Center Stage with the VSO

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 composer’s meaning.


Center Stage at CNU

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

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 23, 2019: Simon Lapointe, Principal Second Violin
  • September 30, 2019: John Shawger, Horn
  • October 21, 2019: Will McPeters, Bass
  • November 4, 2019: Sherie Lake Aguirre, Principal Oboe
  • November 18, 2019: Rebecca Gilmore Phillips, Assistant Principal Cello
  • January 27, 2020: Debra Wendells Cross, Principal Flute and Barbara Chapman, Principal Harp
  • February 3, 2020: Jocelyn Smith, Viola
  • February 24, 2020: Tanner Antonetti, Trombone
  • March 9, 2020: William McVay, Percussion
  • March 23, 2020: Rachel Ordaz, Flute and Piccolo




Upcoming Classes:

William McVay, Percussion

March 9, 2020
1:30 – 2:30 PM


Rachel Ordaz, Flute and Piccolo

March 23, 2020
1:30 – 2:30 PM


Shostakovich Five • 5/8-5/10

Shostakovich Five • 5/8-5/10

Friday, May 8, 2020 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 8PMSaturday, May 09, 2020 | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News | 8PMSunday, May 10, 2020 | Sandler Center for the Arts, Virginia Beach | 2:30PM Hailed by The New York Times as “an interpretive dynamo,” conductor...

The Music of Star Wars • 6/5

The Music of Star Wars • 6/5

Friday, June 5, 2020 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 7:30PM Back by popular demand, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra will perform music from the iconic film franchise Star Wars. Experience the entire saga through the films’ scores written by the legendary John Williams,...

CommUNITY Play-In and Sing-Along • 9/13

CommUNITY Play-In and Sing-Along • 9/13

Sunday, September 13, 2020 | Scope Arena, Norfolk | 4PM Pick up your instrument, bring your voice and join the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in a celebration of peace, inclusion and unity. This inspiring annual event embraces our community’s cultural richness and...