” Op. 9
Alexander Paley, piano
donation requested
(804) 665-9516
http://paleymusicfestival.org

Jan. 14 (7 p.m.)
Calvary Revival Church, 5833 Poplar Hall Drive, Norfolk
Virginia Symphony Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta conducting
Kendall Gonzales, cello
Stephanie Sanders, saxophone
Norview High School Varsity Ensemble
“Songs for a Dreamer: a Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”
program TBA
free
(757) 892-6366
http://virginiasymphony.org

Jan. 14 (3 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop conducting
Saint-Saëns: “Carnival of the Animals”
Wordsmith, hip-hop narrator
Lura Johnson & Michael Sheppard, pianos
Philip Glass: Concerto Fantasy for two timpanists
James Wyman & Juavon Gilliam, timpani
Debussy: “La Mer”
Ravel: “La Valse”
$35-$99
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

Jan. 18 (6:30 p.m.)
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Overbrook Road at Ownby Lane, Richmond
Richmond Symphony
Steven Smith conducting
Zachary Guiles, trombone
“Rush Hour at Hardywood”
works by Salieri, Mozart, Norman Butler, Ruth Crawford Seeger
$15 (seating limited)
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Jan. 18 (7:30 p.m.)
Jan. 19 (7:30 p.m.)
Jan. 20 (7:30 p.m.)
Jan. 21 (4 p.m.)
Jan. 25 (7:30 p.m.)
Jan. 26 (7:30 p.m.)
Jan. 27 (7:30 p.m.)
Firehouse Theatre, 1609 W. Broad St., Richmond
Capitol Opera Richmond
Leilani Fenick & Michael Knowles, musical direction
Walter Braxton: “To Damascus”
Michele Baez, Elisabeth Dowdy, Michael David Gray, Chase Peak, Imani Thaniel, actors/vocalists
Joel Bassin, stage director
in English
$40
(804) 355-2001
http://firehousetheatre.org

Jan. 19 (8 p.m.)
Ferguson Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News
Jan. 20 (8 p.m.)
Chrysler Hall, 215 St. Paul’s Boulevard, Norfolk
Jan. 21 (2:30 p.m.)
Sandler Arts Center, 201 S. Market St., Virginia Beach
Virginia Symphony Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta conducting
Gabrieli: Canzon à 12
Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major
Tianwa Yang, violin
Mascagni: “Cavalleira Rusticana” – Intermezzo
Respighi: “Roman Festivals”
$25-$110
(757) 892-6366
http://virginiasymphony.org

Jan. 19 (7:30 p.m.)
Jan. 21 (2 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Washington National Opera American Opera Initiative Festival:
Chris Rountree conducting
Missy Mazzoli & Royce Vavrek: “Proving Up”
Leah Hawkins (Mrs. Johannes “Ma” Zegner)
Madison Leonard (Zegner Sister 1)
Allegra de Vita (Zegner Sister 2)
Arnold Livingston Geis (Miles Zegner)
Christopher Kenney (Mr. Johannes “Pa” Zegner)
Timothy J. Bruno (The Sodbuster)
Alison Moritz, stage director
in English
$39
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Jan. 19 (8 p.m.)
Jan. 20 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra Pops
Tim Davies conducting
Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, guest star
performers from Duke Ellington School of the Arts
$24-$99
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Jan. 19 (8 p.m.)
Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, East Capitol Street at First Street NE, Washington
Camerata RCO of Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam
Hummel: Clarinet Quintet in E flat major
Beethoven: Septet in E flat major, Op. 20
free; tickets required via http://www.eventbrite.com
(202) 707-5502
http://www.loc.gov/concerts

Jan. 20 (11 a.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony LolliPops
Chia-Hsuan Lin conducting
School of the Richmond Ballet
Gershwin: “An American in Paris”
$20 (adult), $10 (child & student)
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Jan. 20 (2 p.m.)
Gellman Room, Richmond Public Library, First and Franklin streets
Erin Wind, mezzo-soprano
Hope Armstrong Erb, piano
program TBA
free
(804) 646-7223
http://rvalibrary.org

