click to enlarge Richmond jazz-funk outfit Butcher Brown.

Jacob Blickenstaff

Richmond jazz-funk outfit Butcher Brown.

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Richmond Symphony to Celebrate MLK Weekend with Two Shows

Butcher Brown will perform with the Symphony on Jan. 14; Brown Ballerinas for Change on Jan. 15

Posted By on Thu, Dec 15, 2022 at 1:39 PM

The Richmond Symphony announced today that it will perform two special concerts in honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in January. The national holiday for Dr. King is on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023.

According to a press release: "On Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023, Butcher Brown will collaborate with the Symphony for the January Pops at 8 p.m. at the Dominion Energy Center’s Carpenter Theatre. Locally famous and internationally talented, Butcher Brown hears the history of jazz and fuses it with funk, hip-hop, rap, rock, soul…and now with the entire orchestra of the Richmond Symphony. This concert represents a truly innovative venture that adds a new dimension of quality, inclusive music and artistic development for audiences of all ages to enjoy. Conductor: Chia-Hsuan Lin."

Ticketing for that show is available here.

click to enlarge Brown Ballerinas for Change - SCOTT ELMQUIST
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  • Brown Ballerinas for Change

Then on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, the Richmond Symphony will perform an MLK Community Concert at 3 p.m. at the Perkinson Center for the Arts, 11810 Centre St. in Chester. According to the release: "The diverse repertoire features spirituals, hymns and other stirring compositions by Black musicians of the past and present. Brown Ballerinas for Change, a social justice organization formed to increase participation of underrepresented populations in ballet, will perform during the concert. Isaac Wilson, a member of the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra, will be a featured violin soloist. Conductor: Daniel Myssyk."

You can find tickets for the second show here.

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