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CONCERTS

2014–15 Season: 40TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON

Saturday, September 20, 2014
Symphony Under the Stars: ALL THAT JAZZ

8:00 pm
U.Va Amphitheater - Old Cabell Hall in event of inclement weather
Free

Mark your calendars for the Charlottesville Symphony's annual free outdoor pops concert! Each year, thousands of families, students and music-lovers gather to enjoy the sounds of the orchestra under the night sky. On Saturday, September 20 at 8pm, the orchestra teams up with John D'earth and the Free Bridge Quintet for a night of "All That Jazz" at the U.Va Amphitheater. Bring your friends, pack a picnic and enjoy a night of toe-tapping music under the stars!

The Charlottesville Symphony and the Free Bridge Quintet will each perform a set; the two groups will also unite on Ben’s Jazz Trumpet, a piece for orchestra and jazz quintet commissioned from John D’earth by the orchestra in 2013.

Complete Program
Selections from Chicago
Selections from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess
John D'earth: Ben's Jazz Trumpet
Duke Ellington: It Don't Mean a Thing (If it Ain't Got that Swing)
George Gershwin: Embraceable You

Free Bridge Quintet: selections to be announced from the stage

About the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia

Under the inspiring leadership of Music Director Kate Tamarkin, the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia is comprised of music faculty who serve as Principal Players and talented students and community members. Each season the orchestra performs five pairs of masterworks concerts, two Youth Concerts for area school children and two popular Family Holiday Concerts in partnership with the University Singers.  Beloved works from the symphonic repertoire, new discoveries, commissioned premieres and an array of guest artists attract enthusiastic audiences from all over Central Virginia.

About the Free Bridge Quintet

The Free Bridge Quintet is the official faculty jazz quintet of the University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music. Founded in 1997, it features Jeff Decker on saxophones, Robert Jospé on the drums, Peter Spaar on bass, John D’earth on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Butch Taylor on piano. The quintet has been a staple of not only the U.Va and Charlottesville jazz scene, but also the greater Central Virginia jazz scene for more than ten years.

About the McIntire Amphitheater at U.Va

A Greek-style outdoor amphitheater, the McIntire Amphitheater was established with a gift by Paul Goodloe McIntire, who also established the McIntire School of Commerce and the McIntire Department of Music. Designed by Fiske Kimball, it was first used for U.Va's centennial exercises in 1921, attended by alumnus and U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. It was also the sight of the university's commencement ceremonies until the mid-1940's.

Today the amphitheater is home to a host of musical events, student gatherings and speakers. A grassy semi-circle immediately in front of the stage is perfect for picnics blankets and lawn chairs; the amphitheater also features space for 1,500 people on its large concrete steps.

Parking and Directions

Parking is available in at the Central Grounds Garage on Emmet Street, in the C1 parking lot off McCormick Rd and in the parking lots at the U.Va Corner.  Handicap parking is available in the small parking lot adjacent to Bryan Hall.

View a parking map HERE (the Amphitheater is located just below Old Cabell Hall)

Other Information

Food is allowed; alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Open flames of any kind, including candles and barbeque grills, are not permitted. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.

Attendees who are unable to navigate steps or who are in a wheelchair are still able to enjoy Symphony Under the Stars! The path at the top of the amphitheater is wheelchair accessible and has a great view of the entire stage, and the symphony provides a row of handicap-designated seats at the very front of this path.

Presented by the U.Va University Programs Council. Generous underwriting support has also been provided by Gerald L. and Robin D. Baliles and Anne R. Worrell.

Media Sponsor: The Daily Progress

 

Friday, September 26, 2014
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: Masterworks #1

Randol Alan Bass: Fanfare pour une célébration rubis *World Premiere*
Emmanuel Séjourné: Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra
                                        I-Jen Fang, Marimba
Antonín Dvořák: Slavonic Dance Op. 46, No. 4 in F Major
Zoltán Kodály: Háry János Suite

Program Notes

 

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts at the University of Virginia
 

 

Sunday, September 28, 2014
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: Masterworks #1

Randol Alan Bass: Fanfare pour une célébration rubis *World Premiere*
Emmanuel Séjourné: Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra
                                        I-Jen Fang, Marimba
Antonín Dvořák: Slavonic Dance Op. 46, No. 4 in F Major
Zoltán Kodály: Háry János Suite

Program Notes

 

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts at the University of Virginia

 

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Youth Concerts

Our popular annual event for 4th and 5th grade students.  Tickets are only available through advance reservations by your child's school.  For more information, visit our Youth Concert page.

