'Big Tent Festival’ features Richmond Symphony, funds instruments for RPS students

Richmond Symphony's "Big Tent Festival"

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - It’s been a long wait for the Richmond Symphony, but Saturday the group played together for the first time since the pandemic began.

The “Big Tent Festival” at Maymont ran from 3-8 p.m. with a theme of “African American Voices.”

Tickets had to be purchased in advance to help maintain social distancing, and everyone was assigned a painted square to sit in.

All of the money raised during Saturday’s concert will go towards a fund to buy instruments for Richmond Public Schools' students.

“We have a goal of $15,000,” said Parke Richardson, director of the Maymont Foundation, “We have community performers who are enjoying their art for all of us today.”

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