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Masterworks Concert Series 2015-2016 - Our 32nd Season!

Janna Hymes will be continuing as the Symphonia's music director and conductor; the upcoming season will mark her 12th anniversary on the podium.  Thank you, Janna, for bringing to our stage such excellent and innovative programming!

Performances at the Kimball Theatre in Merchants Square begin at 8:00 p.m.

Call (757) 229-9857 to order tickets for the 32nd season of outstanding music.

For more about tickets and seating go to Masterworks Concerts.

(Photo credit: Kim Kiely Photography)

The Programs for 2015-2016

September 14 & 15, 2015

Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmilla, Glinka

Symphonic Variations, Dvorák                        

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98, Brahms

Program notes . . .                        


October 19 & 20, 2015

Overture to Märchen von der schönen Melusine, Mendelssohn          

Violin Concerto, Op. 14, Barber

     Anne Akiko Meyers – violin

Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60, Beethoven

Program notes . . .

Anne Akiko Meyers - “Vigorous mastery, unflinching technical skills and stylish elegance.” — Los Angeles Times

November 16 & 17, 2015

Symphony in G minor, Rosetti                         

Overture to Pelléas and Mélisande, Faure                                         

Symphony No. 104 in D major - "London" - Haydn

Program notes . . .                          


March 14 & 15, 2016

Icarian Rhapsody, Mason Bates            

Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22, Saint-Säens  

     George Li – piano

Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 - “Italian” - Mendelssohn

George Li - “Li’s performance left no doubt that he combines staggering technical prowess, a sense of command and depth of expression.”The Washington Post          


April 18 & 19, 2016

The Chairman Dances (Foxtrot for Orchestra), John Adams                           

Concerto for Mandolin and Violin, Jeff Midkiff                 

     Jeff Midkiff – mandolin

     Akemi Takayama – violin                        

*Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Florence Price

Jeff Midkiff - “Wow, really terrific—impressive!! Gorgeous middle movement. Bravo Jeff, a real accomplishment, both pragmatically and artistically.”David Royko, Chicago Tribune

Akemi Takayama - “She played with delicacy and grace, always responsive to subtle nuances.... Takayama’s gift is a unique subservience to the music. No intrusive ego disturbs the rapture.”— The Daily Sentinel   


*We are pleased to present Symphony No. 3 in C minor with the help of a special grant from the Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy.

Please note that dates, programs and artists are subject to change.

Pops Series

December 5 & 6, 2015 - Holiday Pops Concert

The Williamsburg Symphonia's 2015 Holiday Pops Concert will be presented at the Kimball Theatre, at 1:30 & 3:00 p.m. each day. Featuring soprano Sarah Kate Walston, the orchestra is under the direction of guest conductor Maestro (Captain) Silas Nathaniel Huff, U.S. Army Music Officer, who is the Commander of the U.S. Army School of Music at Little Creek Expeditionary Base in Virginia Beach and Co-Director of the International Conducting Institute. Ticket cost is $27; purchase at CW ticket offices (Lumber House, Merchants Square outlet on N. Henry St.), at the Kimball Theatre box office, or call 1-800-HISTORY.


January 23, 2016 - Cabaret & Cocktails Pops Concert

The Williamsburg Symphonia will present a pops concert at the Williamsburg Lodge, on January 23; the concert begins at 8 p.m., cash bar in the lobby of the Virginia Room opens at 7 p.m. The orchestra, conducted by Music Director Janna Hymes, will be joined by guest instrumentalists Mike Monoghan (saxophone), Rex Richardson (jazz trumpet) and Russell Wilson (piano). Vocalists Tish Oney, Tiffany Haas and Brett Cahoon will also be featured in renditions of great American standards by Mancini, Gershwin, Ellington, Armstrong, Cahn and others.

Ticket prices are $45, $60 and $75, and all tickets are for table seating. To reserve a table, purchase tickets in groups of 10. Individual seats at tables are also available. Tickets may be ordered at williamsburgsymphonia.tix.com. For more information, call (757) 229-9857. Buy your tickets early; this event will sell out!


Special Events



July 31, August 1 & August 2, 2015

Sponsored by the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance, this series of concerts at Lake Matoaka had something musical for every age and taste. See images of the participants and the happy listeners. (Photo credit: Kim Kiely Photography)





Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 4 p.m.

This wonderful combination of mentoring and a fine musical performance fulfills a mission of The Williamsburg Symphonia and the dreams of Conductor Janna Hymes. Members of the Williamsburg Youth Orchestras Symphony Orchestra rehearsed and performed side-by-side with the Symphonia's professional musicians. Selections included the overture from Die Fledermaus, Russian Easter Festival and "Buckaroo Holiday" and "Hoedown" from Rodeo. This important educational and delightful musical occasion was made possible by generous support from the Charles & Millicent Brown Family Foundation, Helen G. Gifford Foundation and Huston Foundation.


Symphonia Music Director Janna Hymes conducts the combined orchestras at the second Side-by-Side concert at the Ferguson Center for the Arts. (Pictures by Paul Embley)


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Unless otherwise indicated, all Masterworks concert performances begin at 8:00 p.m. and are presented at the Kimball Theatre in Merchants Square, Duke of Gloucester St., Williamsburg. Click here for Map and Directions.