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Virginia Symphony Ensemble: Sunday at Irvington


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Rebecca Gilmore

The Foundation for Historic Christ Church in Irvington will conclude its “Roots” fall musical festivities with the Virginia Symphony Ensemble in concert on Sunday, October 12, at 3 p.m. JoAnn Falletta is the symphony’s music director.

The Virginia Symphony Ensemble will perform three chamber music selections in Christ Church. Called “Dreams of America,” the ensemble will perform chamber music by three Eastern European composers who lived in or visited the United States. The ensemble’s first selection will be Ernst von Dohnanyi’s popular “Serenade in C Major,” a five-movement trio of violin, viola, and cello. Composed early in the 20th century, a few years after Dohnanyi, a Hungarian, visited the United States, the serenade shows the influence of American folk music.

The final selection by the Symphony Ensemble is Anton Dvorak’s “American Quartet.” Written for two violins, a viola and a cello, the quartet was written when Dvorak spent the summer with his family in Spillville, Iowa, where some of his family had immigrated from what is now the Czech Republic. The quartet’s second movement reflects the influence of an African-American spiritual, the third imitates the song of an American bird, and the final movement suggests the presence of a railway train. The “American Quartet” remains one of Dvorak’s most popular compositions.

Bringing these sounds to Historic Christ Church are five talented members of the Virginia Symphony. Violinist and Virginia Symphony Assistant Concertmaster Amanda Gates Armstrong will share the stage with violinists Simon Lapointe and Mayu Cipriano, Beverly Kane Baker, violist, and Rebecca Gilmore, cellist.  These musicians have many years of experience performing with well-known orchestras throughout the U.S. and abroad.

The talent and skill of these musicians performing chamber music in the superb acoustics of Christ Church should make their concert a special treat for the audience, a fitting finale to two months of American roots music.

Tickets may be purchased in advance for $25 per person from the Foundation for Historic Christ Church in Weems, at Twice Told Tales in Kilmarnock, and The Dandelion in Irvington. Tickets also may be purchased for $30 on October 12, the day of the performance, at Christ Church.

posted 10.08.2008

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