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Upcoming Events:


New Music Workshop
Norfolk New Music 2019
New Music Workshop
Fri 6/28/19 7:30PM Norfolk Festival Music Shed New Music Workshop


The Norfolk Gala
Norfolk Special Events 2019
The Norfolk Gala
Sat 6/29/19 8:00PM Norfolk Festival Music Shed Roomful of Teeth


Chamber Music Masterclass I
Norfolk Masterclasses
Chamber Music Masterclass I
Wed 7/3/19 7:30PM Norfolk Festival Music Shed Chamber Music Masterclass I


Emerging Artists Showcase I
Norfolk EAS 2019
Emerging Artists Showcase I
Thu 7/4/19 7:30PM Norfolk Festival Music Shed EAS July 4


At Home & Away
Norfolk 2019
At Home & Away

HAYDN: Piano Trio No. 39 in G Major, “Gypsy”
JANÁCEK: Mládí Suite
RAVEL: Mother Goose Suite
PRICE: Five Folksongs in Counterpoint

Stephen Taylor  oboe,  Robert Blocker  piano,
Wei-Yi Yang  piano,  with  Norfolk Festival Fellows

This program juxtaposes works depicting the exotic with works that evoke the ideas of home and childhood. Haydn uses gypsy music in his famous trio as a way of injecting faraway lands into the traditional classical form, and there are depictions of southeast Asian music in the Ravel. In contrast, the Janácek and the Price include music from each composer’s childhood, and additionally the Ravel was written for children.

Fri 7/5/19 8:00PM Norfolk Festival Music Shed At Home & Away


Emerging Artists Showcase II
Norfolk EAS 2019
Emerging Artists Showcase II
Sat 7/6/19 10:30AM Norfolk Festival Music Shed EAS July 6


Brentano & Wei-Yi Yang
Norfolk 2019
Brentano & Wei-Yi Yang

MOZART:  Piano Trio in B-flat Major, K 502
BEETHOVEN:  String Quartet in f minor, Op 95, “Serioso”
BEETHOVEN:  String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op 127

Brentano String Quartet,   Wei-Yi Yang  piano

Wei-Yi Yang was “sensational.” — the new york times

“The concert made it clear that these players [Brentano String Quartet] could well be the best of the latest generation. Their level of individual technique was superb, while musical dialog necessary for rich chamber music was evident from first to last.” — philadelphia inquirer

Sat 7/6/19 8:00PM Norfolk Festival Music Shed Brentano & Wei-Yi Yang


Chamber Music Masterclass II
Norfolk Masterclasses
Chamber Music Masterclass II
Wed 7/10/19 7:30PM Norfolk Festival Music Shed Chamber Music Masterclass II


Emerging Artists Showcase III
Norfolk EAS 2019
Emerging Artists Showcase III
Thu 7/11/19 7:30PM Norfolk Festival Music Shed EAS July 11


Technological Advances
Norfolk 2019
Technological Advances

CPE BACH: Flute Sonata
TELEMANN: Concerto for Flute, Horn, and Continuo
HARBISON: Twilight Music
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet in C Major, Op 59, No. 3

Ransom Wilson  flute,  William Purvis  horn,
Melvin Chen  piano,  with  Norfolk Festival Fellows

Composers and performers have always sought instruments that enlarge sonic and expressive possibilities, and instrument makers have responded, making instruments capable of greater power and finesse. This program allows you to hear the step from harpsichord to piano, from natural horn to the modern horn, as well as the introduction of the metronome in Beethoven’s music, where the composer establishes a greater power over the performer by dictating with specificity how fast or slow the music should be performed.

