An arts season like no other begins this autumn. With tight restrictions on attendance numbers and social distancing, local arts organizations have innovated more than ever before to ensure we still have access to the magic of live performances. Here are a few highlights from the upcoming fall performing arts season in Hampton Roads:

Virginia Opera’s Stayin’ Alive Initiative:
Virginia Opera aims to bring back the culture and music we’ve lost through a series of live and digital performances. Four Emerging Artists are in Virginia for a ten-week residency (which began with a two-week quarantine). They’ll perform in a virtual showcase on Wednesday, September 16 at 7 PM and in live weekly programs outside of the Harrison Opera House and in the Five Points neighborhood. They’ll also present a special program at the Virginia Zoo on Saturday, September 19 at 10 AM and at the Williamsburg Winery on Sunday, September 27 at 5:30 PM. Learn more at

Sacred Music in a Sacred Space:
Christ and St. Luke's Episcopal Church presents virtual concerts select Tuesday evenings this fall on the church’s website, beginning with musicians from the Virginia Symphony Orchestra alongside organist Kevin Kwan on September 15 at 6 PM. Learn more at

Virginia Arts Festival's Fall Arts Celebration:
Virginia Arts Festival will present a series of concerts in its outdoor courtyard on September 25, October 3, October 7, and October 17. The series will include classical and jazz concerts featuring some of our region's most gifted artists, including musicians from the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the John Toomey Quartet, and WHRV's Jae Sinnett. Learn more at

Proteus Festival:
The Proteus Festival is the Z’s annual celebration of creativity. In keeping with its namesake, the form shifts slightly each year. This year, they are soliciting submissions in music, theater, and film for featured performers. The festival will be extended in scope to ensure patron and performer safety. You’ll have the chance to catch world-premiere theater, brand-new indie films, and original music -- both in-person and virtually. The festival will run October 6-11. Learn more at

Regent University Presents Brigadoon:
After last spring’s cancellation, the musical “Brigadoon” is back on track to kick off Regent University’s theatre season. The social distancing policy includes using 28% of seating capacity, leaving three empty seats between parties, and skipping every other row. The show’s plot is centered on the mysterious town of Brigadoon, which appears out of the mists of the Scottish Highlands once every 100 years. The play runs October 9-11 and 16-18. Learn more at

Beneath the Surface: A Lochhaven Legend:
The Hermitage Museum and Gardens, Virginia Stage Company, and Norfolk State University have teamed up for an immersive, theatrical, ghost hunting experience just in time for Halloween. The program will run select dates from October 22-31. Learn more at

Tidewater Classical Guitar’s Virtual Series:
Tidewater Classical Guitar presents their 37th concert season this fall in a live stream format, beginning with guitarist Matt Thomas on September 25 at 8 PM. Learn more at

Virtual Virginia Chorale:
Each month, virtual concerts will give you a glimpse into the Virginia Chorale, our region’s premier professional vocal ensemble. Learn more at

September Showtunes Sundays:
Let your inner artist sing out! Generic Theater is hosting showtune programs every Sunday at 7 PM through the end of September. Submit a song or learn more on their Facebook page.

Virginia Stage Company’s Virtual Stage:
While we’re stuck at home, Virginia Stage Company’s Education and Community Engagement Department is offering ongoing online classes and workshops for students and the general public. Learn more at

OpenNorfolk Arts Thursdays:
OpenNorfolk will take over The Plot in the NEON District each Thursday evening until the end of October with live arts, culture, and music programs that are free and open to the public. Learn more on the OpenNorfolk webpage.