This year's Youth Concerts will take place at 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at Old Cabell Hall on the grounds of the University of Virginia.

2014 Youth Concerts - Score One for the Orchestra!
Join the Charlottesville Symphony and Music Director Kate Tamarkin for its annual youth concerts with narrator Matt Blundin, former quarterback of the UVA football team. Meet the instrument families as the orchestra performs the music of Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Sousa, and Shostakovich.  The narration will emphasize teamwork by comparing a football team to the team of musicians who make up an orchestra.

Support for this concert comes from the Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band in the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF), Wells Fargo and the Mr. and Mrs. James L. Brown Fund for Youth Concerts.

 

Saturday, November 15, 2014
PIANO POWER: Masterworks #2

Wolfgang Amadè Mozart: Symphony No. 35 in D Major, K.385, “Haffner”
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Suite No. 4. “Mozartiana,” Op. 61 in G Major
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 23
                                        Gleb Ivanov, Piano

Program notes

 

Sunday, November 16, 2014
PIANO POWER: Masterworks #2

Wolfgang Amadè Mozart: Symphony No. 35 in D Major, K.385, “Haffner”
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Suite No. 4. “Mozartiana,” Op. 61 in G Major
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 23
                                        Gleb Ivanov, Piano

Program notes

Sponsored by the piano students of Patricia F.  Davis and Content Sablinsky:

Lynne Bair
Miriam Carratt
Virginia Cenedella
Mary Vee Connell
John Delehanty
Susan Divine
Ann Etchison
Diana Freeman
Paula Gladieux
Judy Hightower
Rachel Keen
Deborah M. Murray
Kay Parker
Elizabeth Phillips
Monira Rifaat
James Rovnyak
Charlene Sedgwick
Katheryn Wood

 

Saturday, December 6, 2014
Family Holiday Concerts

8:00 pm, Old Cabell Hall
$10 - $45 / $10 students

TICKETS

The Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia and the U.Va. University Singers join forces to present their tenth annual Family Holiday Concerts on Saturday, December 6, at 8:00pm and Sunday, December 7, at 3:30pm. Michael Slon, director of U.Va.'s premiere vocal ensemble, and music director of the Oratorio Society of Virginia, will conduct the performances at Old Cabell Hall on the Grounds of the University of Virginia.

Through the years, these popular concerts have launched the holiday season with an array of music ranging from the peaceful to the joyous.  This year’s program is brimming with favorites for concertgoers young and old, naughty and nice: Carol of the Bells, Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, Let It Snow!, Let It Snow!, Let It Snow!, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and Handel's Hallelujah Chorus.  Young revelers can look forward to a suite from The Polar Express.  And an annual tradition, The Twelve Days of Christmas with audience participation always results in hilarious fun.

Vocal soloist Chris Owens will perform the haunting and wistful I Wonder as I Wander and Mel Torme’s The Christmas Song, perhaps better known for its opening line, “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…”.  A member of the voice faculty at U.Va, he has sung leading roles with opera companies and symphony orchestras across America.

On both days, a trombone ensemble will welcome audiences in the lobby with arrangements of festive carols.

Old Cabell Hall is located on the south end of UVA's historic Lawn, directly opposite the Rotunda. Free parking is available in the U.Va Central Grounds Parking Garage, located on Emmet Street.  Handicapped parking is available in the C1 parking lot or in designated spaces on McCormick Avenue. Old Cabell Hall is wheelchair accessible. The Charlottesville Free Trolley stops on McCormick Road at the U.Va Amphitheater, adjacent to Old Cabell Hall.

Tickets are $10-45 for adults and $10 for students.  U.Va students may request one complimentary ticket in advance.  Tickets may be purchased at The University of Virginia Arts Box Office, (434) 924-3376, 12:00-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday in the lobby of the Drama Building at 109 Culbreth Road, or on-line at www.artsboxoffice.virginia.edu.


The Saturday, December 6 Family Holiday Concert is sponsored by Hantzmon Wiebel LLP. Additional support provided by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts at the University of Virginia.

 

Sunday, December 7, 2014
Family Holiday Concert

3:30 pm, Old Cabell Hall
$10 - $45 / $10 students

TICKETS

The Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia and the U.Va. University Singers join forces to present their tenth annual Family Holiday Concerts on Saturday, December 6, at 8:00pm and Sunday, December 7, at 3:30pm. Michael Slon, director of U.Va.'s premiere vocal ensemble, and music director of the Oratorio Society of Virginia, will conduct the performances at Old Cabell Hall on the Grounds of the University of Virginia.

