Founded in 1957, the Richmond Symphony is the largest performing arts organization in Central Virginia. The organization includes an orchestra of more than 70 professional musicians, the 150-voice Richmond Symphony Chorus and more than 260 students in the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra programs. Each season, more than 200,000 members of the community enjoy concerts, radio broadcasts, and educational outreach programs. The Richmond Symphony is partially funded by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Richmond Symphony announces the 2017/18 Season!
The 60th Anniversary Season features a great line-up of concerts, events and guest artists, beginning with a special Opening Night concert with world-renowned pianist Lang Lang. Read the 2017/18 season press release.
Highlights of the season include:
1. An Opening Night concert featuring world-renowned pianist Lang Lang on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 at 8pm, presented in association with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
2. A concert celebrating the Richmond Symphony’s 60th Anniversary with Time for Three on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at 8pm, in partnership with VCU Arts Department of Music.
3. Mason Bates: World Première Commission with the Richmond Symphony Chorus on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 8pm. On his new work, Mason Bates writes “Virginia has always existed at the crossroads of American history, from Native Americans to colonialists to soldiers in the Revolution and the Civil War. This large new work explores the magnificent tapestry of history that has shaped the state and its people, featuring a setting of texts that illustrate events that range from the inspiring to the frightening, from the beautiful to the visceral. Scored for chorus, orchestra, and electronics, the piece is shaped by Bates' upbringing and musical education in Richmond, where he studied choral music and composition at St. Christopher's School.”
4. A special collaboration with The Broadberry titled “Broadberry Presents: RVA LIVE!” with artists Matthew E. White, Natalie Prass, Tim Barry, Bio Ritmo and Clair Morgan on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 at 8pm. “The idea of RVA Live! is something I’ve been contemplating for some time and I am excited that the right partnership has presented itself.” says The Broadberry’s Lucas Fritz. “With the help and guidance from the good people at the Richmond Symphony, it is finally happening. It is truly an honor to help curate such a special night of music with the talented artists involved. I had the pleasure of working on Matthew E. White and Natalie Prass' debut albums here in town. All the other bands I hold near and dear to my heart as they've really helped make The Broadberry and The Camel the wonderful venues that they have become over the past eight years. Bringing together all the different genres on one stage, especially Carpenter Theatre with the Richmond Symphony, is going to be truly amazing.”
5. As part of the 60 th Anniversary celebration, the Symphony will present The Music of Billy Joel featuring Michael Cavanaugh, the artist hand-picked by Billy Joel to become the next “Piano Man” on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at 8pm.
6. Other Altria Masterworks concerts will feature Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with the RichmondSymphony Chorus; A New Year in Vienna with the Virginia Opera Emerging Artists and Richmond Symphony Chorus; Remembering 1968: A Tribute to MLK with University Choruses from across Virginia and members of the Richmond Symphony Chorus; Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major featuring pianist Ian Parker, Dvořák’s New World Symphony and Brahms’ Concerto for Violin and Cello in A Minor featuring Richmond Symphony musicians Daisuke Yamamoto (violin, Concertmaster) and Neal Cary (Principal cello).
7. Additional Symphony Pops concerts include Motown’s Greatest Hits with the Motortown All-Stars featuring music from The Temptations, The Miracles, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder and our annual holiday favorite “Let It Snow!” with the return of conductor Erin R. Freeman and a return appearance by Susan Greenbaum.
8. The Union Bank & Trust LolliPops season begins with Superhero Halloween, a concert featuring music based on superheroes; the annual family tradition and beloved animated film The Snowman; An American in Paris with The School of Richmond Ballet; and the return of Really Inventive Stuff’s Michael Boudewyns for Peter and the Wolf.
9. After a second season of sold-out performances, the Symphony will team up again with Hardywood Park Craft Brewery for one-hour, Thursday evening Rush Hour concerts.
10. Randolph-Macon College will continue to host the Metro Collection series. This season features guest soloists Molly Sharp (viola) and Zachary Guiles (trombone), plus popular chamber pieces from Beethoven, Clarke, Salieri, Mozart, Schubert, Handel, Prokofiev and many more.