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2019-20 Season

At Langley, EVERYONE can save, borrow and spend wisely

Welcome to the 2019-20 season at the Ferguson Center for the Arts! You’ll find we have something for everyone as we bring the world’s finest performing artists to Hampton Roads. We hope you’ll join us as a series subscriber! Subscribers enjoy the best seats at the best prices plus additional benefits, including the option to purchase single tickets at a discount, last-minute ticket exchanges, no ticket transaction fees, and advance notice of special events and performances.

Performing Arts Series Broadway Series:

Family Series:

“Cats,” “An American in Paris,” “The Color Purple,” “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical" and Broadway Plus! "A Magical Cirque Christmas"

Doktor Kaboom, Popovich Comedy Pet Theater and "Charlotte's Web"

Bravo Series:

The Lords of 52nd Street, The Ultimate Queen Celebration and Hollywood Nights – The Bob Seger Experience

At Home With Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway, The West-Eastern Divan Ensemble and Anderson & Roe Piano Duo

Dance Series:

Tribute Series:

Flex Series: Choose four or more non-Broadway presentations to build your own series.

Richmond Ballet "Carmina Burana," Alonzo King LINES Ballet and FLEX AVE. As a subscriber, you’ll enjoy world-renowned performances at a remarkably affordable price. Subscribers to the Bravo, Dance, Family and Tribute Series receive at least 30 percent off compared to single ticket prices. Our student/child subscription price for all three shows is just $25! Flex Series subscribers can save up to 15 percent on four or more shows. And, Broadway subscribers are assured the very best seats to shows that are sure to sell out!

George Thorogood and The Destroyers THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.

Richmond Ballet: “Carmina Burana”

Dance Series Sponsor

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2019, at 8 p.m.

Diamonstein Concert Hall | Tickets: $70/$56/$46/$38/$31

Diamonstein Concert Hall | Tickets: $43, Student/Child: $10

It’s that moment when the house lights go down and the audience erupts: a drumbeat punches through the darkness, and the stage lights – almost blindingly bright at first – reveal a killer band ready to unleash a catalog of classic hits like none other. That familiar snarl of a slide guitar rips open the room, and you know you’re about to experience a bad-to-the-bone icon at his very best.

Originally choreographed in 1959 for New York City Opera, John Butler’s powerful, impassioned masterwork uses the full breadth of Carl Orff’s choral score to explore the melding of classical ballet’s structure with the earthiness of contemporary dance. As the score progresses and changes, so too does the character of this groundbreaking work. Butler’s steps seem intimately tied to the extremes of human emotion, as expressed through movement: rapture and release, torture, and true love, all that may succumb to an overwhelming fear of our own morality.

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Doktor Kaboom and The Wheel of Science! SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2019, at 2 p.m. Diamonstein Concert Hall | Tickets: $39, Student/Child: $10 So much science, so little time … Doktor Kaboom is having trouble picking his favorite science demonstrations, so he’s bringing them all! Unfortunately, there are way too many to do in one show. The solution: The Wheel of Science! The good Doktor has built a great, big spinning wheel and labeled it with everything from optical illusions to chemical reactions to a homemade hovercraft, and more! Will he turn a water bottle into a rocket, catapult bananas across the stage, electrocute a pickle or create artificial gravity? Who knows? Spin that wheel!

The Price Is Right Live! WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. Diamonstein Concert Hall | Tickets: $59.50/$39.50 The Price Is Right Live™ is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to hear their names called and “Come On Down” to win. Prizes may include appliances, vacations and possibly a new car! Play classic games just like on television’s longest running and most popular game show … from Plinko™ to Cliffhangers™ to The Big Wheel™ and even the fabulous Showcase. Playing to near sold-out audiences for more than 14 years, the show has entertained millions of guests and given away more than $12 million in cash and prizes. If you’re a fan of “The Price Is Right™” on TV, you’ll no doubt love this exciting, live (non-televised), on-stage version of the show! Tickets to this show will go on sale May 17. No purchase necessary to register for a chance to be a contestant. For full official rules, call or visit the ticket office. Void where prohibited.


