HAMPTON ROADS, VA [November 19, 2019] Get in the swing of the holiday season with the Virginia Symphony’s holiday performances! With everything from the timeless Handel’s Messiah, to our brand-new Holiday Brass and Brews, there’s surely something for everyone!

The VSO’s holiday programs begin with the must-see holiday tradition of the season – Holiday POPS! Led by conductor Robert Shoup, Holiday POPS combines all the magic of the holidays with the world-class talent of the VSO and chorus. This high-energy concert is full of familiar carols and holiday warmth. Celebrate with us December 13 at the Ferguson Center in Newport News, December 14 at the Harrison Opera House in Norfolk, and December 15 at the Sandler Center in Virginia Beach. The Holiday Pops concerts are sponsored by Virginia Eye Consultants and Cannon. The Norfolk Pops Series is sponsored by PNC Bank, and the Newport News Pops Series is sponsored by Riverside Performing Arts Medicine. The December 15 concert is sponsored by LifeNet Health.

You better watch out! You better not cry! Santa Claus is coming to the Sandler Center for an exciting afternoon of holiday tunes on December 15! Jingle Bell Jam is the perfect holiday concert for the youngsters! Come sing along in a concert full of holiday fun! Before the concert, the lobby is abuzz with activities from our partners including Music & Arts, Virginia Beach Public Libraries, WHRO, Virginia Children’s Chorus, the Portsmouth Children’s Museum. This concert is sponsored by Capital Group, Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters, and Cape Henry Collegiate.

Bet you didn’t know Santa is a brass player! The VSO brass section takes center stage, filling the concert hall with holiday spirit in Holiday Brass, December 18 at Saint Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg, December 19 at the Chesapeake Conference Center, and December 20 at the Suffolk Center for the Arts. This popular concert presents all your favorite holiday songs performed with vibrance and virtuosity by the best brass players this side of the North Pole! The Chesapeake performance of Holiday Brass is sponsored by Carl’s Wash.

New this year: What happens when you mix festive holiday brass music with some of the best seasonal brews? The first-ever Holiday Brass and Brews! Start your holidays with something different this year and join us for a merry evening filled with holiday music and the best in craft beer! Your ticket includes six beer tastings, as members of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra blow your mind with brass and percussion music for the season. Bring your friends for a unique and fun holiday event – December 21 at Zeiders American Dream Theater in Virginia Beach.

The VSO closes its exciting season of holiday concerts with George Frideric Handel’s revered oratorio, Messiah¸ December 19 at Regent University, December 20 at First Baptist Church in Newport News, and December 21 at the Harrison Opera House. Among the most sampled works in the classical repertoire, this sacred masterpiece presents the dramatic narrative of Jesus Christ. The VSO Chorus will be joined by four world-class vocal soloists to bring the story to life! The Regent Classics Series is sponsored by the Christian Broadcast Network and Regent University. The Norfolk Classics Series is sponsored by Norfolk Southern. The December 21 concert is sponsored by BayPort Credit Union.

For more information about any of our holiday performances, or to purchase tickets, visit virginiasymphony.org or call 757.892.6366. For groups of 10+ call 757.213.1413 for special discounts and benefits.

HOLIDAY AT A GLANCE:
POPS: HOLIDAY POPS!
Friday, December 13, 2019 | 8PM | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News              
Saturday, December 14, 2019 | 8PM | Harrison Opera House, Norfolk
Sunday, December 15, 2019 | 7PM | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach

PB&J: JINGLE BELL JAM
Sunday, December 15, 2019 | 3PM | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach

HOLIDAY BRASS
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 | 7:30PM | St. Bede Catholic Church, Williamsburg
Thursday, December 19, 2019 |7PM | Chesapeake Conference Center, Chesapeake
Friday, December 20, 2019 |7PM | Suffolk Center for the Cultural Arts, Suffolk

HOLIDAY BRASS AND BREWS 
Saturday, December 21, 2019 | 7PM | Zeiders American Dream Theater, Virginia Beach

HANDEL’S MESSIAH
Thursday, December 19, 2019 | 7:30PM | Regent University, Virginia Beach

Friday, December 20, 2019 | 8PM | First Baptist Church (Warwick Blvd.), Newport News

Saturday, December 21, 2019 |  8PM | Harrison Opera House, Norfolk

 

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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.