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Metro Collection at Randolph-Macon College featuring Joan Tower’s Chamber Dance

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Metro Collection at Randolph-Macon College
featuring Joan Tower’s Chamber Dance
Sunday, January 22 – 3:00pm
Blackwell Auditorium at Randolph-Macon College

January 10, 2017 – Richmond, Virginia Join the Richmond Symphony and Music Director Steven Smith on Sunday, January 22 at 3:00pm for a Metro Collection concert featuring chamber pieces by Gluck, Joan Tower, Purcell and Schubert. All Metro Collection concerts are held in the Blackwell Auditorium on Randolph-Macon College campus.

Featuring a theme of song and dance, the concert begins with Gluck’s Overture to Orfeo ed Euridice, followed by Joan Tower’s Chamber Dance. In describing the piece, Tower says:

Chamber Dance weaves through a tapestry of solos, duets, and ensembles where the oboe, flute, and violin are featured as solos and the violin and clarinet, cello and bassoon, two trumpets, and unison horns step out of the texture as duets. The ensemble writing is fairly vertical and rhythmic in its profile, thereby creating an ensemble that has to “dance” well together.

Following Chamber Dance will be Purcell’s The Gordian Knot Untyed, a succession of short pieces based upon well-known dance rhythms. The concert will conclude with Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, a piece full of graceful melodies.

A free pre-concert talk will be held from 2 – 2:30pm in the Dollar Tree Community Room on the second floor of Brock Commons.

Ticket prices are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors, $12 for children, and $5 at the door for college students and faculty with ID. Purchase tickets online at richmondsymphony.com or by calling

Steven Smith bio

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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.