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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”)

Magen, Mendelssohn, Donakowski, Suggs, Roe, Begelman, Gelman, Smith, Nosky, Pensola, Fisher, Miller, Wilson

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


Underwritten by the Donnie Moses Memorial Lecture and Performance Fund


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 comprised of members of the UVA University Singers and Oratorio Society of Virginia.

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

Quinn, Chartrand, Netter, Couden, Mello, Chester, Wadsworth, Tipton, P.Walker, Tikkanen, Davids, Murchie, Ashworth, Nosky, Pirard, Kordes, Pensola, Hughes, Yoshioka, Miller, Overfield-Zook, Fisher, Steinhoff, Mueller, Donakowski, Wilson, Lardin, Higgins, Davis, Boodell, Fester, Owens, Matthews, Stern, Collins, Corwin, Williams, Zook, Tatum, Ambrose, Kwapis, Adduci, Fang, Smith, Schmidt, members of UVA University Singers and Oratorio Society of Virginia (Michael Slon)


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