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)
The Virginia Symphony Orchestra- Rachmaninoff
The Virginia Symphony Orchestra Performing Rachmaninoff's "Isle of the Dead" at The Sandler Center in Virginia Beach.
Virginia Symphony Opening Night Video Blog
"Rachmaninoff Shines on Opening Night"...September 17, 2011 at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. A video blog of Opening Night a...
All Access Hampton Roads: Virginia Symphony Orchestra
All Access Hampton Roads features the Virginia Symphony Orchestra as scene on The Hampton Roads Show.
A Day In The Life | Virginia Symphony Orchestra Time-lapse
All photography and editing was done by Dave Norman. These photos were taken during the 2011-2012 season finale at The Ferguson Center Newport News, VA.
Superman Theme - John Williams - Virginia Symphony
Virginia Symphony, Concert on The Great Lawn, Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Virginia September 2013.
Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Vso performa at sandler center.
Led Zeppelin and Virginia Symphony Orchestra
"Stairway to Heaven" Classical meets classic rock when the Virginia Symphony Orchestra plays the music of Led Zeppelin at the nTelos Pavilion in Portsmouth, ...
(media) West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Takes You Behind the Music
It's one thing to go to the Clay Center and listen to the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, but it's another when the maestro himself takes the time to expla...
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Bring Him Home -- Daniel Rodriguez and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Bring Him Home Daniel Rodriguez and the Virginia Symphony Pops Orchestra The Virginia Symphony, under the leadership Assistant Director Benjamin Rous, and Da...
Tue, 05 Nov 2013 09:15:00 -0800
Cello Everybody! I had the opportunity to interview one of the fantastic cello players of our Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Rebecca Gilmore Phillips. The music that she adds to our wonderful orchestra is phenominal! Please take a listen to our interview ...
Sat, 16 Nov 2013 00:20:32 -0800
The one being celebrated by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra represents a different type of marriage, one that began with a chance meeting in 1939. According to a 1982 account in The Charleston Gazette, William Wiant, a professional musician in ...
Tue, 19 Nov 2013 07:33:45 -0800
The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 75th Anniversary during the 2013-2014 season. As West Virginia's premier performing arts organization, the WVSO presents more than 50 concerts annually to audiences throughout the Mountain State.
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:51:38 -0800
West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg: $500 to purchase a laptop computer. * West Virginia University Foundation, Bonnie Wells Wilson Mobile Mammography Program: $5,500 to support screening mammograms for women in Doddridge, Gilmer, ...
Daily Mail - Charleston
Wed, 20 Nov 2013 21:43:38 -0800
The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra board of directors and the West Virginia Symphony League present the Diamonds are Forever Symphony Gala Saturday at the Clay Center. A cocktail reception will begin the evening, followed by live music, food and ...
Huntington Herald Dispatch
Sun, 01 Dec 2013 21:00:32 -0800
FEMALE: A breathtaking performance by an all-female musical quartet takes place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Clay Center, Charleston. Celtic Woman, co-presented with West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, combines angelic vocalists with a mesmerizing ...
Huntington Herald Dispatch
Mon, 02 Dec 2013 20:52:30 -0800
Home for Christmas - The Symphony Tour co-presented with West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Clay Center for the Performing Arts, Charleston. "A Christmas Carol", 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3. ticketmaster.com. Vern Riffe Center for the Arts, Shawnee State ...
Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:00:00 -0800
JoAnn serves as the Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Principal Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center ...
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