All Events

Aug
10
Thu
Welcome Party! @ Hunt Hall at Mary Baldwin University
Aug 10 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Fest Before the Festival

Get in the mood for 10 days of exceptional music with a party at Hunt Hall atop the beautiful Mary Baldwin University campus. After an invitation-only dinner for musicians, host families and volunteers, the public is invited to attend the party from 8:00 onward, with light food, drinks, and a variety of entertaining acts. Happenstance Theater and SMF musicians show off their lighter side. . .

Part One: 6:00 – 8:00 pm by invitation only – dinner, drinks, dessert
(this portion of the evening is a private event for musicians, SMF staff and board, host families, volunteers, and concert underwriters)

Part Two: 8:00 – 10:00 pm open to public – $30/person, includes drinks, light food, music

Aug
11
Fri
Handel Extravaganza: Water Music on a Summer’s Night @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Aug 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

PRECONCERT TALK AT 6:15 – DOORS OPEN AT 6:45

The 2017 Festival opens its evening concert series with a celebration of George Frederick Handel. Far beyond Messiah, Handel wrote a thousand fabulous scores, ranging from keyboard and chamber works to operas and orchestral suites.

Water Music, Suite in D and G
Coronation Anthem: Let thy hand be strengthened
“Angels, ever bright and fair,” from Theodora
“Va tacito,” from Giulio Cesare
Selections from Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day

 

Aug
12
Sat
Happenstance: BrouHaHa @ Cobble Hill Farm
Aug 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Happenstance Theater’s BrouHaHa is an existential escapade in which six eccentric characters walk the precipice at the end of the world. Their play lights up the darkness like a firecracker. Performance takes place in the barn at Cobble Hill Farm just outside of town.

Based in Washington D.C., Happenstance Theater is a professional company committed to devising, producing and touring original, performer-created visual, poetic theatre. Its six member ensemble is made up of multi-talented performers who craft all aspects of a work from concept to realization.

The Washington Post describes Happenstance’s work as “visually striking and whimsical without being precious.”

Journeys and Landscapes @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Aug 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

PRECONCERT TALK AT 6:15 – DOORS OPEN AT 6:45

Music takes us to many times and many places. Join SMF on a journey through diverse landscapes, from discoveries of a new world to deeply-felt evocations of one’s own surroundings.

Rameau   Suite from Les Indes Galantes, for orchestra
Eggert   Croaton III, for string quartet and bass drum (US premiere)
Brahms   Alto Rhapsodie, for contralto and orchestra
Ravel   Une Barque sur l’Ocean, for piano
Monteverdi   Zefiro Torna, for two tenors, violin, and continuo
Saariaho   Three Japanese Gardens, for percussion and live electronics
Smetana   The Moldau, for orchestra

Nightcap: Cabaret! @ Black Swan Books & Music
Aug 12 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm

After a full day at the Staunton Music Festival, unwind in the comfort of Black Swan Books and enjoy a glass of wine. Vocalists from the Festival perform a short set of cabaret songs.

Admission limited to 35 people. Ticket includes complimentary drinks. Event will begin approximately 20 minutes after the Journeys and Landscapes concert concludes. Black Swan Books is located about four short blocks (5 min walk) from Trinity Episcopal Church.

Aug
13
Sun
Commedia dell’Arte @ Blackfriars Playhouse
Aug 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

PRE-CONCERT TALK AT 6:15; DOORS OPEN FOR SEATING AT 6:45

The commedia dell’arte tradition extends back centuries, but the comic characters developed there continue to delight audiences today. This program features comedic masterpieces from Mozart to Milhaud. Plus Happenstance Theater will be on stage to present an original creation.

Mozart   Overture to La Nozze di Figaro
Wadsworth   The Doctor (world premiere)
Bach   “Coffee” Cantata
Happenstance Theater (original piece)
Kurtz   Last Contrabass in Las Vegas
Milhaud   Scaramouche, for clarinet and orchestra

Aug
14
Mon
Hollywood Songbook @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Aug 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

PRECONCERT TALK AT 6:15 – DOORS OPEN AT 6:45

Southern California became an adoptive home to many of the world’s most acclaimed composers before and during the Second World War. Alongside Hollywood songwriters, these refugees sparked a new chapter in the creation of American music.

