Music Perfectly Paired for February at  Symphonicity’s Next Concert 

Love is not for the faint-hearted, at least not for the characters represented at Symphonicity’s next concert, which will feature over 200 community volunteers and a local doctor turned composer. Stories of old, known and unknown, set to music for orchestra and choir, will underscore Love’s greatest joys, deepest sorrows, and unquenchable hope.  

The concert, titled “Of Love, Loss & The Divine,” is the third Symphonicity concert in the “Bach to the Future” series under the direction of the orchestra’s Music Director and Conductor Daniel W. Boothe. The concert, which is slightly over 90-minutes, will take place on Sunday, February 16,  at 3 PM at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts. 

Each concert in the season opens with a rarely heard orchestral transcription of Johann Sebastian Bach’s famous Baroque piano and organ compositions.  His “Little Fugue” in G minor, arranged by Lucien Cailliet, will open the “Love, Loss & The Divine” concert. The four-minute piece is a melodic adventure of masterful craftsmanship that will be followed by local composer Dr. Rich Moriarty’s “We That Wait,” a deeply felt orchestral song-cycle using poems from the American Civil War written by women. It will feature mezzo-soprano Emily Russell from the Virginia Opera. After a brief intermission, the Greek-inspired mythical romance of “”Daphnis et Chloé” will come to life through the ballet music of Maurice Ravel.  A 125-voice choir, comprised of singers from the Symphonicity and Old Dominion University Choruses, will join the orchestra to add intensity to an already tantalizing work. The concert will conclude with John Rutter’s well-known and uplifting work “Gloria,” a choral sacred piece with orchestra accompaniment. 

Symphonicity is pleased to feature local talent in the February concert starting with Moriarty, the composer of “We That Wait,”  who spent his professional life as a pathologist in Hampton Roads. Upon retirement, he earned a masters of music degree from Old Dominion University and studied composition under the mentorship of composers Adolphus Hailstork and Richard Danielpour.

Russell is a Norfolk native and has been performing and teaching music locally for over fifteen years. After receiving her Bachelors of Music from James Madison University, she taught music in both public- and private-school settings. Russell is the Children’s Chorus Master at Virginia Opera as well as a performer with the organization. In addition, she has performed with the Virginia Chorale, the Virginia Symphony Chorus, Tidewater Opera Initiative, and Cantabile Project. Symphonicity welcomed her last year as the mezzo soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem. She currently teaches preschool music and has a private piano and voice studio.

The Symphonicity Chorus is a group of auditioned volunteer singers who come together to perform with the Symphonicity orchestra at least once a year under the leadership of Chorus Master Dr. Nancy Klein, Professor and Chair of ODU’s School of Music. Symphonicity,  known for its collaborative efforts with other arts organizations and schools in the area, welcomes ODU chorus members to join the Symphonicity Chorus and participate in classical music’s finest choral offerings. 

Pre-concert activities will begin at 2 p.m. to include a performance by Virginia Children’s Chorus Concert Choir, under the direction of Artist Director Carol Thomas Downing, as well as the opportunity to hear directly from featured guests in a discussion facilitated by the Music Director. 

Tickets range from $19 to $50 and are available for purchase online at or by calling the Symphonicity office at 757-671-8611. Visit or call the Sandler Center Box Office (757-385-2787) for student tickets that range from $10 – $20 and active or retired military discounts. Identification for students and military are required.   

“Of Love, Loss & The Divine” is sponsored in part by Cataldo Builders,  Virginia Beach Arts & Humanities Commission, Business Consortium for Arts Support, Virginia Commission for the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts.   

The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts is located in Virginia Beach at 201 Market Street.

For additional information regarding the concert, please call 757-671-8611 or visit                           

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