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Ferguson Center for the Arts

The Ferguson Center for the Arts, on the campus of Christopher Newport University, opened its doors in 2005 and houses the Diamonstein Concert Hall that we perform in (pictured above). Seating 1,725 people, the Orchestra, Parterre, and Grand Tier areas feature comfortable seating with several aisles. For the best experience, inquire about the box seating located on each level. Drinks with lidded cups purchased in the lobby are allowed inside the hall, and free parking with a convenient shuttle is offered in the garage behind the hall.

Christopher Newport University
1 Avenue of the Arts
Newport News, VA 23606

Phone:  (757) 594-7448
Capacity:  1,600
Parking:  Free parking is available in the garage adjacent to the Ferguson Center with complimentary shuttle service to take you to the lobby. In addition, the Ferguson Center also provides valet parking for a fee.

Accessibility

The Ferguson Center was built under the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS) and meets the standards set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It is our intent to exceed standard requirements and provide exceptional service for our patrons with disabilities.

 

Special Features for patrons with disabilities

Complimentary wheelchairs are available at all performances. Speak to a member of House Management upon arrival.

Seating

To purchase accessible seating, contact VSO Patron Services at (757) 892-6366. Notice of special needs must be addressed at time of purchase so that we may best accommodate you. All accessible seats are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking

Handicap Parking is available in the parking garage. A shuttle service, via electric carts, is available at all performances to and from the parking garage.

Paid valet parking is available at most performances for all patrons. If valet parking is not available, disabled patrons may park in the drop-off circle. These services must be arranged at least 14 days prior to the performance. Contact Patron Services at (757) 594-8465.

Assisted Listening

An FM assisted listening system, including headsets and induction loop devices, is available at performances on a first-come, first-served basis.
Speak to a member of House Management upon your arrival.

Ferguson Center for the Arts

Upcoming Concerts at Ferguson Center for the Arts

Symphony Under the Stars draws 2,000

Gloucester Arts Festival and The Cook Foundation held the annual “Symphony Under the Stars” free family concert Saturday night, attracting a crowd of 2,000, according to festival representatives, to enjoy a Broadway Celebration with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra....

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Symphony Under the Stars Saturday in Gloucester

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony Under the Stars, one of the signature events of the Gloucester Arts Festival, will take place on Saturday, beginning at 7 p.m. on the lawn at Main Street and Walter Reed Way in Gloucester. The local group Liberty Dolls will...

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Virginia Symphony Orchestra Presents 2024/25 Season

HAMPTON ROADS, VA [March 4, 2024] – The future of the VSO shines brightly. Today the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Music Director, Eric Jacobsen announced details of the 2024/25 season. Patrons should look forward to a season full of joy, live music to enjoy...

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Holiday Brass

Holiday Brass

Join us for the must-see holiday tradition of the season! There’s no better way to lift your spirits than with seasonal songs and traditional carols delivered in full sound and spectacle by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Brass. The bold sounds of the...

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A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Join the Virginia Symphony Orchestra for a concert paying homage to the visionary civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This concert is FREE, but registration is encouraged. Everett McCorvey, conductor Summer Littles, violin Alicia Russell Tagert, soprano...

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Chris Thile

Chris Thile

Here's a program to delight the imagination, tickle the funnybone, and spur conversation long after the last note rings out! GRAMMY-winning mandolinist Chris Thile's witty new "narrative song cycle for extroverted mandolinist and orchestra" – co-commissioned by...

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Romeo & Juliet with JoAnn

Romeo & Juliet with JoAnn

JoAnn Falletta returns to conduct one of her favorites—Prokofiev’s powerful and passionate music for Romeo & Juliet. Plus, Hampton Roads’ own Adolphus Hailstork, hailed as “the Dean of African-American composers,” brings us a brand new piano concerto in its local...

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Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

One of the most beloved works of all time, Tchaikovsky’s concerto will take you on a journey – from the bold and virtuosic, through the lyrical and melancholy, to a grand and cathartic finale. Join us for this unforgettable performance, led by our own Principal Guest...

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To Whitney with Love

To Whitney with Love

Join American Idol finalist LaKisha Jones in a celebration of the great ladies of soul, from Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Tina Turner, the legendary Aretha Franklin and the one and only Whitney Houston. Adam Turner, conductor LaKisha Jones, vocalist   THANKS TO OUR...

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Carmina Burana

Carmina Burana

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will be joined by the Virginia Children’s Chorus to take the stage for one of the most epic works ever written! Join us for Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana – an uproarious and intoxicating depiction of a raucous medieval paradise....

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Sinatra and Beyond

Sinatra and Beyond

Called “two parts Frank Sinatra and one part Billy Joel,” the triple-threat singer/pianist/songwriter Tony DeSare takes on the legend of Ol’ Blue Eyes himself. From jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall to headlining with major symphony orchestras, Tony DeSare delivers a fresh...

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Tchaikovsky 6: The Story Behind the Music

Tchaikovsky 6: The Story Behind the Music

In this intimate program, join Eric Jacobsen as he tells us the story behind the music of Tchaikovsky’s final completed symphony, full of passion and emotion. Excerpts from the work will illustrate a narrative that brings the music to life, setting the stage for a...

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Handel’s Messiah

Handel’s Messiah

It’s Southeastern Virginia’s grandest Messiah! Iconic music including the Hallelujah chorus portrays one of the greatest stories ever told. This year will feature the full Christmas portion in addition to selections from the second and third parts of this sacred...

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Holiday POPs Series

Holiday POPs Series

Join us for the must-see holiday tradition of the season – Holiday POPS! There’s no better way to lift your spirits than with seasonal songs and traditional carols delivered in full sound and spectacle by the Virginia Symphony and special guests. Holiday POPS will...

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A Symphony Concert of Profound and Positive Hope

By Montague Gammon IIIVeer Magazine Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s Brahms and Dvořák with Thomas Wilkins November concert features “music that is going to make you feel better about yourself at the end of the evening,” says the VSO’s Principal Guest Conductor Wilkins,...

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Rocking Rachmaninoff

By Jeff Maisey Veer Magazine Earlier this year, the Virginia Arts Festival celebrated in grand style the 150th birthday of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff with a series of chamber music concerts featuring the internationally acclaimed Dali Quartet and violinist...

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Feast Festively on Beethoven’s Bounty

By Montague Gammon III Veer Magazine The Virginia Symphony opens its 2023-24 Season with a Beethoven Festival whose bounties Music Director and concert conductor Eric Jacobsen twice likened to a “steak dinner with dessert,” a two course musical feast of “pieces that...

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Virginia Symphony Orchestra Holds Free Spring Concerts

HAMPTON ROADS, VIRGINIA [May 24, 2023] – The Virginia Symphony Orchestra will present “Symphony Under the Stars” and “Symphony on the Lawn,” conducted by VSO’s Director of Education, Helen Martell and featuring Angelica Michelle, vocalist. This year’s concerts, in...

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE TO LEAVE VIRGINIA SYMPHONY THIS FALL

HAMPTON ROADS, VA [April 26, 2022] Karen M. Philion, who has served as the Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s President and CEO since 2014, has announced she will step down in the fall after more than a decade with the organization. During her tenure, Philion is credited...

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9.17.21 | The New Maestro

by Jeff Maisey | VEER MagSeptember 17, 2021 By Montague Gammon III The newly appointed twelfth Music Director of our Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Eric Jacobsen, flew into town from his current home in Brooklyn late last month, hitting the ground – or rather the stage...

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