The Charlottesville Symphony is pleased to offer free Pre-Concert Lectures, led by Professor Richard Will, before all Saturday night Masterworks performances during the 2016-17 season. Pre-Concert Lectures are free and begin 45 minutes prior to Saturday night performances (7:15pm). They are held in Minor Hall on the U.Va Grounds, just a short walk from Old Cabell Hall. The Symphony regrets that it will not be able to offer lectures before Sunday concerts for the 2016-17 season.
McIntire Department of Music Assistant 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. This popular professor 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 lecturer. He is an authority on classical music, and his lectures are a must for anyone interested in learning more about the composers and pieces on Symphony concert programs.
The Symphony is excited to offer free recordings of Professor Will's Saturday evening lectures. To listen to these lectures, which are hosted on SoundCloud, simply click a link below, press the large orange Play button and check to make sure your speakers and your computer volume are turned up! You do not have to sign up for Soundcloud or log in to listen.
Sunday season subscribers receive exclusive access to the lecture recordings on Sunday mornings of concert days. At 6am on Sunday morning the day of a concert, a link to the recording is emailed to all season subscribers. If you are a subscriber and have not signed up for our emails, you can do so on our home page.
These recordings will remain online permanently, so you can go back and listen to it as many times as you like.
2015-16 Season Lecture Archive
2014-15 Season Lecture Archive
2016-17 Lecture Schedule
*Friday*, September 23, 2016, 7:15pm in Minor Hall, UVA Grounds
Saturday, November 19, 2016, 7:15pm in Minor Hall, UVA Grounds
Saturday, February 18, 2017, 7:15pm in Minor Hall, UVA Grounds
Saturday, March 25, 2017, 7:15pm in Minor Hall, UVA Grounds
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 7:15pm in Minor Hall, UVA Grounds
Location & Time
Pre-Concert Lectures begin 45 minutes prior to Saturday performances (7:15pm). They are held in Minor Hall on the UVA Grounds.
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 ampitheater). 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, directly overlooking the ampitheater. Lectures are held in the main lecture space, directly in front of you when you enter the front doors.
Evening concerts are at Old Cabell Hall at 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays (except for the first Masterworks concert, which will be held on Friday, Setember 23 at 8:00pm). Afternoon concerts are at Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center at Charlottesville High School at 3:30pm on Sundays. Pre-Concert Lectures will only be given before Saturday performances for the 2016-17 season.