Your Guide to Classical Music and Performance Art in Hampton Roads

There are many forms of art but classical music, dance, and opera have stirred emotion and inspired other forms of arts for generations.

Lucky for us here in Hampton Roads, we have the ability to take in these timeless forms of classical performance art in all cities and all year round.

Click on the links below to learn more about each of these fine groups and their performances.

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Instrumental Music

From a quartet to an orchestra, timeless pieces are played to a grand audience. These talented groups play timeless classics to catchy contemporary tunes.

Virginia Symphony Orchestra

The Virginia Symphony is at the center of the Hampton Roads arts community, and in many ways serves as the cultural cornerstone for the region.  Each year, the orchestra presents a series of Classics, Pops and Family concerts in Norfolk, Newport News, Williamsburg and Virginia Beach.  In addition, our educational and outreach programs touch the lives of more than 100,000 students and adults per season through concerts, lectures and presentations, in-school-residences, master classes, open rehearsals, student performances, collaborations with other organizations and an array of community engagement programs.

Tidewater Winds

The Tidewater Winds are a non-profit organization, but operate in a different way than you  might imagine. There are 65 professional musicians, and they’re all paid. The venues and the stage crew are all paid as well. But they don’t charge you to come and hear their beautiful music.

Hampton Roads Philharmonic

The Hampton Roads Philharmonic is the orchestra in residence at Ft. Monroe.
A diverse and rapidly growing orchestra, the HRP includes active and retired military, music teachers, students, senior citizens, and youth.

Symphonicity

Symphonicity is the symphony orchestra of Virginia Beach. They were formed in 1981 as a group of 35 area musicians forming the Virginia Beach Community Orchestra. Its purpose was to provide a challenging performance experience for area musicians and to meet the need for low cost, quality concerts. Symphonicity is a resident performing arts group at the Sandler Center for the Arts in the Town Center of Virginia Beach.

Opera

Incredible stories told through powerful voices.

Virginia Opera

Virginia Opera Association, Inc., in its 41st year of operation, is known and respected nationwide for the identification and presentation of the finest young artists, for the musical and dramatic integrity of its productions, and for the ingenuity and variety of its education and outreach programs. The Company has a working budget of $5.3 million with over 28 mainstage performances, reaching nearly 50,000 attendees. In March of 1994, by unanimous vote of the Virginia General Assembly, Virginia Opera was named The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia in recognition of the organization’s contribution to the Commonwealth and to the world of opera.

Choruses and Classical Voice

A combination of voices brings alive tunes throughout time.

Virginia Chorale

The Virginia Chorale is the premier professional vocal ensemble in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Founded thirty-two years ago, the ensemble has grown from a community-based early music chorus to today’s dynamic group of professional singers, performing repertoire ranging from the Middle Ages to the music of today.

Virginia Choral Society

The Virginia Choral Society is a community-based choral group of 80-100 voices which currently presents three major concert series each year; one series in the fall, one during the winter holiday season, and one in the spring. VCS sings a wide variety of repertoire; at any given concert you might hear Broadway choruses, a large choral-orchestral work, jazz standards, folk songs, traditional favorites, or a commissioned work from a local composer. VCS  is one of the oldest continuously performing choral organizations in Virginia having been organized in 1931.  This 2015-2016 concert year is our 85th. VCS is home-based in Newport News, Virginia and performs throughout the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.

Virginia Beach Chorale

The Virginia Beach Chorale provides musical entertainment at its best to the Hampton Roads area. It is one of the oldest continuous performing arts groups in Virginia Beach and is dedicated to quality performances and community service. We perform a varied repertoire from classics to Broadway and rock to jazz in two main concerts, one during the Christmas season and one in the spring, with additional benefit performances throughout the year.

Schola Cantorum of Virginia

Schola Cantorum of Virginia is an eclectic membership of singers entering our 19th year of performing together. 2015 will mark our 6th season under Artistic Director Agnes Mobley-Wynne. We perform choral music from Bach to Berlin.

Norfolk Chamber Consort

The mission of the Norfolk Chamber Consort is to present to the public performances of chamber music drawn from repertories of the 17th up to the 21st centuries.

Dance

Todd Rosenleib Dance

Todd Rosenlieb Dance is the only professional Modern dance company in Hampton Roads. The TRDance Center is located at 325 Granby Street, directly across the street from the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center in vibrant downtown Norfolk. TRDance Center is the heart of dance in Hampton Roads, housing professional and pre-professional dance companies, the TRDance Academy, and the Benjack Studio Theater.

Ballet Virginia International

Ballet Virginia International is a Regional Ballet Company with an associated Academy which provides quality professional productions/performances and training for classical dancers in the Hampton Roads Community.

Arts Festivals and Varied Performance Schedules

Hampton Arts

Since its creation in 1987, the Hampton Arts Commission has grown and evolved into a unique public/private partnership complete with its own non-profit “arm” – the Hampton Arts Foundation. The Hampton Arts Commission (now popularly known as Hampton Arts) is a much respected and praised institution which has been responsible for a remarkable renaissance of the arts not only within the City of Hampton but within the entire Hampton Roads region.

Seven Venues

The City of Norfolk’s SevenVenues serves to link Norfolk’s residents, visitors and tourists to Norfolk’s rich cultural arts and entertainment community. The venues are: Scope Arena, Prism Theatre at Scope, Chrysler Hall, Attucks Theatre, Wells Theatre, the Harrison Opera House and Harbor Park.

Virginia Arts Festival

The mission of the Virginia Arts Festival is to bring world-class performing arts to our citizens and visitors, impact the lives of students through outstanding educational programs, commission new works of national and international significance, and make a tangible difference in Hampton Roads through regional partnerships and positive economic impact through the generation of cultural tourism.

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