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Roanoke Symphony Orchestra to Perform July 4th on the Steps of the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond

For Immediate Release

June 26, 2024
David A. Crane, Executive Director
Roanoke Symphony Orchestra to Perform July 4th on the Steps of the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond

~Independence Day Celebration Concert for the VA250 Commission~

Roanoke, Virginia | June 26, 2024
The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce its participation in the VA 250 Commission’s Independence Day Celebration at the Virginia State Capitol on July 4, 2024. This special event, entitled “A Celebration of Freedom and Our Nation’s Founding,” will take place from 5 to 9 PM at Capitol Square, 1000 Bank Street, in Richmond, Virginia.

Inspired by John Adams’ vision of a grand festival to celebrate the nation’s independence, the Virginia State Capitol grounds will become a vibrant hub of activity, reflecting the diverse communities of Virginia. The event will feature a wide range of engaging performances, including spoken word, dance, and music, leading up to unifying keynote remarks and a special finale. Chairs are not permitted, but guests are welcome to bring picnic blankets for the event.

David Crane, Executive Director of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, expressed his enthusiasm for the upcoming performance. “We are deeply honored to be a part of such a significant celebration of our nation’s independence. This return trip to Richmond gives us a wonderful opportunity to bring the joy of music to audiences outside of the valley area and contribute to an event that embodies the spirit of unity and freedom.”

  • The celebration will also feature a host of notable speakers and performers, including:
  • Master of Ceremonies: Geoff Bennett, PBS News Hour Co-Anchor
  • Carly Fiorina, VA250 National Honorary Chair
  • Thomas Jefferson as portrayed by Kurt Smith of Colonial Williamsburg
  • Colonial Williamsburg Fifes & Drums
  • The DAY Program
  • Quantico Marine Band
  • Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
  • New Fellowship Gospel Choir
  • Virginia’s Tribal Nations

Attendees can enjoy free parking and shuttle service to this memorable public event. For more information, go to

Join RSO in Richmond for an unforgettable Independence Day celebration filled with music, history, and community spirit.


Founded in 1953, the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra is the largest orchestra in Virginia west of Richmond, and the oldest continuously operating professional symphony in the state. Under the baton of Music Director & Conductor David Stewart Wiley, the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra celebrates its mission to enrich lives, to educate, and to entertain diverse audiences in western Virginia with the highest quality instrumental and choral music.

The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra is partially supported by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and The Secular Society. More can be found at