Richmond Symphony to perform during Sweet Briar’s Babcock Season

Posted on April 16, 2018 by Janika Carey

Sweet Briar College will host a concert by the Richmond Symphony at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, in Memorial Chapel. The event is funded through a touring grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the College’s Babcock Season.

Chia-Hsuan Lin Chia-Hsuan Lin

Tickets go on sale at noon on Monday, March 16, at, through the box office at 434-381-6120 and in Prothro Atrium during lunch. They are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for non-SBC students and free for the Sweet Briar community and for children younger than 12. Seating is limited.

The concert will include J.C. Bach’s Symphony in B-flat major, Op. 18, No. 2 (“Overture to Lucio Silla”); Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll”; J.S. Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major for Orchestra, BWV 1066; and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1, Op. 25 (“Classical”). The Symphony will bring its small chamber orchestra with 26 string, winds and percussion, along with Chia-Hsuan Lin, who is in her second season as associate conductor.

A trained percussionist, Lin studied piano from the age of 3 and performed with the renowned Taipei Percussion Group from 2003 to 2010. She received her undergraduate degree in percussion and a graduate degree in conducting from National Taiwan Normal University, where she studied with Apo Hsu. Under Mark Gibson, she earned a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. In 2012, Lin received the Foreign Study Award for Music from the Taiwan Education Bureau to begin her doctorate with Victor Yampolsky at Northwestern University.

The Richmond Symphony has entertained concertgoers for more than 60 years and is the largest performing arts organization in Central Virginia. It includes an orchestra of more than 70 professional musicians, the 150-voice Richmond Symphony Chorus and more than 260 students in the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra programs. Each season, more than 200,000 members of the community enjoy live concerts and radio broadcasts. The Symphony also provides educational outreach programs to more than 55,000 students and teachers each year.

The Symphony was recently named one of 21 American orchestras selected as a leader in orchestra innovation by the League of American Orchestras through its Futures Fund Initiative. The Richmond Symphony is partially funded by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Visit

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