Concerts & Events

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Jazz 4 Justice (February 7)

Thursday, February 7, 2020 at 8 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts


In advance $35; at the door $40
For students: In advance $20; at the door $25
Ticket price includes admission to the concert, hors d’oeuvres, and the first drink.
Tickets available through GRBF

The VCU Jazz Orchestra I with vocalist Shy Hinnant
Jazz Orchestra II, J4J Scholarship Recipients
Members of the VCU Commonwealth Singers
Guest conductor Colette McEachin (Richmond’s Commonwealth Attorney)

A jam session follows.

Presented with the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation.

For information on last year’s concert click here.


Jazz Orchestra I with Guest Artist: Paul Ferguson, trombone (February 13)

Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 8 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

In advance $7; At the door $10
Free for VCU students with ID
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Paul Ferguson is Artistic Director and Principal Trombonist of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Principal Trombonist and Arranger for the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, and has served as Principal Trombonist of the Canton Symphony(1989-98), Associate Principal Trombonist of the American Wind Symphony, and Trombonist and Arranger for the High Anxiety Bones (with Steven Witser, Edward Zadrony, and Raymond Premru). His performance credits also include the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Opera, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, Cleveland Chamber Brass, New Hampshire Festival Orchestra, plus touring as lead trombonist and arranger with the Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller Orchestras and performing in Broadway touring productions. In 1995 Paul was the recipient of the Gil Evans Fellowship in Jazz Composition and in 2012 the sole American finalist in the ART-EZ Jazz composition competition in Enschede, Holland. His recordings as leader include “Blue Highways” (recorded with the RIAS Big Band of Berlin), and “Friends,” “Rays of Light,” “Big Band Christmas,” “Encounter,” and “Paul Ferguson Jazz Orchestra: Live at the Bop Stop” with his own ensemble.

In a recent summer Ferguson taught at an International Jazz Seminar in Zarautz, Spain, wrote three arrangements for the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and wrote three more arrangements for the Cleveland Pops for use on the Drew Carey show. Last March he presented masterclasses in Bologna, Italy and Rouen, France and performed with saxophonist Bob Sands in Madrid, Spain. His works are published by Kendor Music and Sierra Music Publications. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Akron and his Master of Music degree from The Eastman School of Music, where as a teaching assistant he taught a Jazz Methods class for music education majors and assisted Rayburn Wright with basic Arranging classes and Ramon Ricker with classes in Jazz Theory. As a member of the Eastman Summer Jazz Faculty (1986-1988) he also taught Arranging and conducted weekly Trombone Masterclasses. Paul has served as Director of Jazz Studies at Case Western Reserve University since 1988.

Rennolds: Paul Watkins, cello & amp; 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

$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
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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.


Beethoven – 12 Variations on ‘Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen’ from Mozart’s The Magic Flute
Bach – Suite for cello in d minor BWV 1008
Beethoven – Sonata for piano and cello in C major, Op 102, no 1
Huw Watkins – Prelude for solo cello
Sergei Rachmaninov – Sonata for cello and piano in g minor op 19