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Symphony By the Sea Series Returns this Week

July 5, 2017

The Virginia Symphony announces its annual Symphony by the Sea concert schedule, taking place at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. All concerts are free and open to the public.


The Symphony by the Sea series, presented by The Breeden Company as part of the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival, will feature four concerts performed by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra at the 31st Street stage at the oceanfront. Come celebrate the season’s opening with a pre-season teaser. Soak in the salty air and starry night and enjoy the sensational sounds of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Bring the family, a blanket or lawn chairs, and celebrate another season kick off with the VSO.

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“This summer we’ve planned some film-inspired selections, some quintessential American favorites, and some hens from the classical orchestral repertoire.  It’s all presented in a fun, relaxed atmosphere, right in the middle of everything on 31st street,” said Resident Conductor Benjamin Rous. “It’s the best way to cap off a summer day, and we are so glad the Neptune Festival brings us back each summer to take part in the wonderful vibe of the boardwalk and the beach.”

Sunsets of Hollywood | Thursday, July 6, 2017 | 7:30 PM

The oceanfront concert series commences with a collection of cinematic scores that evoke nostalgia, adventure, and romance. Audiences will enjoy the sounds of exciting themes and selections from films like Les Misérable, Dances with Wolves, Legends of the Fall, Mission Impossible and Titanic. Don’t forget the popcorn for this one!

Ben’s Favorites | Thursday, July 27, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Conductor Benjamin Rous treats us to a specially curated repertoire of his personal favorites. Ben will lead the orchestra in his usual effervescent form through works from Die Fledermaus and Swan Lake to Spiderman and Star Wars!

Sounds of Freedom | Thursday, August 17, 2017 | 7:30 PM

From the magnificent marches of John Phillip Sousa to the classic American style of Aaron Copland, and even the toe-tapping, swinging big-band scores by George Gershwin, this concert takes us through a range of patriotic songs that embody our American pride.

Songs for our Sailors | Tuesday, September 7, 2017 | 7:30 PM
Celebrating the Naval Station Norfolk’s Centennial, this concert honors the men and women who work to keep our shores safe. Pieces like Victory at Sea, Midway March, and Hands Across the Sea will inspire patriotism and gratitude for our sailors who brave the world’s seas in service to our great country.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs, blankets, picnic baskets, etc. Full concert details, including rain dates and cancellations, can be found at