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 | Newport News
Saturday, October 3, 2015 | Norfolk

Benjamin Rous, conductor

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. 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 enjoys tremendous success through the years as recording artists, performers, and authors. They have received 7 Grammy Awards, earned 15 gold and 3 platinum records. In recognition of their 47 years in the entertainment business, join us for an evening with Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., starring in “Up, Up and Away -- The Music and Memories."


An Innocent Man – The Music of Billy Joel

Thursday, November 5, 2015 | Newport News
Saturday, November 7, 2015 | 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 tribute show. 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 | Newport News
Saturday, December 12, 2015 | Norfolk

Robert Shoup, conductor
Virginia Symphony Chorus

Join us for the must-see holiday tradition of the season - Home for the HolidaysThere’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 Chorus, and special guests. Bring the family for one of our great holiday traditions!


Sinatra Centennial with Steve Lippia

Friday, January 29, 2016 | Newport News
Saturday, January 30, 2016 | Norfolk

Benjamin Rous, conductor
Steve Lippia, vocals

Frank Sinatra would have been 100 years old in December of 2015. 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, charm, ease, and a hot, driving band, Steve Lippia pulls his audience back in time, delivering his music in a deeply personal way and including 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.


Warner Bros. Presents

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II

Saturday, March 19, 2016 | Norfolk

George Daugherty, conductor

A fantastically fun fusion of classical music and classic animation celebrating the most famous and beloved cartoons in the world—and their equally famous music! Conducted and created by Emmy Award™ winner George Daugherty, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II features your favorite Warner Bros. Looney Tunes characters on-screen in their most memorable moments—all with live orchestra accompaniment. Joining Bugs Bunny are his popular cohorts Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Pepe Le Pew and others. Plus, enjoy special guest appearances by Tom and Jerry, as well as a trio of spectacular new Looney Tunes 3D theatrical shorts!