2015-16 Virginia Symphony POPS!

 Unless otherwise noted, concerts begin at 8pm. 

Up, Up and Away -- The Music and Memories featuring Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.   

Thursday, October 1, 2015 | Ferguson Center for the Performing Arts, Newport News
Saturday, October 3, 2015 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk

Benjamin Rous, conductor

Kicking off the 2015–16 Pops season, Benjamin Rous conducts as the Virginia Symphony Orchestra welcomes Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. McCoo and Davis are the original stars and lead singers of the legendary group The 5th Dimension, where they launched Champagne and Pop Soul Classics, including "Up, Up and Away," "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In," "Worst That Could Happen," "Sweet Blindness," "Wedding Bell Blues" and "One Less Bell to Answer." The couple has enjoyed tremendous success through the years as recording artists, performers and authors. They have received seven Grammy Awards and have earned 15 gold and three platinum records.


An Innocent Man – The Music of Billy Joel

Thursday, November 5, 2015 | Ferguson Center for the Performing Arts, Newport News
Saturday, November 7, 2015 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk

Benjamin Rous, conductor
Jean Meilleur, lead vocals
Donald Paulton, piano

The Virginia Symphony pays homage to epic performer Billy Joel in this high-energy show conducted by Benjamin Rous with lead vocals by Jean Meilleur and Donald Paulton on piano. Having sold more than 150 million records, Billy Joel is one of most popular and recognizable recording artists in the world. The Virginia Symphony plays live, bringing Joel’s music center stage in celebration of this larger-than-life talent. Get ready to dance along to all of your favorites, including “Uptown Girl,” “Piano Man,” “Ballad of Billy the Kid,” “Big Shot” and more!


Home for the Holidays

Friday, December 11, 2015 | Ferguson Center for the Performing Arts, Newport News
Saturday, December 12, 2015 | Harrison Opera House, Norfolk

Robert Shoup, conductor
Virginia Symphony Chorus

Join us for the must-see holiday tradition of the season—Home for the Holidays! Conducted by Robert Shoup, VSO Chorusmaster/Staff Conductor, our holiday performances have become a locals’ favorite at year’s end. There’s no better way to lift your spirits than with seasonal songs and traditional carols delivered in full sound and spectacle by the Virginia Symphony, the inspirational voices of Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus and special guests. Shoup comments, “Home for the Holidays will have all the magical elements you've come to expect—high energy, familiar carols and lots of holiday warmth! And we'll even throw in a surprise or two! We can't wait to celebrate the season with all of you!"


Sinatra Centennial with Steve Lippia

Friday, January 29, 2016 | Ferguson Center for the Performing Arts, Newport News
Saturday, January 30, 2016 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk

Benjamin Rous, conductor
Steve Lippia, vocals

Come celebrate 100 years of Ol’ Blue Eyes with the VSO. Reminiscent of the young Sinatra, Bobby Darin, and Harry Connick, Jr., Steve Lippia moves from crisp, popping swing tunes to lush, poignant ballads with ease. With his natural sound and style, the great composers of the time—Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen, Rogers and Hart—all are honored flawlessly. With great stage presence and a hot, driving band, Steve Lippia pulls his audience back in time, delivering his music in a deeply personal way. Singing standards permanently engraved in the American History of Music, including “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” “Just the Way You Are” and many more, you’ll definitely want to be in the audience for this musical treat.


Warner Bros. Presents

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II

Saturday, March 19, 2016 | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk

George Daugherty, conductor

George Daugherty conducts a fantastically fun fusion of classical music and classic animation celebratingthe most famous and beloved cartoons in the world—and their equallyfamous music! Conducted and created by Emmy AwardTM winner GeorgeDaugherty, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II features your favorite Warner Bros. Looney Tunes characters on-screen in their most memorable moments—allwith live orchestra accompaniment. Joining Bugs Bunny are his popularcohorts Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Pepe LePew and others. Plus, enjoy special guest appearances by Tom and Jerry, aswell as a trio of spectacular new Looney Tunes 3D theatrical shorts!