Christopher Houlihan, who has been called "one of the brightest stars in the new generation of American organists," will perform at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Abingdon Episcopal Church in Gloucester.
While studying at Trinity College in Hartford, Houlihan made his orchestral debut with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, sharing the spotlight with violinist Joshua Bell. He went on to earn a graduate degree at The Juilliard School in New York.
The young organist has recorded two CDs and spent his junior year in France where he earned the "Prix de Perfectionnement" from the French National Regional Conservatory in Versailles.
Following Houlihan's recital, the 2012-2013 Arts at Abingdon concert season will continue with the Virginia Chorale at 4 p.m. Dec. 9, the Rastrelli cello quartet at 7:30 p.m. Jan, 25, the Poinsett Piano Trio at 5 p.m. Feb. 10, and the ETA-3 piano-flute-clarinet trio at 5 p.m. March 16.
Seating is limited, so concert-goers are urged to arrive early. More information in available by calling the church at 804-693-3035.
Lyric Opera recital
Tongan tenor Ta'u Pupu'a and American soprano Shannon Jennings team up for Lyric Opera Virginia's Discovery Recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, in the Music and Theater Hall at the Ferguson Center for the Arts on the grounds of Christopher Newport University.
Pupu'a is a former Baltimore Raven's football player now pursuing an opera career. Jennings participated in the young artist program this past summer at Wolf Trap Opera Company.
Lyric Opera Artistic Director Peter Mark will present the young singers with Associate Artistic Director Joseph Walsh playing piano accompaniment. The recital also will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in the Price Auditorium at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, 2200 Parks Ave., Virginia Beach.
Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased by calling 757-446-6666. Students of all ages may attend free of charge.
New symphony space
The Virginia Symphony will cut the ribbon on its new administrative offices at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in downtown Norfolk.
Attendees can hear remarks by Executive Director Eric Borenstein and Music Director JoAnn Falletta, tour the offices and music library, and view the newly-opened gallery space of works by photographer David A. Beloff.
The office is located in Town Point Center, 150 Boush Street, Norfolk. Call 757-466-3060 for information.
'Mary Poppins' tickets
Tickets to the Broadway musical, "Mary Poppins," are now on sale. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions and Cameron Mackintosh, the show will be presented Nov. 27-Dec. 2 in Norfolk's Chrysler Hall.
Based on the stories by P.L. Travers and the classic 1964 Disney film, "Mary Poppins" opened on Broadway in November 2006 and launched its North American tour in March 2009. The show features music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman and is directed by Richard Eyre with co-direction and choreography by Matthew Bourne.
Performances at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27-29, 8 p.m. Nov. 30, 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 1, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Tickets range from $35 to $75 plus fees and can be purchased at the Scope box office and through Ticketmaster by calling 800-745-3000 or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com.
Alli turns 25
The 2012 Alli Awards ceremony will mark the 25th year the Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads has honored individuals and businesses for their contributions to the region's arts and culture.
This year's event will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, in the Kaufman Theatre at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk.
Alli Awards are handed out in several categories: Small Business, Large Business, Arts Professional, Emerging Volunteer, Individual Volunteer, Arts Partner and Creative Leadership. Two special awards, the Betty Minette Cooper Alli Educator Award and the Vianne B. Webb Alli Award for Lifetime Achievement, also are given out.
Tickets are $55 now, $70 after Oct. 26, and available by calling 757-889-9479 or online at http://www.culturalli.org.