At Home With Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway

Jeanne Robertson Bravo Series Sponsor

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. Diamonstein Concert Hall | Tickets: $74/$59/$44/$33, Student/Child: $10 “As fine and fluent a flautist as the world affords.� -The Washington Post Globally renowned as the supreme interpreter of the classical flute repertoire, Sir James Galway is a consummate performer whose appeal transcends all musical boundaries. With over 30 million copies of his 97 recordings sold worldwide, extensive international touring, frequent television appearances, tireless promotion of the arts and his passionate work in music education, Galway has been a household name for decades. His wife, Lady Jeanne Galway, is also an accomplished flautist who continues to grace the international platforms with her virtuosity.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2019, at 8 p.m. Diamonstein Concert Hall | Tickets: $43/$38/$33 At 75 years young, Jeanne Robertson continues to charm audiences with her humorous observations about life. This former Miss North Carolina, standing tall at 6-foot-2, has an infectious personality, heart and sense of humor. With more than 30 million YouTube hits, the demand for Robertson's family-friendly and engaging brand of comedy has grown exponentially. Some of her most popular anecdotes include "Don't Go to Vegas Without a Baptist," "Don't Bungee Jump Naked" and "Don't Send a Man to the Grocery Store." Her witty depiction of everyday situations has audiences rolling with laughter. Sponsored by: Freedom lives here.

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Dance Series Sponsor

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.

A Magical Cirque Christmas SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.

Diamonstein Concert Hall | Tickets: $43, Student/Child: $10

Diamonstein Concert Hall | Tickets: $73/$63/$53

Thirty-five years of outstanding, multidisciplinary collaborations for the stage place Alonzo King LINES Ballet at the forefront of artistic innovation in ballet. With each collaboration, LINES Ballet investigates deeply rooted affinities between Western and Eastern classical forms, elemental materials, the natural world and the human spirit. At LINES Ballet, the artistic investigation is infinite and essential, for it leads to what unites us as human beings: empathy, joy and the ability to transcend. King's new work, "Figures of Speech," will be presented.

A holiday entertainment blockbuster set to dazzle audiences of all ages. Featuring the best talent from around the globe, A Magical Cirque Christmas has it all – jaw-dropping magic, breathtaking circus acts and the most angelic voices singing your favorite Christmas carols with incredible live musicians on stage. Be transported to the golden age of entertainment by the mind-blowing talents, stunning costumes, comedy and more. A Broadway Plus presentation!

The presentation of Alonzo King LINES Ballet was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Dave Koz & Friends Christmas SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2019, at 8 p.m.

Chris Tomlin Christmas SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.

Diamonstein Concert Hall | Tickets: $82/$72/$62/$52/$38

Diamonstein Concert Hall | Tickets: $96/$75/$55/$45/$26

More than two decades ago, Grammy nominee Dave Koz – a nice Jewish boy – launched his first-ever Christmas tour. Now fans and families across the country await his arrival with the kind of anticipation formerly reserved for St. Nick himself, earning the saxophonist extraordinaire the nickname “Santa Koz.” The concert will feature fresh renditions of Christmas classics as well as a Chanukah medley and hits from the artists’ respective catalogs. Don't miss this Ferguson Center tradition!

Chris Tomlin has sold millions of albums, streamed billions of tracks, spawned 15 No. 1 radio singles and has been awarded multiple RIAA Gold and Platinum certifications, a list of Grammy, Dove, Billboard Music and American Music Awards, and is touted by Time magazine as “the most often sung artist anywhere.” On any given Sunday, tens of millions in churches across the globe sing songs from Chris’ rich, worship-focused catalog.

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Tickets to this show went on sale in December 2018.

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater SUNDAY, JANUARY 12, 2020, at 2 p.m.

“CATS” MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2020, at 7:30 p.m.

Diamonstein Concert Hall | Tickets: $39, Student/Child: $10

Diamonstein Concert Hall | Tickets: $73/$63/$53

Voted “best family show in Las Vegas," Popovich Comedy Pet Theater features an amazing cast of housecats, dogs, parrots … even geese and mice! Critics describe it as a unique blend of comedy, worldchampion juggling and the extraordinary talents of more than 30 performing pets. International circus legend Gregory Popovich has rescued the animals from shelters all over the country and transformed them into stars, using positive reinforcement while working with the animals natural abilities to create a fun, one-of-akind show to the delight of young and old alike.

Experience “CATS” for the first time as it begins a new life for a new generation ... or let it thrill you all over again! The record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America! Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater—"Memory.” Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “CATS” tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. Sponsored by:


The Lords of 52nd Street – Legends of Billy Joel Band

FLEX AVE. Tribute Series Sponsor

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2020, at 8 p.m.

