The Virginia Symphony: Beautiful Music for All Ages


On Friday September 25th, Regent University hosted the latest in the Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s 2015-2016 Classics series: Mozart and Tchaikovsky. As with all of VSO’s performances I’ve had the opportunity to attend, the performance was phenomenal. The music choices of two of history’s greatest composers and the sound of violins, violas, cellos, and double basses all merging together in harmony made for a non-CD, surround-sound experience that’s not to be missed.

The Virginia Symphony has three main series of concerts for all different ages and tastes: Classics, Pops, and PB&J. While the Mozart and Tchaikovsky weekend has come to a close, the next performance in the Classics series is ‘Fountains of Rome,’ and will appear at three different venues over the weekend of October 16th-18th. Other upcoming events from the Classics and Pops series include: Music by Billy Joel, Handel’s Messiah, various Christmas songs, Holiday Brass, and a Beethoven festival (to name only a few). The latest in the PB&J series—Halloween Spooktacular—will be playing at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, October 25th. Billed as a concert where the orchestra “will perform some of the spookiest music ever written” (and where everyone can dress up in a Halloween costume), this looks to be an extra fun event. Don’t be warned off by its children-geared pre-show events and focus—music is for all ages. If you feel uncomfortable–don’t panic! Take deep breaths, locate a group with lots of children, and shadow them. Being mistaken for a parent or a much older sibling does have at least one benefit after all…

While VSO’s ticket prices generally range from $25-$42, students can purchase tickets for only $10 (best available seating). Concerts begin at 8 PM (unless specified otherwise) and typically last an hour and a half to two hours. To stay up-to-date on the Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming performances, check out their website: To buy tickets, you can order online or call the VSO box office at (757) 892-6366.

Going to a Virginia Symphony Orchestra performance is as relaxing as it is enjoyable, and the atmosphere of a concert hall and its beautiful music makes for a perfect date night, fun event with friends, or solo culture-fest.


Katie is a Staff Writer for the Daily Runner.



Katie Patchell

Katie is an avid reader, adventurer, and daydreamer. She enjoys writing, trying new vegetarian recipes, attempting long-distance running, spending time with family, traveling, and exploring mysterious driveways in foreign countries.