Press Release

The University of Virginia to host the Charlottesville Symphony in Northern Virginia

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5 months ago

Charlottesville Symphony Performance

[Tysons, VA] – UVA | Northern Virginia and UVA Arts present the Charlottesville Symphony featuring Music Director Benjamin Rous, The Free Bridge Quintet, and JoVia Armstrong. The event aims to bring UVA’s excellence in the Arts to the Northern Virginia region and will take place on April 28, 2024, at 3:00 PM EST at Capital One Hall

This culminating event of the Charlottesville Symphony’s 2023-24 season features guest artists and composers from the University of Virginia.  The eclectic program includes Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to West Side Story;  a specially crafted orchestral arrangement of “Creation”, “Embryo” and “Birth” by percussionist, sound artist and UVA Assistant Professor of Music, JoVia Armstrong; Threnody (Sikuigvik), a work for  instruments, electronics and glacier sounds by UVA Professor of Composition and Computer Technologies and eco-acoustician, Matthew Burtner; UVA Director of Jazz Performance, John D’earth’s Concerto for Quintet and Orchestra; and an arrangement of Maurice Ravel’s Bolero that adds all of the UVA guest artists to the traditional orchestration. 

JoVia Armstrong performs in her own work. Joining the orchestra in John D’earth’s concerto is UVA’s resident jazz quintet, the Free Bridge Quintet, whose members include John D’earth, trumpet; Jeff Decker, saxophone; Peter Spaar, bass; Robert Jospé, drums; and Calvin Brown, piano. 

The program will be conducted by Benjamin Rous, Music Director of the Charlottesville Symphony and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Virginia. 

“Our unique orchestra, that blends the talents of our faculty and student artists, is one of Central Virginia’s leading musical ensembles. I know this program will be sure to inspire and delight,” shares UVA Vice Provost for the Arts, Jody Kielbasa. 

Gregory Fairchild, Dean and CEO of UVA | Northern Virginia, states, “We are thrilled to host the Charlottesville Symphony in Northern Virginia. We hope this is just the beginning of a series of Arts events that highlight the extraordinary creative work of UVA’s faculty and students and extends our reach into the Northern Virginia communities.” 

Event Details: 

  • Date: 28 April 2024 
  • Time: 3:00 PM EST, Doors at 2:30 PM  
  • Venue: Capital One Hall, Main Theater 
  • Address: 7750 Capital One Tower Rd, Tysons, VA 22102 

Tickets are $39-$49 for adults and $14 for students. All University of Virginia employees (faculty and staff of all UVA departments and professional schools) are entitled to a 20% discount on tickets. Buy tickets here:

The Charlottesville Symphony is a unique hybrid orchestra, made up of professional musicians, most of whom serve as music faculty at the University of Virginia, volunteer community members, and talented UVA students from a broad range of academic disciplines. 

Co-sponsor, UVA | Northern Virginia, bridges the academic excellence of UVA’s Charlottesville campus with Northern Virginia, offering a range of coursework, programs, mentorship, and events to support individuals in advancing their careers. Programs operate year-round, both online and in-person, catering to lifelong learners in the DC Metro area seeking to enhance their current roles or pursue new opportunities. 

Co-sponsor, UVA Arts, offering an array of performances, exhibitions, and creative opportunities throughout the year, unites students, faculty, staff, alumni, visitors, and the public at large and supports research, creative production, and service to UVA’s Visual & Performing Arts and Architecture Departments and Programs. 

For media inquiries, please contact:

Leanna Yevak

Assistant Director of Communications, UVA | Northern Virginia

(757) 812-8117