Jan. 20 (7 and 9 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Washington National Opera American Opera Initiative Festival:
George Manahan conducting
Nathan Fletcher & Megan Cohen: “A Bridge for Three”
Eliza Bonet (Molly)
Alexander McKissick (Jimmy James)
Michael Hewitt (Roland Archister)
Gity Razaz & Sara Cooper: “Fault Lines”
Laura Choi Stuart (Kyoko)
Eliza Bonet (Grace)
Alexander McKissick (Harry)
Michael Hewitt (Richard)
John Glover & Erin Bregman: “Precita Park”
Laura Choi Stuart (Sarah)
Alexandra Shiner (Lilih)
Eliza Bonet (Sonia)
Frederick Ballentine (Daniel)
Michael Hewitt (David)
Andrea Dorf, stage director
in English
$29
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Jan. 20 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop conducting
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor
Gabriela Montero, piano
$35-$99
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

Jan. 21 (3 p.m.)
Blackwell Auditorium, Randolph-Macon College, 205 Henry St., Ashland
Richmond Symphony
Steven Smith conducting
Salieri: “Sinfonia Veneziana”
Norman Butler: “IOURS” for trombone and chamber orchestra
Zachary Guiles, trombone
Ruth Crawford Seeger: Andante for strings
Ruth Crawford Seeger: “Rissolty, rossolty”
Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504 (“Prague”)
$22
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Jan. 23 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Benjamin Baker, violin
Daniel Lebhardt, piano
Schubert: Fantasy in C major, D. 934
Britten: Suite, Op. 6
Elgar: Sonata in E minor, Op. 82
$45
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Jan. 24 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Fortas Chamber Music Concerts:
Calidore String Quartet
Haydn: Quartet in D major, Op. 64, No. 5 (“Lark”)
György Kurtág: “Officium breve in Memoriam Andrae Szervánsky,” Op. 28
Brahms: Quartet in C minor, Op. 51, No. 1
$29
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Jan. 25 (7:30 p.m.)
Candela Gallery, 214 W. Broad St., Richmond
Schuyler Slack, cello
Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano
Beethoven: Sonata in F major, Op. 5, No. 1
Douglas Boyce: “Stretto perpetuo”
Kodály: Sonatina for cello and piano
Brahms: Sonata in E minor, Op. 38
free
(804) 225-5527
http://candelabooks.com

Jan. 25 (7:30 p.m.)
Moss Arts Center, Virginia Tech, 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg
Alarm Will Sound
Alan Pierson conducting
Robert Stanton, Jon Patrick Walter & David Chandler, actors
“1969”
multimedia production with music by the Beatles, Stockhausen, Bernstein, Berio, others
$20-$45
(540) 231-5100
http://artscenter.vt.edu

Jan. 25 (7 p.m.)
Jan. 27 (8 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
National Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach conducting
Brahms: “Variations on a Thene by Haydn”
Oliver Knussen: Violin Concerto
Leila Josefowicz, violin
Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major (“Rhenish”)
$15-$89
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Jan. 25 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Pops
Jack Everly conducting
Ann Hampton Calloway, vocalist
“Diva to Diva: from Ella to Adele”
$35-$99
(877) 276-1444 (Baltimore Symphony box office)
http://www.strathmore.org

Jan. 26 (8 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Impulse Festival:
UVa Baroque Ensemble
UVa Small Jazz Group
Stephanie Nakasian, vocalist
Swaraprabha Hindustani Classical Indian Vocal Ensemble
Nirman Bajekal, vocalist
Mayuzsh Abhyankar, tabla
“Origins”
program TBA
free
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu

