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Contemporary Works and Classical Favorites On Tap at the Richmond Symphony’s Rush Hour Concert

February 5, 2019


Contemporary Works and Classical Favorites On Tap
at the Richmond Symphony’s Rush Hour Concert

Thursday, February 21 2019 at 6:30pm Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

February 5, 2019 – Richmond, Virginia: Join the Richmond Symphony, led by Conductor Steven Smith for an exciting Rush Hour performance at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery on Thursday, February 21 at 6:30pm. On tap for the evening’s program: Indian-American composer Reena Esmail’s Avartan, expertly paired with classical works from Beethoven and Mozart. Complement this musical palate with one of Hardywood’s delicious brews and enjoy a night of sensuous delight, both for your ears and taste buds!

Reena Esmail composes between the worlds of Indian and Western classical music bringing people together through the creation of equitable musical spaces. She provides the following comments on her piece, Avartan: “The word ‘avartan’ is used to describe a rhythmic cycle in Hindustani music. In this case, the whole piece is a single cycle that shows what feels like a linear continuum from one pole to the other—from very Indian to very Western—but in the end it returns to the same place.”

Mozart wrote the Overture to Don Giovanni, K. 527 after the opera’s final dress rehearsal had been performed. As his wife told him stories to keep him awake and entertained, the composer dozed off, eventually falling into a deep sleep. Upon waking, Mozart wrote and completed the Overture within two hours. Ernest Newman, Mozart’s biographer, insists that the story is true. Composition for Mozart “meant developing the work in his head; he found the business of writing it out rather tiresome, and he would often postpone it as long as he could. . . The Overture to Don Giovanni had been worked out in his head long before . . . all he had to do on that historic night was to put the notes on paper,” Newman said.

Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony, simply put, is just happy music. The first movement is void of the drama and tension that we so often hear in Beethoven’s works. The second – complete with orchestral birdcalls – is lazy and serene, capturing the sounds of silence in nature. The third movement is a joyous folk dance that is suddenly interrupted by a fierce thunderstorm – the fourth movement. This is the only place in the entire symphony that reflects Beethoven’s tempestuous personality. What a storm it is! But, like all thunderstorms, it dies away. After an entire symphony of such unmitigated joy, we have to agree with a friend of Beethoven who said that he had “never met anyone who so delighted in Nature… Nature was almost meat and drink to him; he seemed positively to exist upon it.”

Our Rush Hour concerts tend to sell out, so purchase your tickets early! Cover charge is $20 with limited seating available. Tickets can be purchased online at richmondsymphony.com or by calling 1.800.514.ETIX. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at the door beginning 90 minutes before the concert.

Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 6:30 PM
Richmond Symphony
Rush Hour at Hardywood
Steven Smith, conductor






Overture to Don Giovanni, K. 527




Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Opus 68, “Pastoral”

I. Awakening of cheerful feelings on arriving in the

country:  Allegro ma non troppo

II. Scene by the brook: Andante molto mosso

III. Merry assembly of country folk: Allegro

IV. Thunderstorm: Allegro

V. Shepherd’s Song – Happy, grateful feelings after the

storm: Allegretto



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About the Richmond Symphony (www.richmondsymphony.com):

Celebrating its 61st Season in 2018/19, the Richmond Symphony is the largest performing arts organization in Central Virginia. The organization includes an orchestra of more than 70 professional musicians, the 150-voice Richmond Symphony Chorus and more than 300 students in the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra programs. Each season, more than 200,000 members of the community enjoy live concerts and radio broadcasts. The Symphony also provides educational outreach programs to over 55,000 students and teachers each year. The Symphony was recently named one of 21 American orchestras selected as a leader in orchestra innovation by the League of American Orchestras through its Futures Fund Initiative. The Richmond Symphony is partially funded by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Visit www.richmondsymphony.com for more information.



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