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The world is coming to Richmond for the Menuhin Competition – the “Olympics of Violin” – this May

The world is coming to Richmond from May 14-24, 2020 for the Menuhin Competition, the world’s leading international competition for young violinists. This Competition, called the “Olympics of the Violin,” is held every two years in different cities around the world.

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The world is coming to Richmond from May 14-24, 2020 for the Menuhin Competition, the world’s leading international competition for young violinists. This Competition, called the “Olympics of the Violin,” is held every two years in different cities around the world. Richmond is set to be the host city in 2020—only the second time that the Competition has been held in the U.S.

The Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020 will showcase the exceptional talents of 44 competitors: 22 Juniors ages 15 and under, and 22 Seniors from ages 15-21. A record 321 candidates from 32 countries and five continents applied by the Oct. 31 deadline, and the 44 global competitors were announced in January. One of the competitors is from Virginia, Kayleigh Kim.

For 11 days in May, Richmond will be transformed into a celebratory festival of music with competitions, performances, master classes and concerts in several music genres throughout the region. Co-hosts are the Richmond Symphony, the City of Richmond, the University of Richmond, VCU and VPM.

The first round events at Camp Concert Hall at the University of Richmond are free to the public, but a ticket is required for admission and can be requested here. Semi-final rounds will be held at the W.E. Singleton Center at VCU, and final rounds will be held at the Dominion Energy Center downtown.

For more information about the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020, including dates, times, venues and tickets for all of the events, visit the website.

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Winners announced in fourteenth annual Artsies, with Swift Creek Mill and Virginia Rep sweeping gala

Swift Creek Mill and Virginia Rep swept the night, with 6 awards for “Murder for Two” and 5 for “Mamma Mia!”

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The 14th Richmond Theatre Community Circle Awards (Artsies) (formerly, Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards) was back as an in-person black-tie event to recognize excellence in Richmond-area theater. The theme of this year’s event – “We’re Still Here” – speaks to the remarkable tenacity and resilience of the arts and arts organizations throughout the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Not only are the Artsies the community’s recognition of excellence in Richmond-area theater, but they are the primary fundraising event for the Theatre Artist Fund of Greater Richmond (Fund). The Fund provides emergency financial assistance to theater artists who have experienced an exceptional financial need related to a specific crisis beyond their control. Since its inception, the Artsies have raised $89,446.24 for the Fund, which has written 21 grants totaling $30,468 for artists in need.

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Richmond-area professional theaters staged a number of remarkable productions – and audiences turned out to see them. Swift Creek Mill Theatre came away with an impressive seven wins, including six for its production of “Murder for Two,” which was also the production that won the most Artsies. The production captured the award for Best Musical and both awards in the new Best Lead Performance in a Musical category, which went to Emily Berg-Poff Dandridge and Mark Schenfisch. Anne Michelle Forbes also earned an award for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical for her performance in “Winter Wonderettes.”

Virginia Repertory Theatre (Virginia Rep) took away ten Artsies, most of them for its production of “Mamma Mia!”. “Mamma Mia!” received five awards, including Best Supporting Performance in a Musical, which went to Grey Garrett. The show also picked up awards for Best Choreography for Ashleigh King; Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design in a Musical for Sue Griffin’s and Marcia Miller Hailey’s costumes; Outstanding Achievement in Set Design in a Musical for Josafath Reynoso’s set; and Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design in a Musical for Jacob Mishler’s sound. Two Artsies went to Virginia Rep partner Cadence Theatre, whose cast won the Ernie McClintock Best Acting Ensemble Award for their performance in “Small Mouth Sounds,” which was also honored for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design in a Play for Joey Luck’s sound. All three awards for Best Supporting Performance in a Play went to Virginia Rep: one to Laine Satterfield for her performance in “Pipeline,” one to Catherine Schaffner for her role in “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” and one to Joy Williams for her work in “Barefoot in the Park.”

