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The Virginia Symphony Orchestra (VSO) is an American orchestra serving the Hampton Roads metro area. The orchestra performs more than 200 concerts throughout the region notably at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk, The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach, the Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News, PBK Hall at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg and at Regent University in Virginia Beach. The VSO also works closely with Virginia Opera and the Virginia Arts Festival as well as every school district in the region.

The orchestra was founded in 1920 as the Norfolk Symphony, and was for a time the only American orchestra between Baltimore and Atlanta. During the US economic crisis and recession of the 1970s, the Virginia Symphony assumed its present form in 1979 with the merger of the Norfolk Symphony, Peninsula Symphony Orchestra, and the Virginia Beach Pops Symphony.[1]

Past music directors of the orchestra have included Henry Cowles Whitehead, Edgar Schenkman and Russell Stanger. In May 1991, JoAnn Falletta was appointed the orchestra’s eleventh music director. Its current President and Executive Director is Eric Borenstein.

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra performs in Hampton Roads and Williamsburg.

Music directors[edit]

  • Walter Edward Howe (1921–?)
  • W. Henry Baker
  • Bart Wirtz
  • Arthur Fickenscher
  • Frank L. Delpino
  • Henry Cowles Whitehead (1934–1948)
  • Edgar Schenkman (1948–1966)
  • Russell Stanger (1966–1980)
  • Richard Williams (1980–1986)
  • Winston Dan Vogel (1986–1990)
  • JoAnn Falletta (1991–present)


  1. ^ Allan Kozinn (17 April 1997). "A Consolidated Orchestra That's Thriving". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 

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The Virginian-Pilot

The Virginian-Pilot
Fri, 18 Sep 2015 14:00:53 -0700

As she celebrates her 25th anniversary with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, music director JoAnn Falletta has agreed to stay on another five years. The VSO announced Friday that Falletta has extended her contract and will remain with the orchestra ...
West Virginia MetroNews
Fri, 18 Sep 2015 08:45:00 -0700

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Opening night for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra begins this Saturday in Charleston, but this season concerts will transition from two nights per week to one night per week. “We're going to single nights to where our audience ...
Wed, 09 Sep 2015 20:00:01 -0700

"The celebration heroes theme is following the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra's theme that they set every year. We are very excited because we're going to offer nominations to the community, where folks can go online and nominate someone that they ...

Hawaii Public Radio-HPR2

Hawaii Public Radio-HPR2
Tue, 22 Sep 2015 08:11:15 -0700

... as Artistic Advisor. The New York Times calls her one of the finest conductors of her generation, in demand internationally for her vivacity and control. She is also Music Director for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony ...

Buffalo Business First

Tue, 22 Sep 2015 15:00:35 -0700

But what I will not have to do is have the daily responsibility of an artistic director. And be able to concentrate on other musical things too like composition." For a complete schedule of West Virginia Symphony Orchestra performances you can go here.
Williamsburg Yorktown Daily
Thu, 24 Sep 2015 01:05:19 -0700

Southeastern Virginia's only full-time professional orchestra is welcoming five new musicians on board for the 2015-16 season. Virginia Symphony Orchestra is opening its 96th season later this month under the guidance of music director JoAnn Falletta ...
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 07:55:42 -0700

Coordinated by the West Virginia Symphony League, the event benefits the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Admission is $75. For ticket information and other details, visit here. For information about other Charleston area events, visit the Charleston ...
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 20:46:04 -0700

For ticket information you can visit wvfashionshow.com. All proceeds benefit the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Previous: Huntington Police Investigate Stabbing In Marcum Terrace AreaNext: Media Locked Out Of Portion Of Blankenship Proceedings On ...

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