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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.

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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Wed, 26 Mar 2014 06:30:00 -0700

I had the pleasure of sitting down with one of the most charismatic and well-loved people in our area, Mr. Benjamin Rous, resident conductor of our Virginia Symphony Orchestra. If you've ever seen Mr. Rous conduct, you are certainly familiar with his ...
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:18:45 -0700

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Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:30:00 -0700

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Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:10:52 -0700

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Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:16:29 -0700

The native of Massillon was previously acting principal trumpet with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. . Ernst succeeds Robert Sullivan, who was appointed in 2008 and is now professor of trumpet at Northwestern University. Saturday Sounds at the Taft.


Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:00:00 -0700

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Sun, 30 Mar 2014 02:46:08 -0700

... a Group 1 orchestra (Marin Alsop at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra) and one Group 2 (JoAnn Falletta of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Buffalo Symphony Orchestra), you're seeing a lot more people ascending from the small-budget orchestras.
Roanoke Times
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:15:03 -0700

10 a.m. Free. Grandin Village. 598-1118. April 26: Natalie Cole with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m. $110 to $150. Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg. 231-5300. April 26-27: PetEx. Times and prices vary. Roanoke Civic Center. 853 ...

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