I grew up in East Central Indiana, Muncie to be exact. When I was growing up, there were two symphony orchestras in the area: Muncie, and Richmond. At 37,000 people, Richmond is one of the smallest cities, if not the smallest to support a professional symphony orchestra.
According to their website, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra is not only about making music, they’re about creating educational and artistic opportunities in their community. They have musicians from Earlham College and Richmond High School, and bring in guest artists to be a part of their six-concert series, including 4 classical concerts and 2 pops concerts.
They offer a concert in the round, free concerts for local 3rd and 7th graders, and even a season kick-offs. Plus they open up all rehearsals for their Saturday concerts, which they invite people to attend for $5.
Their next concert is Saturday, March 9, with their Lovers and the Young at Heart show, and they offer:
Romantic love and childlike innocence share this evening, opening with Mozart’s Overture to the notorious Don Giovanni. Then the RSO moves to Paris for the tragic love of Pelleas and Melisande, as etched by Gabriel Fauré. The innocence of childhood is beautifully recalled in Claude Debussy’s delightful Children’s Corner Suite. The concert ends with Maurice Ravel’s exotic Tzigane, with our assistant concertmaster, violinist Joshua Ulrich, in full gypsy abandon.
Joshua Ulrich is completing his Master’s Degree at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, and is well on his way to a master’s career in the violin. Just based on his pedigree alone, his playing is just one more reason to visit the RSO on the 2nd Saturday of March.