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March 22 , 2016 - Cabaret & Cocktails Pops Concert - 8 p.m. - Williamsburg Lodge

The Williamsburg Symphonia's pops concert at the Williamsburg Lodge has been rescheduled! All guest artists are returning, the Lodge venue is available, and we thank all concerned who have worked tirelessly to make it happen! Headlining the event is The Williamsburg Symphonia, conducted by Janna Hymes, with special guest appearances by Broadway vocalist Tiffany Haas, jazz singers Tish Oney and Brett Cahoon and acclaimed instrumentalists Rex Richardson, Mike Monaghan and Russell Wilson. This pops concert features great American Standards by Ellington, Mancini, Armstrong and more. Cash bar opens at 7 p.m. in the Virginia Room lobby; doors to concert venue open at 7:30. CASH ONLY.

If you have already purchased tickets, they may be used for the new date. Your table assignments remain the same. If you cannot attend, please contact Cindy Southworth at cindysouthworth706@gmail.com; you may either make a tax-deductible gift to the Symphonia or request a refund of your ticket price. These requests must be made by February 12. We were sold out for the January date and would love to make seats available to those who were turned away!

Grateful thanks to our Cabaret & Cocktails Sponsors:

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

Program notes . . .

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

Program notes . . .

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 was presented at the Kimball Theatre, at 1:30 & 3:00 p.m. each day. Featuring soprano Sarah Kate Walston, the orchestra was 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. Virtually sold out, the concert continues to attract many tourists as well as locals who love this delightful, family friendly, annual program. Special thanks to Greg Moquin who arranged the slide show back-drop of lush holiday scenery and song titles as well as the stage decorations.


Special Events




January 25, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.

At Jamestown Settlement's Robins Foundation Theater, the ensemble is conducted by the Symphonia's music director, Janna Haymes, and features 18 musicians of the orchestra and the debut of "The Sea Venture: Songs of the Early Settlers of Bermuda and Jamestown," arranged by Michael Williamson. Special appearance by violinist Irina Muresanu as concertmaster. Limited to 150 participants. Cost: $33. A portion of this fee is being used to underwrite the concert as well as to provide complimentary admission for a high school student from our greater Williamsburg/Yorktown area.




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.