- Last Updated on 08:26 AM 05/21/14
- BY Special to The Gazette
The Richmond Symphony will return to the Prizery on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. to perform Mozart’s piano concerto #23 in A major with acclaimed pianist Konstantin Soukhovetski.
This concert is made possible by a very generous grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts Touring Assistance Program.
Founded in 1957, the Richmond Symphony is 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 Program. 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.
Under the baton of Associate Conductor Erin Freeman, Thursday night’s concert promises to be another crowd-pleaser and remains an annual favorite for the Richmond Symphony musicians.
As the associate conductor of the Richmond Symphony, Dr. Erin R. Freeman’s responsibilities include conducting the family-focused Union First Market Bank LolliPops Series, leading the Genworth Financial Symphony Pops Series and artistic direction for the Symphony’s education initiatives.
In addition, she is the James Erb Choral Chair as director of the Richmond Symphony Chorus.
An enthusiastic champion of music education for all ages, Freeman also has served as director of orchestras at the critically acclaimed Baltimore School for the Arts, lecturer for the National Philharmonic and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and resident conductor at Peabody Conservatory where she taught in the choral, orchestral and opera departments.
Freeman received her Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Northwestern University, a master’s degree in conducting from the Boston University School for the Arts and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in orchestral conducting at the Peabody Conservatory.
Joining the Richmond Symphony will be Konstantin Soukhovetski, one of the most captivating and distinctive young pianists to emerge in recent years.
He won the first prize and audience prize at 2007 New Orleans International Piano Competition and the distinguished 2006 William Petschek Debut Recital Award. He has performed internationally as a soloist with the Johannesburg Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Cape Town Philharmonic among others.