You're invited to Bella Musica, a gala benefiting the Charlottesville Symphony on Thursday, April 4, 6:00pm, at King Family Vineyards in Crozet!
Enjoy elegant hors d'oeuvres against the stunning backdrop of the Blue Ridge, award-winning wines from King Family Vineyards, a sumptuous Italian feast catered by The Local, and a variety of live Italian music from classical to gypsy-jazz.
Grab your wand and join Harry, Ron and Hermione at Platform 9 ¾ to board the Hogwarts Express for a musical adventure through the world of Harry Potter! Don’t miss the most iconic musical moments from all eight Harry Potter films performed live by a full symphony orchestra. Music Director Benjamin Rous leads the Charlottesville Symphony in this family-friendly, one-time-only performance of music by John Williams, Alexandre Desplat, Nicholas Hooper and Patrick Doyle. Audience members are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite witch or wizard.
Mendelssohn’s "Italian" Symphony is one of the best-known and most-performed symphonies in the orchestral literature. Sunny and endlessly tuneful, it was inspired by the composer’s travels throughout Italy in the 1830’s. Joseph Lin, former First Violin in the renowned Julliard String Quartet, joins the orchestra for Bartok’s folk-inflected Second Violin Concerto, a work of intense virtuosity, colorful orchestral flourishes and impish humor.
The Symphony closes its 2018-19 season with two towering works: Respighi’s glittering orchestral tone poem, Pines of Rome, which travels from the depths of the catacombs to glorious villa gardens, and Schumann’s Piano Concerto (with soloist Jonathan Yates), which served as an inspiration for the piano concertos of Grieg and Rachmaninoff. The otherworldly Prelude to Wagner’s last completed opera, Parsifal, and a work by UVA Emeritus Professor Judith Shatin complete the program.