2015 - 2016 SERIES

Saturday, May 14, 2016 – 7:30 p.m.
Main Street Brass Quintet
The quintet was formed in 1986, inspired by a musical camaraderie, a passion for brass quintet literature and performance, and a goal to present interesting and entertaining music to its audiences. “The group is as much at home with a Bach fugue as it is playing the blues of Fats Waller…” ~ The Morning Call 

NOTE:  Artists, dates and venue may change.




Saturday, April 9, 2016 – 7:30 p.m.
The all-acoustic quartet represents the diverse cultural background of its members -- Russia, USA and England – which influences its stylistic diversity and unique performances. The group’s performances utilize a breathtaking range of styles – from classical to Beatles; from Gypsy Jazz to Klezmer, and a few surprises in between.www.liveonstage.biz/Valinor-Quartet 







Saturday, March 19, 2016 – 7:30 p.m.
Georgia Guitar Quartet
The quartet’s thrilling technique will transport you to that indescribable place of wonder and ecstasy produced by music. A Spoleto Festival reviewer wrote: "a dazzling display of technical prowess, versatile programming, and audience rapport.” www.georgiaguitarquartet.com
That's the first half of the concert. The second half:    

Revien Trio
"Three members of the Georgia Guitar Quartet have a side project called Revien.  Two guitars and cello. And they play…they play whatever they want to play.  Bach, Debussy, Duke Ellington, Led Zeppelin, flamenco, bluegrass…" Fred Child, NPR




Misuzu Tanaka, solo pianist,
performed on November 15, 2015

On Sunday November 15th, 2015, the Rappahannock Concert Association, now celebrating its 33rd season, presented Mizusu Tanaka in an all-Beethoven and Prokofiev solo piano recital.  Ms. Tanaka studied at the Juilliard School and holds both MM and DMA degrees from the University of Michigan School of Music, and, is the recipient of the First Prize at the Poland Music Festival Competition.  As pianist in the highly acclaimed clarinet/piano duo with Maksim Shtrykov, she has performed extensively in the US and Europe.  From start to finish, Ms. Tanaka gave an exhilarating performance revealing a mature and insightful musical mind supported by a dazzling technique. 

Opening the program with the early Beethoven Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2 No. 2, Ms. Tanaka brought to life all its playfulness, charm and lyricism. Especially poignant was her beautiful dynamic sensitivity and touch in the Largo appassionato.  Concluding the first half with Beethoven’s Rondo a capriccio G Major, Op. 129, Ms. Tanaka continued to demonstrate an exceptional sense of phrasing and clarity.  Her virtuosity and imagination beautifully captured all the humor and wit of this audience favorite.

Following intermission, Ms. Tanaka treated the audience to yet more Beethoven, easily handling the technical challenges of the Sonata No.30 in E Major, Op. 109.  Especially compelling was her thoughtful and reflective understanding of this late work, which provided a beautiful contrast with the early sonata on the first half. 

Last on the program was the Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14 by Prokofiev.  Ms. Tanaka’s impressive command captured the magnitude of this profound work, yet still revealed uncommon sensitivity and refinement. It was this ability that rendered her performance so powerful and thought provoking.   Kudos to the Rappahannock Concert Association for bringing this fine young artist to Virginia’s Northern Neck.

Carolyn Plummer
Professor Emeritus of Music
University of Notre Dame
Former Assistant Concertmaster Houston Symphony


The Enso String Quartet
performed October 10, 2015


The Enso String Quartet performed October 10, 2015.   Founded at Yale University in 1999, the Enso String Quartet has, in a decade and a half, risen to the front rank of string ensembles. Described by Strad magazine as “thrilling,” and praised by the Washington Post for its “glorious sonorities,” the quartet’s selections will include Verdi, Tchaikovsky, and Boccherini music.  In the words of Classical Voice, it is “one of the eminent string quartets of our era.”        Agent: Alliance Artist Management







































We invite you to become a Donor of Note in helping us promote our music-education outreach
programs in area schools. Your donation allows us to enhance the quality of our professional performances.
Contributions are tax deductible. RCA is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation.

Up to $99 = Grace Note
$100 to $199 = Quarter Note
$200 to $299 = Half Note
$300 & up = Whole Note


2015-2016 DONORS OF NOTE

Whole Notes
James & Marcia Adams
John & Ruth Huber
Bob & Sloane Kane
Jayne McQuade
Paul & Dolores Meo
Pim Montgomery
Karen Newcombe
Sue Nunn
David & Carolyn Scarbrough
Charles Sydnor

Half Notes
Bill & Jinny Estell
Emmeline Galeos-Zeh
Beg & Lien Groenwold
Louis & Ruth Hazel
Charles & Brenda Sanford

Quarter Notes
Scott & Joan Blatterman
John & Alice Cooper
Michael & Judith DeGroot
Pauli Dillard
Dick & Pat Draper
Dan & Kathy Eskridge
Carolyn Gorman & Jim Eury
Bob & Betsey Fountain
David & Vanelia Gallagher
Al & Cathy Hooker
Bard & Susan Jackson
Ollie & Ellie Knight
Josef & Michelle Kramer
Randy & Phyllis Neal
John & Gail Sigler
Florence & Robert Waring
Hal & Sally White

