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Richmond Symphony to Host Music Marathon Fundraiser on April 25

The nine hour virtual event hopes to raise $30,000 to support symphony musicians.

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The Richmond Symphony will host Music Marathon, a virtual fundraiser and concert event, on Sat., April 25 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Streaming live on the Richmond Symphony’s Facebook page, this free event will feature performances by Symphony musicians, staff, youth program participants, Board members and Richmond Symphony League members, in addition to Q&As, fun facts, and special appearances by Music Director Designate Valentina Peleggi (see full schedule at: https://www.richmondsymphony.com/event/music-marathon/).

With a fundraising goal of $30,000, funds raised by Music Marathon will help support musicians of Richmond Symphony, after three months of regular-season concerts and community festivals were cancelled, and the Menuhin Competition postponed a year, due to the coronavirus.

“We are committed to supporting our musicians and staff through this crisis, while using it as an opportunity to reach our audience in different ways” said David Fisk, executive director of the Richmond Symphony. “The 2020 Music Marathon will generate much-needed funds to replace lost income from concert cancellations. At the same time it gives our musicians the chance to experiment with a new platform to bring live music to folks in the convenience of their own homes.”

Music Marathon is part of the Richmond Symphony’s “RVA Symphony At Home” initiative to bring music to the community through its social media channels and to provide comfort during this unprecedented time. For more information about “RVA Symphony At Home,” visit: https://www.richmondsymphony.com/rvasymphonyathome/.

To watch the Richmond Symphony’s Music Marathon, visit https://www.facebook.com/RichmondSymphony/ during the event, and click on the Symphony’s Live page.

To donate to the Richmond Symphony, visit https://bit.ly/DonateMusicMarathon or use the @RichmondSymphony handle on Venmo.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.