Virginia Symphony to present free concert in Courtland

Published 11:02 am Friday, January 18, 2013

Associate conductor Benjamin Rous will lead the Virginia Symphony Orchestra during a free concert on Saturday, Jan. 26, at Southampton High School. SUBMITTED/DAVE NORMAN

COURTLAND—The Virginia Symphony Orchestra will present a free concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Southampton High School.

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

Recognized as one of the nation’s leading regional orchestras, the Virginia Symphony has been around for more than eight decades. Recent achievements under Music Director JoAnn Falletta include five compact-disc recordings for national release, a performance of “Peter and the Wolf” that was aired on National Public Radio, and groundbreaking performances at the Kennedy Center and New York’s Carnegie Hall.

“We always eagerly anticipate the visit by the symphony and are pleased that the public can share this experience with us,” said Concert Association President Nancy Rowe. “We especially welcome students and families.”

The program will include compositions by Scott Joplin, Marvin Hamlisch, Barry Manilow and John Williams and big band music and classical favorites.

The orchestra will perform under the baton of Benjamin Rous, who was named associate conductor in 2010. Rous is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Harvard University and received a master’s degree from the University of Michigan.

For information, contact Rowe at 653-2498.