A Letter from Ellen

After more than five years at the helm, Founder and Executive Director Ellen Cockerham Riccio makes an announcement. 

Dear Friends,

 

When I first moved to Richmond in 2009 to join the Richmond Symphony, I was determined to keep my schedule light. I turned down gigs and referred inquiring students elsewhere. I wanted to leave space in my life for a big passion project, a labor of love, something into which I could pour my heart and soul. I had no idea what this project might be, but I wanted to be available when it presented itself, so I spent my spare time cooking, gardening, writing, and exploring this beautiful city.

 

Then, in the fall of 2012, it suddenly became clear: my work was to bring classical music out of the concert hall and into bars, making it approachable, ubiquitous, and hip. My gut told me that Richmond was ripe for this kind of thing, but I couldn’t have predicted that Classical Revolution RVA would be such a slam dunk. A few months in, our venues were packed and audiences were clamouring for more. The number of musicians involved seemed to grow exponentially. Soon, we became one of the most active chapters of Classical Revolution in the world, producing 20-30 distinct events every year.

 

Due in no small part to these efforts, classical music has found its way into everyday life in Richmond. Festivals are beginning to include classical music in their lineups. Musicians are self-organizing performances in bars and galleries. Bands are collaborating with classical musicians. The Richmond Symphony performs at Hardywood several times a year. Hundreds of people flock to an annual festival celebrating Mozart. I am so proud of the role Classical Revolution RVA has played in this cultural shift. In a sense, I feel like my work is done.

 

At the same time, Classical Revolution RVA has the potential to make classical music even more visible, celebrated, and valued than it is now. In order to make a bigger impact, however, the organization will need to grow in terms of operational and financial support. Taking the organization to that level will require an amount time and energy that I do not currently possess. Once again, it is clear to me what I need to do. At the end of this month, I will be stepping down from my position as Executive Director.

 

Effective May 1st, my shoes will be filled by Andrew McEvoy. Andrew has been a part of Classical Revolution RVA from the beginning, and he is passionate about the mission of the organization. I have no doubt that he will do a fantastic job, supported by the board of directors.

 

Many people have told me that their lives have been enriched by the the work of Classical Revolution RVA, but I am quite sure that no one’s life has been more positively impacted than my own. My eyes have been opened to the level of talent and generosity that exists in this town. I have met some of my best friends and forged some of the most meaningful collaborations through this organization. I’ve been floored by the goodwill that seems to permeate all of our events. Founding Classical Revolution RVA has made Richmond my home, and all of you, my family. Thank you for being so darn cool.

 

Ellen

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Featured Programs for 2018

Thanks to your generous donations during our Birthday Week celebration, we have an exciting line up of events planned for 2018. Here are some highlights, but additional details will be coming throughout the year.

January

Schuyler Slack, cello and Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano at Candela Gallery
Schuyler and Ieva will perform the world premiere of Douglas Boyce’s Perpetuo Stretto, as well as works by Beethoven, Brahms, and Kodály.

February

Pairs
A cross-pollination of genres, the Pairs series presents classical music alongside another style altogether. This guitar-centered evening will feature a live performance of Andrew McEvoy's new album "Parlor Tricks," and a set of gypsy jazz presented by Django Tango.

Classical Incarnations
Our longest running series, this classical variety show features musicians performing solos, duos, trios, and other chamber music in a bar.

March

March Mindfulness
At noon on every Wednesday in March, a solo musician performs works by J.S. Bach in a downtown art gallery to an audience whose minds have been quieted with a guided meditation.

April

The 5th Annual Mozart Festival
This day-long festival celebrates the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart by bringing live performances of his symphonies, operas, and chamber music into Richmond’s bars, restaurants and galleries.

May

Classical Incarnations

Haydn Where You Least Expect It
This series brings the music of Franz Joseph Haydn to unexpected places.  Listeners are drawn into the music through thoughtful cider pairings, personal stories from the performers, or insight into the composition itself.

June

Classical Incarnations

Arvo Pärt’s Berlin Mass for full orchestra and chorus

July

Classical Incarnations

PAIRs

September

A Taste of China
This immersive concert experience will transport the audience to another culture through traditional and contemporary sounds and flavors of China.

Classical Incarnations

October

Bar Talk
A university professor delivers an engaging talk on a subject followed by a musical performance, which illustrates points made during the presentation.

Classical Incarnations

November

Haydn Where You Least Expect It

Classical Incarnations

December

Classical Incarnations


Corporate and individual sponsorships are available. Please contact us for more details! 

Classical Revolution RVA Presents the Fourth Annual Mozart Festival in Richmond, Va.

Mozart Festival 2017 in Richmond, VA - Sunday April 23rd - 11:00am to 9:00pm - In various Jackson Ward establishments - Free to the public.

The 4th annual Mozart Festival will take place on Sunday April 23rd in the arts and culture district in the Jackson Ward neighborhood. For this year’s festival Classical Revolution RVA will provide a chance for Richmond, VA’s classical community to take over the shops, bars, restaurants, and venues for a day-long festival which is free to the public. This year’s festival will feature a variety of ways to celebrate the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart while also enjoying the foods, drinks, and settings of this iconic arts district. 

Over 100 musicians will descend upon the Mozart Festival to provide audience goers with unique options for soaking in the legendary music of Mozart. The day’s programing will involve music for Sunday brunch, an arts and crafts event for families and children, a Mozart parade for the younger Mozart fans, excerpts from classic Mozart operas, an informative talk on the composer’s works, a performance by a cello orchestra, a full orchestral performance, an evening arias performance, and more! 

This year’s Mozart Festival will also allow Richmond audiences to experience some of the region’s most established classical musicians.  Dr. Erin FreemanVCU Choral Director, will be on hand to give an informative presentation on the life and work of Mozart with live musical examples at Big Secret. Chia-Hsuan Lin, the Richmond Symphony’s associate conductor, will lead a full orchestra performing Mozart symphonies at Candella Gallery. Adrian Pintea and HyoJoo Uh, also of the Richmond Symphony, will be featured in Sinfonia Concertante, Mozart’s concerto for violin and viola. 

Classical Revolution RVA is a 501 (c)(3) non profit performing arts organization devoted to bringing classical music to the masses in Richmond, VA. This festival furthers Classical Revolution RVA’s mission to make more music and to integrate classical music with Richmond’s vibrant music scene by taking it into local bars, restaurants, cafes, and galleries–places people are already going to hear live music. On Sunday April 23rd Classical Revolution RVA will be providing Richmond with an opportunity to explore Mozart’s classics in a casual environment from 11am to 9pm

For more information and a schedule of events, visit http://mozartfestrva.com.

Give $25, Come to a Pizza Party

It's happening again! Donate $25 by this Thursday to receive an invitation to a special Giustino's Pizza Party on Friday, February 17th at 7pm, location TBA. 

Support a great cause, eat great pizza! Follow this link to donate: http://classicalrevolutionrva.com/donate/

(Each $25 donation = one invitation. If you'd like to bring a guest, donate $50! Dietary restrictions, with the exception of gluten intolerance, can be accommodated.)