12-13 Virginia Arts Festival

They say that Virginia is for lovers – and that’s certainly true when it comes to art lovers. The Virginia Arts Festival brings an impressive array of artistic events to several cities throughout the state of Virginia during the summer. The festival hosts musical performances of many varieties, including everything from chamber music to folk. Included in this 50 day long festival of the arts are dance and theatre performances as well as the well-attended festival favorite, the Virginia International Tattoo.

Learn more here: http://www.vafest.org/

Music

Beethoven: Trio for Piano and Strings in G major, Op. 1, no. 2
Ravel: Sonatine
Danielpour: Inventions on a Marriage
Schumann: An die Sterne
Trad. arr. Jennings: Walk in Jerusalem
Franck: Piano Quintet in F Minor
Jehan Alain: Choral Dorien

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Artists

Joseph Kalichstein

Pianist Joseph Kalichstein enthralls audiences throughout the United States and Europe, winning equal praise as orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. With his diverse repertoire of works ranging from Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms to 20th-century works by Bartok, Prokofiev and others, Mr. Kalichstein has collaborated with such celebrated conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, James Conlon, Christoph von Dohnányi, James DePreist, and others. He has performed with the world’s greatest orchestras: the Cleveland Orchestra; the Symphony orchestras of London, Boston, Chicago, St. Louis and Detroit where he will return this season; Tokyo’s NHK; and the Berlin, New York, Los Angeles and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras. He has also appeared with the English, Scottish, Franz Liszt, Israel and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras, some of which he has led in performances of Mozart Piano Concerti. He has been enthusiastically received at the Edinburgh, Aspen, Prague, Ravinia, Tanglewood, Salzburg, and Verbier festivals.

Joseph Kalichstein is a founding member of the famed Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson piano trio, celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2012. The Trio continues to play in major music capitals as well as on all the great university concert series. Its current recording project is a 4-CD Brahms Cycle. Mr. Kalichstein is also a frequent guest pianist with the world’s most beloved string quartets, including the Guarneri and the Emerson, with whom he has participated in their London and Washington Shostakovich Cycles. He serves as the Chamber Music Advisor to the Kennedy Center and is the Artistic Director of the Center’s Fortas Chamber Music Concerts. He continues to hold the inaugural Chamber Music Chair at the Juilliard School, where he also has a limited class for advanced piano students.

Jaime Laredo

In more than forty years before the public, Jaime Laredo’s career has embraced the roles of soloist, conductor, recitalist and chamber musician. Laredo has performed at most of the venues across the United States and Europe, including Kennedy Center, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, Dallas, Portland, Florida, North Carolina, Great Britain, Lisbon, Amsterdam, Spain, Wales, Germany, and the Netherlands. Professor Laredo has performed with such conductors as Barenboim, Leinsdorf, Stowkowski and Szell. As a conductor and soloist, Mr. Laredo has performed with the Detroit Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, New York String Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, the London Symphony, the BBC Symphony, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the Royal Philharmonic and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Sharon Robinson

Winner of the Avery Fisher Recital Award, the Piatigorsky Memorial Award, the Pro Musicis Award, and a GRAMMY Nominee, cellist Sharon Robinson is a recitalist, soloist, and member of the world-famous Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. Her guest appearances with orchestras include the Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, National, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and San Francisco Symphonies, and in Europe, the London Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Zürich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, and the English, Scottish and Franz Lizst Chamber Orchestras.

Committed to the music of our time, Sharon Robinson works closely with many of today’s leading composers, including Ned Rorem, Leon Kirchner, Arvo Pärt, Stanley Silverman, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Joan Tower, David Ludwig, Katherine Hoover, Richard Danielpour and André Previn. She is admired for consortium building, putting together multiple presenters as co-comissioners of both chamber music works and concertos with orchestra. For the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio’s 35th anniversary she gathered twelve presenters to commission Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Quintet, and for the 35th anniversary of her marriage to Jaime Laredo, she has compiled eight co-commissions for Richard Danielpour’s “Duets.”

Anna Petrova

Imaginative Bulgarian pianist Anna Petrova is praised for her “hallmark performances” with “excellent technical mastery and powerful control of the timbre.” A prize winner in numerous competitions, including José Roca (Valencia), Bösendorfer (Sofia) and Maria Yudina (St. Petersburg), Anna was among the 24 semi-finalists of the Queen Elizabeth International Piano Competition in Belgium, 2010. In the past season she performed in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Kleine Zaal, Zwolle’s Odeon Theater, Bratislava’s Dvorena Hall and Hixon Theater at the Virginia Arts Festival.

At her North-American orchestral debut with conductor Philippe Entremont, Anna was praised for her “ultra-smooth playing style”, shortly followed by a second invitation after a last minute cancellation.  A dedicated and passionate chamber musician Anna continues to collaborate with multiple instrumentalists.  Her future engagements include concerto performances with the Virginia Beach Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Kunkel as well as the Monterey Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mac Bragado-Darman in 2012/2013. She is the recipient of the Bulgarian Minister of Culture Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievements.  Anna is currently in her first year of D.M.A. studies at the Manhattan School of Music, in the studio of Andre-Michel Schub.

