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“Nice concert venue!”

Richmond CenterStage
Ranked #44 of 171 things to do in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A national and state historic landmark, this performing arts center was originally opened in 1928 as an elegant and lavishly designed Loews movie palace and has since been restored to its former splendor. Performances run the gamut from opera, symphony and concerts to comedy, song, children's entertainment and family shows.
Richmond, Virginia, United States
Level 6 Contributor
112 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Nice concert venue!”
Reviewed September 8, 2012

We went to hear KEM on Thursday. We sat on the second row, on the floor. We were very close to him. I was surprised there were seversl rows of office chairs in front of us. When I ordered our tickets, that section wasn't available on TicketMaster. Anyway, the venue is classy and the sound system is pretty good. In the future, we'll sit on the second level to make sure we can see the entire stage.

Visited September 2012
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Mechanicsville, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
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“Wide variety”
Reviewed July 10, 2012

I attended many performances here and have yet to be disappointed. I haven't been recently but plan on correcting that as soon as possible.

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Richmond, Virginia
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25 reviews
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“2nd Annual CVJO Concert at Rhythm Hall”
Reviewed April 1, 2012

The Central Virginia Jazz Orchestra has been performing around Richmond, VA for seven years and just keeps getting better. Last year's concert (on 3/27/2011) in Rhythm Hall at Center Stage featured the music of Frank Foster, who attended and was honored by Richmond's City Council with "Frank Foster Day" and the Richmond Jazz Society which printed the programs. It would be hard to top that concert, but this year's event was just as good. This venue is comfortable and has amazing acoustics plus the sound crew's efforts paid off, producing a quality session that deserves a five star review!

Director, Dan Borlawsky, (alto sax) put together a fine group of local players to perform a diverse selection of big band charts that thilled their audience on 3/25/2012. The rhythm section with Charlie Kilpatrick on piano and Carter Blough on bass grooved plus the horns were tight and the featured singers were icing on a musical cake. The program included an obscure composition by Sammy Nestico called "Marguarite" plus a beautiful ballad, "Chelsea Bridge" by Billy Strayhorn. Hank Levy's "Pegasus" is originally from the Stan Kenton library and still sounds modern today.

Next, Laura Ann Singh sang "Fly Me to the Moon" by Bart Howard and "Do Nothin' Til You Hear From Me" by Duke Ellington. Her versions of these jazz standards prove that she is both a student of the genre and an original stylist. Johhny Mercer's "Laura" (from Dr. Zhivago) featured lead trumpeter, Larry Hart. Then Cole Porter's "In the Still of the Night" featured drummer, Todd Woodson. These two players are magnificent examples of real professionalism!

The same thing can be said for Lawrence Olds, who presented Hoagy Carmichael's classic "Georgia" with an elegant ease plus "Day In, Day Out" with phrasing like Frank Sinatra's. Guitarist, Steve Young nimbly played the beginning of Johnny Mandel's "Emily" before the band waltzed away with the rest of the tune. An exciting variation of Sweet Georgia Brown called "Sweet Georgia Upside Down" was a good choice to end the first half of the concert.

During intermission there were drinks available from a bar and lots of high spirited conversation among the guests and the musicians. The performance space is just right for an ensemble and audience of this size. A good set deserved a good break. However, the next set was great fun because of the comraderie and the relaxed mood.

"No More Blues" by Antonio Carlos Jobim got the second half off to a great start because the arrangement called for wonderful dynamics from soft to loud plus the soloists used them to their advantage also. Lawrence Olds returned to the microphone for "Every Day (I have the Blues)" plus the ball room favorite "Where Or When". He can really swing and his voice has a deep, soulful resonance that appeals to any listener who can relate to loneliness and love.

An instrumental rendition of "Like Someone in Love" by Jimmy Van Heusen kept the musical energy up preceeding Laura Ann Singh's return for a couple of songs sung in Portugease. Brazilian music is her specialty and she totally demonstrated her artistry in "Doralice" and "Triste". Her sweet supple voice captured the nuances of the bossa nova while expressing some of the universal aspects of love and loneliness.

Rounding out the program was "Show Me the Way to Go Home" in several keys and the Tonight Show Band arrangement of Glenn Miller's hit, "In the Mood" as an encore. Tenor sax/flute player, Allen Burris took several notable solos throught the show as did that shaved headed trumpet player. Now I'm looking forward to next year. Bravo CVJO!

Visited March 2012
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Richmond, Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Nice Feel”
Reviewed March 24, 2012

Nice old-time feel and great to watch a play. Look for the clouds above you in the theater.

Visited March 2012
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Richmond, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Always fun times!”
Reviewed March 12, 2012

Since the grand opening, it's always been a favorite place for a performance. Beautiful. Good acoustics. Great experience every time.

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