HAMPTON ROADS, VA [November 1, 2018] – After filling your belly this Thanksgiving, grab the family and fill your hearts with the soulful sounds of Motown!

Dancing In the Street: The Music of Motown is the perfect way to show visiting friends and family a great time while they’re in town. All can sing along in this uplifting concert featuring smash hits made famous by artists like Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, The Temptations and the one and only Stevie Wonder. Songs include Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Reach Out I’ll Be There, Dancing In The Street, I Heard it Through The Grapevine, My Girl, Superstition and more.

The VSO, under Assistant Conductor Gonzalo Farias, will be joined by special guest vocalists Chester Gregory, Celisse Henderson, and Michael Lynche.

Chester Gregory is an award-winning singer and actor last seen starring in Motown the Musical as Berry Gordy. Broadway credits includeMotown the MusicalHairsprayTarzanCry-Baby and Sister Act. He has toured nationally with DreamgirlsSister Act, as well as his one-man show The Eve of Jackie Wilson.

Celisse Henderson is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, performer and spoken word artist. She has supported renowned artists like Mariah Carey at Madison Square Garden and Melissa Etheridge at the Apollo Theater, and other artists including Kesha and PHISH. She also boasts credits on such television shows as The Electric Company30 RockRescue Me and more.

Michael Lynche became known nationwide as a finalist on season nine of American Idol. He has released 2 studio albums and has toured as an opening act for Boyz II Men, Lalah Hathaway, Faith Evans, and Lyfe Jennings. Since 2012, Big Mike has been a frequent featured guest vocalist with Maestro Jeff Tyzik and his hit show — “Let’s Dance!”.

Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 23 at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk and Saturday, November 24 at Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News.

Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased by calling 757.892.6366, visiting www.virginiasymphony.org or visiting the Virginia Symphony Box Office at 150 Boush Street, Suite 201, Norfolk, VA 23510 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. For group sales of 10 or more, call 757.213.1413.


As the region’s most celebrated musical, educational and entrepreneurial arts organization, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra continues to challenge expectations and push the boundaries of what an American orchestra can be – even as it approaches its 100th anniversary in 2020.

At the heart of the VSO’s narrative is innovation.  In 1991 the VSO made a very bold move in appointing the gifted young American conductor JoAnn Falletta as its music director. Since then, the orchestra has received national attention for its unique mission serving a home area of 1.7 million across the diverse communities of southeastern Virginia.  Through appearances at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall and commitment to adventurous programming, the VSO and its musicians have been highlighted in the media including The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio and BBC Worldwide News.

As the largest arts performing organization in southeastern Virginia, the VSO and VSO Chorus present more than 150 concerts and events to educate, enlighten and entertain more than 100,000 residents and visitors each year. Recent innovations include health and wellness programs, including interactive therapeutic experiences for people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.  As it approaches its Centennial year, the Orchestra and its legions of fans look forward with anticipation as the VSO conducts a worldwide search for its next music director.

November 1, 2018

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