The Charlottesville Symphony is pleased to offer free Pre-Concert Lectures, led by UVA Associate Professor of Music Richard Will, before all Saturday night Masterworks performances (please note that the September Masterworks concert will be held on Friday, September 23 at 8:00pm). Pre-Concert Lectures are free and begin 45 minutes prior to Saturday night performances. They are held in Minor Hall on the UVA Grounds, just a short walk from Old Cabell Hall. The Symphony regrets that it will not be able to offer lectures before Sunday concerts during the 2016-17 season.
To reach Minor Hall, exit the front doors of Old Cabell Hall and turn left. Pass underneath the long covered walkway in front of Bryant Hall (overlooking the amphitheater). At the end of the covered walkway, turn right. Minor Hall is the first building on your left, with white columns and a short series of steps up to the front door. Lectures are held in the main lecture space, directly in front of you when you enter the front doors.
McIntire Department of Music Associate Professor Richard Will is author of The Characteristic Symphony in the Age of Haydn and Beethoven and of articles and reviews on 18th- and early 19th-century music. He is also interested in 20th-century American popular music – especially country music and bluegrass – and hosts a bluegrass jam session for UVA graduates and undergraduates. He has received fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, the German Academic Exchange Service and the American Musicological Society.
As anyone who has attended these lectures will tell you, Professor Will is an engaging, humorous and insightful speaker. His presentations are a must for anyone interested in learning more about the composers and pieces on Symphony concert programs.
The Symphony offers free recordings of Professor Will’s Saturday evening lectures. Browse lecture recordings from the last few seasons below and click the “Play” button to listen to one of your choosing. Sunday ticket holders will receive an email on Sunday mornings with a link to the lecture from the night before. These recordings will remain online permanently, so you can go back and listen as many times as you like.