The  Virginia Arts Festival Begins its 20th Anniversary Season with Festival Preview Performances
December – March

The Virginia Arts Festival celebrates its 20th Anniversary Season in 2016, marking two decades of bringing great artists to southeastern Virginia, in hundreds of great performances including world premieres, collaborations between musical and theatrical masters, and events that have turned area streets and parks into lively gathering places for friends and families.

The celebration begins in December 2015 with the first of several “Festival Preview” performances, featuring great artists returning to the Festival to join the Anniversary celebration.

Festival Preview Performances in Norfolk

Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas In Vienna
December 20
7:00pm
Harrison Opera House

With a history six centuries in the making, the famed Vienna Boys Choir delights audiences across the globe with their purity of tone, distinctive charm and a diverse, crowd pleasing repertoire that encompasses Austrian folk songs and waltzes, classical masterpieces, beloved pop songs, holiday favorites and medieval chant.

Joshua Bell
January 28
7:30pm
TCC Roper Performing Arts Center

The Grammy-winning violinist will add a stop in Norfolk to his incredibly full and rich calendar for his first recital at Virginia Arts Festival.


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
February 26-27, 8:00pm
February 28, 3:00pm
Chrysler Hall

Since its fabled first appearance in 1958—one that changed the face of dance forever—Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has performed for an estimated 25 million people in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents – and has reached untold millions more in television, film, and online.


The Chieftains
St. Patrick’s Day, March 15
7:30pm
Chrysler Hall

From the pubs of Dublin to Carnegie Hall, these fine players, faithful to their Celtic roots, have liberated the Irish soul in audiences around the world. Along the way—50 years and still playing—they've explored a world of music with Celtic roots and branches, from Spain to Appalachia and beyond, and collected six Grammy Awards and endless accolades for their artistry


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