Richmond Symphony Summer Series

“Stories in Music: the World of Schumann” is the theme of the Richmond Symphony’s 2018 Summer Series, a showcase of solo artists from the orchestra and the music faculties of Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond.

Six casual concerts will be staged at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays from July 12 to Aug. 16 in the Gottwald Playhouse of Dominion Energy Center, Sixth and Grace streets in downtown Richmond.

Works by Robert Schumann and his wife, Clara Wieck Schumann, will be performed alongside pieces by their contemporaries – Mendelssohn, Brahms, Bruch, Ferdinand David, Niels W. Gade, Josef Rheinberger – and by modern composers influenced by Schumann’s romantic style.

Subscriptions to all six concerts are are $100 for adults, $60 for children and college students; for three or more concerts, $18 per concert for adults, $11 per concert for children and students. Single tickets, going on sale on June 14, are $20 for adults, $12 for children and students. (In past seasons, most concerts have sold out well in advance.)

For more information, call the symphony patron services office at (804) 788-1212 or visit

Symphony Summer Series artists and programs:

July 12
Jason McComb, cello
Joanne Kong, piano
Schumann: “Fünf Stücke im Volkston,” Op. 102 – I: Mit Humor; II: Langsam
Bloch: “From Jewish Life” – Prayer
Ernst Bacon: “A Life”
Schumann: Fantasie in C major, Op. 17 – III: Langsam getragen; durchweg leise zu halten
Schumann: “Fünf Stücke im Volkston,” Op. 102 – V: Stark und markirt

July 19
HooJoo Uh, viola
Magdalena Adamek, piano
Schumann: “Märchenbilder,” Op. 113
Bruch: Romance, Op. 85
Clara Wieck Schumann: “Soirées musicales,” Op. 6 – Notturna
Brahms: Viola Sonata in E flat mahjor, Op. 120, No. 2

July 26
Ellen Cickerham Riccio, violin
David Fisk, piano
Brahms: Sonatensatz in C minor, Op. posth.
Clara Wieck Schumann: “Three Romances,” Op. 22
Schumann: “Fantasiestücke,” Op. 12 (selections)
Schumann: Sonata in D minor, Op. 121, No. 2

Aug. 2
Daisuke Yamamoto, violin
Yin Zheng, piano
Emmanuel Feldman, cello
Schumann: Violin Sonata No. 3 in A minor, WoO 2
Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 49

Aug. 9
James Ferree, French horn
Russell Wilson, piano
Schumann: Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70
Schumann: “Faschingsschwank aus Wien,” Op. 26
Josef Rheinberger: Horn Sonata in E flat major, Op. 178

Aug. 16
David Lemelin, clarinet
Richard Becker, piano
Nielsen: “Fantasy Piece”
Schumann: “Nordic Song (Homage to Niels Gade)”
Gade: “Fantasy Piece”
Schumann: “Kreisleriana,” Op. 16 – Fantasies 1-2
Schumann: “3 Fantasiestücke,” Op. 73
Ferdinand David: “Introduction and Variations on a Theme by Franz Schubert”

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