Conceived in part as a healing response to the recent events in Charlottesville and as a recognition of the upcoming anniversary of September 11, join your neighbor and come together to make beautiful music!
Whether voice or violin, guitar or trumpet, Norfolk is coming together for a first-of-its-kind community concert. Community musicians will perform alongside musicians of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Virginia Symphony Chorus, for CommUNITY: A Play-in & Sing-along event on Sunday, September 10th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Decker Half Moone Center.
The concert is free and open to the public.
Listeners will enjoy a wide variety of music from symphonic classics to spiritual hymns and patriotic songs. Performers joining the VSO and VSO Chorus include Teens With A Purpose, featuring Donnavan Pollack, the 2017 Hampton Roads Youth Poet Laureate, and Elbert Watson, Dance Master at Norfolk Academy, former dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Artistic Director of the Elbert Watson Dance Company.
Barbara Hamm-Lee who hosts “Another View” on WHRV-FM will serve as the emcee of the event and Mayor Kenny Alexander will provide opening remarks. The USAF Heritage Brass, members of NSU Concert Choir and Virginia Opera will also participate. Guest conductors include Colonel (Ret.) Thomas H. Palmatier, Major Michael D. Hoerber, Dr. Harlan Zackery, Jr., and Helen Martell.
Community musicians must register and download their music to be seated with the orchestra. Go to Norfolk.gov/unityconcert for registration information and concert details. No registration is required for audience members.
Parking will be free for attendees at the Town Point parking garage, 110 W. Main Street.