Health and Safety Information: Chrysler Hall, SCOPE Plaza, Attucks Theatre, Harrison Opera House

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.

DC 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.
  • To ensure a safe and enjoyable environment, SevenVenues has implemented new security measures including magnetometers. Entering a SevenVenues facility constitutes consent to metal detector screening, physical and/or visual inspection of person and belongings. Failure to consent or submit to an inspection will result in denial of entry. In order to increase the efficiency of this process, guests should minimize the number of personal items they bring to the venue.
  • Upon arrival, temperature checks will be mandatory for performers, Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Seven Venues staff. No one will be admitted without taking one. 
  • 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 a minimum of 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.
  • Guided, staggered audience dismissal will be implemented with the guidance of VAF staff to avoid bottlenecks upon exit. 

Chrysler Hall/SCOPE Plaza/Attucks Theatre/Harrison Opera House Bag and Entrance Policy:

Each patron is permitted to bring one approved bag into the venue.

All approved bags are subject to search prior to entry.

Patrons carrying bags that do not comply with the clear bag policy will be asked to purchase an approved clear bag and return their unapproved bags to their vehicle. Clear bags are provided free of charge outside the entrance if a patron does not have their own bag.

Approved Bags:

  • Clear plastic/vinyl bags including purses, backpacks and drawstring bags that do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12”. Logos must be limited to one side of the bag and should not exceed 4.5” x 3.4”. 
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (i.e. Ziploc or similar)
  • Small clutch bags or wallets, with or without handle/strap, no larger than 4.5” x 6.5” (Do not need to be clear.)
  • Medically necessary bags/equipment and diaper bags (Do not need to be clear. Contents subject to inspection prior to entry.) 
  • Binoculars cases (Binoculars must be compact/pocket sized and no larger than 6”x 6” when extended)
  • Camera Cases (Camera lens cannot exceed 6”)

Prohibited Bags:

  • Any unapproved bag larger than 4.5” x 6.5” 
  • Printed pattern plastic bags
  • Fanny packs (unless clear and within size restriction)

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.

Upcoming Concerts at Seven Venues

SOLD OUT – The Music of John Williams • 5/1/21

Saturday, May 1, 2021 | Chrysler Hall | 7:30PM

As film fans know, Williams’ music has the ability to transport audiences to new worlds through heart-pounding, awe-inspiring musical adventures. He has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in the history of cinema, including Lincoln, Schindler’s List, Harry Potter, and most notably Star Wars, which was selected by the American Film Institute as the greatest American film score of all time.

Benjamin Rous, conductor

SOLD OUT!

Seating for this event will prioritize safety and social distancing between parties. Your seat will be assigned based on best available in the price section of your choosing. All seats purchased in your order will be seated as a single party.  Tickets with seating locations will be sent via email prior to your performance.

Please note: tickets must be purchased in advance of performance.  Tickets will not be available for purchase at the box office at the venue prior to the performance.  

View the Seven Venues safety guidelines.

American Classics with Schwarz and Moore • 5/14-5/15

Friday, May 14, 2021  | 7:30PM |Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News

Saturday, May 15, 2021 | 7:30PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk

Gerard Schwarz, conductor
Aundi Marie Moore, soprano

Works by Copland, Barber, and Still (American composers)

Seating for this event will prioritize safety and social distancing between parties. Your seat will be assigned based on best available in the price section of your choosing. All seats purchased in your order will be seated as a single party.  Tickets with seating locations will be sent via email prior to your performance.

Please note: tickets must be purchased in advance of performance.  Tickets will not be available for purchase at the box office at the venue prior to the performance.  

View the Ferguson Center safety guidelines.
View the Seven Venues safety guidelines.

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!

Seating for this event will prioritize safety and social distancing between parties. Your seat will be assigned based on best available in the price section of your choosing. All seats purchased in your order will be seated as a single party.  Tickets with seating locations will be sent via email prior to your performance.

View the Ferguson Center safety guidelines.
View the Seven Venues safety guidelines.

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.