 Chanticleer

Named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2008, Chanticleer will perform more than 100 concerts in 2011-12, the GRAMMY Award-winning ensemble’s 34th season.  Chanticleer – based in San Francisco – is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices ranging from countertenor to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music. Chanticleer’s long-standing commitment to commissioning and performing new works was honored in 2008 by the inaugural Dale Warland/Chorus America Commissioning Award and   the ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming for the 2006-07 Season in which ten new works were premiered.

With the help of individual contributions and foundation and corporate support, the Ensemble involves over 5000 young people annually in its extensive education program. The 2010-11 season saw the creation of the Louis A. Botto (LAB) Choir – an after school honors program for high school and college students which was added to the ongoing program of in-school clinics and workshops, Chanticleer Youth Choral Festivals™ in the Bay Area and around the country including the National Youth Choral Festival every four years, master classes for university students nationwide, and the Chanticleer in Sonoma summer workshop for adult choral singers.  The Singing Life - a documentary about Chanticleer’s work with young people- was released in 2008. In 2010 Chanticleer’s education program was recognized by the Chorus America Education Outreach Award.

American String Quartet

Internationally recognized as one of the world’s foremost quartets, the American String Quartet celebrates its 36th season in 2011–2012. Critics and colleagues hold the Quartet in high esteem and many of today’s leading artists and composers seek out the Quartet for collaborations. Critically acclaimed for its presentations of the complete quartets of Beethoven, Schubert, Schoenberg, Bartok and Mozart, the American also champions contemporary music. The Quartet has commissioned and premiered works by distinguished composers Claus Adam, Richard Danielpour, Kenneth Fuchs, Tobias Picker and George Tsontakis. The Quartet has recorded on the Albany, CRI, MusicMasters, Musical Heritage Society, Nonesuch and RCA labels. The Quartet’s discography includes works by Adam, Corigliano, Danielpour, Dvorak, Fuchs, Prokofiev, Schoenberg and Tsontakis. Originally released by MusicMasters and again in 2008 by Nimbus Records, the Quartet’s recordings of the complete Mozart string quartets on a matched set of Stradivarius instruments are widely held to set the standard for this repertoire.

The Quartet’s innovative programming and creative approach to education has resulted in notable residencies throughout the country. The Quartet continues as quartet in residence at the Manhattan School of Music (1984–present) and the Aspen Music Festival (1974–present). Formed in 1974 when its original members were students at The Juilliard School, the American String Quartet was launched by winning both the Coleman Competition and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award in the same year.

Andre-Michel Schub

Pianist André-Michel Schub has been described by The New York Times as “pianistically flawless… a formidable pianist with a fierce integrity.” He has repeatedly performed with the world’s most prestigious orchestras, among them the Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles and New York philharmonics, the Detroit Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw, and Bournemouth Symphony. Since 1997 he has been music director of the Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Music Series, where he plans its chamber music programming and performs on a number of programs each year. He was the grand prize winner of the 1981 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, recipient of the 1977 Avery Fisher Recital Award, and winner of the 1974 Naumburg International Piano Competition. Born in France and raised in the US, Mr. Schub first attended Princeton University and then transferred to The Curtis Institute, where he studied with Rudolf Serkin. His recordings, for Vox Cum laude, Piano Disc, Musical Heritage Society, and CBS Masterworks (now SONY Classical), include works of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, and Liszt, as well as an all-Stravinsky album with violinist Cho-Liang Lin. Currently on the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, Mr. Schub has been an Artist of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 2002.

Helga Schauerte

The German organist, Helga Elisabeth Schauerte- Maubouet received her BA (Abitur) from St Franziskusschule, Olpe in 1976. She passed the State examinations in Philosophy & Pedagogy at the University of Cologne in 1982, Music & Artistic Maturity in 1982, Organ Playing in 1985 at the Musikhochschule, Cologne. She also studied at the Conservatory of Rueil-Malmaison, France in 1983.
Helga Schauerte made her first public appearance as organist, aged 10. She was chief organist, at the local parish church, aged 13. In 1982 she became organist of the German Lutheran Church in Paris. She has given recitals, lectures, master-classes, in Europe and the USA, including Royal Academy of Music (London), University of Michigan (USA). She gave radio performances, in West Germany & France. Her concerts include: performance of the integral of Jehan Alain’s organ works in Paris in 1986; 1stperformance of Jean Langlais’ organ works, BACH, & Miniature II and Mort et Resurrection. She is also teacher at the Paris Conservatory Nadia et Lili Boulanger, and jury member for international organ competitions. In 2006 she founded a Bach-organ-academy in Pontaumur. Helga Schauerte has recorded some thirty albums, including the complete organ works of Jehan Alain and Dietrich Buxtehude. She is now in a process of recording the complete organ works of J.S. Bach.