Virginia Symphony Orchestra
#VSOatRoper Concert Series
The #VSOatROPER series consists of four exciting concerts located at the Tidewater Community College Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk. This collaboration with Tidewater Community College aims to provide more engaging and educational concerts through the use of social media and interactive performances. This series has grown to attract one of the most demographically and ethnically diverse audiences we’ve seen at any VSO series, as well as significantly more college and high school students.
Friday, October 6, 2017 | 8PM | TCC Roper Performing Arts Center, Norfolk
The VSO honors our region’s remarkable military community with music inspired by the valor and sacrifice of the men and women of the nation’s armed forces. We will feature the work of composers and artists who used their creativity to process their own experiences of war. The program will include engaging community conversations about the challenges armed forces personnel and their families face, both in the line of duty and in their civilian lives.Benjamin Rous, conductor
Thursday, November 16, 2017 | 8PM | TCC Roper Performing Arts Center, Norfolk
One of the leading conductors of her generation in a field historically dominated by men, Grammy-winning music director JoAnn Falletta explores the incredible contributions of women in music, both modern and throughout history. More recently, the shift toward the inclusion and recognition of women’s achievements in the fields of fine and performing arts offers a rich heritage for exploration and discussion. As one of the early champions of the cause of new music including pieces composed and popularized by women, JoAnn leads the Orchestra in a performance which will both entertain and inspire.JoAnn Falletta, conductor
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, February 2, 2017 | 8PM | TCC Roper Performing Arts Center, Norfolk
Songs of Freedom explores how communities along the Underground Railroad used spirituals to communicate and inspire hope in the pursuit of freedom. Though primarily expressions of faith, these spirituals may have served as disguised protests. A source of comfort and strength, these songs imagined a life of freedom and created a sense of unity and broader community among slaves. This program will draw on the work of Dr. Maureen Elgersman Lee and Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, of Hampton University and Norfolk State University, respectively. Both will lend their insights as part of the evening.Benjamin Rous, conductor