Special Events

In order to build deeper connections between artists and audiences, the Richmond Symphony showcases its programs and initiatives through a variety of must-attend special events throughout the season. These celebrations raise significant funds each year to support our artistic growth, community engagement, and education activities.

2023 Gala

Join us on Saturday, September 9th for a truly spectacular Opening Gala Weekend featuring Gladys Knight, the Empress of Soul, together with the Richmond Symphony.

On Saturday afternoon, Gala attendees will enjoy the VIP treatment with premium seats to this very special matinee concert at the Altria Theater.

Then, on Saturday evening, Gala attendees will proceed downstairs post-concert to the Altria Theater Ballroom to continue their Gala celebration with a cocktail hour, formal dinner, live and silent auctions, and more!


Knight of Soul Gala Tickets and Tables

Gala tickets are available at $500, $750, and $1000. Gala tables, which seat 10, are priced at $5,000, $7,500, and $10,000. A variety of fantastic corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities are available for Saturday’s Gala. (Scroll down for details and a reply form.)

A formal invitation announcement will be sent out in June 2023. Individuals and businesses who wish to make an early pledge of support and complete their gala purchase now may do so by submitting a completed reply form (see below) or by contacting Sarah Yount, Stewardship and Special Events Manager, at or 804-788-4717, ext. 114.


2023 Gala Premium Event Opportunity

Gala attendees wishing to start their gala weekend a little early may choose to attend the Grand Introduction Event for the Richmond Symphony League Designer House – the League’s signature fundraiser.

A limited number of tickets to Friday’s “premium event” by the Richmond Symphony League are included with the purchase of certain premium-level gala tables and premium-level gala tickets. (Tickets to this Grand Introduction Event may also be purchased independently through the Richmond Symphony League.)

This Grand Introduction Event, presented by the Richmond Symphony League, will include a cocktail party, music by Richmond Symphony musicians, and a preview of the magnificent Taylor Estate on Monument Avenue featuring the inspired work of local designers who’ve put their unique touch on various spaces and rooms within the Italian Renaissance Revival home.

Levels of Participation

Gala Return Form