VAF Announces 2022 Holiday Offerings including Vienna Boys Choir and St. John Passion
Words and Images Courtesy of the Virginia Arts Festival
Virginia Arts Festival welcomes a joyous 2022 holiday season with a veritable feast of music for audiences throughout the Hampton Roads and central Virginia areas. Tickets for all performances are available at vafest.org, by phone at 757-282-2822, and in person at the Virginia Arts Festival Box Office at 440 Bank Street in Norfolk.
The celebration begins in November with a performance of J. S. Bach’s glorious St. John Passion, by the 60-member orchestra and chorus of the acclaimed International Bach Academy of Stuttgart. This classic of the sacred music repertoire will be performed at Williamsburg’s St. Bede Catholic Church on Friday, November 18.
In December, the holidays will resound with the incomparable sound of the legendary Vienna Boys Choir. Praised for its “pure and pristine sound” (San Francisco Chronicle), this internationally revered choir sustains a musical tradition dating back to the 15th century and encompassing a rich history of performances for royalty. With its “Christmas in Vienna” program that includes holiday music from the Renaissance to the current day, the Vienna Boys Choir will perform at Richmond’s First Baptist Church on Sunday, December 11; at Norfolk’s Harrison Opera House on Monday, December 12; and at Williamsburg’s St. Bede Catholic Church on Tuesday, December 13.
About Virginia Arts Festival Since 1997, the Virginia Arts Festival has transformed the cultural scene in southeastern Virginia, presenting great performers from around the world to local audiences and making this historic, recreation-rich region a cultural destination for visitors from across the United States and around the world. The Festival has presented numerous U.S. and regional premieres, and regularly commissions new works of music, dance, and theater from some of today’s most influential composers, choreographers and playwrights. The Festival’s arts education programs reach tens of thousands of area schoolchildren each year through student matinees, in-school performances, artists’ residencies, master classes and demonstrations.