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Richmond Symphony to perform On Stage May 2

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Daisuke Yamamoto

The Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts (RFA) will present the Richmond Symphony on Friday, May 2, at 7 p.m. in the Lancaster Middle School theater. Led by music director Steven Smith and featuring concert master Daisuke Yamamoto, the symphony will perform works by Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Ravel and Roussel. Tickets for the performance are available at 438-5555 or on the RFA website.

The May 2 concert is sponsored by Commonwealth Assisted Living. On Stage is funded locally by Chesapeake Investment Group and Chesapeake Bank, and receives partial funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Richmond Symphony was founded in 1957 by a small, dedicated group of music-lovers and performed only three concerts in its inaugural season. Today, members of the Richmond Symphony make more than 200 public appearances each 38-week concert season. The organization includes an orchestra of over 70 professional musicians, the 150-voice (volunteer) Richmond Symphony Chorus, the 200-strong volunteer members of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra League, and over 250 students in the four Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestras.

This season marks Steven Smith’s fourth term as music director of the Richmond Symphony and his third season in the Lewis T. Booker Music Director Chair. Smith continues as music director of the Grammy Award-winning Cleveland Chamber Symphony and in 2013 completed a 14-year tenure as music director of the Santa Fe Symphony & Chorus.

Violinist Daisuke Yamamoto, known for exhibiting “immense virtuosity and probing musicianship,” is originally from Marietta, Ga. An avid orchestral performer, he has performed with many orchestras across the US, including the Cleveland Orchestra on numerous occasions, New World Symphony, and Spokane Symphony.

On Stage will open its 2014-15 season on September 7 with an encore performance by “The Seldom Scene.” Rounding out the season will be the “Chamber Orchestra Kremlin,” “Kingston Trio,” “Hot Sardines,” and Richmond Ballet. Continuing their support of the arts, Chesapeake Bank and Chesapeake Investment Group will once again sponsor On Stage. 

posted 04.16.2014

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