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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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106 news items

The Virginian-Pilot

The Virginian-Pilot
Sun, 26 Oct 2014 14:56:15 -0700

Fun fun fun!!! Everyone had a blast today at our Virginia Symphony Orchestra's Spooktacular performance at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts. The musicians dressed up in their favorite Halloween costumes. They even had a skeleton as a conductor!

NBC4 Washington (blog)

NBC4 Washington (blog)
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:37:30 -0700

You've probably seen or read the story of Dr. Frankenstein and his monster -- but we're guessing it was probably never while sitting in front of a live orchestra. On Saturday, Nov. 1, you can head to Virginia Beach to catch a screening of the original ...
Parkersburg News
Sun, 12 Oct 2014 20:11:15 -0700

PARKERSBURG — "Celebrating Lyricism," the second concert of West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg's 2014-15 season — will be 3 p.m. Oct. 19 at Blennerhassett School Auditorium on Jewell Road near Parkersburg. Tickets are $20 for adults ...
Point Pleasant Register
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 15:07:30 -0700

ASHTON — Students at Hannan Jr./Sr. High School recently experienced the sights, sounds and sensations of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. The performance was lead by conductor maestro Grant Cooper, and was a part of the orchestra's fall tour, ...
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:02:16 -0700

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra performed tonight at Fairmont State University . The performance was conducted by Maestro Grant Cooper with feature cello soloist, Julie Albers. Byron Adams, the composer of one of the pieces, was also present for ...
Williamsburg Yorktown Daily
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:11:15 -0700

Acclaimed conductor Nicholas McGegan will take the baton to lead the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in concert, while smaller, intimate Coffee Concerts feature the Quicksilver chamber group and André-Michel Schub on piano with the Virginia Arts Festival ...

The Virginian-Pilot

The Virginian-Pilot
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:56:15 -0700

This event would have been so much cooler tonight, but this merger of one of Hollywood's classic horror films and classical music will take place the night after Halloween. That's when the Virginia Symphony Orchestra will screen "Frankenstein," the ...

Washington University in St. Louis News

Washington University in St. Louis News
Mon, 06 Oct 2014 09:52:30 -0700

He previously served as principal bassoon of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra under the baton of JoAnn Falletta. The Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Steven Jarvi. The 75-piece ensemble, which draws musicians from across the university campus, ...

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