Big Tent

The Richmond Symphony's Big Tent heads to Jamestown for a free concert.

Richmond Symphony’s Big Tent is headed to Jamestown for a free concert on Tuesday at 8 p.m.

The concert, called the American Evolution Fanfare to Democracy concert, is part of a series of events in honor of 400 years of democracy.

Mark Russell Smith, the former director of the symphony, will lead the symphony for the first time in 10 years. Expect music from such American composers as John Williams, Duke Ellington, John Philip Sousa and more. The concert is open to the public.

“It will be a memorable performance in the extraordinarily special setting of Jamestown Island,” said David Fisk, executive director of the symphony, in a statement.

Organizers are expecting 1,000 to 2,000 people to attend.

The series of events have drawn some controversy because President Donald Trump was invited to attend a commemorative ceremony that will be held Tuesday morning.

Mayor Levar Stoney resigned from the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s main 2019 Commemoration steering committee in response to the invitation.

The morning ceremony will mark the 400th anniversary of the first legislative assembly in North America at the Jamestown Church, which was held in 1619, and is now a historic ruin on the island.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was also invited to attend, although she declined.

Representatives from the General Assembly have been invited to convene in Jamestown for a commemorative session, although Democratic General Assembly leaders have said they will boycott any events Trump attends.

The morning ceremony is private and will be simulcast live at Historic Jamestowne and on the Virginia General Assembly website.

For the evening concert, attendees should bring their own chairs and blankets for seating.

Food trucks such as the Prost! German food truck, Matchsticks BBQ, and Flame & Pie will be on-site, as well as beer and wine for sale.

No cars will be allowed on Jamestown Island for the concert.

Free shuttle buses will run starting at 5 p.m. from two parking lots at Jamestown Settlement, 2110 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, and the Neck-o-land satellite parking lot at 1335 Colonial Parkway, Williamsburg.

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Colleen Curran covers arts and entertainment for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She writes the weekly column Top Five Weekend Events.

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