Virginia Symphony to give free concert in Courtland

Published 9:27 am Saturday, May 5, 2012

By Merle Monahan/Contributing Writer

COURTLAND—The Virginia Symphony will give a free performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, in the auditorium at Southampton High School.

Hosted by the Franklin-Southampton Concert Association, the concert is funded by the Camp Foundation.

“We’re very appreciative of the Camp Foundation’s continued support,” said Nancy Rowe, president of the concert association. “This is a wonderful event and a great time for the community to hear one of the most highly acclaimed orchestras in Virginia.”

Associate Conductor Benjamin Rous will lead the performance. The conductor since 2010, Rous has also conducted the Phoenix Symphony and was the assistant conductor in St. Louis and Paris.

Under the leadership of Maestro Joanne Falleta, the Virginia Symphony has performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. It annually performs more than 140 classical, pops, family and education concerts, including orchestral support for the Virginia Opera.