Grace Notes
Alan & Liz Campbell
Cornelia Cockrell
David & Janet Cordes
Norm Howe
David & Susan Hughes
William & Helen King
Jim & Nellie Landrum
Bob Hibschweiler & Maggie Lyons
Jan Redfearn
Lee & Sandra Scripture
Walter & Nancy Thomas
Nancy Traylor
Stephen & Jamie Tucker
Anne Ritchie Waring
Robert & Elaine Weekly

In June of 2009, the board of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation approved a grant from the EK Sloane Piano Fund for over $23,000 toward the purchase of our Steinway B Grand piano. The remaining $20,000 needed to purchase the piano came from RCA funds, donations and fundraisers. Our partnership with Northumberland County Public Schools enables us to offer the piano for community use in addition to our own concerts.

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Note: Students always free.
For adults, rates are as follows:

Single Adults = $25 each

6 to 9 tickets = $20 each
10+ tickets = $15 each
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Supporting and funding music education for the region's youth has been a part of the RCA mission from its inception.

Dating from 1983, RCA has hired performers who are dedicated to educating students and student outreach
programs have been made available in area schools. With the introduction of the Donor of Note giving program,
additional gifts have made it possible to expand the RCA Outreach program.

The RCA board is grateful to our donors for their generosity this season, and so are our principals and teachers.
Here is one of the thank you notes we received for grants of instrument purchase and repair to local schools:

Dear Folks,

As principal of Montross Middle School in Westmoreland County, I am so thankful to your association for your generous gifts over the past three years. Rob Wright, our band director, is tickled pink with the needed supplies/equipment provided for his classes by you. As all of us are handling personal and business financial hardships, your dedicated association of music lovers continues year after year to promote and support music in our schools. For that we are truly thankful.


Jane S. Geyer


March 2016
Yvonne Caruthers

“Math with Music” Educator

Over two school days, Ms. Caruthers will present her math lessons at four schools on the Northern Neck. Teachers can choose from: “Music and Fractions” ~ “Music and Graphs” ~ “Music and Ratios.” Our students loved her in 2013 – welcome back Yvonne!


November 2015
Mike and Audience Navy

Courtesy of the US Navy’s Community Outreach Program, The US Navy Fleet Forces Band sent its Woodwinds Quintet to give a free public concert in November 2015 at our Heathsville venue. They stayed on the Northern Neck for two more days to give student concerts at Northumberland High School and Rappahannock High School, then a clinic for band students at Lancaster High School in Kilmarnock. By the time they returned to Norfolk, they had reached over 1200 students!


March 2015
Mike and Audience

Michael Chertock gave the first student concert we have offered to elementary school children. Michael is the artistic director for the “Peanut Butter and Jam Sessions” in Cincinnati, that offers programs for very young children.  We wondered how he was going to manage 430 children from Pre-K to 2nd grade, but we needn’t have worried – they loved him -- 240 from Northumberland Elementary and 190 from Cople Elementary in Hague.  We thank Dr. Travis Burns and the staff at Northumberland High School for their generous hospitality to such large group on Monday morning.

Here’s an interesting drawing and heartfelt thank you note from ‘Richard’ in Mrs. Quinn’s Pre-K class at Cople Elementary School.

Thank You


RCA’s Giving History 2011-2015

For the past five years, your generous gifts have provided support for music education,
instrument purchase and repair and instructional materials to over 650 Northern Neck music students:
•       Band instrument repair and purchase; loaned free to needy students
•       Purchase of a Williams Console Digital Piano for 6, 7, 8 grades and jazz band
•       Student scholarships to UVA band camp
•       Video projector featuring the software “SmartMusic”
•       Subscriptions to the magazine, “Music Alive!”
•       Bass amp, concert tambourine, and 6 music stands
•       Joia Tubes, for Northumberland Elementary School music program
•       Manhasset Symphony Stands and M54 Regal Conductor’s Stand, Behriner ULTRABASS
                 BXL900 90-Watt 2-ChannelWorkstation
•       Band uniforms
•       Octavos for a new 60-member choral program
•       Steel drum (Pitched percussion and intervals)

Thanks to RCA “Donors of Note”!






















What is RCA, Inc?
Presenting professional artists since 1983, Rappahannock Concert Association, Inc. is dedicated to presenting live musical performances at extraordinary prices to a subscriber-based audience. The mission of the RCA is to provide quality live concerts to a permanent subscriber audience in the Northern Neck area, and to support and fund music education for the region’s youth. RCA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

Who are we?
RCA is governed by an all-volunteer board whose members handle the artists selection, publicity, subscription sales, business development, finances and venue arrangements for each performance. We welcome new volunteers in this rewarding community endeavor. RCA makes available its Steinway grand piano to the Northumberland county public school music departments and sponsors student outreach programs to area schools.

Where are the concerts?

All the concerts will be held at the new performing arts theatre at the Northumberland County School complex located about 3 miles east of Heathsville on Route 360 and Academic Lane.



