Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Classics Concert Series
Fri. September 24, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center
Sat. September 25, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Chrysler Hall
Sun. September 26, 2021 | 2:30 PM | Sandler Center
It’s the roaring ‘20s! Gershwin wrote his signature piece Rhapsody in Blue about the same time Maurice Ravel was in Paris writing his Concerto in G, which was heavily influenced by American jazz. Hear both pieces as audience favorite pianist Natasha Paremski returns to the VSO in a program that harkens back to the decade of the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra’s first performance in 1921. Leading the VSO will be Akiko Fujimoto, who is quickly establishing herself as one of today’s most dynamic and nuanced young conductors.
Akiko Fujimoto, conductor
Natasha Paremski, piano
Ravel: Concerto in G
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Fri. October 22, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center
Sat. October 23, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Chrysler Hall
Sun. October 24, 2021 | 2:30 PM | Sandler Center
Be one of the first ever to hear Wynton Marsalis’ new concerto for tuba and orchestra commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra for tubist Carol Jantsch in this special preview performance! Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony reflects on the bountiful and optimistic United States that welcomed the composer with open arms. Spirituals learned from the grandson of a freed slave and transcriptions of the Native American melodies enrich this mix of European refinement and American earnestness.
Steven Jarvi, conductor
Carol Jantsch, tuba
Wynton Marsalis: Concerto for Tubist and Orchestra
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”
Fri. November 12, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Sandler Center
Join the VSO’s Connie and Marc Jacobson Music Director Laureate JoAnn Falletta as she returns to the stage for this one-night-only special performance. Featuring the musicians of the VSO side by side with the Old Dominion University Symphony Orchestra.
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Bizet: Selections from Carmen
featuring tenor Brian Nedvin and conductor Paul Sanho Kim
Schubert: Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished”
Hailstork: Amazing Grace Fanfare
Thurs. December 2, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center
Fri. December 3, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Chrysler Hall
Sun. December 5, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Sandler Center
Join us to welcome new Music Director Eric Jacobsen with Grammy-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis for an evening of musical celebration.
Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Branford Marsalis, saxophone
Sally Beamish: “The Imagined Sound of Sun on Stone”
Sally Beamish: “Under the Wing of the Rock”
Brahms: Symphony No. 2
Fri. January 14, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center
Sat. January 15, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Chrysler Hall
Versatility and innovation are the hallmarks of American conductor Kellen Gray, newly-named Assistant Conductor of the 125-year-old Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Celebrate Suffolk native and Metropolitan Opera star Ryan Speedo Green as he comes home to join the VSO to kick off 2022! Green’s inspiring personal story and incredible talent (nurtured at the Governor’s School for the Arts) has been featured in numerous media outlets. For this special appearance, Green’s incredible range will be on full display. He will be joined by the highly acclaimed Norfolk State University, performing Undine Smith Moore’s Scenes from the Life of a Martyr.
Kellen Gray, conductor
Ryan Speedo Green, bass-baritone
Norfolk State University Concert Choir
Harlan Zackery, Jr., Director of Choral Activities
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
Program includes Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4
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
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