Sandler Center for the Performing Arts

201 Market Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Phone:  (757) 385-2787
Capacity:  1,200
Parking:  Free parking is available in several lots and garages in close proximity to the Sandler Center.  View a parking map of the area.

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If you need assistance while at the Sandler Center, please contact an usher or staff member. In addition, the Guest Services Center is located in the front atrium in front of the main entry doors. Any Guest Services Rep will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Special Features for Patrons with Disabilities

In addition to the main entrance, Bank and Commerce Street are also wheelchair accessible. Once inside the Sandler Center, elevators are available to provide access between levels.


Accessible seating is available at various locations throughout the Sandler Center and is available to the patron with the disability and one guest. To purchase, please call our box office at (757) 892-6366.


Accessible parking is available in all of the parking lots surrounding the Sandler Center. In order to park in the spaces reserved for disabled guests, the vehicle must have a state issued handicapped window pass, sticker, or license plate.

Assisted Listening Devices

Assisted listening devices are available to hearing-impaired guests at no cost.  They are available at the Guest Services/Coat Check booth located in the main lobby across from the entry doors.

Sandler Center for the Performing Arts

Upcoming Concerts at Sandler Center for the Performing Arts

Dr. Seuss at the Symphony | 9/18

Dr. Seuss at the Symphony

Sun., Sept. 18, 2022 |3:00PM | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts

Books and music, a perfect combination. Your favorite Dr. Seuss stories will be sung in selections from “Seussical, The Musical.” “The Sneetches” is turned into a symphonic poem that addresses diversity, friendship and discrimination in Dr. Seuss’ unique style. Find out what great music is inspired by John Lithgow’s book “Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo.”

Pre-concert activities start at 2:00PM

Helen Martell, conductor

Rhythm and Respighi | 9/23-9/25

Rhythm & Respighi

Fri., Sept. 23, 2022 | 7:30PM | Ferguson Center, Newport News
Sun., Sept. 25, 2022 |2:30PM | Sandler Center, Virginia Beach

The musicians of the VSO collaborate for the first time with Norfolk’s own Rhythm Project All Stars to bring special local flavor to Louis Gottschalk’s iconic Creole- inspired favorite. For the Bruch, VSO Music Director Eric Jacobsen says, “Simone Porter is an incredible violinist whose depth of artistry makes musical communication immediate and visceral.” Rounding out this upbeat program, Respighi’s Pines of Rome is as explosive as live music gets!

Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Simone Porter, violin
Rhythm Project All Stars

Louis Moreau Gottschalk: Symphony No. 1 Festa Criolla from “A Night in the Tropics”
Max Bruch: Scottish Fantasy
Ottorino Respighi: Pines of Rome

Power and Promise | 10/21-10/23

Fri., Oct. 21, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center, Newport News
Sat., Oct. 22, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Sun., Oct. 23, 2022 |2:30 PM | Sandler Center, Virginia Beach

Written by the acclaimed Andre Previn for Kathleen Battle with words by Nobel laureate and poet Toni Morrison, the song cycle “Honey and Rue” takes its inspiration from jazz, blues, and American spirituals. VSO Principal Guest Conductor Thomas Wilkins pairs this evocative piece with Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s “The Inextinguishable,” written during WWI, which features a “battle” between two timpani and radiates the elemental will to live.

Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Katherine Jolly, soprano

Hector Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
Andre Previn: Honey and Rue
Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 4 “The Inextinguishable”

Halloween Spooktacular | 10/29

Sat., Oct. 29, 2022 | 3:00 PM | Sandler Center, Virginia Beach

Kids and grown-ups! Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume and join the VSO for a ghoulish afternoon of monstrous fun! The Orchestra will perform some of the spookiest music ever written. But don’t be afraid – this concert is more

Pre-concert activities start at 2:00PM TREAT than TRICK!

Holiday POPS! | 12/8-12/11

Thurs., Dec. 8, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center, Newport News
Fri., Dec. 9, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Sun., Dec. 11, 2022 | 7:00 PM | Sandler Center, Virginia Beach

Jingle Bell Jam | 12/11

Sun., Dec. 11, 2022 | 3:00 PM | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts

Santa Claus is stopping by to be a part of the VSO’s ever-popular Jingle Bell Jam! Celebrate the magic of the season with an afternoon that showcases the music of the holidays performed by the best talent in Hampton Roads. Get your tickets early – this family favorite is sure to sell out!

