Health and Safety Information: Ferguson Center for the Arts

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.

Safety protocols and procedures:

  • Anyone entering the building must comply with current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, federal and state government, and Christopher Newport University.
  • Temperature checks are required and must be conducted before entering the building.
  • Any person exhibiting a fever above 100.4 or who is symptomatic will not be permitted inside the building.
  • Masks must be worn at all times upon entering the building and must fully cover both the nose and mouth. Face shields may not be worn without a mask.
  • All persons must physically distance a minimum of 6 feet while inside the building/on campus.

Ticketing

  • Performance seating will be assigned, and arranged to accommodate each party allowing for six feet of physical distance from other parties.
  • Parties will be assigned entry times, which begin one hour prior to the performance, in order to ensure safe, distanced entry.
  • Parties will be assigned lobby entry location, which will also be used as that party’s exit location.
  • Seating location, entry times, and entry location will be assigned to ticket buyers the week of the performance in the form of an email confirmation. Ticket holders should bring this confirmation, either printed, or on a device.
  • No physical tickets will be distributed.

Parking and Services

  • Valet parking is unavailable.
  • Golf cart shuttle service is unavailable.
  • Coat check service is unavailable.
  • Concessions are unavailable. 

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.

Ferguson Center for the Arts

Upcoming Concerts at Ferguson Center for the Arts

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

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 Sandler Center Safety Guidelines.

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

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.