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Voice Concerts & Events

In addition to regular concerts and recitals, the VCU Voice area also hosts a number of community programs and events throughout the year that are open to the public.


Kudos

Faculty

Dr. Zheng led another successful Global Summer Institute of Music the first week in August at VCU. A group of more than 70 musicians, students and parents from around the globe spent an enriching week at VCU presenting  concerts and being immersed in a variety of both artistically and culturally inspiring events such as lectures, masterclasses, workshops, English conversations, and excursions to the VMFA and the nation’s Capitol.

Students

Horn student Gloria Ramirez played an outstanding mock audition with members of the USMC President’s Own Band horn section in May. The reviewing committee remarked at Gloria’s positive energy and level of preparation.

Richmond Music Teachers Association (RMTA) awarded Jordyn Burton an RMTA Collegiate scholarship in recognition of her strong work.

Supported by a Department of Music Student Research Grant, Emory Freeman attended the Buffet Clarinet Academy this past summer and writes about his experience at his blog.

Trevor White was profiled in the VCU News story “Rising Freshman Finds His Voice Through Vocal Arts Project.”

Alumni

Stephanie Barrett is attending the Lynn Conservatory to pursue graduate work with David Cole.

Jack Flores received a full tuition + stipend Graduate Assistantship at Florida State University to pursue his graduate work with Greg Sauer.

Lanjiabao Ge accepted a full teaching assistantship and living stipend to attend the University of Miami Frost School of Music for fall 2016.

Malcolm Jones is attending San Jose State with a scholarship and a waiver of out-of-state tuition. He is studying vocal performance and choral conducting.

Hannah Standiford’s project, “Shadow Ballads,” was performed at the University of Richmond, and was profiled in the Richmond Times Dispatch.

Eric Jacobs is tenured in the Seattle Symphony, and performed a series of concerts to bring music to those behind bars.

Rustin “Cetch” Waters has accepted the position of Band Director at Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach.

Anna Bishop is beginning her second season as a violinist with the Richmond Symphony.

Aaron Jones is attending graduate school at Arizona State University.


VCU Jazz Alumni in Turkey

Alumnus/Prof. Taylor Barnett starts the summer off with a ten-day performance tour of Turkey sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, joining American and Turkish musicians in performances of traditional Turkish folk melodies, arranged to incorporate elements of American jazz improvisation. VCU Jazz Drum alumnus Emre Kartari wrote the grant that funded the trip. Sax alumnus Kevin Simpson was also a member of the ensemble.


VCU Music pilots Lullaby Project with Carnegie Hall

Through a partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project, VCU musicians, are working with researchers and health care providers from across the university on an intervention for new or expectant mothers facing the hardships of parenting in challenging settings such as correctional facilities, group homes for teenagers and hospitals. Such settings often hinder mothers from bonding with their newborns. The Lullaby Project aims to increase the mother-child bond through language that is universal: music.

Read the full article by Leila Ugincius at VCU News…


It’s All in the Game

Doug Richards’ CD documenting his Great American Music Ensemble is released March 4. Says JazzTimes online in February: “The album – which delivers 15 cuts! – is a musical marvel in every regard…. In the shrewdest of ways, Richards shows he knows the fine line between creative experimentation and jejune jive (of which there’s none). The ensemble is admirably and swingingly up to the task. They cover the challenging material with flair and precision.” Almost every regular member of The Great American Music Ensemble on this disc has ties to VCU Jazz as an alumnus or former or current faculty member.

Read VCU News article by Leila Ugincius


Professor uses sports method in the studio

One thing that most highly successful athletes have in common: They watch themselves over and over again — and then just once more — to figure out why they aren’t performing the way they want…By incorporating the time-honored athletic ritual of “watching film,” violin professor Susanna Klein has students analyze video recordings of themselves performing as part of a more effective, real-world, student-centered learning model. The model has been adopted using the School of the Arts state-of-the-art motion capture lab at The Depot and supported by a grant from ALT Lab.

Read the full story by Blake Birdwell at VCU News…


Rennolds Series: Leon Fleisher and Katherine Jacobson (January 28)

Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 3 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
Mary Anne Rennolds Chamber Concert Series

Duo performances of legendary pianist and conductor Leon Fleisher with internationally renowned pianist Katherine Jacobson have received accolades from music’s most respected critics. The duo performs in recital and with orchestras around the world. Their performances of the Mozart Concerto for Two Pianos in F Major (K. 242) have been hailed in appearances in New York at Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia, Naples, Toronto, Dublin and Tokyo. In recital, the Fleisher-Jacobson Duo captivates audiences with the musicality and brilliance of works by Mozart, Brahms, Schubert, Dvořák and Ravel. They can also be heard in four-hand works on Fleisher’s latest album, “All The Things You Are,” released in 2014 on Bridge Records.

Tickets:
$35 General Admission
$32 Seniors (60+) / VCU Employees / VCU Alumni Association members
$25 Children (16 and under)
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Free for VCU Music students and VCU Music faculty/staff – E-mail musictix@vcu.edu to reserve

Program:

J.S. BACH/PETRI
“Sheep may safely graze” from Hunting Cantata, BWV 208
CLAUDE DEBUSSY
La puerta del Vino from Préludes, Book II (1912–13)
Clair de Lune from Suite bergamasque (1890-1905)
FREDERIC CHOPIN
Mazurka in C-sharp Minor, Op.53, No.3 (1842)
Nocturne in D-flat major, Op. 27, No. 2 (1836)
J.S. BACH/BRAHMS
Chaconne for the Left Hand from the Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 (1717-1723) arr. Brahms (1877)
FRANZ SCHUBERT
Fantasy in F minor for piano four-hands, D. 940 (1848)
MAURICE RAVEL
“La Valse” (arr. for four-hands by Lucien Garban)


Jazz 4 Justice (February 9)

Friday, February 9, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

VCU Music and the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation present the fourth annual Jazz 4 Justice, a benefit concert to support local access to justice efforts and the development of future jazz artists. Proceeds from the event directly support pro bono legal representation to low income individuals & families, veterans & nonprofits in central Virginia, as well as scholarships for students in the VCU Jazz Studies Program.

The concert will feature students and faculty from the VCU Jazz Studies program as well as guest artists, and will be directed by Antonio García. A cocktail hour will precede the concert from 7 – 8 p.m. and a jam session will follow the concert, so bring your instruments and join in. Musicians of all levels are welcome!

Note, ticket price increases at the door. Purchase your ticket(s) in advance.

Tickets:
$35 General Admission
$20 Students / Seniors
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Rennolds Series: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet (February 17)

Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
Mary Anne Rennolds Chamber Concert Series

The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet was founded in 1988 — the first permanently established wind quintet in the famous orchestra’s rich tradition of chamber music. With four original members since inception, they are living musical witnesses to the hugely productive and influential musical partnerships of the Berlin Philharmonic. The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet continues to astonish audiences worldwide with their range of expression, their tonal spectrum and their conceptual unity. Indeed many listeners and critics agree that the ensemble has succeeded in virtually redefining the sound of the classic wind quintet.

Tickets:
$35 General Admission
$32 Seniors (60+) / VCU Employees / VCU Alumni Association members
$25 Children (16 and under)
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Free for VCU Music students and VCU Music faculty/staff – E-mail musictix@vcu.edu to reserve

Program:

ANTON REICHA
Wind Quintet Op. 91, No. 3

PAUL HINDEMITH
Kleine Kammermusik Op. 24, 2

HENRI TOMASI
Five Sacred and Profane Danses for Wind Quintet (1948)

CARL NIELSEN
Quintet for Winds Op. 43