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 Outer Banks Voice
The Outer Banks Voice
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:48:45 -0700
Admired for his dynamism on the podium, Benjamin Rous began his tenure as associate conductor of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in 2010 and quickly became a favorite among audiences throughout the Hampton Roads region. He is an audience ...
Williamsburg Yorktown Daily
Sat, 25 Apr 2015 01:26:15 -0700
Virginia Symphony Orchestra sponsor Bert Aaron and local businessman Adam Steely have launched an effort to raise funds for the symphony's annual Independence Day concert in Colonial Williamsburg. The concert has traditionally been funded by the ...
The Logan Banner
Wed, 15 Apr 2015 09:07:30 -0700
Logan has been selected as one of only two cities for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra's 2015 Spring Tour. The ARTS, the new non-profit theatre company that has been bringing shows like “Smoke on the Mountain” and “Shek” to the Coalfield Jamboree ...
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:18:45 -0700
He supports the Neptune Festival in Virginia Beach and is responsible for bringing the Virginia Symphony Orchestra to the Oceanfront each summer, funding six to eight performances at the 31st Street Stage. Breeden is an avid animal lover and horse racer.
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 13:20:49 -0700
A collaboration between the Virginia Arts Festival, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Chrysler Museum of Art, the one-act opera, which opened Saturday night at Chrysler Hall, came up just short of magnificent. Bartok's roiling, evocative music ...
Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:22:30 -0700
“Throughout the year we do large works in combination with University Choir and Chamber Choir, and we've done a couple of things with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, as well,” Herold said. “But this is really unique in that we'll be ...
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 21:07:24 -0700
Panelists include: Kathy D'Antoni, state assistant superintendent of schools; Betty King, vice president of operations and education for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra; Carolyn Long, president of the West Virginia University Institute of ...
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:06:46 -0700
One of the classes on the spring schedule, “Behind the Scenes with Maestro Grant Cooper and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra,” gives students exclusive access to Cooper and a private rehearsal of the WVSO, on April 30. Other courses offered during ...
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