Pre-concert activities start at 2:00PM


Electric Bass Superstar Returns! | 1/20-1/22

Electric Bass Superstar Returns!

Fri., Jan. 20, 2023 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center, Newport News
Sat., Jan. 21, 2023 | 7:30 PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Sun., Jan. 22, 2023 | 2:30 PM | Sandler Center, Virginia Beach

Five-time Grammy-winner and Newport News, VA native Victor Wooten returns to the VSO – this time playing an amazing piece he’s written for himself with orchestra. William Dawson wrote only one symphony, which premiered in New York under
the baton of Leopold Stokowski in 1937 to great acclaim but was neglected in later years. Described as “emotionally charged and rigorously constructed,” its rediscovery is thrilling audiences around the world.

Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Victor Wooten, electric bass

Peter Boyer: Silver Fanfare
William Dawson: Negro Symphony
Victor Wooten: La Lección Tres, for electric bass and orchestra


Shining Stars | 2/9-2/11

Shining Stars

Thurs., Feb. 9, 2023 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center, Newport News
Sat., Feb. 11, 2023 | 7:30 PM |  Sandler Center, Virginia Beach

This program celebrates the musical artistry of two of the VSO’s most beloved veterans, Concertmaster Vahn Armstrong and Principal Oboe Sherie Aguirre. Concluding the program is Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 which received an ovation that lasted well over half an hour at its premier in 1937. Described by Eric Jacobsen as “grand, robust, dark, and bright all at the same time,” it’s a thrilling piece of music that is as rousing as it is memorable.

Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Vahn Armstrong, violin
Sherie Aguirre, oboe

Johann Sebastian Bach: Double Concerto for violin and oboe
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

Animals at the Symphony | 2/19

Animals at the Symphony

Sun., Feb. 19, 2023 | 3:00 PM | Sandler Center, Virginia Beach

Join Peter and his animal friends on a symphonic adventure in Sergei Prokofiev’s
beloved work, Peter and the Wolf. A lively introduction to the orchestra, each character in this musical fairy tale is represented by a different instrument. Together we experience the full spectrum of beautiful orchestral colors.

Pre-concert activities start at 2:00PM

Helen Martell, conductor

Mozart’s Requiem | 3/9-3/12

Mozart's Requiem

Thurs., Mar. 9, 2023 | 7:30PM |Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Fri., Mar. 10, 2023 | 7:30PM | Ferguson Center, Newport News
Sun., Mar. 12, 2023 | 2:30PM | Sandler Center, Virginia Beach

The Connie and Marc Jacobson Music Director Laureate JoAnn Falletta returns
to direct the orchestra and VSO Chorus in Mozart’s transcendent Requiem, with
its darkly rich orchestration and otherworldly radiance. The program begins with
Richard Strauss’ tone poem that explores what lies beyond our earthly existence.

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Robert Shoup, concertmaster

Richard Strauss: Death and Transfiguration
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem


Violinist Gil Shaham Returns | 3/24-3/26

Violinist Gil Shaham Returns

Fri., Mar. 24, 2023 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center, Newport News
Sat., Mar. 25, 2023 | 7:30 PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Sun., Mar. 26, 2023 | 2:30 PM | Sandler Center, Virginia Beach

Since his surprise appearance with the VSO when he was just 17 years old (a lastminute replacement for Yehudi Menuhin) Gil Shaham has been a special favorite of local audiences even as he has become one of America’s most revered and recorded instrumentalists. He performs the beautiful Dvořák Violin Concerto, a youthful piece that is virtuosic and joyous all the way through. The program also includes a selection of Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances, newly reimagined by composers commissioned specifically for this project.

Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin

Antonin Dvořák: Violin Concerto
Antonin Dvořák: Slavonic Dances

Broadway Rocks | 3/31-4/1

Broadway Rocks

Fri., Mar. 31, 2023 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center, Newport News
Sat., Apr. 1, 2023 | 7:30 PM | Sandler Center, Virginia Beach

This high energy show brings together exciting vocalists from the Broadway stage performing selections from Rock and contemporary Broadway hits. Featured in this show are selections from popular musicals including Hairspray, The Lion King, Rent, The Wiz, and Phantom of the Opera among many others.


