Richmond Symphony heads into 2021-22 season with new music director, Valentina Peleggi

Posted on: September 24, 2021

On September 25, the Richmond Symphony in Virginia will open its 2021-22 season with Augustus Hailstork’s Fanfare on Amazing Grace, Florence Price’s Concerto in One Movement with pianist Louis Schwizgebel, and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 (“New World”), led by Valentina Peleggi, who became the orchestra’s music director in July 2020. Also planned during the season is the commissioned world premiere of Roxanna Panufnik’s Alma’s Songs Without Words, Haydn’s The Creation with the Richmond Symphony Chorus, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, and Peter Maxwell Davies’s An Orkney Wedding, With Sunrise. The season will include pops concerts; chamber concerts at Randolph-Macon College and the new Parkinson Center for the Arts; performances with the Richmond Ballet in The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet; and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro with Virginia Opera. The season will include repertoire by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, and Mendelssohn as well as music by Anna Clyne, Valerie Coleman, Melissa Dunphy, Louise Farrenc, Alberto Ginastera, Ruth Gipps, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Serge Koussevitzky, William Grant Still, Coleridge Taylor Perkinson, and Joel Thompson. The season will conclude with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.