About the Event
A Night of Chamber Music
with Mike Goldberg & Friends
August 14, 2019 | 7:30-9:00 PM
VPM, Studio A
23 Sesame Street, Richmond, VA 23235
Join us for an evening of music from the Romantic era with Mike Goldberg and Friends!
Enjoy selections from Brahms, Beethoven, and other pieces for a night of relaxed fun and entertainment in one of the largest TV studios on the East Coast!
Dessert reception and a post-concert photo op with Mike included!
Hosted by VPM Music as heard on 107.3 and 93.1 FM
Meet the musicians:
Mike Goldberg, Artistic Director and Clarinet, is the afternoon classical music host on VPM Music and serves as Coordinator of Classical Music Initiatives. You can also hear him hosting “Breakfast Classics” each weekend morning from 8AM-10AM. An accomplished orchestral and Broadway performer, Mike holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Highlights of his career include performing with the original Broadway production of “Into The Woods,” as well as touring and recording for CBS Masterworks with Wynton Marsalis and the Eastman Wind Ensemble. Also an accomplished conductor, he is co-founder and Music Director of the Central Virginia Wind Symphony, a group of the most talented high school musicians in the region. Mike has a passion for music education, and serves as Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet at Randolph-Macon College, while maintaining a private clarinet studio at Colonial Forge High School in Stafford County. You may also be familiar with his television work as a meteorologist at CBS 6.
Rebecca Gilmore, Cello, joined the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 1999. Currently, she is the Assistant Principal Cello with the VSO. Rebecca holds degrees in Cello Performance from Indiana University and Rice University. Her teachers include Janos Starker, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Norman Fischer and Desmond Hoebig. In 2010, Ms. Gilmore was broadcast live on NPR for a performance of Schubert’s Guitar Quartet with JoAnn Falletta. In 2016, she was thrilled to be given the spotlight in performances of Beethoven’s “Triple Concerto” with her VSO colleagues. This fall, she will share the spotlight with cellist Michael Daniels and the Virginia Symphony in Vivaldi’s Double Cello Concerto. Her passion for chamber music has been the impetus for a quartet journey, the Ambrosia Quartet, which began in 2002. The group has been featured multiple times on the Feldman Chamber Music Society Series and the Williamsburg Regional Library Series. In collaboration with Dr. Adolphus Hailstork, the Ambrosia Quartet has recorded his trios and string quartets for Albany Records. You can find them on the web at www.ambrosiaquartet.com.
Charles Staples, Piano, teaches on the faculties of Virginia Commonwealth University and the GreenSpring International Academy of Music, and is the director of music ministries at Trinity United Methodist Church. His playing has been described in the Richmond Times-Dispatch as “forceful…but unforced, as natural as breathing.” A native of Alabama and honors graduate of the Alabama School of Fine Arts, Staples won the Van Cliburn full tuition scholarship to the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and went on to receive his master’s and doctoral degrees at Stony Brook University, training under David Bar-Illan, Martin Canin and Bernard Greenhouse. He has been soloist in concertos with the Richmond Symphony, as well as the CCM Concert Orchestra, the Congress of Strings, the North Carolina Symphony and the Richmond Philharmonic, and will make his 6th appearance with them this fall playing the Rachmaninoff 2nd concerto. He has also performed recitals in New York’s Town Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.