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Regent to Host Virginia Symphony Orchestra

By Rachel Bender | December 5, 2012

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra is in its 93rd season.
Photo by David A. Beloff.

Since opening its doors in 2002, Regent University's Performing Arts Center has played host to the Virginia Symphony Orchestra (VSO) for a series of musical events. Recognizing the continued importance of celebrating both the arts and community, this year's symphony series at Regent kicks off on Friday, Dec. 7, with Handel's Messiah.

"Hosting VSO events each year is an honor for Regent University," said Regent president, Dr. Carlos Campo. "Not only is it exciting to have an orchestra of the VSO's caliber on our campus, but we are pleased to welcome the Hampton Roads community to experience their talent in our world-class performing arts center."

The 93-year-old orchestra is ranked in the top 10 percent of professional orchestras nationwide and performs classics, pops and family concert series in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Newport News and Williamsburg, reaching more than 200,000 concertgoers every year.

"The Virginia Symphony is so proud of the longstanding relationship that we enjoy with our good friends at Regent University and CBN," said Eric Borenstein, the VSO's president and executive director. "Together we are able to strengthen our community by expanding access to live classical music in Virginia Beach. What a joy to be able to perform at Regent's beautiful concert hall and, through our partnership with CBN, present Handel's exquisite Messiah throughout the region."

In addition to Messiah, the VSO will return to the Regent stage three more times during its 2012-13 season. Haydn's Trumpet Concerto will be performed on Saturday, Feb. 2; A Midsummer Night's Dream will be performed on Saturday, Mar. 9; and A Little Night Music on Saturday, May 4.

Regent's Performing Arts Center is dedicated to providing outstanding educational and cultural events for both students and the local community. Located in the heart of Virginia's Hampton Roads region, it enjoys a stellar reputation for acoustic sophistication, audience comfort and aesthetic beauty. Since its opening, this 135,000-square-foot facility has hosted world-class performers such as Christopher Parkening, John Tesh, the Limón Dance Company, Nicole C. Mullen and Jars of Clay. The Performing Arts Center is home to the annual Clash of the Titans® debate, the Regent Theatre and Film series, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra series, and numerous youth programs.

Learn more about the symphony series at Regent and purchase tickets.

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