HAMPTON ROADS, VA [January 23, 2020] Celebrating 100 years of community service and creativity, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra has announced the public phase of the largest fundraising campaign in its history.  To date, the VSO has raised over $9.3 million, more than 75 percent of its $12 million capital campaign goal. In addition, it has secured more than $2.5 million of a $4 million goal in planned giving commitments.   

The “Vision Forward” campaign will preserve the orchestra as a strong community asset for generations to come by significantly increasing the size of its endowment and providing the stimulus for future innovative programming both on and off the stage.  

In announcing the campaign, VSO President and CEO Karen M. Philion said, “As we look forward together to celebrating the VSO’s 100thanniversary in the upcoming season, the organization has much to celebrate – not only a venerable history of extraordinary musical performances and deep community engagement, but a strong financial foundation on which to build for the future.”

Since 2016, the VSO has significantly expanded its strategic vision by deepening its education and community service beyond presenting concerts.  The VSO has created new and unique programming throughout the region including music therapy-based health and wellness programs with non-traditional partners including hospitals and nursing homes.  Additionally, the VSO’s collaboration with Old Dominion University is one of the only programs of its type in the country that enhances music education for students by providing hands on instruction with the VSO’s professional musicians.  And, just this past year, the VSO performed its first-ever sensory-friendly concert to expand access to people on the autism spectrum.

Recognizing that growth for performing arts organizations will come as a result of broader representation throughout all communities, the VSO’s strategic vision places an emphasis on increasing access and inclusivity.  In 2019, the VSO was recognized nationally for its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion by the League of American Orchestras which helped launch its first formal EDI initiative. 

The quiet phase of the campaign began in early 2018 and has received generous support from early leadership donors including Susan and David Goode, the F. Ludwig Diehn Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, James A. Squires and Karen Jones Squires, Connie Jacobson, Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Banks, the Fannie, Milton, and Leslie Friedman Family Foundation, the Patricia and Douglas Perry Foundation, and TowneBank.

In addition, an anonymous foundation has offered an opportunity for donors to match their gifts on a dollar-for-dollar basis between now and May 1, 2020.

“The future of the VSO is bright and Vision Forward has created new momentum for the organization,” added Mike McClellan, Chair of the VSO Board of Directors.  “In the last five years, we have been diligent in our operations, increased transparency, and executed opportunities presented to our organization. We continue to evolve into an even stronger community partner serving all of Hampton Roads as its only full-time, professional symphony orchestra.”

For more information about the Vision Forward Campaign, visit virginiasymphony.org/visionforward.

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VSO Guest Artist: Andrew von Oeyen

Hailed worldwide for his elegant and insightful interpretations, balanced artistry and brilliant technique, Andrew von Oeyen has established himself as one of the most captivating pianists of his generation.

Since his debut at age 16 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mr. von Oeyen has extended his interpretive voice to a broad spectrum of repertoire as both a soloist and recitalist. He has collaborated with such ensembles as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Mariinsky Orchestra, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Grant Park Orchestra, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Utah Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Marseille, Geneva Chamber Orchestra, Spoleto USA Orchestra, Slovenian Philharmonic and Slovak Philharmonic. As both soloist and conductor he has led concerti and orchestral works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Ravel and Kurt Weill. On July 4, 2009, he performed at the U.S. Capitol with the National Symphony in “A Capitol Fourth,” reaching millions worldwide in the multi-award winning PBS live telecast.

‍Mr. von Oeyen has appeared in recital at Wigmore Hall and Barbican Hall in London, Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Boston’s Symphony Hall, Zürich’s Tonhalle, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall, St. Petersburg’s Philharmonia, Dublin’s National Concert Hall, Royce Hall in Los Angeles, Herbst Theater in San Francisco, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, Sala São Paulo, Teatro Olimpico in Rome, in Mexico City, Hanoi, Macau, and in every major concert hall of Japan and South Korea. Festival appearances include Aspen, Ravinia, Grant Park, Mainly Mozart, Saratoga, Schubertiade, Spoleto, Brevard, Grand Teton, Chautauqua and the Mariinsky’s “Stars of the White Nights.”

Mr. von Oeyen has recorded for Warner Classics since 2017. His albums under that label, including works for piano and orchestra by Saint-Saëns, Ravel and Gershwin and a disc including Debussy’s Fantaisie pour Piano et Orchestre, have been met with critical acclaim. Mr. von Oeyen has also recorded award-winning recital albums of Liszt, Debussy, and Stravinsky under the Delos label.

Mr. von Oeyen, of German and Dutch origin, was born in the U.S. He began his piano studies at age 5 and made his solo orchestral debut at age 10. An alumnus of Columbia University and graduate of The Juilliard School, where his principal teachers were Herbert Stessin and Jerome Lowenthal, he also worked with Alfred Brendel and Leon Fleisher. He won the prestigious Gilmore Young Artist Award in 1999 and also took First Prize in the Léni Fé Bland Foundation National Piano Competition in 2001. Mr. von Oeyen lives in Paris and Los Angeles.