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Concerts & Events

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Mary Anne Rennolds Series: Inmo Yang, violin & Sahun Hong, piano (September 15)

Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 3 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
Mary Anne Rennolds Concert Series

Tickets:
$35 General Admission
$32 Seniors (60+) / VCU Employees / VCU Alumni Association members
$25 Children (16 and under)
Free for VCU Music students and VCU Music faculty – E-mail musictix@vcu.edu to reserve
Tickets will go on sale to the general public August 1, 2019.

Korean violinist Inmo Yang has been hailed by the Boston Globe for his “seamless technique and a tender warmth of tone,” combined with “an ability to project an engaging sense of inner sincerity through his playing.” Born in Indonesia to a Korean family in 1995, Yang debuted at age 11 on the Ewon Prodigy Series in Seoul. He graduated from the Korean National Institute for the Gifted in Arts in February 2011 and was then admitted into the Korean National University of Arts as a prodigy in music. In 2014, Yang won second prize in the Menuhin Competition. He currently attends the New England Conservatory of Music, where he is the only violinist in its highly selective Artist Diploma program.

Praised as an “artist already of enormous prowess” (Verbier Festival Newsletter) with “lots of clarity, confidence, and wisdom” (New York Concert Review), pianist Sahun Hong brings his colorful style and riveting energy to the solo, chamber, and concerto stage. On the roster of Young Steinway Artists since 2010, Hong has been featured as a guest soloist with the ORF-Vienna, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Camerata New York, Fort Worth, Richardson, Racine, Waco, Galveston, and Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestras. At age 16, Hong graduated magna cum laude from Texas Christian University with a bachelor of music in piano performance, studying with John Owings. He is currently a student of Leon Fleisher in the doctor of musical arts program at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.


Timothy Olbrych (September 22)

2019 Guitar and Other Strings Series (27th season)

Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 4 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets
General admission, $15
Non-VCU Students, $10
Click here to purchase tickets.
Free for VCU students with ID

Timothy Olbrych, Renaissance & Baroque Guitar

Timothy P. Olbrych has performed throughout the United States in solo, chamber, and orchestral settings, including Merkin Hall, Club A, and Studio 54 in NYC, and has been a featured performer on both radio and television. He has shared his enthusiasm for and expertise about the early guitar with students and audiences through concerts and lecture recitals in both historical and university settings. Tim has performed locally with the Virginia Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Virginia Opera, Norfolk Chamber Consort, CREO, and the Shanghai String Quartet. He is an active performer on a wide variety of stringed instruments, including banjo, mandolin, electric guitar, bass, and ukulele for touring Broadway shows, opera, ballet, and symphony programs. Tim is the founder and past president of the Tidewater Classical Guitar Society and a member of the Performing Arts Faculty at the College of William and Mary.


Mary Anne Rennolds Series: Dover Quartet (October 6)

Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 3 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
Mary Anne Rennolds Concert Series

Tickets:
$35 General Admission
$32 Seniors (60+) / VCU Employees / VCU Alumni Association members
$25 Children (16 and under)
Free for VCU Music students and VCU Music faculty – E-mail musictix@vcu.edu to reserve
Tickets will go on sale to the general public August 1, 2019.

The Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff Competition, becoming one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. The Quartet’s rise from up-and-coming young ensemble to occupying a spot at the top of their field has been “practically meteoric” (Strings). With its burnished warmth, incisive rhythms, and natural phrasing, the Quartet’s distinctive sound has helped confirm its status as “the young American string quartet of the moment” (New Yorker). The Quartet serves as the quartet-in-residence for the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, Chamber Music Northwest, Artosphere, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, and Peoples’ Symphony in New York, and was recently named the first-ever quartet-in-residence for the Kennedy Center.

The Dover Quartet plays on the following instruments:

Joel Link: Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, Paris circa 1857, on loan by Desirée Ruhstrat
Bryan Lee: Riccardo Antoniazzi, Milan 1904
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt: Michele Deconet, Venice, 1780, the ‘Kroyt,’ generously on loan from the grandson of Boris Kroyt of the Budapest Quartet
Camden Shaw: Frank Ravatin, France, 2010


Rennolds: Catalyst Quartet (November 3)

Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 3 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
Mary Anne Rennolds Concert Series

Tickets:
$35 General Admission
$32 Seniors (60+) / VCU Employees / VCU Alumni Association members
$25 Children (16 and under)
Free for VCU Music students and VCU Music faculty – E-mail musictix@vcu.edu to reserve
Tickets will go on sale to the general public August 1, 2019.

