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Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony with guest conductor Victor Yampolsky and violinist Daisuke Yamamoto
M E D I A A D V I S O R Y
January 28, 2016 – Richmond, Virginia The Richmond Symphony will perform a concert with works by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev on Saturday, February 6 at 8pm. The Altria Masterworks concert will be led by Guest Conductor Victor Yampolsky and held at the Dominion Arts Center’s Carpenter Theatre.
The concert features the Symphony’s concertmaster Daisuke Yamamoto as violin soloist for Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor. Yamamoto is known for his “immense virtuosity and probing musicianship” and has been concertmaster of the Richmond Symphony since 2013. Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto was composed around the same time as the famous ballet, Romeo and Juliet. The evening will begin with an opening phrase for unaccompanied solo violin, the opening of the concerto that includes one of Prokofiev’s “most glorious melodic effusions.” Daisuke Yamamoto is the Thomas P. Bryan, Jr. Fund Soloist.
Guest Conductor Victor Yampolsky leads the orchestra in the second half of the concert with Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony. Tchaikovsky told his teacher while he was commissioning the piece that it “might perhaps be the best of my symphonic compositions.” The work was commissioned as a programmatic piece on the subject of Manfred, Lord Byron’s archetypal tragic romantic hero. Listen carefully to visualize a fantastic journey —Tchaikovsky paints the story with vivid orchestral colors as Manfred travels through dark challenges to his end.
Tickets start at $10 online at richmondsymphony.com or by calling 1.800.514 ETIX.
Altria Masterworks are free for children 18 and under with a paid adult ticket. College student single tickets are $7 and Soundwave college student subscriptions are available for $25.
The Masterworks Series is sponsored by Altria. The media sponsor is Richmond
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. www.richmondsymphony.com