Hampden-Sydney is committed to the intellectual and cultural enrichment of the Southside community and presents free public concerts throughout the academic year. All events are FREE and open to the public.

The Piedmont Singers of Central VA present "Alpha and Omega"

The 8-voice unaccompanied professional choir, directed by HSC Assistant Professor Helena von Rueden, return to Hampden-Sydney to sing a series of concerts throughout central Virginia centering on the musical works of living and working composers.  The program was inspired by a visual arts exhibit in Richmond, VA at ArtSpace Gallery, where the 3rd concert of the series will be held.  The program follows a musical journey exploring life's journey through childhood, love, and death.

Friday August 25
Crawley Forum, Hampden-Sydney College
Free and Open to the Public
Sponsored by the Hampden-Sydney College Music Series  

Friday August 26
St. Paul's Memorial Church
1700 University Ave, Charlottesville, VA
Free ($15 suggested donation) | Street parking available 

Saturday Sept 9
ArtSpace Gallery
31 E Third St, Richmond VA
Free ($15 suggested donation) | Street and lot parking available   

The American Acoustic Music Series presents David Wax Museum 

October  4th
Tiger Inn at the Brown Student Center
Free and Open to the Public
"A band that joyfully celebrates and preserves the heart of Americana music." - David Dye (World Cafe/NPR)  
David Wax and Suz Slezak front the David Wax Museum, and together with their band they fuse traditional Mexican folk with indie rock and American roots to create a Mexo-Americana aesthetic. Combining Latin rhythms, infectious melodies, and call- and-response hollering, DWM was hailed by TIME for its "virtuosic musical skill and virtuous harmonies" and has built a reputation among concertgoers all over the U.S, Canada, Europe and China for "kicking up a cloud of excitement with their high- energy border-crossing sensibility" (The New Yorker). 

Lygia O'Riordan, director, & Pia Siirala, concertmaster, Ensemble XXI present Polar Voices

October 19
Crawley Forum, 7:30pm
Free and Open to the Public
Lygia O'Riordan, founder and conductor of the 21-piece chamber orchestra Ensemble XXI since 1989, and it's co-founder and concertmaster, violinist Pia Siirala, will present a program documenting their experiences in remote arctic communities in Russia.  The presentation will include live performances of native music by Ms. Siirala, a film of their experiences, and a live narration.  Anyone interested in music, information on rare and indigenous cultures, anthropology, and life in these challenging regions will be fascinated by the presentation.  Ms. O'Riordan and Ms. Siirala have also founded a Polar Voices Foundation for the study, preservation, and dissemination of the music and culture of these remote and little-known communities.  

Contact Music Series

Helena von Rueden, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
Viar-Christ Center for the Arts
Hampden-Sydney College | Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943
(434) 223-6367 

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