Des Moines Symphony Delivers a High-Fidelity Performance of “Star Wars: A New Hope”
June 8, 2019 | Listen Iowa
"Thanks to the bold visual production and the astoundingly precise guidance of Richardson, it was 1977 all over again.... As the final credits rolled, the symphony puffed its chest without a single audience member vacating his or her seat, spare the well-earned standing ovation at the conclusion, spanning several callbacks for Maestro Richardson."
Fun Club Chit Chat with the Omaha Symphony
November 27, 2018 | York News Times
"We can start with the 80-piece Omaha Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Ernest Richardson. Does that sound too high brow for you? It’s not! Richardson is the most personable and down-to-earth conductor you will ever find. One of the program highlights is when he gets a couple of youngsters to join him on the stage for 'Sleigh Ride.' I won’t give it away, but I promise you’ll find yourself smiling and laughing throughout the cute routine."
Omaha Central soloist joins Omaha Symphony for Mendelssohn's Elijah
November 9, 2018 | KVNO News
“[Maestro Richardson] critiqued me and asked me to try a couple of things differently and because I’m a senior this year he asked me about college and all of that scary stuff. It felt like a lesson, it didn’t really even feel like an audition. It felt like a lesson more than anything else. He was really great."
Broadway star to be featured in Steamboat Springs holiday concert Nov. 29 and 30
November 21, 2017 | Steamboat Pilot & Today
"I observe the community of Steamboat and I look for music that represents all the different aspects, but my goal for the holiday concert is to find music that reflects the beauty of Steamboat," said Richardson in a recent news release. "One thing everybody talks about when the snow falls around the holidays is Champagne Powder. So, each year I try to find a piece of music that sounds like Champagne Powder looks. It has to sparkle."
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra and conductor Ernest Richardson bring Harry Potter to life
October 25, 2017 | Charleston City Paper
The scores ... were all composed by John Williams, one of the most prolific and acclaimed creators of film music in history.... for those who consider art and entertainment separate pursuits, Williams might not have the same amount of respect as other classical composers.
Ernest Richardson, a conductor, composer and violist, is looking to change that perception, all while bringing people out to see their local symphony orchestras. Richardson is currently traveling the country to conduct local orchestras while they play the score...
"It's an opportunity for communities to hear their orchestras playing the soundtrack to this amazing movie," says Richardson of the show, which is part of a series called CineConcerts. "And when they can actually connect what they're hearing from these orchestras to what they're seeing in these movies, they can recall what they were feeling when they saw it for the first time. It's really pretty incredible."
Ballet, Broadway, Beethoven: Steamboat Symphony Orchestra opens 2017 season with a few surprises
September 21, 2017 | Steamboat Pilot & Today
"In light of all the conflict in our world, a positive, global musical message about rising above conflict is something the orchestra can contribute to the community," said Ernest Richardson, SSO music director and conductor. "Nothing on Broadway gets this message across better than the finale to Les Miserables’ ‘Do You Hear The People Sing.' It will be a very special part of this performance as a musician and as a concert goer."
Steamboat Symphony Orchestra presents ‘Phoenix Rising’
April 5, 2017 | Steamboat Pilot & Today
"Overcoming obstacles and rising to the occasion is the trademark of our orchestra," said Richardson. "We've endured some financially difficult times to emerge stronger and more resilient than before. We want to show the Steamboat community that our orchestra is committed as never before to making new connections with all elements of the Steamboat community."
High Schoolers Perform with Omaha Symphony
November 14, 2016 | KMTV News
Around 500 students joined the professional singers, musicians, and conductor of the Omaha Symphony in performing on Sunday afternoon. Students from OPS, Lincoln, Papillion LaVista, and surrounding communities have been practicing for months to sing the choral masterpiece "Requiem" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
The concert is part of the Omaha Symphony's Choral Collaboration, now in its 20th year. Conductor Ernest Richardson works closely with the students at their schools to help with their performance. Students and teachers alike were enchanted with the piece.
Review: Omaha Symphony's holly jolly show puts vast talent on display
December 14, 2015 | Omaha World-Herald
The company... surely got an extra infusion of spirit from a near-capacity Holland Performing Arts Center audience and a turn in the outdoor weather toward a more typical December chill.
» Finally, the program gave no warning of the Omaha Symphony singing debut of — wait for it — one Ernest Richardson. After conducting Howard and the symphony in “Let It Go,” Richardson let loose (aided by his orchestra’s rhythm section) on Louis Armstrong’s “Zat You, Santa Claus?” How did he do? Well, he’s no Dave Webber. But this guy’s got legitimate singing chops.
Christmas concert stars are such good boys
December 10, 2015 | Omaha World-Herald
The story, by Omaha Symphony principal pops conductor Ernest Richardson, concerns a little boy who is searching for the meaning of Christmas with his dog at his side. A North Pole encounter with Santa gives him some insight. Frequent symphony collaborator Doug Katsaros composed the music. ...“It is magic wrapped up in the music of our orchestra,” Richardson said.
Symphony conductor takes on new role, made especially for him
November 30, 2015 | Omaha World-Herald
Symphony leaders today named Ernest Richardson the orchestra’s principal pops conductor, a position they created just for him. He will be the primary programmer and conductor for the Symphony Pops, Symphony Rocks and Movie Music series.
But Richardson doesn’t really see a line between work and recreation, because he finds work invigorating.
Review: Omaha Symphony stuns with live performance of 'Star Trek' soundtrack
November 25, 2015 | Omaha World-Herald
It isn’t strictly necessary to hear a live orchestra play a movie score with the original film. But as Saturday night’s performance and the entire Movie Music series show, there are unique musical experiences to be had when it does.