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Conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya leads the Richmond Symphony season finale

Conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya
Todd Rosenberg
Conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya

The Richmond Symphony concludes its 2022-23 Symphony Series this weekend in the Carpenter Theatre. The orchestra will be joined by guest conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya in a program featuring Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, as well as works by American composers John Adams, Florence Price and James Lee III.

Lidiya is currently the Music Director for the Chicago Opera Theater, as well as Founder and Artistic Director of the Refugee Orchestra Project, "which proclaims the cultural and societal relevance of refugees through music, and has brought that message to hundreds of thousands of listeners around the world."

I had the pleasure of talking with Lidiya on "An Hour with the Richmond Symphony," discussing her musical background, the impact of Russian and American cultures on her career, and the repertoire for this weekend's program.

The concerts are Saturday evening at 8pm and Sunday afternoon at 3pm. We'll have pre-concert talks beginning one hour before each performance.

Yours in good music,
Mike Goldberg
Classical Host, VPM Music