City of Norfolk & Virginia Symphony Orchestra partner to host third annual event

HAMPTON ROADS, VA [August 15, 2019] – Members of the community are invited to play and sing alongside the Virginia Symphony Orchestra on September 8. The third annual CommUNITY Play-In and Sing-Along, co-hosted by the City of Norfolk and the VSO, not only provides an exciting and unique experience, but also aims to unite Hampton Road’s diverse communities through the power of music.

The event, which will be held from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. on September 8 in the Scope Arena in downtown Norfolk, will feature a variety of performances, ensembles, and speakers commemorating the anniversary of 9-11 and encouraging positive dialogue among members of our diverse community.

Partner organizations featured in the event will include Teens With a Purpose and TRDance’s Mixed Abilities in Motion.  Atumpan Dance Theater will lead the audience in a community drumming activity along with symbolic storytelling. A quartet of vocalists from the Virginia Opera will perform, and band, orchestra, and chorus students from Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University, and the Bay Youth Orchestra will join the VSO and VSO Chorus alongside choirs from VSO’s Harmony Project partner churches and the Norfolk Homeless Choir.

Members of the Fleet Forces Band will be on hand, recognizing the military as a significant facet of our community. Imam Rachid Khould of Crescent Community Center, Rabbi Rosalind Mandelberg of Ohef Sholom Temple and Dr. Sharon Riley of Faith Deliverance Christian Center will speak briefly.

Community members are invited to come play, sing, or simply enjoy the festivities as we come together to celebrate our unique and diverse communities.  Pre-registration is optional.

For more information about the CommUNITY Play-In and Sing-Along, and to register to play and download music, visit


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.

For information about the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, visit


August 15, 2019

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