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Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

Commonwealth Catholic Charities invites you to stay Home for the Holidays! On December 7, from the comfort of your own home, join us for our very first virtual Holiday Festival of Music featuring holiday favorites by the Richmond Symphony. Tickets are available on the Commonwealth Catholic Charities website. Your ticket to Holiday Festival of Music – Home for the Holidays, helps our neighbors across the Commonwealth access the care and resources that they need to live and thrive. Thank you!

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Metamorphosen: Livestream or In-Person

Metamorphosen: Livestream or In-Person

This program is being reimagined to lead us reflectively into the holiday season. Program includes works by Strauss, Wagner, and Schubert.

 

Click HERE to purchase a Fall Masterworks livestream subscription.

Click HERE to read more about Valentina Peleggi.

Click HERE for information regarding our COVID-19 health & safety procedures.

 

Please note that all artists, programs, and prices are subject to change without notice.

 

Livestream presented by Altria

 

 

 

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Día de los Muertos: Livestream or In Person

Día de los Muertos: Livestream or In Person

The Symphony will celebrate the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) by performing works honoring the tradition, in collaboration with a performance by the Latin Ballet of Virginia. The concert will be presented in both English and Spanish. This is a family friendly event!

The concert will last approximately 1 hour with no intermission. Doors will open at 10am.

 

Click HERE to read more about Chia-Hsuan Lin, Conductor.

Click HERE to read more about the Latin Ballet of Virigina.

Click HERE for information regarding our COVID-19 health & safety procedures.

Please note that all artists, programs, and prices are subject to change without notice.

 

Please note that, due to social distancing, there will be no pre-concert festival for this performance. In addition, we will not be providing our quiet room or sensory friendly area.

 

Thanks to our sponsor Atlantic Union Bank

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Hymn to a New Beginning

Hymn to a New Beginning

A mainly strings program, inspired by the purity of Mozart’s music. Acclaimed violinist Melissa White will perform with Music Director Valentina Peleggi the beautiful Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219, “Turkish”, along with Vaughan Williams’ dreamy Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.

 

Click HERE to read more about Valentina Peleggi.

Click HERE to read more about Melissa White.

Click HERE for information regarding our COVID-19 health & safety procedures.

Please note that all artists, programs, and prices are subject to change without notice.

 

Ticket sales for fall in-person Masterworks concerts are temporarily delayed. Stay tuned for more information coming soon!

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REOPENING & COVID-19 SAFETY

REOPENING & COVID-19 SAFETY

The Grace Street Theater is reopening based on safety guidelines by the Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Commonwealth University, Center for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization. Please fill out a rental request form today if you are interested in renting the the theater for your next event. Our COVID-19 safety guidelines for renters can be opened by clicking here.

Our maximum audience capacity for events is 42 people, and we are strongly encouraging live-streamed events over in-person events. We are proud to offer quality live streaming for your event and will provide the cameras, technology, and streaming. Events will be booked on a case-by-case basis to ensure safety guidelines can be met, and will be scheduled to not conflict with our current schedule of VCU Classes.

Below is a graphic showing the basics of how we plan to keep our entire Grace Street Theater community safe during this time of COVID-19.

Additionally you can visit the One VCU: Responsible Together website (click here) for VCU’s guidelines for a productive return to campus as well as future updates from the University.

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Metamorphosen

Metamorphosen

This program is being reimagined to lead us reflectively into the holiday season. Program includes works by Strauss, Wagner, and Schubert.

 

Click HERE to read more about Valentina Peleggi.

Click HERE for information regarding our COVID-19 health & safety procedures.

Please note that all artists, programs, and prices are subject to change without notice.

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The Byrd Theatre hires first ever Executive Director

The Byrd Theatre hires first ever Executive Director

Closure due to COVID-19 isn’t stopping the Byrd Theatre from continuing to focus on the strategic plan and its long-term future. When closure happened in Mid-March, the Byrd Theatre Foundation was already well into a national search for the first Executive Director to lead the non-profit theatre as part of the Phase 2 Strategic Plan. Thanks to the more than $1,100,000 raised in early lead gifts toward a second phase of the Strategic Plan, funds have been earmarked for both capital improvements and restorations as well as opportunity funds to finance this leadership position at the theatre. 

Stacy Shaw, the new Executive Director, as of July 1, 2020, comes to the Byrd Theatre with 30 years experience as an arts administrator having worked for 2 other historic theaters in her past, The Wells Theatre in Norfolk, Va and The National Theatre in DC. She spent the last 6 years at The National Theatre as the Director of Institutional Advancement establishing corporate, capital, endowment, and major donor campaigns while expanding foundation and government support. She lives in Petersburg, VA with her wife who teaches at Virginia State University. 

