Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Classics Concert Series


Norfolk Classics Series Sponsor


Opening Celebration: The Centennial Season • 2/26/21 – 2/28/21

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
Jacob Wilder, horn
Prisca Benoit
, piano

Richard Strauss: Concerto No.1 in E-flat major for Horn & Orchestra, op.11
Piano Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 “Pastoral”

Eric Jacobsen & Elliott Brothers • 3/5/21 – 3/7/21

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

Jessie Montgomery: Starburst
: Concerto for Violin and Cello
Jessie Montgomery: Records from a Dying City
Dvorak: Symphony No. 8

Brandenburg Concertos • 3/25/21 – 3/30/21

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)

100th Anniversary Tribute • 4/9/21 – 4/11/21

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
Schumann: Cello Concerto
Haydn: Symphony No. 100 “Military”
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1

Tchaikovsky Spectacular • 4/23/21 – 4/24/21

Friday, April 23, 2021 | Ferguson Center for the Arts | 7:30PM
Saturday, April 24, 2021 | Chrysler Hall | 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: Piano Concerto No. 1
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

Mozart and Beethoven • 6/23/21 – 6/25/21

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