Heartfelt Music

Conductor Valentina Peleggi draws out a new sound from the Richmond Symphony.

(Photography by David Pearson)

“When you make music, you make it with your heart. And this orchestra does that,” says the Richmond Symphony’s newest music director, Valentina Peleggi, who’s conducted in Baltimore and São Paulo. “Richmond is so welcoming and embracing of the arts,” she notes. “It’s a privilege for me to be a part of it.”

For the 2022 Fall-Winter season, Peleggi has scheduled: the music of Danny Elfman from Tim Burton’s films, Romeo & Juliet, Yo-Yo Ma, and Steve Hackman’s Brahms X Radiohead. “Each program is a journey for the audience and for the musicians,” Peleggi says. “The pieces are so different. It’s like finding a friend, each has something meaningful.”

In the past, Peleggi has presented works by contemporary composers, including Richmond natives Zachary Wadsworth and Trey Pollard. “Music is being written now, and it’s urgent sometimes,” she adds. “We are commissioning new pieces and it’s like giving birth to music itself.” RichmondSymphony.com


Full Concert Calendar:
  • Community Concert at Pocahontas State Park, Sat, Sep 10 at 8 pm
  • Tchaikovsky’s Fourth – Sat, Sep 17, 2022 at 8 pm /  Sun, Sep 18, 2022 at 3 pm @DominionEnergy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Music at Hardywood – Thu, Sep 22, 2022 at 6:30 pm @Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
  • Steve Hackman’s Brahms X Radiohead –  Sat, Sep 24, 2022 at 8 pm @DominionEnergy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Yo-Yo Ma – Tue, Oct 4, 2022 at 7:30 pm Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Jennifer Koh Plays Tchaikovsky – Sat, Oct 22, 2022 at 8 pm / Sun, Oct 23, 2022 at 3 pm @Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts
  • The Music of Danny Elfman from the Films of Tim Burton –  Sat, Oct 29 at 8 pm @AltriaTheater
  • Family Concert – Sun, Oct 30 at 3 pm at St Christopher’s School
  • Romeo & Juliet – Sat, Nov 12, 2022 at 8pm / Sun, Nov 13 ,2022 at 3pm @DominionEnergy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Music at Hardywood – Thu, Nov 17, 2022 at 6:30 pm @Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
  • Let it Snow! – Sat, Nov 26, 2022 at 8pm / Sun, Nov 27, 2022 at 3pm @Dominion EnergyCenter for the Performing Arts Holiday Brass! Sat December 3 at 7:30 pm at St Christopher’s School and Sunday, December 4 at 3 pm at Randolph-Macon College
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Konstantin Rega
A graduate of East Anglia’s renowned Creative Writing MA, Konstantin’s been published by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Poetry Salzburg Review, www.jonimitchell.com, the Republic of Consciousness Prize (etc.). He contributes to Publisher Weekly and Treblezine.
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