Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Full Concert Schedule
As we enter this new season, your safety is our main priority. Masks will be required for entry to all VSO indoor performances. We will be carefully monitoring conditions as the season progresses, along with local, state and CDC guidelines. We thank you in advance for your patience and consideration this year, as our protocols may change as we move through the season.
Thurs. February 3, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center
Fri. February 4, 2022 |7:30 PM | Chrysler Hall
The Bee Gees’ distinctive sound is stayin’ alive with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra! From the Gibb brothers’ early days which featured Robin’s clear vibrato lead vocals, to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack which won five Grammy Awards including Album of the Year, the band will live forever in the hearts of fans around the world. This show offers all of the band’s 70’s disco hits from “Stayin’ Alive” to “Night Fever” while embracing many of their early works.
Adam Turner, conductor
Fri. February 18, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center
Sat. February 19, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Chrysler Hall
Sun. February 20, 2022 | 2:30 PM | Sandler Center
Norfolk native and Hampton Roads’ favorite son Thomas Wilkins returns to lead Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, featuring some of the most explosive brass and wind moments you’ll ever hear.
Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Alexi Kinney, Violin
Beckel, Toccata for Orchestra
Sibelius, Concerto in D minor for Violin & Orchestra, op.47
Tchaikovsky, Symphony No.4 in F minor, op.36
Fri. February 25, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center
Sat. February 26, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Chrysler Hall
Byron Stripling is heralded as a “powerhouse trumpeter gifted with a soulful voice and a charismatic onstage swagger.” He’ll explore a magical world of song and dance popularized in the clubs of the ’40s and ’50s. Inspired by Harlem’s famed musical hot spots like The Cotton Club and The Savoy, this swingin’ night of musical sensations focuses on Harlem’s heyday — a time when Duke Ellington’s orchestra was the house band, and Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, and Ethel Waters showcased the classics! Thrill to the vocals of Carmen Bradford and the fancy footwork of tapdancer Leo Manzari.
Byron Stripling, conductor and trumpet
Carmen Bradford, vocalist
Leo Manzari, tap
Thurs. March 3, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center
Sat. March 5, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Chrysler Hall
Sun. March 6, 2022 | 2:30 PM | Sandler Center
From South by Southwest to Austin City Limits, the internationally celebrated singer, multi instrumentalist and songwriter Kishi Bashi has been pushing musical boundaries since growing up in Norfolk. Written in honor of the 75th anniversary of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, his multimedia presentation combines elements of film as well as recorded and improvised music. The work was premiered by Miami’s Nu Deco Ensemble in 2018 with co-founder and artistic director Jacomo Bairos on the podium.
Jacomo Bairos, conductor
Kishi Bashi, violin
Kishi Bashi: Improvisations on EO 9066
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10
Sunday, March 13, 2021 | 3pm | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
Boldly go where no concert-goer has gone before when the Virginia Symphony Orchestra travels into hyperspace with the Bay Youth Symphony Orchestra in this side-by-side concert. Journey to the stars with music from Holst’s The Planets and selections from John Williams’ score to the Star Wars movies. NASA provided projections will accompany the music, giving young audiences a chance to experience breathtaking images of our solar system.
Join us in the lobby at 2PM for activities for all ages!
Benjamin Rous, conductor
Fri. April 1, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center
Sat. April 2, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Chrysler Hall
Sun. April 3, 2022 | 2:30 PM | Sandler Center
Few — if any — works of the orchestral repertoire inspire such fervor, but then, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is no ordinary piece of music. It was revolutionary when it premiered, as it was the first symphony that included a chorus and vocal soloists, performing a slightly altered version of Friedrich Schiller’s “Ode to Joy.”
And it endures because in this work Beethoven was grappling with some of the most fundamental aspects of humanity, with music that can evoke myriad ideas and emotions — tenderness to terror, sympathy to scorn, delight to despair, calm to chaos — culminating in an anthemic hymn to the possibility of universal brotherhood.
Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Robert Shoup, Chorusmaster
Fri. May 13, 2022 | 8:00 PM | Harrison Opera House
Sat. May 14, 2022 | 8:00 PM | Harrison Opera House
Sun. May 15, 2022 | 2:00 PM | Harrison Opera House
A new, full production of the classic musical The Sound of Music in May 2022 will be co-produced by Virginia Arts Festival and Virginia Opera at the Harrison Opera House. With acclaimed Broadway music director Rob Fisher (Chicago, the Encores! series) conducting the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and cast, and star director Mary Birnbaum (La Boheme, Santa Fe Opera) envisioning the new staging, the production is sure to be among the most eagerly anticipated
musical events of the season.
Rob Fisher, conductor
Mary Birnbaum, director
Virginia Symphony Orchestra
THE SOUND OF MUSIC is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of The
Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. www. concordtheatricals.com
This concert cannot be exchanged as part of your VSO package.
Music by RICHARD RODGERS
Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II
Book by HOWARD LINDSAY and RUSSEL CROUSE
Suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp
Co-produced by Virginia Arts Festival and Virginia Opera
Fri. June 10, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center
Back by popular demand, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra will perform music from the iconic film franchise Star Wars. Experience the entire saga through the films’ scores written by the legendary John Williams, including music from Rogue One and Episode VII: The Force Awakens.