Virginia Symphony Orchestra
2020-2021 Full Concert Schedule
Thursday, February 11, 2021 |Ferguson Center for the Arts | 7:30PM
Friday, February 12, 2021 |Chrysler Hall| 7:30PM
Join us for this evening of hot Latin jazz and mambo with New York’s foremost Latin jazz ensemble, in concert with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra! The Mambo Kings will bring their “explosive blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms and improvisation” to classical favorites, pop hits, and jazz standards. Together, we’ll take you on a Latin jazz club tour that will have you up and dancing all night!
Friday, February 26, 2021 | Chrysler Hall | 7:30PM
Sunday, February 28, 2021 | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts | 2:30PM
From the much-loved “Pastoral” Symphony No. 6 by Beethoven to Robert Schumann’s one and only piano concerto, JoAnn Falletta has chosen a wide-ranging program of classics to show off the orchestra and soloists, including principal horn Jacob Wilder and French pianist Prisca Benoit – known for a refined pianistic touch with a wide range of colors. The Schumann concerto will be recorded for later release.
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Prisca Benoit, piano
Richard Strauss: Concerto No.1 in E-flat major for Horn & Orchestra, op.11
Schumann: Piano Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 “Pastoral”
Friday, March 5, 2021 | Ferguson Center for the Arts, | 7:30PM
Saturday, March 6, 2021 | Venue TBA, Norfolk| 7:30PM
Sunday, March 7, 2021 Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
Newport News natives Brendon and Sterling Elliott, each embarking on their own impressive solo careers, will make a rare joint appearance with full symphony orchestra in Brahms’ Concerto for Violin and Cello.
Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Brendon Elliott, violin
Sterling Elliott, cello
Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Cello
Additional pieces TBA
Thursday, March 18, 2021 | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News | 7:30PM
Friday, March 19, 2021 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 7:30PM
For decades, Hotel California has blown away fans all over the world reproducing the Grammy Award-winning sounds of the Eagles. This dynamic, highly acclaimed performance will show off the Eagles’ world-renowned vocal harmonies and authentic instrumentation in a stage spectacle that will have you dancing in the aisles!
Thursday, March 25, 2021 | Ferguson Center for the Arts | 7:30PM
Saturday, March 27, 2021 | Harrison Opera House | 7:30PM
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts | 7:30PM
Rarely presented in a single evening, the complete Brandenburg Concertos – six baroque masterpieces – spotlight the superlative musicians of the VSO. These musical jewels showcase individual instruments in melodies immediately recognized and beloved by musicians And audiences everywhere.
Cho-Liang Lin, conductor/violin
Members of the VSO
Bach: Brandenburg Concertos (Complete)
Friday, April 2, 2021 | Ferguson Center for the Arts | 7:30PM
Saturday, April 3, 2021 | Chrysler Hall| 7:30PM
Broadway’s Michael McCorry Rose and Tiffany Haas present Cheek to Cheek: A Broadway Romance, a fun and flirty musical exploration of love in the American Songbook. Soaring ballads and swinging up-tempos come to life through rarely before heard stories about what was happening in the romantic lives of composers like George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Lorenz Hart. Michael and Tiffany present new arrangements of classics and exciting new songs by some of New York’s talented musical theater writers.
Friday, April 9, 2021 | Ferguson Center for the Arts | 7:30PM
Sunday, April 11, 2021 | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts | 7:30PM
Former VSO Assistant Conductor Matt Kraemer, known for his versatility and musical sensitivity, returns to lead a program that includes three pieces from our inaugural concert in 1921! The superb young cellist Nick Canellakis makes his first appearance with our orchestra performing the virtuosic cello piece by Schumann that was composed in just a short two week period.
Matthew Kraemer, conductor
Nicholas Canellakis, cello
German: Three Dances for Henry VIII
Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1
Haydn: Symphony No. 100 “Military”
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
Friday, April 23, 2021 | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News | 7:30PM
Saturday, April 24, 2021 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 7:30PM
The composer’s Symphony No. 4, a meticulously structured meditation on fate in four movements, follows with some of the most explosive brass and wind moments – a fitting addition to our celebratory season! Former VSO Assistant Conductor “Z” Kuwahara returns from his post at Russia’s famed Marinsky Theatre to lead the orchestra.
Shizuo “Z” Kuwahara, conductor
Tchaikovsky: Waltz from “Sleeping Beauty”
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
Friday, April 30, 2021 | Ferguson Center for the Arts | 7:30PM
Sunday, May 2, 2021 | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts | 7:30PM
Popular former VSO Resident Conductor Benjamin Rous, now Music Director of the Charlottesville Symphony and on faculty at the University of Virginia, returns to conduct this performance which includes Brahms’ majestically beautiful Symphony No. 3. Also on the program is Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 which Mozart wrote in the score that the fourth (and final) movement should be played “as fast as possible,” and thus is a breathtaking finish to an accomplished work.
Benjamin Rous, conductor
Brahms: Symphony No. 3
Mozart: Symphony No. 36 in C major, K. 425 “Linz”
Saturday, May 1, 2021 | Chrysler Hall | 7:30PM
As film fans know, Williams’ music has the ability to transport audiences to new worlds through heart-pounding, awe-inspiring musical adventures. He has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in the history of cinema, including Indiana Jones, Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park, and most notably Star Wars, which was selected by the American Film Institute as the greatest American film score of all time.
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 | Chrysler Hall | 7:30PM
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 | Ferguson Center for the Arts | 7:30PM
Imagine the energy and sheer thrill of hearing The Beatles performing in concert with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Classical Mystery Tour, the premier Beatles tribute band, joins the VSO in a show The Los Angeles Times called “More than just an incredible simulation – a live performance with a high goose-bump quotient.” The four musicians in Classical Mystery Tour look and sound just like John, Paul, George and Ringo as they perform fifty years of timeless Beatles hits from “Meet the Beatles” all the way to “Abbey Road.”
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts | 7:30PM
Thursday, June 24, 2021 | Chrysler Hall | 7:30 PM
Friday, June 25, 2021 | Ferguson Center for the Arts | 7:30PM
The VSO’s principal clarinet Michael Byerly takes center stage to play Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto – one of the most popular pieces of classical repertoire – to delight our audiences in this 100th anniversary season. Experience the multi-talented Daniel Matsukawa, former member of the VSO and current principal bassoon of the Philadelphia Orchestra, whose 2016 appearance with the VSO received rave reviews. Matsukawa returns to conduct a program which continues the VSO’s celebration of Beethoven’s greatest symphonies.
Daniel Matsukawa, conductor
Michael Byerly, clarinet
Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances No. 3
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7