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The Richmond Symphony and Anne Akiko Meyers to Perform the Virginia Debut of Mason Bates' Violin Concerto, 3/1-2

The Richmond Symphony and Anne Akiko Meyers to Perform the Virginia Debut of Mason Bates' Violin Concerto, 3/1-2

Richmond, Virginia The Richmond Symphony and Guest Artist Anne Akiko Meyers will perform the Virginia debut of contemporary composer Mason Bates' Violin Concerto during the weekend of Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 concerts on March 1st at 8pm and March 2nd at 3pm.

Anne Akiko Meyers is one of the world's premier concert violinists and has performed around the globe. From commissioning Mason Bates' Violin Concerto to having a #1 selling album, she is constantly "charting her own course." The American Record Guide is quoted as saying, "through her peerless mastery and vivid imagination, there seems to be no limit to the colors she draws from her instrument."

Mason Bates is both a composer and DJ. Teresa Heinz remarked that "his music has moved the orchestra into the digital age and dissolved the boundaries of classical music." Mason Bates grew up in Richmond, VA and attended St. Christopher's School.

Along with Mason Bates' Violin Concerto, the Richmond Symphony will also perform Liadov's The Enchanted Lake and Shostakovich's 10th Symphony under the baton of Maestro Steven Smith.

Tickets start at just $10 online at richmondsymphony.com or 1.800.514 ETIX.

Steven Smith will lead a pre-concert talk one-hour before the concerts on both March 1st and 2nd.

$7 college student tickets available at the Richmond CenterStage box office with valid student ID. Altria Masterworks concerts are FREE for children 18 and under with a paid adult (ticket required).

Enjoy 10% off at 525 at the Berry Burk or Bistro 27 with your ticket stub.

This concert is sponsored by Altria Group (series sponsor), The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation (concert sponsor), The Richmond Symphony Orchestra League (concert sponsor), the Richmond Times Dispatch (media sponsor), and McGuire Woods (guest artist 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 Anne Akiko Meyers

Anne Akiko Meyers is celebrated as one of the world's premier concert violinists. Meyers is constantly 'charting her own course' and the American Record Guide is quoted as saying, 'through her peerless mastery and vivid imagination there seems to be no limit to the colors she can draw from her instrument.'

She regularly performs as featured soloist with orchestras around the world, including the Boston Symphony, London's Philharmonia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Minnesota Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo's NHK Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Vienna Symphony and the Warsaw Philharmonic.

On Valentine's Day, 2012, Meyers' eagerly anticipated 'Air-The Bach Album', on eOne, debuted at #1 on Billboard charts and has been a bestseller at iTunes and Amazon. It features Bach's solo violin concerti as well as the double concerto where Meyers played both solo parts on the 1697 ex-'Napoleon/Molitor' and the 1730 'Royal Spanish' Stradivari violins with the English Chamber Orchestra. Also featured, are Bach's 'Air', 'Largo' and and Bach-Gounod's 'Ave Maria'. eOne Records previously released 'Seasons...dreams', featuring music with harp and piano and includes several world premieres in 2010 and and 'Smile', released in 2009. Both recordings topped the Billboard charts.

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