I recently spoke with pianist Lara Downes about her new release “America Again,” which is comprised of various arrangements of a wide range of genres including classical, American popular, jazz and folk ballads. She explains how she put the album together, which contains music “that explores the essential American dream.”
Trumpeter Rex Richardson teaches trumpet, jazz improvisation and chamber music at Virginia Commonwealth University and tours throughout the year as a clinician, recitalist and soloist. He has recently commissioned four new works through VCU”s Presidential Research Quest Fund. This is the first time this has been awarded to an entirely artistic endeavor. The new works are by composers Allen Vizzutti, David Sampson, Anthony Plog and Andy Scott.
The Richmond Ballet will be presenting TRIO this weekend (November 4-6) at the Carpenter Theatre, featuring three strikingly different ballets. “The Kingdom of the Shades” from Marius Petipa’s classic full-length ballet “La Bayadere” (music by Ludwig Minkus) will open the show, followed by Ma Cong’s “Lift the Fallen” with music by Max Richter and George Balanchine’s “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue” (music by Richard Rodgers and Hershy Kay).