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LSO Presents: Rhapsody in Blue at 100

Time: September 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Venue: Historic Academy Theatre
Cost: $20 – $100

Join us for a celebratory performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, as this beloved masterpiece marks its 100th birthday.  Experience Gershwin’s epic melodies as local pianist Emily Yap Chua joins the LSO for an electrifying performance of this masterpiece. Also on the program are two composers who influenced Gershwin: Maurice Ravel and Duke Ellington. The program includes Ravel’s hypnotic Bolero, and Ellington’s thrilling Night Creature.

What you will experience 

  • A celebratory performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, as this beloved masterpiece marks its 100th birthday, performed by local pianist Emily Yap Chua. 
  • A full 65 piece orchestra 
  • Ravel’s electrifying Bolero, made famous by ice dancers Torvill and Dean, and frequently used in other figure skating routines and movies. 
  • An epic masterpiece for jazz band and orchestra, by Duke Ellington who was an inspiration to both Gershwin and Ravel. 


Maurice Ravel – Mother Goose Suite (16 minutes) 

Maurice Ravel – Bolero (15 minutes) 

Intermission (15 minutes) 

Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue with Emily Yap Chua (16 minutes) 

Ellington – Night Creature (19 minutes) 

Pre-concert events: 

  • 6:30 – 7:00 pm: FREE complimentary lecture on stage 🗣️ 

What you will hear: 


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Orchestra Level:
Standard Seat: $50.00*
Premium Seat: $60.00*
Value Seat: $40.00*
Back Orchestra Seat: $30.00*

Lower Balcony:
Standard Seat: $50.00*
Premium Seat: $60.00*
Value Seat: $40.00*

Upper Balcony:
Standard Seat: $50.00*
Premium Seat: $60.00*
Value Seat: $40.00*

Box Seats:
Box Seat: $100.00*

*Plus taxes and fees

$10 student discount available.

For more information or to purchase tickets to this performance, contact our Bank of the James Ticketing Office at (434) 846-8499.

Know before you go:

Age Requirement

All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket for this event 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.

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Doors Open

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

Parking & Directions

Parking is available on-site and throughout downtown Lynchburg. Our parking map (linked below) shows all of the free public and paid parking available. In addition, street parking is also available on most streets.

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Want to volunteer and see this show for free? Contact Mele Thompson, [email protected]for more information.