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:

Simon Lapointe, Principal Second Violin

September 23, 2019
1:30 – 2:30 PM


John Shawger, Horn

September 30, 2019
1:30 – 2:30 PM


Will McPeters, Bass

October 21, 2019
1:30 – 2:30 PM

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Thursday, August 29, 2019 | Lake Matoaka Amphitheater, Williamsburg | 7PMSaturday, August 31, 2019 | Yorktown Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown | 7:30PMSunday, September 1, 2019 | Chesapeake City Park, Chesapeake | 7:30PM Grab your picnic baskets and lawn chairs and settle...

Symphony by the Sea • 9/5

Thursday, September 5, 2019 | 31st Street Park, Virginia Beach | 7:30PM Neptune Festival's Symphony by the Sea Concert Series, presented by The Breeden Company, is back for its 9th year, and is better than ever! Located in 31st Street Park at the Virginia Beach...

CommUNITY Play-In & Sing-Along • 9/8

Sunday, September 8, 2019 | Scope Arena, Norfolk | 4:30PM Join the VSO in a celebration of brotherhood, unity, and peace in remembrance of 9-11. Created in 2017 in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, this annual event embraces our community’s cultural...

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Friday, September 13, 2019 | Ferguson Center For the Arts, Newport News | 8PMSaturday, September 14, 2019 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 8PMSunday, September 15, 2019 | Sandler Center for the Arts, Virginia Beach | 2:30PM To launch her final season as Music Director,...