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HAMPTON ROADS, VA [Jan. 18, 2018] – The Virginia Symphony Orchestra (VSO) announced today its programs for the 2018-2019 Classics season. In what will be its 98th season—and conductor JoAnn Falletta’s 28th season as Music Director—the VSO brings eight weeks of...

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Virginia Symphony Orchestra Presents Songs of Freedom

HAMPTON ROADS, VA (January 23, 2018) – The Virginia Symphony Orchestra will present the final concert in the 2017-2018 #VSOatRoper series, Songs of Freedom, on Friday, February 2 at TCC Roper Performing Arts Center in downtown Norfolk. With Benjamin Rous leading the...

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News & Reviews

4.18.18 | JoAnn Falletta to Leave Virginia Symphony in 2020

April 18, 2018 After 27 years as artistic leader of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta yesterday announced that she will conclude her tenure as Music Director in June of 2020, as the organization looks forward to its second century as one of...

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Bernstein at 100′ was worth the wait

By John Shulson April 17, 2018 While this year’s Virginia Arts Festival has been offering entertainment for months, April begins a constant flow of events, the opening of which kicked off Friday on a mighty musical note with its “Bernstein at 100.” The...

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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

Moonlight and Music on the Bay • 5/26

Saturday, May 26, 2018 | 6:30 p.m. Join us for Moonlight and Music on the Bay, a farewell celebration of VSO Resident Conductor Benjamin Rous. Enjoy cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra along with vocalists performing...

Afternoon Encores • 5/29

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 | 2:00PM | Denbigh Community Center, Newport News A special concert for the Senior Community of Hampton Roads  Robert Shoup, conductor Enjoy a look back in time with familiar light classics and favorite popular tunes. Join the...

Symphony Under the Stars – Gloucester • 6/2

Saturday, June 2, 2018 | "On the Lawn" of Main Street & Walter Reed Way | 8PM FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Celebrating its 12th year making music accessible to everyone! The Cook Foundation presents the Symphony under the Stars FREE Family Concert on...

VAF Funhouse Fest • 6/22 – 6/23

Friday, June 22 & Saturday, June 23 Lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg Friday, June 22 7PM | Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers (Main Stage) 8:30PM | Virginia Symphony Orchestra String Quartet (Second Stage) 9:15PM | Alison Krauss (Main Stage)...