Hailed by the New York Times at their Carnegie Hall debut as “invariably energetic and finely burnished…playing with earthy vigor,” Catalyst Quartet is comprised of top laureates and alumni of the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Competition. Known for “rhythmic energy, polyphonic clarity and tight ensemble-playing,” the ensemble has toured throughout the United States and abroad. Founded by the Sphinx Organization, the Catalyst Quartet combines a serious commitment to diversity and education with a passion for contemporary works. Catalyst Quartet members serve as principal faculty at the Sphinx Performance Academy at The Cleveland Institute of Music and Curtis Institute of Music. Whether investigating the human condition, culture, or history through music, Catalyst chooses projects and creates programs to defy genre and break down the walls of tradition, reimagining and redefining the classical music experience.


Rennolds: Paul Watkins, cello & Alessio Bax, piano (February 23)

Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 3 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
Mary Anne Rennolds Concert Series

Tickets:
$35 General Admission
$32 Seniors (60+) / VCU Employees / VCU Alumni Association members
$25 Children (16 and under)
Free for VCU Music students and VCU Music faculty – E-mail musictix@vcu.edu to reserve
Tickets will go on sale to the general public August 1, 2019.

Acclaimed for his inspirational performances and eloquent musicianship, Paul Watkins enjoys a remarkably varied and distinguished career as soloist, chamber musician and conductor. He regularly appears as concerto soloist with orchestras throughout the world. Recent highlights include concertos with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Colorado Symphony, Hong Kong and Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestras, and appearances at the BBC Proms as conductor and soloist. He performs regularly with the Emerson String Quartet and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and at festivals worldwide.

Combining exceptional lyricism and insight with consummate technique, Steinway artist Alessio Bax is without a doubt “among the most remarkable young pianists now before the public” (Gramophone). He catapulted to prominence with First Prize wins at both the Leeds and Hamamatsu International Piano Competitions, and is now a familiar face on five continents, not only as a recitalist and chamber musician, but also as a concerto soloist who has appeared with more than 100 orchestras, including the London, Royal, and St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestras, the Boston, Dallas, Sydney, and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras, and the NHK Symphony in Japan.


Nathan Mills (March 29)

2019-2020 Guitar and Other Strings Series (27th season)

Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 4 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets
General admission, $15
Non-VCU Students, $10
Click here to purchase tickets.
Free for VCU students with ID

Nathan Mills, Guitar

Nathan Mills received his master’s degree in classical guitar performance from East Carolina University and bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he was awarded the Jesús Silva Merit Scholarship for guitar.

Now a husband to his lovely wife Bekkah and father to two beautiful children, Nathan has built an audience online under the name “Beyond The Guitar”, creating music videos featuring his unique arrangements of movie, tv, and video game soundtracks for classical guitar. His YouTube channel has become one of the largest and fastest growing classical guitar channels on the platform, reaching over 300,000 subscribers. His latest project involves teaching other guitarists how to create their own classical and fingerstyle guitar arrangements through his website BeyondTheGuitar.com.


Rennolds: Jon Nakamatsu, piano (April 4)

Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 8 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
Mary Anne Rennolds Concert Series

Tickets:
$35 General Admission
$32 Seniors (60+) / VCU Employees / VCU Alumni Association members
$25 Children (16 and under)
Free for VCU Music students and VCU Music faculty – E-mail musictix@vcu.edu to reserve
Tickets will go on sale to the general public August 1, 2019.

American pianist Jon Nakamatsu draws unanimous praise as a true aristocrat of the keyboard, playing with a combination of elegance, clarity, and electrifying power. A native of California, Nakamatsu came to international attention in 1997 when he was named Gold Medalist of the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the only American to achieve this distinction since 1981. Nakamatsu has performed widely in the Americas, Europe and Asia and serves as adjudicator for multiple international piano competitions. He studied privately with Marina Derryberry and has worked with Karl Ulrich Schnabel, son of pianist Artur Schnabel. He is a graduate of Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in German studies and a master’s degree in education.


Rennolds: Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020 Jurors Showcase (May 17)

Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
Mary Anne Rennolds Concert Series

Tickets:
$35 General Admission
$32 Seniors (60+) / VCU Employees / VCU Alumni Association members
$25 Children (16 and under)
Free for VCU Music students and VCU Music faculty – E-mail musictix@vcu.edu to reserve
Tickets will go on sale to the general public August 1, 2019.

Founded by Yehudi Menuhin in 1983, the Menuhin Competition is the leading international competition for young violinists. Nicknamed “The Olympics of the Violin,” the Competition attracts hundreds of entries from over 40 countries, choosing only 44 of the world’s very best young violinists to participate. Held every two years in a different world city, the 2020 Competition will be held right here in Richmond.

The Jurors Showcase features six internationally acclaimed artists serving as adjudicators for the Competition:
Gordon Back, piano |  Artistic Director, Menuhin Competition
Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin  | Juror
Pamela Frank, violin  | Chair of the Jury
Joji Hattori, viola  | Vice Chair of the Jury
Ralph Kirshbaum, cello  | Juror
Anton Nel, piano  | Juror

Learn more about the Menuhin 2020 Jurors