2017-2018 Classics Series


See our programming for the 2017 - 2018 Classics Season. You can view the brochure here. Remaining shows for the 2016-2017 season can also be viewed below. 


2017-2018 Classics 

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From a Five-Time Grammy Winner to Holst’s The Planets

Friday, September 22, 2017, 8PM, Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News
Saturday, September 23, 2017, 8PM, Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Sunday, September 24, 2017, 2:30PM, Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach

Five-time Grammy award-winning bassist and a graduate of Denbigh High in Newport News, Victor Wooten performs The Bass Whisperer, composed especially for him.  Named one of the “Top 10 Bassists of All Time” by Rolling Stone, Wooten has been the bassist for Bela Fleck and the Flecktones since the group’s formation in 1988.  From the mighty Mars to the cinematic Jupiter, Holst's The Planets has inspired sci-fi movie music for generations! In celebration of NASA Langley’s 100th Anniversary join the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and take a dazzling trip through the galaxy. 

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Victor Wooten, double bass
Women of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Robert Shoup, Chorusmaster

Randall Svane: Quantum Flight
Conni Ellisor: The Bass Whisperer
Holst: The Planets

 
           
 

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The Best of Wagner’s Ring Cycle

Friday, October 20, 2017, 8PM, Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 8PM, Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Sunday, October 22, 2017, 2:30PM, Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach

Wagner’s 15-hour Ring Cycle is to opera what Lord of the Rings is to literature and film!  The Ring includes some of the most scintillating music ever written – join us as JoAnn Falletta and a special guest narrator weave this timeless fairy tale into a manageable, magical evening and epic work of love, greed, revenge and jealousy in both the human and godly realms!

JoAnn Falletta, conductor

Wagner: The Ring

           
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From the Music of Bach, to the Reformation Symphony

Friday, November 03, 2017, 8PM, Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News
Saturday, November 04, 2017, 8PM, Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Sunday, November 05, 2017, 2:30PM, Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach

We mark the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation by presenting one of Felix Mendelssohn’s grandest symphonies, one written “to celebrate the Church Revolution,” together with the piece that inspired it – Bach’s Cantata No. 80. We will hear two wonderful keyboard concerti from Bach’s hand, performed by the renowned international star and best-selling pianist Simone Dinnerstein to her first performances ever in Hampton Roads.

Benjamin Rous, conductor
Simone Dinnerstein, piano
Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Robert Shoup, Chorusmaster

Bach: Cantata No. 80 (Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott)
Bach: Keyboard Concerto 
Mendelssohn: Reformation Symphony

           
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Handel's Messiah

Friday, December 15, 2017, 8PM, First Baptist Church Newport News, Newport News
Saturday, December 16, 2017, 8PM, Harrison Opera House, Norfolk

JoAnn Falletta conducts the Virginia Symphony Orchestra for the time-honored Christmas tradition of George Frideric Handel’s revered oratorio, Messiah. Get in the spirit of the season with this distinguished performance of Handel’s sacred masterpiece that presents the austere and dramatic narrative of the Messiah. From Isaiah’s prophecies to the Hallelujah Chorus, you will be brought to your feet in the Messiah performance of the season.

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus, etc.

Handel: Messiah

           
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A Roman Holiday

Friday, January 19, 2018, 8PM, Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News
Saturday, January 20, 2018, 8PM, Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Sunday, January 21, 2018, 2:30PM, Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach

Share the warmth of the seven hills of Rome as the Orchestra features Respighi’s powerful Roman Festivals, the third in his popular “Roman Trilogy” of orchestral favorites.  This enchanted concert opens with Beethoven’s ever beloved Violin Concerto performed through the hands of master soloist Tianwa Yang, quoted to be, “the most important violinist to come on the scene in many a year.”   The beautiful intermezzo from Cavelleria Rusticana is one of those timeless pieces you never forget.

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Tianwa Yang, Violin

Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana 
Respighi: Roman Festivals

 

           
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Classics from Chopin and Brahms

Friday, February 23, 2018, 8PM, Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News
Saturday, February 24, 2018, 8PM, Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Sunday, February 25, 2018, 2:30PM, Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach

A Virginia premiere brings this concert to light with Stravinsky’s Funeral Song which was recently rediscovered in 2015 in the St. Petersburg Conservatory.  French pianist, Prisca Benoit, known for her intense and powerful sound, and for a refined pianistic touch with countless range of colors performs Chopin’s moving Piano Concerto No. 2.  Twenty-one years of its conception Brahms wrote its first symphony after hearing Beethoven’s Ninth, both pieces in D minor. 

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Prisca Benoit, piano

Stravinsky: Funeral Song (Virginia premiere)
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2
Brahms: Symphony No. 1

 

           
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Scheherazade ,and a Philip Glass Fantasy

Friday, March 09, 2018, 8PM, Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News
Saturday, March 10, 2018, 8PM, Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Sunday, March 11, 2018, 2:30PM, Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach

Join guest conductor Eric Jacobsen (conductor and co-founder of the out-of-the-box orchestral ensemble The Knights) for a contemporary masterwork by Philip Glass, featuring two of the VSO’s beloved principal players, Michael Laubach and Robert Cross.  This performance will thrill audiences in substance and style with its fantasy for two timpanists.  Scheherazade is the musical portrayal of a story from One Thousand and One Nights in which the Persian queen Scheherazade saves her own life through cunning story-telling.

Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Michael Laubach, timpani
Robert Cross, timpani

Philip Glass: Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

           
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Carmina Burana PLUS a World Premiere!

Friday, April 06, 2018, 8PM, Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News
Saturday, April 07, 2018, 8PM, Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Sunday, April 8, 2018, 2:30PM,2 Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach

The VSO’s Classics season closes with one of the most recognizable works of all time – Carmina Burana.  Based on 24 of the poems found in the medieval collection Carmina Burana, this 20th-century choral masterpiece has been heard countless times in film, television and even at professional sporting events. Also on this dynamic program is a World Premiere of Michael Daugherty’s Concerto for Orchestra, commissioned by Susan and David Goode and inspired byon the steam locomotive photography of O. Winston Link.  Our partners for this production include the Virginia Transportation Museum and the O. Winston Link Museum in Roanoke.

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Virginia Children's Chorus

Michael Daugherty: Concerto for Orchestra (World Premier)
Orff: Carmina Burana

           


STILL AHEAD IN 2016-2017  

 

A Night at the Movies

Friday, February 10, 2017, 8PM, Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News
Saturday, February 11, 2017, 8PM, Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Sunday, February 12, 2017, 2:30PM, Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Elina Vähälä, violin

Herrmann: Vertigo Suite
Corigliano: Chaconne from The Red Violin
Massenet: Méditation from Thäis
Copland: Suite from The Red Pony
Gershwin: An American in Paris

 

 

 

           

Pictures at a French Exhibition

Friday, March 3, 2017, 8PM, Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News
Saturday, March 4, 2017, 8PM, Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Sunday, March 5, 2017, 2:30PM, Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Alon Goldstein, piano
Women of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Robert Shoup, chorusmaster

Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Saint Saens: Piano concerto No. 2
Debussy: Nocturnes
Roussel: Bacchus et Ariane Suite No. 2

 

 

           

Verdi's Requiem

Friday, March 17, 2017, 8PM, Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News        
Saturday, March 18, 2017, 8PM, Chrysler Hall, Norfolk    
Sunday, March 19, 2017, 2:30PM, Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Robert Shoup, chorusmaster

Verdi: Requiem

 

 

 

           
 

Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5

Friday, April 7, 2017, 8PM, Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News                              
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 8PM, L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center, Norfolk
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 2:30PM, Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
David Daniels, countertenor
Michael Daniels, cello

Griffes: Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan
Kenneth Fuchs: Poems of Life
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

 

 

           

   WILLIAMSBURG CLASSICS

 

 

Intrigue & Idyll

Thursday, February 23, 2017, 8 PM, Crosswalk Community Church

Benjamin Rous, conductor
Yun Zhang, violin

Mozart: Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, “The Turkish”
Brahms: Serenade No. 1 in D Major

 
           

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Roots: the British Isles

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 8 PM, Phi Beta Kappa Hall

Benjamin Rous, conductor

Arnold:
Tam O'Shanter Overture
Britten: Suite on English Folk Tunes
Beethoven/arr. Rous: Irish Songs
Haydn: Symphony No. 101, "The Clock" 

           

 REGENT UNIVERSITY CLASSICS      

   

The Four Seasons

Saturday, January 28, 2017, 8 PM

Benjamin Rous, conductor
Vahn Armstrong, violin
Simon Lapointe, violin
Amanda Gates Armstrong, violin
Jonathan Richards, violin
David Vonderheide, trumpet
Adam Gandolfo, trumpet
Rachel Ordaz, piccolo

Monteverdi: Toccata from Orfeo
Vivaldi: Spring
Vivaldi: Piccolo Concerto RV 443 in C
Vivaldi: Summer
Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Trumpets
Vivaldi: Autumn
Biber: Battalia
Vivaldi: Winter

           




 

 

Intrigue & Idyll

Saturday, February 25, 2017, 8 PM

Benjamin Rous, conductor
Yun Zhang, violin

Mozart: Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, “The Turkish”
Brahms: Serenade No. 1 in D Major

           
 

Roots: the British Isles

Saturday, May 13, 2017, 8 PM

Benjamin Rous, conductor

Arnold: Tam O'Shanter Overture
Britten: Suite on English Folk Tunes
Beethoven/arr. Rous: Irish Songs
Haydn: Symphony No. 101, "The Clock"

           
 

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Intrigue and Exoticism

Friday, February 24, 2017, 7:30pm

Benjamin Rous, conductor
Yun Zhang, violin

Mozart: Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio
Ravel: Laideronnette (Empress of the Pagodas), from Ma mère l'Oye (Mother Goose)
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.5 in A Major, "The Turkish" 

 
           
 

Roots: Folklore and Literary Heritage

Friday, March 24, 2017, 7:30pm

Benjamin Rous, conductor

Arnold: Tam o'Shanter Overture, op.51
Britten: Suite on English Folk Tunes
Beethoven/arr. Rous: Irish Songs