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Pay enough attention to the career of JoAnn Falletta, and you could easily conclude she's actually twins or triplets. She's the music director of not only the Virginia Symphony Orchestra but the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and serves as principal guest conductor of the?Phoenix Symphony, among other institutional?ties. (She's also conducted on Grammy-winning recordings for the Naxos label.) Under her baton, the VSO rotates among?Norfolk, Newport News, Williamsburg, and Virginia Beach?with traditional classical?programs, pops nights, and shorter?family concerts that open with craft activities and an instrument "petting zoo."?A "wear-what's-comfortable" dress code and pre-concert Behind the Notes talks ensure?a?decidedly inviting?atmosphere even for symphony newbies.

215 Saint Pauls Boulevard
Norfolk,
VA
US

Comprised of more than 70 professional musicians, the Richmond Symphony orchestra has put on stirring classical concerts since 1957, blending timeless classics with contemporary pieces for audiences of all aural preference. The Jefferson: In His Own Words performance will feature the masterwork of composer Judith Shatin, who's managed to string together an earful of crowd-moving tales through the inspiration of Thomas Jefferson's own writings, political passions, personal correspondences, and deep love for foosball. Narrated by former Governor of Virginia Gerald L. Baliles, the performance also includes works from Copland, Saint-Saëns, and Dvorák.

600 East Grace Street
Richmond,
VA
US