Virginia’s Richmond Symphony reports that subscription renewal sales for the 2009-10 season were “very brisk” and topped $100,000 in the first 72 hours of the sales effort. Tickets went on sale on Friday, March 13. During the same period last year the orchestra says it took in $22,000 in ticket sales. The response rate is attributed to the orchestra’s planned return to the newly reopened Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage, where it will be able to present larger-scale works not possible in the smaller venues where performances have taken place during the past five years. A secondary factor, according to David J.L. Fisk, the orchestra’s executive director, is the planned naming of a new music director. The orchestra is in the midst of a music director search that concludes in late 2009; candidates are Mikhail Agrest, Daniel Meyer, Steven Smith, Marc Taddei, Dorian Wilson, Arthur Post, Alastair Willis, Christian Knapp, and Arthur Fagen.

Posted March 24, 2009