Trailblazing Conductor Edwin Outwater Leads Music by Brahms Together with New Music from Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer Caroline Shaw for VSO Debut October 24 – 27

HAMPTON ROADS, VA [October 9, 2019] Celebrated American conductor Edwin Outwater returns to the VSO in three concerts with a twist October 24 – 27 across Hampton Roads. Hailed by Michael Tilson Thomas as “one of the most innovate conductors on the scene today,” Outwater will conduct the music of Beethoven and Brahms alongside new music from Pulitzer Prize winning composer, performer and producer Caroline Shaw.

From the age of ten, prodigious singer and violinist Caroline Shaw has had a talent for writing and performing her own music. Now, more than twenty years and a Pulitzer Prize later, Shaw’s compositions, whether written for eight voices or other ensembles, are complex, innovative and exciting.

The New York based vocalist, violinist, composer and producer was the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2013 for her Partita for 8 Voices, written for the Grammy-winning Roomful of Teeth, of which she is a member. Recent commissions include new works for Renée Fleming with Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan, the Dover Quartet, the Calidore Quartet, and the Baltimore Symphony. In the 2018-2019 season, she premiered new works with pianist Jonathan Biss and the Seattle Symphony, soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and Philharmonia Baroque, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Juilliard 415. Shaw has composed scores for multiple films and has worked with popular American rapper Kayne West as a producer.

Edwin Outwater is an innovative conductor who is equally adept at interpreting canonical masterworks, premiering new commissions, and connecting audiences with repertoire and collaborating artists across the boundaries of artistic expression. In addition to his conducting work with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Outwater has served in various capacities at the San Francisco Symphony, including Director of Summer Concerts, Director of the Youth Orchestra, and Resident Conductor. As the celebrated Music Director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony from 2007-2017, he revitalized that orchestra and brought it to international acclaim through his groundbreaking programing and artistic leadership.  Outwater made his debut appearance with the VSO in 2008.

With the 2019/20 season, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra presents an unprecedented season of musical exploration and discovery – with world-renowned conductors, guest artists and programming – as the VSO seeks its next music director.  To purchase tickets for this performance, or for more information about this exciting season of debuts and excellence, visit or call 757-892-6366.

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra Classics series is graciously supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Norfolk, the Newport News Arts Commission, and the Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission.


About the VSO:  As the region’s most celebrated musical, educational and entrepreneurial arts organization, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra continues to challenge expectations and push the boundaries of what an American orchestra can be – even as it approaches its 100th anniversary in 2020.

At the heart of the VSO’s narrative is innovation.  In 1991 the VSO made a very bold move in appointing the gifted young American conductor JoAnn Falletta as its music director. Since then, the orchestra has received national attention for its unique mission serving a home area of 1.7 million across the diverse communities of southeastern Virginia.  Through appearances at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall and commitment to adventurous programming, the VSO and its musicians have been highlighted in the media including The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio and BBC Worldwide News.

As the largest arts performing organization in southeastern Virginia, the VSO and VSO Chorus present more than 150 concerts and events to educate, enlighten and entertain more than 100,000 residents and visitors each year. Recent innovations include health and wellness programs, including interactive therapeutic experiences for people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.  As it approaches its Centennial year, the Orchestra and its legions of fans look forward with anticipation as the VSO brings conductors from around the world as part of the search for its next music director.



October 9, 2019

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