Classical Music

Guest conductor delivers VSO program on music from the movies

The sound of music from the movies was the theme, with variations, during the Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s April 5 program at the Ferguson Center.

More Pops fare than not, it seemed to bank on the appeal of big-screen music and composers for audience draw. I’m not sure it worked. The rain may have kept some away; it may have been the content for a “Classics” series didn’t engage people; or it may have been a combination of both. Empty seats aside, there were, however, two interesting aspects to be had that should have had some appeal: the chance to see guest conductor Sarah Hicks in action and to hear an unusual work for an unusual instrument.

Hicks is the principal conductor...