Symphony headed to town

Published 8:48 am Wednesday, March 10, 2010

COURTLAND− The Virginia Symphony Orchestra will make its annual appearance at the Southampton High School Auditorium Saturday at 8 p.m.

Sponsored by the Franklin-Southampton Concert Association and funded by the Camp Foundation, the concert is, as always, open and free to the public.

“We are very indebted to the Foundation for sponsoring this wonderful group,” said association president, Nancy Rowe.

“Their performances are always outstanding, and we urge the public to attend.”

The concert, under the direction of JoAnn Faletta, will be conducted by Miriam Burns. Guest conductor Burns, formerly on the staff of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, currently is music director of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra.

Guest violinist Elizabeth Coulter Vonderheide also will perform.

This year’s versatile program, according to the orchestra’s brochure, will feature several dance-related numbers, including “Copeland Hoedown” and “Leroy Anderson’s Blue Tango.”

The Virginia Symphony performs annually more than 140 Classical, Pops, Family Education and Outreach Concerts, while still supporting the Virginia Opera, Virginia Arts Festival and the Virginia Ballet.

Recognized as one of the nation’s leading regional symphony orchestras, the VSO has enriched the cultural life of the Hampton Roads community for several decades.

Rowe adds that the Franklin-Southampton Concert Association is very fortunate to have the VSO appear here on an annual basis.

For more information, call Rowe at (757) 653-2498.