Hampton Roads, VA [February 16, 2018] – The Virginia Symphony Orchestra continues the 2017-2018 season with a night of Classics from Chopin and Brahms.

Led by Music Director JoAnn Falletta, the program begins with Mendelssohn’s poetic work, Fingal’s Cave, before Prisca BenoitFrench pianist, Prisca Benoît, takes the stage for a special performance of Chopin’s moving Piano Concerto No. 2.

 Currently the resident artist for Sentara’s Music and Medicine program, Prisca Benoît has been hailed for her “intense and powerful sound” and her “refined pianistic touch with countless colors.” After graduating with honors from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (CNSM) of Paris and furthering her studies at Indiana University, Ms. Benoit, a prizewinner at major international piano competitions, has performed with prestigious orchestras including Bordeaux-Aquitaine, Capitole of Toulouse, New Japan Philharmonic and National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, to name a few.

A recording artist, Ms. Benoît continues to appear regularly as a soloist and chamber musician in different parts of the world.  As a well-recognized educator and sought-after pedagogical innovator, and an Associate Professor of piano at the Superior National Conservatory of Music of Paris, she has incorporated the principles of paramedical specialties into her piano pedagogy and has collaborated for many years with Dr. Kamal Chémali in researching the relation between music and medicine.  Their lecture-concerts have captivated musicians and scientists alike, all over the world.

Concluding the program is Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, written twenty-one years after the piece that inspired it, Beethoven’s Ninth. 

Performances are on Friday, February 23 at 8 P.M. at Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News; Saturday, February 24 at 8 P.M. at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk; and Sunday, February 25 at 2:30 P.M. Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach.

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 757.213.1436.

Support for the Norfolk Classics series is provided by Norfolk Southern.  Classics from Chopin in Brahms is sponsored by Sentara and is presented in partnership with the Sentara Music and Medicine Center.

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Under the leadership of GRAMMY-winning music director JoAnn Falletta, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra is Virginia’s preeminent professional symphony orchestra with a mission of inspiring, educating and connecting audiences of all ages.

Founded in 1921, it is ranked in the top ten percent of professional orchestras nationwide and serves the entire Southeastern Virginia region with Classics, Pops and Family concert series in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Newport News and Williamsburg as well as performances in outlying Virginia and North Carolina communities, reaching nearly 150,000 concert-goers every year. Additionally, the orchestra annually reaches 45,000 children, students and lifelong learners with its education and community programs. The Virginia Symphony has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center and is the cornerstone of the performing arts in Hampton Roads.

 

 

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February 16, 2018

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