APRIL 28, 2018, 3:00 PM
at ROANOKE ISLAND-FESTIVAL PARK
Conducted by Benjamin Rous, Resident Conductor
Listen to the spectacular music of The Virginia Symphony, conducted by nationally acclaimed resident conductor Benjamin Rous. This evening’s exceptional performance by The Virginia Symphony will highlight selected popular selections from the light classical and pops music.
Founded in 1920, the Virginia Symphony of today inspires, educates and connects with audiences of all ages. It is at the center of the Hampton Roads arts community, and in many ways serves as the cultural cornerstone for the region. Each year, the orchestra presents a series of Classics, Pops and Family concerts in Norfolk, Newport News, Williamsburg and Virginia Beach. In addition, its educational and outreach programs touch the lives of more than 100,000 students and adults per season through concerts, lectures and presentations, in-school-residences, master classes, open rehearsals, student performances, collaborations with other organizations and an array of community engagement programs.
Admired for his dynamism on the podium, Benjamin Rous was hired as associate conductor of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in 2010 and quickly became a favorite among audiences throughout southeastern Virginia. Rous is indeed an audience favorite at the Outer Banks Forum, making multiple appearances.
Promoted to resident conductor in 2013, he took on an expanded role in the VSO’s calendar, and performs annually on every series including Classics, Regional Classics, Pops, Young People’s Concerts, and state tours. In the summers, hepursues his love of education, serving as faculty conductor of Greenwood Music Camp in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts.
Recent guest appearances include debuts with the National Symphony, the Buﬀ alo Philharmonic, the Hartford Symphony, and the Santa Fe Symphony. Highlights of past seasons include performances with the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa), Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, the Illinois Symphony, and on St. Louis’s Pulitzer Concerts with musicians of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Rous was featured in the 2013 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview with the Jacksonville Symphony, and in the summer 2014 ﬁlled in for a delayed conductor at the Grant Park Festival on short notice.
An accomplished instrumentalist, Rous has concertized extensively on violin, viola, and keyboard instruments. He has served as guest principal 2nd violin with Mahler Chamber Orchestra, with whom he performed under the batons of Claudio Abbado and Daniel Harding, including European tours and a teaching residency with El Sistema students in Caracas. He was a regular member of the Boston-area Arcturus Chamber Ensemble for a decade, and has led the Virginia Symphony Orchestra from the harpsichord in baroque repertoire. His works have been performed by diverse ensembles.