Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Full Concert Schedule
Friday, September 22, 2017 | 8PM | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News
Saturday, September 23, 2017 | 8PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Sunday, September 24, 2017 | 2:30PM | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach
Five-time Grammy award-winning bassist and a graduate of Denbigh High in Newport News, Victor Wooten performs The Bass Whisperer, composed especially for him. Named one of the “Top 10 Bassists of All Time” by Rolling Stone, Wooten has been the bassist for Bela Fleck and the Flecktones since the group’s formation in 1988. From the mighty Mars to the cinematic Jupiter, Holst’s The Planets has inspired sci-fi movie music for generations! In celebration of NASA Langley’s 100th Anniversary join the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and take a dazzling trip through the galaxy.JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Victor Wooten, double bass
Women of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Robert Shoup, chorusmaster
Randall Svane: Quantum Flight
Conni Ellisor: The Bass Whisperer
Holst: The Planets
Thursday, September 28, 2017 | 8PM | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News
Saturday, September 30, 2017 | 8PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Unforgettable is the music of Nat King Cole. The baritone crooner, a paragon of America’s jazz and big band heyday, swooned listeners with hits like “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” “Route 66,” “Nature Boy,” and his signature song, “Unforgettable.” Joined by one of Canada’s favorite jazz vocalists, Juno Award nominee Denzal Sinclaire, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra will perform a tribute to Cole with “Unforgettable: The Music of Nat King Cole.”
Friday, October 20, 2017 | 8PM | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News
Saturday, October 21, 2017 | 8PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Sunday, October 22, 2017 | 2:30PM | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach
Wagner’s 15-hour Ring Cycle is to opera what Lord of the Rings is to literature and film! The Ring includes some of the most scintillating music ever written – join us as JoAnn Falletta and a special guest narrator weave this timeless fairy tale into a manageable, magical evening and epic work of love, greed, revenge and jealousy in both the human and godly realms!
Wagner: The Ring
Friday, October 27, 2017 | 8PM | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News
Saturday, October 28, 2017 | 8PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Forever yours. Faithfully. For decades, Journey has been one of the world’s most revered rock bands of all time. With 25 gold and platinum albums, and 19 Top 40 singles, this year the world celebrates their influence with the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Join Benjamin Rous and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra for its own celebration of the band that never stopped believing. Faithfully: The Music of Journey boasts all the beloved rock ballads and hits like “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Open Arms,” “Lights,” and, of course, “Faithfully.”
Sunday, October 29, 2017 | 3 PM | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume and join Robert Shoup and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra for a ghoulish afternoon of monstrous fun! The Orchestra will perform some of the spookiest music ever written. But don’t be afraid – this concert is more TREAT than TRICK!
Robert Shoup, conductor
Friday, November 3, 2017| 8PM | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News
Saturday, November 4, 2017 | 8PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Sunday, November 5, 2017| 2:30PM | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach
We mark the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation by presenting one of Felix Mendelssohn’s grandest symphonies, one written “to celebrate the Church Revolution,” together with the piece that inspired it – Bach’s Cantata No. 80. We will hear two wonderful keyboard concerti from Bach’s hand, performed by the renowned international star and best-selling pianist Simone Dinnerstein.
Bach: Cantata No. 80 (Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott)
Bach: Keyboard Concerto No. 1
Bach/Webern: A Musical Offering (Ricercare)
Mendelssohn: Reformation Symphony
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ – In Concert Featuring The Virginia Symphony Orchestra • 11/25
Saturday, November 25, 2017 | 7:30PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Sunday, November 26, 2017 | 1:00PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
The Harry Potter™ film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. The concert will feature The Virginia Symphony Orchestra performing every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score.
HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING`S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s17)Benjamin Rous, conductor
Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Friday, December 8, 2017 | 8PM | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News
Saturday, December 9, 2017 | 8PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Sunday, December 10, 2017 | 7PM | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach
Join us for the must-see holiday tradition of the season – Holiday Pops! There’s no better way to lift your spirits than with seasonal songs and traditional carols delivered in full sound and spectacle by the Virginia Symphony, the inspirational voices of Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus and special guests. Led by conductor Robert Shoup, Holiday Pops and will have all the magical elements you’ve come to expect Holiday Pops—high energy, familiar carols and lots of holiday warmth! And we’ll even throw in a surprise or two! We can’t wait to celebrate the season with all of you!
Sunday, December 10, 2017 | 3 PM | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
Santa Claus is coming to town – and he’s stopping by with your Virginia Symphony Orchestra for the ever-popular Jingle Bell Jam! Celebrate the magic of the season with an afternoon that showcases the music of the holidays performed by the best talent in Hampton Roads. You won’t want to miss this holly jolly concert! Get your tickets early–this family favorite is sure to sell out!
Robert Shoup, conductor
Friday, December 15, 2017 | 8PM | First Baptist Church Newport News, Newport News
Saturday, December 16, 2017 | 8PM | Harrison Opera House, Norfolk
JoAnn Falletta conducts the Virginia Symphony Orchestra for the time-honored Christmas tradition of George Frideric Handel’s revered oratorio, Messiah. Get in the spirit of the season with this distinguished performance of Handel’s sacred masterpiece that presents the austere and dramatic narrative of the Messiah. From Isaiah’s prophecies to the Hallelujah Chorus, you will be brought to your feet in the Messiah performance of the season.
