7th Annual Neptune Festival Symphony by the Sea Series Welcomes New Virginia Symphony Conductor

First Concert of the 7th Annual Neptune Festival Symphony by the Sea Series Welcomes New Virginia Symphony Orchestra Conductor
Inaugural Concert of the Season to Featured Music from Blockbuster Movies

June 26, 2018 - Virginia Beach

The Neptune Festival will be partnering with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra to officially introduce the VSO’s new assistant conductor to the Hampton Roads music community when beachfront musical strains again fill the air at the free Symphony by the Sea Concert Series this summer.

The VSO’s newly appointed Assistant Conductor Gonzalo Farias will make his debut performance with the orchestra on Thursday, July 12 at the 31st Street stage at King Neptune’s Park on the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Farias says his ambition is “to establish music-making as a way of rethinking our place in society by cultivating respect, trust, and cooperation among us.”

“The position of assistant conductor of the Virginia Symphony is a critical role,” according to GRAMMY-winning VSO Music Director, JoAnn Falletta. “In Gonzalo we have found both a superb conductor and musician and a charismatic leader, and I am thrilled to have him as a colleague. He is exceptional.”

This Neptune Festival event is the first of six summer oceanfront concerts, four performed by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, with the remaining two performed by Symphonicity. The season inaugural concert with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra will feature popular movie music from Sleeping Beauty, The Incredibles, Up, Harry Potter and the The Goblet of Fire, Fantasia 2000, Beauty and the Beast, Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Peter Pan.

Now in its 7th year, the Symphony by the Sea concerts are a free musical offering to residents and visitors. Guests are encouraged to come early, as these concerts are well-attended and typically fill the 31st street park. The Neptune Festival also offers series VIP memberships that include reserved seating and a pre-show reception for each concert. More on VIP memberships can be found at https://www.neptunefestival.com/products/symphony-sea-membership.

For the past two seasons, Mr. Farias has held the prestigious Conducting Fellowship position at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the mentorship of BSO Music Director, Marin Alsop. He is a former Music Director of the Joliet Symphony Orchestra and most recently was Associate Conductor of the Occasional Symphony in Baltimore. Born in Santiago de Chile, Farias began playing piano at age 5. He has received many accolades for his extensive work and study in South America, Switzerland, and Denmark, as well as in the U.S.

The Symphony by the Sea Series schedule

Thursday July 12 - Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Thursday July 26 - Virginia Symphony Orchestra Thursday Aug. 9 - Symphonicity

Thursday Aug. 16 - Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Thursday Aug. 23 - Symphonicity

Thursday Sept. 6 - Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Rain dates Aug. 2 and Sept. 12. For more information, visit NeptuneFestival.com or call 757.498.0215.

About Virginia Beach Neptune Festival

The Virginia Beach Neptune Festival is a private, non-profit 501-C3 organization, producing over 40 events per year, which generate over $18 million in economic impact and contribute to the charitable, educational, and recreational development of Hampton Roads. Its flagship event, The Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend, is ranked among the Top 100 Events in North America and within the Top

20 Events in the Southeastern US by recognized tourism industry organizations. 2018’s Boardwalk Weekend is September 28th through 30th. Neptune’s Sand Sculpting Championship is considered one of the best competitions of its kind in the world. For more information, call the Festival office at 757.498.0215 (1.866.NEP.FEST) or visit NeptuneFestival.com.