Fri 7/12/19 8:00PM Norfolk Festival Music Shed Technological Advances


Emerging Artists Showcase IV
Norfolk EAS 2019
Emerging Artists Showcase IV
Sat 7/13/19 10:30AM Norfolk Festival Music Shed Eas July 13


Brentano String Quartet
Norfolk 2019
Brentano String Quartet

WUORINEN:  Josquiniana
BRESNICK:  The Planet on the Table
RAVEL:  String Quartet in F Major

Brentano String Quartet

“Such was their ferocity on Saturday night that the instruments almost burst into flames…Make no mistake: the Brentanos are a magnificent quartet…This was wonderful, selfless music-making” the times (london)

Sat 7/13/19 8:00PM Norfolk Festival Music Shed Brentano String Quartet


Chamber Music Masterclass III
Norfolk Masterclasses
Chamber Music Masterclass III
Wed 7/17/19 7:30PM Norfolk Festival Music Shed Chamber Music Masterclass III


Emerging Artists Showcase V
Norfolk EAS 2019
Emerging Artists Showcase V
Thu 7/18/19 7:30PM Norfolk Festival Music Shed EAS July 18


Concert In The Style Of 1810
Norfolk 2019
Concert In The Style Of 1810

MOZART:  Overture from Marriage of Figaro
MOZART:  Oboe Quartet in F Major, K 370
POULENC:  Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano
SAINT-SAËNS:  Étude en Forme de Valse
PUCCINI:  Che Gelida Manina from La Bohème
PRYOR:  Thoughts of Love
SCHOENFIELD:  Café Music
MAURER:  Concertante for Four Violins and Piano

James Austin Smith  oboe,  Scott Hartman  trombone,
André-Michel Schub  piano,  with  Norfolk Festival Fellows

The concert experience in 1810 was very different from today. With a variety of performers, single movements, opera excerpts, virtuosic showpieces and lovely melodies, all on one concert, it was truly a feast for the audience. Here we offer our take on that model, with works ranging from Mozart to the 21st century.

Fri 7/19/19 8:00PM Norfolk Festival Music Shed Concert In The Style Of 1810


Emerging Artists Showcase VI
Norfolk EAS 2019
Emerging Artists Showcase VI
Sat 7/20/19 10:30AM Norfolk Festival Music Shed EAS July 20


Quartet Roots
Norfolk 2019
Quartet Roots

MOZART:  String Quartet, K 458,”Hunt”
GLIÈRE:  Andante from String Quartet, Op 2
FRANCK:  Scherzo from String Quartet in D Major
SERVAIS:  Fantasie Sur Deux Airs Russes, Op 13
SCHUBERT:  String Quartet No. 14 in d minor, “Death and the Maiden”

Miró Quartet

The Miró Quartet pays homage to pioneers of chamber music in America by recreating this program of the famed Kneisel Quartet at the Schubert Club during the Quartet’s 25th anniversary season in 1910. While named for violinist Franz Kneisel, most of their programs featured a solo cello piece performed by Alwin Schroeder.

Sat 7/20/19 8:00PM Norfolk Festival Music Shed Quartet Roots


Chamber Music Masterclass IV
Norfolk Masterclasses
Chamber Music Masterclass IV
Wed 7/24/19 7:30PM Norfolk Festival Music Shed Chamber Music Masterclass IV


Emerging Artists Showcase VII
Norfolk EAS 2019
Emerging Artists Showcase VII
Thu 7/25/19 7:30PM Norfolk Festival Music Shed EAS July 25


Siblings
Norfolk 2019
Siblings

FELIX MENDELSSOHN:  Piano Trio in d minor, Op 49
FANNY MENDELSSOHN:  Piano Trio in d minor, Op 11
FELIX MENDELSSOHN:  Octet for Strings, Op 20

Wendy Chen  piano,  with  Norfolk Festival Fellows

Composers and performers have always sought instruments that enlarge sonic and expressive possibilities, and instrument makers have responded, making instruments capable of greater power and finesse. This program allows you to hear the step from harpsichord to piano, from natural horn to the modern horn, as well as the introduction of the metronome in Beethoven’s music, where the composer establishes a greater power over the performer by dictating with specificity how fast or slow the music should be performed.

