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Big Tent

_MG_4698The Richmond Symphony has been awarded a matching grant by the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation to purchase a state-of the-art mobile stage “The Big Tent” to take our music to local communities in a compelling and unique outdoor setting. The structure (one of the largest on the East Coast) provides sufficient performance space to accommodate the full 70-piece Richmond Symphony, the 150-voice Symphony Chorus, and a variety of orchestral concerts.



The Richmond Symphony is committed to this project creating a lasting impact on the various communities and populations it serves. Our Community Philosophy is to:

  • Create transformational benefits to the host community.
  • Be more than the single instance of a Symphony performance.
  • Focus on community partnerships and shared goals.
  • Provide opportunities for members of a community to participate and use the “Big Tent” for additional activities.
  • Craft meaningful and positive experiences/outcomes for all involved.
  • Encourage community pride.
  • Generate additional funding and activities for students and schools.
  • Raise funds and awareness for local non-profits/community initiatives



The Big Tent allows the Richmond Symphony to offer free outdoor concerts and serve tens of thousands of people a year, including the many education and community engagement programs. For more information about the Big Tent, please contact Suzanne Mallory-Parker, Richmond Symphony Community Partnerships Manager at smparker@richmondsymphony.com or by calling 804-788-4717 ext. 141.