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.
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.
- 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)
Boyertown Berk Montgomery Newspapers
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:01:53 -0700
... as both Operations and Orchestra Manager of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Production Manager of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Executive Director of the Binghamton Philharmonic, and General Manager of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
Daily Press (blog)
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:17:16 -0700
Local jazz man Jae Sinnett has confirmed that he and his trio will be performing with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra on Friday, Oct. 10, at the Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News. That is part of a package of new shows the Ferguson Center ...
Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:07:30 -0700
The Clay Center and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra are hosting an afternoon of free family entertainment at Summer Fun Day, today from noon to 5 p.m. The annual event includes free museum gallery, film and planetarium show admission, live ...
Sat, 26 Jul 2014 19:37:30 -0700
Symphony by the Sea: Virginia Symphony Orchestra performs favorite movie music outdoors at 7:30 pm Thursday in 31st Street Park on the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Free. (757) 498-0215. The Flaming Shilellaghs in traditional Irish and Celtic music for ...
ReadMedia (press release)
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:07:30 -0700
In 2011, he won his first full-time orchestral position, as piccolo/third flute with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. The next year, Galatis was appointed the piccolo/third flute for the Oregon Symphony Orchestra. He has played with numerous orchestras ...
Huntington Herald Dispatch
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:26:15 -0700
... by the candy man himself, Willy Wonka, played by stage veteran Ryan Hardiman, who's starred in dozens of productions in Charleston and Huntington, and has sang with both the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Huntington Symphony Orchestra.
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:18:45 -0700
5 at 7:30 p.m. The quartet-in-residence for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Montclaire String Quartet performed at the very first concert of the Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society in September 1990; their return visit is happily anticipated.
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:22:30 -0700
West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Inc., Charleston, Kanawha County: $5,000 for contracted artist/professional fees and travel costs for “Life Is Better With Music: Montclair String Quartet Tour FY2015.” West Virginia Youth Symphony, Charleston, Kanawha ...
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