Live at the Branch | Mini Concert Series

These hour long musical performances focus on creating an intimate setting for musicians and the audience to engage in dialogue. The series is more than a just musical performance but also an interactive experience between the artists and audience; a hybrid lecture series and performance series.

The Main Gallery of the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, where the series is held, was specifically designed with the phonic qualities of live music in mind when it was originally built by famed architect, John Russell Pope for the Branch family in 1919 where they would host many social gatherings. 

During the performance, the audience enjoys hor d’oeuvres and wine at private tables where they are encouraged to join in the conversation with the artist.



Wednesday, September 20, 2023 | 6:00 pm

Join The Branch Museum for an intimate concert performed by the Claudia Carawan Trio. Experience the concert in the unique, 20th-century main gallery of the Branch House. 

These multi-talented Women of Jazz will present a lively, interactive evening of Jazz, blues, standards and other “foot stomping” music. This show will pay tribute to women Jazz vocalists and instrumentalists who contributed to this great American music. This evening will include songs associated with Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, Nina Simone, Mary Lou Williams, and more!

About the Artists:

Vibrant, authentic, and full of soul, Claudia Carawan is an award-winning songstress & recording artist whose music runs deep. In performance her voice has been described as positively soulful, and her musical influences are diverse (Jazz, blues, reggae, gospel, R&B and Celtic). She has independently released 5 recordings of her original compositions. Claudia has toured as a solo artist and with various RVA-based bands She has been featured as the warmup act for national acts Delbert McClinton, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and blues legend KoKo Taylor.

Lucy Lawrence Kilpatrick from Richmond, Virginia played music from age 4 or 5 (whenever she could reach a piano bench!) She studied music and graduated from Shenandoah College and Conservatory (now Shenandoah University). Lucy enjoys playing diverse genres such as blues, Jazz, R&B, and Latin music. Highlights of her career include performing in a USO tour and in music festivals in Korea, France, Germany, Israel and Egypt.

Julie Fulcher-Davis fell in love with a drum kit at the age of 11 when she would sneak in to play her brother’s kit while he was out playing baseball. Julie has over 30 plus successful years of experience and critically acclaimed work as an actress, director, playwright, composer/lyricist, sound designer and voice-over artist. She attended Shenandoah College to pursue a BA in Theatre. She furthered her training in NYC before relocating to Richmond, VA. Her work as a playwright and composer/lyricist includes many commissioned works for VA Repertory Theatre which have been produced and toured nationwide. From 2005 to the present, she has served as an Artist in Residence/Adjunct faculty (Acting) at the University of Richmond.

Tickets include light hors d’oeuvres and a selection of wines. 

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