Bernstein on Broadway is a concert with conductor Erin R. Freeman, in which Jamie Bernstein takes the audience through her father Leonard Bernstein, most loved musicals that established him as America’s greatest composer. Let It Snow is an annual tradition of Richmond Symphony that celebrates the timeless favorites and the holiday spirit, led by Erin R. Freeman alongside the Richmond Symphony Chorus. Long and Winding Road is a performance with Grammy-nominated Broadway singer and actress, best kwon for Oscar-winning tunes such as The Morning After. In this show she sings her most popular sings alongside those by The Beatles, James Taylor, Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell. Cuban jazz group Tiempo Libre, which has received three Grammy Award nominations, is playing alongside Richmond Symphony only to give a performance that has been described as nothing short of a high voltage act.
Richmond Symphony, which is holding the Genworth Symphony Pops series concerts, was formed in 1957 by a small group of devoted music-lovers who wanted to establish a professional orchestra in Central Virginia. During its inaugural season the Symphony performed merely three concerts, whereas today it makes over two hundred public appearance every season. Its personnel strength comprises of thirty-six full-time musicians alongside over forty part-time musicians, who perform for almost a hundred and twenty-five patrons, seasonally. Alongside, they reach thousands of area residents through weekly radio broadcasts and educational outreach programs. Since the Symphony is a non-profit corporation, it is in part supported by the National Endowment for Arts and Virginia Commission for Arts. Its current music director is Steven Smith along with Dr. Erin Freeman as its associate conductor. Its previous music directors have included Mark Russel Smith, George Manahan, Jacques, Houtmann and Edgar Schenkman. The Symphony’s earlier associate conductors include Sarah Hatsuko Hicks, Eckart Preu, Thomas Wilkins, Marin Alsop, Peter Bay and William Henry Curry.
The Richmond Symphony Chorus was founded in 1971, and performed for the first time under Robert Shaw’s directions. Its directors since then have been Dr. James Erb from 1971 to 2007, and Dr. Erin Freeman since 2007 to present. Richmond Symphony performs four series of concerts every year including the Altria Masterworks that features the traditional symphonic repertoire, exploring purely classical music; Genworth Symphony Pops which is famous for playing lighter classical and popular music; Metro Collection, which is best recognized as one that engages chamber orchestra; and LolliPops that is aimed at children and to bring out the child in grownups. The Symphony also holds a Festival Series that highlights the music of a particular composer in complement with the works of other composers. For example in the season of 2005-06, Mozart was featured in celebration of his two-hundred and fifth birth anniversary.
Richmond Symphony which is soon starting its series of Genworth Symphony Pops, has performed with some of the most internationally renowned musicians from the likes of Marvin Hamlisch, Bruce Hornsby, Aretha Franklin, Dave Matthews Band, Cleo Laine, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Emerson String Quartet, Shanghai String Quartet, Joanne Kong, Ani Kavafian, Andre Watts, Jubilant Sykes, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Joseph Silverman, Itzhak Perlman, Elmar Olivera, Joshua Bell, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Jessye Norman, Julian Lloyd Webber, Yo-Yo, Claudio Arrau, Yefim Bronfman, Aldo Ciccolini, Pierre Fournier, Leonard Rose, Isaac Stern, William Grant Still, and Aaron Copland. Don’t miss their upcoming concert series; just grab some Genworth Symphony Pops tickets and be there to celebrate the holidays with your family and friends.