Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Jennifer Check, soprano; Susan Platts, mezzo soprano; Gene Stenger, tenor; Darren Stokes, bass
"One of the finest conductors of her generation."
-The New York Times
"Falletta conducted with a controlled frenzy worthy of Bernstein. Falletta has won conducting awards named for Toscanini, Walter and Stokowski. That seems appropriate as her podium draws on the legacy of all three--Toscanini's tight control over ensemble, Walter's affectionate balancing of inner voices, and Stokowski's gutsy showmanship."
-The Washington Post
The Virginia Arts Festival's celebration of Beethoven's 250th Birthday is also a grand farewell to a beloved member of the region's music community--an emotional event you won't want to miss. Marking her final season as Music Director of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta will lead the orchestra, soloists, and the Virginia Symphony Chorus in Beethoven's soaring Ninth Symphony, with its mighty anthem "Ode to Joy." Order your tickets now!*
Co-presented with Virginia Symphony Orchestra
*This program replaces the Virginia Arts Festival Beethoven concerts originally scheduled for May 15, 16 and 17, 2020; if you already have tickets for one of those performances, your tickets will be valid for the new dates. If you have any questions, please contact the Virginia Arts Festival Ticket Office at 757-282-2800.
Performance length is 120 minutes total, including an intermission
Pre-concert lecture beginning at 7PM, free to ticket-holders