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Quatro na Bossa (July 22, 7:30 p.m.)

Friday, July 22, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

Kevin Harding and Laura Ann Singh formed Quatro na Bossa in 2003. Drawing from Brazilian composers and performers, Quatro na Bossa’s repertoire includes familiar classics, rare or forgotten pieces, and some original material. Quatro na Bossa has performed for private functions, film and cultural festivals, clubs and restaurants. Laura Ann Singh fronts the band as vocalist with guitarist Kevin Harding, bassist Rusty Farmer, and Andy Brockmann on percussion. They perform regularly around central Virginia and play frequently at the Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York. In 2008 they released Summer Samba on Venus Records. Quatro na Bossa’s innovative arrangements and unique style result in music that is fresh and engaging while remaining authentically Brazilian. QNB offers infectious Brazilian popular and folkloric music to those who may never have heard it and to beat back saudades for those who have.

Tickets: $15

Parking is available in the West Broad Street garage, three blocks from the Singleton Center.


The VCU Community Guitar Ensemble (July 24, 4 p.m.)

Sunday, July 24, 2016, 4 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

The VCU Community Guitar Ensemble 25-member guitar orchestra with guest artists. Directed by John Patykula. 30th anniversary concert.

 The VCU Community Guitar Ensemble consists of 25 talented classical guitarists from Central Virginia. Established in 1986 by John Patykula, this ensemble has performed as part of the Richmond International Music Festival and Richmond’s Big Gig summer festival. It is the resident ensemble for VCU’s Guitar and Other Strings Series. The VCU Community Guitar Ensemble has been featured on local television and on WCVE-FM’s An Hour with the Guitar.

Free admission

Parking is available in the West Broad Street garage, three blocks from the Singleton Center.


John Bullard, classical banjo (Sunday, Sept. 11, 4 p.m.)

Sunday, September 11, 2016, 4 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

John Bullard has attracted international attention for his work in developing and transcribing classical repertoire for the five-string banjo. His critically acclaimed CD releases include John Bullard – The Classical Banjo on the Dargason label and Bach on the Banjo on Albany Records.

In 2005, he became the first classical banjoist to graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance. Graduating magna cum laude, John was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, the prestigious national music honor society.

Music from John’s recordings has been included in several feature films such as the DreamWorks animated film “The Rise of the Guardians” and the award-winning “The Edge of Heaven.” John’s classical banjo playing was highlighted in the June 2005 issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine. He has published two books with Mel Bay Publications, Bach for the Banjo and Scales and Arpeggios for Classical Banjo. John is also included in Mel Bay Publication’s popular book and CD collection “Banjo 2000” featuring works by the world’s finest banjoists. John’s virtuoso playing was the focus of a cover story and interview in the May 1993 issue of The Banjo Newsletter. John was on the faculty of the world-renowned Tennessee Banjo Institute along with such luminaries as Pete Seeger, Bela Fleck and Tony Trischka. John is currently teaching banjo as an Adjunct Professor at Cairn University near Philadelphia.

He has performed throughout the United States and has been featured on numerous radio and television programs. In addition to his classical music, John’s involvement with Bluegrass music has included work with New Appalachian Express, Virginia Rail, The Virginia Bluegrass Band, and many others. He is currently performing with the bluegrass band Heritage.

The program will feature material from Bullard’s new recording project entitled “Classical Banjo: The Perfect Southern Art” and will include works by Handel, Marcello and Schumann.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students.


Dover Quartet (September 17)

Saturday, September 17, 2016, 8 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
2016-17 Mary Anne Rennolds Chamber Concert Series

The Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, becoming one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world.  The New Yorker recently dubbed them “the young American string quartet of the moment,” and The Strad raved that the Quartet is “already pulling away from their peers with their exceptional interpretive maturity, tonal refinement and taut ensemble.”  In 2013-14, the Quartet became the first ever Quartet-in-Residence for the venerated Curtis Institute of Music.

Tickets:

$34 general admission
$31 seniors/VCU Alumni Association members
Available on Showclix.com beginning July 1, 2016


Parker Quartet with Kim Kashkashian (October 15)

Saturday, October 15, 2016, 8 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
2016-17 Mary Anne Rennolds Chamber Concert Series

Inspiring performances, luminous sound and exceptional musicianship are the hallmarks of the Grammy-Award-winning Parker Quartet (Daniel Chong and Ying Xue, violins; Jessica Bodner, viola; Kee-Hyun Kim, cello). Renowned for their dynamic, compelling interpretations, expansive colors, and varied repertoire ranging from classical to romantic to new music, the group has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. In demand worldwide, the quartet has appeared at distinguished venues, series and festivals throughout North and South America, Great Britain, Europe and South Korea since its founding in 2002.

Kim Kashkashian is internationally recognized as a unique voice on the viola, and currently teaches viola and chamber music at New England Conservatory.
As a soloist, she has appeared with the great orchestras of Berlin, London, Vienna, Milan, New York, and Cleveland, and in recital at the Metropolitan Museum of New York, Kaufmann Hall, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, as well as in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Frankfurt, Berlin, Paris, Athens, and Tokyo.

Tickets:

$34 general admission
$31 seniors/VCU Alumni Association members
Available on Showclix.com beginning July 1, 2016


Flamenco Virtuoso: Ricardo Marlow (Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m.)

