Symphony Series

Cadet Ben Huzzey swearing in ceremony in front of the Regent University Fountain

JoAnn Falletta,
VSO Music Director

The Virginia Symphony has enriched the communities of Hampton Roads for over 90 years, offering more 140 classical, pops, family, educational, and outreach concerts each season, including orchestral support of the Virginia Opera and the Virginia Arts Festival. The 42-week season runs from September through June, and under Grammy Award-Winning Music Director JoAnn Falletta's leadership, the orchestra has risen to new artistic heights. In August 2000, the Virginia Symphony was accepted into the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians, officially entering the "major league" of symphony orchestras. VSO concerts are performed throughout Hampton Roads, and the Commonwealth.

2016-2017 Series

Virginia Symphony Orchestra's 2016-2017 Series at Regent University

Handel’s Messiah
Thursday, December 15, 2016, 8 PM
Robert Shoup, conductor
Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Handel: Messiah
Robert Shoup conducts the Virginia Symphony Orchestra for the time-honored Christmas tradition of George Frideric Handel’s revered oratorio, Messiah. Get in the spirit of the season with this distinguished performance of Handel’s sacred masterpiece that presents the austere and dramatic narrative of Jesus Christ’s life. From Isaiah’s prophesies to the Hallelujah Chorus, you will be brought to your feet in the Messiah performance of the season.
The Four Seasons
Saturday, January 28, 2017, 8 PM
Benjamin Rous, conductor
Vahn Armstrong, violin
Simon Lapointe, violin
Amanda Gates Armstrong, violin
Elizabeth Coulter Vonderheide, violin
David Vonderheide, trumpet
Adam Gandolfo, trumpet
Rachel Ordaz, piccolo
Monteverdi: Toccata from Orfeo
Vivaldi: Spring
Vivaldi: Piccolo Concerto RV 443 in C
Vivaldi: Summer
Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Trumpets
Vivaldi: Autumn
Biber: Battalia
Vivaldi: Winter

The VSO presents a patchwork of Vivaldi’s most beloved works as musicians take the spotlight and illuminate these masterpieces of the Baroque. The music blossoms as the violin bursts with the vitality of Spring, followed by the composer’s virtuosic Piccolo Concerto performed by Rachel Ordaz. The heated drama of Summer is followed by Vivaldi’s regal Concerto for Two Trumpets, executed by David Vonderheide and Adam Gandolfo. You will be dazzled as the orchestra harvests excitement for Autumn before we finalize our seasons with the striking beauty of Winter.
Intrigue & Idyll
Saturday, February 25, 2017, 8 PM
Benjamin Rous, conductor
Yun Zhang, violin
Mozart: Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, “The Turkish”
Brahms: Serenade No. 1 in D Major

This intriguing program opens with Mozart's overture to his comic opera The Abduction from the Seraglio, brilliantly capturing the wit, charm and action of the story. Next up: as a teenager, Mozart wrote some his greatest works, including the popular fifth violin concerto, which is known by the nickname "the Turkish" for the eastern color of its final movement. The evening concludes with Brahms' idyllic Serenade No. 1, complete with French horn calls.
Roots: the British Isles
Saturday, May 13, 2017, 8 PM
Benjamin Rous, conductor
Arnold: Tam o'Shanter Overture
Britten: Suite on English Folk Tunes
Beethoven/arr. Rous: Irish Songs
Haydn: Symphony No. 101, "The Clock"
The final concert of the Regent Classics Season presents a colorful collection of music with its roots in the British Isles. A Robert Burns-inspired overture starts our journey: Tam o'Shanter invokes the highlands with a tartan tapestry of sounds. Benjamin Britten's Suite on English Folk Tunes paints an English picture, while Beethoven's Irish Songs were arranged by VSO’s own Benjamin Rous. One of his most famous "London" symphonies, Haydn's Symphony No. 101 received its nickname "The Clock" from the ticking rhythm of its second movement!


For ticketing information concerning the VSO concerts at Regent University, please contact:

VSO Box Office
Monday through Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Phone: (757) 892-6366
Fax: (757) 466-3046