HAMPTON ROADS, VIRGINIA [May 24, 2023] – The Virginia Symphony Orchestra will present “Symphony Under the Stars” and “Symphony on the Lawn,” conducted by VSO’s Director of Education, Helen Martell and featuring Angelica Michelle, vocalist.
This year’s concerts, in partnership with the Gloucester Arts Festival and The Historic Cavalier Hotel, are free and open to the public.
The Symphony Under the Stars performance will be held Saturday, June 3, 2023, at 8 p.m. at the corner of Main and Walter Reed Way in Gloucester, Virginia.
The Symphony on the Lawn performance will be held Sunday, June 11, 2023, 7:45 p.m., at the Cavalier Hotel, Virginia Beach, Virginia.
The repertoire for this year’s concerts will include works from classical greats like Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship” from Scheherazade, plus music from popular contemporary composers like Alan Menken’s “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid, and Lin-Manuel Miranda and Mark Mancina’s “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana. For a comprehensive look at the repertoire, visit Concerts – Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
These performances are supported in part by the Arts Alliance, the Newport News Arts Commission, the York County 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.
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.