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The Richmond Symphony Closes Season with THE DAMNATION OF FAUST, 5/17-18

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The Richmond Symphony Closes Season with THE DAMNATION OF FAUST, 5/17-18

The Richmond Symphony closes their 2013-14 season with The Damnation of Faust, Berlioz's vivid and bold Masterpiece which asks the question, "Are we willing to sell our souls to get what we believe we desire?"

RSO Music Director and conductor Steven Smith describes the Damnation of Faust as being, "...so vivid with its dramatic characters, bold orchestration, and vibrant chorus that there is no need for sets or costumes. The music itself fills the stage."

Join Steven Smith, the Richmond Symphony, Richmond Symphony Chorus, Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and soloists Elizabeth Bishop, mezzo-soprano; Vale Rideout, tenor; and Jason Hardy, bass on Saturday, May 17 - 8pm and Sunday, May 18 - 3pm at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage for an epic Richmond Symphony season finale!

Tickets start at just $10 online at richmondsymphony.com or 1.800.514.ETIX. $7 college student tickets are available at the Richmond CenterStage box office with a valid student ID. Altria Masterworks concerts are FREE for children 18 and under with a paid adult (ticket required).

Make it a night out! Pre-concert talks begin one hour before all Altria Masterworks concerts. With your ticket, enjoy 10% off at Bistro 27.

This concert is sponsored by Altria (series sponsor), Floricane (concert sponsor), and the Richmond Times Dispatch (print media sponsor).

About the Richmond Symphony

Founded in 1957, the Richmond Symphony is the largest performing arts organization in Central Virginia. The organization includes an orchestra of more than 70 professional musicians, the 150-voice Richmond Symphony Chorus and more than 200 students in the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra programs. Each season, more than 250,000 members of the community enjoy concerts, radio broadcasts, and educational outreach programs. The Richmond Symphony is partially funded by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About the Richmond Symphony Chorus

James Erb organized the all-volunteer Richmond Symphony Chorus in 1971 for a December performance of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, under guest conductor Robert Shaw. For 36 years, Erb continued to direct and build the Chorus to reflect the Symphony's high standards. Erin Freeman assumed leadership of the Chorus at the start of its 2007-08 season.

The repertoire for its selected volunteer membership has included most of the standard repertoire for chorus and orchestra: Bach's St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion and Mass in B Minor, Haydn's Creation, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and Choral Fantasy, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Requiem settings by Mozart, Brahms, Verdi and Faure?, Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony and all of Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe?. Over the years they have also sung shorter choral-orchestral works by Handel, Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Bruckner, Delius, Debussy, Barber, Britten, Richard Strauss, Vaughan Williams, Stravinsky, Olivier Messiaen and Luigi Dallapiccola.

Its annual December rendering of Handel's Messiah has become a Richmond holiday tradition, along with a seasonal Genworth Financial Symphony Pops concert and programs of light music. The chorus has several times sung Carl Orff's Carmina Burana in concert and in choreographed versions with the Richmond Ballet.

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