Virginia Wesleyan College Concert Series

All performances take place in Hofheimer Theater. Public ticket prices are as listed; free to the VWC community. Tickets and reservations: 757.455.2101. The Series is grateful for the support of the Dougherty Visiting Artist Fund and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

The Tidewater Guitar Quartet

September 9, 2016 (7:30pm)
This jewel in the midst of the Tidewater Guitar Orchestra steps out to perform quartet standards, with a focus on Spanish music, plus contemporary works by York and Brouwer.  John Boyles, Sam Dorsey, Todd Holcomb and Cliff Morris.  ($15, $10)

The Thirteen

October 24, 2016 (7:30pm)
An all-star professional ensemble, under the direction of Matthew Robertson, known for inspired and powerful performances in repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to the Romantic.  “A tight and attractive vocal blend and excellent choral discipline.” (American Record Guide). ($15, $10)

Shakespeare in Song

Jennifer Piazza-Pick, soprano, Bryson Mortensen, baritone, and Charles Woodward, pianoNovember 7, 2016 (7:30pm)
ennifer Piazza-Pick, soprano, Bryson Mortensen, baritone, and Charles Woodward, piano, join VWC’s commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with the Bard’s words set in song. Works by Quilter, Finzi, Argento and Vaughan Williams.  ($15; $10)

The Invencia Duo Interprets Shakespeare

November 11, 2016 (7:30pm)
Andrey Kasparov and Oksana LutsyshynAndrey Kasparov and Oksana Lutsyshyn continue the Shakespeare commemoration with Kasparov’s concert paraphrase of Shostakovich’s opera “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk” and piano do arrangements of episodes form Prokofiev’s classic ballet “Romeo and Juliet.”   ($15; $10)


Eva Cappelletti Chao & Joan Singer, violins; Kukasz Szyrner, cello; Jon Nazdin, bass; Jeffrey Watson, pianoNovember 21, 2016 (7:30pm)
Tango – the eternal dance of man and woman, brought to life by this quintet of violins, cello, bass and piano.  The lights dim, the temperature sizzles and the magic begins.   Eva Cappelletti Chao & Joan Singer, violins; Lukasz Szyrner, cello; Jon Nazdin, bass; Jeffery Watson, piano. ($15, $10)

A Wesleyan Christmas

December 2, 2016 (7:30pm), Dec 3 (4:00pm) / Campus preview – Dec 1, 2016 (11:00am)
Ring in the season with an evening of holiday favorites, old and new, performed by the Wesleyan Singers, The Wesleyan Chorale, and Wesleyan Jazz with faculty soloists and instrumentalists, under the direction of Dr. Bryson Mortensen and Dr. Jason Squinobal; George Stone, piano. Co-sponsored by The Center for Sacred Music. (Advance reservations are a must!  All seats: $5)

Patricia Nixon, soprano

February 6, 2017 (7:30pm)
With a nod to Michael Cunningham’s book “Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats,” soprano Patricia Nixon performs classic Spirituals interspersed with readings by VWC faculty and students, selected from Cunningham’s first-person accounts. Co-sponsored by VWC’s Women’s and Gender Studies and Women’s Resource Center($15; $10)

Jason Squinobal, saxophone
Kevin Harris, piano

March 27, 2017 (7:30pm)
Traditional jazz standards and the music of Thelonius Monk, Charles Mingus and Wayne Shorter.    ($15; $10)

Duo Vela

Marla Nistico, flute; Daniel Nistico, guitarApril 10, 2017 (7:30pm)
Fresh from tours of China, Australia and New Zealand, Duo Vela presents the sounds, rhythms, and cultures of different lands.  Marla Nistico, flute; Daniel Nistico, guitar.  “Together they create an astoundingly beautiful world of sound.” (Nicholas Goluses)   “World-class instrumental artistry” (Scott Regan, WRUR Radio)    ($15; $10)

Red Priest

Red PriestApril 25, 2017 (7:30pm)
Piers Adams’ four-piece baroque super-group has become an international phenomenon, turning the period instrument on its head with its thrilling, no-holds-barred approach to the genre; the only early music group to be compared to the Rolling Stones, the Marx Brothers and Cirque du Soleil.  “Astonishing virtuosity.” (Gramophone)  “Some of the most spectacularly virtuosic playing you are likely to ever hear.”  (WDR3-Germany)   ($15; $10)

Student Music Performances

The Wesleyan ChoraleOctober 8, 2016 (10:30am) (Batten Grille)
The Wesleyan Chorale and The Wesleyan Jazz in a showcase performance.   (Time and location to be announced.)

"Hark! I Hear the Harps Eternal”

October 21 (7:30pm)
The Wesleyan Choirs bridge the gap between sacred and folk music in selections including Siegfried’s “Five Shaker Songs” and Wilberg’s “American Folk Hymns.”

For Men Only

October 28 (9:30am-1:30pm)
An intensive workshop and great day of singing for male voices, grades 8-12, under the direction of Dr. Bryson Mortensen, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choirs.   (No charge to singers; individuals or full groups welcomed.  Reservations are a must!  757-455-3282 or

A Wesleyan Christmas

December 1, 2, 3
See listing under the Virginia Wesleyan College Concert Series(Reservations are a must!  Call 757-455-2101.  All seats: $5)

"The Music of Michael McGlynn”

Michael McGlynn, Irish composer and founder of Anuna.March 15 (7:30pm)
The 2017 Masterworks Concert presents an evening of traditional and contemporary Irish music by Michael McGlynn, Irish composer and founder of Anuna.

"Jubilant Jazz”

April 26, 2017 (7:30pm)
Wesleyan Jazz leads an evening of great instrumental music with the Wesleyan Drums and the Wesleyan Guitar Ensemble.   (Batten Center Grille)

"Yearning to Breathe Free: A Story of Refugees”

April 28, 2017 (7:30pm)
The joys and sorrows of immigration are told in song by the Wesleyan Chorale and Wesleyan Singers in an exploration of ‘home country’ music by those who came to make America their new home.