The 2018-2019 Gellman Room Concert series celebrates 45 years of free public concerts on Saturdays at 2 pm in the Gellman Room at the Main Library. Concerts are presented by musicians and composers from Richmond, Virginia, and across the United States.
January 12 – “Journey through the Diversity in Classical Saxophone Literature”
Compositions by Molinelli, Maslanka, Bozza, and Rachmaninoff presented by piano/saxophone duo Alyssa and Kyle Darwin.
January 26 – “Naho Bessho”
Piano music by Mendelssohn, Ravel, Lyapunov, and Scriabin performed by Naho Bessho.
February 2 – “Richmond Music Teachers Association”
A concert with a romantic theme including composers Manuel de Falla, Piazzolla, Debussy, Ravel, Cecile Chaminade, and Schubert by members of the Richmond Music Teachers Association.
February 23 – “Lyrics, Learning, and Laughter”
Presented by the Greater Richmond Children’s Choir Concert and Treble choirs with directors Crystal Jonkman, Pete Curry, and Tiffany Cook present an eclectic program of music, poetry and amusements. Come be loud in the library and learn a lot, too!
March 2 – “Shostakovich and War 2”
Presented by the Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia
March 16 – Gerald “Ginki” Lee
Six piano pieces by Johannes Brahms, selections from Miroirs by Maurice Ravel, and piano sonatas No. 4 and 9 by Alexander Scriabin performed by Gerald “Ginki” Lee.
March 30 – “Vivaldi’s Variety—concertos, Sonatas, and Vocal Music by the Red Priest of Venice”
“Vivaldi’s Variety—concertos, Sonatas, and Vocal Music by the Red Priest of Venice” presented by Jefferson Baroque.
April 20 – “Stephanie and Friends: Bach and Beethoven”
Presented by Stephanie Barrett, cello, Kayla Williams, viola, and Charles Staples, piano
April 27 – “Piano Four Hands: Spanish and Hispano-American Composers”
Presented by Itzel Hamill and Marina Andueza.
September 29 – “Shostakovich and War 1”
The Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia presents a deep dive into the Third String Quartet by one of history’s most enigmatic composers, Dimitri Shostakovich. This powerful work is paired with music written by clarinetist Bryan Crumpler and readings chosen by writer Angela Lehman.
October 27 – “Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan”
Created by John Corigliano and presented by Margaret Taylor Woods, soprano, and Daniel Stipe, piano.
November 3 – “Sigma Alpha Iota”
Presentation of classical and popular selections.
November 17 – “Voyage dans la Nature”
Pianist Hyunja Lee studied in Paris and has been performing to spread French music and culture by holding recital series with French titles. This year’s concert, “Voyage dans la Nature,” will feature works of Debussy, Daquin, Falla, Rimsky-Korsakov and other composers accompanied by a presentation of images related to her repertoire’s theme.
December 8 – “Richmond Boys Choir”
Richmond Boys Choir returns to present holiday songs.
December 15 – “Biber and Peace”
Music inspired by the Mysteries of the Rosary and more from the Austrian Baroque composer and violin virtuoso Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber. With poetry inspired by the words of library patrons collected by writer Angela Lehman.