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Classical Revolution RVA turns eight: A birthday party with Bach, Beethoven and Mozart

No birthday party is complete without a little bit of comradery and “eine kleine” music. Just a few weeks ago, Classical Revolution RVA (CRRVA) – a nonprofit dedicated to integrating classical music into Richmond’s vibrant music scene by taking it into local bars, restaurants, cafes and galleries– celebrated its own birthday, and with a week’s worth of music.

Every evening during the week of Nov. 16, musicians premiered performances that were streamed and archived on YouTube. The sessions were recorded over the course of the pandemic and were either funded by CRRVA’s Coronavirus Relief Fund or donated by the performers to the cause.

This year, through its fund, CRRVA has helped over 80 performers recoup a total of $13,000 in lost income. And thanks to additional pushes through its birthday performances, donors added another $3,400 on top of that.

“This year has been a challenge for gigging musicians,” said Becca Longhenry, operations manager for CRRVA and freelance musician. “Classical Revolution RVA has been hard at work to offset Richmond classical musicians’ losses of income due to COVID-19 by paying performers to make short recordings of performances at home and in safe spaces around the city. However, the pandemic continues, as does the financial hardship experienced by local musicians, and there is still work to be done!”

“We still need support from the community to reach our fundraising goal. We also have many other performances in the queue, recorded by the musicians we assisted over the past eight months, so be sure to check our Facebook, YouTube and Instagram pages for new content.”

Which reminds us, if you missed the birthday performances, you can binge them all here:

  • Rosette (Ellen Riccio and Treesa Gold, violins; Kimberly Ryan, viola; and Steph Barrett, cello), Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 77 No. 1: II. Adagio, watch here or below
  • The Cary Family and CRRVA, Vivaldi’s Cello Concerto in A minor, watch here
  • Nexus Brass and CRRVA, Mozart Divertimento No. 1, watch here
  • Niccolo Seligmann and the Adam Larrabee Trio, “One Take,” watch here
  • Sarah Huebsch Schilling and Kelsey Schilling, Bach’s Inventions, watch here
  • Rumput with a special appearance by Mas Soladi, “Lowlands of Holland,” watch here
  • 17th Street Quartet, selection from Beethoven’s 8th quartet, watch here

CRRVA is an independent local chapter of a national organization, Classical Revolution, founded in San Francisco. If you’re interested in supporting the local chapter, consider becoming a monthly CRRVA donor, or pick up some merch in its online store. You can also support CRRVA while shopping at Amazon, via AmazonSmile

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