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Bassoon Reed Factory Day

Saturday, June 27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Bassoon students who would like to learn how to make their own reeds and also stockpile a number of reeds for next year are invited to participate in this first-time event. After seeing a demonstration and explanation of each step in the reed-making process, students will have the opportunity to practice that step multiple times (15-20 times) before moving to the next step. Attendance will be limited to 10 students so that each will be able to have adequate supervision and feedback throughout the day. By day’s end, everyone should have many reed “blanks” ready to finish and at least a few reeds that are ready to play. Tuition: none, but students will need to purchase cane. VCU Music will purchase cane at a discounted rate of $3.50 per piece which will include the cost of other supplies such as brass wire, wrapping string or hot melt glue, etc. that will be provided. The cane used will be gouged, shaped and profiled from Barton Cane. A recommended list of tools and vendors and where they can be purchased will be provided to all participants. Extra sets of tools for students who aren’t ready to invest in their own at this point will be available.
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Jackie Frost with the Jackie Frost Band and Wild Honey

Friday, July 10, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets, $15

The Jackie Frost Band brings together musicians from a wide range of influences, including folk/country, Delta & Chicago blues, classical rock and jazz. Jackie Frost, an established Richmond musician with roots in American folk and bluegrass, collaborates with multi-faceted bassist Rusty Farmer, jazz and blues guitarist John Conley and drummer/percussionist Aaron Thompson. Their repertoire includes favorites from Hank Williams, The Beatles, Everly Brothers and countless others.

Eclectic music influences–country, pop, bluegrass, and even a dash of Hawaiian–make Wild Honey a creative music group to remember. Doug Hepler and Joe Scott are members of this unique band. Wild Honey’s repertoire includes favorites from Hank Williams, The Beatles, Everly Brothers and countless more.
Join us for an evening of what is best described as “American Music.”

 


World Drumming Workshop

Wednesday and Thursday, July 15-16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
James W. Black Music Center

Fee: $155

Join VCU Music for a World Drumming Workshop with internationally recognized exemplar music educator Paul Bakeman. Paul, who has studied in Hawaii and Ghana, and is a national board certified music educator and Orff Master, will lead this two-day workshop. Ten recertification points are available.

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Celtic Explorations

Friday, July 17, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall

W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

Enjoy a musical tour of the Celtic lands! Featuring Maggie Sansone, hammered dulcimer, Andrea Hoag, fiddle, and Sharon Knowles, Celtic harp, this program will present a lively program with jigs and reels from Ireland and Scotland and a sidestep to the Shetland Isles, Wales and Northumberland.

Maggie’s music was praised by the Washington Post, which called it “a transporting experience for many listeners, especially those who are quick to fall under the spell of an ancient Celtic melody. Indeed, this magical history tour is an enchanting journey through time.”

Tickets, $15 


Quatro na Bossa

Friday, July 24, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

Enjoy an evening of Brazilian bossa nova and samba!

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. This group offers infectious Brazilian popular and folkloric music to those who may have ever heard it and to beat back saudades for those who have.

Tickets, $15


VCU Community Guitar Ensemble

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 4 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

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 to 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


Igudesman & Joo

Saturday, Oct. 10, 8 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo are two classical musicians who have taken the world by storm with their unique and hilarious theatrical shows, which combine comedy with classical music and popular culture. Their clips on YouTube, to date, have been viewed more than 35 million times, and the duo has appeared on television in numerous countries. Equally comfortable performing in classical concert halls, as well as in stadiums in front of crowds of 18,000, their collective dream is to make classical music accessible to a wider and younger audience.

Tickets available soon!

 


Juilliard String Quartet

Saturday, Oct. 24, 8 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

Founded in 1946, the Juilliard String Quartet is widely recognized as the quintessential American string quartet. The quartet makes manifest the credo of its founders to “play new works as if they were established masterpieces and established masterpieces as if they were new.” Devoted master teachers, the members of the Julliard Quartet are all sought-after members of the string and chamber music faculty at The Julliard School.

Tickets available soon!

 


Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Saturday, Feb. 20, 8 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performs numerous concerts across the country each year, bringing chamber music to audiences in virtually every major city. A powerhouse quartet of artists—pianist Gilles Vonsattel, violinist Arnaud Sussman, violist Paul Neubauer and cellist Paul Watkins—ensure enraptured music-making of the highest level. Antonin Dvořák’s magisterial Piano Quartet No. 2 forms the anchor for this inspired program.

Tickets available soon!


Horszowski Trio

Saturday, March 19, 2016, 8 p.m.

Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall

W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

Hailed by The New Yorker as “destined for great things,” the members of the Horszowski Trio—Jesse Mills, Raman Ramakrishnan and Reiko Aizawa—knew they had a unique connection the first time they played together. Ms. Aizawa was the last pupil of the legendary pianist, Mieczysław Horszowski (1892-1993), at the Curtis Institute. The trio takes inspiration from Horszowski’s musicianship, integrity and humanity. Like Horszowski, the trio presents repertoire spanning the traditional and the contemporary.

Tickets available soon!