Rosette Quartet Unveils June “So Hot Right Now” series

Concerts will feature the music of composer TJ Coles.

At a house party on Monday, the Rosette Quartet unveiled the artist focus for their month-long So Hot Right Now series which will take place at various venues in June.

The series “brings the freshest, hottest voices in classical music to Richmond audiences by performing works by one living composer several times over the course of one month in various venues and at a range of price points,” according to the website. “Allowing listeners to experience the music in their preferred setting at a price they can afford, and also giving them the rare opportunity to hear a new piece more than once.”

The all-female Rosette quartet, which includes violinists Ellen Cockerham Riccio and Treesa Gold, violist Kimberly Ryan and cellist Steph Barrett, will perform six concerts over the month of June, including a kid-centric pajama party, will feature composer TJ Cole’s “Playtime: 10 miniatures for string sextet.” As the title implies, the sextet requires additional players; they will be violist Danielle Wiebe Burke, an integral part of the group’s 2021 Kenji Bunche program, and Richmond Symphony cellist Peter Greydanus.

Cole, who uses they/she pronouns, has an impressive career for a young artist, with work commissioned or performed by orchestras around the United States. Cole will become the youngest composer featured in the So Hot Right Now series, having been born in 1993. One of the values of the series is that it champions less heard but frequently extraordinary chamber works. “Playtime,” despite winning the 2020 Leo Kaplan Award, has not been performed since its 2019 debut.

In addition to classical credentials, Cole is also singer and songwriter for synth-pop band Twin Pixie, which advertises itself as exploring an “intersection of queerness, pop culture, and the supernatural.” They are a particularly apt choice for Pride Month.

The upcoming series mixes free and ticketed events, balancing public access with financial necessity. The opening event, on the first of June, will be a premium, wine and hors d’oeuvres event at a spacious Northside home. After that, there are free events held at Babes of Carytown on June 7th and Candela Books and Gallery on the 15th. The pajama party, where kids can both listen and interact with the instruments, will be held at the East End branch of the Richmond Public Library on the 17th. The series closes with two paid events, at Artspace on the 28th, and a BYOB house party at Spacebomb on the 30th.

Here’s more on the events with links to tickets where applicable:

House concert: Thursday, June 1

Address provided upon ticket purchase

Takes place at 7 p.m. and tickets are $50 (includes wine and hors d’oeuvres) Get tickets

Sponsored by Paige & Philip Goodpasture, Michael and Nancy Lott, and Priscilla Cash

Babes of Carytown concert on Wednesday, June 7

3166 W. Cary St., Richmond

Starts at 7 p.m. Free event

Sponsored by Clifford Barcliff & Melanie Nan and 8 ½ Church Hill

Candela Books + Gallery concert on Thursday, June 15

214 W. Broad St.

Starts at 7 p.m. Free admission

Sponsored by Kerry Mills & Pippin Barnett and The Elmwood Fund

Pajama party on Saturday, June 17

East End Branch of the Richmond Public Library

1200 N. 25th St.

Starts at 11 a.m. Free event.

Sponsored by Gabriella Ryan and 8 ½ Church Hill

Artspace on Wednesday, June 28

2833-A Hathaway Rd.

Starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $18. Get tickets

Sponsored by Karen & Tim Golden and Anonymous

Spacebomb house show on Friday, June 30

106 S. Robinson St.

$12. BYOB. Get tickets

Sponsored by Spacebomb and Matt Edwards

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