For many, music has been a healing balm while stuck indoors during the quarantine days of COVID-19.
And the Richmond Symphony has a music marathon for your ears this Saturday, April 25, when it plans to host a nine-hour virtual fundraiser and free concert to be streamed from its Facebook page from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The event hopes to raise $30,000 to support symphony musicians after three months of concerts and festivals have been cancelled so far during the pandemic.
The concert will feature performances by Richmond Symphony musicians, staff, youth program participants, board members and Richmond Symphony League members, as well as Q&As and an appearance by the new Music Director Valentina Peleggi. You can see the full schedule here.
“We are committed to supporting our musicians and staff through this crisis, while using it as an opportunity to reach our audience in different ways,” said David Fisk, executive director of the Richmond Symphony, in a press release. "The 2020 Music Marathon will generate much-needed funds to replace lost income from concert cancellations. At the same time it gives our musicians the chance to experiment with a new platform to bring live music to folks in the convenience of their own homes.”
The release notes that "Music Marathon is part of the Richmond Symphony’s “RVA Symphony At Home” initiative to bring music to the community through its social media channels and to provide comfort during this unprecedented time. For more information about “RVA Symphony At Home,” visit: https://www.richmondsymphony.com/rvasymphonyathome/.
To watch the Richmond Symphony’s Music Marathon, visit https://www.facebook.com/RichmondSymphony/ during the event, and click on the Symphony’s Live page.
To donate to the Richmond Symphony, visit https://bit.ly/DonateMusicMarathon or use the @RichmondSymphony handle on Venmo.