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Saint Bede Catholic Church

3686 Ironbound Road,
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Phone:  (757) 229-3631

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Chrysler Hall

Upcoming Concerts at St. Bede Catholic Church

7.16.21 | THOMAS WILKINS NAMED PRINCIPAL GUEST CONDUCTOR OF THE VIRGINIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

THOMAS WILKINS NAMED PRINCIPAL GUEST CONDUCTOR OF THE VIRGINIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

HAMPTON ROADS, VA [July 16, 2021] – Internationally renowned conductor and Norfolk native Thomas Wilkins has been named the Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s first-ever Principal Guest Conductor. Having recently stepped down after 17 years as music director of the Omaha Symphony, Mr. Wilkins is currently principal conductor of the fabled Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, as well as Artistic Advisor for Education and Community Engagement at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His guest conducting credits include leading the orchestras of Cleveland, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Dallas, the New York Philharmonic among others, in addition to his posts at the Hollywood Bowl and BSO.

A frequent guest conductor and favorite of VSO audiences, Mr. Wilkins credits a performance by the Virginia Symphony for inspiring him at the age of eight to pursue a career as a professional conductor, when he attended a youth concert as a student at Young Park Elementary in Norfolk (now Park Place Elementary).

“I often say that I didn’t choose music; music chose me,” said Mr. Wilkins. “And to be invited to return as a leader to the place where I made that decision to embrace music as a career and way of life so many years ago is incredibly moving for me. I have enormous love and respect for the musicians of the Virginia Symphony and I’m thrilled and honored to join them in this new role.”

Mr. Wilkins joins the organization at an exciting time as the orchestra begins its second century. Since 2019, the VSO has been recognized nationally for striving to reflect the region’s ethnic and racial diversity in its members, its programming, and its leadership.

The appointment of Wilkins as not only the orchestra’s first Principal Guest Conductor but its first Black artistic leader comes just weeks after 38-year-old Eric Jacobsen was selected as the VSO’s new music director, another bold step toward expanding the VSO’s vision to engage wider audiences with creative and relevant programming.

In announcing the appointment, VSO Board Chair Mike McClellan said, “This is a true dream team! Eric and Thomas share the VSO’s commitment to telling our community’s stories and advancing the important conversations that will promote understanding and belonging among all our residents.”

The symphony will host a welcome event for Mr. Wilkins on Monday, July 19th at 4:30pm at the Chrysler Hall Dress Circle Lobby, with a special performance by the Boys Choir of Hampton Roads, led by Julius McCullough. Free and open to the public; please RSVP by registering here.

Devoted to promoting a life-long enthusiasm for music, Mr. Wilkins brings energy and commitment to audiences of all ages. He is hailed as a master at communicating and connecting with audiences. Following his highly successful first season with the Boston Symphony, the Boston Globe named him among the “Best People and Ideas of 2011.” In 2014, Mr. Wilkins received the prestigious “Outstanding Artist” award at the Nebraska Governor’s Arts Awards for his significant contribution to music in the state, while in 2018 Mr. Wilkins received the Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society conferred by Boston’s Longy School of Music. And in 2019 the Virginia Symphony bestowed Mr. Wilkins with its annual Dreamer Award.

During his conducting career, Mr. Wilkins has led orchestras throughout the United States, including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Symphony, and the National Symphony. Additionally, he has guest conducted the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, the Symphonies of Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Baltimore, San Diego and Utah, and the Buffalo and Rochester Philharmonics, as well as at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago.

Mr. Wilkins is a graduate of the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He and his wife Sheri-Lee are the proud parents of twin daughters, Erica and Nicole. Mr. Wilkins’ first appearance with the orchestra in his new role will be February 18-20, 2022. Tickets will be on sale in mid-August at www.virginiasymphony.org.

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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. Since the ground-breaking appointment of JoAnn Falletta in 1991, innovation and excellence have been at the heart of the VSO’s narrative.

The VSO 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.

