- $15 for one ticket for side-orchestra seating (up to $29.50 value)
- $24 for one ticket for front-orchestra seating and a trading card (up to $46.50 value)
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Casual Fridays concerts each present an hour-long work in a laid-back setting. Following the performance, guests are invited to join the orchestra for a happy hour at Vagabond.
Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony
In Lord Byron’s poem Manfred the titular character wanders the wilderness and villages of the Alps, tormented. Pulling at his soul are questions of existence, memories of past crimes, and longing for his lost love, Astarte. But Manfred is no ordinary wanderer. Having learned the occult sciences and the dark arts, he’s capable of summoning spirits and visiting the underworld. When he finally finds the spirit of Astarte in the realm of the Evil King, she predicts the end of his suffering: death.
Given that Tchaikovsky was, on the whole, as happy-go-lucky as this poem, it’s understandable that he identified so closely with Manfred—it’s also understandable that he accepted the commission to create a symphony based upon the work. For it, he created the “Manfred theme,” which repeats throughout and varies in tone and volume to portray the character’s heartbreak and rage. Initially, Tchaikovsky considered the completed work one of his best. In the years that followed, though, he began to despise it and even considered destroying everything except the opening. Fortunately for audiences, he didn’t. Today, they can witness the technical demands it makes on its players and immerse themselves in the rich drama that it delivers.
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.