Virginia Symphony Orchestra

2019-2020 Full Concert Schedule

Music and Spirits • 1/23

Thursday, January 23, 2020 | Copper Fox Distillery, Williamsburg | 5PM

Join us for an intimate evening of music, spirits and mingling!  Internationally renowned Scottish conductor Douglas Boyd joins a VSO Brass Quintet for a unique sensory experience. Excerpts from Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique will be followed by an informative Q&A.  Your ticket also includes a selection of whisky tastings from Copper Fox, as well as delicious craft cocktails and light appetizers.  This will be an unforgettable evening of fine music, spirits and fellowship!  We hope to see you there!

Copper Fox Distillery Williamsburg
901 Capitol Landing Rd.
Williamsburg, VA 23185

Intermission: Professional Development for Musicians • 1/25

Saturday, January 25, 2020 | Diehn Center for the Performing Arts | 10AM

Join violinist Elena Urioste in a session connecting the mind, body, and spirit of your music-making through an introduction to yoga, Saturday, January 25 at 10:00a.m. at the Diehn Center for the Performing Arts, Room 1101 Practice Suites.

Individuals will be guided through light yoga sequences with an emphasis on preparing the body for instrumental practice sessions or performances. Following the yoga session, attendees are invited to observe an instrumental masterclass that will focus on applying what was learned on the yoga mat.

Urioste, who will be in Virginia to perform with the Virginia Symphony January 24-26, is also the co-founder of Intermission, a ground-breaking program that encourages a union of body, mind, spirit, and music-making through yoga and meditation. A passionate advocate of the benefits that yoga practice can have for musicians, Urioste began practicing Bikram yoga – a fixed set of 26 postures performed in a heated room – in 2009. She credits regular yoga practice with improvements in her posture, breath control, mental strength, and clarity, and with providing relief from physical issues caused by years of violin practice. Urioste has since expanded her yoga repertoire to include Kripalu yoga and vinyasa, as well as regular meditation practices. In June of 2019, Urioste received her RYT 200-hour certification from the Kripalu Center.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please bring your own yoga mat.

Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique • 1/24-1/26

Friday, January 24, 2020 | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News | 8PM
Saturday, January 25, 2020 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 8PM
Sunday, January 26, 2020 | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach | 2:30PM

Glasgow-born conductor Douglas Boyd enjoyed a stellar career as a world-renowned oboist, before stepping away after 21 years to begin an international career as conductor. Currently, Boyd is Music Director of the L’Orchestre de Chambre de Paris as well as Artistic Director of the summer opera festival, Garsington Opera, in Buckinghamshire, England. Boyd has conducted all the BBC Orchestras, as well as orchestras throughout Europe, Australia, and the United States. For his debut performances in Hampton Roads, Boyd conducts Hector Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique, a romantic symphonic portrayal of the gifted artist’s challenges with unrequited love.

Meet the artists and discover the orchestra experience from a new perspective during Behind the Notes, a pre-concert talk hosted by guest conductor Douglas Boyd. These casual presentations give you a special look at the music of the day as well as the music-makers themselves. They offer an informative way to learn about the music before your orchestra experience. One hour before each Classics concert (7pm or 1:30pm). Behind the Notes is FREE to ticket holders at all venues.

Douglas Boyd, conductor
Elena Urioste, violin

Stravinsky: Fireworks
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
Ravel: Tzigane
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

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Mozart • 2/6 & 2/8

Thursday, February 6, 2020 | Regent University, Virginia Beach | 7:30PM
Saturday, February 8, 2020 | Crosswalk Church, Williamsburg | 7:30PM

From the opening notes of the charming overture to Mozart’s final opera, this concert will be a thrill for lovers of that ever-popular composer.  The VSO welcomes for the first time 22-year-old violin prodigy Randall Goosby, who made his first solo appearance with a professional orchestra when he was only nine.  Since that debut, he’s been the winner of numerous prizes including firsts with Young Concert Artists and the Sphinx Competition and has studied with renowned masters of the violin including Itzhak Perlman.  The concert will close with Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony, not only that composer’s largest and most complex symphony but regarded by many as one of the greatest symphonies of all time.  Don’t miss this blockbuster evening!

Meet the artists and discover the orchestra experience from a new perspective during Behind the Notes, a pre-concert talked hosted by Music Director JoAnn Falletta or a guest conductor. These casual presentations give you a special look at the music of the day as well as the music-makers themselves. They offer an informative way to learn about the music before your orchestra experience. One hour before each Classics concert (6:30pm). Behind the Notes is FREE to ticket holders at all venues.

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Randall Goosby
, violin

Mozart: Clemenza di Tito Overture
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4
Mozart: Symphony No, 41, Jupiter

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Dancing & Romancing • 2/13 – 2/14

Thursday, February 13, 2020 | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News | 7:30PM
Friday, February 14, 2020 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 8PM

You’ll be transported back to a place and time when dancing and romancing were king, with magical songs such as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Singing in the Rain,” “All That Jazz,” “In the Mood,” “That Old Black Magic,” and many more romantic, dance-filled favorites. Broadway and Hollywood combine for a romantic and entertaining evening of song and dance with two veterans of the Broadway stage. Inspired by the likes of Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and Gene Kelly, this evening will put a song in your heart and have you dancing in the aisles!

