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Virginia Children’s Chorus Auditions
Do you know a child who loves to sing? The Virginia Children’s Chorus will hold auditions for new students for the 2016-2017 season June 7, 11 & 14 and August 20, 22 & 23, 2016. Auditions will be at Talbot Park Baptist Church, 6919 Granby St., Norfolk. Auditions must be scheduled in advance by calling our Chorus Manager at (757) 440-9100. We welcome boys and girls entering grades 1 to 12 – from young beginners to serious high school singers. We have a choice of Norfolk or Virginia Beach rehearsal sites for singers in the two younger choirs (approx. grades 1 to 7). Group try-outs are available for children entering grades 1 through 3. All students receive excellent voice training and perform in concert while making new friends and having fun! To learn more about how the Virginia Children's Chorus can help your child discover the joys of singing, call 440-9100 or e-mail us at vcccmgr@verizon.net. For more details, go to www.vachildrenschorus.org.

The Organ Swell 2016
Celebrating its 17th annual series of collaborative pipe organ recitals, the Tidewater Chapter of the American Guild of Organists announces the schedule for The Organ Swell. The concert series, an event in the Virginia Arts Festival, will feature outstanding organists from the region performing with Virginia Symphony Orchestra musicians. The series provides a rare opportunity to hear a wide range of music for organ and other instruments. Suggested minimum admission donation for concerts is $10 per adult. For further information, please contact Deborah Carr, artistic director, at (757) 340-5303.
Monday, May 23, 12 pm
Jack Levick, organ, and Daniel Ireland, trumpet
Trinity Episcopal Church, 500 Court St, Portsmouth, VA 23704

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 7:30 pm
GSA Vocal Music Senior Recitals
Governor’s School for the Arts Vocal Music Department, Alan Fischer, Chair, presents 2015 Senior Recitals. Free admission Visit http://www.gsarts.net. First Presbyterian Church, 820 Colonial Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23507

Virginia Chorale Auditions
The Virginia Chorale announces auditions for singers of all voice parts interested in joining the Commonwealth's premier professional chamber choir. Auditions will take place in Norfolk, VA, on Tuesday, May 24, and Wednesday, May 25. Singers new to the Chorale and former Chorale singers who have not sung with the ensemble since 2014 may find information on audition requirements and may register to audition at vachorale.org/auditions. The Virginia Chorale is a fully professional chamber choir of singers drawn from throughout the Commonwealth. Members receive a stipend for each rehearsal and concert. Repertoire for 2016/2017, our 33rd season, includes Aaron Copland's 'In the Beginning', Jonathan Dove's choral cycle 'The Passing of the Year', and Sergei Rachmaninoff's monumental 'All-Night Vigil'. For further information, please visit vachorale.org/auditions or call the Chorale office at 757.627.8375.

May Candlelight Concerts at Bruton Parish Church
Continuing a tradition begun by our 18th-century organist, Peter Pelham, Bruton Parish presents more than 120 recitals and concert programs annually in its Candlelight Concert series. Instrumental and choral groups from all over the United States and other countries perform in our historic church, interspersed with organ and harpsichord recitals by our own splendid musicians. Concerts are held at 8 p.m. every Saturday throughout the year and also on most Tuesdays and Thursdays from March through December. Concerts are free and open to the public and a free will donation will be taken. Free parking on Duke of Gloucester Street. Rebecca Davy, Music Director & Organist; Dr. JanEl Will, Organist & Choir Director; James Darling, Choirmaster & Organist Emeritus. Contact: bdavy@brutonparish.org or (757) 645-3431. www.brutonparish.org.
Tuesday, May 24, 8 pm
Organ Recital
Dr. JanEl Will, Organist at Bruton Parish
Thursday, May 26, 8 pm
Organ Recital
Carina Sturdy, Organist from Williamsburg, Virginia
Saturday, May 28, 8 pm
Organ Recital
Cheryl van Ornam, Organist at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Richmond, Virginia
Tuesday, May 31, 8 pm
Organ & Harpsichord Recital
Rebecca Davy, Organist at Bruton Parish
Historic Organ Recitals in the Wren Chapel, at the College of William & Mary, Saturdays @ 10:00 am
May 7 - Sarah Bland, Organist
May 14, 21, 28 - Rebecca Davy, Organist

