Upcoming Events

Apr 21, 2024

Britannia

Experience 500 years of music from the British Isles in one time traveling concert, from a Purcell fantasy to the epic piano quintet by Edward Elgar, to a work by Hannah Kendall inspired by the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Program: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, “Petite Suite de Concert,” Op. 77 Musical Time Machine Inspired by H. G. Wells           2020 – Hannah Kendall , Tuxedo: Hot Summer No Water           1977 – Richard Rodney Bennett, Eustace and Hilda           1924 – Ethyl Smythe, Excerpt from Variations on Bonny Sweet Robin           1884 – Hubert Parry, Intermezzo           1820 – John Field, Nocturne in C minor           1680 – Henry Purcell, Fantasia a 4 Benjamin Britten, “Fantasy Quartet,” Op. 2 Edward Elgar, Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 84 With: Rieko Aizawa, piano Brendon Elliott, violin Mari Lee, violin Tanner Menees, viola Lauren Williams, oboe James Wilson, cello

April 21, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. Second Presbyterian Church
May 5, 2024

Pop Up Concert: Bach Fugues and Suites

Ever innovative and improvisatory, CMSCVA adds an additional concert to its spring 2024 calendar and ushers in the spring with the fabulous, soul-searching, thought-provoking music of J. S. Bach. Carsten Schmidt returns to the beautiful space of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church and plays a recital of Bach’s fugues and suites. The program will be played on a reproduction of an easrly-18th century harpsichord made by Michael Mietke, an instrument on which Bach would have composed his famous Brandenburg concertos. Program: Fantasia and Fugue a minor, BWV 904 French Suite No.4 Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro E flat, BWV 998 English Suites Nos 3 and 4

May 5, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. Holy Comforter Episcopal Church
May 11, 2024

Free Live and Streamed Event: Tchaikovsky Seasons 2

This free event continues CMSCVA’s  two-concert cycle combining poems and readings about the seasons with music from Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s romantic suite of short pieces named “The Seasons.” Experience the passing of time from July to December in words and the intimate, tuneful music of one of history’s most emotional musicians.  You can also stream the concert live from the Richmond Public Library at this page. Program: Pyotr Tchaikovsky, “The Seasons” Op. 37a, no 7-12           July: Reaper’s Song – Allegro moderato con moto           August: The Harvest – Allegro vivace           September: The Hunt – Allegro non troppo           October: Autumn Song – Andante doloroso e molto cantabile           November: On the Troika – Allegro moderato           December: Christmas – Tempo di Valse With: Mary Boodell, Flute Ingrid Keller, Piano James Wilson, Cello

May 11, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. Richmond Main Public Library
Sep 15, 2024

The House of Handel

Opening our 20th anniversary season with a Baroque flourish, CMSCVA celebrates the music of Georg Friderick Handel. This special program takes the form of a bespoke playlist of gorgeous instrumental music inspired by one of the composer’s most beloved works, the Messiah. All of this glorious music will be performed on an eleven-piece orchestra of period instruments.

September 15, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. Holy Comforter Episcopal Church
Sep 15, 2024

CMSCVA 2024-25 Season Ticket Bundle

Join the CMSCVA for our 2023-24 season – our 20th anniversary! Experience the most unique classical music series in Richmond with a discounted ticket package. This package of six concerts will celebrate our anniversary with treasured favorites, music especially written for our anniversary, and all of the innovation and excellence our audiences have come to expect. Your guides will be twenty-five sensational musicians, who will wow you with their virtuosity, charm, and musical storytelling. Our season ticket includes six events at a 10 % discount and will be available through September 15th. One concert, Baroque at Wilton, has two performance times. Please include your contact information in your order, and we will contact you to see which date you prefer. The season ticket includes: The House of Handel Date: Sunday September 15, 4:00pm Venue: Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, 4819 Monument Ave., Richmond Opening our 20th anniversary season with a Baroque flourish, CMSCVA celebrates the music of George Friderick Handel. This special program is a bespoke playlist of gorgeous instrumental music inspired by one of the composer’s most beloved works, the Messiah. All of this glorious music will be performed on an eleven-piece orchestra of period instruments. Swept Away! Date: Monday, October 14, 7:00pm Venue: First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1000 Blanton Ave., Richmond The freedom and joy of 1930’s Germany cabaret culture was swept away by the winds of fascism and war. Experience this unique period in musical history through songs and instrumental works by banned and émigré composers from the time, and explore lyrics and text inspired by a Holocaust era journal in “For a Look or a Touch,” a moving chamber opera by contemporary American composer Jake Heggie. With “Swept Away!” CMSCVA revisits two of the more intriguing concert themes we have featured over the past two decades –…

September 15, 2024 at Multiple Venues in Richmond
Oct 14, 2024

Swept Away!

The freedom and joy of 1930’s Germany cabaret culture was swept away by the winds of fascism and war. Travel back to this unique period in musical history with songs and instrumental works by banned and émigré composers from the time, and “For a Look or a Touch,” a moving chamber opera by contemporary American composer Jake Heggie. With “Swept Away!” CMSCVA revisits two of the more intriguing concert themes we have featured over the past two decades – revolutionary and banned music, and forbidden love.

October 14, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. First Unitarian Universalist Church
Dec 16, 2024

Bach by Candlelight

  Before candlelight concerts became popular, CMSCVA presented this concept seventeen years ago with “Bach by Candlelight,” one of the favorite concerts from our past 20 years. This year, we present a revival of this concert with elegant and emotional music from  J. S. Bach’s solo cello suites and violin partitas, played in candlelight. Intimate music perfect for a winter’s night performed by violinist Johnny Gandelsman and cellist James Wilson.

December 16, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. Holy Comforter Episcopal Church
Feb 16, 2025

Celebration

What could celebrate our 20th anniversary more perfectly than a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s exhilarating Octet, opus 20? We pair this famous piece of chamber music with a joyful fanfare commissioned for this year from Richmond’s own Donovan Williams, and celebrate the 100th anniversary years of composers Maurice Ravel and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

February 16, 2025 at 4:00 p.m. St Mary's Episcopal Church
Mar 8, 2025

Baroque at Wilton: March 8

Built in 1753, members of the Randolph family called Wilton home for over 100 years and entertained some of the most notable political figures including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Having survived the Revolutionary and Civil War, the Wilton House has a rich and complex history. CMSCVA returns to this historic and intimate setting for a program of Baroque music performed on period instruments.

March 8, 2025 at 7:00 p.m. Wilton House Museum
Mar 9, 2025

Baroque at Wilton: March 9

Built in 1753, members of the Randolph family called Wilton home for over 100 years and entertained some of the most notable political figures including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Having survived the Revolutionary and Civil War, the Wilton House has a rich and complex history. CMSCVA returns to this historic and intimate setting for a program of Baroque music performed on period instruments.

March 9, 2025 at 4:00 p.m. Wilton House Museum

Featured Performer

Interview with Khari Joyner

Jim Wilson interviews cellist Kahri Joyner, who makes his third appearance with CMSCVA on May 2.