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

 

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

Rhythm and Respighi | 9/23-9/25

Rhythm & Respighi

Fri., Sept. 23, 2022 | 7:30PM | Ferguson Center, Newport News
Sun., Sept. 25, 2022 |2:30PM | Sandler Center, Virginia Beach

The musicians of the VSO collaborate for the first time with Norfolk’s own Rhythm Project All Stars to bring special local flavor to Louis Gottschalk’s iconic Creole- inspired favorite. For the Bruch, VSO Music Director Eric Jacobsen says, “Simone Porter is an incredible violinist whose depth of artistry makes musical communication immediate and visceral.” Rounding out this upbeat program, Respighi’s Pines of Rome is as explosive as live music gets!

Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Simone Porter, violin
Rhythm Project All Stars

Louis Moreau Gottschalk: Symphony No. 1 Festa Criolla from “A Night in the Tropics”
Max Bruch: Scottish Fantasy
Ottorino Respighi: Pines of Rome

Power and Promise | 10/21-10/23

Fri., Oct. 21, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center, Newport News
Sat., Oct. 22, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Sun., Oct. 23, 2022 |2:30 PM | Sandler Center, Virginia Beach

Written by the acclaimed Andre Previn for Kathleen Battle with words by Nobel laureate and poet Toni Morrison, the song cycle “Honey and Rue” takes its inspiration from jazz, blues, and American spirituals. VSO Principal Guest Conductor Thomas Wilkins pairs this evocative piece with Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s “The Inextinguishable,” written during WWI, which features a “battle” between two timpani and radiates the elemental will to live.

Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Katherine Jolly, soprano

Hector Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
Andre Previn: Honey and Rue
Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 4 “The Inextinguishable”

Neighbors and Friends | 11/17-11/19

Thur., Nov. 17, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center, Newport News
Sat., Nov. 19, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk

Composer Jessie Montgomery, one of the greatest new voices of our time, wrote this nostalgic and beautiful piece for our soloist with whom she grew up on the lower East Side of Manhattan. Then hear Antonin Dvořák’s music composed at the beginning of what would become known as his American period. Though separated by 100 years, Dvořák and Montgomery lived about 10 blocks away from each other.

Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Masumi Per Rostad, viola

Jessie Montgomery: Viola Concerto
Antonin Dvořák: Symphony No 8

Holiday POPS! | 12/8-12/11

Thurs., Dec. 8, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center, Newport News
Fri., Dec. 9, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Sun., Dec. 11, 2022 | 7:00 PM | Sandler Center, Virginia Beach

Electric Bass Superstar Returns! | 1/20-1/22

Electric Bass Superstar Returns!

Fri., Jan. 20, 2023 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center, Newport News
Sat., Jan. 21, 2023 | 7:30 PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Sun., Jan. 22, 2023 | 2:30 PM | Sandler Center, Virginia Beach

Five-time Grammy-winner and Newport News, VA native Victor Wooten returns to the VSO – this time playing an amazing piece he’s written for himself with orchestra. William Dawson wrote only one symphony, which premiered in New York under
the baton of Leopold Stokowski in 1937 to great acclaim but was neglected in later years. Described as “emotionally charged and rigorously constructed,” its rediscovery is thrilling audiences around the world.

Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Victor Wooten, electric bass

Peter Boyer: Silver Fanfare
William Dawson: Negro Symphony
Victor Wooten: La Lección Tres, for electric bass and orchestra

 

Shining Stars | 2/9-2/11

Shining Stars

Thurs., Feb. 9, 2023 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center, Newport News
Sat., Feb. 11, 2023 | 7:30 PM |  Sandler Center, Virginia Beach

This program celebrates the musical artistry of two of the VSO’s most beloved veterans, Concertmaster Vahn Armstrong and Principal Oboe Sherie Aguirre. Concluding the program is Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 which received an ovation that lasted well over half an hour at its premier in 1937. Described by Eric Jacobsen as “grand, robust, dark, and bright all at the same time,” it’s a thrilling piece of music that is as rousing as it is memorable.

Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Vahn Armstrong, violin
Sherie Aguirre, oboe

Johann Sebastian Bach: Double Concerto for violin and oboe
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

Gospel According to Swing with Byron Stripling | 2/17-2/18

Gospel According to Swing with Byron Stipling

Fri., Feb. 17, 2023 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center, Newport News
Sat., Feb. 18, 2023 | 7:30 PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk

Experience this jubilant concert bursting with the spirit of gospel music, and bubbling with the influences of jazz and blues!

Mozart’s Requiem | 3/9-3/12

Mozart's Requiem

Thurs., Mar. 9, 2023 | 7:30PM |Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Fri., Mar. 10, 2023 | 7:30PM | Ferguson Center, Newport News
Sun., Mar. 12, 2023 | 2:30PM | Sandler Center, Virginia Beach

The Connie and Marc Jacobson Music Director Laureate JoAnn Falletta returns
to direct the orchestra and VSO Chorus in Mozart’s transcendent Requiem, with
its darkly rich orchestration and otherworldly radiance. The program begins with
Richard Strauss’ tone poem that explores what lies beyond our earthly existence.

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Robert Shoup, concertmaster

Richard Strauss: Death and Transfiguration
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem

 

Violinist Gil Shaham Returns | 3/24-3/26

Violinist Gil Shaham Returns

Fri., Mar. 24, 2023 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center, Newport News
Sat., Mar. 25, 2023 | 7:30 PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Sun., Mar. 26, 2023 | 2:30 PM | Sandler Center, Virginia Beach

Since his surprise appearance with the VSO when he was just 17 years old (a lastminute replacement for Yehudi Menuhin) Gil Shaham has been a special favorite of local audiences even as he has become one of America’s most revered and recorded instrumentalists. He performs the beautiful Dvořák Violin Concerto, a youthful piece that is virtuosic and joyous all the way through. The program also includes a selection of Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances, newly reimagined by composers commissioned specifically for this project.

Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin

Antonin Dvořák: Violin Concerto
Antonin Dvořák: Slavonic Dances

Broadway Rocks | 3/31-4/1

Broadway Rocks

Fri., Mar. 31, 2023 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center, Newport News
Sat., Apr. 1, 2023 | 7:30 PM | Sandler Center, Virginia Beach

This high energy show brings together exciting vocalists from the Broadway stage performing selections from Rock and contemporary Broadway hits. Featured in this show are selections from popular musicals including Hairspray, The Lion King, Rent, The Wiz, and Phantom of the Opera among many others.

 

Romantic Meltdown | 4/21-4/22

Romantic Meltdown

Fri., Apr. 21, 2023 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center, Newport News
Sat., Apr. 22, 2023 | 7:30 PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk

His Symphony No. 1 was reportedly Tchaikovsky’s own favorite piece. Like Tchaikovsky, composer Anna Clyne, an inventive collaborator once described by NPR as “fearless,” always tells a story with her music to create a very distinct sound and color. Also on the program is the piece lovingly called “Rach 2” by its legions of devotees – the ultimate piano thrill ride.

Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Gabriela Martinez, piano

Anna Clyne: Masquerade
Sergei Rachmaninov: Concerto No. 2
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1

 

From the Silk Road to the Planets | 5/11-5/14

Thur., May 11, 2023 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center, Newport News
Fri., May 12, 2023 | 7:30 PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Sun., May 14, 2023 | 2:30 PM | Sandler Center, Virginia Beach 

The VSO welcomes two members of the legendary Silk Road Ensemble: the world’s leading virtuoso on the tabla, Sandeep Das, and composer Kayhan Kalhor! Music Director Eric Jacobsen takes us all on a journey from the farthest reaches of our universe to the most joyous human dance imaginable, an accessible emotional bridge to one of the world’s most ancient cultures.

Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Kayhan Kalhor, kamancheh
Sandeep Das, tabla
Karen Ouzounian, cello
Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus Women

Gabriel Fauré: Pie Jesu
Kayhan Kalhor: Blue as the Turquoise Night of Neyshabur
Gustav Holst: The Planets

 

 

Chris Thile: World Premiere | 5/19-5/21

Chris Thile: World Premiere

Fri., May 19, 2023 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center, Newport News
Sat., May 20, 2023 | 7:30 PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Sun., May 21, 2023 | 2:30 PM | Sandler Center, Virginia Beach

Join the VSO for the world premiere of mandolin master Chris Thile’s new concerto with orchestra! We are so proud that Chris has chosen the VSO for this opportunity – it’s a tribute to the orchestra and our music director’s dedication to collaboration and fostering new works at the crossroads of American music.

