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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 Williams Berg.

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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William and Mary News

Williamsburg Yorktown Daily
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 01:03:45 -0700

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra's popular “Symphony Under the Stars” fall outdoor concert series is returning for four concerts the week leading up to Labor Day. “Symphony Under the Stars” is an annual event that acts as a prelude to the VSO's upcoming ...
Beckley Register-Herald
Sun, 30 Aug 2015 00:03:42 -0700

For decades, the Beckley Area Foundation has given the gift of music to the public in the form of a free concert on Labor Day. As always, the concert is at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7 at the Woodrow Wilson High School auditorium. But this year, there ...

Daily Press

Daily Press
Tue, 11 Aug 2015 15:21:00 -0700

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Suffolk News-Herald

Suffolk News-Herald
Fri, 21 Aug 2015 19:26:15 -0700

... the shift in American warfare as drones take over the battlefield; and Shakespeare's “The Tempest,” a special two-day event next April at Chrysler Hall, where the company will be joined by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Virginia Symphony Chorus.

The Fayette Tribune

The Fayette Tribune
Wed, 19 Aug 2015 03:18:45 -0700

Marybeth Kirkpatrick, a member of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra for 35 years, will be the new conductor and will gently lead the students in how to perform easy, yet lively and fun, arrangements for string orchestra. The conductor of the New ...
Broadway World
Mon, 17 Aug 2015 12:21:14 -0700

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Virginia Symphony Chorus performing the music of Sibelius, conducted by Joann Faletta. Continuing with VSC tradition, A Christmas Carol, will return to The Wells Theatre, December 9 - 24. New Pricing Structure: In ...

State Journal

State Journal
Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:18:45 -0700

Effective Aug. 1, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is expected to be fully relocated and operational at a new location. The Symphony will relocate from its current offices located within the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences to its own facility ...
Daily Press
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 20:11:15 -0700

A rocket blew up on Sunday, barely two minutes into a flight that was supposed to deliver supplies to the International Space Station. No lives were lost, but some hopes were dashed and some plans postponed. The Falcon 9 rocket, developed by the ...

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