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New Release: “Chopin - Late Works”

Pianist Maurizio Pollini presents some of the later works by Frederic Chopin. These include Op. 59 through Op. 64, written between 1845 and 1849. Richard Morrison from The London Times states “Pollini’s approach is elegant rather than flamboyant but turbulence lurks beneath the surface . . . Without tearing apart the fabric, he is constantly underlining elements that destabilize: chromatic meandering, disruptive trills, the tension between lyricism and meter. Fascinating, and the virtuosity is still there.”

Virginia Repertory Theatre Uses Classical Music in World Premiere "The End of War"

Virginia Repertory Theatre opens the World Premiere of “The End of War” by Richmond native David L. Robbins this weekend at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre. The play is set in Berlin during the final days of World War II and examines the fears and atrocities of war from the perspective of a brilliant young cellist, her mother who is harboring one of the city's last Jews, and two Red Army soldiers fighting their way through the Eastern front.

Cypress String Quartet Releases Their Final Recording With Music of Brahms

The Cypress String Quartet recently decided to disband after 20 years together. For their final recording project, the ensemble chose the two string sextets by Johannes Brahms. The quartets' members are Cecily Ward and Tom Stone (violins), Ethan Filner (viola) and Jennifer Kloetzel (cello).

Virginia Opera Presents Weber's Der Freischutz

Carl Maria von Weber is known as the “founder” of German Romantic opera, influencing many later composers like Richard Wagner. He made his biggest impact with “Der Freischutz,” which premiered in 1821. The Virginia Opera will perform “Der Freischutz” in Richmond this weekend at the Carpenter Theatre. The shows are tonight (Friday 2/17) at 8:00 p.m and Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.

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