Health and Safety Information: Sandler Center

Virginia Symphony Orchestra is committed to the health and safety of all patrons, staff, and artists. See a complete list of precautions below as you plan to come to an event.

CDC safety protocols and procedures:

  • Please plan to arrive early (doors open 1 hour prior to each performance) to ensure plenty of time to be safely seated.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available for use at entry and throughout the venue.
  • Wearing a mask covering mouth and nose will be mandatory for patrons and staff – to be worn the entire time onsite. No one will be admitted without one. If concessions are sold, masks may only be removed while seated in assigned seat and consuming food/beverage.
  • Audience seating is provided and will be sanitized before each performance.
  • Performance seating will be arranged to accommodate each party allowing for six feet of physical distance from other parties. Upon arrival, ushers will be available to assist you to your seating location.
  • No one with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19, or known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days, will be permitted.

Because COVID-19 is a highly contagious, there is a risk of exposure in any place where people gather. Virginia Symphony Orchestra is taking appropriate steps to create a safe environment for all patrons, artists, and staff. Attendees of Virginia Symphony Orchestra events assume all risks associated with the possibility of exposure to or contracting of any illness.

Sandler Center for the Performing Arts

Upcoming Concerts at Sandler Center for the Performing Arts

An Evening with Branford Marsalis • 12/1

Wed. December 1, 2021 | 7:00 PM | Norfolk State University 
Dorothy B Brothers Auditorium in the Student Activities Center

Jazz Combos from the following universities will perform and be coached in a masterclass style:

Norfolk State University, Stephanie Sanders, director
Old Dominion University, John Toomey, director
Christopher Newport University, Carl Lundgren, director

Tickets are $10

 

Eric Jacobsen + Branford Marsalis • 12/2-12/5

Thurs. December 2, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center
Fri. December 3, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Chrysler Hall
Sun. December 5, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Sandler Center

Join us to welcome new Music Director Eric Jacobsen with Grammy-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis for an evening of musical celebration.

Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Branford Marsalis, saxophone

Mozart: Overture to Le nozze di Figaro
Mahler: Urlicht from Symphony No. 2 in C minor
Sally Beamish: “Under the Wing of the Rock”
Mahler: Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D Major
Sally Beamish: “The Imagined Sound of Sun on Stone” (Sunday’s performance only)

 

Holiday POPS! • 12/10-12/12

Fri. December 10, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center
Sat. December 11, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Harrison Opera House
Sun. December 12, 2021 | 7:00 PM | Sandler Center

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 have all the magical elements you’ve come to expect and more — high energy, familiar carols, and lots of holiday warmth! And we’ll even throw in a surprise or two! We can’t wait to celebrate the 2021 Holiday season together!

Robert Shoup, conductor
Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus

PB&J | Jingle Bell Jam • 12/12

Sunday, December 12, 2021 | 3pm | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts

Santa Claus is coming to town and he’s stopping by to be a part of the VSO’s ever-popular Jingle Bell Jam! Celebrate the magic of the season with an afternoon that showcases the music of the holidays performed by the best talent in Hampton Roads. You won’t want to miss this holly jolly concert! Get your tickets early – this family favorite is sure to sell out!

Robert Shoup, conductor

PB&J | The Mozart Experience • 1/9

Sunday, January 9, 2022 | 3pm | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts

A mischievous street musician finds herself thrust into the role of Mozart in this concert program for chamber orchestra. Presented by the conductor with opportunities and dilemmas similar to those faced by Mozart, the street musician slowly evolves into a modern-day Mozart. From extravagant youth to the appearance of the apocalyptic “mysterious stranger,” the audience experiences Mozart’s life as a musical, human adventure.

Join us in the lobby at 2PM for activities for all ages!

Benjamin Rous, conductor

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 • 2/18-2/20

Fri. February 18, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center
Sat. February 19, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Chrysler Hall
Sun. February 20, 2022 | 2:30 PM | Sandler Center

Norfolk native and Hampton Roads’ favorite son Thomas Wilkins returns to lead Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, featuring some of the most explosive brass and wind moments you’ll ever hear.

Thomas Wilkins, conductor

Program includes Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4

Kishi Bashi Meets the Symphony • 3/3-3/6

Thurs. March 3, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center
Sat. March 5, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Chrysler Hall
Sun. March 6, 2022 | 2:30 PM | Sandler Center

From South by Southwest to Austin City Limits, the internationally celebrated singer, multi instrumentalist and songwriter Kishi Bashi has been pushing musical boundaries since growing up in Norfolk. Written in honor of the 75th anniversary of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, his multimedia presentation combines elements of film as well as recorded and improvised music. The work was premiered by Miami’s Nu Deco Ensemble in 2018 with co-founder and artistic director Jacomo Bairos on the podium.

Jacomo Bairos, conductor
Kishi Bashi, violin

Kishi Bashi: Improvisations on EO 9066
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10

PB&J | Blastoff: A Symphony in Space • 3/13

Sunday, March 13, 2021 | 3pm | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts

Boldly go where no concert-goer has gone before when the Virginia Symphony Orchestra travels into hyperspace with the Bay Youth Symphony Orchestra in this side-by-side concert. Journey to the stars with music from Holst’s The Planets and selections from John Williams’ score to the Star Wars movies. NASA provided projections will accompany the music, giving young audiences a chance to experience breathtaking images of our solar system.

Join us in the lobby at 2PM for activities for all ages!

Benjamin Rous, conductor

Beethoven’s Ninth! • 4/1-4/3

Fri. April 1, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center
Sat. April 2, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Chrysler Hall
Sun. April 3, 2022 | 2:30 PM | Sandler Center

Few — if any — works of the orchestral repertoire inspire such fervor, but then, Beethoven’s  Ninth Symphony is no ordinary piece of music. It was revolutionary when it premiered, as it was the first symphony that included a chorus and vocal soloists, performing a slightly altered version of Friedrich Schiller’s “Ode to Joy.”

And it endures because in this work Beethoven was grappling with some of the most fundamental aspects of humanity, with music that can evoke myriad ideas and emotions — tenderness to terror, sympathy to scorn, delight to despair, calm to chaos — culminating in an anthemic hymn to the possibility of universal brotherhood.

Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Robert Shoup, Chorusmaster

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.