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COVID-19 UPDATES: Spring Semester Information

Rennolds Series

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Rennolds Spring 2021 Offerings

Dear Patrons,

In this time when gathering for live concerts is not recommended, we are proud to sponsor the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Front Row: National artist series program to provide you with superb recordings from their archives, bookended by an introduction by one of the participating artists, and a special Q&A session with CMS’s Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han.

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Again, we thank you for your support in these difficult times, and we hope to see you back in the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall, located inside the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, part of the VCU School of the Arts, Department of Music, very soon. In the meantime, please enjoy these selections.

Each selection will be available on the date and time listed. Hopefully, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the performance at that time. If for some reason you are unable to view the concert on the designated date and time, please don’t worry. Following the start day and time, the performance will be available for you to review at your leisure for the next seven days.

Once again, hopefully we will all be able to gather together again soon and enjoy some outstanding chamber music concerts as we have in the past.

Thank you again for your patronage.

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Now Available thru May 14!

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Front Row: National – Artist Series

Please enjoy these offerings for Spring of 2021

Anthony McGill, clarinet

Saturday, February 20, at 8pm

Messiaen: “Abyss of the Birds: from Quartet for the End of Time
Poulenc: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Brahms: Trio in Clarinet, Cello, and Piano, Op. 114

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View CMS artist bio

Alessio Bax & Lucille Chung, pianos

Friday, March 12, at 8pm

Mozart: Concerto in E-flat major for Piano and String Quintet, K. 449
Bartók: Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion

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View Lucille Chung CMS artist bio
View Alessio Bax CMS artist bio

David Shifrin, clarinet

Friday, March 26 at 8pm

Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A, K. 581
Bassi: Concert Fantasia on Verdi’s Rigoletto (cl & pf)
Ellington: Clarinet Lament (cl & pf)

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View David Shifrin CMS artist bio

Gloria Chien, piano

April 16, at 8pm

Field: Nocturne No. 2 for Piano
Liszt: Grand duo concertant ‘Le Marin’ (vln & pf)
Mendelssohn: Quartet in C-minor, Op. 1 (piano & strings)

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View Gloria Chien CMS artist bio

Modern Voices

Friday, May 7, at 8pm

Scriabin: Selected Preludes (arr. for Clarinet and Piano – Anthony McGill, clarinet)
Debussy: String Quartet, Op. 10
Shostakovich: From Jewish Folk Poetry for Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Piano, Op. 79

Artists: Mané Galoyan, Soprano; Sara Couden, Alto; Miles Mykkanen, Tenor; Gloria Chien, Piano; Gilbert Kalish, Piano; Escher String Quartet; Anthony McGill, Clarinet

View Program information at Chamber Music Society

About the series

The Department of Music at Virginia Commonwealth University has presented the top chamber music performers in the world to Richmond audiences for more than thirty years. VCU Music’s series, originally founded as the Terrace Concerts, debuted in 1983 in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Today, the series is named in honor of Mary Anne Rennolds, one of Richmond’s greatest music patrons. A fund was established in her memory to present chamber music events in Richmond, independently of the Terrace Concerts. We cordially invite you to become a part of the premier chamber music series in Richmond.

To a valiant heart, nothing is impossible.epitaph for Mary Anne Rennolds (1922-1989)


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