Through the years, these popular concerts have launched the holiday season with an array of music ranging from the peaceful to the joyous.  This year’s program is brimming with favorites for concertgoers young and old, naughty and nice: Carol of the Bells, Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, Let It Snow!, Let It Snow!, Let It Snow!, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and Handel's Hallelujah Chorus.  Young revelers can look forward to a suite from The Polar Express.  And an annual tradition, The Twelve Days of Christmas with audience participation always results in hilarious fun.

Vocal soloist Chris Owens will perform the haunting and wistful I Wonder as I Wander and Mel Torme’s The Christmas Song, perhaps better known for its opening line, “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…”.  A member of the voice faculty at U.Va, he has sung leading roles with opera companies and symphony orchestras across America.

On both days, a trombone ensemble will welcome audiences in the lobby with arrangements of festive carols.

Old Cabell Hall is located on the south end of UVA's historic Lawn, directly opposite the Rotunda. Free parking is available in the U.Va Central Grounds Parking Garage, located on Emmet Street.  Handicapped parking is available in the C1 parking lot or in designated spaces on McCormick Avenue. Old Cabell Hall is wheelchair accessible. The Charlottesville Free Trolley stops on McCormick Road at the U.Va Amphitheater, adjacent to Old Cabell Hall.

Tickets are $10-45 for adults and $10 for students.  U.Va students may request one complimentary ticket in advance.  Tickets may be purchased at The University of Virginia Arts Box Office, (434) 924-3376, 12:00-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday in the lobby of the Drama Building at 109 Culbreth Road, or on-line at www.artsboxoffice.virginia.edu.

The Sunday, December 7 Family Holiday Concert is sponsored by Wells Fargo. Additional support provided by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts at the University of Virginia.

 

Saturday, February 14, 2015
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE: Masterworks #3

Felix Mendelssohn: Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Alexander Borodin: Nocturne
Stephen Warbeck: Suite from Shakespeare in Love
Sergei Prokofiev: Excerpts from Suite No. 1 & 2 from Romeo and Juliet

Program notes coming soon

Sponsored by McGuireWoods

 

Sunday, February 15, 2015
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE: Masterworks #3

Felix Mendelssohn: Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Alexander Borodin: Nocturne
Stephen Warbeck: Suite from Shakespeare in Love
Sergei Prokofiev: Excerpts from Suite No. 1 & 2 from Romeo and Juliet

Program notes coming soon

Sponsored by McGuireWoods

 

Saturday, March 21, 2015
BACH’S BIRTHDAY: Masterworks #4

William Boyce: Symphony No. 5 in D Major
Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto for Oboe, BWV 1053a
                                            Aaron Hill, Oboe
George Frideric Handel: Passacaglia in G minor
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Program notes coming soon

 

Sunday, March 22, 2015
BACH’S BIRTHDAY: Masterworks #4

William Boyce: Symphony No. 5 in D Major
Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto for Oboe, BWV 1053a
                                            Aaron Hill, Oboe
George Frideric Handel: Passacaglia in G minor
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Program notes coming soon

 

Saturday, April 18, 2015
BEETHOVEN’S NINTH: Masterworks #5

Paul Dukas: Fanfare to La Péri
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
                                             The University Singers
                                             The Oratorio Society of Virginia
                                             Christina Pier, Soprano 
                                             Lucille Beer, Alto
                                             Carlton Moe, Tenor
                                             Anton Belov, Baritone

Program notes coming soon

Sponsored by Vesta Lee Gordon.

 

Additional support from the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts at the University of Virginia.

 

Sunday, April 19, 2015
BEETHOVEN’S NINTH: Masterworks #5

Paul Dukas: Fanfare to La Péri
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
                                             The University Singers
                                             The Oratorio Society of Virginia
                                             Christina Pier, Soprano
                                             Lucille Beer, Alto
                                             Carlton Moe, Tenor
                                             Anton Belov, Baritone

Program notes coming soon

Sponsored by Vesta Lee Gordon.

 

Additional support from the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts at the University of Virginia.

 

Masterworks Concerts

Evening concerts are at Old Cabell Hall at 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays and on Friday, September 26, 2014. The April 18 concert will take place at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center at Charlottesville High School. Afternoon concerts are at Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center at Charlottesville High School at 3:30pm on Sundays and at Monticello High School on Sunday, March 22, 2015.

Programs and artists subject to change.

Concert Lectures

McIntire Department of Music Associate Professor Richard Will leads our insightful Pre-Concert Lecture series.

More information

Buy Tickets

Single tickets will be available beginning on September 2, 2014. Call The University of Virginia Arts Box Office at (434) 924-3376, Monday-Friday, 12-5pm, or visit them online here.

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