October 22, 2022
One hour before this concert, meet the artists and discover the orchestra experience from a new perspective during Behind the Notes, a pre-concert talk hosted by Principal Guest Conductor Thomas Wilkins. These casual presentations give you a special look at the music of the day as well as the music-makers themselves.
215 St Pauls Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23510
Tickets start at $25, up to $114.
Virginia Symphony presents "Power and Promise"
Saturday, October 22, 2022
Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Katherine Jolly, soprano
Written by the acclaimed Andre Previn for Kathleen Battle with words by Nobel laureate and poet Toni Morrison, the song cycle “Honey and Rue” takes its inspiration from jazz, blues, and American spirituals.
VSO Principal Guest Conductor Thomas Wilkins pairs this evocative piece with Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s “The Inextinguishable,” written during WWI, which features a “battle” between two timpani and radiates the elemental will to live.
Hector Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
Andre Previn: Honey and Rue
Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 4 “The Inextinguishable”
A bright, young, accomplished singer on the opera and concert stages, soprano Katherine Jolly has appeared in leading roles with Opera Theatre Saint Louis, Florida Grand Opera, New York City Opera, Virginia Opera, Amarillo Opera, Piedmont Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, American Lyric Theatre and others.
Her recent CD Preach Sister Preach has received airtime on radio stations across the country and rave reviews in publications and on websites such as Gramophone, Review Graveyard, Take Effect, and others. In the concert arena, she has performed recently as the soprano soloist in Handel’s The Messiah with the Evansville Philharmonic, the Richmond Symphony, and the Phoenix Symphony.
Jolly was featured with the Phoenix Symphony in staged performances of Brundibar, Knoxville: Summer of 1915, with Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Carmina Burana, with Northwest Florida Symphony, and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, with the Sacramento Choral Arts Society. In 2012, the soprano returned to the Sacramento Choral Arts Society, in the Fauré Requiem and Vivaldi’s Gloria. “Jolly’s voice enraptured the audience, as she sang the ethereal Domine Deus”, Sacramento Press.
In addition to holding the position of Principal Guest Conductor for the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Wilkins is the Henry A. Upper Chair of Orchestral Conducting, as well as Professor of Music in Orchestral Conducting on the faculty of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is also Music Director Laureate of the Omaha Symphony, the distinction earned in recognition of his outstanding tenure as the symphony’s longest-serving music director in its 100+ history.
He still serves as principal conductor at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and conducts for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.