Virginia Sym cancels two spring concerts

Posted on: February 5, 2009

In Wednesday’s (2/4) Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk), Teresa Annas reports, “To save money, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra has canceled two spring concerts. By cutting its April 24 concert at the Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News and its April 26 concert at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach, the cash-strapped symphony will trim $55,000 from its budget, said Donna Hudgins, director of public relations. The cancellations entailed a bit of programming musical chairs. Those concerts featured the Beethoven violin concerto, with soloist Michael Ludwig. But Ludwig’s not lost: The same program has been moved ahead three weeks, to April 2 at the Ferguson Center, April 3 at the Sandler Center, and April 4 at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk. The Beethoven concerts will replace a ‘Roman Festival’ mixed classical program that had been set for April 3 -5. … About 1,000 subscribers and single-ticket buyers had bought seats for those late April concerts, [Hudgins] said. All have received notice of the changes, she said, and so far she has heard no complaints.”