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 7:30 pm
New York Polyphony
Their recordings have topped the "best" lists of major media, include The New Yorker magazine; their concerts win raves; and their musicianship and devotion to authentic performances of ancient music—rarely heard treasures that thrill with beauty and history—have made this ensemble one of the most talked-about vocal groups on the classical music scene. Discover "singers of superb musicianship and vocal allure" (The New Yorker) in this evening of glorious music. Tickets: $35, $20. Visit: https://www.virginiaartsfest.com/select/ or call: 757-282-2822 or in person: 440 Bank Street, Norfolk, VA (M-F, 10am-5pm). St. John's Episcopal Church, 424 Washington Street, Portsmouth,  VA  23704

Thursday & Friday, May 27 & 28, 2016 at 8 pm
Guerilla Opera: Beowulf
This world premiere opera with music and libretto by Hannah Lash, and stage direction by Andrew Eggert is a modern-day adaptation of the well know epic poem, in which Beowulf is a doctor caring for his elderly mother and suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome upon his return from a recent war. He discovers that his mother is being abused by the nursing home staff and removes her, determined to care for her himself, though she begs him to help her end her life. Beowulf is scored for soprano, mezzo-soprano, baritone, violin, clarinet, sax, and percussion. It is 80 minutes in duration and sung in English.Guerilla Opera will live stream the world premiere of Beowulf on Thursday, May 19th free-of-charge. http://guerillaopera.com/season/beowulf/#sthash.wOzNCrUN.dpuf $15 General / $10 Senior, Alumni, WGBH; FREE to students with valid I.D. on the day-of via student rush. Purchase via The Boston Conservatory Box Office (617) 912-9222 (Weds-Fri, 12-5 p.m.) The Zack Box Theater at The Boston Conservatory, 8 The Fenway, Boston, MA

HRMB: 2016 Spring/Summer Concert Series
The Hampton Roads Metro Band is the area’s oldest community band having been founded in 1930 as the Norfolk Fire Division Band. Over the years, the band has evolved into one of the finest performing organizations in the Hampton Roads area. All performances of the band are free and open to the public. The band’s Music Director and Conductor is Mr. Dick Schroeder, a former band director at Norfolk’s Granby High School and a retired U.S. Army Trumpet player. The band’s Assistant Conductor is Mr. Ralph Spoettle, french horn section leader and owner/operator of KBD Systems of Virginia Beach. The band’s website is www.hrmetroband.org 
Sunday, May 29, 2016, 3 pm
Memorial Day Picnic
Knights of Columbus – 211 W. Government Ave. in Norfolk’s Ocean View. FREE
Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 6 pm
Town Center Plaza, Virginia Beach. FREE
Sunday, August 7, 2016, Time TBA
Marian Manor, 5345 Marian Lane, Virginia Beach. FREE

Monday, May 30, 2016, 7 pm
Memorial Day Concert
Come out and enjoy great food and the best of Americana music played by an extraordinary ensemble of musicians as you celebrate this proud holiday. Free. Visit: https://www.virginiaartsfest.com/select/ or call: 757-282-2822 or in person: 440 Bank Street, Norfolk, VA (M-F, 10am-5pm). City Center at Oyster Point, 701 Town Center Dr #100, Newport News, VA 23606

Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 7 pm
Kinneret Ely, sorano; Chun-Wei Kang, piano
Soprano Kinneret Ely grew up in Williamsburg and is now pursuing an opera career in New York; her September 2015 recital was broadcast on Israel's Classical Music radio station. Her performance at the Williamsburg Art Gallery, with baritone Suchan Kim and pianist Alyssa Melchers, drew an audience of over 200 people. She will give a program of beloved opera arias, art songs, Israeli songs, and more. Chun-Wei Kang will accompany her; she has played at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy an evening of beautiful singing. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $12 for seniors, military, police, firefighters, teachers, and college faculty and staff. To purchase tickets, please visit www.artful.ly/store/events/9189. Tickets can also be purchased at the door the day of the concert. For more information, please visit www.kinneretely.com, or contact: Kinneret Ely, at (757) 876-2971, or kinneretely@gmail.com Williamsburg Regional Library, 515 Scotland Street, Williamsburg 23185

Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 7:30 pm
The Governor’s School for the Arts Chamber Orchestra: A Concert of Some Sort
Students and faculty from the Governor’s School for the Arts perform chamber and orchestral works in a concert featuring 2016 GSA Concerto Competition Winner Christopher Campbell. This program will be the first Governor’s School performance at the Slover Library. LeJeune: Revecy venir du printans; J.S. Bach, Contrapunctus I from The Art of the Fugue; Haydn: String Quartet Op. 76, No. 4 “Sunrise”; Mozart: Oboe Quartet KV 330; Piazzolla: Milonga sin palabras; J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6; Mozart: Flute Concerto No. 1 in G Major, KV 313, Christopher Campbell, soloist.  Free and open to the public.  Slover Library, Sixth Floor, 235 East Plume Street, Norfolk