Jan. 26 (8 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Maxim Vengerov, violin
Roustem Saitkoulov, piano
Brahms: Scherzo in C minor (from “F.A.E.” Sonata)
Brahms: Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108
Ravel: Sonata in G major
Ernst: “Theme and Variations from ‘The Last Rose of Summer’ ”
Paganini: Cantabile in D major, Op. 17
Paganini-Kreisler: “Variations on ‘I Palpiti’,” Op. 13
$40-$95
(202) 785-9727
http://washingtonperformingarts.org

Jan. 27 (8 p.m.)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets, Richmond
Richmond Symphony Pops
Chia-Hsuan Lin conducting
Michael Cavanaugh, guest star
“The Music of Billy Joel”
$10-$80
(800) 514-3849 (ETIX)
http://www.richmondsymphony.com

Jan. 27 (noon)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Impulse Festival:
Ayman Fanous. guitar
Stephen Nachmanovitch, violin
Anthony Davis, piano
“Meditations”
program TBA
free
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu

Jan. 27 (3:30 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Impulse Festival:
UVa New Music Ensemble
EcoSono Ensemble
AZUL
“Conversations”
program TBA
free
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu

Jan. 27 (8 p.m.)
Jan. 28 (3 p.m.)
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
National Philharmonic
Piotr Gajewski conducting
“Cosmic Designs,” multimedia production with footage from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
Debussy: “La Mer”
Holst: “The Planets”
National Philharmonic Chorale
$25-$82
(301) 581-5100
http://www.strathmore.org

Jan. 28 (3 p.m.)
Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Park Avenue at Harrison Street, Richmond
Rennolds Chamber Concerts:
Leon Fleisher & Katherine Jacobson, pianos
J.S. Bach-Petri: “Sheep May Safely Graze”
Debussy: Préludes, Book 2 – “La puerta del Vino”
Debussy: “Suite bergamasque” – “Clair de lune”
Chopin: Mazurka in C sharp minor, Op. 53, No. 3
Chopin: Nocturne in D flat major, Op. 27, No. 2
J.S. Bach-Brahms: Chaconne in D minor for piano left-hand
Schubert: Fantasy in F minor, D. 940
Ravel: “La Valse” for piano four-hands
$35
(804) 828-6776
http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events/

Jan. 28 (3:30 p.m.)
Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
UVa Chamber Music Series:
Rivanna String Quartet
Beethoven: Quartet in D major, Op. 18, No. 3
Arvo Pärt: “Fratres”
Beethoven: Quartet in A minor, Op. 132
$15
(434) 924-3376
http://music.virginia.edu

Jan. 28 (2 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Kennedy Center Chamber Players
Jean Françaix: Wind Quintet No. 1
Poulenc: Sextet for piano and wind quintet
Brahms: String Sextet No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 18
$36
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Jan. 28 (5 p.m.)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington
Kathleen Battle, soprano
Howard University Choir
Joel A. Martin, piano
“Underground Railroad: a Spiritual Journey”
$25-$129
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Jan. 30 (7:30 p.m.)
Jan. 31 (7:30 p.m.)
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington
Opera Lafayette
Richard Gammon conducting
Alessandro Scarlatti: “Erminia”
Julia Dawson, soprano
André Courville, bass-baritone
Allegra de Vita, mezzo-soprano
Asitha Tennekoon, tenor
in Italian
Geminiani: “Enchanted Forest”
Kalannidhi Dance
Anuradha Nehru, choreographer
$25-$130
(800) 444-1324
http://www.kennedy-center.org

Jan. 31 (7:30 p.m.)
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Arts Center, University of Richmond
Richard Becker, piano
works TBA by Beethoven, Ravel
free
(804) 289-8980
http://modlin.richmond.edu

Radio special: the Habsburg Sock Hop

To greet the new year, our fourth annual Habsburg Sock Hop, a more expansive take on the traditional Viennese New Year program: From folk roots to classical branches, dance music in Central Europe and the Balkans.

