The annual Mozart Festival, a celebration of Richmond’s classical music scene, is taking over Scott’s Addition for its fifth iteration.
For this year’s festival, Classical Revolution RVA will provide a chance for Richmond’s classical community to take over the shops, breweries, coffee shops, and several other 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 beautiful settings of this historic Richmond district.
Over 100 musicians will participate in this year’s festival to provide audiences with unique options for soaking in the legendary music of genius composers. The day’s programming will involve a wide variety of activities and events, all free and open to the public. The big day will kick off with a brand new yoga event, then the festival will continue throughout the day with music for brunch audiences, an arts and crafts event for families and children, a musical parade for the younger fans, excerpts from classic Mozart operas, an informative talk on the composer’s works, a performance by a cello orchestra, classic Mozart symphonies, an evening arias performance accompanied by a full orchestra, and more!
The festival will also allow Richmond audiences to experience some of the region’s most established classical musicians in casual settings. Dr. Erin Freeman, VCU Choral Director, will lead a full orchestra to accompany some of the region’s most talented vocalists as they perform arias from Mozart’s operas at Studio Two Three.
VCU Music professor Daniel Myssyk, will lead a full orchestra performing Mozart symphonies and a special piano concerto performed by Maria Yefimova at Urban Farmhouse. The Richmond Symphony’s very own Maestro Steven Smith will also be on hand to give a compelling and informative presentation on all things Mozart at Chairlift.
Full lineup of events
- 9:30 am – 10:30 am: Namasdeus: a Mozart-accompanied yoga class at The Yoga Dojo (1219 Highpoint Ave.)
Appropriate for beginners, this Community Class will teach proper alignment cues to sustain a growing practice, and is designed as an ideal introduction to the Vinyasa method of linking breath with movement, as motions are cued with an inhalation or exhalation. The perfect way to start Mozart Day!
This class is donation based! Sign up in advance to secure your space. http://www.theyogadojo.
- 10 am – 1 pm: Wolfie Time: music and activities for the whole family at Gather (2920 W Broad St.)
Crafts and activities begin at 10. Come early to check out the instrument petting zoo, take a Wolfie Selfie, make crafts, and participate in a special community art project! The music begins at 11am with a student recital, and continues with Magic Flute Storytime at 12. Be sure to stay for a parade to King of Pops, led by a marching band from Clover Hill High School!
- 11 am – 1 pm: Eine Kleine Brunch Musik at Urban Farmhouse (3015 Norfolk St.)
Chamber music and art song with a grand piano, provided by Rhapsody Piano and Guitar.
- 1- 2 pm: The Clarinet Quintet at Blue Bee Cider (1320 Summit Ave.)
The glorious Clarinet Quintet, performed in its entirety by Richmond Symphony principal clarinetist, David Lemelin, along with violinists Adrian Pintea and Jeannette Jang, violist Caleb Paxton, and cellist Adam Carter.
- 2 -3pm: Wolfgang 101 at Chairlift (3200 Rockbridge St., Ste 101)
Maestro Steven Smith shares his insight into why Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was such a rockstar.
- 3-4 pm: Opera Scenes at Gelati Celesti (1400 N. Boulevard)
Scenes from Mozart’s operas, partially staged with keyboard accompaniment.
- 4:30-6pm: The Symphonies at Urban Farmhouse (3015 Norfolk St.)
A full orchestra, under the baton of Daniel Myssyk, will play movements from Mozart’s symphonies, as well as a piano concerto performed by Maria Yefimova.
- 7-9pm: Mozart’s Greatest Hits: arias with full orchestral accompaniment at Studio Two Three (3300 W. Clay St.)
Singers, dressed to the nines, will perform arias from Mozart’s operas, accompanied by a full orchestra led by Erin Freeman.
- 9-11pm: After Party at Studio Two Three (3300 W. Clay St.)
DJ Rattan spins decidedly non-classical records while we toast to the fifth annual Mozart Festival! Libations from The Veil Brewing Co. and Free Run Wines will be available at a cash bar.