June Candlelight Concerts at Bruton Parish Church
Continuing a tradition begun by our 18th-century organist, Peter Pelham, Bruton Parish presents more than 120 recitals and concert programs annually in its Candlelight Concert series. Instrumental and choral groups from all over the United States and other countries perform in our historic church, interspersed with organ and harpsichord recitals by our own splendid musicians. Concerts are held at 8 p.m. every Saturday throughout the year and also on most Tuesdays and Thursdays from March through December. Concerts are free and open to the public and a free will donation will be taken. Free parking on Duke of Gloucester Street. Rebecca Davy, Music Director & Organist; Dr. JanEl Will, Organist & Choir Director; James Darling, Choirmaster & Organist Emeritus. Contact: bdavy@brutonparish.org or (757) 645-3431. www.brutonparish.org.
Thursday, June 2, 2016, 8 pm
Children’s Choir Concert
Cheyenne All-City Children’s Choir from Cheyenne, Wyoming, Marilyn Collins, Artistic Directo; Anna Mummert, Accompanist
Saturday, June 4, 8 pm
Early Music Ensemble
MIRA from Charlottesville, Virginia, Raven Hunter, Director
Tuesday, June 7, 8 pm
Cello Ensemble Concert
Tidewater Cello Ensemble, Susan Hines, Director
Thursday, June 9, 8 pm
Organ Recital
Dr. JanEl Will, Organist at Bruton Parish
Saturday, June 11, 8 pm
Choral Concert
Heritage Chorale from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Barry Sawyer, Director
Tuesday, June 14, 8 pm
Organ & Harpsichord Recital
Rebecca Davy, Music Director & Organist at Bruton Parish
Thursday, June 16, 8 pm
Organ Recital
Stephen E. Henley, Organist from Bon Air Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia
Saturday, June 18, 8 pm
Organ Recital
Dr. JanEl Will, Organist at Bruton Parish
Tuesday, June 21, 8 pm
Military Band Concert
U. S. Army TRADOC Band from Ft. Eustis in Newport News, Virginia
Thursday, June 23, 8 pm
Banjo & Harpsichord Recital
John Bullard, Banjo & Markus Compton, Harpsichordist from Richmond, Virginia
Saturday, June 25, 8 pm
Organ & Harpsichord Recital
Rebecca Davy, Music Director & Organist at Bruton Parish
Tuesday, June 28, 8 pm
Organ Recital
Dr. JanEl Will, Organist at Bruton Parish
Thursday, June 30, 8 pm
Organ Recital
Christopher Reynolds, Organist from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia
Historic Organ Recitals in the Wren Chapel, at the College of William & Mary, Saturdays @ 10:00 am
June 4, 18, 25 - Rebecca Davy, Organist
June 11 - Sarah Bland, Organist

Friday, June 3, 2016, 8 pm
VSO: The Music of David Bowie
The Virginia Symphony Orchestra presents The Music of David Bowie with lead singer Jean Meilleur – backed by his 8-piece rock band along with the musicians of the VSO, conducted by Resident Conductor Benjamin Rous.  Hear Bowie’s greatest hits, including “Rebel Rebel,” “Starman,” and “Let’s Dance,” in full spectacle! Over his career, Bowie sold an estimated 140 million albums worldwide and received numerous accolades including two Grammy awards and four Brit awards, among many others. Bowie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 17, 1996. In 2016, Rolling Stone proclaimed Bowie “the greatest rock star ever.” Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 9 a.m. and range in price from $20-$70. For tickets, call 757.892.6366 or visit www.virginiasymphony.org. For group sales of 10 or more, call 757.466.3047. Chrysler Hall, 215 St Pauls Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23510.

Schola Flashback Tour
Join Schola Cantorum of Virginia for a musical trip down memory lane! Schola will celebrate its twentieth anniversary with a spring concert series showcasing music from past concerts. Come and experience new performances of old favorites and discover some new favorites along the way. With hits from twenty years of music to perform, there's something for everyone to enjoy! All concerts are open to the general public except Westminster Canterbury. 
Saturday, June 4, 2016, 5 pm
Trinity Episcopal Church, 500 Court Street, Portsmouth
Sunday, June 5, 2016, 5 pm
Old Donation Episcopal Church, 4449 N. Witchduck Rd., Virginia Beach

