Our Mission: To perform fine music with the highest artistic integrity for the broadest possible audience and expand musical horizons.

DEAR MEMBERS OF THE VCO FAMILY

It is with deep regret we announce that the VCO side-by-side concert with the William & Mary Symphony is cancelled.  The VCO board is adhering to the guidelines of the CDC and the administration that we cancel or postpone in-person events and wait at least 8 weeks until we consider resuming group events.

The safety and well-being of the VCO community is our highest priority, and based upon not only government direction, but as importantly, wishes of our patrons, the VCO will cancel all events in the spring of 2020, including a concert, a cabaret, and the annual Gala.  We are planning a complete schedule of concerts and musical events for the fall, beginning in September.

We do invite everyone to use this time to enjoy the several Music of the Presidents videos and numerous clips from other performances on our videos page. CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR VIDEOS PAGE.  This is a wonderful opportunity to watch all the VCO videos by yourself or with a child or grandchild -- they aren't just for kids!

We will be announcing elements of our 2020-2021 season as the future becomes focused, hopefully in the late summer.  Please check our UPCOMING EVENTS PAGE for our upcoming performances and events.

We wish you all the best in the coming weeks and will be looking for you at wonderful live music events in the fall.

Douglas C. Lovejoy,
President,

Virginia Chamber Orchestra

CURRENT EVENTS

Quintango

March 7, 2020
8:00 P.M.

QuinTango's passion and intimacy collide as piano, strings, and bandoneon present the dramas of life three minutes at a time.

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VCO, William & Mary Symphony:
“Side by Side”

THIS PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN CANCELLED 

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Watch streaming on-demand video

MUSIC IN THE LIFE OF EISENHOWER: General Eisenhower’s use of music to maintain the morale of American troops in World War II is vividly illustrated by the Airmen of Note, performing Glenn Miller hits. The VCO and select Pro Coro singers sample Eisenhower’s musical favorites. In-studio  experts, students and moderator Robert Aubry Davis examine Eisenhower’s rise the top five U.S. presidents in polls by leading historians.

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PREVIOUS EVENTS

Backbeat Underground

January 11, 2020 - 8:00 P.M.

Backbeat Underground is a Washington, DC based instrumental group with soul jazz influences.

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ALL 4 BASS

Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 7:30 P.M.

This wonderful quartet of basses makes truly amazing music!

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Shades of Autumn

Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 4:00 p.m.

Featurng: Isabelle Frouvelle, harp.

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QuinTango

Saturday, June 22, 2019 8:00 P.M.

QuinTango's passion and intimacy collide as piano, strings, and bandoneon present the dramas of life three minutes at a time.

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VCO 48th Annual Gala

Sunday, May 5, 2019  /  6:00 p.m.

An evening of fun and sparkle -- Cocktails, dinner, dancing, and bidding at live and silent auctions.

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Music in the Life of Eisenhower

Sunday, April 7, 2019  /  4:00 p.m.

An uplifting new “Music of the Presidents” concert commemorating Eisenhower and the upcoming 75th Anniversary of D-Day.

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Backbeat Underground

Friday, March 15, 2019  /  8:00 p.m.

Born in the depths of subterranean DC, Backbeat Underground is an instrumental funk group with soul jazz influences.

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“19, The Musical”

Friday, Jan 11/12, 2019 / 8:00 p.m.

Written & Directed by:
Jennifer Schwed & Doug Bradshaw
Music by Charlie Barnett
Lyrics by Jennifer Schwed & Doug Bradshaw

1st Stage Theater
1524 Spring Hill Road, McLean, VA 22102 

“Incendio”

Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 / 8:00 p.m.

A spectacular performance!
Latin rhythms and romantic
melodies mixed with heartfelt blues
and rock energy!

1st Stage Theater
1524 Spring Hill Road, McLean, VA 22102 

Music of the Masters

Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 / 4:00 p.m.

Featuring works by:
Rossini, Beethoven,
Mozart, and Coates
featuring piano soloist Brian Ganz

Ernst Center – NVCC, Annandale, VA

The VCO is unique among Northern Virginia-based orchestras.

The Virginia Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1971 as a professional touring orchestra, performing in areas of the state where live orchestral concerts were seldom or never offered. Encouraged to establish its base in Northern Virginia in the 1980s, the orchestra began “touring” electronically in 1998, serving a nationwide audience of millions with educational television broadcasts and free streaming videos on the website for students of all ages.

The VCO presents an interesting variety of live, professionally performed music in the “New City of Tysons” with ensemble concerts at the intimate 1st Stage Theater.

Educational Outreach 

Music and narration from live “Music of the Presidents” concerts are recorded and integrated with in-studio discussion by experts and students for streaming videos.  Robert Aubry Davis of National Public Television served as narrator and moderator for “Music in the Life of President Lincoln” and "Music in the  Life of Eisenhower."

Special Audience Outreach 

The award-winning Special Audience Outreach program is included with all orchestra concerts.  The VCO provides complimentary tickets and post-concert dinners for up to fifty underserved individuals and families, including Wounded Warriors and their families,  demonstrating that fine music can touch and lift the spirits of all who are given an opportunity to listen.

Did you know? 

The Virginia Chamber Orchestra (VCO) was founded in 1971 as a professional touring orchestra

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The VCO has served a national audience of millions with educational television broadcasts since 1998

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VCO's concerts are accessible to low and middle-income families through remarkably affordable ticket prices.