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Historic Academy Theatre

March 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

| $14 – $72


Academy Presents:

Brooklyn Rider & Maeve Gilchrist


Tickets will be released to Academy Members on Thursday, November 7, 2019. All remaining tickets will be released to the public on Friday, November 15, 2019.



About the Show:


“If there’s a soundtrack to a fine summer, this is it. If there’s a musician who can bask in tradition yet immerse herself musically in the multicoloured experience of life, it’s Gilchrist.”  —Siobhan Long, Irish Times


“Musical imagination may be ineffable, but you recognize it when you hear it, and Brooklyn Rider has it in spades.”  —The Washington Post


In this adventurous new collaboration, Brooklyn Rider, “a string quartet of boundless imagination” (NPR Music), and Celtic harp virtuoso Maeve Gilchrist, “a phenomenal harpist who makes her instrument ring with unparalleled purity” (Dirty Linen), come together to celebrate the roots and branches of Celtic music as both an ancient tradition and a living art form. Drawing from newly imagined settings of traditional repertoire, works composed for Brooklyn Rider, and material from Gilchrist’s groundbreaking new album the Harp Weaver, this evening will meld the string quartet with an emblem of ancient Ireland in a handshake between two traditions that is both timeless and breathtakingly new.


Hailed as “the future of chamber music” (Strings), Brooklyn Rider offers eclectic repertoire in gripping performances that continue to attract legions of fans and draw rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike. Brooklyn Rider celebrated its 10th anniversary with the groundbreaking multi-disciplinary project Brooklyn Rider Almanac, for which it recorded and toured 15 commissioned works, each inspired by a different artistic muse.


In fall 2018, Brooklyn Rider released Dreamers on Sony Music Masterworks with celebrated Mexican jazz vocalist Magos Herrera.  The recording includes gems of the Ibero-American songbook as well as pieces written to texts by Octavio Paz, Rubén Darío, and Federico García Lorca — all reimagined by arrangers including Jaques Morelenbaum, Gonzalo Grau, Diego Schissi, Guillermo Klein and Brooklyn Rider’s own Colin Jacobsen. The tour to support the album began at New York City’s Jazz at Lincoln Center. Brooklyn Rider also debuted their Healing Modes project last season which presents Beethoven’s Opus 132 in its entirety alongside five compact new commissions that explore the subject of healing from a wide range of historical and cultures perspectives. Composers include Reena Esmail, Gabriela Lena Frank, Matana Roberts and recent Pulitzer Prize winners Caroline Shaw and Du Yun.


Brooklyn Rider released Spontaneous Symbols in 2017. Other recent recordings include 2016’s The Fiction Issue with Gabriel Kahane, 2013’s A Walking Fire on Mercury Classics and The Impostor with Béla Fleck on Deutsche Grammophon/Mercury Classics, plus 2011’s much-praised Brooklyn Rider Plays Philip Glass on the composer’s Orange Mountain Music label.


Gilchrist has taken the Celtic (lever) harp to new levels of performance and visibility. Her innovative approach to the instrument stretches its harmonic limits and improvisational possibilities. She is as at home as a soloist with an internationally renowned orchestra as she is playing with a traditional Irish folk group or using electronic augmentation in a more contemporary, improvisatory setting.


Gilchrist tours internationally as a band leader as well as maintaining a number of collaborations, including the progressive folk quartet DuoDuo, an electronics-based project with Viktor Krauss, and as a member of both the Irish Music Network-commissioned Edges of Light quartet and the Silkroad Ensemble. She has been a teacher and a visiting artist at the Berklee College of Music, and she is the music director of WGBH’s Christmas Celtic Sojourn. Gilchrist is also an in demand composer and arranger, with past commissions including a concerto for lever harp and symphony orchestra and a new piece for harp and string quartet, which premiered at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival.







Obstructed: $14.00

Value: $31.00

Standard: $41.00

Premium: $51.00

Box Seats: $72.00


Tickets will be released to Academy Members on Thursday, November 7, 2019. All remaining tickets will be released to the public on Friday, November 15, 2019.


To view our seating map for the Historic Academy of Music Theatre, click here. Please note that members of the Military and Educators receive a 10% discount on tickets online and by phone.


For more information or to purchase tickets to this performance, contact our Box Office at (434) 846-8499.



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Know Before You Go:


Age Requirement

All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket for this performance unless otherwise stated. All ages are welcome.

Camera Policy

Videography and audio recording during the performances are prohibited. Photography of the set on stage is allowed pre-show, post-show, and during intermission. But we do ask that you show our designers and visiting performers some love by crediting them (and by tagging us) in your social media posts.

Content Advisory

The Academy Center of the Arts offers a diverse selection of entertainment. Not all productions may appeal to or be appropriate for every guest or for all ages. Ticket buyers should take responsibility for making informed decisions regarding their purchases. We recommend visiting the official show website of each show you are coming to see at the Academy. If you ever have questions about the content or appropriateness of a show, please contact us at boxoffice@academycenter.org.

Doors Open

Our lobby doors open 60 minutes prior to show time. House doors open 30 minutes prior to show time for seating.

Inclement Weather

All indoor performances scheduled at the Academy Center of the Arts normally take place as planned unless otherwise stated.


Parking is available on-site and throughout downtown Lynchburg. The parking map above shows all of the free public and paid parking available. In addition, street parking is also available on most streets.


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Please note: If attending an event or performance after 5pm or on weekends, Lot 2 (Pacific Life Lot) and Lot 12 (Regional Business Alliance) are free and open to for public use. We suggest utilizing these lots, which are closest to the Academy Center of the Arts and within walking distance.

Ticket Policies

All ticket sales are final. There will be NO REFUNDS or exchanges for purchased tickets.

Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. Our delivery methods are as follows:

Will Call: Tickets will be held at “will call” at the Box Office up to one hour before the show.

Print at Home: This option allows you to print your tickets at home or access them on a mobile device via email.

Regular Mail: For an additional fee, your tickets will be mailed to you ahead of the event.

Box Office Pick Up: You may stop by our Box Office, Monday through Thursday & Saturday from 10:00am – 4:00pm, or Friday   12:00pm – 8:00pm, and have us print your tickets for you.

Tickets held at “will call” that are not picked up by the beginning of the show may be re-sold at the discretion of the Box Office staff.

All tickets for this show will be sold through academycenter.org and our ticketing system. Please do not use third-party resellers, as we do not contract with them. Should you use a reseller, the Academy Center of the Arts will not be liable for any issues with your purchase.

All ticket sales are subject to a Historic Theatre Restoration Fee and credit/debit card processing fees.


Want to volunteer and see this show for free? Visit this link to signup to volunteer, or contact Hilary Duke, hduke@academycenter.org, for more information.




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