“We are so thrilled to have someone with Stacy’s experience and expertise join the Byrd as its first Executive Director. We are confident in her ability to lead the organization through the current times and into a successful future.” Said, Ted Haynes, Byrd Theatre Foundation President. Stacy has already started to engage at the theatre on a volunteer basis. 

“In my experience Stacy Shaw is a talented arts administrator who brings an amazing amount of knowledge, passion, and heart to everything she undertakes.  I have no doubt that she will bring that same energy to the Byrd Theatre and its mission.“ Sarah Chaplin, former Executive Director of The National Theatre and current President and CEO of The State Theatre of New Jersey.

While the Governor’s Phase 3 opening date is July 1st, the Byrd Theatre will remain closed for now. Shaw has worked with the Board of Directors to make the decision to remain closed and focus internally on updating cleaning and seating protocols to meet COVID-19 standards. The Theatre is hopeful a late summer soft opening could occur. This is a difficult financial decision, continued closure means operating funds are slim, but the increased cost to open and operate the theatre under the COVID-19 standards make the margins challenging. The Theatre was fortunate to get a PPP loan early on that allowed the Theatre to continue paying the primarily part-time staff until mid-June when the funds ran out. 

Stacy Shaw said, “We have already reached out to our wonderful patrons for their input to make sure they feel confident about their attendance at the Byrd as well as following updates on cleaning protocols. We are particularly fortunate that the Byrd has a large seating area that social distancing is easily accomplished when compared to the movie theatres of today. Meanwhile, we are utilizing this time to do as much cleaning, updating, and capital improvements as possible. One of the most exciting projects has been the completion of a total renovation of the Wurlitzer Piano in the upper left balcony!”

There are capital funds earmarked for Phase Two capital improvements that will begin to happen late summer and into 2021. 

Planned Phase Two Capital Improvements include, but not limited to:

Renovation of the women’s restroom and addition of an ADA stall

Concession area improvements 

Replacement of the carpet and expansion of the seat replacements

A range of replacements of various systems:  lighting, mechanicals, PA system

Replacement of rear doors

A range of front of stage improvements

Further care of the Wurlitzer Organ 

Stacy Shaw said, “I am excited to be part of the organization and to be joining at such a pivotal moment in time.” With Phase Two fundraising underway, Shaw also said, “We are excited about the next multi-year phase of restoration and growth. The Foundation will be expanding its philanthropic efforts to meet the estimated goal of $2.4 million and to offer donors a range of unique naming and commemorative options.”

Phase One projects replaced the roof as well as heating and cooling systems; installed a digital server and state-of-the-art 4K projector; organ repairs; restored historic plasterwork and center seats; and created a wheelchair accessible seating area and ADA family restroom.  A start-up office operation was created and a development program begun.

While closed, the Byrd Theatre is not bringing in operating funds, therefore, the theatre is actively looking for creative ways to bring film out into the community. Look for the Byrd Theatre to partner with different organizations and spaces for drive-in and other movie night type events throughout the summer and fall. The Virtual Screening Room will remain up and active as well, bringing new films not able to be seen on the big screen to your living room. Renting a film from the Byrd Theatre Virtual Screening Room supports the theatre while you enjoy a film! 

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Jeannette Jang, Violin, and Russell Wilson, Piano

Jeannette Jang, Violin, and Russell Wilson, Piano

Comfort and Joy! The Beethoven 2020 Summer Series
The Richmond Symphony’s weekly summer concert series returns this year in association with the University of Richmond Department of Music and VCU | School of the Arts | Department of Music. The series is made up of six casual, one-hour concerts spotlighting a single instrument with piano.

Performances take place in the Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse, Dominion Energy Center of the Performing Arts at 6:30 pm on Thursdays from July 9 to August 13. This year we will be hosting limited, socially distanced audiences and simultaneously live streaming each concert.

This year’s theme is Beethoven, in honor of his 250th birthday, and we thought it fitting to dedicate our entire series to him and his world.

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Erin Lano, Horn, and Maria Yefimova, Piano

Erin Lano, Horn, and Maria Yefimova, Piano

Comfort and Joy! The Beethoven 2020 Summer Series
The Richmond Symphony’s weekly summer concert series returns this year in association with the University of Richmond Department of Music and VCU | School of the Arts | Department of Music. The series is made up of six casual, one-hour concerts spotlighting a single instrument with piano.

Performances take place in the Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse, Dominion Energy Center of the Performing Arts at 6:30 pm on Thursdays from July 9 to August 13. This year we will be hosting limited, socially distanced audiences and simultaneously live streaming each concert.

