Archive for the ‘Richmond Events’ Category

Artist Reception and En Plein Aire Workshop

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Brazier Studio and Gallery on West Main Street in Richmond’s Uptown area of the Historic Fan District has announced an art event for October!

Brazier Studio and Gallery Welcomes Kevin Menck

First up is an artist reception with Kevin Menck on October 20, 2011 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Brazier Studio and Gallery.  Kevin is a landscape painter who spends hours “en plein aire” outside taking his inspiration and working directly from nature. Kevin, who was born and raised in Tennessee,  fine-tuned the fundamentals of drawing as an illustrator.  Finally, motivated by his love and appreciation for the outdoors, Kevin now paints landscapes from nature capturing not only what he sees but the atmosphere of the moment. During the reception, visitors will be encouraged to meet Kevin,  discuss his inspiration and his process, and view many of his latest works.

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The Richmond Folk Festival is Coming

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Downtown Richmond Virginia’s fab free three-day festival on the riverfront opens October 14 and runs through October 16, 2011. The final performers were announced last Thursday and include Original P (a funk band), Los Tres Reyes from San Antonio with their Spanish romantic music, Tibetan sacred music and dance by Tibetan Monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery in India, Circleville Ohio banjo musicians Tony Ellis and the Musicians of Braeburn and traditional Irish music by the Old Bay Ceili Band of Baltimore.  This annual festival, now in its fourth year, will feature over 20 performers and performing acts on seven stages throughout the weekend. SCHEDULE.  Most of the performers are new to Richmond this year, so this is not a repeat of previous year’s lineup!  And, though you will be able to find typical festival food, this year’s food vendors can take your tastebuds on a trip around the world with traditional foods running the gamut from Thai, Indian, Mexican, Italian to southern delectables like Cajun.

One of Virginia’s largest and most-loved events, The Richmond Folk Festival finds its roots in the National Folk Festival, held in Richmond in 2005, 2006, and 2007.  Richmond’s residents and visitors loved the riverfront festival along Tredegar and on Brown’s Island so much that when the National Folk Festival moved on, the Richmond Folk Festival was born and continues to get bigger and better each and every year. Last year more than 190,000 folks visited the Richmond Folk Festival. This year’s event promises to explore and celebrate the roots of the rich and diverse culture that we know as American culture through dance, music, crafts and food – to the delight of the entire family. Make plans to attend now! You don’t want to miss it.

Richmond Symphony’s Pops Schedule

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Central Virginia’s own professional symphony orchestra, the Richmond Symphony, will kick off its Genworth Financial Symphony Pops series with “a Symphonic Night at the Movies: Casablanca” on Saturday October 1, 2011.

Richmond's Carpenter Theatre, formerly Loew's Palace, to host Richmond Symphony Pops

Enjoy this special night at the movies, with the classic Humphrey Bogart film “Casablanca” at the Carpenter Theatre at CenterStage accompanied by live music by the Richmond Symphony. This time “Play it again, Sam” comes to you with the full width and breadth of a symphony orchestra. “Casablanca” will never be the same!

Take a break from shopping for “Let It Snow,” the Richmond Symphony’s classic holiday tradition of time-honored carols and festive music setting the mood for a celebration of the holiday season on December 3rd and 4th. Erin Freeman will conduct this 2011 performance of one of Richmond’s favorite annual events to get you into the holiday spirit!

The Pops series will continue on Saturday January 21 with “The Music of Ella Fitzgerald Starring Patti Austin.”  Grammy and Oscar nominee Patti Austin joins the Richmond Symphony to perform a tribute to the music of the “First Lady of Song” Ella Fitzgerald.  The evening will be sure to touch your heart with these timeless classics.

Performances all take place at the Carpenter Theatre in Richmond’s downtown at 612 East Grace Street.  More INFO about the Richmond Symphony and Tickets.

When you plan a trip to Richmond VA, check out the historic Fan District’s premier bed and breakfast for guest room availability and check the Symphony’s schedule to enhance your visit by taking advantage of one of Richmond’s best secrets!

Summer Ends With a Real Bang

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Labor Day signals the end of summer. It’s back to school time and Fall is right around the corner.  Rocketts Landing is hosting a “Rocketts Red Glare” Labor Day Fireworks on Monday, September 5, 2011 beginning at 7:30 PM with a concert by The Richmond Symphony Orchestra. Fireworks start at dark bursting over the James River.  Organizers suggest you bring a chair or blanket to sit on,  a picnic or dine at one of their restaurants, and enjoy the fun!

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Don’t miss this exciting event!

Richmond Symphony Subscriptions on sale now

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

The Richmond Symphony has announced their 2011-12 season and subscriptions as well as individual tickets are on sale! The symphony will appear at the Carpenter Theatre of Richmond’s recently renovated CenterStage in downtown at 612 East Grace Street. A pre-concert talk will take place one hour before the scheduled hour. Don’t miss it – it will provide insight into each program!

The Richmond Symphony schedules 2011/12 season at The Carpenter Theatre at CenterStage

The Altria Masterworks series opens the season with “The Miraculous Mandarin” featuring violinist, Elena Urioste, on September 17th and 18th. The program will feature work by Beethovan, whose compositions develop intense  harmonies, driving rhythms and a wide range of loud and soft dynamics.  The program will also feature Brahms’ work highlighting the middle of the orchestra, particularly the violas, clarinets, cellos, and horns. Steven Stucky’s “Dreamwaltzes” is on the program, bringing his 21st century approach to the work of his composing predecessors.  “The Miraculous Mandarin Suite” by Bartok finds its roots in the world of folk music, which he transformed into exuberance for the full orchestra.

On October 15th and 16th, the Masterworks series continues with a program focused on Shostakovich and Dvorak. Followed on November 12 and 13th by Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with guest pianist Anton Nel, featuring additional works by Rossini, Poulenc, and Stravinsky. Ravel’s concerto reflects a little bit of jazz influence from 1920′s Paris. Oh la la!

The series continues with 5 more concerts into 2012.  MORE INFO. Tickets.

The Richmond Symphony was founded in 1957 by a small group of music lovers who have provided Central Virginia with a professional orchestra that incorporates both traditional and contemporary works into a diverse repertoire including classics, jazz, gospel, contemporary, and popular music. Guest artists who have appeared with the Richmond Symphony include internationally known artists and musicians like Aretha Franklin, Andre Watts, Pink Martini, Itzhak Perlman, among others. The Richmond Symphony equals great music right here in central Virginia’s front yard!

If you happen to be planning a weekend in Richmond, check the schedule for the Richmond Symphony and get tickets to enjoy one of Virginia’s cultural treasures.  And, check out Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast in the historic Fan District adjacent to downtown for a great place to stay!