VCU Symphony (Tuesday, Oct. 11, 8 p.m.)

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, 8 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets: $10 general admission, free for VCU students with ID

The VCU Symphony, conducted by Daniel Myssyk, will present their fall concert. The program will be:
Gabrieli : Sonata XIII
Tchaïkovski : Adagio, pas d’action from The Sleeping Beauty
Tchaïkovski : Waltz, from Symphony No. 6
Von Suppé : Poet and Peasant Overture
Beethoven : Symphony No. 1


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.

The program will be:

Mendelssohn, Quartet No.1 in E-flat Major, Op.12
Augusta Read, Thomas Helix Spirals*
Dvorak Quintet, No.3 in E-flat Major, Op.97

This piece is a new work written in 2015, which was commissioned by Jeanne Guillemin in celebration of the Meselson-Stahl DNA replication discovery in 1958.


$34 general admission
$31 seniors/VCU Alumni Association members
Available on Showclix.com

Faculty Showcase (Tuesday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m.)

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, 7 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

Free admission

You’ve asked for it–and here it is! VCU Music faculty will present a faculty showcase on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Join us for this free concert, and listen to some of your favorite faculty members in concert on one night.

Flamenco Festival: Spanish Soul (Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m.)

Friday, November 4, 7:30 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

The popular Flamenco Festival returns with Spanish Soul, featuring guitarist Leah, Ana Ines King and the Latin Ballet, with  guest artists dancer Antonio Hidalgo Paz and percussionist Kevin Davis

Guitarist and VCU music alumn Leah Kruszewski currently resides in Seville, Spain, where she has spent the last three years deepening her knowledge of flamenco at the Fundación Cristina Heeren, one of Spain’s most renowned professional flamenco schools. While in Richmond, she founded the flamenco-inspired ensemble Sueños Gitanos and performed extensively as a soloist, with Fado Nosso (Portuguese fado music) and with the Richmond Guitar Quartet (classical guitar). Leah accompanies flamenco singers and dancers in Seville and teaches online guitar classes to students from around the world.

The Latin Ballet of Virginia will perform in conjunction with world award winners Antonio Hidalgo Paz from Córdoba, Spain and Ana Ines King from Colombia, South America. From the passionate fury of flamenco to tango’s forbidden heat, the elegance of classical ballet to the earthen power of modern dance, the Latin Ballet of Virginia uses the expressive beauty of movement to weave the tales and traditions that are the heart and soul of Hispanic culture. The Latin Ballet of Virginia (LBV) combines technical excellence with a soulful depth of emotion and an unwavering commitment to education, diversity and accessibility.

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

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.