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.
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.