Dance Series Sponsor

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. Diamonstein Concert Hall | Tickets: $43, Student/Child: $10

Diamonstein Concert Hall | Tickets: $40

"This dance form, these artists won’t be boxed in.” - The New York Times

Led by Richie Cannata, Liberty DeVitto and Russell Javors – The Lords of 52nd Street continue to perform Billy Joel's legendary hits still to this day. Don't miss the original band - the band that recorded and toured Joel’s classic albums "The Stranger," "52nd Street," "Turnstiles" and others. These are the guys you saw in the stadiums in the '70s and '80s! They have sold more than 150 million records and helped establish Billy Joel’s formidable sound.

Characterized by pausing, snapping, gliding, hat tricks, animation and contortion, flex is a form of street dance that has evolved from the Jamaican bruk-up found in dance halls and reggae clubs in Brooklyn. This electrifying phenomenon is showcased in a performance that confronts issues of social injustice, with the dancers exploring personal narratives through their own unique movement vocabulary in post-modern dance.

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Contains mature content surrounding issues of social justice. Sponsored by:


The Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change!®

“Menopause The Musical” SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2020, at 7:30 p.m.

Michael Barenboim & West-Eastern Divan Ensemble

Bravo Series Sponsor

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2020, at 3 p.m.

Diamonstein Concert Hall | Tickets: $48.50/$38.50/$28.50 "It's impossible not to laugh." - The New York Times

Diamonstein Concert Hall | Tickets: $49, Student/Child: $10

Come join our sisterhood! Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra and memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for 19 years! It’s the Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change!®

For the first time, Daniel Barenboim has hand-picked an ensemble made up of musicians from the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which he and Edward Said founded in 1999. Comprised of Palestinian and Israeli musicians to discuss ideas on music, culture and humanity, this group addresses the urgent need for an alternative way to combat the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Led by concertmaster and solo violinist Michael Barenboim, the ensemble continues to spread the mission that opposing sides can build bridges that defy politics and encourage people to listen to the narrative of the other.




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The Ultimate Queen Celebration Starring Marc Martel

“An American in Paris” Tribute Series Sponsor

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2020, at 8 p.m.

SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2020, at 7 p.m. Diamonstein Concert Hall | Tickets: $65/$55/$45

Diamonstein Concert Hall | Tickets: (VIP$99) $65/$55/$45/$35

“An American in Paris is a triumph! Pure joy!” -The New York Times

Get ready to rock with Marc Martel, the greatest Freddie Mercury voice on the planet. Not only was Martel hand-picked by Queen's Roger Taylor and Brian May for their 25-date tribute tour in 2012, he was also chosen to record vocals on the award-winning Queen biopic, "Bohemian Rhapsody"! Martel and his band perform dozens of songs that Queen made famous, including "Killer Queen," "Somebody to Love," "Bohemian Rhapsody" and more.

“An American in Paris” is the new Tony award-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony award winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin, in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2014-15 season!

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Hollywood Nights – The Bob Seger Experience

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood Tribute Series Sponsor

SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2020, at 8 p.m. Diamonstein Concert Hall | Tickets: $40 Hollywood Nights is the ultimate tribute to Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band. This 10-piece powerhouse has set out to recreate everything about Bob and his music, right down to the smallest detail. The band prides itself on continuing the amazing groundwork laid down by Seger over the past 30 years, and shares the belief that only Seger and his fans have come to know, learn and love: Represent the voice of every fan, his or her values, working-class background, and the love of rock 'n' roll.

THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. Diamonstein Concert Hall | Tickets: $53/$43/$35 Armed with only their wits, “Whose Line is it Anyway?” stars Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood are taking to the live stage and they’re ... Scared Scriptless. Prepare to laugh yourself senseless as improv comedy masterminds Colin and Brad must make up original scenes, songs and more from whatever you, the fans, suggest! You just might also get to join in on the fun on stage. It’s a hilarious comedic high wire act … just like a live version of ‘Whose Line!’ How the heck do they do it? We don’t know either! Don’t miss the best duo in improv in the "Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Scared Scriptless Tour."

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Clay Jenkinson as Thomas Jefferson SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2020, at 8 p.m.

Anderson & Roe Piano Duo

Bravo Series Sponsor

SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2020, at 2 p.m.