The largest performing arts organization in southeastern Virginia, the VSO and VSO Chorus present more than 150 concerts and events annually to educate, enlighten and entertain more than 100,000 residents and visitors. Recent innovations include health and wellness programs, including interactive therapeutic experiences for people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia, and adopting welcoming concert environments for those who are neurodiverse.

For Immediate Release
July 16, 2021
Contact: Kristen Bennington
Director of Marketing & Communications
Phone: 757.213.1411|
email: kbennington@virginiasymphony.org
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Symphony Under the Stars draws 2,000

Gloucester Arts Festival and The Cook Foundation held the annual “Symphony Under the Stars” free family concert Saturday night, attracting a crowd of 2,000, according to festival representatives, to enjoy a Broadway Celebration with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

The Liberty Dolls, a local group, was the concert’s opening act at 6 o’clock, singing several songs from the ’50s and ’60s, including “Dream a Little Dream of Me” and “Mr. Sandman.”

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra took the stage at 8, performing Broadway hits from West Side Story, Carmen, Chicago, The Sound of Music, The Little Mermaid and more. The symphony was conducted by Benjamin Rous with vocals provided by Patrice Covington.

Symphony Under the Stars Saturday in Gloucester

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony Under the Stars, one of the signature events of the Gloucester Arts Festival, will take place on Saturday, beginning at 7 p.m. on the lawn at Main Street and Walter Reed Way in Gloucester.

The local group Liberty Dolls will open the concert, performing at 6 o’clock. A food truck will be on-site from 6-9, but those attending are also encouraged to pick up a to-go meal at one of Gloucester’s Main Street restaurants and enjoy a picnic on the lawn.

Lawn chairs are suggested rather than blankets because there could be wet areas, and food tables are allowed but should be taken down when the concert begins.

Concertmaster Vahn Armstrong will transition into a new role in the Virginia Symphony Orchestra

HAMPTON ROADS, VA [May 14, 2024] Today the Virginia Symphony Orchestra announced that Vahn Armstrong is stepping down after 31 years leading the ensemble as Concertmaster. He will remain in the VSO as Concertmaster Emeritus in the third chair of the First Violin section.

During his tenure thus far, Vahn has led the VSO to Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, and through countless Young People’s Concerts and opera tours. He has been featured as a soloist in an astonishing range of significant concertos over the years, including works by Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Prokofiev, Barber, and many more.

“It has indeed been an honor and a privilege to serve as Concertmaster for the Virginia Symphony these last thirty-one years,” expressed Armstrong. “It is a wonderful orchestra, made up of wonderful people. I am so proud of all we have been able to accomplish together artistically over three decades and recall fondly so many moments of camaraderie and friendship, as well as many performances of beauty, excitement, and emotional and sonic power. Any success I may have had in leading the orchestra over the years is entirely dependent upon the abundant goodwill and astonishing commitment to excellence of my colleagues, on stage and off, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart.”

The Concertmaster holds the highest leadership position among all of the musicians in the orchestra. They are the leader of the first violin section and they make decisions regarding bowings, phrasing, and articulation for the entire string section. They lead the orchestra in tuning before concerts and rehearsals, and they serve as the conduit between the conductor and the orchestra. While a conductor may be shaping the contours of a work, the Concertmaster helps to lead the ensemble in real-time in the logistics of bringing the conductor’s vision to life. They hold a unique leadership position that contributes to the overall unity and cohesiveness of the ensemble.

A few members of the VSO’s artistic and administrative teams past and present expressed their thanks to Vahn and shared some of their thoughts about his tenure as Concertmaster.

“I have learned so much from working with Vahn, especially about artistic advocacy and diplomacy,” stated Christy Havens, the VSO’s Executive Vice President & General Manager. “He always held me accountable and to a high standard, and I have depended on his thoughtful leadership. I hope he will continue to lend me a few well-chosen words of advice (spoken with the ultimate gravitas).”

