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)
Sat, 22 Feb 2014 21:03:45 -0800
PARKERSBURG - Bowling and the symphony came together to make beautiful music Saturday at Emerson Lanes for the West Virginia Symphony League-Parkersburg's Bowling Ball IV fundraiser for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Becky Deem, past ...
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:15:00 -0700
The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra will feature Beethoven with violinist Korbinian Altenberger of Astral Artists Feb. 28-March 1. The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra will feature Beethoven with violinist Korbinian Altenberger of Astral Artists Feb.
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 13:56:15 -0800
Natalie Merchant joins the Virginia Symphony Orchestra for a performance at Christopher Newport University's Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News, Virginia, on Saturday. Along with new works, the show features favorites from throughout Merchant ...
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 20:52:30 -0800
classical. Rachmaninoff. Governor's School for the Arts Orchestra with Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Kayla Cummings on piano. 7:30 p.m. at Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, 201 Market St., Virginia Beach. 451-4711. www.gsarts.org.
Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:30:00 -0800
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- German violinist Korbinian Altenberger joins the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra this weekend for its symphonic series concerts at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Clay Center. He will perform Beethoven's Concerto for Violin in D ...
Williamsburg Yorktown Daily
Sun, 23 Feb 2014 02:07:30 -0800
vso logo Historic Triangle symphony fans will be able to hear a guitar featured in an upcoming performance. Guests to William and Mary's Phi Beta Kappa Hall can enjoy the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, joined by Russian guitarist Artyom Dervoed on the ...
Palm Beach Daily News
Tue, 11 Feb 2014 09:26:15 -0800
Falletta, who also is music director of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, has guest conducted more than 100 orchestras in North America. Morales is principal clarinetist of the Philadelphia Orchestra and formerly principal clarinetist of the ...
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:41:15 -0800
Performers in the festival include visiting artists Lindsey Goodman and Pamela Murchison of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Trifecta!, Triptych, Marshall faculty and students, and the Marshall Contemporary Music Ensemble. The festival will ...
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