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Join the Richmond Symphony and the Unstoppable Sam-I-Am for Green Eggs and Ham

M E D I A  A D V I S O R Y

January 11, 2016 – Richmond, Virginia  Join the Richmond Symphony on Saturday, January 30 at 11am for the Union Bank & Trust LolliPops concert, Green Eggs and Ham. Really Inventive Stuff’s fully-staged orchestral adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s beloved children’s classic is a feast for the ears. With music by Robert Kapilow, Green Eggs and Ham introduces young audiences to the orchestra with a cartoon-musical featuring the unstoppable Sam-I-Am who serves up an array of surprises for a Seussical Diva. The concert will be held at Richmond CenterStage’s Carpenter Theatre and will be led by Associate Conductor,
Chia-Hsuan Lin. The performance will feature Really Inventive Stuff’s Julia DeLois (actor), Kimberly Schroder as Theodora Gieselevska (soprano), and Michael Boudewyns as Sam-I-Am.

Pre-concert activities including a musical instrument petting zoo begin at 10am. Concerts are ideal for children ages 5 and up, but music lovers of all ages are welcome.

Tickets are $12 for children and $17 for adults online at richmondsymphony.com or by calling
1.800.514 ETIX.

The LolliPops Series is sponsored by Union Bank & Trust.

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About Really Inventive Stuff

Kimberly Schroeder, Michael Boudewyns and Julia Delois are members of Really Inventive Stuff. Kimberly made her debut with Richmond Symphony Orchestra in 2013; Michael debuted with the RSO in 2010; this concert marks Julia DeLois’s debut with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.

Really Inventive Stuff is delighted, happy, and super excited to return to the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. Previous RSO performances: Peter and the Wolf (February 2010, October 2012), Green Eggs and Ham & The Toy Symphony (February 2011), Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (March 2012).

Heralded for their simple and creative style, Really Inventive Stuff combines the traditions of vaudeville and classic theatre with a generous sprinkling of spunk and derringdo to create unique performances for all ages. Founded in 2004, Really Inventive Stuff has performed family concerts with orchestras internationally (Singapore), in Canada (Winnipeg, Victoria) and around the United States; including, the National Symphony, Philadelphia, Saint Louis, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Charlotte, Richmond, Hartford, Des Moines, Harrisburg, New Haven, Lincoln, Richardson, Rochester, Portland, Delaware, Princeton, Illinois, Kennett, Newark, Symphony in C, Annapolis, the Symphony of Southeast Texas, and the Westchester Philharmonic. This season they make their debut with the Utah Symphony (The Life and Times of Beethoven), the Seattle Symphony ( Peter and the Wolf ), the New Orchestra of Washington( Peter and the Wolf ), and the Detroit Symphony ( The Sneetches ).

They will also present the world premiere of a new commission by the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra. In January 2016, they premiered Dvorak’s New World, a new theatrical concert for young audiences celebrating Antonin Dvorak, the year 1893 and his beloved Symphony No. 9: “From the New World.”

In 2013, Really Inventive Stuff’s performance of Robert Kapilow’s Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham was featured on PBS with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Kimberly is the Dance Minor Director at the University of Delaware. She grew up in Iowa, studying music and dance, and hopes one day to become a worldrenowned cryptozoologist. Julia DeLois grew up in New Hampshire, and is the proud owner of an award winning flea circus. Michael also grew up in Iowa (although he met Kimberly in Delaware) and loves making, using, sharing, constructing and configuring sentences using gerunds; he’s also passionate about historical trivia. They all love their pets: Kimberly has a cat named Chance and an absolutely adorable beagle named Jonson; Julia has a terrific cat named Wilma; Michael has four cats named Pip, Prudence, Phileas and Fern. You can learn even more about Michael, Kimberly and Julia by visiting their website: www.ReallyInventiveStuff.com.

About Chia-Hsuan Lin

Lauded for her clarity and elegance on the podium, Chia-Hsuan Lin has shared her talents in many diverse musical settings throughout the world.  She recently conducted the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra as one of three young talents chosen for the Emerging Conductor Program and chosen to be a semi-finalist in the 2013 Jeunesses Musicales International Conducting Competition in Bucharest, Romania.

Ms. Lin began her first season as assistant conductor with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic in fall 2014.  Earlier that year she conducted a performance of Mark Adamo’s Little Women at Northwestern University.  Ms. Lin led the 2012 Mainstage Opera production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati, where she also served as music director of the University of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.  In celebration of the Taiwanese premiere of J. S. Bach’s Matthäus-Passion, Ms. Lin returned to Taipei in 2011 to conduct the Academy of Taiwan Strings and Taipei Philharmonic Chorus for a lecture series by Bach specialist Helmuth Rilling.  The summer of 2011 took her to Italy where she served as assistant conductor of opera at the CCM Spoleto Music Festival.

Ms. Lin first received musical training as a pianist in Taiwan at age three. She later received her undergraduate degree in percussion and graduate degree in conducting from National Taiwan Normal University, where she studied with Apo Hsu.  Under the tutelage of Mark Gibson, she earned a graduate degree at the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati. In 2012 Ms. Lin received the Foreign Study Award for Music from the Taiwan Education Bureau to begin doctoral studies with Victor Yampolsky at Northwestern University. Ms. Lin currently serves as associate conductor of the Richmond Symphony.

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.