HAMPTON ROADS, VA [Sept. 29, 2017] The Virginia Symphony Orchestra will present an evening of music and conversation exploring the artistic expression of veterans in response to their unique experiences.

The concert and conversation will be led by the VSO’s Resident Conductor Benjamin Rous. “Voices of Veterans” will feature the work of composers and artists who used their creativity to process their own experiences of war, and will include engaging community conversations about the challenges armed forces personnel and their families face, both in the line of duty and in their civilian lives. Through themes ranging from isolation, fear, and trauma to pride, valor, and brotherhood, the program uses music to explore aspects of military service that are often hard to put in words.

This concert is the first this season in the four-concert series held at Tidewater Community College’s Roper Performing Arts Center in Downtown Norfolk. Through an educational partnership with TCC, the #VSOatRoper series seeks to provide an engaging, educational concert experience that offers deeper insights into the music and furthers conversation about topics of importance to our community. This year, we start the season with gratitude and respect for the remarkable contributions of our local military community.

“Voices of Veterans” will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 6, 2017 at the Roper Performing Arts Center.

The audience will be encouraged to use their smartphones throughout the evening to engage in the conversation via social media. Tickets start at $9 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.


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.




September 12, 2017

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