Adam Turner, conductor
Joan Hess, vocalist and dancer
Kirby Ward, vocalist and dancer

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Mahler & Mozart • 2/21-2/23

Friday, February 21, 2020 | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News | 8PM
Saturday, February 22, 2020 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 8PM
Sunday, February 23, 2020 | Sandler Center for the Perfoming Arts, Virginia Beach | 2:30PM

“Danzmayr has what it takes,” wrote The Chicago Tribune of David Danzmayr’s performances leading the Illinois Symphony. Last year, Danzmayr was appointed chief conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic – part of an extensive European career of concerts in venues like Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, and the Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg. One of his shorter symphonies, Mahler’s fourth is that last of his so-called Wunderhorn symphonies, all based on songs from The Youth’s Magic Horn – and is one of his most popular and widely performed.

Meet the artists and discover the orchestra experience from a new perspective during Behind the Notes, a pre-concert talk hosted by guest conductor David Danzmayr. These casual presentations give you a special look at the music of the day as well as the music-makers themselves. They offer an informative way to learn about the music before your orchestra experience. One hour before each Classics concert (7pm or 1:30pm). Behind the Notes is FREE to ticket holders at all venues.

David Danzmayr, conductor
Clara Rottsolk, soprano

Mozart: Divertimento KV 136
Mozart:
Voi avete un cor Fedele
Mahler
: Symphony No. 4

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Stravinsky Firebird • 3/6-3/8

Friday, March 06, 2020 | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News | 8PM
Saturday, March 07, 2020 | L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center, Norfolk | 8PM
Sunday, March 08, 2020 | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach | 2:30PM

Chicago-born conductor Fawzi Haimor has established an extensive international career with some of the world’s great orchestras, including the Pittsburgh Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Symphony, and just last summer, the Grant Park Symphony in his native Chicago. He is currently music director of the Württembergische Philharmonie. For his VSO debut, Haimor celebrates the Centennial of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, along with a first Hampton Roads performance from Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara – his popular Cantus Arcticus, or Concerto for Birds and Orchestra featuring birdsong recorded at the Finnish Artic Circle.

Meet the artists and discover the orchestra experience from a new perspective during Behind the Notes, a pre-concert talk hosted by guest conductor Fawzi Haimor. These casual presentations give you a special look at the music of the day as well as the music-makers themselves. They offer an informative way to learn about the music before your orchestra experience. One hour before each Classics concert (7pm or 1:30pm). Behind the Notes is FREE to ticket holders at all venues.

Fawzi Haimor, conductor
Leonard Elschenbroich, cello

Joshua Cerdenia: Feuertrunken (Fire-Drunk)
Elgar: Concerto for cello
Rautavaara: Cantus Arcticus, op. 61 “Concerto for Birds and Orchestra”
Stravinsky: Firebird Suite (1919)

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Beethoven Symphony No. 6 • 3/13 & 3/14

Friday, March 13, 2020 | Regent University, Virginia Beach | 7:30PM
Saturday, March 14, 2020 | Jamestown High School, Williamsburg | 7:30PM

Meet the artists and discover the orchestra experience from a new perspective during Behind the Notes, a pre-concert talked hosted by Music Director JoAnn Falletta. These casual presentations give you a special look at the music of the day as well as the music-makers themselves. They offer an informative way to learn about the music before your orchestra experience. One hour before each Classics concert (6:30pm). Behind the Notes is FREE to ticket holders at all venues.

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Jacob Wilder, horn

Boyle: Symphony No. 1 “Glencree”
Strauss: Concerto for Horn No. 1
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 “Pastorale”

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The Streisand Songbook • 3/20 – 3/21

Friday, March 20, 2020 | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News | 8PM
Saturday, March 21, 2020 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 8PM

Join the Virginia Symphony as we celebrate the music of one of America’s most powerful and enduring musical artists. Singing timeless classics from five decades of Barbra Streisand’s multi-faceted career, Platinum Award Winning singer-songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway will show off her gorgeous voice with iconic hits like “The Way We Were,” “Don’t Rain on My Parade”, and “Cry Me a River.” Callaway, who was named Broadwayworld.com Performer of the Year, is a master of Streisand’s style and of the American songbook. Don’t miss her stellar first performance with the VSO!

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Strauss Rosenkavalier Suite • 3/27-3/29

Friday, March 27, 2020 | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News | 8PM
Saturday, March 28, 2020 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 8PM
Sunday, March 29, 2020 | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach | 2:30PM

From the much-loved waltzes made famous in Strauss’ opera Der Rosenkavalier, 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 soloist next spring, including French pianist Prisca Benoit – known for a refined pianistic touch with a wide range of colors. Benoit continues the orchestra’s collaboration with Sentara Healthcare’s “Music and Medicine” Program. The Schumann concerto will be recorded for later release.