“Vahn is a great leader, a wonderful musician, and an eloquent and gracious gentleman,” said Karen Philion, former CEO & President of the VSO. “I’ve always enjoyed our conversations on all things VSO – artistic and institutional. The position of Concertmaster is of major significance to any orchestra, and I am grateful that Vahn was in that role during my time as CEO.”

VSO Music Director Laureate JoAnn Falletta stated, “I feel very fortunate to have collaborated with Vahn Armstrong as my concertmaster for almost my entire tenure with the Virginia Symphony. His arrival in 1993 brought the orchestra to a new level of artistry, and he was an extraordinary musical partner to me throughout those years. Vahn’s background as an outstanding quartet player was always evident in his subtlety, his exquisite musicianship, his sense of color, his stylistic sensitivity, and his musical imagination. His leadership was exemplary, and I will cherish the memories of his wonderful concerto performances during his tenure as well.”

VSO Music Director Eric Jacobsen expressed, “The first time I got to work with Vahn was when I guest conducted in 2018; we played Scheherazade, and I think the only thing more impressive than Vahn’s solo on this piece was his clear understanding of leadership with the orchestra! I feel so lucky to have gotten to work with Vahn in an even deeper way over the past several years. I’ve learned so much from him and think it is so thrilling now to get to do one more Scheherazade together in a couple of weeks. Bravo, Vahn!”

Vahn will continue to serve as Concertmaster until a successor has been appointed – the search for whom will begin with an audition September 17-18, 2024, and will continue with trial weeks throughout the season. Full information on the Concertmaster audition will be posted to the VSO’s website on June 1.

Don’t miss Vahn at the VSO’s last performances of the 23/24 season.

Romeo & Juliet with JoAnn Falletta
Friday, May 17, 2024 7:30PM – Ferguson Center, NN
Saturday, May 18, 2024 7:30PM – Wilder Performing Arts Center, Norfolk

Chris Thile (Co-production with Virginia Arts Festival)
Thursday, June 13, 2024 7:30PM – Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Friday, June 14, 2024 7:30PM – Sandler Center, VB
Saturday, June 15, 2024 7:30PM – Ferguson Center, NN

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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. Innovation and excellence are at the heart of the VSO’s narrative. The VSO 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 its 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 performing arts organization in southeastern Virginia, the VSO and VSO Chorus present more than 150 concerts and events annually for more than 100,000 residents and visitors. Recent innovations include health and wellness programs, including interactive therapeutic experiences for people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia, and adopting welcoming concert environments for those who are neurodiverse. Since 2019, the VSO has been recognized nationally for striving to reflect the region’s ethnic and racial diversity in its members, its programming, and its leadership.

The selection of the young and dynamic conductor Eric Jacobsen as music director earlier this year was another bold step forward for the VSO, further expanding its vision to attract wider and larger audiences with engaging concert experiences and creative and relevant programming. Rounding out the artistic leadership team is Norfolk native Thomas Wilkins in the role of Principal Guest Conductor, reflecting the VSO’s commitment to tell its community’s stories and advance the important conversations that will promote understanding and belonging among all residents.

Virginia Symphony Orchestra Presents 2024/25 Season

HAMPTON ROADS, VA [March 4, 2024] – The future of the VSO shines brightly. Today the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Music Director, Eric Jacobsen announced details of the 2024/25 season. Patrons should look forward to a season full of joy, live music to enjoy together, and new voices such as Adrienne Warren and Aoife O’Donovan. With favorites like Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, Handel’s Messiah, and The Music of Star Wars. Alongside new additions such as Sanit-Saens Organ Symphony, Psycho in Concert, Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony, and much more.

This season opens with Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition where….(?) and our season closes with Mahler’s Ninth Symphony. This symphony has been called sublime, lush, and mind-blowing. It is, “one of the greatest accomplishments of humanity- on par with architectural masterpieces like the Taj Mahal and the Duomo in Florence,” says our Music Director, Eric Jacobsen.

