Three free concerts are taking place in August and September in what Richmond Symphony Orchestra calls some of Wayne County’s most treasured outdoor spaces.

The early Wednesday evening concerts in RSO’s Sunset Series are family friendly, and all ages are welcome to attend.

Reservations are requested via phone or online to help attendees stay informed as details unfold.

Orchestra members will play at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, in a new location. The event includes a walking tour through some of Richmond’s businesses in the historic Depot District around the 900 block of North E Street.

Two weeks later, RSO returns to Forest Hills Country Club in Richmond for Strings on the Green. Organizers say the relaxed, seated concert at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, provides beautiful views and a delightful string quartet performance. Guests should bring their own chair or blanket.

The series concludes at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, with a performance by Rusty Burge & Friends on the patio of Cope Environmental Center in Centerville.

Burge is a professor of percussion at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. The jazz vibraphonist performs around the region.   

Food trucks will be on site. Guests should bring their own seating.

Series sponsors include 3Rivers, Wayne County Foundation and Better Homes & Gardens First Realty Group.

Shortly after the Sunset Series concludes, RSO’s indoor season of seven concerts starts Sept. 16 at Civic Hall Performing Arts Center.

Newly hired music director Andrés Lopera has planned a variety of music, including two family concerts, “All Tricks…No Treats” in October and a brass holiday concert in December.  

Season tickets are now on sale for $115 for adults and $60 for college students. Tickets for ages 5-18 are free. Individual tickets go on sale Aug. 15 for $25 for adults and $15 for college students.

If you go

  • What: Richmond Symphony Orchestra’s Sunset Series
  • First concert: Musicians can be found at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16 in Richmond’s Historic Depot District near the 900 block of North E Street.
  • Second concert: String quartet, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, Forest Hills Country Club, 2169 S. 23rd St., Richmond. Bring seating. Anyone attending the concert may stay for dinner; meal reservations can be made at 765-962-2711.
  • Third concert: Rusty Burge & Friends, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, Cope Environmental Center patio, 1730 Airport Road, Centerville. Bring seating.
  • Reservations: 765-966-5181 or Contact the office with special requests for accessibility needs.
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A version of this article appeared in the August 9 2023 print edition of the Western Wayne News.

Millicent Martin Emery is a reporter and editor for the Western Wayne News.