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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.

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra performs in Hampton Roads and Williams Berg.

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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allan Kozinn (17 April 1997). "A Consolidated Orchestra That's Thriving". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 

External links[edit]



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Wed, 29 Apr 2015 21:00:33 -0700

This weekend, The Mouse will co-star with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in a performance of "Fantasia: Live in Concert" at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach. In a mixed program showing scenes from the film while the VSO ...

Daily Press

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Thu, 21 May 2015 17:14:17 -0700

Virginia Symphony Orchestra: The symphony will do a series of free outdoor shows throughout the region. Schedule — May 29: Smithfield Times Gazebo in Smithfield (8 p.m.); May 30: Riverside Walter Reed Hospital in Gloucester (8 p.m.); June 21: City ...
 
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Thu, 14 May 2015 06:30:12 -0700

On Saturday, May 16, 2015, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., come out to Second Calvary Baptist Church located at 2930 Corprew Avenue/Norfolk for Harmony Night on the Southside. This musical event, a Harmony Project of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in ...
 
Charleston Daily Mail
Tue, 19 May 2015 14:22:30 -0700

The monthly concert series will also feature the Ryan Kennedy Trio, the Montclaire String Quartet, Shayla Leftridge and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Horn Trio. “You can't turn down a free concert,” Forbes said. The Brown Bag Concert Series is ...
 
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Thu, 21 May 2015 10:26:15 -0700

On May 29, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra will put on a jazz show at the Gazebo stage in front of the Smithfield Times builtding on Main Street. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and cross your fingers for clear skies. cComments. Got something to say ...
 
Williamsburg Yorktown Daily
Tue, 19 May 2015 01:15:15 -0700

The festival concludes at 7 p.m. Sunday when celebrated baroque conductor Nicholas McGegan will appear at the Williamsburg Lodge with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. He will lead the orchestra in performances of several noted works by Handel ...
 
Williamsburg Yorktown Daily
Wed, 11 Mar 2015 02:00:00 -0700

The concert includes a performance by these musicians. They will play Haydn's Sinfonia Concertante. (Photo courtesy Virginia Symphony Orchestra). The Virginia Symphony Orchestra will play a concert at 8 p.m. Thursday at Phi Beta Kappa Hall at the ...

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Daily Press
Fri, 15 May 2015 12:26:48 -0700

Free symphony: The Virginia Symphony Orchestra will do a free show at City Center in Newport News on Sunday, and the Virginia Arts Festival is bringing Audra McDonald and Jackie Evancho to Norfolk. Comedy Pushers: The local comedy troupe The ...
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