“This season broadcasts that the orchestra truly is for everyone,” says VSO’s Chair of the Board, Tim Faulkner. “We strive for inclusivity and musical excellence and I believe this year’s program reflects that. We want to show respect for the classics while also looking to the future. We hope to capture the beauty of music this season by showcasing not only tried and true compositions, but also by performing world premiers and highlighting up-and-coming artists.

This year we are introducing Coffee Concerts! Coffee Concerts feature all the artistic mastery of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, at a convenient time! Enjoy refreshments before the performance.

 

*Denotes a Coffee Concert and the pieces that will be played.

24/25 Season Planning

Opening Weekend: Pictures at an Exhibition

Friday, September 13, 2024, 7:30pm – Ferguson Center
Sunday, September 15, 2024, 2:30pm – Sandler Center
Eric Jacobsen, conductor

Valerie Coleman: Fanfare for Uncommon Times
Mason Bates: Philharmonia Fantastique
Modest Mussorgsky/Maurice Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition

Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Eric & Colin Jacobsen + COFFEE

Friday, September 20, 2024, 11am – Chrysler Hall*
Friday, September 20, 2024, 7:30pm – Chrysler Hall
Saturday, September 21, 2024, 7:30pm – Ferguson Center

Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Colin Jacobsen, violin

Ludwig van Beethoven: Coriolan Overture
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony 4
Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concerto

Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony

Friday, October 18, 2024, 7:30pm – Chrysler Hall
Saturday, October 19, 2024, 7:30pm – Ferguson Center
Sunday, October 20, 2024, 2:30pm – Sandler Center

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Brendon Elliott, violin
Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus

Lili Boulanger: Psalm 24
Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Violin Concerto in A major, Op.5 No 2
Camille Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3, “Organ”

Psycho in Concert: Film with Orchestra

Saturday, October 26, 2024, 7:30pm – Ferguson Center
Sunday, October 27, 2024, 2:30pm – Sandler Center

Enjoy Hitchcock’s timeless thriller projected on the big screen as the Virginia Symphony Orchestra performs Bernard Herrmann’s spine-tingling score live. Take in every twist and turn as Marion is plunged into a world of crime, suspense, and murder all set to one of the most iconic film scores of all time.

PBJ Halloween Spooktacular

Sunday, October 27, 2024, 3:00pm – Sandler Center

Helen Martell, conductor

Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony

Friday, November 1, 2024, 7:30pm – Chrysler Hall
Saturday, November 2, 2024, 7:30pm – Ferguson Center
Sunday, November 3, 2024, 2:30pm – Sandler Center

Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Michelle Cann, piano

Maurice Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Franz Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2

Appalachian Spring & Aoife O’Donovan + Coffee Concert*

*Friday, November 15, 2024, 11am – Ferguson Center
Friday, November 15, 2024, 7:30pm – Ferguson Center

Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Aoife O’Donovan, vocalist

Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man*
Aoife O’Donovan: America Come
Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring*

A Gospel Christmas featuring a Tribute to Richard Smallwood

Saturday, December 7, 2024, 7:30pm – Chrysler Hall

Henry Panion, III, conductor
Gospel Choir led by Minister Earl Bynum

Holiday POPS!

Thursday, December 12, 2024, 7:30pm – Ferguson Center
Saturday, December 14, 2024, 7:30pm – Chrysler Hall
Sunday, December 15, 2024, 7:30pm – Sandler Center

Robert Shoup, conductor

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 2024 holiday season together!

PBJ: Jingle Bell Jam

Sunday, December 15, 2024, 3:00pm – Sandler Center

Helen Martell, conductor

Handel’s Messiah

Thursday, December 19, 2024 7:30pm – VB
Friday, December 20, 2024 7:30pm – First Baptist Church Newport News
Saturday, December 21, 2024 7:30pm – Harrison Opera House

Anthony Parnther, conductor

George Frideric Handel: Messiah

PBJ: Dancing Princesses

Sunday, January 26, 2025, 3:00pm – Sandler Center

Helen Martell, conductor

Dancing in the Street: The Music of Motown

Friday, January 31, 2025, 7:30pm – Chrysler Hall
Saturday, February 1, 2025, 7:30pm – Ferguson Center

Experience the magic of MOTOWN! This program features 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. You’ll be transformed by the powerful music of Motown with these authentic arrangements and exciting, young talented singers.

