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Andrew McEvoy, classical guitar

Sunday, Sept. 13, 4 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

Andrew McEvoy has been an active classical guitar performer for more than a decade, performing solos and chamber music on concert series and special events across the United States. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master’s Degree in Performance and Pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University.

From an early age, Andrew has developed a reputation for colorful and engaging performance. At 18, he was a soloist with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and was featured on National Public Radio’s “From the Top,” having already performed at prestigious venues across the country including the Smithsonian Institution and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. More recent performances include Salisbury University “Guitar in the Gallery” series, Charlottesville Classical Guitar Society, VCU Guitar Series, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Mellon Concerts, and ‘A Musical Tour of Maymont’ with Classical Revolution RVA. As Virginia’s Regional Manager for Classical Guitar Ceremonies, Inc., Andrew provides professional sound design and performance for special events and weddings on a weekly basis.

An active educator, Andrew instructs guitar students and teaches coursework at Longwood University and Randolph-Macon College.

Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 for VCU students (available at the box office)

 


The Brazilian Guitar, featuring Richard Miller & guest artists

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2015, 4 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

Richard Miller was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to an American father and Brazilian mother, where he began to play guitar and surf at an early age. He is very active as a performer in New York City and abroad, regularly touring with his Brazilian group “Choro da Manhã,” as a soloist, and with the Ukrainian group “Gerdan.” Recent credits include New York jazz clubs such as Iridium, BB Kings, and DROM; the Pearl Theater in the NYMF production of Mapmaker’s Opera; lectures, workshops and concerts at universities such as Texas Southern University, University of Florida, College of Charleston, James Madison University, UPenn, NYU, Middlebury College, among many others; a White House performance for President Obama, and a special performance for Pope Francis in this fall in Washington, D.C.

Richard earned a PhD. in music theory from Catholic University of America and a Masters in guitar performance from Manhattan School of Music. He currently teaches music theory and ear training at Columbia University, and guitar as a Teaching Artist for the Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance in New York City. Lambert Academic Publishing recently published his dissertation, “The Guitar in the Brazilian Choro.”

Joining Richard for the concert will be bass player Itaiguara Brandão and a pandeiro player TBA.

Tickets: $15 for general admission, $10 for VCU students (available at the box office)


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!

 


Sam Dorsey, classical guitar

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

Sam Dorsey is Professor of Music and the Graduate Coordinator at Norfolk State University. He has studied guitar with Jesús Silva, Michael Lorimer and has attended Master Classes with Andrés Segovia. As President of the Tidewater Classical Guitar Society he has been a moving force in bringing to the Tidewater area artists of international acclaim. He has performed with the Virginia Symphony, Virginia Opera, Virginia Stage Company, and the Virginia Beach Symphony. He is the founder of the Tidewater Guitar Orchestra. As a solo artist he has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America. Mr. Dorsey has been heard in recital in the Teatro Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica, and the Cento Nacional de las Artes in Mexico City, Mexico.

Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 VCU students (available at the box office)


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!


VCU Guitar Alumni Concert

Sunday, March 20, 4 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

This concert will feature several of the outstanding graduates of the VCU Guitar Program. The program will include works for solo guitar as well as ensemble selections.

Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 for VCU students (available at box office)


Doric String Quartet with Jonathan Biss

Saturday, April 2, 2016, 8 p.m. 
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

The Doric String Quartet—Alex Reddington, violin, Jonathan Stone, violin, Hélène Clément, viola, and John Myerscough, cello—have been described by Gramophone as “one of the finest young string quartets.” Since its formation in 1998, the quartet has performed across the world. In autumn 2010, the quartet made its American debut with recitals at the Frick Museum in New York and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Pianist Jonathan Biss tours and performs all over the world, including performances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. A member on the faculty of his alma mater, the Curtis Institute of Music, Biss led the school’s first massive open online course, Exploring Beethoven’s Sonatas, to a virtual classroom of 55,000 students.

Tickets available soon!