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

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

Spirituals + Operatic Showstoppers • 1/14-1/15

Fri. January 14, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center
Sat. January 15, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Chrysler Hall

Versatility and innovation are the hallmarks of American conductor Kellen Gray, newly-named Assistant Conductor of the 125-year-old Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Celebrate Suffolk native and Metropolitan Opera star Ryan Speedo Green as he comes home to join the VSO to kick off 2022! Green’s inspiring personal story and incredible talent (nurtured at the Governor’s School for the Arts) has been featured in numerous media outlets. For this special appearance, Green’s incredible range will be on full display. He will be joined by the highly acclaimed Norfolk State University, performing Undine Smith Moore’s Scenes from the Life of a Martyr.

Kellen Gray, conductor
Ryan Speedo Green, bass-baritone
Norfolk State University Concert Choir
Harlan Zackery, Jr., Director of Choral Activities

A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. • 1/16

MLK tribute concert 2021

Sun. January 16, 2022 | 7:00 PM | Second Calvary Baptist Church
2940 Corprew Avenue, Norfolk

Kellen Gray, conductor
Ryan Speedo Green, bass-baritone

Free and open to the public – no ticket required!

Presented by VSO & The City of Norfolk

Golden Age of Broadway • 1/21-1/22

Fri. January 21, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center
Sat. January 22, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Chrysler Hall

Classic Broadway shines with hit after hit from the Golden Age of the 1940s and 1950s. Composers featured include Bernstein, Berlin, Porter, Rodgers & Hammerstein and Lerner & Loewe. You’ll be ‘So In Love’ with this show that you won’t want the evening to end! Favorites from Kiss Me Kate, Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, West Side Story, My Fair Lady and more!

 Teri Hansen, vocalist
Nicholas Rodriguez, vocalist

The Music of the Bee Gees • 2/3-2/4

Thurs. February 3, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center
Fri. February 4, 2022 |7:30 PM | Chrysler Hall

Among the best-selling musical artists of all time, the Bee Gees’ distinctive sound comes alive again with the Virginia Symphony! From the Gibb brothers’ early days which featured Robin’s clear vibrato lead vocals, to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack which won five Grammy Awards including Album of the Year, the band will live forever in the hearts of fans around the world. This show offers all of the band’s 70’s disco hits from “Stayin’ Alive” to “Night Fever” while embracing many of their early works.

Adam Turner, 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

Uptown Nights • 2/25-2/26

Fri. February 25, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center
Sat. February 26, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Chrysler Hall

Byron Stripling is heralded as a “powerhouse trumpeter gifted with a soulful voice and a charismatic onstage swagger.” He’ll explore a magical world of song and dance popularized in the clubs of the ’40s and ’50s. Inspired by Harlem’s famed musical hot spots like The Cotton Club and The Savoy, this swingin’ night of musical sensations focuses on Harlem’s heyday — a time when Duke Ellington’s orchestra was the house band, and Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, and Ethel Waters showcased the classics! Thrill to the vocals of Carmen Bradford and the fancy footwork of tapdancer Leo Manzari.

Byron Stripling, conductor and trumpet
Carmen Bradford, vocalist
Leo Manzari, tap

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

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

The Music of Star Wars • 6/10

Fri. June 10, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center

Back by popular demand, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra will perform music from the iconic film franchise Star Wars. Experience the entire saga through the films’ scores written by the legendary John Williams, including music from Rogue One and Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

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.