Piano Superstar Yuja Wang + Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Romeo & Juliet

Saturday, February 8, 2025, 7:30pm – Ferguson Center

 Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Yuja Wang, piano

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Selections from Swan Lake
Igor Stravinsky: Movements for Piano and Orchestra
Igor Stravinsky: Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy
Igor Stravinsky: Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra

A Night Honoring Tina Turner with Adrienne Warren

Saturday, March 1, 2025, 7:30pm – Chrysler Hall

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra celebrates the legacy of the iconic Tina Turner and the countless artists she inspired with Adrienne Warren, Hampton Roads native and Tony Award winner for Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.

West Side Story Symphonic Dances + Coffee*

Friday, March 14, 2025, 11am – Ferguson Center
Friday, March 14, 2025, 7:30pm – Ferguson Center
Sunday, March 16, 2025, 2:30pm – Sandler Center

Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Michael Daniels, cello
Hurrah Players

Richard Strauss: Don Quixote *
Leonard Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Maurice Ravel: La Valse

Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony

Friday, March 28, 2025, 7:30pm – Chrysler Hall
Saturday, March 29, 2025, 7:30pm – Ferguson Center
Sunday, March 30, 2025, 2:30pm – Sandler Center

Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Demarre McGill, flute

Missy Mazzoli: Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres)
C.P.E. Bach: Concerto for Flute in D minor
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”

PBJ: Sleepover at the Museum

Sunday, April 6, 2025, 3:00pm – Sandler Center

Helen Martell, conductor

Symphonie Fantastique + Coffee*

*Friday, April 11, 2025, 11am – Ferguson Center
Friday, April 11, 2025, 7:30pm – Ferguson Center
Saturday, April 12, 2025, 7:30pm – Sandler Center

Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus

Anna Clyne: This Moment
John Adams: Harmonium
Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique*

The Music of Star Wars

Saturday, May 3, 2025, 7:30pm – Ferguson Center
Sunday, May 4, 2025, 2:30pm – Sandler Center

Mahler’s Ninth Symphony

Friday, May 9, 2025, 7:30pm – Ferguson Center
Saturday, May 10, 2025, 2:30pm – Sandler Center

Gustav Mahler’s Ninth Symphony has been called sublime, lush, and mind-blowing. For Eric Jacobsen, Music Director of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, it is “one of the greatest accomplishments of humanity—on par with architectural masterpieces like the Taj Mahal and the Duomo in Florence.” Recently diagnosed with a terminal heart condition, Mahler composed his Ninth Symphony, his final completed symphony, while confronting his own mortality. The emotional work takes the listener on a musical journey from the beauty of life to the tranquility of the great unknown. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear this monumental masterpiece LIVE with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra!

Co-presented with the Virginia Arts Festival

Virginia Symphony Orchestra Presents Annual Concert Honoring Visionary Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King Jr.

HAMPTON ROADS, VIRGINIA [January 4, 2024] – The Virginia Symphony Orchestra will present its annual concert paying homage to the life of visionary civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on January 14th & 21st, 2024.

A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held Sunday, January 14th, 2024, at 7 PM in the Second Calvary Baptist Church, located at 2940 Corprew Ave in Norfolk, Virginia.

 A second concert will be held Sunday, January 21st at 4 PM at I. C. Norcom High School, located at 1801 London Blvd in Portsmouth, Virginia.

 These concerts are FREE, but registration is encouraged.

Presented in collaboration with the City of Norfolk, and the City of Portsmouth, these concerts will feature Conductor, Everett McCorvey, Patrick Riddick & D’vyne Worship, the Amandla Quartet, and soloists including youth soloist Summer Littles, and vocalist Alicia Russell Tagert.

