- $12 for one general-admission ticket (up to $21.50 value)
Carnival of the Animals
Classical music has a reputation for being not so kid-friendly. But that’s not the case for Camille Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals. During this lighthearted performance, the Richmond Symphony teams up with the School of the Richmond Ballet, whose dancers help evoke a different animal during each movement of the symphony. Although designed for listeners ages 5 and older, all ages are welcome to guess which movement represents which animal and which musician’s trombone has a snake inside its tube. And the critter motif kicks off even before the show begins, as a pre-concert festival allows families to enjoy interactive activities, including an instrument petting zoo.
What do you get when you combine 70 classical musicians, 150 singers, and 260 student musicians? A symphony with a little something for everyone. There are the frequent classical concerts, of course, such as Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, as well as the layered harmonies of the choral program. And in the Pops series, audiences hear symphonic arrangements of popular music, from horror-movie scores to the hits of Michael Jackson. Finally, the Youth Orchestra Program prepares youngsters for careers in the classical-music world by letting them play alongside the symphony. With such culturally omnivorous programming, it's no surprise the Richmond Symphony corrals over 200,000 audience members each year.
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