JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra since 1991, will leave the Hampton Roads-based orchestra after it celebrates its 100th anniversary in the 2019-20 season.
Falletta, one of the most prominent female conductors in the US, will continue as music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic. She also is an internationally active guest conductor.
With the Virginia Symphony, Falletta has made a number of recordings, notably of large-scale repertory such as Mahler’s Eighth Symphony and a recently issued Berlioz Requiem, as well as discs of works by Virginia composers Adolphus Hailstork and John Powell. Under her direction, the orchestra performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Washington’s Kennedy Center, and has been a performing anchor of the Virginia Arts Festival.
Rashod Ollison of The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports on Falletta’s impending departure: