Virginia Wesleyan University Concert Series
All performances take place in Hofheimer Theater. Ticket prices as listed; free to the VWC community. The Series is grateful for the support of the Hugh Dougherty Visiting Artist Endowment and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
Tidewater Classical Guitar Orchestra
September 15 (7:30 p.m.)
A dozen accomplished guitarists use the lush timbral resources of different sized guitars to explore the riches of Bach to Bartok. One of the only ensembles of its kind in North America. ". . . a gorgeous sound with a striking array of colors." (Virginian Pilot) ($15, $10)
The Harbor String Quartet
October 30 (7:30 p.m.)
As adept at performing the classics as pop standards, this quartet’s members perform with the Virginia Symphony, Virginia Opera, Virginia Musical Theater and Broadway on Tour as well as Josh Groban and Mannheim Steamroller. This performance, "Music from the Movies," features familiar music from your favorite movies. ($15, $10)
The Cann Sisters
Kimberly and Michelle Cann, educated at the Eastman School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music, respectively, mesh exceptional talents into electrifying performances. "The sheer verve of both sisters gliding along the two grands with evident passion and communication is something to behold." (Mountain Xpress) ($15; $10)
Charles Humphries, counter-tenor / Emily Nöel, soprano
"O Sacred Oracles" is a smorgasbord of Handel’s biblical oratorios performed by one of the world’s most sought-after counter-tenors, and a soprano praised for "sheer vocal beauty" (Washington Post) accompanied by the baroque chamber ensemble Kontrabande. Belshazzar, Solomon, Jephtha, and Joshua will appear in this concert of love, war, passion, and frustration. ($15; $10)
Co-sponsored by VWU's Center for Sacred Music
The Thirteen – "From Tree to Shining Tree"
Known for inspired and powerful performances of music from the Renaissance to the Romantic, Matthew Robertson directs this ensemble whose members are gathered from the world’s finest ensembles – Chanticleer, Seraphic Fire, and Conspirare, to name a few. ". . . to talk about the remarkable abilities and sound of the singers would be like trying to say which whitecaps on the ocean reflect the sun most beautifully . . . I stand in awe." (M. D. Ridge, WHRO-FM) ($15, $10)
John Bullard – "Classical Banjo: The Perfect Southern Art"
One minute he's bush-hogging a field on his John Deere and the next he’s playing Bach partitas on his 5-string banjo; a true Southern gentleman. Joined by strings and piano, Bullard performs Schumann's Romances, Opus 94, Handel's Trio Sonata No.8 in G minor, and Marcello's Concerto in D minor, among others; fragile and intimate, peaceful and austere in Bullard's hands. ($15, $10)
TRADOC Jazz Ensemble
The United States Army Training and Doctrine Command Jazz Project visits the campus for a daytime concert of jazz, blues, and soul in celebration of VWU's Army ROTC, Marlin Detachment. (Free to all)
Washington Saxophone Quartet
The most widely heard sax quartet in the USA, the quartets' recorded arrangements are aired daily on NPR's broadcasts of All Things Considered – often a surprise to audiences! The instruments can evoke the refined sounds of a string quartet, the rich harmonies of an organ prelude, and the excitement of a jazz sax section. ($15; $10)
Shannon Jennings, soprano / Charles Woodward, piano
As Resident Artist with the Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburg in the Round wrote ". . . a vision who sang treacherously difficult music with what seemed to be the greatest of ease and with a voice of beautiful quality and quantity." As part of the 2016 Merola Opera Program (San Francisco), Jennings sang the role of Anne Sexton in Conrad Susa's Transformations and the Bay Area Reporter wrote ". . . her darker sound and clear tone have a blooming quality that easily filled the big opera-house acoustic." Come, hear for yourself! ($15; $10)