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Guest Artists


Guest Artist: Anima Vox Duo (September 26)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

Tadeu Coehlo, flute, and Carole Ott, soprano will present a flute and soprano program. The event is free and open to the public. They will be joined by pianist Daniel Stipe and Tabatha Easley, flute. They will also present a class on collaboration at 5 p.m. in Singleton Center room B15 on Sept 26th, which is also free and open to all.

Free Admission


Guest Artists: Emily Ondracek-Peterson and Richard Masters (September 27)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

Dr. Emily Ondracek-Peterson began studying violin at age 4 and gave her solo debut at age 16 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. As first violinist of the acclaimed Voxare String Quartet, Emily has performed in every major hall in New York including as soloist with the New York Philharmonic in Avery Fisher Hall. As a new music advocate, Emily has been awarded Chamber Music America’s ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. Numerous labels, including Naxos, Albany, and Toccata have released Emily’s lauded recordings. Emily is the Co-Artistic Director of the Crested Butte Music Festival, a summer-long festival in Crested Butte, CO, that presents symphony, opera, bluegrass, jazz, rock, EDM, and numerous educational programs.

Education plays a large role in Emily’s professional activities. Currently, Emily is the director of string studies and full-time professor of violin at the Metropolitan State University of Denver and is on faculty at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Ondracek has held residencies at Dartmouth College, the University of Leeds (UK), University of Virginia, and others.

Richard Masters is a soloist, opera coach, chamber musician and orchestral pianist based in Blacksburg, VA, where he is an assistant professor of piano and collaborative piano on the music faculty at Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts. Significant collaborations include concerts with Grammy-winning baritone Donnie Ray Albert, the late Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Barbara Conrad, and many others. He has appeared with former Boston Symphony principal trombonist Norman Bolter, former Juilliard String Quartet violinist Earl Carlyss, saxophonist Harvey Pittel, and under the baton of Lorin Maazel. Masters has performed solo, chamber and vocal recitals throughout the U.S. and in Europe. Recent performances include recitals at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the Schola Cantorum in Paris, Gallery 345 in Toronto, and the San Francisco Conservatory. In the 2017-2018 season, he will concertize in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Colorado, Ohio, West Virginia, and New York, performing as a soloist and collaborative pianist. For more information on Dr. Masters, visit www.richard-masters.com.


Banjo Masters: John Bullard and Adam Larrabee (October 1)

Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 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. 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 was on the faculty of the world-renowned Tennessee Banjo Institute along with such luminaries as Pete Seeger, Bela Fleck and Tony Trischka.  He has performed throughout the United States and has been featured on numerous radio and television programs. His most recent CD, Classical Banjo: The Perfect Southern Art, has been praised “as exceptionally brilliant as it is masterful.”

Adam Larrabee has appeared as a sideman on Bruce Hornsby’s album Spirit Trail and has involved himself in a wide variety of projects in the past few years from playing banjo in the bluegrass group Joy Kills Sorrow, guitar in the chamber-jazz group Andromeda, classical mandolin with The Richmond Classical Guitar Quartet and mandocello with Enigmatica, recording and performing with rising jazz prodigy Grace Kelly, and his exploration of the music of Central France with Le Bon Vent. Adam taught jazz theory, composition and arranging at The New England Conservatory in Boston for nine years and currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia and teaches classical and jazz guitar at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, banjo and mandolin at the University of Virginia and improv and small jazz ensemble at James Madison University in Harrisonburg.

Tickets:
$15 General Admission
$10 Students
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Rennolds Series: Emerson String Quartet (October 14)

Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
Mary Anne Rennolds Chamber Concert Series

Named for American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, the Emerson String Quartet has amassed an incredible list of achievements over four decades: more than thirty acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys® (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America’s “Ensemble of the Year” and collaborations with many of the greatest artists of our time. Classical music website Bachtrack described the Emerson Quartet as “everything that a string quartet should be.”

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 – E-mail musictix@vcu.edu to reserve


The Robinson Guitar Duo (October 29)

Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 4 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

Kathy Robinson is going on her seventeenth year as the Orchestra and Guitar Director at Manchester High School in Chesterfield County, Virginia. As founder of the Chesterfield All-County Guitar Festival she realized a lifelong dream of elevating the art of the guitar in the public school system.

Mrs. Robinson holds a Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar performance and Master of Music degree in music education from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been an adjunct professor in VCU’s Music Department for the past twenty-two years and she also teaches privately at Powhatan Music and Sound. Kathy lives in Powhatan with her husband David and her four children; Dylan, Spencer, Sammy and Daisy.

David Robinson received his Bachelor of Music degree in composition and Master of Music degree in classical guitar performance from Virginia Commonwealth University where he studied under Dika Newlin, Peter Knell, Cory Blake and John Patykula. Mr. Robinson is the current Director of Guitar Studies at the Collegiate School in Henrico County, Virginia and adjunct professor in VCU’s Music Department. During his time at the Collegiate Schoolhis guitar ensembles have been  chosen to perform at the International Experiencing Villa-Lobos Festival and St. Joseph’s Villa 75th anniversary celebration. Mr. Robinson is an avid composer and arranger and has had pieces performed by the VCU Guitar Ensemble, Latin Ballet of Virginia, Manchester High School Guitar Ensemble, Collegiate Guitar Ensembles, and the Richmond Guitar Quartet.

Over the past 19 years, the Robinson Guitar Duo has been serving the community at weddings, parties, special events, and concerts. They have performed at the first Alexandria Guitar Festival, The Gellman Room, The Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center, and Center Stage. The Robinson Guitar Duo has also performed extensively with the Latin Ballet of Virginia.

Tickets:
$15 General Admission
$10 Students
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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)
Available at vcumusic.showclix.com beginning July 2, 2017

Free for VCU Music students and VCU Music faculty/staff – E-mail musictix@vcu.edu to reserve


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)
Available at vcumusic.showclix.com beginning July 2, 2017

Free for VCU Music students and VCU Music faculty/staff – E-mail musictix@vcu.edu to reserve


Rennolds Series: Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio (March 17)

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

After 40 years of success, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio continues to dazzle audiences and critics alike. Since making their debut at the White House for President Carter’s Inauguration in January 1977, pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson have set the standard for performance of the piano trio literature, consistently bringing technical mastery, expressive depth and magnetism to the concert stage. The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio balances the careers of three internationally-acclaimed soloists while making annual appearances at many of the world’s major concert halls, commissioning spectacular new works, and maintaining an active recording agenda.

Tickets:
$35 General Admission
$32 Seniors (60+) / VCU Employees / VCU Alumni Association members
$25 Children (16 and under)
Available at vcumusic.showclix.com beginning July 2, 2017

Free for VCU Music students and VCU Music faculty – E-mail musictix@vcu.edu to reserve