HAMPTON ROADS, Va. — The Virginia Symphony presents five exceptional holiday programs throughout Hampton Roads from November 26th through December 17th.

Kicking off the season is The Polar Express in Concert, a movie/live orchestra and chorus event featuring the music of The Polar Express played along with the film.

Get up, get on, and get ready for the ride of your life! It’s Christmas Eve, and you’re about to roller-coaster up and down mountains, slip-slide over ice fields, teeter across mile-high bridges, and be served hot chocolate by singing waiters more astonishing than any you can imagine. You’re on the Polar Express! Tom Hanks stars in and Robert Zemeckis directs this instant holiday classic filmed in dazzling performance-capture animation that makes every moment magical. “Seeing is believing,” says a mysterious hobo who rides the rails with you. You’ll see wonders. And you’ll believe. All aboooooard!

The Polar Express in Concert will be held Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, 7:30 PM at the Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News. This concert is brought to you by CineConcerts. Tickets begin at $25.

Join us for the must-see holiday tradition of the season — Holiday POPS! There’s no better way to lift your spirits than with seasonal songs and traditional carols delivered in full sound and spectacle by the Virginia Symphony and special guests. Holiday POPS will have all the magical elements you’ve come to expect and more — high energy, familiar carols, and lots of holiday warmth! And we’ll even throw in a surprise or two! We can’t wait to celebrate the 2022 Holiday season together!

Holiday POPS! will be held Thursday, December 8, 2022, 7:30 PM at the Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News; Friday, December 9, 2022, 7:30 PM at Chrysler Hall, Norfolk; and Sunday, December 11, 2022, 7 PM at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach. Tickets begin at $25.

Santa Claus is stopping by to be a part of the VSO’s ever-popular Jingle Bell Jam! Celebrate the magic of the season with an afternoon that showcases the music of the holidays performed by the best talent in Hampton Roads. Get your tickets early — this family favorite is sure to sell out! Pre-concert activities begin at 2 PM.

Jingle Bell Jam will be held Sunday, December 11, 2022, 3 PM at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach. Tickets begin at $12 for kids.

Jingle Bell Jam is supported in part by the City of Virginia Beach. Special thanks to Cape Henry Collegiate for their Presenting Sponsorship and to BayPort Credit Union for their Supporting Sponsorship.

The bold sounds of the Virginia Symphony brass section ring in the holidays with a blast during Holiday Brass! Experience the festive sounds of the season in a concert filled with wit, virtuosity, and the glorious music of the holidays—featuring the VSO brass and percussion sections in an all-new program. You’ll enjoy music from a variety of styles that have made this concert a new holiday tradition!

Holiday Brass will be held Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 7:30 PM at St. Bede Catholic Church, Williamsburg; Thursday, December 15, 2022, 7 PM at the Chesapeake Conference Center, Chesapeake; and Saturday, December 17, 2022, 7:30 PM at the Historic Palace Theatre, Cape Charles. Tickets begin at $25; Thursday’s concert is free and open to the public.

Thursday, December 15th’s performance of Holiday Brass is sponsored by Carl’s Wash.

The VSO presents George Frederic Handel’s revered oratorio, Messiah, featuring the ever-beloved Hallelujah Chorus. As legend has it, divine inspiration may have played a hand in Handel’s 1741 composition of what has become his most famous work. Not only did he write the massive score in just over three weeks’ time, there is a long-held story that the popular Hallelujah Chorus was itself inspired by a vision of heaven and its angels revealed to Handel as he wrote it.

Handel’s Messiah will be held Thursday, December 15, 2022, 7:30 PM at Regent University, Virginia Beach; Friday, December 16, 2022, 7:30 PM at First Baptist Church, Newport News; and Saturday, December 17, 2022, 7:30 PM at Chrysler Hall, Norfolk. Tickets begin at $25.

Handel’s Messiah is sponsored by the Christian Broadcasting Network.

Tickets to all five shows can be purchased in advance by calling 757.892.6366, visiting www.virginiasymphony.org or visiting the Virginia Symphony Box Office at 150 Boush Street, Suite 201, Norfolk, VA 23510 from 10 a.m. — 4:30 p.m., Monday — Friday. For group sales of 10 or more, call 757.213.1431.

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