Sunday, June 5, 2016, 3 pm
A Casual Afternoon at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church with Del Fionn Sykes accompanied by Oksana Lutsyshyn
June has been declared to be African-American Appreciation Music Month.   During this month we celebrate artists who have both shaped and told stories of our nation’s history.  The influence of African-American artists and composers can be heard in symphony halls, church sanctuaries, stadiums and on broadcast media. Del Fionn Sykes cordially invites you to join her for a 45-55 minute program that fosters appreciation of and honors music that is composed, arranged and/or performed by African-Americans.  Tenor/Baritone Glenn Hersch and Soprano Lorraine M. Bell will also participate in this concert. Free will offering. For information call 757-340-8420 or email at olutsysh@odu.edu Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 424 Kings Grant Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Sunday, June 5, 2016, 4 pm
Prisca Benoit, pianist & Amit Peled, cello
Ohef Sholom Temple presents French pianist Prisca Benoit, Israeli cellist Amit Peled, and lecturer Kamal Chemali, MD together for a concert / lecture. The program is organized by the Sentara Music and Medicine Center and presented by Ohef Sholom Temple. Free and open to the public. Reservations to the program and reception are not required but are kindly requested for planning purposes. They may be made by email - reservations@ohefsholom.org - or by calling the temple office (757-625-4295). Ohef Sholom Temple, 530 Raleigh Avenue, Norfolk

Sunday, June 5, 2016, 5:30 pm
Festal Evensong and Organ Recital
Sacred Music in a Sacred Space. Join the Parish Choir in the final Evensong of the season, and wish them well as they embark on their tour to England!  Virtuoso organist Frederick Teardo from Birmingham, AL will present an organ recital following evensong.  www.christandstlukes.org Christ and St. Luke’s Church, 560 West Olney Road, Norfolk, 23507

Sunday, June 5, 2016, 7 pm
VSO: The Music of Star Wars: The Symphony Strikes Back!
The Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Rouse, resident conductor, will perform John Williams’s iconic music for the classic Star Wars film trilogy. Regularly performed by orchestras nationwide, John Williams’s music is a fixture of VSO performances, and this year is no exception as the VSO dedicates a concert to his Academy Award and Grammy-winning scores to Star Wars. John Williams is a fifty-time Oscar nominee for his music, and is well-known for his vast musical film credits spanning from Jaws to E.T. and Harry Potter.  His score to George Lucas’s two Star Wars trilogies are widely celebrated. Tickets will go on sale April 5, 2016 at 9 a.m. and start at $25.  For tickets, call 757.892.6366, visit www.virginiasymphony.org or the Virginia Symphony Box Office at 150 Boush Street, Suite 201, Norfolk, VA 23510 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. For group sales of 10 or more, call 757.466.3047. Ferguson Center for the Arts, Christopher Newport University, Newport News

Monday, June 6, 2016, 7:30 pm
Tuesday, June 7, 2016, 7:30 pm

Governor’s School for the Arts Orchestra: The Year 1905
The Governor’s School for the Arts Orchestra, Jeff Phelps, director, gives two year end performances at the historic Roper Theater. Jean Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela, Op. 22, No. 2 (1900); Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 in G Minor, Opus 103 “The Year 1905” (1957). Tickets: $15 general | $5 students, available via www.tccropercenter.org/events or at the door. TCC Roper Performing Arts Center, 340 Granby Street, Norfolk.

Friday, June 10, 2016, 7 pm
16th Annual An Evening with Chrystal E.
Mezzo-soprano Chrystal E. Williams, Oksana Lutsyshyn, piano. Blackbox Theatre, Governor's School for the Arts, 254 Granby Street, Norfolk

Saturday, June 11, 2016, 7 pm
Cabaret!
You won’t want to miss this year’s Cabaret!  The Parish Choir has hidden talents that you won’t hear on a Sunday morning. Join us for an amazing evening of music from the movies, Broadway musicals, and other gems of the repertoire.  The fun begins at 7 p.m. with drinks and large silent auction featuring art, jewelry and numerous treasures. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and show will follow. Proceeds from this event benefit the Choir’s tour to England.  www.christandstlukes.org Christ and St. Luke’s Church, 560 West Olney Road, Norfolk, 23507

Sunday, June 12, 2016, 10:15 am
Anglican Heritage Celebration
Sacred Music in a Sacred Space. Our program year closes with a celebration of our Anglican heritage.  The choir will sing favourite hymns and anthems, and the service will be followed by a high tea.  Ladies are encouraged to wear hats!  www.christandstlukes.org Christ and St. Luke’s Church, 560 West Olney Road, Norfolk, 23507

Sunday, June 12, 2016, 1 pm
St. Bede: Tidewater Intergenerational Orchestra
The Tidewater Intergenerational Orchestra will close its 12th season with a concert including works by Franz Joseph Haydn, Benjamin Britton, and Fritz Kreisler. This "Celebration of Youth" concert will feature award winning prodigies Ari Han and Romain-Olivier Gray. All are welcome to attend this FREE concert. For more information, please call (757) 229-3631 or visit www.bedeva.org/concerts. Saint Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road in Williamsburg

