Thursday, February 5, 2009

Symphony 'Music Marathon'

The Richmond Symphony will present a free "Music Marathon," with more than 100 members of the orchestra, Richmond Symphony Chorus, Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra, staff and board performing from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Nordstrom store at Short Pump Town Center in Richmond's West End.

In advance of the Valentine's Day event, the symphony is raising funds to support its operations and programs.

Donors may sponsor a marathon participant by calling Matthew Rose at (804) 788-4717, Ext. 113, or by making a secure online donation at

Some of the music scheduled:

* Cellist Neal Cary, accompanied by pianist Aimee Halbruner, in Boccherini's Concerto in B flat major (10 a.m. hour).

* Symphony board member Joe Murillo and Symphony Chorus member Kelly Grey singing Cole Porter, and cellist Barbara Gaden and pianist Russell Wilson playing Schumann's "Fantasy Pieces" (11 a.m. hour).

* Violinists Susy Yim and Alana Carithers, violist Molly Sharp and cellist William Comita (aka the Oberon Quartet) playing an excerpt from Dvořák’s Quartet in E flat major, and violinist Yim, cellist Ryan Lannan and pianist David Fisk (the symphony's executive director) playing an excerpt from Mendelssohn's Piano Trio in D minor (noon hour).

* Flutists Mary Boodell and Ann Choomack, oboist Shawn Welk and two members of the Youth Orchestra, flutists Hannah Hammel and Caroline Connolly, playing a piece from Telemann's "Tafelmusik" (2 p.m. hour).

* Flutist Choomack, oboist Welk, clarinetist Jared Davis, French horn player Rachel Velvikis and bassoonist Matthew Harvell playing Nielsen's Wind Quintet, and Erin Freeman singing Schubert's "Shepherd on the Rock" with clarinetist Nicholas Lewis and pianist Halbruner (3 p.m. hour).

* Violinist Karen Johnson, accompanied by Fisk, in a Fritz Kreisler selection, and Dr. O. Christian Bredrup Jr., a board member, playing a Schubert impromptu (5 p.m. hour).

* Songs featuring Anne O'Byrne (Fisk's wife) and Freeman, accompanied by Bredrup, and violinist Susanna Klein and pianist Fisk playing excerpts from Brahms' Sonata in D minor (7 p.m. hour).