Meet the artists and discover the orchestra experience from a new perspective during Behind the Notes, a pre-concert talk hosted by Music Director JoAnn Falletta. These casual presentations give you a special look at the music of the day as well as the music-makers themselves. They offer an informative way to learn about the music before your orchestra experience. One hour before each Classics concert (7pm or 1:30pm). Behind the Notes is FREE to ticket holders at all venues.

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Prisca Benoit, piano

Bantock: The Witch of Atlas
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor
Strauss: Dance of the Seven Veils from Salome
Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Suite

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Old Dominion University Side by Side • 4/1

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach | 8PM

Students from the Old Dominion University Orchestra will gain hands-on, professional experience by playing alongside the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in this special performance! The VSO is thrilled to partner with the ODU Orchestra to provide this exciting opportunity for the next generation of musicians.

Open Doors: A Sensory-Friendly Concert • 4/25

Saturday, April 25, 2020 | The Kroc Center, Norfolk | 3PM

Join the Virginia Symphony Orchestra for a special sensory-friendly concert for music lovers of all ages. This inclusive, orchestral performance is open to everyone, but has been specially designed to feature familiar classical pieces that accommodate the sensory needs of audience members on the autism spectrum. Families and friends are invited to take part in the pre-concert hands-on activities and resource fair. Quiet spaces will be available before and during the concert and seating will be flexible within the hall.

This program is supported in part by a generous grant from the American Orchestras’ Future Fund, a program of the League of American Orchestras made possible by funding from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.

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Shostakovich Five • 5/8-5/10

Friday, May 8, 2020 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 8PM
Saturday, May 09, 2020 | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News | 8PM
Sunday, May 10, 2020 | Sandler Center for the Arts, Virginia Beach | 2:30PM

Hailed by The New York Times as “an interpretive dynamo,” conductor Eric Jacobsen returns to the VSO in the new season to lead one of the 20th Century’s tour de force masterpieces – Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. Jacobsen has built a reputation for engaging audiences with his innovative and collaborative programming, and in addition to the Shostakovich, Jacobsen will conduct the beautiful Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2, with violinist Alexi Kenney, a recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant. Kenney has been named “a talent to watch” by The New York Times, which also noted his “architect’s eye for structure and space and a tone that ranges from the achingly fragile to full-bodied robustness.”

Meet the artists and discover the orchestra experience from a new perspective during Behind the Notes, a pre-concert talk hosted by guest conductor Eric Jacobsen. These casual presentations give you a special look at the music of the day as well as the music-makers themselves. They offer an informative way to learn about the music before your orchestra experience. One hour before each Classics concert (7pm or 1:30pm). Behind the Notes is FREE to ticket holders at all venues.

Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Alexi Kenney, violin

Anna Clyne: Masquerade
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

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Beethoven “Emperor” and Symphony No. 9 “Choral” • 5/15-5/17

Friday, May 15, 2020 | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News | 8PM
Saturday, May 16, 2020 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 8PM
Sunday, May 17, 2020 | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, VA Beach | 2:30PM

JoAnn Falletta finishes her final season as Music Director with a history-making performance celebrating Beethoven’s 250th Year, in performances presented by the Virginia Arts Festival. For these concerts, Falletta will be joined by renowned pianist Olga Kern, who will perform Beethoven’s well-known “Emperor” Concerto. Kern is the recently appointed Connie and Marc Jacobson Director of Chamber Music for the Virginia Arts Festival. Following intermission, Falletta will be joined by four soloists and full VSO Chorus for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, the “Choral” Symphony.

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Olga Kern, piano

Beethoven: Emperor Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

*Please note this concert is not available for exchanges or Flex Package purchases.*

Meet the artists and discover the orchestra experience from a new perspective during Behind the Notes, a pre-concert talk hosted by Music Director JoAnn Falletta. These casual presentations give you a special look at the music of the day as well as the music-makers themselves. They offer an informative way to learn about the music before your orchestra experience. One hour before each Classics concert (7pm or 1:30pm). Behind the Notes is FREE to ticket holders at all venues.

Governor’s School for the Arts Orchestra Side by Side • 6/3

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 | Sandler Center for the Arts, Virginia Beach | 7:00PM

Students from the Governor’s School for the Arts Orchestra will gain hands-on, professional experience by playing alongside the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in this special performance! The VSO is thrilled to partner with the GSA Orchestra to provide this exciting opportunity for the next generation of musicians.

Jeff Phelps, conductor
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

The Music of Star Wars • 6/5

Friday, June 5, 2020 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 7:30PM

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.

John Williams is a fifty-time Oscar nominee for his music, and is well-known for his vast musical film credits spanning from Jaws to E.T. and Harry Potter. His score to George Lucas’s two Star Wars trilogies are widely celebrated. Williams’s Star Wars score stands out especially among the strong showing of science-fiction cinema in 1977, the year Star Wars premiere. NPR notes that “[Williams’s] mastery of melody and deftness of tone make the Star Wars scores a signal achievement in the history of cinema.”

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