Made possible by the Susan S. Goode Performance Fund. Co-presented with the Virginia Arts Festival.

Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Chris Thile, mandolin

Simone Paulwell

Soprano, Simone Paulwell has garnered international attention for her innate ability to capture audiences with her strikingly powerful and agile voice. A Washington D.C. native, she made her national debut as a soloist with The President's Own: United States Marine Band in 2007. Ms Paulwell has performed for audiences of all ages and cultures and has graced such prestigious stages as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Hall, in New York City, the Reichold Center for the Arts in the U.S. Virgin Islands, The Washington National Opera Company and The San Francisco Opera Company. Ms. Paulwell recently completed her first summer at The Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York. Ms. Paulwell received critical acclaim under the baton of Yuri Temirkanov and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, in St. Petersburg, Russia performing Gershwin's Porgy and Bess in 2004. She also debuted as a soloist with Paul Freeman and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in Prague, Czech Republic in 2006. In 2015 Ms. Paulwell made her European debut as Serena in Porgy and Bess at the Rai Centre in Amsterdam and at Theatre Odyssud in Blagnac, France.

As a lifelong student of music, Ms. Paulwell has studied voice with Betty Ridgeway at Morgan State University, in Baltimore, MD, and Jeremy Winston at Wilberforce University, in Wilberforce, OH, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree. Her educational ambitions have afforded her success in several vocal competitions including 1st place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition, and 1st place winner of the Leontyne Price Vocal Arts Regional Competition sponsored by the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Womens' Club.

In addition to her musical accomplishments and affiliations, Ms. Paulwell is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Eric Jacobsen

Hailed by the New York Times as “an interpretive dynamo,” conductor and cellist Eric Jacobsen has built a reputation for engaging audiences with innovative and collaborative programming. He is the newly-named Music Director of the Virginia Symphony, becoming the 12th music director in the orchestra’s 100-year history, and will assume that post on July 1.

Jacobsen is Artistic Director and conductor of The Knights, and serves as the Music Director for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Jacobsen founded the adventurous orchestra The Knights with his brother, violinist Colin Jacobsen, to foster the intimacy and camaraderie of chamber music on the orchestral stage. As conductor, Jacobsen has led the “consistently inventive, infectiously engaged indie ensemble” (New York Times) at Central Park’s Naumburg Orchestral Concerts, Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, (Le) Poisson Rouge, the 92nd Street Y, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center; at major summer festivals such as Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Ojai; and on tour nationally and internationally, including at the Cologne Philharmonie, Düsseldorf Tonhalle, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Salzburg Großes Festspielhaus, Vienna Musikverein, National Gallery of Dublin, and the Dresden Musikfestspiele. Recent collaborators include violinists Itzhak Perlman and Gil Shaham, singers Dawn Upshaw, Susan Graham, and Nicholas Phan, and pianists Emanuel Ax and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Also in demand as a guest conductor, Jacobsen has led the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Detroit, the New World, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Deutsche Philharmonie Merck and the Tonkunstler Orchestra, with whom Jacobsen appeared at Vienna’s legendary Musikverein.

In the coming season, Eric Jacobsen returns to the Detroit Symphony for the world premiere of James Lee III’s “Amer’ican,” a contemporary response to Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony which also features on the program. He also makes his La Jolla Summerfest debut, conducting three concerts featuring Summerfest Artistic Director Inon Barnaton and other artists. He appears twice with the Virginia Symphony, with guest artist Branford Marsalis and also performing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and travels to Bilkent, Turkey, to appear with the orchestra there. With The Knights, he returns to the Tanglewood and Caramoor Festivals and to Central Park’s Naumburg Bandshell, and appears at Wolf Trap in a new piece by Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Aoife O’Donovan. In the spring, Jacobsen and The Knights close their season with a multi-city US tour featuring pianist Aaron Diehl.