Dec. 31
5-8 p.m. EST
2200-0100 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://wdce.net

Johann Strauss II: “On the Beautiful Blue Danube”
Anima Eterna Orchestra/Jos van Immerseel
(Zig Zag Territories)

Johann Joseph Fux: Overture in D minor
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra/Gottfried von der Goltz
(Carus)

Josef Lanner: “Dornbacher Ländler”
Die Eipeldauer
(Preiser)

Haydn: Symphony No. 97 in C major – III: Menuet
Orchestra of the 18th Century/Frans Brüggen
(Philips)

Rossini: “William Tell” – Final du Divertissement
Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra, Milan/Riccardo Chailly
(Decca)

Schubert: “Five German Dances,” D. 89
Gidon Kremer, violin & director
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
(Deutsche Grammophon)

anon.: “Wallachian Lament”
Apollo Chamber Players
(Navona)

Dvořák: Slavonic dances –
in F major, Op. 46, No. 4
in G minor, Op. 46, No. 8
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra/Yoel Levi
(Telarc)

anon.: gypsy dances from Collection Uhrovska (1730)
Ensemble Caprice/Matthias Maute
(Analekta)

Bartók: “Contrasts”
Lucy Chapman Stoltzman, violin
Richard Stoltzman, clarinet
Richard Goode, piano
(RCA Red Seal)

Kodály: “Dances of Galanta”
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Neeme Järvi
(Chandos)

Michał Kleofas Ogiński: Polonaise in A minor (“Farewell to the Fatherland”)
Tobias Koch, piano
(Frédéric Chopin Institute)

Karol Józef Lipiński: “Rondo à la Polacca” in E major, Op. 13
(arrangement by Andrzej Wróbel)
Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, violin
string ensemble
(CD Accord)

Chopin: Polonaise-Fantasie in A flat major, Op. 61
Stephen Hough, piano
(Hyperion)

anon.: suite of Romanian dances
Jordi Savall, viol
Nedyalko Nedyalkov, kaval
Teha Limberger, violin
Peyo Peev, gadulka
Valeri Dimchev, tambura
Pedro Estevan, percussion
Xavier Puertas, double-bass
(AliaVox)

György Ligeti: “Concert romanesc”
Berlin Philharmonic/Jonathan Nott
(Teldec)

Letter V Classical Radio Dec. 27

A special four-hour program to close out the year, sampling some of the best classical recordings released during 2017.

noon-4 p.m. EST
1500-1900 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://wdce.net

Telemann: Concerto in D major, TWV 54:D2
Erwin Wieringa, Miroslav Rovenský & Gijs Laceulle, horns
Georg Kallweit, violin & director
Akademie für alte Musik Berlin
(Harmonia Mundi)

Tyondai Braxton: “AprRec 1”
Brooklyn Rider
(In a Circle)

Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor
(orchestration by Mikhail Pletnev)
Daniil Trifonov, piano
Mahler Chamber Orchestra/Mikhail Pletnev
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Philip Glass: Etude No. 6
Vikingur Ólafsson, piano
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Dvořák: Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81
Boris Gitburg, piano
Pavel Haas Quartet
(Supraphon)

Beethoven: Sonata in C sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 (“Moonlight”)
Evgeny Kissin, piano
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major (“Italian”)
Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Yannick Nézet-Séguin
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Brahms: Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 101
Emanuel Ax, piano
Leonidas Kavakos, violin
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
(Sony Classical)

Schubert: Impromptu in F minor, D. 935, No. 4
Shai Wosner, piano
(Onyx)

Arcangelo Corelli: Sinfonia in D minor (“To Santa Beatrice d’Este”)
La Serenissima/Adrian Chandler
(Avie)

Ives: Orchestral Set No. 1 (“Three Places in New England”) –
I: “The St. Gaudens in Boston Common (Col. Shaw & His Colored Regiment)”
Seattle Symphony/Ludovic Morlot
(Seattle Symphony Media)

Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons
(BSO Classics)

For Christmas

Give good gifts, one to another,
Peace joy and comfort gladly bestow.
Harbor no ill ’gainst sister or brother,
Smooth life’s journey as you onward go.