Copland   Fanfare for the Common Man, for brass and percussion
Eisler   Hollywood Elegies, for voice and piano
Stravinsky   Polka: For a Young Elephant
Chaplin   Music from City Lights (arr. by Wadsworth and with dramatization by Happenstance Theater)
Rachmaninoff   selection from Suite No. 2, for two pianos
Schoenberg   Ode to Napoleon, for reciter and piano quintet
Arlen   “If I Only had a Brain,” for voice and piano
Bernstein   Overture to Candide, for orchestra

Aug
15
Tue
Early Keyboard Extravaganza @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Aug 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

PRECONCERT TALK AT 6:15 – DOORS OPEN AT 6:45

A celebration of great keyboards from the past 300 years, with performances on multiple harpsichords, fortepianos, and organs. Program includes works from Merula to the 20th century, and includes the beloved “Trout” Quintet as well as David Schrader’s improvisation on a suggested theme.

Mozart   Concert Aria “Ch’io scordi di te” for soprano, fortepiano, and orchestra
TerVeldthuis   The Storm, for harpsichord and tape
Merula   Toccata for organ
Couperin   Works for one to three harpsichords
Schrader   Organ Improvisation on a theme by the audience
Schubert   Piano Quintet in A (“Trout”)

Nightcap: Elizabethan Songbook @ Ox-Eye Tasting Room
Aug 15 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm

With the Festival in full swing, catch your breath (and a quick drink) at this Nightcap upstairs at Ox-Eye Vineyard’s tasting room. Enjoy 16th-century songs for voice and lute in the lovingly restored building at the wharf area in downtown Staunton.

Admission limited to 50 people. Ticket includes complimentary drinks. Event will begin approximately 20 minutes after the Early Keyboard Extravaganza concert concludes. Ox-Eye Tasting Room is located about four short blocks (5 min walk) from Trinity Episcopal Church.

Aug
16
Wed
GerMania @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Aug 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

PRECONCERT TALK AT 6:15 – DOORS OPEN AT 6:45

Germany has produced generations of fabulous composers. After the dominance of Italy in the Renaissance, German music stepped into the spotlight with the emergence of the Classical style in the late 18th century. Composer-in-residence Moritz Eggert demonstrates the continuing strength of this venerable tradition.

Haydn   Variations on “Gott erhalte” from String Quartet Op. 76 No. 3
Eggert   One Man Band II, for pianist
Vogelweide   Unter der Linden, for voice and instruments
Wagner   Prelude from Die Meistersinger, arr. for two pianos, eight hands
Weill   Selections from Three Penny Opera
Schütz   Meine Seele verlanget, for double chorus
Beethoven   Symphony No. 8

Aug
17
Thu
Pranksters and Puppet Masters @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Aug 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

PRECONCERT TALK AT 6:15 – DOORS OPEN AT 6:45

Classical music often struggles to cast off its sober image. And yet many composers have sought to infuse their music with wit, humor, and outright comedy. This intriguing program brings together some of the most memorable such attempts, from Haydn’s famous “Surprise” Symphony to Stravinsky’s neo-classical Pulcinella Suite, complete with pantomime by Happenstance Theater.

Haydn   Symphony No. 94 in G (“Surprise”)
Guinivan   New Work (world premiere)
R.Strauss/Hasenoehrl   Till Eulenspiegel, einmal anders, for violin, clarinet, horn, bassoon, double bass
Stravinsky Pulcinella Suite, for orchestra with pantomime

Aug
18
Fri
Baroque Inside Out:  Bach’s Magnificat and more @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Aug 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

PRECONCERT TALK AT 6:15 – DOORS OPEN AT 6:45

Presenting several of the signature orchestral and choral masterworks by J. S. Bach, including the Magnificat in D, Orchestral Suite No. 3, the double concerto for oboe and violin, and select arias and duets. Plus madrigal singers during intermission.