Diamonstein Concert Hall | Tickets: $60/$50/$40/$30

Diamonstein Concert Hall | Tickets: $44, Student/Child: $10

Humanities scholar and writer Clay Jenkinson brings Jefferson to life in his portrayal of the third president with such authenticity that the audience may forget that Mr. Jefferson is not actually standing in front of them. The program will focus on Jefferson’s life and accomplishments, but the audience will have the opportunity to ask Mr. Jefferson questions as well on any subject, an experience that will give everyone a new appreciation of history and our Founding Fathers in a truly inspirational, educational and entertaining way.

Known for their adrenalized performances, original compositions and notorious music videos, Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe are revolutionizing the piano duo experience for the 21st century. Described as “the most dynamic duo of this generation” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “rock stars of the classical music world” (Miami Herald), and “the very model of complete 21st-century musicians” (The Washington Post), the Anderson & Roe piano duo aims to make classical music a relevant and powerful force around the world.

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“Charlotte’s Web” SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2020, at 3 p.m.

The Bachelor Live FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2020, at 7:30 p.m.

Diamonstein Concert Hall | Tickets: $39, Student/Child: $10

Diamonstein Concert Hall | Tickets: (VIP $153.50) $62.50/$52.50/$42.50

“Charlotte's Web” is based on E.B. White's loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops! Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman. She will create a "miracle." Spinning the words "Some Pig" in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution which makes Wilbur a prize pig and ensures his place on the farm forever. This treasured tale, featuring madcap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love and the true meaning of friendship.

The most successful reality romance series in the history of television is coming to Newport News! The Bachelor Live on Stage Official Tour guarantees all the drama, the gossip and the romance of your favorite TV show in one delightful evening for the ultimate fan party. Previous Bachelor and Bachelorette favorites will serve as your hosts, as one eligible hometown Bachelor is introduced to local ladies from the audience for a chance at love. Come to enjoy the show, or come to fall in love! This engaging and hilarious experience will give you and your friends plenty to gossip about and fit an entire season of Bachelor drama into one evening! Visit for your chance to be a part of the journey! Who will get the final rose?

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"Million Dollar Quartet" WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2020, at 7:30 p.m.

“The Color Purple” THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2020, at 7:30 p.m.

Diamonstein Concert Hall | Tickets: $62.50/$52.50/$42.50

Diamonstein Concert Hall | Tickets: $69/$59/$49

"Million Dollar Quartet" is the Tony Award-winning smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions ever. "Million Dollar Quartet" brings that unbelievable musical moment to life, featuring timeless and enduring hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “That’s All Right,” “I Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and more.

“Exquisite! A joyous celebration of storytelling” -The New York Times The Tony Award-winning revival that exhilarated Broadway is now on tour across North America. With a soul-raising, Grammy-winning score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, “The Color Purple” is an unforgettable and intensely moving revival of an American classic. Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and Academy Award-nominated feature film, “The Color Purple” leaves its mark on the soul. Don’t miss your chance to be mesmerized when this joyous show comes to the Ferguson Center. Sponsored by:

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“Beautiful – The Carole King Musical�

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2020, at 7:30 p.m.

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Diamonstein Concert Hall | Tickets: $73/$63/$53 “It's some kind of wonderful.� -NY 1 “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical� tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. “Beautiful� took home two 2014 Tony Awards and a 2015 Grammy Award. Sponsored by:

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BROADWAY SERIES Unforgettable theater experiences await! Our Broadway subscribers


enjoy the best seats at the best

2019-20 SERIES

at a glance ...

prices to shows that are sure to

Our Bravo series welcomes virtuoso

sell out!

musicians from around the world to

Broadway Plus! "A Magical Cirque Christmas"

our stage. These performances will

November 30, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.

and orchestral ensemble.


At Home With Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway

January 27, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. "An American in Paris" March 22, 2020, at 7 p.m.

When you choose to subscribe, you receive big benefits. We

"The Color Purple"

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May 14, 2020, at 7:30 p.m.

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October 17, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. West-Eastern Divan Ensemble February 22, 2020, at 3 p.m. Anderson & Roe Piano Duo April 18, 2020, at 2 p.m.

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​Our ​Dance series showcases three award-winning companies known for their artistic excellence, performing brilliant repertoires of modern and contemporary dance, ballet and more. ​​​Richmond Ballet: “Carmina Burana” October 5, 2019, at 8 p.m.