All three of Richmond Triangle Players’ awards recognized its production of “Sugar in Our Wounds,” including Best Play, Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design in a Play for Steven Koehler’s lighting, and Outstanding Achievement in Set Design in a Play for William Luther’s set.

Firehouse Theatre’s production of “The Barber of Moville” was honored as Outstanding Original Work. Firehouse also took away awards for Best Lead Performance in a Play for Jamar Jones’ performance in “Fires in the Mirror” and Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design in a play for Margarette Joyner’s costumes for the same show.

The other award for Best Lead Performance in a Play went to Alec Beard for his performance in Quill’s one-man show, “An Iliad.” Although two theatre companies did not survive the pandemic, they each won an award. The Illuminated Stage Theatre Company was honored with Best Direction of a Play for Julie Fulcher-Davis’ work on “Every Brilliant Thing.” Mikayla LaShae Bartholomew was recognized for Breakout Performance for her role in TheatreLAB’s “The Niceties.”

“’I’ve come through the fire. I’ve come through the flood. I’ve made it through, and so have you.’ The words of this old spiritual could have been written to describe the resilience of the Richmond theatre community,” said Julinda Lewis, RTCC President. “We have been through a lot these past two years. We’ve taken some blows, but we’re still here, standing strong, together.”

Best Musical

“Murder for Two”

Swift Creek Mill Theatre

Best Direction, Musical

Tom Width

“Murder for Two”

Best Lead Performance – Musical

Emily Berg-Poff Dandridge

“Murder for Two”

 

Best Lead Performance – Musical

Mark Schenfisch

“Murder for Two”

 

Best Supporting Performance – Musical

Anne Michelle Forbes

“Winter Wonderettes”

 

Best Supporting Performance – Musical

Grey Garrett

“Mamma Mia!”

 

Best Musical Direction

Mark Schenfisch

“Murder for Two”

Best Choreography

Ashleigh King

“Mamma Mia!”

Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design, Musical

Sue Griffin and Marcia Miller Hailey

“Mamma Mia!”

Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design, Musical

Joe Doran

“Murder for Two”

 

Outstanding Achievement in Set Design, Musical

Josafath Reynoso

“Mamma Mia!”

 

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design, Musical

Jacob Mishler

“Mamma Mia!”

Best Play

“Sugar in Our Wounds”

Richmond Triangle Players

Best Direction, Play

Julie Fulcher-Davis

“Every Brilliant Thing”

 

Best Lead Performance, Play

Alec Beard

“An Iliad”

Best Lead Performance, Play

Jamar Jones

“Fires in the Mirror”

 

Best Supporting Performance, Play

Laine Satterfield

“Pipeline”

Best Supporting Performance, Play

Catherine Schaffner

“A Doll’s House, Part 2”

Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design, Play

Margarette Joyner

“Fires in the Mirror”

Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design, Play

Steven Koehler

“Sugar in Our Wounds”

 

Outstanding Achievement in Set Design, Play

William Luther

“Sugar in Our Wounds”

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design, Play

Joey Luck

“Small Mouth Sounds”

2022 Ernie McClintock Best Acting Ensemble Award

The cast members of the Cadence Theatre, in partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre, production of “Small Mouth Sounds” are honored for their notable performance as a cohesive and compelling ensemble:

 

Larry Cook

Marisa Guida

Jenny Hundley

Lauren Leinhaas-Cook

Maura Mazurowski

Jim Morgan

Adam Valentine

Breakout Performance

Mikayla LaShae Bartholomew

“The Niceties”

Outstanding Original Work

“The Barber of Moville”

Firehouse Theatre

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Burning Man artist Kate Raudenbush to premiere exhibit at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in 2023

A collaborative effort born out of the legendary Burning Man community, the exhibit will offer a quest for self-inquiry inside the Garden’s peaceful oasis.

