Education and Community Engagement

Concerts for Families and Children

Come and Play
Pre-Concert Talks

Union First Market Bank LolliPops Children's Concerts

The Union First Market Bank LolliPops Children's Concert Series presents three Saturday morning performances by the Richmond Symphony - perfect for children and families. Pre-concert festival activities at the Carpenter Theatre begin at 10 a.m., featuring our musical petting zoo and other fun, interactive activities related to the morning's concert.

Carnivals and Clowns with Drew Allison and the Greay Seal Puppets - Saturday, October 26
Come one, come all for this colorful celebration of clowns and the circus! This program features a special retelling of the Russian tale of Petrushka, a straw puppet that comes to life accompanied by Igor Stravinsky’s brilliant musical score.

An American in Paris - Saturday, January 25
Join us and the The School of Richmond Ballet Ensembles for this beloved piece composed by Gershwin evoking the energy and spirit of his time in Paris in the 1920’s. Dance for Martin’s Dream is a special tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This program is a virtual tour-de-force of music and dance!

The Remarkable Farkle McBride - Saturday, March 15
The remarkable Farkle McBride is a musical prodigy. Yet no matter how hard he strives he just isn’t satisfied with the sound of any of the instruments playing alone–until he comes to the aid of the orchestra’s conductor and discovers his true calling. Kimberly Schroeder takes on this musical and literary tale with a jaunty, vivacious score!

Come & Play

Sunday, October 27, 2013
2:30-5:00pm rehearsal
6:00pm concert

Don't miss your chance to perform with the Richmond Symphony! Musicians of all ages and levels of ability are invited to bring their instruments and play alongside the musicians of the Richmond Symphony under the baton of Associate Conductor Erin R. Freeman. This event is presented in support of music education in schools through the Symphony@School program. Event proceeds will be used for student instrument purchase and repair. The event will be held at the Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Please note: Euphonium/baritone players must be able to read tenor and/or bass clef. Percussionists are encouraged to provide their own instruments (limited space is available). We will be unable to accommodate pianists and saxophonists due to orchestration constraints. Parts are available for musicians of all levels and will be tailored to fit the experience level of participants.

Youth Orchestra Program Concert Dates

All concerts take place in the Carpenter
Theatre at Richmond CenterStage and are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, November 12, 7pm - FREE
Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Side-by-Side with Richmond Symphony
Steven Smith, Conductor

Sunday, December 8, 7pm - FREE
Youth Concert Orchestra, Camerata Strings & String Sinfonietta Winter Concert
Amy Birdsong, Rebecca Jilcott, & Christie-Jo Adams, conductors

Sunday, March 2, 7pm - FREE
Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Winter Concert

Sunday, April 27, 7pm - FREE
Youth Concert Orchestra, Camerata Strings & String Sinfonietta Spring Concert
Amy Birdsong, Rebecca Jilcott, & Christie-Jo Adams, conductors

Sunday, May 18, 7pm - FREE
Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Spring Concert


JOIN MUSIC DIRECTOR STEVEN SMITH in pre-concert conversations about the concert repertoire, the lives of the composers plus personal interviews with guest artists and musicians. These informal, insightful discussions will help adult audience members get the most out of the evening's performance.

PRE-CONCERT DISCUSSIONS FOR ALTRIA MASTERWORKS CONCERTS begin one hour prior to the performance and take place in Rhythm Hall at Richmond CenterStage.

in partnership with Randolph-Macon College and Dr. James Doering in the SunTrust Hall in Brock Commons at 2 p.m.