This year’s theme is Beethoven, in honor of his 250th birthday, and we thought it fitting to dedicate our entire series to him and his world.

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BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY: 30th Anniversary Edition

BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY: 30th Anniversary Edition

BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY is a fantastic fusion of the world’s most beloved classic Warner. Bros. Looney Tunes projected on the big screen, while their classical music-infused original scores are played live onstage by the Richmond Symphony.  Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner and the rest of the gang cavort onscreen to the exhilarating original music of Carl Stalling and Milt Franklyn, as inspired by Wagner, Rossini, J. Strauss, Liszt, Smetana, von Suppé, Mendelssohn, Ponchielli, and Donizetti. The concert includes iconic classics like What’s Opera, Doc?, The Rabbit of Seville, Baton Bunny, Rhapsody Rabbit, Long-Haired Hare, Corny Concerto, and much more, plus brand new additions Dynamite Dance, Wet Cement, Fur of Flying, Rabid Rider, and Coyote Falls. This critically-acclaimed “cine-concert” has sold out with the world’s greatest orchestras for three decades, and is celebrating with this new 30th Anniversary Edition . . . which also celebrates Bugs Bunny’s 80th Birthday in this concert! Conducted by George Daugherty, and created by George Daugherty & David Ka Lik Wong.

LOONEY TUNES and all related characters and elements © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s20)

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Commonwealth Bluegrass with the Richmond Symphony

Commonwealth Bluegrass with the Richmond Symphony

Performance has been postponed until further notice. Please visit the Cultural Arts Center in Glen Allen’s website for more information:  

Bluegrass and symphony fans unite! Join us this year as The Cultural Arts Center pairs local bluegrass sensation The Commonwealth Bluegrass Band and the Richmond Symphony on the Sara Belle November Stage in this popular annual concert series. Claim your seats today at 804-261-ARTS or www.artsglenallen.com.

Learn more about Commonwealth Bluegrass

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VCUarts Dance Presents 1st Annual Student Film Screening

VCUarts Dance Presents 1st Annual Student Film Screening

Rough Cut 2020 Features New Films by VCUarts Students From Many Disciplines, January 24 at 7:30 pm

VCUarts Dance is pleased to present ROUGH CUT 2020, the first annual student film screening, Friday, January 24, 2020, 7:30 pm at the Grace Street Theater, 934 West Grace Street, Richmond, VA. Admission is FREE and open to the public. Call 804-828-2020 or visit the event page for more information.

Rough Cut includes a fantastically diverse range of films created by VCUarts majors from both the Kinetic Imaging and Dance + Choreography departments. Dr. Kate Sicchio, Assistant Professor of Dance and Media Technologies,  facilitated curation of the screening with a panel of students and faculty.

Love On Tap, by Phil Archer, is a multimedia animation featuring a tap dance routine to Beyonce’s “Love on Top.” This piece showcases a wide variety of animation techniques and materials, including felt puppets, yarn, collage, and many others. The bright colors and feel-good vibes paired with the upbeat music result in a positive, uplifting viewing experience.

Taylor Colimore’s Arrival & Departure is a performance piece about being away from all the people you love and the moments when they arrive to visit and moments when the depart after visiting.

In Break, Michelle Dominado has created a 2D frame-by-frame rotoscoped animation of a b-boy.

In the Dark of Night, by Angie Gan is an expression of who we are when are truly alone. It is a dance that represents the freedom to live our deepest fantasies.

Anna George’s Interstellar Love is a sweet, fun love story of two stars dancing through space

What would you do if a million dollars appeared in your bank account? Kyana Harris’s film Money Goodt explores a baddie adventure that she and her girls take on when some extra zeros in their account cause them to go from drab to fab!

Unraveling Connections

Directed by Alexiana James and choreographed by Kasey Grigsby, Unraveling Connections investigates authentic connections through willingness and vulnerability.

tercet, created by Michael Shea and Chaunci Hannibal, explores the differences in tonality and movement quality that arise when three directors work with the same subject matter, environment, and material constraints. Each chapter of the film arose from a differing emotion; when viewed subsequently they form an abstracted glimpse into human consciousness and the cathartic power of dance.

Megan Siepka’s I Was Walking / Heap of Testimony depicts rage, discomfort, and reclusive behavior in the face of violation.

“Alone in the woods and a desire to capture the moments they decide to document their world.” Tay Williams’s film offers a dance rendition of Billie Eilish’s song everything i wanted.

Rough Cut is the sixth event in the VCUarts Dance + Choreography 2019-2020 performance season. Recognized by professional dancers and choreographers as “a place where things are happening,” Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Dance and Choreography offers a vibrant and stimulating atmosphere where students prepare for careers in dance.

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