The Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale will present a program featuring works by Leonard Bernstein and Dan Forrest this weekend. Performances are Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. (Grace Baptist Church in Richmond) and Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. (Duncan Memoral United Methodist Church in Ashland). Music Director Ryan Tibbetts will conduct the singers and orchestra, and nationally-renowned organist Daniel Stipe will accompany and perform.
The Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra program was originally founded in 1962 and now consists of four youth orchestras providing beginning to advanced musical training. Students participate in weekly rehearsals, coachings and masterclasses by Richmond Symphony musicians.
Recently named the most-performed composer of his generation, Mason Bates serves as the first composer-in-residence of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. A native Richmonder, his music “enlivens imaginative narrative forms with novel orchestral writing, the harmonies of jazz and the rhythms of techno, and it has been the first symphonic music to receive widespread acceptance for its unique integration of electronic sounds.”
The Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia will be performing two concerts this weekend, first on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 in the Richmond Public Library and then Sunday afternoon at 4:00 in the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Richmond. The concerts are themed to music from the Latin worlds, the old world of Italy and Spain,
Virginia Opera is in town this weekend, presenting Gaetano Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor." The opera is "high drama – at its best." The most iconic of all bel canto operas, it's the consummate tale of thwarted love and dashed expectations. "Lucia" clearly paints a sensitive portrait of a woman at the breaking point, fully expressed in the most haunting and well-known mad scene ever produced.