Center Stage with the VSO

CNU LifeLong Learning Society Class Series

Open to members of the LifeLong Learning Society. Click here for more information on joining the society through CNU.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a full-time professional orchestra musician? Join the Grammy Award-winning Music Director of the renowned Virginia Symphony Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta, as well as selected VSO musicians for ten engaging musical conversations. Hear music in an entirely new way, learn about the background and preparation of each musician, and discuss the various styles and eras as both the music and instruments evolved. Gain a deeper understanding of how each instrument makes its unique contribution and how the ensemble works together under the conductor’s leadership to interpret and convey the conductor’s leadership to interpret and convey the composer’s meaning.

All classes take place on Monday from 1:30 – 2:30 PM and are held at the Peebles Theatre at the Ferguson Center or the Yoder Barn Theatre in Newport News.

  • September 18, 2017: Amanda Gates, Assistant Concertmaster
  • October 2, 2017: Chris White, Principal Bass
  • October 16, 2017: Beverly Baker, Principal Viola
  • October 20, 2017: Peter DeBeau, Principal Tuba
  • November 13, 2017: Rodney Martell, Bass Trombone
  • January 29, 2018: Adam Gandolfo, Trumpet
  • February 12, 2018: Laura Leisring, Principal Bassoon
  • February 26, 2018: Michael Laubach, Principal Timpani
  • March 26, 2018: Rachel Ordaz, Piccolo
  • April 2, 2018: Michael Daugherty, Composer




Upcoming Classes:

Amanda Gates, Assistant Concertmaster

September 18, 2017
1:30 – 2:30 PM

Christopher White, Principal Bass

October 2, 2017
1:30 – 2:30 PM

Beverly Baker, Principal Viola

October 16, 2017
1:30 – 2:30 PM

Unforgettable: The Music of Nat King Cole • 9/28, 9/30

Thursday, September 28, 2017 | 8PM | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News Saturday, September 30, 2017 | 8PM  | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk Unforgettable is the music of Nat King Cole. The baritone crooner, a paragon of America’s jazz and big band heyday, swooned...

Voices of Veterans • 10/6

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...

Copland’s Clarinet Concerto • 10/12

Thursday, October 12, 2017 | 8 PM | Phi Beta Kappa Hall, Williamsburg The 2017-2018 Williamsburg Classics series opens with Respighi’s Botticelli Triptych, a marvelous and colorful piece inspired by Italian painter Sandro Botticelli’s Early Renaissance paintings in...