JoAnn Falletta to step down from Virginia Symphony in 2020

Posted on: April 18, 2018

“JoAnn Falletta, the artistic leader of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra who put the organization on the national radar, announced today that she will conclude her tenure as music director in June of 2020,” writes Rashod Ollison in Tuesday’s (4/17) Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA). “The native New Yorker has been in the position for 27 years. In that time, the VSO has performed in prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in addition to winning several awards and making 18 recordings. ‘As I reflect on all that the musicians and I have been able to accomplish together, I’ve never been prouder or more excited for the future of this unique orchestra,’ Falletta, 64, said.… ‘As the VSO approaches its 100th anniversary … I’m enormously grateful for the innumerable friendships I have made here, and the love and support the community has shown toward me and our musicians.’ Under Falletta’s leadership, the VSO has premiered many new works, including the world premiere two weeks ago of ‘Night Owl’ … by composer Michael Daugherty specially commissioned for the VSO.… A search committee will be appointed to select a new music director.”

Posted April 18, 2018

JoAnn Falletta photo by Stephen M. Katz / The Virginian-Pilot