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.
Bach's Matthew Passion is much lauded for all of this mastery but is not, however, often performed, perhaps because of its three-hour length and perhaps because of its language barrier.
In celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach’s March 21st birthday, violinist Rachel Barton Pine is releasing her newest recording Testament: Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin. I had the honor to sit down and talk with Rachel about the recording and the background that led her to choose these works. She also discussed the instrument and bow that she uses.
The CD will be available April 1st. Enjoy the interview!
Claire Jones, Former Royal Harpist, is in Richmond this week to perform two concerts and share her talents and experiences with young students.
The talented pianist Orli Shaham will be in Richmond performing Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto with the Richmond Symphony this weekend at the Carpenter Theatre. Music Director Steven Smith will conduct the program which includes Modest Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 6.