Located in Norfolk, Virginia, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra aims to inspire, educate, and ultimately connect audiences of all ages and background through the power of music. Visitors to Virginia Symphony Orchestra events can expect a wide variety of performers, shows, and programs hosted year-round.
The Virginia Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1920 and was originally known as the Norfolk symphony. For quite a while, it was the only official American Orchestra from Baltimore to Atlanta. Currently serves the entire Hampton Roads metro area, performing more than 200 concerts each year.
JoAnn Falletta was appointed as the 11th orchestra music director in the Summer of 1991 and the current president is Karen Phillon.
The Virginia Symphony Orchestra offers a wide variety of concerts to suit people of all ages, backgrounds and interests. Concert types include: Classics, Pop, Family, Regent Classics, Williamsburg Classics, TCC Roper, and even Holiday Performances. Be sure to visit the Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s Concerts page for more detailed and up-to-date information.
Some highlights of the 2017-2018 concert schedule include some of the following events:
Mozart’s Haffner Symphony: This concert will be hosted on March 23, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. at the Crosswalk Community Church in Williamsburg. Orchestra member, Andrew Gonzalez on the viola will be led by conductor Benjamin Rous with emotionally powerful pieces from Mozart’s Haffner Symphony.
The Music of Star Wars: This event features the ever-popular music from the hit Star Wars movies. The concert will be held on April 27, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ferguson Center for the Arts. This epic event will be led by conductor Damon Gupton and is not to be missed by any Star Wars fan.
The Music of Journey: This event features the music of the popular 80’s band Journey. In their career, Journey had 25 Platinum and Gold albums and almost 20 Top 40 hits, as well as a dedicated fan following that has only grown over the years. Come celebrate the music of the world-renowned rock band and hear some of their favorite hits on May 17, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. at Chrysler Hall and on May 18, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. at the Ferguson Center for the Arts.
Lemony Snicket’s The Composer is Dead: This event features the fabulous story by Lemony Snicket as told in music. Conductor Jeff Phelps leads the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in this fun and entertaining concert series for an afternoon of family fun. The event will be on May 20, 208 at 3:00 p.m. at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts.
Pictures at an Exhibition: This event will be held for 3 days in September and features Mussorgsky’s composition Pictures at an Exhibition.Sandy Cameron will be featured on the violin as the orchestra is led by conductor JoAnn Falletta. Visitors are invited to attend any one of the three performance dates: September 21, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. at the Ferguson Center for the Arts; September 22, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. at Chrysler Hall; and September 23, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts.
Bolero: This event features the work of Ravel which was originally composed as a ballet piece and features excitingly whimsical sounds. Conductor JoAnn Falletta leads the symphony orchestra is this reconstructed composition that has been lost for more than 70 years. Featured on the piano is Alain Lefevre, featured as a soprano is Anna Feucht, and featured as the chorus master is Robert Shoup. The event will be held on 3 nights: October 19, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. at the Ferguson Center for the Arts; October 20, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. at the Chrysler Hall; and October 21, 2018 at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts at 2:30 p.m.
Winter Dreams: This event is a homage to Glazunov’s Winter from the symphony The Seasons.Conductor JoAnn Falletta leads the symphony orchestra in this evocative and breath-taking dedicated to the season. Featured on the cello is Julian Schwarz, this event will be held on two occasions: November 30, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. at the Ferguson Center for the Arts; and December 2, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts.
Education & Community Engagement Programs:
There are a wide variety of education programs and community outreach events held year-round all over the Hampton Roads region by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Besides hosting concerts and various events, the performers from the Virginia Symphony Orchestra also participate in educational programs which help provide musical experiences to more than 45,000 students every year.
Read more about the wide variety of community outreach programs hosted by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
Virginia Symphony, 150 Boush Street, Suite 201, Norfolk, VA 23510, Phone: 757-892-6366
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