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)
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 ...
Thu, 06 Nov 2014 10:11:15 -0800
Last month's beautiful performance of Carmina Burana by the Richmond Ballet and our Virginia Symphony Orchestra was nothing short of stunning! The dancers seemed to glide over the stage at Chrysler Hall while the powerful music permeated the air.
Penn State News
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:48:45 -0800
Collins performs with the Hoodlebug Brass Quintet (IUP's faculty brass quintet), Keystone Wind Ensemble, and Keystone Chamber Winds and is currently acting principal tuba with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Recent solo and chamber ...
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 08:41:15 -0800
November 17, 2014 - Richmond, Virginia Kick off the holidays with the sounds of the season! Join the Richmond Symphony and Richmond Symphony Chorus, on Saturday, December 6 at 8:00pm and Sunday, December 7 at 3:00pm, at the Carpenter Theatre ...
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:26:15 -0800
“We've done some cross-curricular teaching and have developed some resources where the students, before they come to the concert, have the option to study the story,” said Betty King, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra vice president of Operations ...
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:33:45 -0800
The Charleston Ballet, in conjunction with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, will present the holiday classis “The Nutcrack,” featuring more than 75 local dancers from the guest artists of the Columbia Classical Ballet, directed by K.R. Pauley and ...
Charleston Daily Mail
Thu, 13 Nov 2014 21:25:19 -0800
West Virginia instrumental music students in grades 9 to 12 are encouraged to apply for the Andrew and Amy Vaughan Student Symphonic Fellowship through the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra by Nov. 21. Selected fellows will sit alongside WVSO ...
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