2017-18 Virginia Symphony POPS!

 Unless otherwise noted, concerts begin at 8pm. 

2017-2018 POPS Season


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Unforgettable: The Music of Nat King Cole

Thursday, September 28, 2017 | 8PM | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News
Saturday, September 30, 2017 | 8PM  | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk

Denzal Sinclair, vocals

Unforgettable is the music of Nat King Cole. The baritone crooner, a paragon of America’s jazz and big band heyday, swooned listeners with hits like “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” “Route 66,” “Nature Boy,” and his signature song, “Unforgettable.” Joined by one of Canada’s favorite jazz vocalists, Juno Award nominee Denzal Sinclaire, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra will perform a tribute to Cole with “Unforgettable: The Music of Nat King Cole.”


Faithfully: The Music of Journey

Friday, October 27, 2017 | 8PM | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News
Saturday, October 28, 2017 | 8PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk

Forever yours. Faithfully. For decades, Journey has been one of the world’s most revered rock bands of all time. With 25 gold and platinum albums, and 19 Top 40 singles, this year the world celebrates their influence with the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Join Benjamin Rous and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra for its own celebration of the band that never stopped believing. Faithfully: The Music of Journey boasts all the beloved rock ballads and hits like “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Open Arms,” “Lights,” and, of course, “Faithfully.”

Holiday POPS!

Friday, December 8, 2017 | 8PM | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News
Saturday, December 9, 2017 | 8PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Sunday, December 10, 2017 | 7PM | Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach

Robert Shoup, conductor
Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus

Join us for the must-see holiday tradition of the season – Holiday Pops! 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. Led by conductor Robert Shoup, Holiday Pops and will have all the magical elements you’ve come to expect Holiday Pops—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!

Elvis: The King’s Songbook

Thursday, February 1, 2018 | 8PM | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News
Saturday, February 3, 2018 | 8PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk

Michael Krajewski, conductor
Allison Blackwell, vocalist
Dave Bennett, vocalist
Tad Weed, piano
Shelly Berger, bass
Pete Siers, drums

All hail The King! Elvis Presley reigned supreme as The King of Rock n’ Roll in the ‘50s. His energetic style and wanton stage presence evoked controversial reactions, with one local Wisconsin newspaper calling Presley a “definite danger to the security of the United States,” in a letter addressed to FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Nonetheless, Elvis topped charts with infectious ballads well into the ‘70s. With hits like “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Hound Dog,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” and “All Shook Up,” Elvis took the world by storm and sparked an evolution in popular music like never before. Join Michael Krajewski, Music Director of the Philly Pops and the VSO, and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra for a rockin’ good time.


The Music of John Williams

Saturday, March 24, 2018 | 8PM | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk

Benjamin Rous, conductor

With a career spanning over six decades, John Williams has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in the history of cinema, including Indiana Jones, Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park, and most notably Star Wars, which was selected by the American Film Institute as the greatest American film score of all time. Williams, who holds the record for most Oscar nominations (50) for a living person, transports audiences to new worlds through heart-pounding, awe-inspiring musical adventures.