The Richmond Symphony’s season favorite, Rush Hour Concert, will be back on November 21, 2013. Richmond Symphony is the largest performing arts organization in Central Virginia that includes over 70 professional musicians and 150 choir members and 200 students in the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Programs.
The Rush Hour Concert is an up close and personal. casual concert where the audience will be able to interact with the conductor, Steven Smith and sit among the musicians.
Steven Smith, who is celebrating his fourth season in the Richmond Symphony, has an impressive background in the Orchestra world. From 1997 to 2003, Smith served as the Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra.
In Cleveland, Smith stayed true to his commitment to arts education by assisting in the conduction of the Cleveland Orchestra’s educational and family concerts, which won an Emmy Award in 2001. In that same year, Smith also served five seasons as the Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra. Smith is also the recipient of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) award for composing and was named Ohio Composer of the Year for 2008.
Ralph Skiano, the clarinetist of the Richmond Symphony, is an alumni of The Cincinnati College-Conservatory and a native of Alexandria, Virginia. Although Skiano’s musical start was with the viola, he eventually switched to the clarinet in the 5th grade, largely due to the fact that there were no more saxophones left to play. Once he began playing the clarinet he enjoyed playing it because he loved how versatile the sound of the clarinet was in any genre of music.
The concert consists of four pieces, Sinfonia in E Minor (J.M. Kraus), Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (Aaron Copland), Symphone No. 3, “The Camp Meeting” — MVTS II & III (Charles Ives), and Suite in D major for Orchestra, Opus 39, “Czech” —MVTS I & V (Antonin Dvorak). Tickets are only $20 and include a drink (wine/beer/beverage) ticket. The concert will take place at the Gottwald Playhouse at Richmond CenterStage at 6:30 p.m.
Richmond Ballet introduces “Trio”, an iconic performance of three shows in one night on November 4-6 at the Carpenter Theatre at the Dominion Arts Center. “Trio” will feature The Kingdom of the Shades from Marius Petipa’s classic full length ballet, “La Bayadiere”, George Balanchine’s “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue”, and Ma Cong’s “Lift the Fallen”. This [...]