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Dominion Casual Fridays starts the New Year with Franck’s Symphony in D Minor

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December 21, 2016 – Richmond, Virginia The Dominion Casual Fridays Series is back on Friday, January 13 at 6:30pm for its second concert of the season featuring Franck’s Symphony in D Minor. Host Todd Waldo returns to guide the audience through the music while guest conductor Jacques Houtmann leads the orchestra. Grab a drink, relax, and enjoy a casual,
one-hour performance at the Dominion Arts Center’s Carpenter Theatre.

Written in the last ten years of his life, Symphony in D Minor is one of Franck’s best known works. In describing the piece, conductor Jacques Houtmann says: “The two main dominant spiritual characteristics in Franck’s music are faith and love. But we must not forget that passion is always there, leading the way to a final contemplation.” These forces are thought to represent his life struggle and the unreceptive musical environment in which he found himself in at the time.

“What better way to start the New Year than with a behind the scenes look into a beautiful piece of classical music,” said concert host Todd Waldo. “This concert is a great way to connect with each other and connect with the music in a relaxed environment.”

After the concert, audience members are invited to join the Richmond Symphony musicians for a happy hour in the speakeasy at Vagabond restaurant located at 700 E. Broad Street, one block from the Carpenter Theatre.

Adult tickets for Dominion Casual Fridays performances start at $10, college student tickets
are $7, and child tickets are free for individuals 17 and under. Purchase tickets online at www.richmondsymphony.com or by calling 1.800.514.ETIX.

The series sponsor for the Casual Fridays Series is Dominion Resources. The concert sponsor is Gather. The exclusive restaurant partner is Vagabond. The media sponsor is Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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About the Richmond Symphony
Founded in 1957, 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 260 students in the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra programs. Each season, more than 200,000 members of the community enjoy concerts, radio broadcasts, and educational outreach programs. The Richmond Symphony is partially funded by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.