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Gala Fundraising Dinner Benefits Virginia Symphony Orchestra

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The Virginia Symphony Society of Greater Williamsburg's Annual Gala - Jazz it Up - Encore! - was held on April 22. The elegant event featured a repeat performance from jazz great and virtuoso clarinetist, Sal Andolina, and his trio at the Governor's Land Two Rivers County Club in Williamsburg. Outgoing College of William & Mary President, Taylor Reveley, III (above) was suprised and delighted when a fellow VSO supporter bid on and won the opportunity for him to conduct the symphony at their free annual outdoor concert to be held Lake Matoaka in September. What a send off that will be!

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A number of special local events feature the Virginia Symphony Orchestra - including performances at the Williamsburg Library, an annual outdoor concert held at the Matoaka Ampitheatre on the campus of the College of William and Mary, special VSO Unplugged concerts held at the Williamsburg Winery, and free concerts at the Williamsburg Regional Library.


Matoaka concert

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra holds a a free outdoor concert at the College of William & Mary's Lake Matoaka Ampitheater each September.


2016-2017 Concert Season Events

September 1, Thursday - Symphony - Under the Stars
Lake Matoaka Amphitheater - 7:30 pm Concert

October 10, Monday – Autumn Social
  at the home of Gerald and Martha Jean Howell - 5:30 - 7:30 pm

October 27, Thursday - Pre-Concert Dinner at Colonial Heritage - 5:15 pm
  Prior to the VSO “Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5” at 
  CrossWalk Community Church in Norge – 8:00 pm Concert

November 14, Monday – New & Prospective Member Reception  5:30 - 7:30 pm (Tentative)

December 15, Thursday – Pre-concert dinner at Kingsmill - 5:15 pm
  prior to the VSO “ Holiday Brass Concert” at Phi Beta Kappa Hall -
  8:00 pm Concert

February 6, Monday - Winter Social at Windsor Meade  - 5:30 - 7:30 pm

February 23, Thursday – Pre-Concert Dinner at Colonial Heritage -5:15 pm
Prior to the VSO “Intrigue & Idyll” Concert at CrossWalk Community Church – 8 pm Concert

February 25, Saturday - French Horn Duo & Children's Instrument Petting Zoo -11 a.m. Williamsburg Regional Library

March 9, Thursday - Pre-Concert Dinner at Kingsmill – 5:15 pm prior to the
VSO “Roots: the British Isles Concert” at Phi Beta Kappa Hall
8:00 pm Concert 

March 12, Sunday - Botecelli Exhibit Reception & Private Tour - 5:30 p.m. Muscarelle Museum, College of William & Mary

April 12, Wednesday - Woodwind Quartet - 7:30 p.m. - Williamsburg Regional Library

April 22, Saturday - Annual Gala Benefit for the VSO
Two Rivers Country Club – Reception 5:45, Dinner – 6:30

May 24, Wednesday - Annual Meeting




2017 Annual Gala Sponsors

A STANDING OVATION to the generous individuals and corporate sponsors who supported the 2017 Gala.

Thank you for supporing the arts in our community!!

Mari Ann & Charlie Banks










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Recent Happennings...

VSO Resident Conductor is Guest of the VSSGW


Gerald and Martha Jean Howell, left, with Virginia Symphony Resident Conductor Ben Rous and VSSGW President Barbara Vollmer 

Virginia Symphony Orchestra Resident Conductor Benjamin Rous was the guest artist at the Virginia Symphony Society of Williamsburg’s autumn social held at the home of Martha Jean and Gerald Howell.  In addition to holding a doctorate in conducting, he is also an accomplished instrumentalist on violin, viola, and keyboard instruments.  Before performing a violin solo, he briefly described and demonstrated what the audience should listen for.  Following his performance he answered audience questions about the music, and about his own development as a musician and conductor.

WHRO and VSO Represented at Pre-concert Dinner


Adam Gandolfo and Christie Niehaus

Members of the Virginia Symphony Society of Williamsburg were delighted to have representatives of both WHRO and the VSO join them at a pre-concert dinner prior to the Virginia Symphony’s October 27 performance at Crosswalk Community Church.  Raymond Jones, WHRO’s longtime classical music radio host, spoke briefly about his career with WHRO, his long-time relationship with the Symphony, including how he has, on occasion, narrated performances for the symphony.


 Raymond Jones and VSSGW member Amy Ahearn

  He was followed by VSO trumpeter Adam Gandolfo who performed classical selections by two American composers, Joseph Turrin and Alan Hovboness, and one by French composer Eugene Bozza, plus George Gershwin’s popular “Someone to Watch Over Me” from the show “Oh Kay”.   Mr. Gandolfo was accompanied on piano by Christine Niehaus.