Thursday, December 12, 2017 | 8PM | TCC Roper Performing Arts Center , Norfolk
Friday, December 15, 2017 | 8PM | Saint Bede Catholic Church, Williamsburg
The bold sounds of the Virginia Symphony Brass section ring in the holidays with a blast! Experience the festive sounds of the season in a concert filled with wit, virtuosity, and the glorious music of the holidays—featuring the VSO brass and percussion sections. You’ll enjoy music from a variety of styles that make this concert one holiday delight you won’t want to miss!
Friday, January 19, 2018 | 8PM | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News
Saturday, January 20, 2018 | 8PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Sunday, January 21, 2018 | 2:30PM | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach
Share the warmth of the seven hills of Rome as the Orchestra features Respighi’s powerful Roman Festivals, the third in his popular “Roman Trilogy” of orchestral favorites. This enchanted concert opens with Beethoven’s ever beloved Violin Concerto performed through the hands of master soloist Tianwa Yang, quoted to be, “the most important violinist to come on the scene in many a year.” The beautiful intermezzo from Cavelleria Rusticana is one of those timeless pieces you never forget.
Gabrieli: Canzon á 12
Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Major
Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Respighi: Roman Festivals
Saturday, January 27, 2018| 3 PM | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
Put on your super suit for a super epic adventure! The VSO, side-by-side with the Bay Youth Symphony Orchestra, will perform music from your favorite superhero movies like Superman, Batman, Spiderman and more! This high-energy concert will have you flying high!
Thursday, February 1, 2018 | 8PM | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News
Saturday, February 3, 2018 | 8PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
All hail The King! Elvis Presley reigned supreme as The King of Rock n’ Roll in the ‘50s. His energetic style and wanton stage presence evoked controversial reactions, with one local Wisconsin newspaper calling Presley a “definite danger to the security of the United States,” in a letter addressed to FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Nonetheless, Elvis topped charts with infectious ballads well into the ‘70s. With hits like “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Hound Dog,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” and “All Shook Up,” Elvis took the world by storm and sparked an evolution in popular music like never before. Join Michael Krajewski, Music Director of the Philly Pops and the VSO, and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra for a rockin’ good time.
Friday, February 23, 2018 | 8PM | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News
Saturday, February 24, 2018 | 8PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Sunday, February 25, 2018 | 2:30PM | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach
A Virginia premiere brings this concert to light with Stravinsky’s Funeral Song which was recently rediscovered in 2015 in the St. Petersburg Conservatory. French pianist, Prisca Benoit, known for her intense and powerful sound, and for a refined pianistic touch with countless range of colors performs Chopin’s moving Piano Concerto No. 2. Twenty-one years of its conception Brahms wrote its first symphony after hearing Beethoven’s Ninth, both pieces in D minor.
Stravinsky: Funeral Song (Virginia premiere)
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2
Brahms: Symphony No. 1
Friday, March 9, 2018 | 8PM | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News
Saturday, March 10, 2018 | 8PM | L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center, Norfolk
Sunday, March 11, 2018 | 2:30PM | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach
Join guest conductor Eric Jacobsen (conductor and co-founder of the out-of-the-box orchestral ensemble The Knights) for a contemporary masterwork by Philip Glass, featuring two of the VSO’s beloved principal players, Michael Laubach and Robert Cross. This performance will thrill audiences in substance and style with its fantasy for two timpanists. Scheherazade is the musical portrayal of a story from One Thousand and One Nights in which the Persian queen Scheherazade saves her own life through cunning story-telling.
Barber: Adagio for Strings
Philip Glass: Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra
Saturday, March 24, 2018 | 8PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
With a career spanning over six decades, John Williams 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. Williams, who holds the record for most Oscar nominations (50) for a living person, transports audiences to new worlds through heart-pounding, awe-inspiring musical adventures.
Friday, April 6, 2018 | 8PM | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News
Saturday, April 7, 2018 | 8PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Sunday, April 8, 2018 | 2:30PM | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach
The VSO’s Classics season closes with one of the most recognizable works of all time – Carmina Burana. Based on 24 of the poems found in the medieval collection Carmina Burana, this 20th-century choral masterpiece has been heard countless times in film, television and even at professional sporting events. Also on this dynamic program is a World Premiere of Michael Daugherty’s Concerto for Orchestra, commissioned by Susan and David Goode and inspired by the steam locomotive photography of O. Winston Link. Our partners for this production include the Virginia Transportation Museum and the O. Winston Link Museum in Roanoke.
Michael Daugherty: Concerto for Orchestra (World Premiere)
Orff: Carmina Burana
Sunday, May 20, 2018 | 3 PM | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
The composer is dead! But where is the culprit lurking? In the strings? The lower brass? The woodwinds? Young music-loving sleuths can unravel the mystery in a concert of wit, wonder and whimsy! Experience how all the instruments of the symphony combine to bring the story to life!
Friday, December 1, 2017 | 7 PM
Saturday, December 2, 2017 | 2 PM
Saturday, December 2, 2017 | 7 PM
Sunday, December 3, 2017 | 2 PM
Tchaikovsky’s brilliant ballet score comes to life for this magical collaboration between the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and The State Ballet of Virginia, Richmond Ballet! Heralded as “perfect” by the New York Times, Stoner Winslett’s production of The Nutcracker returns for the 5th consecutive year to Chrysler Hall as one of the highlights of the 2017 holiday season! Join the Russian Bear, Chinese Dragon and the Mouse King as they celebrate the magic of the holidays!