UVA Chamber Music Series

The University of Virginia Chamber Music Series presents six performances by UVA's outstanding faculty and guest artists in beautiful Old Cabell Hall on the historic Lawn. This annual series brings professional performances to the University and the central Virginia community while providing inspired learning opportunities for students. These intimate concerts are programmed to offer both new and traditional works that will delight the novice as well as the well-tempered critic.  The UVA Chamber Music Series is directed by Kelly Sulick.

The University of Virginia Chamber Music Series is supported by the George F. and Marion E. Jones Endowed Lectureship Fund.

Concert Day / Date Time Place Tickets
David Sariti, Violin Sunday, 10/9/16 3:30pm Old Cabell Hall Tickets
Albemarle Ensemble Sunday, 10/30/16 3:30pm Old Cabell Hall Tickets
Rivanna String Quartet Sunday, 1/29/17 3:30pm Old Cabell Hall Tickets
Shawn Earle, Clarinet Sunday, 2/26/17 3:30pm Old Cabell Hall Tickets
Katy Ambrose, Horn Sunday, 3/19/17 3:30pm Old Cabell Hall Tickets
John Mayhood, Piano Sunday, 4/30/17 3:30pm Old Cabell Hall Tickets

All program are subject to change.  All events take place in the acoustically remarkable Old Cabell Hall.

Individual Tickets: $15 General / $13 UVa Faculty & Staff / $5 Students / Free for UVA Students who reserve in advance / Free for students under 18.
Concert Series Subscriptions: $75 General / $60 UVa Faculty & Staff / $25 Students

Tickets and subscriptions can be purchased at the UVA Arts Box Office website or by calling 434-924-3376.


The McIntire Department of Music is pleased to present the 2016-2017 University of Virginia Chamber Music Series. This annual series, which presents innovative performances by the University of Virginia's world-class faculty and celebrated guest artists, is comprised of six professional performances for the University and the central Virginia community. These intimate afternoon concerts are programmed to offer both new and traditional works that will delight audiences of all musical tastes.

The series kicks off on Sunday, October 9 at 3:30 pm with violinist David Sariti presenting a scintillating program of music from all genres. Joined by John Mayhood on piano, Sariti will perform Grazyna Bacewicz's Three Dances for violin and piano, Benjamin Britten's sonorous Suite for Violin and Piano, Op. 6, and Ludwig van Beethoven's seminal Violin Sonata No. 9, "Kreutzer." Sariti will also be joined by Greg Howard on Chapman stick for a series of improvisations that you won't want to miss!

Albemarle Ensemble joins forces on Sunday, October 30 to present a diverse program of interdisciplinary works sure to delight audiences of all ages. In addition to Ludwig van Beethoven's classic Trio for Piano, Flute, and Bassoon in G Major and Charles Koechlin's whimsical Woodwind Trio, Op. 92, the ensemble will perform the irreverent Four 2-Bit Contraptions by Jan Bach and Carl Reinecke's sweeping Trio for Piano, Clarinet, and Horn, Op. 274. In an exploration of art across disciplines, the group will highlight works with literary connections: Milton Barnes's Anerca II (The Raven and the Children, an Inuit Tale), and Party Pieces, a unique group of works co-written by American composers John Cage, Henry Cowell, Lou Harrison, and Virgil Thomson. The Albemarle Ensemble will put a new spin on these Party Pieces, pairing their own poetic compositions with the musical mash-ups. This resident faculty ensemble in the McIntire Department of Music features faculty members Kelly Sulick, flute; Shawn Earle, clarinet; Elizabeth Roberts, bassoon; Katy Ambrose, horn; and John Mayhood, piano.

The Rivanna String Quartet rings in the new year with an evening of exemplar string quartets on Sunday, January 29 at 3:30 pm, when the group lends its artistic vision to William Grant Still's poetic Lyric String Quartette. The quartet will be joined by guests Pamela Beasley, soprano, and John Mayhood, piano, for Gabriel Fauré's ethereal La bonne chanson, op. 61; their program concludes with Maurice Ravel's invigorating String Quartet in F Major. This resident ensemble is comprised of McIntire Department of Music string faculty members Daniel Sender and David Sariti, violins; Ayn Balija, viola, and Adam Carter, cello. 

The series continues with aplomb as clarinetist Shawn Earle presents "Canadian Vignettes" on Sunday, February 26. Joined by special guest Rory Cowal, piano, Earle will present a series of works by Canadian composers. This program of twentieth and twenty-first century works weaves a rich tapestry from the narrative of Canada's musical culture, and features Oskar Morawetz's Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Denis Gougeon's Terre from Six Thèmes Solaires, Elliot Weisgarber's Empty Sky Ko Ku, Lucio Agostini's Trio Québecois, Omar Daniel's Three Chambers, Gordon Fitzell's Bliss Point, and León Zuckert's Doina Romanian Fantasia. 

On Sunday, March 19, Katy Ambrose will present a potpourri of works for French horn and piano. Alongside John Mayhood, piano, Ambrose will present masterworks and modern classics alike, including Vitaly Bujanovsky's España, Paul Hindemith's Alto Horn Sonata, Franz Joseph Strauss's Fantasie on Schubert's Sehnsuchtswaltzer, Op. 2, David Gwilt's Sonatina for Horn and Piano, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 3 in E-flat Major, K. 447, and Vincent Persichetti's Parable VII for Solo Horn.

The 2016-2017 University of Virginia Chamber Music Series concludes on Sunday, April 30 at 3:30 pm as pianist John Mayhood presents the final piano sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven. In this tour de force recital, Mayhood will perform Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109, Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat, Op. 110, and Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111. This masterful program provides an exhilarating conclusion to the 2016-2017 concert series. 

Tickets for all concerts are $15 general admission, $8 for students, and are free for UVA students who reserve in advance and for those under 18.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the Arts Box Office at 434.924.3376, or by visitingartsboxoffice.virginia.edu

For additional information, please visit http://music.virginia.edu/uvacms.

The University of Virginia Chamber Music Series is supported by the George F. and Marion E. Jones Endowed Lectureship Fund.


McIntire Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176

Email: music@virginia.edu