Richmond Symphony to perform live and digital fall 2020 concerts, add online music school

Posted on: August 18, 2020

The Richmond Symphony in Virginia is planning live and digital performances for the 2020-21 season, and will launch a new digital music school for young people and adults. The season will open with open-air concerts on September 12 and 26. The September 12 concert, part of Richmond’s one-day Maymont Big Tent Festival, will be the first program led by new Music Director Valentina Peleggi. Proceeds will go toward purchasing musical instruments for public-school students. The September 26 concert will be held at Pocahontas State Park, sponsored by Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation Department. Masterworks concerts for September, October, and November will allow for sufficient distancing between players. The capacity of the Carpenter Theatre will be reduced from 1,800 to fewer than 400; health and safety protocols will be followed; to meet the demand for in-person seating, performances will be added; Friday evening performances will be less than 80 minutes, without intermission; and Saturday evening Masterworks concerts will be live-streamed. The pilot phase of the Richmond Symphony’s new digital music school began on July 29, with a full launch planned in September. The goal is for the school to develop into a bricks-and-mortar community music school providing online and in-person instruction.