Saturday, November 5, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

As a young child, Ricardo (Richard) Marlow was introduced to the guitar by his father, the eminent classical guitarist John E. Marlow. He went on to receive a degree from the James Madison School of Music (James Madison University) in 1997. Mr. Marlow subsequently took up the flamenco guitar and studied with master, Gerardo Núñez, in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain, and continues to do so yearly since 1999.  In 1997 Mr. Marlow began playing professionally as a guitarist for the Arte Flamenco Dance Company featuring Silverio Heredia, Cuquito de Barbate and La Keka, among other guests from Spain, in venues such as The Kennedy Center’s  Millenium Stage and the Baltimore Museum of Art, among others.  He also worked with the Danza del Rio Dance Company and the Paco de Malaga and Anna Marinez Dance Company during this time.

Mr. Marlow had the honor and pleasure to accompany the world renowned flamenco cantaora, Esperanza Fernandez, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in November 2011.

Mr. Marlow is a featured artist in the 2013 Flamenco documentary “Sobre las Olas” by Carolina Loyola-Garcia.  Since the release of his debut solo CD “Madera Sonora”, Mr. Marlow has appeared for solo recitals and teaching workshops/master classes at numerous venues including Cal State University (CSU) in Fresno, VCU in Richmond, Duquesne in Pittsburgh, Shenandoah Conservatory “Pavan Series” in VA, Academy Art Museum in Annapolis, MD.

Throughout his career as a Flamenco guitarist Mr. Marlow has often found himself either on stage or in the recording studio making interesting fusions with many important musicians of other genres, namely Charlie Byrd, Frank Vignola, Canut and Andre Reyes of the Gipsy Kings, Giovanni Hidalgo, Turkish pop star Ege, Jimmy Wilson, Gary and Greg Grainger, Meritxell Negre, Roya Bahrami, The Washington Ballet, Kivanç Oner, Duende Camaron, and many others.

His percussive style of playing is highly sought after by local flamenco artists. He can be seen playing almost nightly at numerous venues in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore metropolitan areas such as Vinoteca and La Tasca.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, and $10 for students.

Ricardo Marlow will give a flamenco guitar master on Saturday, November 5, at 2 p.m. in the James W. Black Music Center Recital Hall, 1015 Grove Avenue. Admission is free for this master class.


Flamenco Festival: guitarist Miguelito with dancers, singer (Nov. 6, 4 p.m.)

Sunday, November 6, 2016, 4 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

Michael “Miguelito” Pérez originally studied classical guitar at California State University, Fullerton but stumbled upon flamenco at a party in his senior year. Upon graduation, he was offered a job accompanying flamenco classes at the George Washington University. Being that flamenco dance accompanists are very rare, he eventually found himself playing for every flamenco dance company in the Washington D.C. area. Currently Miguelito performs five nights a week in various venues in the metropolitan area. He is considered one of the premier flamenco guitarists in the United States, whose “nimble picking alternates between propulsive rhythms and delicate melodies.” He is also well known for his website DCFlamenco.com that keeps the D.C. area up-to-date on the local flamenco scene.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students.


Anne Akiko Meyers (January 28)

Saturday, January 28, 2017, 8 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
2016-17 Mary Anne Rennolds Chamber Concert Series

Anne Akiko Meyers is one of the world’s most celebrated violinists, known for her passionate performances, purity of sound and deeply poetic interpretations, innovative programming and commitment to commissioning new works. She possesses a rare ability to connect with audiences from the concert stage, online, and on television and radio broadcasts and has actively maintained an extensive touring schedule for three decades. She regularly performs in recital, as guest soloist with many of the world’s top orchestras, and is a best-selling recording artist who has released 34 albums. In 2014, Meyers was the top-selling traditional classical instrumental soloist on Billboard charts.

Tickets:

$34 general admission
$31 seniors/VCU Alumni Association members
Available on Showclix.com beginning July 1, 2016


The Montrose Trio (February 18)

Saturday, February 18, 2017, 8 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
2016-17 Mary Anne Rennolds Chamber Concert Series

Named after Chateau Montrose, a storied Bordeaux wine long favored after concerts, The Montrose Trio has quickly established a reputation for performances of the highest distinction. In 2015 The Washington Post raved about their “absolutely top-notch music-making, as fine as one could ever expect to hear…they are poised to become one of the top piano trios in the world.” The Montrose Trio (pianist Jon Kimura Parker, violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith) was founded in 2014, and gave their debut performance for the Chamber Music Society of Detroit.

Tickets:

$34 general admission
$31 seniors/VCU Alumni Association members
Available on Showclix.com beginning July 1, 2016


Joshua Roman (April 1)

Saturday, April 1, 2017, 8 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
2016-17 Mary Anne Rennolds Chamber Concert Series

Joshua Roman has earned an international reputation for his wide-ranging repertoire, a commitment to communicating the essence of music in visionary ways, artistic leadership and versatility. As well as being a celebrated performer, he is recognized as an accomplished composer, curator, and programmer. Before embarking on a solo career, Roman spent two seasons as principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony, a position he won in 2006 at the age of 22. Since that time he has appeared as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, Mariinsky Orchestra, Alabama Symphony, and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Ecuador, among many others.

Tickets:

$34 general admission
$31 seniors/VCU Alumni Association members
Available on Showclix.com beginning July 1, 2016