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We recently traveled to Norfolk specifically to hear Carmina Burana and we were not disappointed... read more

Reviewed April 15, 2018
Jane T
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Greensboro, Maryland
Terrific, excellent musicians!

stumbled into their concert in downtown Norfolk, (3/24) was very impressed, excellent musicians and... read more

Reviewed April 10, 2017
Clif4nyc
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Reviewed April 15, 2018

We recently traveled to Norfolk specifically to hear Carmina Burana and we were not disappointed. It was our first visit to Chrysler Hall in downtown Norfolk- a beautiful, well-designed concert hall. There are ample ladies rooms and concession stands on the different levels. We parked across the street in the East Charlotte Street parking garage and were pleasantly surprised when no fee was collected.
We arrived early and enjoyed the pre-concert lecture and a pre-concert concert- a cello group which played in the upper lobby area.
The first piece was a World Premiere of Night Ow by Michael Daugherty. It was dynamic, rhythmic and accompanied by photographs taken by O. Winston Link. The work was inspired by this photographer's love of steam engines and was commissioned by the Virginia Symphony. I'd love to hear the piece again.
The Carmina Burana, my husband's favorite, was directed from memory by Joann Falletta, the conductor. Three choruses combined to perform this massive choral work. We sat way down front, up close and personal to the soloists. They were wonderful musically and seemed to add a bit more acting to their singing, which I had not noticed in other presentations of the work.
The audience responded enthusiastically with standing ovations at the end of both halves. Bravo!

Thank Jane T
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Reviewed November 18, 2017 via mobile

Play performance is subpar. The performance is not as good as the Virginia Musical Theater performances. The worst thing about this theatre is that the Norfolk Police do not understand how to keep traffic flowing. This causes many to be late.

Thank TomMetzgar
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Reviewed April 10, 2017

stumbled into their concert in downtown Norfolk, (3/24) was very impressed, excellent musicians and a very entertaining evening of "folk" music and history, a bit heavy/overdone with the full of himself maestro, but, overall a very enjoyable evening, in the former 2200 seat movie palace, (the town has several(, I would defiantly
go there again, acoustics are perfect

Thank Clif4nyc
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Reviewed January 23, 2017

When in town you should first check the calendar to see if the Symphony is playing. they are soooo good. their next show is a tribute to the Beatles

Thank Eric T
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Reviewed April 12, 2016

We recently attended a concert of the Virginia Symphony at the Sandler Performing Arts Center at Virginia Beach. As this orchestra is not on the usual tier 1 listing of the highest ranking orchestras in the country I was not expecting to be really blown away by the experience but I was wrong. The musical director, JoAnne Falletta, is a diminutive but intense and serious conductor who led a magical performance of Mahler's fifth symphony. This long work is exceedingly demanding (especially for the brass section) and I must say the quality of execution and interpretation was as good as any I have heard even at major cities with famous orchestras. The programming offered throughout the season speaks to a thoughtful approach illustrated by a Glazunov violin concerto played by a student at the Curtis school in Philadelphia. I say Bravo to all involved.

Thank Ted S
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Reviewed April 29, 2015

Soo often symphony orchestras stick to the traditional performances celebrating the works of the masters. Everynow and then, they step out of their traditional roles and venture in to areas that they rarely perform. such was the case as the Virginia Symphony perfomed a Broadway special performance with the assistance of four great singers. The tenors were ourtstanding and the symphony performed admirably as they accompanied their beautiful singing. If this rolls around again, make sure you go to see it.

Thank hll333
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Reviewed March 22, 2015

I recently attended one of several performances by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. This time, featuring all Russian composers with the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto as the finale. For a regional orchestra, I would rank the Virginia Symphony among the "big five". The only distinction, in my opinion, is the quantity of recorded material. The VSO performs at several venues throughout the State and is a real treasure.

Thank tfig218
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Reviewed January 4, 2015

In December we attended the holiday show of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Choir and Raleigh Bell Ringers at the Sandler Center of the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach. It was a terrific show. The artists and directors were exceptional and we enjoyed it very much.

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Reviewed December 29, 2013

We bought tickets online and no one told us that this "symphony" moves around with their concerts. We simply missed it, because we didn't know the right address, because it was impossible to find it.

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Reviewed November 25, 2013

I have had season tickets for the past few years and the Virginia Symphony never disappoints. The musical selections are interesting and beautifully performed.

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