Get ready for a special performance by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra; the ensemble will present "Berlioz Requiem" as part of the Virginia Arts Festival.

Composer Hector Berlioz dreamed of creating an "awesome musical cataclysm... which will, I hope, live on as a great landmark in our art." The Virginia Symphony Orchestra is taking up the challenge: it will be augmented with additional players in every section, plus brass choirs in the four corners of the hall.

Berlioz Requiem will also feature a chorus of 140 singers, making it a once-in-a-lifetime event for music lovers.

The event will be held 8 p.m. Saturday, May 20 at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk. For ticket information, visit or call 757-282-2822.