Speakers during this concert will include Host Pastor, Rev. Geoffrey Guns, Second Calvary Baptist Church-Norfolk, VA; Pastor Jerome Barber, Sixth Mt. Zion Baptist Church-Hampton, VA; Pastor Robert Lee, Collinsworth Agape Baptist Church-Portsmouth, VA; and Pastor Jamaar Jones, First Baptist East End-Newport News, VA.

Dr. McCorvey is the founder and Music Director of the American Spiritual Ensemble, a group of 24 professional singers performing spirituals and other compositions of African American composers dedicated to keeping the American Negro Spiritual alive. McCorvey’s selections for this concert focus on music that celebrates African American compositions and the people who helped it thrive through the centuries.

Other selections for this concert include Antonin Dvorák’s, “Concerto in A Minor for Violin & Orchestra,

Paul Moravec’s “Rain” from Sanctuary Road, and William Grant Still’s, “Festive Overture.” William Grant Still is a descendant of William Still a conductor for the Underground Railroad, and writer of Sanctuary Road.

Additionally, Patrick Riddick & D’vyne Worship will perform his arrangement of “The Best is Yet to Come,” and…(awaiting second selection) The Amandla Quartet will also perform “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

The VSO will present its annual Dreamer Award to both Captain Janet Days at the Norfolk, VA performance and to Dr. Darlene Spears Washington at the Portsmouth, VA performance.

Capt. Janet H. Days, a native of Chicago, graduated summa cum laude from Old Dominion University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Business and received her commission through Naval ROTC via the Enlisted Commissioning Program.  She holds a Master of Business Administration from the Naval Postgraduate School and concurrently earned the Naval War College command and staff diploma.  She is also a graduate of the Joint and Combined Warfighting School at Joint Forces Staff College and is a qualified joint specialty officer.

To learn more about this free concert, visit virginiasymphony.org or call 757.892.6366.

These performances are supported in part by the Arts Alliance, the Newport News Arts Commission, the York County Arts Commission, the Williamsburg Area Arts Commission, the City of Norfolk, the Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission and the Virginia Commission for the Arts, which receives support from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Funding also provided by Sentara Healthcare, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s Regional Presenting Partner for our 2022-2023 season.

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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. Innovation and excellence are at the heart of the VSO’s narrative.

The VSO 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 performing arts organization in southeastern Virginia, the VSO and VSO Chorus present more than 150 concerts and events annually for more than 100,000 residents and visitors. Recent innovations include health and wellness programs, including interactive therapeutic experiences for people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia, and adopting welcoming concert environments for those who are neurodiverse. Since 2019, the VSO has been recognized nationally for striving to reflect the region’s ethnic and racial diversity in its members, its programming, and its leadership.

The selection of the young and dynamic conductor Eric Jacobsen as music director in 2021 was another bold step forward for the VSO, further expanding its vision to attract wider and larger audiences with engaging concert experiences and creative and relevant programming. Rounding out the artistic leadership team is Norfolk native Thomas Wilkins in the role of Principal Guest Conductor, reflecting the VSO’s commitment to tell its community’s stories and advance the important conversations that will promote understanding and belonging among all residents.

 

Holiday Brass

Join us for the must-see holiday tradition of the season! 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 Orchestra’s Holiday Brass.

The bold sounds of the Virginia Symphony brass section ring in the holidays with a blast! Experience the festive sounds of the season in a concert filled with wit, virtuosity, and the glorious music of the holidays—featuring the VSO brass and percussion sections in an all-new program. You’ll enjoy music from a variety of styles that have made this concert a new holiday tradition!

Paul Bhasin, conductor

A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Join the Virginia Symphony Orchestra for a concert paying homage to the visionary civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This concert is FREE, but registration is encouraged.

