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.

  • October 30, 2017: Peter DuBeau, 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:

Peter DuBeau, Principal Tuba

October 30, 2017
1:30 – 2:30 PM

Rodney Martell, Bass Trombone

November 13, 2017
1:30 – 2:30 PM

Adam Gandolfo, Trumpet

January 29, 2018
1:30 – 2:30 PM

The ultimate pay it forward gift idea. Perfect for friends and family who enjoy the VSO. Your gift is made on behalf of a loved one and they will receive a beautifully designed card notifying them of your generosity. 

Make your gift to the VSO Annual Fund and share music with your friends and family all season long. Gifts received before December 31 are deductible from your 2017 taxes.

Richmond Ballet’s The Nutcracker • 12/1-12/3

Friday, December 1, 2017 | 7 PM Saturday, December 2, 2017 | 2 PM Saturday, December 2, 2017 | 7 PM Sunday, December 3, 2017 | 2 PM  Tchaikovsky's brilliant ballet score comes to life for this magical collaboration between the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and The State...

Holiday POPS! • 12/8-12/10

Friday, December 8, 2017 | 8PM | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News Saturday, December 9, 2017 | 8PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk Sunday, December 10, 2017 | 7PM | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach Join us for the must-see holiday tradition of...

Jingle Bell Jam • 12/10

Sunday, December 10, 2017 | 3 PM | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts Santa Claus is coming to town – and he’s stopping by with your Virginia Symphony Orchestra for the ever-popular Jingle Bell Jam! Celebrate the magic of the season with an afternoon that...