Student & Faculty Login

Student & Faculty Login



Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Heifetz Ensemble In Residence (HEIR) – The Spring Eternal Concert Series – VI: A New Rhapsody & Mendelssohn’s Blues

April 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

HEIR Session II
HEIR Session II

Featuring the Heifetz premiere of the Bach-inspired “Rhapsody” by composer Jessie Montgomery, who, in the words of Strings magazine, “manages to project a distinctly individual voice while at the same time drawing effortlessly on wildly varying registers and influences that, with less imaginative musicians, might come across as rambling eclecticism.” In the second half, the HEIR artists perform Felix Mendelssohn’s final string quartet, an intense and passionate tribute to his late sister (and composer) Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel.

We are thrilled to open the curtain and present live concert music once again in Staunton at the The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center’s Great Hall with this safe and socially-distant series.

There are two ways to enjoy the program:

In Person
*Limited Capacity: 50 attendees*
General Admission: $20
“Quartet” (Table for Four): $70

Suggested Donation: $10

Meet the Performers

Kenneth Ryu Takebe Naito (Heifetz 2015-17, 2019, Heifetz on Tour), violin – Elkridge, MD
Adam Savage (Heifetz 2019), viola – Port St. Lucie, FL
Noelle Midori Takebe Naito (Heifetz 2016-17), violin – Elkridge, MD
Jingxuan Zhang (Heifetz 2018-19, Heifetz on Tour), piano – Durham, NC
Jared Blajian (Heifetz 2018), cello – New York, NY

View the Concert Program

“Rhapsody in Black, and Memories of a Mendelssohn”

J.S. Bach: Cello Suite No. 3 in G major, BWV 1008
I. Prelude
Adam Savage, viola

Jessie Montgomery: Rhapsody No. 1
Noelle Naito, violin

Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Sonata in D minor, Op. 40
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Allegro
Jared Blajian, cello; Jingxuan Zhang, piano

Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80
I. Allegro vivace assai
II. Allegro assai
III. Adagio
IV. Finale: Allegro molto
Kenneth Naito, violin; Noelle Naito, violin; Adam Savage, viola; Jared Blajian, cello

Health & Safety Measures

We look forward to welcoming you back to the concert hall. Your safety is paramount to us, and so we ask you to observe the following regulations:

  • All reservations must be made in advance; there will be absolutely no admittance without a prior online reservation in order to ensure that we adhere to strict capacity limits.
  • Capacity will be limited to 50 in compliance with the statewide Executive Order.
  • Concerts will be held in the 3,900 square foot Great Hall, leaving ample space for social distancing of at least six feet between parties – required at all times before, during, and after the event.
  • All attendees must wear masks at all times, and double-masking is strongly encouraged.
  • All attendees are encouraged to use hand sanitizer upon entrance and use of the restrooms.
  • Couples and families may sit together, but observe social distancing from other attendees.
  • All chairs and surfaces will be sanitized before and after the performance.
  • Enhanced Health & Safety protocols at the Blackburn Inn may be seen here.

Learn more about the inaugural Heifetz Ensemble in Residence


April 18
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Event Category:
Event Tags:
, , ,


Blackburn Inn & Conference Center
301 Greenville Avenue
Staunton, 24401 United States
+ Google Map
View Venue Website


Event Type
Virtual, In-Person