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Concerts & Events

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String Area Recital (December 5)

Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 3 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
Free admission


Holiday Gala (December 6)

Friday, December 6, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets
Children 5 and under $5
General admission $10
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VCU Music presents the annual Holiday Gala to benefit The Doorways. To learn more about the organization and mission, visit thedoorways.org. 


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
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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.


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
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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
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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
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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