FAMILY SERIES Our Family series will thrill

February 5, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. ​ ​Subscription: ​​$​90 That's $30​​per performance! Student/Child subscription: $25 – less than $9 per performance!

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including members of Billy Joel's original band, the No. 1 Bob Seger the music of Queen.

both the young and young at heart as we welcome a zany "mad" scientist, bona-fide

The Lords of 52nd Street – Legends of Billy Joel Band February 1, 2020, at 8 p.m.

spider named Charlotte.

The Ultimate Queen Celebration Starring Marc Martel

Doktor Kaboom and The Wheel of Science!

February 28, 2020, at 8 p.m.

October 6, 2019, at 2 p.m.

Hollywood Nights – The Bob Seger Experience

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater​

March 28, 2020, at 8 p.m.

November 12, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. FLEX AVE.

the very best in tribute shows,

tribute group and a celebration of

canine cabaret and a beloved ​Alonzo King LINES Ballet

This brand new series features

January 12, 2020, at 2 p.m. Subscription: $100 “Charlotte’s Web” April 19, 2020, at 3 p.m. Subscription: ​$8​0 That's $2​7​ per ​show! Student/Child subscription: $25 – less than $9 per s​ how!

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Opening Night! Rachmaninoff and Ravel


POPS! Queens of Soul


Brahms + Pulitzer Prize Winning Composer


POPS! The Music of Neil Diamond


Holiday POPS!



POPS! Dancing and Romancing


Mahler Symphony No. 4


Stravinsky Firebird


POPS! Ann Hampton Callaway – The Streisand Songbook


Strauss Rosenkavalier Suite


Shostakovich Five


Beethoven “Emperor” and Symphony No. 9 “Choral”

Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique

All performances will be held in the Diamonstein Concert Hall. VSO 2019-20 subscriptions and additional information are available at All programming is subject to change.


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Orchestra continues to challenge expectations and push the boundaries of what an American orchestra can be – even as it approaches its 100th anniversary in 2020.

At the heart of the VSO’s narrative is innovation. In 1991 the VSO made a very bold move in appointing the gifted

young American conductor JoAnn Falletta as its music director. Since then, the orchestra has received national attention for its unique mission serving a home area of 1.7 million across the diverse communities of southeastern Virginia.

As the largest arts performing organization in southeastern Virginia, the VSO and VSO Chorus present more than

150 concerts and events to educate, enlighten and entertain more than 100,000 residents and visitors each year. As it approaches its centennial year, the orchestra and its legions of fans look forward with anticipation as the VSO conducts a worldwide search for its next music director.

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Christopher Newport University's Ferguson Center for the Arts 1 Avenue of the Arts • Newport News, Virginia 23606-3072 Hours of Operation: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. | Saturday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Summer hours (starting May 13): Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Ticket office: (757) 594-8752 Administrative office: (757) 594-7448 Website: Email:

Broadway show single tickets (if any are available) will go on sale in the fall. Check with the ticket office later this summer for on sale dates/times. Single tickets to all other shows will go on sale Monday, July 22, 2019, at 11 a.m.

Audience Services

The Ferguson Center for the Arts is committed to bringing world-class performers to Hampton Roads and providing easy access to everyone. The Arts for All program is a key component to make that happen. ​​A community where everyone has the opportunity to experience the arts creates a society that is richer in understanding and broader in its appeal. Funded by the generous donations of businesses and individuals, the program enables every citizen to experience the best the arts have to offer, providing the opportunity to inspire, educate and entertain. Arts for All accomplishes this on several levels: Underwriting. Contributions help to underwrite the center’s programming as ticket sales account for less than 60 percent of performance costs. Through the generous support of sponsors and donors, this year the center can offer Dance,​ Bravo​​and Family concert series, with subscriptions starting as low as $25. Access. The program makes available free and discounted tickets to a wide range of community groups, military organizations and students. During the coming season, the center hopes to provide an estimated 3,500 subsidized tickets to these groups. The program also helps pay for services such as open captioning and assisted listening that make the arts accessible to all. Benefiting organizations include Newport News Public Schools, Achievable Dream, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America,​​among ​many o ​ thers. Education. Funds provided through Arts for All underwrite performances and masterclasses for schoolchildren throughout Hampton Roads, both in the classroom and at the center. Community Outreach. The program helps to fund lecture-demonstrations, artist residencies and masterclasses, as well as provide internships and volunteer opportunities. Additionally, the center provides ticket vouchers used by community organizations toward their fundraising initiatives. A​rts for All was established in 2006 to provide discounted tickets to not-for-profit organizations serving children and families who would otherwise be unable to attend. Through the support of Ferguson Enterprises, the Newport News Arts Commission, our sponsors and private donors, the program has greatly expanded to become an integral part of the center’s mission. To support Arts for All, contact Kim Hinson, Director of Advancement for the Arts, at (757) 594-7179. For information about participating as an organization, call (757) 594-7961.



