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...read more
Benjamin Rous to Leave VSO after 8 seasons HAMPTON ROADS, VA (January 17, 2018) – Next week, eight candidates selected from nearly 100 applicants from across the country will travel to the Sandler Center in Virginia Beach to audition to be the Virginia Symphony...read more
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...read more
HAMPTON ROADS, VA (Dec. 15, 2017) -- The Virginia Symphony Orchestra will pay homage to the visionary Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr on January 14, 2018. This is the largest arts celebration of Dr. King’s life annually in Hampton Roads. This...read more
Hampton Roads, VA [October 5, 2017] -- The Virginia Symphony Orchestra opens the 2017-18 Williamsburg and Regent University Classics series with Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, along with other classical favorites.The concert opens with Respighi’s Botticelli Triptych, a...read more
HAMPTON ROADS, VA [Sept. 29, 2017] - The Virginia Symphony Orchestra will present an evening of music and conversation exploring the artistic expression of veterans in response to their unique experiences. The concert and conversation will be led by the VSO’s Resident...read more
News & Reviews
NORFOLK, Va. - The kids at the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters received a special visit on Friday. Concert members from the Virginia Symphony Orchestra set up a string quartet in the lobby and performed for children, parents and staff. They...read more
The Virginia Symphony Orchestra has announced the appointment of Chilean-born conductor Gonzalo Farias as its new assistant conductor The Virginia Symphony Orchestra in Virginia, United States, has today announced the appointment of Chilean-born...read more
Rashod Ollison The Virginian-Pilot Apr 17, 2018 JoAnn Falletta, the artistic leader of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra who put the organization on the national radar, announced today that she will conclude her tenure as music director in June 2020. The...read more
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...read more
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...read more
Rashod Ollison The Virginian-Pilot Leonard Bernstein forever changed music in the 20th century, his reach affecting pop, jazz, Broadway and classical. He was the first American to gain international fame as a conductor and composed accessible, often...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
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...
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...
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...
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)...