The 21-22 Orlando Philharmonic season sees the return of the “Resonate” festival, a unique blend of old and new orchestral and chamber works, performed in standard and more intimate concert formats. This season’s edition features Artist-in-Residence Stewart Goodyear performing the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven as well as orchestral repertoire. The Orlando season will close with a semi-staged production of Orff’s “Carmina burana,” with staging by Alison Moritz and choreography by John Heginbotham.

In recent seasons, Eric Jacobsen and The Knights performed a fully-staged centennial production of Bernstein’s Candide directed by Alison Moritz at the Ravinia Festival, and toured Florida with Gil Shaham. With mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital, Jacobsen and The Knights undertook a 15-concert European tour, including performances at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie and Vienna’s Musikverein. In New York, Jacobsen and The Knights performed at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall; with groundbreaking countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo at National Sawdust in music of Handel and Philip Glass; and at the Park Avenue Armory, where they helped create the music for William Kentridge’s The Head and the Load. With the Bridgeport Symphony, Jacobsen performed with his brother Colin, with whom he recorded a video of Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending that was featured on London’s Classic FM and The Violin Channel.

At the close of a successful sixth season with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Jacobsen has continued to pioneer the orchestra’s programming and community engagement in new and exciting directions. During the 20-21 season, the Orlando Philharmonic was one of the few orchestras internationally that was able to perform live concerts, including with renowned pianist Yuja Wang, and they closed their season with “America, Come,” an Orlando Philharmonic commission from Aoife O’Donovan honoring the centennial of the 19th Amendment. Previous seasons included Inside the Score, in which Jacobsen led the audience on a guided exploration of Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique; appearances by multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón as composer-in-residence; and guest appearances by Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens and internationally acclaimed cello virtuoso Jan Vogler.

Under Jacobsen’s baton, The Knights have developed an extensive recording collection, which includes the critically acclaimed albums Azul, with longtime collaborator Yo-Yo Ma, as well as the Prokofiev Concerto in the Grammy-nominated Gil Shaham album 1930s Violin Concertos. Their most recent release, featuring Gil Shaham in performances of the Beethoven and Brahms Violin Concertos, was met with critical acclaim upon its release in Spring 2020. The Knights issued three albums for Sony Classical including Jan Vogler and The Knights Experience: Live from New York; New Worlds, and an all-Beethoven album, as well as the “smartly programmed” (National Public Radio) A Second in Silence on the Ancalagon label. Jacobsen’s first release on Warner Classics was the ground beneath our feet. We Are The Knights, a documentary film produced by Thirteen/WNET, premiered in September 2011.

In December 2012, Jacobsen and his brother Colin were selected from among the nation’s top visual, performing, media, and literary artists to receive a prestigious United States Artists Fellowship. Eric splits his time between New York and Orlando with his wife, singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan, and their daughter.

Nathaniel StampleySTAR OF BROADWAY MUSICALS THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS, THE COLOR PURPLE, THE LION KING, and RAGTIME

Nathaniel Stampley starred as ‘Porgy’ in the Broadway National Tour of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. He has also starred on Broadway in CATS, The Color Purple, and The Lion King. West End (London): The Lion King. Broadway National Tours include Ragtime and Orpheus Returns. Other credits include Big Love, Fiorello! and Lost in the Stars, New York City Center's Encores!; Abyssinia, Pacific Overtures, Strike Up the Band, One Touch of Venus, Violet, Once on This Island, Big River, The Color Purple, Dreamgirls, Show Boat, Harriet: The Woman Called Moses, El Capitan, Girl Crazy, and The King and I. He has performed in The Weill Music Institute concert series, Musical Explorers and Link Up with the Orchestra of St. Luke's at Carnegie Hall, and at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Other concerts include 92Y, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Elgin Symphony Orchestra (Naxos recording). El Paso Symphony Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, West Michigan Symphony and Bernstein's Mass with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra.