The Ferguson Center for the Arts strives to make its facilities and performances accessible to all patrons. This includes parking, seating and other necessary services. If you have questions, a special accommodation or need additional assistance, please contact our ticket office at (757) 594-8752.

There are many unauthorized third parties who may offer tickets to Ferguson Center events for sale. Many of the tickets they sell are fraudulent. The Ferguson Center for the Arts is not responsible for, or in any way obligated by, tickets sold by unauthorized third-party vendors. Fraudulent tickets purchased from unauthorized third-party vendors will not be honored.

REFUNDS & EXCHANGES There are no refunds. If patrons are unable to attend a performance, they may, based on availability, exchange their tickets for seats to another performance during the current season. Some restrictions may apply. To exchange, tickets must be presented to the Ferguson Center ticket office at least two business days prior to the performance. If the request is filled with tickets of a higher value, the difference will be charged. Lower-priced tickets are not subject to credit or refund. There is a per-ticket processing fee for exchanges. Series subscribers may exchange tickets up to one hour prior to the performance with no exchange fee. Exchanges are not available for rental events.

LOST OR MISPLACED TICKETS The Ferguson Center ticket office can reprint lost or misplaced tickets prior to the performance. There is a per-ticket replacement fee of $2. This fee is waived for series subscribers.

The best way to make certain you are purchasing a ticket that will secure a seat for the event you wish to attend is to purchase directly from the Ferguson Center for the Arts at, by phone at (757) 594-8752 or by visiting us in person.

LATE SEATING For the consideration of the artists and our patrons, anyone arriving while a performance is in progress will be seated only at times designated by the artist and their management. Late-arriving patrons will be directed to remain outside the theater until a designated seating time, and may be directed to seats in the rear of the theater until intermission. In addition, management reserves the right to seat late-arriving patrons anywhere in the theater at their discretion for any reason. Parking and courtesy shuttle service sponsored by:

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2019-20 Performances series sponsors:



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1 The Lords of 52nd Street 5 FLEX AVE. 13 VSO POPS! Dancing and Romancing 15 “Menopause The Musical� 21 VSO: Mahler Symphony No. 4 22 West-Eastern Divan Ensemble 26 "Million Dollar Quartet" 28 The Ultimate Queen Celebration Starring Marc Martel

VSO: Opening Night! Rachmaninoff and Ravel VSO POPS! Queens of Soul

OCTOBER George Thorogood and The Destroyers Richmond Ballet: “Carmina Burana� Doktor Kaboom! The Price Is Right Live! At Home With Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway Jeanne Robertson VSO: Brahms + Pulitzer Prize Winning Composer

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Official Ferguson Center Florist

VSO POPS! The Music of Neil Diamond Alonzo King LINES Ballet A Magical Cirque Christmas

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Popovich Comedy Pet Theater VSO: Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique “CATS�




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“Beautiful – The Carole King Musical�


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The Smarter Way to Bank.

VSO: Shostakovich Five “The Color Purple� VSO: Beethoven “Emperor� and Symphony No. 9 “Choral�



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Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Chris Tomlin Christmas VSO: Holiday POPS!

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood Clay Jenkinson as Thomas Jefferson Anderson & Roe Piano Duo “Charlotte’s Web� The Bachelor Live

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VSO: Stravinsky Firebird VSO POPS! Ann Hampton Callaway – The Streisand Songbook “An American in Paris� VSO: Strauss Rosenkavalier Suite Hollywood Nights – The Bob Seger Experience


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You'll find we have something for everyone as we continue to bring the world's finest performing artists to Hampton Roads. We hope you'll jo...

2019-20 Season Brochure  

You'll find we have something for everyone as we continue to bring the world's finest performing artists to Hampton Roads. We hope you'll jo...

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