Take a moment out of your schedule to get lost in the wisdom and beauty of Shakespeare, combined with the lyric and emotional music of Ned Rorem, one of the most treasured composers of our time. Program: Ned Rorem, After Reading Shakespeare William Shakespeare, monologues and sonnets Performers: Brandon Carter,[…]
Sometimes we just need to let out our emotions – let us help with an artistic paring back by popular demand. The inspiring and powerful poems of national poetry slam champion Douglas Powell/Roscoe Burnems stand alongside the mystical Rosary Sonatas by Austrian Baroque violinist Heinrich Biber, music inspired by the[…]
One of musical revelations of the summer 2020 were virtual performances of solo pieces made by musicians around the world. In the first of a pair of concerts this weekend, we explore the intimate experience of solo performance. This concert is presented in conjunction with the Richmond Public Library’s Gellman[…]
Chamber music is the ultimate demonstration of cooperation and leadership, and this concert features one of the crown jewels of the classical music repertoire, Franz Schubert’s magnificent Octet for strings and winds. To put this music in a contemporary framework, we also present the world-premiere of a commission from[…]
What gets us through tough times? Sometimes you just have to believe in the healing power of music. From Beethoven’s famous musical prayer for recuperation, to Ben Johnston’s re-imagining of “Amazing Grace,” to Carlos Simon’s musical elegy for our times. This concert is presented in conjunction with the Richmond Public[…]
The glory and fury of nature, and our place within it, is the story told through Vivaldi’s famous violin concertos, The Four Seasons. The beauty of this Baroque instrumentation is highlighted in a new commission by Kevin Alexander Day. To ensure the safety of audience members and performers, all live[…]
Our Artistic Director Jim Wilson chats with guitarist John Marcel Williams, who will be making his CMSCVA debut on October 25, 2020. John talks about why he loves playing the guitar, making music in the midst of a pandemic, and pistachio gelato.