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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.

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)


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

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Daily Press
Fri, 06 Feb 2015 09:03:45 -0800

Thursday, 3/5, at 7:30PM at Ferguson Center -- Mary Chapin Carpenter will join the Virginia Symphony Orchestra for a very special evening of songs from her debut orchestral record, “Songs From The Movie.” Arranged and conducted by six-time Grammy ...
Charleston Gazette
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:03:45 -0800

Courtesy: West Virginia Symphony Orchestra The performances this weekend require the largest orchestra of the WVSO's 2014-15 season. Related Facts. Want to go? INFObod: The West Virginia Symphony plays Gustav Mahler's Sixth Symphony and Franz ...
Parkersburg News
Mon, 09 Feb 2015 07:33:45 -0800

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is eliminating a family concert series and reducing other concert performances from two nights to one night in a move to make its operations more efficient and cost-effective. Classical and ...
The Virginian-Pilot
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:52:30 -0800

Cellist Amit Peled with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. 2:30 p.m. at Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach. www.virginiasymphony.org. Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum ...
Charleston Daily Mail
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:37:30 -0800

Christian, 36, is principal timpanist for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. He moved to Charleston from Charlotte, N.C., in 2013 to accept the joint position with West Virginia State University and the orchestra. Most orchestra members don't live ...

Charleston Gazette

Charleston Gazette
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:03:45 -0800

He had heard about the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, based in Charleston. And word of mouth told him that there was a double vacancy there — with the orchestra and with The Montclaire String Quartet, which is part of the orchestra. In 2009, his ...

Charleston Gazette

Charleston Gazette
Wed, 04 Feb 2015 22:00:00 -0800

Courtesy Vladimir Tsarkov promised that Cirque de la Symphonie would have plenty to keep people entertained while they listen to the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra this weekend. Courtesy Alina Sergeeva will also appear this weekend with Cirque de ...

Huntington Herald Dispatch

Huntington Herald Dispatch
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:03:45 -0800

CHARLESTON - The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Grant Cooper performs two grand symphonies, Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 5 and Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 6, "Tragic" in its concert, An Emotional Journey. Part of the ...

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