Richmond Symphony Announces Lineup for 2023-2024 Season

Includes special performance with Empress of Soul, Gladys Knight


The Richmond Symphony has announced its 2023-2024 season which kicks off with a special concert featuring the "Empress of Soul," Gladys Knight performing one night only on Sept. 9 with the Symphony.

Other September highlights include the return of the Designer House on Monument Avenue, the Richmond Symphony and Chorus and Richmond Ballet joining forces for "Carmina Burana," a modernized Mahler mash-up with iconic hip-hop music to the Black Panther movie and more.

Organizers note that "to renew a subscription or to become a new subscriber, please call 804-788-1212 or visit Single tickets will be on sale by August 1st. Contact Patron Services as above. Tickets to the gala experience are on sale now. Contact Sarah Yount for more details:"

According to a press release:

Richmond Symphony "Music Director Valentina Peleggi has built an intricate program for the year that has themes and concepts that interlink the artists and composers from America’s William Dawson to Mexico’s Silvestre Revueltas. The season’s core Symphony Series program reveals four fabulous world premieres including two major symphonies by living Virginia based composers of color and one choral piece also by a living Virginian composer. Adolphus Hailstork is no stranger to the Richmond Symphony and his newly commissioned First Piano Concerto will premiere in November with Lara Downes as the guest pianist. Composer-in-Residence Damien Geter will reveal his hotly anticipated symphonic work in January and Zachary Wadsworth will premier his adventurous new piece for Chorus in late February."

Here is a list of the performances provided by the Symphony:

Concert Listing from September to December; *concerts denoted without venue will be performed at Dominion Energy Center

Pocahontas State Park

Saturday, Sept. 2 at 7.00pm

Conductor Daniel Myssyk

Free outdoor concert in Pocahontas State Park.

Gladys Knight with the Richmond Symphony

Saturday, Sept. 9 at 3pm

Valentina Peleggi, Conductor

Gladys Knight’s greatest hits at the Altria

Designer House

Sept. 11 to Oct. 9 daily

2325 Monument Ave.

"Carmina Burana"

Friday, September 22 at 7:00 pm

Saturday, September 23 at 7:00 pm

Sunday, September 24 at 2:00 pm

Music by Carl Orff

Choreography by John Butler

Erin Freeman, Conductor

Mahler’s First (Opening weekend celebrating Daisuke Yamamoto’s 10th Season!)

Saturday, Sept. 30 at 8pm

Sunday, Oct. 1 at 3pm

Valentina Peleggi, Conductor

Daisuke Yamamoto, violin

Works by Portera and Mahler

Music at Hardywood

Thursday, Oct. 5 at 6:30pm at Hardywood, Ownby Lane

Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique

Saturday, Oct. 21 at 8pm

Sunday, 22 Oct. at 3pm

Valentina Peleggi, Conductor

Paul Neubauer, viola

Works by Strauss, Bartok and Tchaikovsky

"Ghostbusters" (movie with live orchestra)

Saturday, Oct. 28 at 8pm

Chia-Hsuan Lin, Conductor

Halloween Special at the Altria

Negro Folk Symphony by William Dawson

Saturday, Nov. 11 at 8pm

Sunday, Nov. 12 at 3pm

Valentina Peleggi, Conductor

Chia-Hsuan Lin, Conductor

Lara Downes, piano

Richmond Symphony Chorus

Woks by Dawson, Panufnik and Hailstork

Music at Hardywood

Thursday, Nov. 16 at 6:30pm at Hardywood, Ownby Lane

Let it Snow!

Saturday, Nov. 25 at 8pm

Sunday, Nov. 26 at 3pm

Chia-Hsuan Lin, Conductor Holiday favorites with Soul Santa and Chorus

Holiday Brass!

Friday, Dec. 1 at 7.30pm at Perkinson Center for the Arts, Chesterfield

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7.30pm at St Christopher’s School

Sunday, Dec. 3 at 3pm at Randolph-Macon College

Full brass holiday favorites