Articles by Mike Goldberg
It’s time once again for the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy! The festival features symphonic and chamber concerts, workshops and clinics over a four-week period from July 8th to August 5th. It attracts first-rate musicians to participate as performers and educators, as part of the Wintergreen Summer Music Academy.
Capitol Opera Richmond is an all-volunteer organization that provides a performing venue for local singers, musicians, directors, conductors, choreographers and dancers. Their latest project is Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” (1688) and features a partnership with Jefferson Baroque, the Latin Ballet of Virginia and Quill Theatre.
The GreenSpring International Academy of Music is presenting an “Advanced Student and Faculty Recital” this Sunday, June 3rd at 2:00 P.M. at Seventh Street Christian Church on Grove Avenue in Richmond. The recital is designed to provide a feature performance opportunity and to highlight the rising generation of extraordinary musicians.
The Symphony Musicians of Richmond will present their fifth annual “Music Unites” concert at St. Michael Catholic Church on Tuesday, May 29th at 7:00 p.m. It’s a free concert featuring Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, with donations being accepted to help support the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg.
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.”