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VSO's 97th season reaches for the stars

VSO's 97th season reaches for the stars

Although the Virginia Symphony Orchestra is approaching its 100th birthday, its latest season kicks off with a celebration of a much older body: the galaxy itself. The orchestra opens its 97th season with a trio of performances throughout Hampton Roads Friday through Sunday.

“Every year, of course, is special to us,” said music director and conductor JoAnn Falletta. “But this year, we’re starting off with a great celebration.”

It’s a tribute to all things local. A five-time Grammy winner and Newport News native, bassist Victor Wooten will join the symphony to perform “The Bass Whisperer,” an electric display of virtuosity co-written by Wooten and Conni Ellisor. Wooten, named...