From the Silk Road to the Planets | 5/11-5/14

Thur., May 11, 2023 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center, Newport News
Fri., May 12, 2023 | 7:30 PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Sun., May 14, 2023 | 2:30 PM | Sandler Center, Virginia Beach 

The VSO welcomes two members of the legendary Silk Road Ensemble: the world’s leading virtuoso on the tabla, Sandeep Das, and composer Kayhan Kalhor! Music Director Eric Jacobsen takes us all on a journey from the farthest reaches of our universe to the most joyous human dance imaginable, an accessible emotional bridge to one of the world’s most ancient cultures.

Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Kayhan Kalhor, kamancheh
Sandeep Das, tabla
Karen Ouzounian, cello
Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus Women

Gabriel Fauré: Pie Jesu
Kayhan Kalhor: Blue as the Turquoise Night of Neyshabur
Gustav Holst: The Planets



Chris Thile: World Premiere | 5/19-5/21

Chris Thile: World Premiere

Fri., May 19, 2023 | 7:30 PM | Ferguson Center, Newport News
Sat., May 20, 2023 | 7:30 PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Sun., May 21, 2023 | 2:30 PM | Sandler Center, Virginia Beach

Join the VSO for the world premiere of mandolin master Chris Thile’s new concerto with orchestra! We are so proud that Chris has chosen the VSO for this opportunity – it’s a tribute to the orchestra and our music director’s dedication to collaboration and fostering new works at the crossroads of American music.

Made possible by the Susan S. Goode Performance Fund. Co-presented with the Virginia Arts Festival.

Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Chris Thile, mandolin


Nathaniel Stampley starred as ‘Porgy’ in the Broadway National Tour of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. He has also starred on Broadway in CATS, The Color Purple, and The Lion King. West End (London): The Lion King. Broadway National Tours include Ragtime and Orpheus Returns. Other credits include Big Love, Fiorello! and Lost in the Stars, New York City Center's Encores!; Abyssinia, Pacific Overtures, Strike Up the Band, One Touch of Venus, Violet, Once on This Island, Big River, The Color Purple, Dreamgirls, Show Boat, Harriet: The Woman Called Moses, El Capitan, Girl Crazy, and The King and I. He has performed in The Weill Music Institute concert series, Musical Explorers and Link Up with the Orchestra of St. Luke's at Carnegie Hall, and at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Other concerts include 92Y, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Elgin Symphony Orchestra (Naxos recording). El Paso Symphony Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, West Michigan Symphony and Bernstein's Mass with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra.


Ali EwoldtAli Ewoldt has appeared as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, Cosette in Les Miserables (Broadway, National Tour), The King and I (Broadway, Lyric Opera of Chicago), and Maria in West Side Story (National Tour, International Tour). Ali’s concert work includes: Alice Tully Hall, NY Pops at Carnegie Hall, Houston Symphony, Kaohsiung Symphony and The Boston Pops. Ali has a BA in psychology from Yale University and is a proud Filipina-American. @aliewoldt


Teri Hansen has received International recognition for her crossover abilities as a singing actress from Opera to Broadway and concert stages around the world. Miss Hansen made her Broadway debut in The Boys From Syracuse and starred in London’s West End as ‘Magnolia’ in Hal Prince’s Tony award winning production of Show Boat. Most recently she starred in the National Tours of The Sound Of Music (Elsa) and the Tony Award winning An American In Paris. Miss Hansen starred in tours of The Music Man as ‘Marian Paroo’, ‘Guenevere’ in Camelot and as ‘Magnolia’ in Show Boat. Internationally recognized as an interpreter of Weill, Miss Hansen starred as “Rose” in the film version of Kurt Weill’s Street Scene. Miss Hansen also toured for years with Marvin Hamlisch, appeared at the Lincoln Center singing Rodgers and Hammerstein, as well as regular appearances there as a part of the prestigious “Meet the Artist” series. Her solo CD “Into Your Arms…Love Songs of Richard Rodger’s” is available worldwide.



Sean MacLaughlin recently garnered critical acclaim across the country performing the role of Juan Peron in the Broadway National Tour of Evita. He has sung with countless symphony orchestras throughout the United States and Canada singing the music of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Rodgers. Broadway credits include Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera, Elton John’s Lestat, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman In White and Bombay Dreams. Other credits include Transport Groups Productions of The Audience, Requiem for William, and Baby: in Concert; South Pacific: In Concert at Carnegie Hall; Grand Hotel, Follies and More at Signature Theatre in DC; The Sondheim Celebration: Merrily We Roll Along and Chess at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Frank Wildhorn’s Excalibur and Webber’s Sunset Boulevard. Film includes HBO’s Something the Lord Made and Walking Shadows.


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.