Virginia Symphony League

Virginia Symphony League Members are a dynamic volunteer force who support the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Sharing their talents, expertise and enthusiasm, League Members play an exciting and vital role in the accomplishments of the Orchestra.

The League contributes to the VSO through its Boutique sales and Fundraising efforts. In addition, the League provides many volunteer services to the VSO. The League also instills camaraderie among its members and the VSO musicians.

Renew your membership or join us as a new member and become a part of this vibrant organization – the Virginia Symphony League!

VIRGINIA SYMPHONY LEAGUE NEWSLETTER  FEBRUARY 2014

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE:

On Sunday, February 9th, our Virginia Symphony League Social was held at College Cross. We had a good crowd, the food was great and everyone had a very nice time. Pavel Ilyashov, Virginia Symphony Orchestra violinist, performed for us and he was wonderful. We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful orchestra with such awesome musicians, right here in our midst. It reminds us what our League is all about. Our support of the VSO is so very important and is appreciated by our VSO musicians and staff.

For the past two years, we have worked to revive our League, and we appreciate your involvement in those efforts. Now, it is time for our Nominating Committee to come together in order to form a new slate of officers to lead us. We cannot proceed without your help. Please be thinking about our upcoming elections in May and volunteer your services, or nominate someone you know, who is willing to be involved in the League leadership. The future of our League depends on you.

Sincerely,
Fran Pedersen
Virginia Symphony League President

UPCOMING EVENTS

NEXT CONCERT PREVIEW:  Save Thursday, April 3, 2014 for the final VSL Concert Preview of the 2013-2014 Season. VSO Chorus Master and Staff Conductor Bob Shoup will preview the weekend's concert which features Tchaikovsky's moving Symphony No. 6, Pathetique. Bob will also talk about Smetana's Bartered Bride Overture and Sibelius' Violin Concerto which are included in that weekend's concert. Refreshments will be served. The Preview will be held at 255 College Cross in Norfolk, at 1:30 p.m. .

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING AND ELECTIONS, MAY 2014: This important meeting will decide the VSL officers for the next two years. For that to happen, a committee of nominating officers will be established to seek candidates for the posts of: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Your help in this process is vital. If you would like to run for office, please contact VSL President Fran Pedersen at fjp.music@cox.net or at 757.424.2172. You will receive more information and an invitation several weeks before the meeting is to take place.

VSO MUSICIANS' PARTY, MAY 2014: This is a wonderful opportunity to say thank you to our beloved Virginia Symphony Orchestra musicians. This is a much looked -forward-to outdoor party that features picnic style food...and lots of it! VSO musicians, administrative staff and all League members are invited to attend. The party will be held in Tom and Jaci Meurer's beautiful and spacious backyard in Norfolk. More details and invitations will follow.

GENERAL NEWS

CELEBRATE! 2014: The CELEBRATE! Committee met recently and unanimously decided to follow up with another gala this fall. Young Audiences of Virginia and the Virginia Symphony League will once again join forces to deliver another wonderful evening and fund raiser to benefit education programs of both organizations. CELEBRATE! 2014 will be held November 1 at the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club in Norfolk. If you would like to volunteer your services as a member of the gala committee, we would welcome your involvement. Help is needed to secure sponsors, advertisers, benefactors and auction items. As the event draws closer, hands-on help will be needed. Thank you for your consideration of this important request. If you would like more information, please contact Fran Pedersen at fjp.music@cox.net or at 757.424.2172.

VIRGINIA SYMPHONY LEAGUE MEMBERSHIP: The VSL currently has approximately 170 members who each bring valuable gifts, ideas and experience to the League. We especially welcome new members who have joined the League this season. Thank you for signing on to support the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. There is always room for more members. If you know someone who would like to join, please have them reach out to Membership Chair Cam Shannon at jshan126@aol.com or 757.436-7490. Single Membership is $45 per year; Family Membership is $60 a year. After January, membership dues are half price.

Membership Benefits
Members enjoy:
  • Previews with JoAnn Falletta
  • Exclusive membership events
  • Social Events with VSO musicians
  • Volunteering for one of the most distinguished cultural groups in Virginia
To Join

Please contact:
Cam Shannon
757.436.7490 or jshan126@aol.com

$45 Single Membership
$60 Family Membership

2013 – 2014 Season Calendar

VIRGINIA SYMPHONY CONCERT PREVIEW THURSDAY, November 14, 2013: VSO Resident Conductor Ben Rous will preview the upcoming weekend's concert. He'll delve into Beethoven's Fifth, Stravinsky's Apollon Musagete and Bach's Concerto for Oboe d'Amore in A Major, sharing insights, inspirations and anecdotes about the composers and their music. New and renewing memberships will be taken: Single $45/Family$60. 

ANNUAL VSL & VIRGINIA OPERA GUILD JOINT LUNCHEON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2013: It's the VSL's turn to host the Holiday Luncheon.  As the Town Point Club was not available this year, we will instead gather at the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club. The event will begin at 11:00 am with a cash bar and luncheon will be served at noon.  Musicians from the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and voices from the Virginia Opera will perform . The ticket increase to $35 will be balanced out by free parking at the Yacht Club. The VSL Boutique table will be set up featuring seasonal CDs and the new League Cookbook, perfect for holiday gift giving.  The VOG will display a selection of special occasion and other items from their wonderful gift shop. Invitations will be mailed in a few days. Please reserve your spot by Nov. 30, 2013: online at jaci@jsea.net ; by mail at LUNCHEON, 1043 Hanover Avenue, Norfolk VA 23508; or by calling 757.469.5607. Make checks payable to the Virginia Symphony League.

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS: Save the dates of Thursday, January 23, 2014 for a Concert Preview with JoAnn Falleta and Sunday, February 9, 2014 for a Symphony Sunday Social. More information on these events will be in the next VSL Newsletter. 

UPDATED LEAGUE DIRECTORY: The VSL Membership Directory is currently being updated. Please check your name and address in the 2012-2013 Directory. Contact Cam Shannon with changes or corrections at: jshan126@aol.com or 757.436.7490.  Also, please contact Cam as soon as possible to pay your 2013-2014 dues.

VSL COOKBOOKS: The cookbooks are flying off the shelves! Since their September debut, 120 cookbooks have been sold for a total of $1440!  They're a great gift at $12 each.  Get yours at the Boutique Table at major VSO concerts, at the Holiday Luncheon on December 7 or by contacting Jaci Meurer at jaci@jsea.net or 757.469.5607.