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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)

References[edit]

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

External links[edit]



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Virginia Gazette

Virginia Gazette
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 13:16:17 -0800

Following the release of its upcoming Classics season, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2016-2017 Pops season, including tributes to The Beatles, Elton John, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. The season kicks off Sept. 17 with ...

The Virginian-Pilot (subscription) (blog)

The Virginian-Pilot (subscription) (blog)
Fri, 22 Jan 2016 12:07:13 -0800

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra has announced the lineup for its 2016-17 classics season, including a collaboration with the Chrysler Museum of Art and the world premiere of a work by composer Kenneth Fuchs . During the season, the VSO's 96th and ...

Virginia Gazette

Virginia Gazette
Tue, 19 Jan 2016 13:52:26 -0800

Continuing its 2015-2016 Pops season, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra celebrates Sinatra, who would've turned 100 in December, with an upcoming performance from vocalist Steve Lippia. His vocal stylings reminiscent of a young Sinatra, Bobby Darin ...

Virginia Gazette

Virginia Gazette
Fri, 22 Jan 2016 10:32:31 -0800

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra, under direction of JoAnn Falletta, will continue a high quality of musicianship into its 96th season. The Virginia Symphony Orchestra, under direction of JoAnn Falletta, will continue a high quality of musicianship into ...

The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)

The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)
Thu, 28 Jan 2016 22:33:45 -0800

And movie-music lovers can hear their favorite scores come to life in a performance by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra will present “John Williams: All the Blockbusters,” conducted by Maestro Grant Cooper, at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb.
 
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)
Wed, 27 Jan 2016 01:22:30 -0800

FAIRMONT — The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra will present “John Williams: All the Blockbusters,” conducted by Maestro Grant Cooper, at 8 p.m. Feb. 8 in Colebank Hall on Fairmont State University's campus in Fairmont. For advance tickets, call the ...

The Virginian-Pilot (subscription) (blog)

The Virginian-Pilot (subscription) (blog)
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 11:52:30 -0800

Benoit, along with Dr. Kamal Chemali, a neurologist and the director of Sentara's Music and Medicine Center, hope to inspire and educate audiences during the Virginia Symphony Orchestra's Beethoven Festival. Benoit will perform four concerts with the ...

Virginian-Pilot

Virginian-Pilot
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 12:26:49 -0800

As part of the nationwide Music In Our Schools month, the Virginia Symphony will honor outstanding teachers, administrators, school programs and advocates who promote music education in Hampton Roads. The VSO will accept nominations from the public ...
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