Everett McCorvey, conductor
Summer Littles, violin
Alicia Russell Tagert, soprano
Amandla Quartet, vocal quartet
Patrick Riddick & D’vyne Worship, choir

This FREE event is made possible by the generous support of the City of Norfolk and the City of Portsmouth.

Chris Thile

Here’s a program to delight the imagination, tickle the funnybone, and spur conversation long after the last note rings out!

GRAMMY-winning mandolinist Chris Thile’s witty new “narrative song cycle for extroverted mandolinist and orchestra” – co-commissioned by Virginia Arts Festival and Virginia Symphony Orchestra – tells, plays, and sings the true story of when Thile “attempted to impress a Starbucks executive and accidentally met Carrie Fisher as a result.” Thile has captivated audiences with always fresh-sounding music that ranges from Baroque to bluegrass and beyond. Don’t miss this Festival favorite as he returns to join this thrilling concert! Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director Eric Jacobsen rounds out the concert with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, bringing the mysteries of the Arabian Nights to opulent, gorgeous life; and Virginia Arts Festival Composer-in-Residence Jessie Montgomery’s  Starburst is a string-driven, pulse-pounding piece that imagines the birth of a galaxy in brilliantly hued exploding stars.

There is no Behind the Notes pre-concert talk before this performance.

Lobby doors open at 6:30pm, auditorium opens at 7pm.

Eric, Jacobsen, conductor
Chris Thile, mandolin and vocals

Jessie Montgomery: Starburst
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
Chris Thile: ATTENTION!

Co-commissioned by

The Knights
Carnegie Hall
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Louisville Orchestra
National Symphony
Tanglewood
Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Virginia Arts Festival

Co-presented with the Virginia Arts Festival.
Virginia Arts Festival

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This Production made possible through a generous gift from the Susan Goode Performance Fund.

Media Sponsors: Audacy, Veer Magazine, and WHRO Public Media

This special event presentation is not eligible for new subscriptions or exchanges.

Romeo & Juliet with JoAnn

JoAnn Falletta returns to conduct one of her favorites—Prokofiev’s powerful and passionate music for Romeo & Juliet. Plus, Hampton Roads’ own Adolphus Hailstork, hailed as “the Dean of African-American composers,” brings us a brand new piano concerto in its local premiere, featuring Lara Downes – Performance Today’s 2022 Classical Woman of the Year.

 

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Lara Downes, piano

Joaquin Turina: Danzas Fantasticas
Adolphus Hailstork: Piano Concerto No. 2, “The Peaceable Kingdom”
Scott Joplin/Buck: Magnetic Rag
Scott Joplin/Buck: Maple Leaf Rag
Sergei Prokofiev: Selections from Romeo and Juliet

Free benefit with every ticket:
Behind the Notes with Music Director Laureate JoAnn Falletta and piano soloist Lara Downes!

Behind the Notes is a unique opportunity to hear JoAnn Falletta and Lara Downes provide insights to better understand and appreciate the concert program. Learn more about the journey of the Orchestra and artists working to make the performance come together. Join us from 6:30-7pm in the concert hall!

 

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THANKS TO OUR CLASSICS MEDIA PARTNER
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Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

One of the most beloved works of all time, Tchaikovsky’s concerto will take you on a journey – from the bold and virtuosic, through the lyrical and melancholy, to a grand and cathartic finale. Join us for this unforgettable performance, led by our own Principal Guest Conductor and Norfolk native Maestro Thomas Wilkins.

Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Geneva Lewis, violin

Zoltán Kodály: Dances of Galanta
George Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad, Rhapsody for Orchestra
Alexander Borodin: Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

PREVIEW THE MUSIC!

Free benefit with every ticket:
Behind the Notes with Thomas Wilkins!

Behind the Notes is a unique opportunity to hear Thomas Wilkins provide insights to better understand and appreciate the concert program. Learn more about the journey of the Orchestra and artists working to make the performance come together. Join us from 6:30-7pm in the concert hall!

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WHRO Public Media