For the serious traditionalists feeling a little put off by the previous lineups, never fear. The Guarneri String Quartet kicks off the season Sept. 24 at the Mary Anne Rennolds Chamber Concert Series at Virginia Commonwealth University with a very traditional program of Mozart and Ravel. Also at VCU, classical guitarist Andrew Winn will perform Sept. 23 as part of the VCU Guitar Series. He too, though, has been guilty in the past of blending elements of jazz, classical and pop music to surprise our ears.
Finally, the Richmond Symphony will offer a Mozart Festival Oct. 14 and 16, as well as its traditional Masterworks Series. A highlight of the season will be a very unconventional guest appearance Nov. 5 by Doc Severinsen, Grammy Award-winning music director from "The Tonight Show." Be brave, fellow classical music listeners. Chantal Panozzo
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