Fri 7/26/19 8:00PM Norfolk Festival Music Shed Siblings


Emerging Artists Showcase VIII
Norfolk EAS 2019
Emerging Artists Showcase VIII
Sat 7/27/19 10:30AM Norfolk Festival Music Shed EAS July 27


Lost Genius: Clara Schumann
Norfolk 2019
Lost Genius: Clara Schumann

C SCHUMANN:  Three Romances for Violin and Piano, Op 22
C SCHUMANN:  Scherzo No. 2 for Solo Piano, Op 14
R SCHUMANN:  String Quartet in a minor, Op 41, No. 1
BRAHMS:  Piano Quartet in c minor, Op 60, “Werther”

Miró Quartet,  Melvin Chen  piano

Clara Schumann was a virtuoso pianist and an accomplished composer, as well as a profound influence on two of the most-revered composers of the Romantic era: her husband Robert Schumann, and their beloved friend, Johannes Brahms.

Sat 7/27/19 8:00PM Norfolk Festival Music Shed Lost Genius: Clara Schumann


Emerging Artists Showcase IX
Norfolk EAS 2019
Emerging Artists Showcase IX
Tue 7/30/19 7:30PM Norfolk Festival Music Shed EAS July 30


Chamber Music Masterclass V
Norfolk Masterclasses
Chamber Music Masterclass V
Wed 7/31/19 7:30PM Norfolk Festival Music Shed Chamber Music Masterclass V


Emerging Artists Showcase X
Norfolk EAS 2019
Emerging Artists Showcase X
Thu 8/1/19 7:30PM Norfolk Festival Music Shed EAS August 1


Popular Music
Norfolk 2019
Popular Music

SCHOENBERG:  from Brettl-lieder (cabaret songs)
MILHAUD:  La Création du Monde arr. for Piano Quintet
DAUGHERTY:  Dead Elvis
DOHNÁNYI:  Sextet for Clarinet, Horn, Piano, and Strings

Frank Morelli  bassoon,  Martin Beaver  violin,
Melissa Reardon  viola,  Raman Ramakrishnan  cello,
Melvin Chen  piano,  Janna Baty  mezzo-soprano,
with  Norfolk Festival Fellows

All four works in this program incorporate elements of popular music into the world of art music. You will hear elements of jazz, of cabaret, of the sophisticated parties of the 1920s jazz age, and in the piece by Michael Daugherty, hints of rock and roll.

Fri 8/2/19 8:00PM Norfolk Festival Music Shed Popular Music


Emerging Artists Showcase XI
Norfolk EAS 2019
Emerging Artists Showcase XI
Sat 8/3/19 10:30AM Norfolk Festival Music Shed EAS August 3


In The Face Of Death
Norfolk 2019
In The Face Of Death

DEBUSSY:  Sonata for Violin and Piano in g minor
R STRAUSS:  Four Last Songs
SCHUBERT:  Cello Quintet in C Major, Op 163, D 956

Martin Beaver  violin,  Raman Ramakrishnan  cello,
Melvin Chen   piano,  Janna Baty  mezzo-soprano,
with  Norfolk Festival Fellows

This program features works written in the final year of each composer’s life — and each reflects a different take on the expected and impending end of life. There are flashes of mystery and brilliant light in the Debussy and Schubert works, whereas the Strauss provides a sense of calm and acceptance.

Sat 8/3/19 8:00PM Norfolk Festival Music Shed In The Face Of Death


Open House
Norfolk Special Events 2019
Open House
The Festival’s annual Open House features a concert for children featuring Festival Fellows, children’s games, an ice cream social, tours of Whitehouse, and an art show by Norfolk Artists & Friends (NA&F), with a finale program of Movies & Music.
Sun 8/4/19 1:00PM Norfolk Festival Music Shed Open House


Open House: Movies & Music
Norfolk Special Events 2019
Open House: Movies & Music

Pianist Donald Sosin and actor/vocalist Joanna Seaton and will present a program of silent comedy shorts featuring Laurel and Hadry, Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd — all accompanied by live music and sound effects.

