Upcoming Events

Sep 1, 2024

CMSCVA 2024-25 Season Ticket Bundle

Join the CMSCVA for our 2024-25 season – our 20th anniversary! Experience the most unique classical music series in Richmond with a discounted ticket package. This package of six concerts will celebrate our anniversary with treasured favorites, music especially written for our anniversary, and all of the innovation and excellence our audiences have come to expect. Your guides will be twenty-five sensational musicians, who will wow you with their virtuosity, charm, and musical storytelling. Our season ticket includes six events at a 10 % discount and will be available through September 15th. One concert, Baroque at Wilton, has two performance times. Please include your contact information in your order, and we will contact you to see which date you prefer.     The season ticket includes: The House of Handel Date: Sunday September 15, 4:00pm Venue: Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, 4819 Monument Ave., Richmond Opening our 20th anniversary season with a Baroque flourish, CMSCVA celebrates the music of George Friderick Handel. This special program is a bespoke playlist of gorgeous instrumental music inspired by one of the composer’s most beloved works, the Messiah. All of this glorious music will be performed on an eleven-piece orchestra of period instruments. Swept Away! Date: Monday, October 14, 7:00pm Venue: First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1000 Blanton Ave., Richmond The freedom and joy of 1930’s Germany cabaret culture was swept away by the winds of fascism and war. Experience this unique period in musical history through songs and instrumental works by banned and émigré composers from the time, and explore lyrics and text inspired by a Holocaust era journal in “For a Look or a Touch,” a moving chamber opera by contemporary American composer Jake Heggie. With “Swept Away!” CMSCVA revisits two of the more intriguing concert themes we have featured over the past two…

September 1, 2024 at SEASON STARTS SEPT 15 Multiple Venues in Richmond
Sep 15, 2024

The House of Handel

Opening our 20th anniversary season with a Baroque flourish, CMSCVA celebrates the music of Georg Friderick Handel. This special program takes the form of a bespoke playlist of gorgeous instrumental music inspired by one of the composer’s most beloved works, the Messiah. All of this glorious music will be performed on an eleven-piece orchestra of period instruments.

September 15, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. Holy Comforter Episcopal Church
Oct 12, 2024

Free concert: A Richmond Cabaret

They say “life is a cabaret,” so why shouldn’t we celebrate Richmond in song? Revel in contemporary American life and the Richmond experience with this recital of cabaret songs, including special commissions from CMSCVA by Virginia composers Emily Graham, Zachary Wadsworth, Riley Peters, and Betsy Podsiadlo.

October 12, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. Richmond Main Public Library
Oct 14, 2024

Swept Away!

The freedom and joy of 1930’s Germany cabaret culture was swept away by the winds of fascism and war. Travel back to this unique period in musical history with songs and instrumental works by banned and émigré composers from the time, and “For a Look or a Touch,” a moving chamber opera by contemporary American composer Jake Heggie. With “Swept Away!” CMSCVA revisits two of the more intriguing concert themes we have featured over the past two decades – revolutionary and banned music, and forbidden love.

October 14, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. First Unitarian Universalist Church
Nov 9, 2024

Free Concert – Opus 20: The Sun

Celebrate CMSCVA’s 20th anniversary (and the dawn of chamber music) with music by the “father of the string quartet,” Joseph Haydn, and young composers from Richmond in this sun-themed concert. The premiere of a new work by Richmond native Kyle Valorose joins music from Haydn’s collection nicknamed the “Sun Quartets,” opus 20, in which Haydn developed compositional techniques that were to define chamber music for the next 200 years.

November 9, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. Richmond Main Public Library
Dec 16, 2024

Bach by Candlelight

  Before candlelight concerts became popular, CMSCVA presented this concept seventeen years ago with “Bach by Candlelight,” one of the favorite concerts from our past 20 years. This year, we present a revival of this concert with elegant and emotional music from  J. S. Bach’s solo cello suites and violin partitas, played in candlelight. Intimate music perfect for a winter’s night performed by violinist Johnny Gandelsman and cellist James Wilson.

December 16, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. Holy Comforter Episcopal Church
Jan 1, 2025

Free Online Event – Festival of Premieres

Through the month of January, CMSCVA celebrates our contribution to the chamber music repertoire with a digital festival of pieces we have commissioned and premiered. Enjoy works written for CMSCVA in the past four years that have transformed the chamber music repertoire and delighted audiences throughout Richmond.  Shuying Li, Eight Immortals and the Sea Kevin Day,  Surgent Zachary Wadsworth Palaces of Memory, and C/1995 O1 Kenyon Duncan, we go where we need to go Angélica Negrón, A través del manto luminoso Brian Raphael Nabors, Soul Bop And the Our Pictures project with works by Chloe Biggs, Benjamin Broening, Krystal Folkestad, Antonio Garcia, and Donovan Williams.  

January 1, 2025 at Streaming Online
Feb 15, 2025

Free Concert – Opus 20: Anniversary

CMSCVA continues its theme of “20” in celebration of our 20th anniversary with Romantic music from the late 19th century. Edward Elgar’s Serenade opus 20 makes its CMSCVA debut in a special arrangement for strings and flute, and is joined by Borodin’s famous String Quartet in D major, written as a 20th anniversary wedding gift for his wife. This concert is presented in partnership with the Richmond Public Library’s Gellman Room Concerts.

February 15, 2025 at 2:00 p.m. Richmond Main Public Library
Feb 16, 2025

Celebration

What could celebrate our 20th anniversary more perfectly than a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s exhilarating Octet, opus 20? We pair this famous piece of chamber music with a joyful fanfare commissioned for this year from Richmond’s own Donovan Williams, and celebrate the 100th anniversary years of composers Maurice Ravel and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

February 16, 2025 at 4:00 p.m. St Mary's Episcopal Church
Mar 8, 2025

Baroque at Wilton: March 8

Built in 1753, members of the Randolph family called Wilton home for over 100 years and entertained some of the most notable political figures including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Having survived the Revolutionary and Civil War, the Wilton House has a rich and complex history. CMSCVA returns to this historic setting for a program of Baroque music performed on period instruments. Because of the intimate size of the Wilton House venue, this concert is offered on two dates.

March 8, 2025 at 7:00 p.m. Wilton House Museum

Next Concert

Sept. 15, 4PM – THE HOUSE OF HANDEL

Opening our 20th anniversary season with a Baroque flourish, CMSCVA celebrates the music of Georg Friderick Handel. This special program takes the form of a bespoke playlist of gorgeous instrumental music inspired by one of the composer’s most beloved works, the Messiah. All of this glorious music will be performed on an eleven-piece orchestra of period instruments. Get your tickets here.