Posts Tagged ‘CenterStage’

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!

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!



2011/2012 Season of Broadway in Richmond

Monday, June 6th, 2011

The exciting 2011/2012 series of Broadway shows has been introduced by Broadway in Richmond.  “Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz” returns to the Landmark Theater for a run October 5 through October 16, 2011. Last year, this show came to Richmond and broke box office records, selling out in record time. Don’t miss this performance telling the tale of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good in Munchkinland, before Dorothy arrived on the scene.

November 5th and 6th, brings “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles” to the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond’s CenterStage. It’s Beatlemania on stage – from their early beginnings to their hard-rocking days with songs like “Let It Be,” “Hey Jude,” and “Can’t Buy Me Love.”


Richmond Symphony Masterworks March 5 and 6

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 is on the program for the Richmond Symphony on Saturday March 5 at 8PM and Sunday March 6 at 3PM at Richmond’s Center Stage Carpenter Theatre, 600 East Grace Street.

Richmond Symphony's Masterworks Series Continues March 5 and 6

This concert is part of the Masterworks series sponsored by Altria.  Symphony No. 6 is the last symphony by the famed composer written between February and the end of August 1893.  Tchaikovsky led the first performance of the piece in St Petersburg October 28, 1893 just nine days before his death.  The second performance, as a memorial concert, was conducted by Eduard Napravnik in November, 21 days later.  The second performance included some corrections that Tchaikovsky had made after the premiere – the work as it is known and heard today.

The Richmond Symphony’s Masterworks Series has been crafted with the classical music explorer in mind, featuring works by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, and Brahms.  One hour before the curtain raises on the concert, there will be a Pre-Concert Talk to discuss Tchaikovsky’s work and the message of his music. The concert will feature Tom Hooten on trumpet and Steven Smith as conductor. Attending the performance also permits you to see the 1,800 seat Carpenter Theatre at CenterStage as it has been restored but in keeping with its Old World feel.   Don’t miss the tile murals of the parrots and the handmade parrot that has perched in the lobby since the theater first opened in 1928 – or the repainted midnight sky ceiling (an element of the original theater design.) TICKETS.

Downtown Richmond has events and happenings to entertain and to educate residents and visitors alike.  When your plans include a visit to Richmond or central Virginia, take advantage of all the area has to offer! And, to stay “in the middle of it all,” check out Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast – truly “a better way to stay.”

Richmond Dances

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

There’s only one more day to catch Richmond Ballet performing “Giselle” and that is Sunday February 13. The ballet, a classic love story, full of romance, betrayal, and even death is performed at the CenterStage’s Carpenter Theater.  Saturday evening’s performance was sold out and attended by many couples celebrating Valentine’s Day a little early by experiencing the hauntingly romantic tale of love and devotion.  The Richmond Ballet‘s performances are executed by corps of talented dancers worthy of widespread acclaim not only on a regional scale but a national level as well. Richmond is very fortunate to be home to this talented company!

Bale Folclorio da Bahia brings its explosion of color, music, and dance to the Carpenter Theater at Richmond's CenterStage on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2011

If you can’t make today – on Monday, Valentine’s Day, February 14th Centerstage will welcome Bale Folclorico da Bahia, the only professional folk dance company in Brazil.  The troupe consists of 38 dancers, singers, and musicians and will perform selections from their repertory based on “Bahian” folklore, whose roots are in dances of African origin.  You’ll see the samba, slave dances, dances that celebrate Carnival – and, yes, even capoeira, a form of martial arts.  Show begins at 7:30 PM. Tickets ($25) are available at the CenterStage box office or Ticketmaster.  Discounted tickets are only available at the box office (seniors, military and students).

So, if you forgot to make plans for Valentine’s Day, check with Richmond Ballet to see if you can squeeze in for Giselle’s love story today, or check to see if seating is available for the exciting folk dances of Brazil on Monday.  You’re bound to get a few points for choosing culture for your Valentine!