The Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia continues its 45th season with concerts on Saturday, February 15, 8:00pm, at Old Cabell Hall on the Grounds of the University of Virginia and Sunday, February 16, 3:30pm, at Charlottesville High School’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center.
Music Director Benjamin Rous conducts the orchestra in a program titled “British Riches.” Tenor Zachary Wilder sings musical settings of poetry by A.E. Houseman, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Thomas Middleton, William Wordsworth, Wilfred Owen, John Keats and William Shakespeare.
Their words are included in “A Shropshire Lad, Rhapsody for Orchestra” by George Butterworth; Benjamin Britten’s “Nocturne”; Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “On Wenlock Edge”; Malcolm Arnold’s “Tam O’Shanter” Overture; and “Elegy for Strings” by Welsh composer Grace Williams. Wilder will be heard in “Nocturne” and “On Wenlock Edge.”
American Tenor Zachary Wilder is praised for his work in repertoire from the 17th and 18th centuries, and is sought after on both the concert and operatic stages worldwide. He works with leading ensembles including American Bach Soloists, Bach Collegium Japan, Boston Early Music Festival, the English Baroque Soloists, Handel & Haydn Society, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.
The law firm of McGuireWoods is the corporate sponsor of these performances. The orchestra’s 2019-20 season is supported in part by a major grant from the Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation.
For those who want to “Know the Score,” pre-concert lectures are presented 45 minutes prior to each Saturday night concert at nearby Minor Hall. Free of charge, these popular lectures by UVA McIntire Department of Music Associate Professor Richard Will offer a lively and informative behind-the-scenes look at each concert’s works. In-depth program notes are posted on the orchestra’s website, www.cvillesymphony.org, two weeks prior to each Masterworks concert.
Free parking is available in the UVA Central Grounds Parking Garage, located on Emmet Street South on Saturday nights and at Charlottesville High School’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center on Sunday afternoons. The Charlottesville Free Trolley stops at McCormick Road near the UVA Amphitheater, in close proximity to Old Cabell Hall. Both venues are wheelchair accessible.
Single tickets are $10-$45 for adults and $10 for students, and may be purchased at the University of Virginia Arts Box Office, (434) 924-3376, 12:00-5:00pm, Monday through Friday in the lobby of the Drama Building at 109 Culbreth Road, or online at www.artsboxoffice.virginia.edu.