On Stage to present VSO Jazz Ensemble
, 2014


On Stage to present
VSO Jazz Ensemble

The Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts On Stage 2012-13 season continues March 2 with a performance by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra Jazz Ensemble.

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The Virginia Symphony Orchestra Jazz Ensemble is coming to Kilmarnock.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the Lancaster Middle School Theater on School Street in Kilmarnock.

The performance is supported by Rumsey & Bugg, Dominion Virginia Power, the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Season sponsors for On Stage 2012-13 are Chesapeake Bank and Chesapeake Investment Group.

Tickets may be purchased at rappahannockfoundation.org, or 435-0292.

The VSO Jazz Ensemble, comprised of 17 musicians, is led by James Nesbit, saxophonist and VSO personnel manager. The ensemble adds diversity to the VSO.

The ensemble’s programs vary. Standard concerts include arrangements by jazz greats such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Buddy Rich as well as more contemporary arrangers like Bob Florence, Bob Mintzer and Gordon Goodwin.

The 92-year-old Virginia Symphony Orchestra is ranked in the top 10% of professional orchestras nationwide and performs classics, pops and family concert series in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Newport News and Williamsburg.

In 2010, the VSO won an ASCAP award (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) for adventurous programming in recognition of its performance of new works and world premieres by contemporary composers. The 2010-11 season which celebrated the 20th anniversary of JoAnn Falletta’s tenure as music director enjoyed 11 sold out concerts, both classics and pops.

Highlights of Falletta’s tenure include performances at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, opening three new performance halls in Hampton Roads where the orchestra regularly performs series, developing a discography of 12 recordings, including in 2011 a recording of the music of Adolphus Hailstork on the Naxos label.

Symphony education and community programs reach more than 63,000 children, students and adults each year through Young People’s Concerts, School Artistic Residencies, Master Classes and Small Ensemble Special Programs.

Falletta and associate conductor Benjamin Rous lead over 75 professional musicians and over 90 voices in the Virginia Symphony Chorus. The VSO provides the professional musicians and orchestral support for the Virginia Opera, the Virginia Arts Festival, the Ballet and Todd Rosenlieb Dance.

On Stage 2012-2013 will conclude its season with a performance by Steep Canyon Rangers April 13 at 7:30 p.m.


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