@nathanielstampley

Ali EwoldtAli Ewoldt has appeared as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, Cosette in Les Miserables (Broadway, National Tour), The King and I (Broadway, Lyric Opera of Chicago), and Maria in West Side Story (National Tour, International Tour). Ali’s concert work includes: Alice Tully Hall, NY Pops at Carnegie Hall, Houston Symphony, Kaohsiung Symphony and The Boston Pops. Ali has a BA in psychology from Yale University and is a proud Filipina-American. @aliewoldt

Teri HansenSTAR OF BROADWAY MUSICALS SHOW BOAT, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, and THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE

Teri Hansen has received International recognition for her crossover abilities as a singing actress from Opera to Broadway and concert stages around the world. Miss Hansen made her Broadway debut in The Boys From Syracuse and starred in London’s West End as ‘Magnolia’ in Hal Prince’s Tony award winning production of Show Boat. Most recently she starred in the National Tours of The Sound Of Music (Elsa) and the Tony Award winning An American In Paris. Miss Hansen starred in tours of The Music Man as ‘Marian Paroo’, ‘Guenevere’ in Camelot and as ‘Magnolia’ in Show Boat. Internationally recognized as an interpreter of Weill, Miss Hansen starred as “Rose” in the film version of Kurt Weill’s Street Scene. Miss Hansen also toured for years with Marvin Hamlisch, appeared at the Lincoln Center singing Rodgers and Hammerstein, as well as regular appearances there as a part of the prestigious “Meet the Artist” series. Her solo CD “Into Your Arms…Love Songs of Richard Rodger’s” is available worldwide.

@teridhalinks

Sean MacLaughlinSTAR OF BROADWAY MUSICALS THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, EVITA, THE WOMAN IN WHITE and BOMBAY DREAMS

Sean MacLaughlin recently garnered critical acclaim across the country performing the role of Juan Peron in the Broadway National Tour of Evita. He has sung with countless symphony orchestras throughout the United States and Canada singing the music of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Rodgers. Broadway credits include Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera, Elton John’s Lestat, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman In White and Bombay Dreams. Other credits include Transport Groups Productions of The Audience, Requiem for William, and Baby: in Concert; South Pacific: In Concert at Carnegie Hall; Grand Hotel, Follies and More at Signature Theatre in DC; The Sondheim Celebration: Merrily We Roll Along and Chess at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Frank Wildhorn’s Excalibur and Webber’s Sunset Boulevard. Film includes HBO’s Something the Lord Made and Walking Shadows.

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Nathaniel StampleySTAR OF BROADWAY MUSICALS THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS, THE COLOR PURPLE, THE LION KING, and RAGTIME

Nathaniel Stampley starred as ‘Porgy’ in the Broadway National Tour of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. He has also starred on Broadway in CATS, The Color Purple, and The Lion King. West End (London): The Lion King. Broadway National Tours include Ragtime and Orpheus Returns. Other credits include Big Love, Fiorello! and Lost in the Stars, New York City Center's Encores!; Abyssinia, Pacific Overtures, Strike Up the Band, One Touch of Venus, Violet, Once on This Island, Big River, The Color Purple, Dreamgirls, Show Boat, Harriet: The Woman Called Moses, El Capitan, Girl Crazy, and The King and I. He has performed in The Weill Music Institute concert series, Musical Explorers and Link Up with the Orchestra of St. Luke's at Carnegie Hall, and at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Other concerts include 92Y, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Elgin Symphony Orchestra (Naxos recording). El Paso Symphony Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, West Michigan Symphony and Bernstein's Mass with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra.

@nathanielstampley

Nathaniel StampleySTAR OF BROADWAY MUSICALS THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS, THE COLOR PURPLE, THE LION KING, and RAGTIME

Nathaniel Stampley starred as ‘Porgy’ in the Broadway National Tour of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. He has also starred on Broadway in CATS, The Color Purple, and The Lion King. West End (London): The Lion King. Broadway National Tours include Ragtime and Orpheus Returns. Other credits include Big Love, Fiorello! and Lost in the Stars, New York City Center's Encores!; Abyssinia, Pacific Overtures, Strike Up the Band, One Touch of Venus, Violet, Once on This Island, Big River, The Color Purple, Dreamgirls, Show Boat, Harriet: The Woman Called Moses, El Capitan, Girl Crazy, and The King and I. He has performed in The Weill Music Institute concert series, Musical Explorers and Link Up with the Orchestra of St. Luke's at Carnegie Hall, and at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Other concerts include 92Y, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Elgin Symphony Orchestra (Naxos recording). El Paso Symphony Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, West Michigan Symphony and Bernstein's Mass with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra.

@nathanielstampley

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.