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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.

Pianist Kirill Gerstein Talks About Franz Liszt's 12 Transcendental Etudes

Pianist Kirill Gerstein recently released the entire set of 12 Transcendental Etudes by Franz Liszt. Both in study and in performance, the 12 Etudes have been a transformative journey for Gerstein. He explained to me in a recent interview about the effect that playing the complete cycle has on interpretative decisions, as compared to playing them as individual works.

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