Our 2015– 2016 Board & Staff


President: Sue Nunn 804-472-4489 info@rappahannockconcerts.org
Publicity: Jayne McQuade
Concert Co-Chairs: Alice Cooper and Charles Sydnor
Secretary: Al Hooker
Treasurer: Lien Groenwold


Alice Cooper
Michael De Groot
Pauli Dillard
Beg Groenwold
Lien Groenwold
Rev. Alan Hooker
Dr. David Hughes
Bob Kane
Sloan Kane
Jayne McQuade
Dolores Meo
Phyllis Neal
Sue Nunn
Rev. Charles Sydnor


Administrator: Lyn Conley: info@rappahannockconcerts.org
Sound Tech & Piano Manager: Walt Mallorie, Band Director NHS
Webmaster: Alex Eguiguren


In 2009, the 27th season of the Rappahannock Concert Association, (RCA), the organization took a leap of faith. The Board of Directors decided to move RCA from Richmond County, where it was formed by a handful of dedicated volunteers in 1983, to the newly completed state-of-the-art Northumberland High School Theater for the Performing Arts. The founders’ original goal of ensuring that good music of all types would be available to the community remained intact.

After deciding to move, the Rappahannock Concert Association took yet another leap of faith to raise funds to purchase a piano. Thanks to fundraisers, generous donors and two grants, that effort succeeded. On Saturday, September 12, 2009, Professor Michael Chertok of the University of Cincinnati’s Conservatory of Music sat at the $45,000 newly rebuilt Steinway B grand piano and played the inaugural performance in the new venue.

Year after year, RCA’s board-- and many dedicated volunteers—continue to bring an eclectic concert season that features highly professional performers to the Northern Neck Community at an affordable price. The subscription price for the five concerts each season is $75, and the price for a choice of three concerts is $60. Single tickets are $25 and STUDENTS ARE ALWAYS FREE. We depend on our subscribers and generous donors to ensure we will have the funds to continue this important work. It also enables us to give generously to school music programs in all five Northern Neck counties. With severe cuts in the school budget, this means our donations are really appreciated. Since 2011, RCA has gifted over $10,000 to area music teachers.

A look back to the roots of community concert associations begins in the 1920s, a time of turmoil when funding for the arts was not a reality. In 1927 an idea revolutionizing the performing arts in America sprang up simultaneously in the Great Lakes region and in several eastern states. Begun as a humble experiment, it grew to “the organized audience plan” and ultimately into “COMMUNITY CONCERT” –the largest, and most enduring network of performing arts presenters that has ever existed. It was a simple idea. Instead of struggling to make up deficits after the fact, money was raised first. Then the artists were hired. The result: People were willing to buy as season’s subscription, not knowing in advance what the concerts were going to be. Financial risk was eliminated and subscribers enjoy a season of professional standard concerts at a reasonable price. That plan still works today.

In the aftermath of the 1929 stock market crash and the years of the Great Depression that followed, music played an important role in raising the morale of those left without hope of ever recovering from financial ruin. Homes were lost, farms and equipment fell to creditors and jobs disappeared, but people could forget their worries for a little while when they could listen to music. Then, during the World War II years that followed, our troops overseas and our factory workers at home were inspired by the Big Band era of Glenn Miller, the Dorsey Brothers and other big bands. Funds were raised to buy “War Bonds” (government bonds to pay for the war effort) at venues ranging from small town theaters to Madison Square Garden in New York. Music gave the troops a respite from battle and a connection with home. Music also inspired folks at home, who rallied to the cause.

Music plays an important role our society today as well. It is the mission of The Rappahannock Concert Association to continue bringing high quality music to the community, and at affordable prices, while supporting the area schools’ music programs.







































Contact Information

Artists' Bookingbooking@rappahannockconcerts.org
Concert Co Chairs:  Alice Cooper and Charles Sydnor
Education Chair:  David Hughes
The selection process for the 2017-2018 season begins this summer and ends in November 2016.

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Toll Free Box Office: 1- 866-217-8149
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We have a reciprocal agreement with Concerts by the Bay in Mathews County that allows some of our
subscribers to attend their performances at no additional charge by showing your
RCA season ticket at the door. Please check to confirm the information below.


2015-2016 Series

Caravan of Thieves - Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 3:00pm - Mathews High School Auditorium
Savannah Jack - Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 3:00pm - Mathews High School Auditorium
The Grascals - Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 3:00pm - Mathews High School Auditorium
Fireworks Ensemble - Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 3:00pm - Mathews High School Auditorium
The Young Irelanders - Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 3:00pm - Mathews High School Auditorium



























Since 2013, we have asked our subscribers to vote on their favorite performances. Here are the top five:

The Four Freshmen - www.the4freshmen.com
Four Freshmen

Jeff Little Trio, Bluegrass -
Jeff Little

Tamburitzans, Eastern European Folk Troupe - www.duqsm.com/tamburitzans

Michael Chertock, Solo Pianist - www.michaelchertock.net

Washington Saxophone Quartet - www.wsaxq.com



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