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Richmond Symphony unveils new performance apparel

The attire departs from the traditional tux and tails with creative and technological innovation.


The new wardrobe has several pieces for musicians to choose from.

Photo by James Loving

Richmond Symphony Music Director Valentina Peleggi said three words come to mind as she stands before the orchestra’s new apparel — tradition, innovation, and identity.

Few orchestras in the world have departed from the traditional tux and tails, but Richmond Symphony leaders decided it was time for a change and unveiled a new wardrobe on Wednesday, March 29.

Ten garments make up the collection. Each piece is designed with musicians in mind — from hidden pockets for reeds and rosins to covered buttons to prevent catching. The new clothes are lightweight, antimicrobial, odor-free, and moisture-wicking.

If you feel like you’re in a Nike commercial, you’re on the right track. The head of the redesign project, Lauren Solomon, spoke about the physicality and endurance required of musicians, calling them “orchestral Olympians.”

The symphony will debut the look at a performance of Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony tomorrow at 8 p.m. Get tickets.

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