Now in its 67th season, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra is experiencing many firsts. At the conclusion of last season’s search, Maestro Andrés Lopera was appointed RSO’s fourth music director. Lopera quickly began to ask questions and deeply listen, gathering information that would inform his first season of programming. An emphasis on youth engagement was a core priority of the RSO board and patrons.
Lopera has infused his debut season, Play it Forward, with energy, momentum, and a commitment to access while maintaining RSO’s reputation for artistic excellence. In addition to five master concerts, Lopera has introduced a family concert titled “All Treats, No Tricks.” This concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, October 22nd at Civic Hall Performing Arts Center.
For those unfamiliar with family concerts, audiences should expect a shortened performance — about an hour in length and without an intermission. The concert will be held in the middle of the afternoon with opportunities for engagement before and afterward including trick-or-treating. As always, children’s tickets are free.
“Family Concerts are a perfect way to ignite a lifelong love of music with an introduction to the orchestra through a fun, interactive family concert,” Lopera says of the performance. “It is meant to be accessible and enjoyable for RSO’s youngest audience. And yet, kids of ALL ages will enjoy music that will delight the senses.”
Lopera planned the program with a variety of energetic selections, including John Williams’ “Superman March,” music from Frozen and Pirates of the Caribbean, Pixar Movie Favorites, and a Michael Jackson Hits Mix.
Attendees will want to arrive early to enjoy a performance by the Richmond High School drumline at 2:30. To follow the Halloween theme, attendees are encouraged (but not required) to dress in costume, enjoy meeting and taking a picture with Maestro Lopera, and participate in an RSO Trunk or Treat after the concert.
“I love that we are emphasizing fun with this show,” said RSO Board President Leslie Bolser. “From costumes to music selection to creating an inviting atmosphere for children and families, it will be wonderful to see so much enthusiasm and laughter without compromising RSO’s tradition for symphonic excellence.”
RSO invites you to get in the Halloween spirit with a spirited performance of RSO at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 22nd. Tickets can be purchased here. Individual concert tickets are available for $25 for adults and seniors, $10 for college students, and FREE for children in grades K-12. Individual box seat tickets, if available, will sell for $35. Patrons may also call the Richmond Symphony office at 765-966-5181 or purchase tickets the afternoon of the performance at Civic Hall Ticket Office. Civic Hall is located at 380 Hub Etchison Parkway, Richmond, Indiana.