Welcome to the Norfolk Chamber Consort
The mission of the Norfolk Chamber Consort is to present to the public performances of chamber music drawn from repertories of the 17th up to the 21st centuries. The emphasis is on works with varied instrumentation and those utilizing the voice as an integral part of the chamber music texture. Emphasis is often placed on lesser known works and neglected masterpieces that are not often performed in Southeastern Virginia. In addition, we occasionally bring in guest composers as well as performers on instruments unique to the Hampton Roads area.
OUR 55th SEASON
The season opens at Chandler Recital Hall, Old Dominion University, with a program called “Pop” dedicated to Haydn, a pivotal figure between the Baroque and Classical Periods. The program will trace the transformation of the composer’s style that prepared the emergence of figures like Mozart and Beethoven, among others.
The next program will take place in December, with a distinguished baritone Rod Gilfry performing a program entitled “Poulenc and Prince Igor,” the latter being the incredibly influential Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. This concert, exploring the interconnection between these two distinguished personalities, is the last of the programs that were intended for performance during the 2021/2022 season but were canceled due to the pandemic.
The third program will be entitled “Sour Cream.” That is the exact translation from the Czech language of the word “smetana.” It will be dedicated to the distinguished and somewhat underappreciated Czech composer Bedřich Smetana and the composers he interacted with, was influenced by, and who influenced Smetana himself. 2024 marks the 130th anniversary of Smetana’s passing.
Finally, the season will conclude in March 2024 with our 55th-anniversary celebration program that will include the highlights from the previous five years.
Associate Artistic Director
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Lisa Relaford Coston Scholarship Competition is designated for an aspiring singer from the Commonwealth of Virginia to pursue a voice major at a higher education institution.
This scholarship commemorates the great artistic legacy of the late Lisa Relaford Coston, acknowledged as having been one of the finest mezzo-sopranos ever to have graced the stages and concert halls of the Tidewater region. Born in Petersburg, Virginia, she passed away on January 27, 2010, at the age of 46.
To make a tax-deductible donation to the scholarship, please make your check payable to:
NCC – LRC Scholarship
P.O. Box 11031
Norfolk, VA 23517
The Lisa Relaford Coston Scholarship Competition is designated for an aspiring singer from the Commonwealth of Virginia to pursue a voice major at a higher education institution. At the time of the scholarship competition audition, a potential candidate must be, regardless of age, a graduating high school senior accepted to a higher education institution or a college freshman, sophomore, or junior. Students who are homeschooled at the appropriate level are eligible.
The 2018 Lisa Relaford Coston Scholarship Competition
The winner and runner-up of this year’s Lisa Relaford Coston Scholarship Competition are:
- Monica Slater (runner-up) and Ricky Goodwyn (winner)
Details on the next competition coming soon.