Broad as the sunshine, free as the showers,
So shed an influence, blessing to prove.
Give for the noblest of efforts your pow’rs,
Blest and be blest, is the law of love.

– Shaker hymn (Mount Lebanon Hymnal, 1893)

You can hear it, sung by the Rose Ensemble, here:

Dutoit accused of sexual misconduct

Four women, among them the prominent soprano Sylvia McNair, accuse the veteran conductor Charles Dutoit of making unwanted advances, groping and other sexual misconduct, at times ranging from the early 1980s to 2010. Jocelyn Gecker of The Associated Press reports (via the Richmond Times-Dispatch):

http://www.richmond.com/entertainment/ap/ap-exclusive-famed-conductor-accused-of-sexual-misconduct/article_2893818d-8b62-5fcb-8e81-5cf46854f40b.html

No response yet from Dutoit, who has held such prominent posts as music director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor and artistic adviser of the Philadelphia Orchestra. The 81-year-old, Swiss-born Dutoit currently is artistic director and chief conductor of the Royal Philharmonic in London.

UPDATE: Arthur Kaptainis, the veteran music critic who covered Dutoit during his 25-year-tenure as music director of the Montreal Symphony, owns up to not pressing sources on persistent “everyone knows” rumors of the conductor’s offstage behavior, and recalls a 1995 episode involving the Canadian journalist Natasha Gauthier, which she wrote about at the time, to no effect.

“[T]acit tolerance of the situation by people who were in the know” led to “the shock of a revelation that to many will be no shock at all,” Kaptainis writes for the Montreal Gazette:

Analysis: Music world chose to ignore allegations of Charles Dutoit's misconduct

To date, the Royal Philharmonic has “released” Dutoit from concert dates “for the immediate future.” The Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra have canceled scheduled guest-conducting dates.

UPDATE 2: Dutoit denies the allegations: “I do not recognize the man or the actions being described in the media.”

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/dec/22/royal-philharmonic-orchestra-conductor-charles-dutoit-accused-of-sexual-assault

Letter V Classical Radio Dec. 20

A baroque Christmas: A complete performance of Handel’s “Messiah,” led by the eminent countertenor-turned-conductor René Jacobs, and Bach’s Christmas cantata “Gloria in excelsis Deo,” led by the Dutch Bach specialist Ton Koopman, framed by Christmas concertos of Vivaldi and Corelli.

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

Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in E minor, RV 270 (“Il Riposo per il Santo Natale”)
Giuliano Carmignola, violin
I Sonatori de la Gioisa Marca/Giorgio Fava
(Divox)

Handel: “Messiah”
Kerstein Avimo, soprano
Patricia Bardon, alto
Lawrence Zazzo, countertenor
Kobie van Rensburg, tenor
Neal Davies, bass
Choir of Claire College
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra/René Jacobs
(Harmonia Mundi)

J.S. Bach: Cantata, “Gloria in excelsis Deo,” BWV 191
Caroline Stam, soprano
Paul Agnew, tenor
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir/Ton Koopman
(Challenge Classics)

Corelli: Concerto grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8 (“Christmas Concerto”)
Il Giardano Armonico/Giovanni Antonini
(Teldec)

Christmas magpie

The New York Times’ Michael White profiles Britain’s John Rutter, whose seasonal choral pieces, such as “The Shepherd’s Pipe Carol” and “What Sweeter Music,” have made him “the composer who owns Christmas.” Of his melodic style, tailored to the amateur singers who populate most choirs, Rutter says, “[C]omposers tend to be either explorers or magpies, and I’m the latter. I’m not out to break new ground. My gift, if I have one, is to take what’s in the air and use it.”

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.