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has announced Burning Man artist Kate Raudenbush will premiere her enchanting and evocative new exhibit Incanto: An Oasis of Lyrical Sculpture at the Garden in 2023. In collaboration with poet Sha Michele, the show will feature five monumental sculptures and runs from April 28 through October 29, 2023.

A collaborative effort born out of the legendary Burning Man community, the exhibit will offer a quest for self-inquiry inside the Garden’s peaceful oasis. The artists are designing the experience with Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in mind in this first showing of their art in a botanical garden setting.

Intricately and beautifully designed from a range of laser-cut, mixed metals such as weathered steel; mirror-polished, hammered stainless steel; and patinated bronze, most sculptures will invite visitors to step inside. With heights reaching up to seventeen feet, they will serve as portals to other worlds of thought, meaning, and healing.

Each piece is being created in dialogue with the landscape to embrace companion plantings and water features developed in collaboration with the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Horticulture team. Dramatically lit from within and paired with poetry, the art will create multi-sensory experiences inviting further exploration at night. As a result, the Garden will offer many related events, classes, and even extended hours on select evenings.

The Garden will share the work in progress with exclusive content in the months before the show’s debut. Everyone is invited to follow the journey as these two artists create an experience specially designed for the community. Learn more here.

Currently living and working in New York City, Kate Raudenbush and Sha Michele’s friendship began in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada at Burning Man in 2000. The idea for Incanto was born in the silent spaces of solitary self-inquiry during the global pandemic of 2020. @KateRaudenbush @ShaMicheleArts.

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VMFA, Starr Hill Brewery team up on limited edition beer to celebrate upcoming ‘Storied Strings’ guitar exhibition

The exclusive brew will debut at an evening launch party being held from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, 2022, at Starr Hill Beer Hall & Rooftop in Richmond.

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Starr Hill Brewery and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) recently announced the launch of a limited-edition beer, Storied Strings Lager, developed to celebrate the museum’s upcoming exhibition, Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art.

The exclusive brew will debut at an evening launch party being held from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, 2022, at Starr Hill Beer Hall & Rooftop in Richmond. Storied Strings Lager will be available for purchase by guests ages 21 and older with IDs. For more information about the Storied Strings Lager release party, visit www.VMFA.museum.

“To expand the awareness of our institution and to reach new audiences, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts thoughtfully engages local community businesses in smart and unique collaborations,” said Jan Hatchette, VMFA’s Deputy Director for Communications and Marketing. “Working with Starr Hill’s talented brewers to develop Storied Strings Lager has been an exciting creative experience. This carefully crafted beer in its distinctive can will help to introduce VMFA and our upcoming exhibition, Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art, to a new generation of visitors.”

Storied Strings Lager, available starting October 1, 2022, is a harmonious fusion of Starr Hill and VMFA’s shared passion for music and art. The special brew is a light-bodied beer prominently featuring German malts, which provide its pale amber color and notes of biscuit and toffee on the palate. This subtle malt sweetness is balanced by German Hallertau hops and a crisp, clean finish. It is perfect for a concert or backyard jam.

Available in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans and draft, Storied Strings Lager will be sold across Virginia at Starr Hill’s six breweries and at VMFA’s Best Café and Amuse Restaurant for a limited time — until March 19, 2023, or supplies sell out.

Storied Strings Lager’s eye-catching can features Jessie with Guitar (1957), a work by eminent American artist Thomas Hart Benton (1889–1975). The iconic painting is one of more than 150 works of art and instruments that will be included in the exhibition Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art on view at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts from October 8, 2022 to March 19, 2023.

“Since its inception, Starr Hill has strived to create a connection between high-quality beer and great music. The brewery has supported and will continue to support local artists and musicians across the Commonwealth,” said Allie Hochman, General Manager at Starr Hill Richmond. “Starr Hill is thrilled to partner with VMFA on this collaboration, and we look forward to sharing Storied Strings Lager with art and beer fans everywhere!”

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