It’s time once again for the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy! The festival features symphonic and chamber concerts over a four-week period from July 9th to August 7th. It also attracts first-rate musicians to participate as performers and educators, as part of the Wintergreen Summer Music Academy.
Pianist Shai Wosner has gained international recognition for his creative insight and broad range of repertoire, ranging from Beethoven and Mozart to Schoenberg and Ligeti. I recently had the chance to talk with him about his new recording (released June 3), which pairs concertos and solo pieces by Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) and György Ligeti (1923-2006).
Acclaimed organist Christopher Houlihan will perform in Richmond at Centenary Methodist Church on East Grace Street Friday evening (4/29) at 7:30 p.m. The recital is sponsored by the Richmond chapter of the American Guild of Organists and admission is free!
The Virginia Opera is concluding their season with performances of Richard Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman” this weekend at the Carpenter Theatre. Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Adam Turner and tenor David Blalock stopped by the 88.9 WCVE studios to talk about the production. Turner is conducting the Richmond Symphony and Blalock is returning to Virginia Opera in the the key role of The Steersman.
The Richmond Ballet is closing their 2015-16 season with Salvatore Aiello’s rending of the ballet The Rite of Spring, in honor of dancer Lauren Fagone. Lauren is retiring from the ballet after a 14-year career here, where she has become known as one of the organization’s most interesting and beloved dancers.
Composer Laura Schwendinger is in town with the Richmond Symphony this weekend, thanks to a residency program Music Alive: New Partnerships. This national program is designed to establish new relationships between composers and orchestras, and to help orchestras present new music to the public and build support for new music within their institutions.