Have tent, will travel: Richmond Symphony’s new outdoor performance tent

Posted on: June 29, 2015

“With $1 million in new funds in hand, the Richmond Symphony is getting ready for an outdoor debut,” writes Katie Demeria in Friday’s (6/26) Richmond BizSense (Virginia). “The symphony will purchase a 70-foot outdoor performance tent later this summer after successfully completing its $500,000 Big Tent Initiative earlier this month…. Those funds were combined with a $500,000 challenge grant from the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation…. The new tent should arrive by mid-August and will allow the organization to take its 70-piece orchestra and 150-member chorus outside the walls of its Carpenter Theatre home. Symphony spokesman Scott Dodson said the group’s newfound mobility will take it to places like Brown’s Island, while also heading out of city limits to rural communities…. [Dodson] said the symphony received hundreds of donations from individuals and corporations. Those contributions ranged between $25 and five-figure amounts…. The first outdoor concerts should take place this fall…. ‘We don’t want to go into a community and prescribe what an event is, we want to work with partners and figure out what can be the most successful for them when we come into a community,’ Dodson said.”

Posted June 29, 2015

Photo: A tent similar to the one the Richmond Symphony will buy, seen at a festival in Akron, Ohio. Photo courtesy of the Richmond Symphony