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We believe the arts serve as a voice for the people. Through creative expression artists confront injustice, transcend barriers, and create shared understanding. We believe it is important that the Modlin Center creates space for these important conversations.  

Although the world has changed in how we gather at the moment, our mission to offer diverse and vibrant arts experiences that engage, inspire, and enrich our community has not changed. 

Weekly, we will share performing arts experiences from Modlin Center artists that you can enjoy from your home. We will also highlight some of the work for which we are most proud — bringing arts-based educational experiences to University of Richmond students, area K-12 schools, Richmond community, and our patrons.

Virtual Arts

While the Modlin Center may be closed, the show must go on. Click here for an ever-growing list of organizations that are offering free online visual and performing arts experiences.




Modlin Center Classical and Chamber series regulars Takács Quartet recently kicked off a month-long celebration of classical music with SummerFest in Colorado. SummerFest, now a virtual program from Colorado Public Radio Classical, is a 10-week summer festival featuring today's greatest performers and a midsummer celebration of Colorado's world-class festivals and musicians.

Takács Quartet performed Andante Cantabile by Florence Price from her String Quartet in A minor on the opening night of the Colorado Music Festival virtual summer concert series. Playing in an empty concert hall, this performance marked the debut of the newest member of the group, violist Richard O'Neill. Violinist Harumi Rhodes gives an eloquent introduction to this piece by the pioneering African American composer Florence Price.

Music at Menlo



July 17-August 8

Another Classical and Chamber series favorite of Modlin Center patrons and students, David Finckel, cello, and Wu Han, piano, are artistic directors of the renowned Music@Menlo festival. 

This summer, Music@Menlo will present an online selection of musical content, chosen by Han and Finckel. For the duration of the festival, audience members and students will be able to access an array of Music@Menlo’s offerings.

Tonight, Friday, July 17 at 8pm marks the opening event, featuring new performances from special guests and an overview of the Intermezzo events to come.

Arts Experiences for Families and Educators
Florence Price


Florence Price was classical composer, pianist, organist, and music teacher. In 1933, she became the first female Black composer to have her work performed by a major orchestra. Price often combined the traditions of classical music with the sound of spirituals and West African rhythms and dance.


BBC Ten Pieces Trailblazer series, a program that explores the world of classical music for 7-14 year olds through films, lesson plans, instrumental arrangements, and live events, has a resource guide of activities to learn more about Florence Price.

Little Listeners Concert Series



As part of SummerFest, Bravo Vail! is offering the youngest audiences a special virtual concert series. Each Wednesday, Little Listeners in Your Living Room, formerly Little Listeners in the Library, will explore a musical idea or term with performing artists. Dover Quartet, who performed at the Modlin Center in fall 2018, will teach young audiences about range during the program on July 22. 

The program takes place on Zoom and participants must pre-register.

Education and Engagement


Based in Boulder at the University of Colorado, Takács Quartet are world-class musicians and educators at heart. As regulars Modlin Center performers, the quartet has developed a strong relationship with University of Richmond students and faculty. 

During their most recent visit in spring 2019, the quartet held a masterclass with advanced students in the chamber music class taught by Dr. Joanne Kong, director of accompaniment and coordinator of the Department of Music's Chamber Ensembles. Later that evening, the students and faculty enjoyed an intimate dinner with the quartet. While in Richmond, Takács Quartet also participated in an in-studio performance and discussion at VPM Music, which is available online.

Learn More

University of Richmond Experts Share Research, Knowledge, and Helpful Tips Related to COVID-19 

From mathematical modeling of infectious disease to healthy eating to the economic impact, University of Richmond faculty and staff are adding perspective to the news of the day. 

Read how UR biology students are assisting with COVID-19 testing efforts.

University Response to COVID-19

Faculty Experts Respond to Protests

Faculty Experts Respond to Protests 

UR faculty share their expertise and insight as protests continue following the death of George Floyd.

