Pre-Concert Lectures

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.  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 2019-20 season.  However, a link to a recording of the lecture will be posted below on this page early Sunday morning of concert weekends.

To reach Minor Hall, exit the front doors of Old Cabell Hall and turn left.  Pass underneath the long covered walkway in front of Bryan Hall (overlooking the amphitheater).  At the end of the covered walkway, turn right.  Minor Hall is the first building on your left.  Lectures are held in the main lecture space, directly in front of you when you enter the front doors.

2019-20 Lecture Schedule

Saturday, February 15 at 7:15pm, Minor Hall Auditorium
Saturday, March 21 at 7:15pm
, Minor Hall Auditorium
Saturday, April 25 at 7:15pm, Minor Hall Auditorium


About Richard Will

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.

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Lecture Recordings

Listen to recordings of Professor Will’s Saturday evening lectures from this season: 

February 15, 2020 – British Riches

November 16, 2019 – Romantic Titans

September 28, 2019  – Mozart & Brahms