Young People’s Concerts

The Young People’s Concert series is an integral part of the Symphony’s education program. Annually, the Virginia Symphony reaches over 25,000 students in eleven different school districts as well as students in private schools and home school environments.

The goals of these concerts are to:

  •  Introduce symphonic music
  •  Introduce the instruments of the orchestra
  •  Tie musical arts to the schools’ core curriculum supporting the Virginia State Standards of Learning
  • Foster relationships between symphony orchestras and their local schools

The 2020-2021 Young People’s Concert series will feature Carnegie Hall’s “Link Up” program, which will engage students by encouraging them to play instruments and sing along with the orchestra from their seats. Click the links below for these helpful resources on Carnegie Hall’s Website: the teacher guide, student workbook, downloadable music, and classroom presentation resources. Professional development for teachers using the Link Up curriculum will made available throughout the school year.

This year, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra presents Link Up: The Orchestra Swings! The repertoire includes music by Florence Price, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and Leonard Bernstein. The program and curriculum focus heavily on:

  • rhythm (specifically swing versus straight rhythm),
  • form (such as AABA form and the 12-bar blues),
  • improvisation,
  • musical dialogue (such as call and response), and
  • how musicians play in sync with each other.

Link Up Resources: https://www.carnegiehall.org/en/Education/Educators/Link-Up/National-Program/The-Orchestra-Sings

 

Additional Information!

For more information, please contact our Education and Community Engagement Manager, Rebekah Geiselman, at rgeiselman@virginiasymphony.org.

Become a volunteer!

The Virginia Symphony needs your help! Volunteers at each of our performances lead students in participation, act as ushers, and direct students from the buses into the hall. If you are interested in joining the VSO team for this or any other performance, contact Kristen Bennington at kbennington@virginiasymphony.org.

 

VSO Guest Artist: Andrew von Oeyen

Hailed worldwide for his elegant and insightful interpretations, balanced artistry and brilliant technique, Andrew von Oeyen has established himself as one of the most captivating pianists of his generation.

Since his debut at age 16 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mr. von Oeyen has extended his interpretive voice to a broad spectrum of repertoire as both a soloist and recitalist. He has collaborated with such ensembles as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Mariinsky Orchestra, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Grant Park Orchestra, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Utah Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Marseille, Geneva Chamber Orchestra, Spoleto USA Orchestra, Slovenian Philharmonic and Slovak Philharmonic. As both soloist and conductor he has led concerti and orchestral works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Ravel and Kurt Weill. On July 4, 2009, he performed at the U.S. Capitol with the National Symphony in “A Capitol Fourth,” reaching millions worldwide in the multi-award winning PBS live telecast.

‍Mr. von Oeyen has appeared in recital at Wigmore Hall and Barbican Hall in London, Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Boston’s Symphony Hall, Zürich’s Tonhalle, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall, St. Petersburg’s Philharmonia, Dublin’s National Concert Hall, Royce Hall in Los Angeles, Herbst Theater in San Francisco, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, Sala São Paulo, Teatro Olimpico in Rome, in Mexico City, Hanoi, Macau, and in every major concert hall of Japan and South Korea. Festival appearances include Aspen, Ravinia, Grant Park, Mainly Mozart, Saratoga, Schubertiade, Spoleto, Brevard, Grand Teton, Chautauqua and the Mariinsky’s “Stars of the White Nights.”

Mr. von Oeyen has recorded for Warner Classics since 2017. His albums under that label, including works for piano and orchestra by Saint-Saëns, Ravel and Gershwin and a disc including Debussy’s Fantaisie pour Piano et Orchestre, have been met with critical acclaim. Mr. von Oeyen has also recorded award-winning recital albums of Liszt, Debussy, and Stravinsky under the Delos label.

Mr. von Oeyen, of German and Dutch origin, was born in the U.S. He began his piano studies at age 5 and made his solo orchestral debut at age 10. An alumnus of Columbia University and graduate of The Juilliard School, where his principal teachers were Herbert Stessin and Jerome Lowenthal, he also worked with Alfred Brendel and Leon Fleisher. He won the prestigious Gilmore Young Artist Award in 1999 and also took First Prize in the Léni Fé Bland Foundation National Piano Competition in 2001. Mr. von Oeyen lives in Paris and Los Angeles.