Jamelle S. Wilson, dean of the School of Professional & Continuing Studies, acknowledges challenges and offers hope and actionable change for the future in the column "Finding Our Way Forward" for the Richmond Times Dispatch.

Don't Miss These Shows


WEDNESDAY, JULY 22 | 12pm & 7pm

Richmond Performing Arts Alliance upcoming Legends at Home Encore Concert features Irish opera singer Anne O'Byrne, accompanied by David Fisk, Richmond Symphony executive director.



THURSDAYS | 6:30pm

The Summer Concert Series from Richmond Symphony offers both live streamed and socially distanced audience viewing options.



University Museums is creating a free resource, Civil Rights Richmond: Museum in a Box that will be available both online soon and as a portable, physical resource (once COVID-19 dissipates).

Each box includes lesson plans based on the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) and relevant activities to encourage discussion, observation, and investigation. If would like to be notified when this resource is available, please contact Martha Wright, assistant curator of academic and public engagement.


Made possible by grant funding from Virginia Humanities


For information on performances that have been canceled, please visit our website

Account credits and refunds have been processed for all performances from March 14, 2020. For questions or inquiries regarding account credits and refunds for tickets to canceled performances, please email the ticket office at

Modlin Center Staff Playlists


Each season, the Modin Center hosts world-renowned classical musicians offering unforgettable performances. This week's COVID-19 playlists features a sampling of our favorite artists performing some of their best works.

Shanghai Quartet, 4 Bagatelles, Op. 30: No. 1 by Alan Hovhaness

Simone Dinnerstein, José Antonio, and Méndez Padrón, Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467: II. Andante by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Takács Quartet, String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59 No. 1 “Rasumovksy No. 1” by Ludwig van Beethoven

Yefim Bronfman, The Seasons, Op. 37b: VI. June, “Barcarolle” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovski

Catalyst Quartet, Stum by Jessie Montgomery

Matt Haimovitz and Christopher O’Riley, Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69: II. Scherzo: Allegro molto by Ludwig van Beethoven

Daniil Trifonov, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Rhapsody On A Theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation 18. Andante cantabile by Sergei Rachmaninoff

Escher String Quartet, String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96, B. 179 “American”: II. Lento by Antonín Dvořák

Danish String Quartet, Ye Honest Bridal Couple – Sonderho Bridal Trilogy Part I, Traditional

Jason Vieaux, Voyons si c’est ca – 6 Pieces, Op. 45: No. 5. Andante by Fernando Sor

Daniel Hope, Paul Neubauer, David Finckel, and Wu Han, Piano Quartet In A Minor: 1. Nicht zu schnell by Gustav Mahler

Gil Shaham and Göran Söllscher, Sei sonate M.S. 27, Op. 3 per violin e chitarra / Sonata n. 6 in E Minor: Allegro vivo e spiritoso by Niccolò Paganini

Dawn Upshaw with London Sinfonietta and David Zinman, Symphony No. 3, Op. 36: II. Lento e Largo – Tranquillissimo by Henryk Górecki

Gilbert Kalish and Randall Scarlata, Winterreise, Op. 89. D. 911: No. 1, Gute Nacht by Franz Schubert

Jeremy Denk and Joshua Bell,Violin Sonata in A Major, FWV 8: IV. Allegretto poco mosso by César Franck

Australian Chamber Orchestra with Richard Tognetti, String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 27 I. Un poco andante – Allegro molto ed agitato by Edvard Grieg

Zürich Chamber Orchestra, Ferhan Önder Ferzan Önder, and Howard Griffiths, Le carnaval des animaux: VI. Kangaroos by Camille Saint-Saëns

Richard Goode, Sonata Opus 10, no. 7 in D Major, No. 3: III. Menuetto: Allegro by Ludwig van Beethoven

Jerusalem Quartet, String Quartet No. 17 in B-Flat Major, K. 458 – “The Hunt”: I. Allegro vivace assai by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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