Series & Programs
The Performing Arts Center hosts a variety of series, from the Virginia Symphony Series to the Speaker Series with notable media personalities such as producer-director Corbin Bernsen and actor Tony Hale. The center also serves as a window to the world of student films through the Student Film Showcase. Moreover, local teachers and parents can treat young students with the Student Matinee Program.
The Virginia Symphony has enriched the communities of Hampton Roads for over 90 years. Under the leadership of Grammy Award-winning music director JoAnn Falletta's, it offers more 140 concerts each season, including orchestral support of the Virginia Opera and the Virginia Arts Festival.
For ticketing information concerning the VSO concerts at Regent University, please contact:
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Michael Byerly, clarinet
Respighi: Botticelli Triptych
Copland: Clarinet Concerto
Brahms: Serenade No. 2
This marvelous and colorful piece is inspired by Italian artist Sandro Botticelli’s Early Renaissance paintings. Hear Principal Clarinet Michael Byerly’s VSO solo debut in a dreamy concerto from America’s most beloved native composer, Aaron Copland. Commissioned by Benny Goodman, Copland’s Clarinet Concerto was influenced by Brazilian folk music he heard on his travels through South America. The concert concludes with Brahms’s mellow and airy Serenade No. 2.
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Aundi Marie Moore, soprano
Kodály: Dances of Galanta
Barber: Knoxville, Summer of 1915
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2
This installment begins with Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály’s Dances of Galanta. Kodály based the piece on the folk music of Galanta, a small town in western Slovakia. Celebrated soprano and Chesapeake, Virginia native Aundi Marie Moore will join the VSO for Barber’s lush, richly textured Knoxville: Summer of 1915. The concert concludes with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, one of the final works of his “early period.”
Benjamin Rous, conductor
Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Robert Shoup, chorusmaster
Benjamin Rous 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. From Isaiah’s prophecies to the Hallelujah Chorus, you will be brought to your feet in the Messiah performance of the season.
Benjamin Rous, conductor
Mozart: Overture to Don Giovanni
Mozart: Symphony No. 35, Haffner
Copland: Appalachian Spring
Copland: “Hoe-Down” from Rodeo
This remarkable performance will feature signature works by two musical icons – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arguably the greatest composer of all time, and “America’s foremost composer,” Aaron Copland. Mozart’s Haffner Symphony is one of his most famous, and like many of his works, it has a backstory nearly as interesting as the music itself. Copland’s Appalachian Spring was a commission by famed dancer Martha Graham and, throughout the years, has become an American anthem as important to our national heritage as apple pie.
Regent University has been presenting positive-value films to the local community since the university's founding in 1978. Our annual festivals include the Student Film Showcase at the end of each semester, the Redemptive Film Festival, featuring films from around the world, and The ReelDreams Film Competition, where prospective students compete for a full scholarship to our prestigious film school.
Regent University is dedicated to the advancement of principled leadership. The Performing Arts Center is the venue for our Speaker Series and, in the past, has hosted several nationally respected forums.
The School of Communication & the Arts is committed to enhancing our students' educational experience by introducing them to working professionals in the arts and entertainment fields. Our guest speakers comprise an impressive list of professional actors, writers, producers, directors, studio executives, journalists and scholars.
Clash of the Titans®
The Clash of the Titans® was an annual event that featured national and international political leaders with opposing points of views. Conducted in a debate format and moderated by notable news talk show hosts, the event was often broadcast on C-SPAN.
Ronald Reagan Symposium
The Ronald Reagan Symposium drew leading scholars and policy makers from across the nation into an exchange on American politics. It featured a blend of national television personalities, historians, professors, authors and national magazine editors.
Annual Global Roundtable
Each annual roundtable was part of Regent's RU Global Campaign - an initiative of our Quality Enhancement Program. The topics discussed in included how to lead in Jesus' name given the challenge of global citizenship and historical models of Christian leadership.
The student matinee package includes discounted tickets, a classroom study guide and a "talkback" session at the end of the show. Student matinees are held at 10:00 a.m. on the second Friday of select theatre productions. Contact the Regent University Box Office for more information at 757.352.4245 or firstname.lastname@example.org.