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Chris Thile

Ferguson Center for the Arts 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News, VA, United States

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 […]

Opening Weekend: Pictures at an Exhibition

Ferguson Center for the Arts 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News, VA, United States

Eric Jacobsen, conductor Valerie Coleman: Fanfare for Uncommon Times Mason Bates: Philharmonia Fantastique Modest Mussorgsky/Maurice Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition Join us for a stunning start to the season with Pictures at an Exhibition, Mussorgsky’s evocative musical journey through an art gallery, lushly orchestrated by Ravel to showcase the virtuosity of the orchestra. Rounding out the […]

Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Eric & Colin Jacobsen

Ferguson Center for the Arts 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News, VA, United States

Eric Jacobsen, conductor Colin Jacobsen, violin Ludwig van Beethoven: Coriolan Overture Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concerto Music Director Eric Jacobsen welcomes his brother, accomplished violinist Colin Jacobsen, to perform with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra for our annual Beethoven celebration! Beethoven’s triumphant Violin Concerto is one of the most beloved of the repertoire, and […]

Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony

Ferguson Center for the Arts 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News, VA, United States

JoAnn Falletta, conductor Brendon Elliott, violin Virginia Symphony Orchestra 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" As part of the Lafayette 200 celebration, Music Director Laureate JoAnn Falletta leads the Virginia Symphony Orchestra & Chorus […]

Psycho in Concert: Film with Orchestra

Ferguson Center for the Arts 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News, VA, United States

Morihiko Nakahara, conductor 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. Psycho […]

Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony

Ferguson Center for the Arts 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News, VA, United States

Thomas Wilkins, conductor Michelle Cann, piano Maurice Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin Franz Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 Rachmaninoff’s sweepingly romantic Second Symphony under the baton of VSO Principal Guest Conductor Thomas Wilkins will enchant you with its heartfelt melodies. Liszt’s First Piano Concerto is a dazzling vehicle to highlight […]

COFFEE CONCERT: Appalachian Spring

Ferguson Center for the Arts 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News, VA, United States

Eric Jacobsen, conductor Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring This year marks the 80th anniversary of the premiere of Martha Graham’s Appalachian Spring ballet, where audiences first heard the iconic strains of Copland’s music that would come to define an American musical language. His suite of music from the ballet […]

Appalachian Spring & Aoife O’Donovan

Ferguson Center for the Arts 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News, VA, United States

Eric Jacobsen, conductor Aoife O’Donovan, vocalist Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man Aoife O'Donovan: America, Come Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring This year marks the 80th anniversary of the premiere of Martha Graham’s Appalachian Spring ballet, where audiences first heard the iconic strains of Copland’s music that would come to define an American musical language. […]

Holiday POPS!

Ferguson Center for the Arts 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News, VA, United States

Robert Shoup, conductor Virginia Symphony Orchestra Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus 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 […]

Dancing in the Street: The Music of Motown

Ferguson Center for the Arts 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News, VA, United States

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 […]