4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

RVA Baroque

On July 11, The Branch will partner with our friends at RVA Baroque* (formerly Jefferson Baroque) to return live music to Richmond.  The program has been carefully crafted under all Covid-19 guidelines to offer a beautiful evening of Baroque Music in a magnificent setting.

The concert features innovative simultaneous use of The Branch’s indoor and outdoor space. The audience will experience two different sound worlds: winds and voices in the garden, and strings and harpsichord in the building. The outdoor sets feature medieval and renaissance music, including a mystical hymn by Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), while the indoor sets feature 17th and 18th century music, including one of the earliest string quartets.

The July concert represents the first major public event for The Branch and RVA Baroque since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The ensemble has modified the traditional concert format in novel ways to accommodate all government-recommended best practices.  All seating is socially distanced.  The audience will seated in two separate locations (The Branch Museum’s Long Gallery and The Branch Garden).  A brief intermission will permit guests to switch seats and hear the other half of the performance.  Audience and performers will wear masks, with the exception of vocalists.  All singing will be performed below the terrace level and guests will be seated on the terrace above them, in accordance with government guidelines.

“The RVA Baroque musicians have worked closely with us so that they can do what they do so beautifully, perform the very best of baroque music.  The Branch contributes to that performance with a beautiful setting that was originally conceived of as a space for musical performance.  We hope that you will join us for a lovely summer evening of baroque music.”

Penny Fletcher, Executive Director, The Branch Museum

Light refreshments will be provided. Per the requirements of our performers, all visitors must wear masks and practice social distancing at the event. The outdoor program will be held rain or shine except in the event of severe weather. Tickets are $30 per person.

*During the pandemic, Jefferson Baroque changed their name officially to RVA Baroque.


6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Listening Theatres Artist Talk

The museum will sponsor an on-line interview with the artists moderated by Joel Sanders, FAIA, on July 21, from 6-7PM.

Many architects consider the aural qualities of their created spaces in terms of acoustics. This exhibition explores how listening to these created spaces can inspire creativity, imagination and discovery of the surrounding world.  Karen Van Lengen and Jim Welty have created a series of animated soundscapes that portray visual representations of iconic architectural spaces, including The Academical Village at the University of Virginia, and New York City spaces of Grand Central Terminal, The New York Public Library, The Seagram Building, Rockefeller Center and the Guggenheim Museum. Listening Theatres: The Sounds of Iconic Landscapes and Architectural Spaces is an exhibition including sound, animation, and drawings created using real recordings and interpretive drawings, presented in active animations that celebrate the aural personalities of iconic architectures. Photographs of the drawings and stills of the animations are included in a colorful display that demonstrates the artists’ process.

Please note, a Zoom link will be sent out to those who register closer to the date of the event.



SEPTEMBER 10 and 12

Frank Harmon Lecture and Workshop

Did you miss out on his events in November? Do you have more questions? Want to do more urban sketching? Frank Harmon is back for another lecture and workshop.

Harmon has loved drawing since he was a boy gazing out of a classroom window. As an architecture student in London in the 1960s, he used freehand sketching to discover, study, and understand the nuances of structures and nature. He still does. Always armed with a pocket-sized sketchbook, a couple of drawing implements, and a miniature watercolor set, he also uses sketching to embed the subject of his drawing in his memory.

“If I take a photograph of something, I’ll soon forget it. But if I draw something, it remains in my mind forever.”

Frank Harmon, FAIA, has designed sustainable modern buildings across the Southeast for 30 years. His work engages pressing contemporary issues such as placelessness, sustainability, and restoration of cities and nature.


SEPTEMBER 10| 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Harmon will share excerpts from his book, Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See, and examples of his own architectural work to illustrate how sketching “as a way to see” enhances the grace with which we observe and appreciate all sorts of “native places”.


SEPTEMBER 12 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

During the Urban Sketching workshop on June 20 at 10:00 am, Frank Harmon will teach participants how to look more closely at the particulars of place and nuances of objects within that place, then express their observations more clearly through sketching.

Frank Harmon Package

With one purchase, you can attend Harmon’s lecture AND workshop. Plus, a copy of his book, Native Places.

Ticket Options:

$20 per person, $10 for members

$35 per person, $30 for members

(Lecture, Workshop, and book)

$55 per person, $40 for members