Brahms' Second

February 17 & 18

Notoriously wracked by self-doubt, Brahms took fifteen years to write his first Symphony. After it met with overwhelming success, he composed his second in less than a year. The Second Symphony is the most overtly optimistic of all of Brahms’ symphonies, full of warmth and the pastoral charm of the quiet lakeside town where he crafted it. Here, it is paired with Haydn’s nimble Trumpet Concerto, performed by Principal Trumpet Rachel Duncan, and Ricercar, a work by up-and-coming American composer Nathan Shields.

Meet the Symphony Musician!

Saturday, 2/3 at 10:30am

On Saturday, February 3 at 10:30am, Principal Clarinet Shawn Earle will bring a children's book to life through sound during a musical story time at the Virginia Discovery Museum. Afterwards, attendees can make their own music on different woodwind instruments in a hands-on instrument petting zoo. This program is free with museum admission; no tickets required, but space is limited!

Mini-Season Subscriptions

Available Now

It's not too late to experience the excitement of Benjamin Rous's inaugural season for yourself! Become a Symphony subscriber and you'll get the best remaining seats for Swan Lake, Brahms' Second Symphony, and The Planets. To order your subscription today, contact Administrative Assistant Brian Simalchik at (434) 924-3139 or, or fill out the form below and mail it to the Symphony office.

Coming Soon...

Pops Concert Announcement

Keep your eyes glued to this space for news about our annual Pops concert at The Paramount Theater on Saturday, June 2 at 7:30pm!

UVA Bicentennial Launch Celebration

Photos and Video Highlights

On Friday, October 6, 2017, the Charlottesville Symphony performed three times (including with the Martha Graham Dance Company) before a crowd of 20,000 people during UVA's Bicentennial Launch Celebration on the Lawn. Click the link below to see photo and video highlights!

Announcing New Music Director Benjamin Rous!

The Music Director Search Committee and the University of Virginia are delighted to announce the appointment of Benjamin Rous as the Charlottesville Symphony’s new Music Director. He will also join the UVA faculty as Associate Professor of Music.