HAMPTON ROADS, VA [August 12, 2019] For Anna Bishop, joining the Virginia Symphony Orchestra feels like coming home. Bishop is the daughter of VSO section violinist Lesa McCoy Bishop, now in her thirty-first year with the VSO, and the late Tim Bishop, who was an...read more
HAMPTON ROADS, VA [August 9, 2019] – The Virginia Symphony Orchestra proudly announces the addition of violinists Jacqueline Kitzmiller, Hui Cao and Allison Kim, and percussionist Will McVay. The four will join the orchestra for the 2019-20 season which gets underway...read more
HAMPTON ROADS, VA [August 6, 2019] – The Virginia Symphony Orchestra is excited to welcome its 2019-2020 class of executive officers, as well as a new member, to its Board of Directors. With them they bring considerable experience in organizational leadership and...read more
HAMPTON ROADS, VA [July 29, 2019] – Single tickets for the Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s 2019-2020 season are on sale as of today, Monday, July 29, 2019. In its 99th season, the orchestra will present Classical and POPS concerts in ten venues across Hampton Roads....read more
HAMPTON ROADS, VA [July 31, 2019] — The Virginia Symphony Orchestra has been selected to receive an Art Works grant of $15,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant will be used to help fund the third annual CommUNITY Play-In and Sing-Along to be held at...read more
2.21.19 | Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Old Dominion University Announce Innovative New Collaboration
The organizations are combining forces to enhance music education in Hampton Roads HAMPTON ROADS, VA (Feb. 21, 2019) -- The Virginia Symphony Orchestra (VSO) and Old Dominion University have signed a collaborative agreement to encourage presentation, growth, education...read more
News & Reviews
by Amy Poulter The Virginia Symphony Orchestra has received an $80,000 grant that will help it become more sensory-friendly to patrons. The grant from the League of American Orchestras will allow the symphony to present three concerts to "celebrate neurodiversity...read more
by John Shulson The Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s Williamsburg season was a two-hitter special in that it introduced to us the VSO’s new assistant conductor, Gonzalo Farias, and, although it was changed this past spring, somewhat officially the new name of the former...read more
11.27.18 | VC WEB BLOG | Cellist Julian Schwarz – ’Considerations for Preparing the Rococo Variations’ [INSIGHT]
The Violin Channel recently caught up with former Schoenfeld International Cello Competition and the Boulder International Art of Duo Chamber Music Competition 1st prize winner, American cello virtuoso Julian Schwarz. In a VC exclusive guest blog, the 27-year-old...read more
10.21.18 | A French touch: Falletta, Lefèvre and the Virginia Symphony present a range of Gallic creations.
By Phillip Nones, 21 October 2018 This concert by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and JoAnn Falletta proved to be a grand celebration of the French musical spirit. Two composers on the program were members of Les Six. Germaine Tailleferre's Ouverture made for an...read more
By John Shulson Friday’s Virginia Symphony Orchestra performance at the Ferguson Art Center was a mixed bag of musical offerings, ranging from the not familiar to the very familiar. Conceptually, it was one of director JoAnn Falletta’s more interesting assembly of...read more
By John Shulson Kurt Weill’s Tony Award-winning (1947) opera “Street Scene” is set in an east side Manhattan tenement over 24 hours during a hot, summery 1938. It’s a street populated with folk from ethnic everywhere. It’s a street populated with accents, politics,...read more
Find YOUR Reason to go to the Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Patrons of the Virginia Symphony describe some of the reasons they go to the Virginia Symphony’s concerts. Watch what they have to say, then Find YOUR Reason.
Find YOUR Reason to Give to the Virginia Symphony Orchestra
The Virginia Symphony relies on the generosity of individuals in the community to ensure that we continue to bring premiere world-class music to Hampton Roads and to directly impact the lives of students and residents of our community through the our education and community outreach programs. In this video you will hear three of our patrons describe the reasons they give to the Virginia Symphony. Have you found YOUR reason?
JoAnn Falletta: 20 Years of Magic with the Virginia Symphony
A loving tribute from friends and musicians as JoAnn Falletta celebrates her 20th season as Music Director of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
A special message to the people of Japan from Music Director JoAnn Falletta
In light of the tragic events taking place in Japan due to the earthquake and tsunami, VSO Music DirectorJoAnn Falletta has recorded a special message to the people of Japan from the Virginia Symphony. Several of our musicians have family members living in Japan, and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time. Special thanks to Hitomi Tsuchiya, our principal librarian, for providing the translation.
Virginia Symphony Orchestra Education Programs
Thursday, August 29, 2019 | Lake Matoaka Amphitheater, Williamsburg | 7PMSaturday, August 31, 2019 | Yorktown Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown | 7:30PMSunday, September 1, 2019 | Chesapeake City Park, Chesapeake | 7:30PM Grab your picnic baskets and lawn chairs and settle...
Thursday, September 5, 2019 | 31st Street Park, Virginia Beach | 7:30PM Neptune Festival's Symphony by the Sea Concert Series, presented by The Breeden Company, is back for its 9th year, and is better than ever! Located in 31st Street Park at the Virginia Beach...
Sunday, September 8, 2019 | Scope Arena, Norfolk | 4:30PM Join the VSO in a celebration of brotherhood, unity, and peace in remembrance of 9-11. Created in 2017 in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, this annual event embraces our community’s cultural...
Friday, September 13, 2019 | Ferguson Center For the Arts, Newport News | 8PMSaturday, September 14, 2019 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 8PMSunday, September 15, 2019 | Sandler Center for the Arts, Virginia Beach | 2:30PM To launch her final season as Music Director,...