HAMPTON ROADS, VA [September 16, 2019] The magic of live musical performance combines with enchanting storytelling in the Virginia Symphony’s upcoming family concert, Once Upon a Symphony! This exciting event is perfect for children aged 3-10 and will take place at 3PM on Sunday, September 22 at the Sandler Center for the Arts in Virginia Beach.

The afternoon’s program will feature classic children’s stories, including favorites like The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Where the Wild Things Are. The stories will be read aloud by local favorite Dr. Christopher Palastrant.  Dr. Palastrant is the chair of the department of Visual and Performing Arts at Elizabeth City State University and a core member of the VSO Chorus.

Families can arrive early for pre-show activities in the lobby beginning at 2PM. Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, the Virginia Children’s Chorus, and Music & Arts will be on hand with engaging activities and crafts, including one that will be used in the performance.

The afternoon’s concert will be conducted by Helen Martell. Martell is the Symphony Conductor and Music Director of Bay Youth Orchestras of Virginia, as well as an instructor of string orchestra at The Academy of International Studies at Rosemont for the Norfolk Public Schools. 

The PB&J Family Concert Series is sponsored by Capital Group and the Virginia Beach Arts & Humanities Commission. Once Upon A Symphony is sponsored by Norfolk Collegiate.

For more information about Once Upon a Symphony, or to purchase tickets, call 757-892-6366 or visit virginiasymphony.org.


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 conducts a worldwide search for its next music director.



September 16, 2019

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