The Richmond Symphony is getting creative this fall and just announced its upcoming schedule, which can be viewed online here.
And you can see that the Symphony is looking to attract a mix of younger audiences and the old school faithful. October, in particular, looks like an amazing month.
Among the highlights: Cello great Yo-Yo Ma (Oct.4), Steve Hackman’s Brahms X Radiohead (Sept. 24), various performances at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, high octane violinist Jennifer Koh playing Tchaikovsky (Oct. 22) and the Music of Danny Elfman from the Films of Tim Burton (Oct. 29).
Here’s a more complete list with details that were released as part of a press release:
Community Concert at Pocahontas State Park, Sat., Sep 10 at 8 p.m.
Take in the sounds of the Richmond Symphony while surrounded by the beauty of Pocahontas State Park. Gates open one hour before show time. Admission is free. Parking fee required at all times.
Tchaikovsky’s Fourth – Sat, Sep 17 at 8 p.m. and Sun, Sep 18 at 3 p.m. at Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Tchaikovsky poured his soul into symphonies that would express his anguish and passions as no music had ever dared to. Valentina Peleggi begins the new season with Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony. William Grant Still’s stirring Festive Overture opens the concert, followed by Dvorak’s opulent “Te Deum” with the Richmond Symphony Chorus. All this, plus a new work by the acclaimed young American Canadian composer Zachary Wadsworth.
Music at Hardywood – Thu, Sep 22 at 6:30 p.m. @ Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Steve Hackman’s Brahms X Radiohead – Sat, Sep 24 at 8 p.m. @ Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Take Radiohead’s “Ok Computer” and the First Symphony of Brahms. Orchestra and vocalists present this fusion of masterworks by two pivotal voices, both played simultaneously. Brahms brings out the romance in Radiohead. Radiohead brings out Brahms’s sonic power.
Yo-Yo Ma – Tue, Oct 4 at 7:30 p.m. Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts
“He, more than any other cellist, has distilled cello playing to its essence.” So says the L.A. Herald Examiner. Yo-Yo Ma plays Elgar’s cello concerto with the Richmond Symphony.
Jennifer Koh Plays Tchaikovsky – Sat, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. and Sun, Oct 23 at 3 p.m. @ Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Grammy award winner and Tchaikovsky competition winner Jennifer Koh, says The Strad, is “risk-taking, high-octane player. A scorching talent that should on no account be missed…” Experience her astonishing artistry in Tchaikovsky’s blazing Violin Concerto. The Block by composer, artist and activist Carlos Simon is a musical portrait of the buildings lining one Harlem street. And the 150th birthday of the English master Ralph Vaughan Williams is marked with a performance of the turbulent Sixth Symphony of 1948, his reaction to the last World War.
The Music of Danny Elfman from the films of Tim Burton – Sat, Oct 29, 8 p.m. @ Altria Theater
Danny Elfman’s spine-tingling scores for films of Tim Burton as performed by the Richmond Symphony, and just in time for Halloween! “Batman,” “Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” and more as classic scenes are projected above the orchestra on a giant screen.
Family Concert – Sunday Oct. 30 at 3 p.m. at St Christopher’s School. Around the World – an international music adventure
“Romeo & Juliet” – Sat, Nov 12 at 8 p.m. and Sun, Nov. 13 at 3 p.m. @ Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts
This is one of the most beloved, most passionate Piano Concertos in the entire repertoire. Alexandra Dariescu plays Grieg’s popular Piano Concerto. “Her fingers seem to be floating over the keys,” raved the Houston Chronicle. “She took total command.” Valentina Peleggi conducts Prokofiev’s intoxicating, impassioned Romeo and Juliet, plus Preludio sinfonico by the 18-year-old Giacomo Puccini, music that would wait a century to be discovered!
Music at Hardywood – Thu, Nov 17 at 6:30 p.m. @ Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Let it Snow! – Sat, Nov 26 at 8 p.m. and Sun, Nov 27 at 3 p.m. @ Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts
It’s Richmond’s favorite holiday music tradition – back again on Thanksgiving weekend by popular demand! Celebrate the season with family and friends with your Richmond Symphony at the Carpenter Theatre. Carols, classics, and sparkling holiday favorites!
Holiday Brass! Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7.30pm at St Christopher’s School and Sunday Dec. 4 at 3pm at Randolph-Macon College
Deck the halls – with Holiday Brass! A shimmering celebration of holiday hits for the whole family, and right in your neighborhood!