Sun 8/4/19 3:00PM Norfolk Festival Music Shed Open House Finale Concert


Emerging Artists Showcase XII
Norfolk EAS 2019
Emerging Artists Showcase XII
Tue 8/6/19 7:30PM Norfolk Festival Music Shed EAS August 6


Chamber Music Masterclass VI
Norfolk Masterclasses
Chamber Music Masterclass VI
Wed 8/7/19 7:30PM Norfolk Festival Music Shed Chamber Music Masterclass VI


Emerging Artists Showcase XIII
Norfolk EAS 2019
Emerging Artists Showcase XIII
Thu 8/8/19 7:30PM Norfolk Festival Music Shed EAS August 8


Emerson String Quartet
Norfolk 2019
Emerson String Quartet

HADYN:  String Quartet in D Major, Op 71, No. 2
BARTÓK:  String Quartet No. 5
BEETHOVEN:  String Quartet in e minor, Op 59, No. 2

Emerson String Quartet

“The Emerson has staked its claim to being the one indispensable quartet in a world that is constantly creating more, excellent ensembles.” newsday

Fri 8/9/19 8:00PM Norfolk Festival Music Shed Emerson String Quartet


Emerging Artists Showcase XIV
Norfolk EAS 2019
Emerging Artists Showcase XIV
Sat 8/10/19 10:30AM Norfolk Festival Music Shed EAS August 10


Concerto Night!
Norfolk 2019
Concerto Night!

VIVALDI:  Concerto for Violin, Two Oboes, Bassoon, and Two Horns
VIVALDI:  Concerto for Two Cellos
BACH:  Brandenburg Concerto No. 6
VIVALDI:  Concerto for Four Violins
MOZART:  Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K 414

William Purvis  horn,  Melvin Chen  violin,
Ani Kavafian  violin,  Ole Akahoshi   cello,
Gilbert Kalish  piano,  with  Norfolk Festival Fellows

We close our Chamber Music Series by showcasing the Norfolk Faculty and Fellows with a program of concertos by Vivaldi, Bach, and Mozart. Join us for this celebratory program of virtuosic playing by Norfolk Fellows and Faculty alike.

Sat 8/10/19 8:00PM Norfolk Festival Music Shed Concerto Night!


Choral Lecture & Demonstration
Norfolk Masterclasses
Choral Lecture & Demonstration
Wed 8/14/19 7:30PM Norfolk Festival Music Shed Choral Lecture & Demonstration


Choral Festival
Norfolk 2019
Choral Festival

With a first-rate choir and ensemble, coupled with Simon Carrington’s remarkable programming, this concert has always been a highlight of the Norfolk summer. This stunning program showcases a range of choral music from four centuries, and includes works for chorus alone, some with a soloist and some accompanied by a top flight instrumental ensemble — and encompasses everything from majestic beauty, to works of intimacy, and always a piece of great humor and joy. All in the Music Shed’s outstanding acoustics where you’ll hear every detail. You won’t want to miss this one!

Simon Carrington  Director | conductor
Emilia Donato  soprano,
Ilya Poletaev  Associate Director | keyboards
Jacques Lee Woodcello
with the Norfolk Festival Chamber Choir and Orchestra

Sat 8/17/19 4:00PM Norfolk Festival Music Shed Choral Festival


Sofya Gulyak
Horowitz Piano Series
Sofya Gulyak
Wed 9/18/19 7:30PM Morse Recital Hall Sofya Gulyak


Peter Oundjian, <i>principal conductor</i>
Yale Philharmonia
Peter Oundjian, principal conductor
Fri 9/20/19 7:30PM Woolsey Hall Peter Oundjian, principal conductor


Brentano String Quartet
Oneppo Chamber Music Series
Brentano String Quartet
Tue 9/24/19 7:30PM Morse Recital Hall Brentano String Quartet


