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SYMPHONY: The Russians Are Coming? The Russians Are Here!

SYMPHONY: The Russians Are Coming? The Russians Are Here!

By Montague Gammon III A familiar but exotic sounding piece of “stunning” Russian choral and orchestral music, compounded by the composer-chemist Alexander Borodin, kicks off Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s first Classics Series concert of the 2016-2017 Season. Music Director and conductor JoAnn Falletta calls the “Russian Fireworks” triplet of Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances, Igor Stravinsky’s

25 Years of Falletta

(February 25 marks JoAnn Falletta’s 25th anniversary with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra) By Montague Gammon III A coal miner’s granddaughter has led the Virginia Symphony for 25 years. In that time JoAnn Falletta – or Dr. Falletta, to give her the earned honorific that she never uses but to which her Juilliard Doctorate of Musical

An Open Letter to JoAnn Falletta

By Tom Robotham   Dear JoAnn, It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years since you and I put down roots in Hampton Roads. That’s right—I don’t know whether you remember this, but you and I both moved to Norfolk in 1991. The timing was fortuitous. When I moved here from New York City, I

JoAnn Falletta to Remain with Virginia Symphony Orchestra Through 2021

  Virginia Symphony officials today announced that JoAnn Falletta’s contract has been extended for an additional five years, and she will remain at the helm of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra through the 2020 – 21 season. Falletta, already the longest-tenured Music Director in the history of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, received this unprecedented contract extension

All Mozart and more for VA Symphony

By Montague Gammon III A jam packed month with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra brings four significant classical concerts, filled with big name composers and highly regarded visitors. Violinist Cho-Liang Lin visits Oct. 17-19 for an All Mozart concert, which he will also guest conduct. “He’s a wonderful violinist,” says VSO Music Director JoAnn Falletta, “known

Opening Night with Emanuel Ax

By Montague Gammon III Theatricality, rarity and, of course, virtuosity will distinguish Opening Night with Emanuel Ax, the Virginia Symphony’s season opening concerts. (Sept. 19-21)   Ax, one of the world’s premiere piano players, solos with the VSO in two pieces, the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 14 and Richard Strauss’ Burleske.   He took time