Sunday, June 26, 2016, 4 pm
Sing Me a Story
This afternoon of music features soprano Anna Sterrett. Music includes Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 by Heitor Villa-Lobos and Knoxville: Summer of 1915 by Samuel Barber. Also on the program are the works of Alexander Alabiev, Leo Delibes, and Darius Milhaud. Accompanying on piano is Stefan Dulcie, Hungars Church's Music Director and Organist. This event is hosted by Hungars Church as a part of their Sunday afternoon concert series and is free and open to the public. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Hungars Episcopal Church, 10107 Bayside Rd., Machipongo, VA

Odyssey Chamber Music Festival
Summer Camp for Young Musicians, July 3 – 17, 2016
Piano, Percussion & Strings

Welcome to the inaugural season of Odyssey Chamber Music Festival, where dedicated chamber music enthusiasts and instructors of the former New York Summer Music Festival (NYSMF) continue working together to coach ensembles and spend quality music time with the participants. Odyssey Festival is 2 weeks, July 3 – 17, 2016 on the campus of University of Missouri in Columbia. Open to musicians age 12-25, Day or Boarding options available. Study both solo and chamber music, with additional classes. Work with faculty members with professional distinctions from the Curtis Institute, Eastman School, Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music and Yale University. The festival is open to musicians ages 12-25 for strings (violin, viola, cello), piano and percussion players only this year. DVD audition is required with the application deadline, due May 1. Chamber music is pre-assigned on June 1 for applications received before May 1, however you may apply through June 1. Contact the Festival for more information: www.OdysseyFestival.org (573) 825-0079 info@odysseyfestival.org

New Date
Friday, July 22, 2016, 8 pm
Songs of Maurice Ravel
Join the Cantabile Project for a recital featuring the seductive song cycles Chansons madécasses and Don Quichotte à Dulcinée. Also on the program are the rarely performed Histoire naturelles, humorous songs about animals in a recitative-like setting of French prose. And we could never leave out the beautiful Cing melodies populaires grecques. This is a program you don’t want to miss by one of our favorite French composers. Mark your calendars now for this enchanting evening by some of Hampton Roads finest art song performers! Featuring: Ann Scott Davis, soprano; Gregory Gardner, baritone; Erin Hannon, soprano; Kathryn Kelly, soprano; Shelly Milam Ratcliff, soprano; Susan Ha, collaborative pianist. http://cantabileproject.org/ Suggestion donation is $20 for adults and $10 for students. Royster Memorial Presbyterian Church, 6901 Newport Ave, Norfolk VA 23505

Friday, August 5, 2016
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Friday, August 12, 2016
Sunday, August 14, 2016

TOI: The Summer of Menotti
Tidewater Opera Initiative is thrilled to present a double bill of Menotti's modern masterpieces: The Old Maid and The Thief and The Medium. Written by 20th century Italian-American composer and librettist, Gian Carlo Menotti, these lyrical and provocative one acts examine powerful women and their dynamic relationships. The Old Maid and The Thief cast: Mrs. Todd-- Arna Majcher, Bob-- Marshall Severin, Laetitia-- Anna Feucht, Miss Pinkerton-- Kristian Bucy. The Medium cast: Monica-- Kathryn; Toby-- Bradley Fielding; Baba-- Adriane Kerr; Mrs. Gobineau-- Bridget Cooper; Mr. Gobineau-- Marshall Severin; Mrs. Nolan-- Nerissa Thompson. Want to stay up to date with our latest goings on? Make sure you like us on Facebook and check out our website www.TOIVA.org for pictures, recordings, and other fun updates as we ramp up for our August shows! We're participating in Give Local 757, a one day philanthropy event for Hampton Roads non-profits, and we need your help! Your gift on May 3rd will help us reach our goal of $500 and support local musicians! Visit www.GiveLocal757.org for more information. Aug 5 & 7: Black Box Theater, Governor's School for the Arts, 254 Granby Street, Norfolk. Aug 12 & 14: Zeider's American Dream Theater, 4573 Bank Street (Towne Centre), Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Sunday, August 7, 2016, 4 pm
Sundays at Four: Terrific Teen Talent
Sundays at Four hosts its ninth annual Terrific Teen Talent program. Six already-recognized teenage musicians will again astound the audience with their artistry. A free will offering will be taken to support this concert. Christ Episcopal Church, 111 South Church Street (Historic District), Smithfield, VA 23430

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