Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Classics Concert Series
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
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, 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
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.
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
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
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