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The Rush Hour Series Continues with Urban Sprawl

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December 23, 2015 – Richmond, Virginia The Richmond Symphony continues the popular Rush Hour Series at its new location, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery on Thursday, January 14, 2016 with a concert titled: Urban Sprawl. Grab a beer, hit the food trucks and enjoy great selections from Ives, Tchaikovsky, Needham and Haydn with a concert featuring Richmond Symphony’s Principal Cellist, Neal Cary.  This informal concert evening will be led by Music Director, Steven Smith and begins at 6:30pm in Hardywood’s Tasting Room.

In describing the inspiration for the piece, composer Clint Needham says:

“After spending months looking, my wife and I bought a home in the suburbs. While looking, I increasingly became intrigued by the overall “funkyness” of the insides of a number of houses we were shown by our realtor. From the crazy wallpaper, to the downright hideous paint colors, to the do-it-yourself projects gone wrong, to the fresh smells of wacky tobacky, some of these homes were real “standouts.” After seeing so many of these homes, I began to imagine who these current homeowners were. I started picturing them moving about their homes, doing these crazy projects, and dancing a quirky new dance I called the “urban sprawl.” Urban Sprawl is a funky, jazzy, kitschy, and hopefully fun ode to Suburban Life.”

Cover fee is $15 with very limited seating available. Tickets can be purchased online at richmondsymphony.com or 1.800.514 ETIX. You can also buy tickets at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery one hour prior the concert. Rush Hour concerts often sell out, so buy tickets early.

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