Robert Blocker, <i>piano</i>
Horowitz Piano Series
Robert Blocker, piano
Wed 10/2/19 7:30PM Morse Recital Hall Robert Blocker, piano


Akropolis Reed Quintet
Oneppo Chamber Music Series
Akropolis Reed Quintet
Tue 10/22/19 7:30PM Morse Recital Hall Akropolis Reed Quintet


Ludovic Morlot, <i>guest conductor</i>
Yale Philharmonia
Ludovic Morlot, guest conductor
Fri 10/25/19 7:30PM Woolsey Hall Ludovic Morlot, guest conductor


Boris Berman, <i>piano</i>
Horowitz Piano Series
Boris Berman, piano
Wed 11/6/19 7:30PM Morse Recital Hall Boris Berman, piano


Polonsky-Shifrin-Wiley Trio
Oneppo Chamber Music Series
Polonsky-Shifrin-Wiley Trio
Tue 11/12/19 7:30PM Morse Recital Hall Polonsky-Shifrin-Wiley Trio


Peter Oundjian, <i>principal conductor</i>
Yale Philharmonia
Peter Oundjian, principal conductor
Thu 11/21/19 7:30PM Woolsey Hall Peter Oundjian, principal conductor


Horszowski Trio
Oneppo Chamber Music Series
Horszowski Trio
Tue 12/3/19 7:30PM Morse Recital Hall Horszowski Trio


Boris Slutsky, <i>piano</i>
Horowitz Piano Series
Boris Slutsky, piano
Wed 12/11/19 7:30PM Morse Recital Hall Boris Slutsky, piano


Melvin Chen, <i>piano</i>
Horowitz Piano Series
Melvin Chen, piano
Wed 1/22/20 7:30PM Morse Recital Hall Melvin Chen, piano


Peter Oundjian, <i>principal conductor</i>
Yale Philharmonia
Peter Oundjian, principal conductor
Fri 1/24/20 7:30PM Woolsey Hall Peter Oundjian, principal conductor


Brentano String Quartet
Oneppo Chamber Music Series
Brentano String Quartet
Tue 1/28/20 7:30PM Morse Recital Hall Brentano String Quartet


Hung-Kuan Chen, <i>piano</i>
Horowitz Piano Series
Hung-Kuan Chen, piano
Wed 2/12/20 7:30PM Morse Recital Hall Hung-Kuan Chen, piano


Zukerman Trio
Oneppo Chamber Music Series
Zukerman Trio
Tue 2/18/20 7:30PM Morse Recital Hall Zukerman Trio


Philharmonia in Sprague
Yale Philharmonia
Philharmonia in Sprague
Fri 2/28/20 7:30PM Morse Recital Hall Philharmonia in Sprague


Lucille Chung and Alessio Bax
Horowitz Piano Series
Lucille Chung and Alessio Bax
Wed 3/4/20 7:30PM Morse Recital Hall Lucille Chung and Alessio Bax


David Hill, <i>guest conductor</i>
Yale Philharmonia
David Hill, guest conductor
Sun 3/8/20 4:00PM Woolsey Hall David Hill, guest conductor


Wei-Yi Yang, <i>piano</i>
Horowitz Piano Series
Wei-Yi Yang, piano
Wed 3/25/20 7:30PM Morse Recital Hall Wei-Yi Yang, piano


Pamela Frank and Emanuel Ax
Oneppo Chamber Music Series
Pamela Frank and Emanuel Ax
Tue 3/31/20 7:30PM Morse Recital Hall Pamela Frank and Emanuel Ax


Carlos Kalmar, <i>guest conductor</i>
Yale Philharmonia
Carlos Kalmar, guest conductor
Fri 4/3/20 7:30PM Woolsey Hall Carlos Kalmar, guest conductor


Competition Winners
Oneppo Chamber Music Series
Competition Winners
Tue 5/5/20 7:30PM Morse Recital Hall Competition Winners