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.
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Returning to the VSO stage, popular former Resident Conductor Benjamin Rous opens the 2019-2020 Regional Classics Series with a concerto that deserves to be singled out among the hundreds that Vivaldi wrote. VSO's own take center stage in Vivaldi's electrifying Concerto for Two Cellos. Additional works by Vivaldi and other masters of the Baroque era, round out this energetic, fast-paced program.
Meet the artists and discover the orchestra experience from a new perspective during Behind the Notes, a pre-concert talked hosted by guest conductor Benjamin Rous. These casual presentations give you a special look at the music of the day as well as the music-makers themselves. They offer an informative way to learn about the music before your orchestra experience. Our hour before each Classics concert (6:30pm). Behind the Notes is FREE to ticket holders at all venues.
Benjamin Rous, conductor
Michael Daniels, cello
Rebecca Gilmore, cello
Vivaldi: L'Olimpiade: Sinfonia, RV 725
Vivaldi: Concerto for Orchestra in G major, RV 151 (Alla rustica)
Dall'Abaco: Concerto for Piu Instrumenti in B minor, Op. 6 No. 4
Vivaldi: Sinfonia in C major, RV 112
Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Cellos
Pergolesi: L'Olimpiade: Sinfonia, P. 145
Dall'Abaco: Concerto for Piu Instrumenti in F major, Op. 6 No. 3
Vivaldi: Sinfonia in B minor, RV 169 (Al Santo Sepolcro)
Torelli: Sinfonia 4 in C major, G. 33
As legend has it, divine inspiration may have played a hand in Handel's 1741 composition of what has become his most famous work. Not only did he write the massive score in just over three weeks' time – there is a long-held story that the popular "Hallelujah" chorus was itself inspired by a vision of heaven and its angels revealed to Handel as he wrote it. Our outstanding VSO Chorus will be joined by four fabulous soloists for this holiday masterpiece.
Stephen Mulligan, conductor
From the opening notes of the charming overture to Mozart's final opera, this concert will be a thrill for lovers of that ever-popular composer. The VSO welcomes for the first time 22-year-old violin prodigy Randall Goosby, who made his first solo appearance with a professional orchestra when he was only nine. Since that debut, he's been the winner of numerous prizes including firsts with Young Concert Artists and the Sphinx Competition and has studied with renowned masters of the violin including Itzhak Perlman. The concert will close with Mozart's "Jupiter" Symphony, not only that composer's largest and most complex symphony but regarded by many as one of the greatest symphonies of all time. Don't miss this blockbuster evening!
Meet the artists and discover the orchestra experience from a new perspective during Behind the Notes, a pre-concert talked hosted by Music Director JoAnn Falletta or a guest conductor. These casual presentations give you a special look at the music of the day as well as the music-makers themselves. They offer an informative way to learn about the music before your orchestra experience. Our hour before each Classics concert (6:30pm). Behind the Notes is FREE to ticket holders at all venues.
Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Randall Goosby, violin
Mozart: Clemenza di Tito Overture
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4
Mozart: Symphony No, 41, Jupiter
Join JoAnn Falletta as she makes her final appearances on the podium at Regent University and Williamsburg as VSO Music Director. From JoAnn herself: "My years with our beloved Regent University audience has been the happiest time of my life. As my last concert in this series, I have picked a wonderful program and one of the brilliant stars of the VSO – hornist Jacob Wilder – to say farewell to my wonderful friends." It will be a special night of appreciation and celebration to remember!
Meet the artists and discover the orchestra experience from a new perspective during Behind the Notes, a pre-concert talked hosted by Music Director JoAnn Falletta. These casual presentations give you a special look at the music of the day as well as the music-makers themselves. They offer an informative way to learn about the music before your orchestra experience. Our hour before each Classics concert (6:30pm). Behind the Notes is FREE to ticket holders at all venues.
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Jacob Wilder, horn
Boyle: Symphony No. 1 "Glencree"
Strauss: Concerto for Horn No. 1
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 "Pastorale"
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.