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January 8, 2021 8:00PM - January 10, 2021 2:30PM
Beethoven's Emperor Concerto and Symphony No. 5

Virginia Symphony Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta, Conductor
Olga Kern, piano 

"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 in one of classical music's most recognized works, Beethoven's monumental Fifth Symphony.

In her debut performance with the VSO, Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Olga Kern brings her vivid stage presence, brilliant musicianship, and extraordinary technique to a performance of Beethoven's breathtaking Emperor Concerto.

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Co-presented with Virginia Symphony Orchestra

This program replaces the Virginia Arts Festival Beethoven concerts originally scheduled for May 15, 16 and 17, 2020 and August 28, 29 and 30, 2020. If you already have tickets for one of those performances, you will receive tickets for the new dates this coming fall. 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

Sponsored by:

This production made possible through a generous gift from the Susan Goode Performance Fund

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Media Sponsors: WHRO Public Media, Distinction Magazine

Supported in part by the Friedrich Ludwig Diehn Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation

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January 8, 2021 8:00PM


Ferguson Center for the Arts


Beethoven Celebration, Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News

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