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A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. in Norfolk
Chris Thile
Here’s a program to delight the imagination, tickle the funnybone, and spur conversation long after the last note rings out!


GRAMMY-winning mandolinist Chris Thile’s witty new “narrative song cycle for extroverted mandolinist and orchestra” – co-commissioned by Virginia Arts Festival and Virginia Symphony Orchestra – tells, plays, and sings the true story of when Thile “attempted to impress a Starbucks executive and accidentally met Carrie Fisher as a result.” Thile has captivated audiences with always fresh-sounding music that ranges from Baroque to bluegrass and beyond. Don’t miss this Festival favorite as he returns to join this thrilling concert! Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director Eric Jacobsen rounds out the concert with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, bringing the mysteries of the Arabian Nights to opulent, gorgeous life; and Virginia Arts Festival Composer-in-Residence Jessie Montgomery’s  Starburst is a string-driven, pulse-pounding piece that imagines the birth of a galaxy in brilliantly hued exploding stars.

There is no Behind the Notes pre-concert talk before this performance.

Lobby doors open at 6:30pm, auditorium opens at 7pm.


Eric, Jacobsen, conductor
Chris Thile, mandolin and vocals


Jessie Montgomery: Starburst
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
Chris Thile: ATTENTION!


Co-commissioned by

The Knights
Carnegie Hall
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Louisville Orchestra
National Symphony
Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Virginia Arts Festival

Co-presented with the Virginia Arts Festival.
Virginia Arts Festival