Artsline - Music, Dance and More from RVA & around the World!
Artsline: Virtual Edition || May 10, 2021
“Take a music-bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water-bath is to the body.” ~Oliver Wendell Holmes
Performers from around the region and around the world bring music to wash away the doldrums and bring in all the colors of Spring - starting with the Menuhin Competition beginning on May 14! With easing restrictions, enjoy live, in-person concerts at various venues, both indoors and outdoors. There are still many online opportunities as well, connecting the RVA to art around the world. Check out what’s going on this week!
1. MENUHIN COMPETITION CELEBRATION CONCERT
May 14 & 15, 8pm
Online and at Dominion Energy Center, 600 E Grace St, Richmond, 23219
Join internationally renowned conductor Jahja Ling and the Richmond Symphony in celebration of the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021. Ling will be joined onstage by Angelo Xiang Yu, Senior 1st Prizewinner of the Menuhin Competition Oslo 2010 and a juror for this year’s Competition. Yu has won international acclaim for his astonishing technique and exceptional musical maturity. This spectacular concert will include a world premiere by Richmond native, Mason Bates, commissioned in honor of this year’s Competition. Both of these performances will be recorded and incorporated into the Competition’s closing Gala Presentation, free to watch online here and on VPM PBS on May 23 at 5:00 pm. For more information about the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021 and other free events to watch online between May 15-23, visit the Menuhin Competition website. Purchase tickets for this concert online.
2. BLUE SKIES WITH THE DESIREE ROOTS JAZZ TRIO
May 15, 12:30pm, 3:00 pm, 5:30pm
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, 23060
$30/2-person pod, $50/4-person pod
Gather your friends and join The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen outside for some wonderful Jazz from one of our favorite Richmond Divas, Desiree Roots, and her Jazz Trio! This outside, socially distant, 60-minute concert will include some of Desiree’s favorite Jazz songs, sure to put a smile on your face and some Spring in your step! Feel free to bring chairs and a cooler! Come enjoy some warm sounds, cool tunes and blue skies with Desiree Roots. Purchase tickets online or call 804-261-ARTS.
3. ARTS ON THE LAWN
Visual Arts, Crafts, Makers
The Hermitage, 1600 Westwood Ave, Richmond, VA 23227-4622, United States
Please join The Hermitage Richmond's first Arts on the Lawn event, an outdoor, socially-distant art and craft show. Shop with local artists and artisans, and see art demos and plein air painters in action! Funds raised from the sale of vendor space at Arts on the Lawn will go towards Hermitage Richmond's OMA program, an art program benefiting people with dementia. Artists benefit from 100% of their sales.
4. GLADES IN THE SKY
May 14, 7pm
Online and at Trinity Lutheran Church 2315 North Parham Road, Henrico, 23229
Rising star Margaret Woods, accompanied by Daniel Stipe on piano, sings Lili Boulanger's practically unknown song cycle Clairieres dans le ciel (Glades in the Sky), a heart-rending tale of love and loss, as well as lighter songs by Duke Ellington. Presented by Trinity Lutheran Church. To attend in-person and socially distanced, you must register online. Or you can watch virtually through Facebook Live.
5. THE LEDGER AND THE CHAIN: HOW DOMESTIC SLAVE TRADERS SHAPED AMERICA
History, Literary Arts
May 13, 6pm
Join Joshua Rothman, author of the stunning new book The Ledger and the Chain, and Library of Virginia’s Gregg Kimball in a virtual discussion about the rise of domestic slave trading as a grimly efficient business in the antebellum era and how its impact still reverberates today. Rothman, chair of the department of history at the University of Alabama, is the author of two prize-winning books, Flush Times and Fever Dreams and Notorious in the Neighborhood. Register online for this free event.
6. FRIENDS OF MUSIC CONCERT SERIES
May 14, 7:30pm
Online and at Saint Bridget Catholic Church, 6006 Three Chopt Road, Richmond, 23226
Saint Bridget Catholic Church offers a spectacular performance by organist Daniel Sañez for the third installment of their Friends of Music 2020-2021 concert season. Currently the Director of Music and Liturgy at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond, VA, Daniel is a graduate of Boston College and the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music; he has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, and Germany. This free concert may be attended virtually or in-person. Register online.
7. DAY TRIP
May 13 - Opening Reception
Exhibit through July 2
Reynolds Gallery, 1514 West Main Street, Richmond, 23220
Reynolds Gallery opens Day Trip, a group exhibition featuring work by regional artists, Patrick Berran, James Busby, David Freed, Philip Geiger, Sue Heatley, Kiyomi Iwata, Ray Kass, Joseph Seipel, Mary Temple, and Jack Wax; new-to-the-gallery painter, Nick McPhail; and fresh prints by Mary Lee Bendolph, Woody De Othello, and Donald Sultan.
8. THIS VERY TREE BOOK LAUNCH
May 11, 7pm
bbgb books hosts the launch celebration of This Very Tree by author/illustrator Sean Rubin! Join them as Sean presents a live drawing demonstration along with a conversation by the voice-actress of the audiobook, Jennifer Ceci. Register online for this free event.
May 15, 1pm & 2pm
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave, Richmond, 23228
The Latin Ballet of Virginia brings legends and myths from around the world to life featuring international artists to tell the stories through dance. Mistica is the first in their World Mythology Series and will be performed in Lewis Ginter’s Rose Garden. Advance online tickets required.
10. COMMUNITY CONCERT
May 16, 4pm
Online and at The Beacon Theatre, 401 N. Main Street, Hopewell, 23860
The City of Hopewell is once again sponsoring Petersburg Symphony Orchestra to bring this concert to The Beacon Theatre. The performance will feature the PSO String Quartet, Woodwind Quintet, and Bonefire Trombone Choir. In person concert has limited seating to accommodate social distancing requirements. Also watch online, live-streamed from the PSO website. Call (804)446-3457 for tickets.
If you are an arts or cultural organization with social-distance-safe events such as online classes, virtual exhibitions or concerts, or even book readings, submit your events to Artsline here. If you are an artist or an arts or cultural organization in need of resources and tools during the COVID-19 pandemic, check out the list of local and national resources from Richmond CultureWorks.