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.

Dining options nearby



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.


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.


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

Eric Jacobsen & Elliott Brothers

The VSO welcomes guest conductor Eric Jacobsen, who has carved out a reputation as one of classical music’s most exciting and innovative young conductors. With him will be brothers and Newport News natives Brendon and Sterling Elliott, making a rare joint appearance to perform the magical La muse et le poete from French composer Camille Saint-Saëns. The program will conclude with Franz Schubert’s animated Symphony No. 3 in D Major, written when he was only eighteen years old.

Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Brendon Elliott, violin
Sterling Elliott, cello

Anna Clyne: Restless Oceans
Saint Saens: La muse et le poète (The Muse and the Poet)
Jessie Montgomery: Starburst
Schubert: Symphony No. 3 in D Major

Serpentine Fire: The Music of Earth, Wind & Fire – 3/19-3/20

Friday, March 19, 2021 | 7:30PM | Ferguson Center
Saturday, March 20, 2021 | 7:30PM | Chrysler Hall

Serpentine Fire is comprised of Las Vegas’ best instrumental & vocal talents. Their show is a dynamic and fast paced journey through the 70’s and 80’s hits of Earth, Wind & Fire. Led by Tyriq Johnson, with arrangements from Mariano Longo, “Serpentine Fire” has united this uplifting and funky music with sophisticated orchestration to present an irresistible, crowd pleasing show!
Subscriber concert only. In-person tickets not available to the general public.
*This performance will be streamed LIVE on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 7:30pm for subscribers.

Brandenburg Concertos • 3/26/21 – 3/28/21

Student Showcase

In lieu of a Student Showcase in the lobby of the hall, our friends at The Governor’s School for the Arts recorded a performance for you.

The Instrumental Music Department of the Governor’s School for the Arts offers professional training in performance, while encouraging each student’s personal development and artistic expression. The primary focus of the program is classical and jazz repertoire. Students perform in ensembles, large and small. Chamber music and jazz combos are central to the program. Classical musicians perform in orchestras, both chamber and full, and perform for opera, dance, and other collaborative performances. Jazz students also perform in the GSA Big Band. Students receive private lessons on their primary instrument from the area’s finest instructors. Comprehensive classes in music theory, music literature, technique, and performance form the backbone of the academic curriculum. Composition, audio engineering, accompaniment, movement, and improvisation are some examples of supplemental courses also available. For the career-minded instrumentalist, the program is designed to prepare for auditions to prestigious colleges and conservatories. For more information, visit gsarts.net

Click Here to View the Student Showcase!

Friday, March 26, 2021 | Ferguson Center for the Arts | 7:30PM
Sunday, March 28, 2021 | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts | 2:30PM

Written in 1721, these musical jewels showcase a range of individual instruments spotlighting the superlative musicians of the VSO, led by world-famous guest conductor and violinist Cho-Liang (Jimmy) Lin. Known for his acclaimed violin and conducting appearances throughout the world, the VSO is honored to welcome Lin back to the region.

Subscriber concert only. In-person tickets not available to the general public.

Cho-Liang Lin, conductor/violin
Members of the VSO

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1-4

*This performance will be streamed LIVE on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 2:30pm for subscribers. An on-demand version of the concert will be available for streaming for 30 days after the performance.

Cheek to Cheek: A Broadway Romance • 4/2/21 – 4/3/21

Friday, April 2, 2021 | Ferguson Center for the Arts | 7:30PM
Saturday, April 3, 2021 | Chrysler Hall | 7:30PM

Broadway’s Michael McCorry Rose and Tiffany Haas present Cheek to Cheek: A Broadway Romance, a fun and flirty musical exploration of love in the American Songbook. Soaring ballads and swinging up-tempos come to life through rarely before heard stories about what was happening in the romantic lives of composers like George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Lorenz Hart. Michael and Tiffany present new arrangements of classics and exciting new songs by some of New York’s talented musical theater writers.

Tiffany Haas, vocalist
Michael McCorry Rose, vocalist

100th Anniversary Tribute • 4/9/21 & 4/11/21

Friday, April 9, 2021 | Ferguson Center for the Arts | 7:30PM
Sunday, April 11, 2021 | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts | 2:30PM

Former VSO Assistant Conductor Matt Kraemer, known for his versatility and musical sensitivity, returns to lead a program that includes three pieces from our inaugural concert in 1921! The superb young cellist Nick Canellakis makes his first appearance with our orchestra performing the virtuosic cello piece by Schumann that was composed in just a short two week period.

Matthew Kraemer, conductor
Nicholas Canellakis, cello

Haydn: Symphony No. 100 in G Major “Military”
Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1

Tchaikovsky Spectacular • 4/23/21 – 4/24/21

Friday, April 23, 2021 | Ferguson Center for the Arts | 7:30PM
Saturday, April 24, 2021 | Chrysler Hall | 7:30PM

Former VSO Assistant Conductor “Z” Kuwahara returns from his post at Russia’s famed Marinsky Theatre to lead the orchestra.

Shizuo Kuwahara, conductor
Andrew von Oeyen, piano

Shostakovich: Concerto No. 1
: Serenade
Stravinsky: Concerto in E-flat

Mozart and Adams • 4/30/21 – 5/2/21

Friday, April 30, 2021 | Ferguson Center for the Arts | 7:30PM
Sunday, May 2, 2021 | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts | 2:30PM

Benjamin Rous, conductor

John Adams: Shaker Loops
Mozart: Symphony No. 36

Trouble in Tahiti • 5/7-5/8

May 7, 2021 | 6pm | VAF Bank Street Stage
May 7, 2021 | 8:30pm | VAF Bank Street Stage
May 8, 2021 | 4pm | VAF Bank Street Stage
May 8, 2021 | 7pm | VAF Bank Street Stage

in collaboration with the Virginia Arts Festival and the VA Opera

The Streisand Songbook • 6/2/21-6/3/21

Wed., June 2, 2021 | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News | 7:30PM
Thurs., June 3, 2021 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk | 7:30PM

Join the Virginia Symphony as we celebrate the music of one of America’s most powerful and enduring musical artists. Singing timeless classics from five decades of Barbra Streisand’s multi-faceted career, Platinum Award Winning singer-songwriter, Ann Hampton Callaway, will show off her gorgeous voice with iconic hits like “The Way We Were,” “Don’t Rain of My Parade” and “Cry Me A River.” Callaway, who was named Broadwayworld.com Performer of the Year, is a master of Streisand’s style and of the American songbook. Don’t miss her stellar first performance with the VSO!

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.