Bach   Orchestral Suite No. 3
Bach   Arias and Duets TBA
Bach   Concerto in C Minor, for oboe, violin, strings and continuo
Bach   Magnificat in D, for soloists, chorus, and orchestra

Nightcap: Harp After Dark @ Black Swan Books & Music
Aug 18 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The third and final Nightcap event features harpist Sivan Magen in the comfortable setting of Black Swan Books. Pull up a chair, get a glass of wine, and let Sivan’s artistry take you out of the everyday world–for just about an hour…

Admission limited to 35 people. Ticket includes complimentary drinks. Event will begin approximately 20 minutes after the Baroque Inside/Out concert concludes. Black Swan Books is located about four short blocks (5 min walk) from Trinity Episcopal Church.

Aug
19
Sat
Brave New World @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Aug 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

PRECONCERT TALK AT 6:15 – DOORS OPEN AT 6:45

Classical music has been largely dominated by composers from the Old World. But New World music has slowly garnered a position of some acclaim, ranging from works steeped in Native- and African-American roots, to the most advanced electronic music. And Old World visitors have left their marks during brief sojourns in our “Brave New World.”

Latin American Baroque Suite
Varèse   Offrandes, for soprano and chamber ens.
Dvorák   Larghetto, from String Quintet (“American”)
Joplin   Maple Leaf Rag, for piano
Burtner   New piece for harp and live electronics (world premiere)
Bartók   Contrasts, for clarinet, violin, and piano
Crumb   “The Kanawha River at Dusk” and “Black is my Love” from American Songbook
Gershwin   Variations on “I Got Rhythm,” for piano and orchestra

Aug
20
Sun
Beethoven’s Storm (and an Eclipse!) @ Blackfriars Playhouse
Aug 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

This intriguing 50-minute concert at Blackfriars Playhouse celebrates two “forces of nature”: Beethoven and the total solar eclipse occurring over the U.S. on August 21, 2017. Composer-in-residence Zachary Wadsworth presents the world premiere of a work for harp and chamber ensemble commissioned by SMF. It is followed by Beethoven’s brilliant String Quintet in C, nicknamed “Storm” for the explosive character of the work’s final movement.

Wadsworth   Eclipse, for harp and chamber ensemble (world premiere)
Beethoven    String Quintet in C, Op. 29 (“Storm”)

Brunch and Lecture: Dive into Beethoven’s Ninth @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Aug 20 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

In preparation for the SMF’s performance of Beethoven’s commanding Ninth Symphony, we invite you to take literal and intellectual nourishment before the concert. Enjoy a catered brunch followed by an engaging and informative 50-minute talk on Beethoven’s final symphony with Richard Will, professor of music history at the University of Virginia. Dr. Will is an expert on classical-era symphonic music and an award winning teacher. Event is limited to 70 guests.

Festival Finale: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Aug 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

underwritten by Chris and Betsy Little

 

Musical works don’t come any bigger than Beethoven’s commanding Ninth Symphony for vocal soloists, chorus, and orchestra. The SMF concludes its 20th anniversary season with Beethoven’s last completed symphony, a work that transformed music, rewrote accepted norms of symphonic music, and carried poet Friedrich Schiller’s message of “Ode to Joy” to all future generations. SMF artistic director Carsten Schmidt conducts the SMF Chamber Orchestra, a brilliant period instrument ensemble, along with featured vocal soloists and chamber chorus.
(To learn more about this work, don’t miss the extended preconcert lecture over brunch; tickets required.)

Beethoven    Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125

 

Sep
15
Fri
Schumanniade @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Sep 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Robert Schumann had ambitions to become the Paganini of the piano, but a crippling hand injury forced him to channel his artistic ambitions into criticism and composition. His loss, our gain. The power and poetry of his voice forever altered the landscape of European music. Enjoy this spectacular all-Schumann program performed on period instruments by special guest artists from across the U.S. and Canada.

Kinderszenen for solo piano, Op. 15 
Dichterliebe for voice and piano, Op. 48
Piano Quintet in E flat, Op. 44

Jonathan Woody  baritone
Aisslinn Nosky  violin
Guillaume Pirard  violin
Max Mandel  viola
James Wilson  cello
Carsten Schmidt  fortepiano