Friday May 21, 3:30PM (On Demand after premiere)
The Danger of a Single Story: The Importance of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Arts and Their Role in Society
Aaron Dworkin, 2021 juror, violinist, and founder of the Sphinx Organization, leads a panel discussion jointly hosted by the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University and facilitated by University of Richmond President Dr. Ronald Crutcher. The discussion will center around the role and importance of diversity in art – not only in music, but also in dance and visual art. The panel also includes Jennifer Arnold, Director of Artistic Planning & Orchestral Operations of the Richmond Symphony; Alex Nyerges, Director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; Wesley Taylor, Professor of Graphic Design at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts; and Stoner Winslett, Artistic Director of the Richmond Ballet.
Friday May 21, 7:30PM (On Demand after premiere)
Five of the world’s best young violinists under the age of 16 will compete for one of the coveted prizes; Fred Child, the long-time host of public radio’s “Performance Today,” is master of ceremonies. Each finalist will perform Bound Away, a new commission written by Mason Bates; the first movement of a Classical or Romantic concerto with a cadenza of their choice, with piano accompaniment; and a solo or accompanied piece chosen by the competitor. The members of the virtual audience will also have the opportunity to vote for a finalist to be awarded the Audience Prize. The prizewinners will be announced at the end of the evening.
Saturday May 22, 7:30PM (On Demand after premiere)
The Competition culminates with the Senior finalists of the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021; Fred Child, the long-time host of public radio’s “Performance Today,” is master of ceremonies. Four of the world’s best young violinists perform the first movement, with piano accompaniment, of Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, or Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2. Each finalist also performs the second movement of a Mozart Violin Concerto and a piece of their choosing as they enter the final stage of their journey to be awarded one of the sought-after prizes. The members of the virtual audience will also have the opportunity to vote for a finalist to be awarded the Audience Prize. The prizewinners will be announced at the end of the evening.
The complete list of prizes will be virtually presented in a celebratory event leading up to the Gala Presentation.
Menuhin Competition Gala Presentation
The Gala Presentation brings the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021 to a rousing conclusion, with highlights of the week’s guest concerts and performances by the Junior and Senior 1st Prizewinners. The program features selections from the Richmond Symphony’s live concerts in Richmond on May 14 and 15, including Angelo Xiang Yu with the Symphony performing Mason Bates’ _Bound Away, _as well as performances from Christian Li, Chloe Chua, Mark & Maggie O'Connor, Regina Carter and the Sphinx Virtuosi.