The Virginia Symphony Orchestra plans to honor Ludwig van Beethoven and Samuel Barber with its latest effort Nov. 9 and 11 in Williamsburg and Virginia Beach.
The performance features Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 2,” written between 1801 and 1802 when the composer’s deafness worsened. The four-piece symphony features a scherzo rather than a standard minuet accompanying a grand scale. It also features examples of Beethoven’s musical jokes.
Chesapeake native and soprano Aundi Marie Moore will join the VSO on stage for Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915,” a nostalgic portrait of the Tennessee city. Moore won the American Prize in Voice in 2015 and earned a bronze medal in 2016 at the American Traditions Competition in Savannah, Ga.
The concert kicks off with Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály’s “Dances of Galanta,” inspired by the folk music of a small town in western Slovakia.
Performances run 8 p.m. Thursday at Crosswalk Community Church, 7575 Richmond Road, and 8 p.m. Saturday at Regent University, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach. Tickets start at $25, available online at virginiasymphony.org or by calling 892-6366.
Birkenmeyer can be reached by phone at 757-790-3029.