Education and Community Engagement

Concerts for Families and Children

Come and Play
Pre-Concert Talks

Union LolliPops Children's Concerts

“Love love love! My 4 year-old son and I thoroughly enjoyed all three lollipops performances this season. The pre-concert festival is so much fun and each performance was exciting and engaging. We are already signed up for the 2014-2015 season and we can't wait! Thank you for continuing to provide a high-quality, educational experience for both youth and adults. Bravo!” — LOLLIPOPS PARENT

The Union First Market Bank LolliPops Children’s Concert Series presents three Saturday morning performances by the Richmond Symphony – perfect for children and families. Pre-concert festival activities at the Carpenter Theatre begin at 10 a.m., featuring our musical petting zoo and other fun, interactive activities related to the morning’s concert.

Beethoven Lives Upstairs – October 25, 2014
The world-famous production of Beethoven Lives Upstairs features a lively exchange of letters between young Christoph and his uncle. Audiences are captivated by more than twenty-five excerpts of the master’s music, including the Moonlight Sonata, Für Elise, and the great Fifth and Ninth Symphonies.

Pinocchio’s Adventures in Funland – January 24, 2014
Composed by Micael Gandolfi
Charlotte Blake Alston, narrator

Join the Richmond Symphony for this lively re-telling of the classic children’s story of Pinocchio with renowned narrator and performer Charlotte Blake Alston.

Gregory Smith’s Orchestra Games – March 21, 2015
Not just another “get to know your instruments” concert, The Orchestra Games explores the personalities of various instruments as it sprints thorugh an Olympic array of events. This concert is guaranteed fun for kids of all ages!

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Come & Play

Sunday, November 23, 2014
2:30 – 5pm rehearsal; 6pm concert
Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Don’t miss your chance to perform with the Richmond Symphony! Musicians of all ages and levels of ability are invited to bring their instruments and play alongside the musicians of the Richmond Symphony under the baton of Associate Conductor Keitaro Harada. This event is presented in support of music education in schools through the Symphony@School program.

Please note: Euphonium/baritone players must be able to read tenor and/or bass clef. Percussionists are encouraged to provide their own instruments (limited space is available). We will be unable to accommodate pianists and saxophonists due to orchestration constraints. Parts are available for musicians of all levels and will be tailored to fit the experience level of participants.

Register Online starting early September!

Youth Orchestra Program Concert Dates

All concerts take place in the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage and are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, November 11, 7pm - FREE
Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra
Side-by-Side with Richmond Symphony
Steven Smith, Conductor

Sunday, December 7, 7pm - FREE
Youth Concert Orchestra, Camerata Strings & String Sinfonietta Winter Concert
Amy Birdsong, Rebecca Jilcott, and Christie-Jo Adams, Conductors

Sunday, February 15, 4 pm - FREE
Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Winter Concert
Keitaro Harada, Conductor

Sunday, April 19, 7 pm - FREE
Youth Concert Orchestra, Camerata Strings & String Sinfonietta Spring Concert
Amy Birdsong, Rebecca Jilcott, and Christie-Jo Adams, Conductors

Sunday, May 17, 4 pm - FREE
Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Spring Concert
Keitaro Harada, Conductor

Saturday, May 30, 4:30 p.m. – FREE with park admission
Youth Orchestra Program Outdoor Performance at Pocahontas State Park
Keitaro Harada, Amy Birdsong, Rebecca Jilcott, and Christie-Jo Adams, Conductors

Pre-Concert Discussions

JOIN MUSIC DIRECTOR STEVEN SMITH in pre-concert conversations about the concert repertoire, the lives of the composers plus personal interviews with guest artists and musicians. These informal, insightful discussions will help adult audience members get the most out of the evening's performance.

PRE-CONCERT DISCUSSIONS FOR ALTRIA MASTERWORKS CONCERTS begin one hour prior to the performance and take place in Rhythm Hall at Richmond CenterStage.

in partnership with Randolph-Macon College and Dr. James Doering in the SunTrust Hall in Brock Commons at 2 p.m.