Stop by Richmond Centerstage this Thursday, October 4, at 6:30 p.m., for the Richmond Symphony Rush Hour – Song and Serenade. This new event, taking place at the Gottwald Playhouse at Richmond CenterStage, will feature the symphony’s chamber orchestra. The first progam will feature principal horn James Ferree and tenor Joseph Evans in music by Benjamin Britten, Zoltán Kodály and Franz Joseph Hadyn.
If this sounds a little bit like happy hour, the resemblance may be intentional.
“My idea is to create a very informal experience,” said Richmond Symphony Music Director Steven Smith. “I’ll talk about the music a little bit. Our guest artists will talk about the music a little bit. The price of the ticket includes a drink.”
The symphony is pitching the series as “the perfect solution for traffic,” according to Frazier Millner, the symphony’s director of advancement and patron communications. “Come hear an hour of classical music,” she urges, “then go to dinner at one of the neighborhood restaurants.”