October 10 & 11, Kimball Theatre, 8 p.m.: The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra opens its 33rd season with Soprano Sensation, a Masterworks concert featuring the dazzling vocals of guest artist Julia Bullock. Hailed by The New York Times as a "striking soprano" who "gave a ravishingly visceral" performance at her Carnegie Hall debut, Bullock will sing works by Villa-Lobos, Poulenc, Weill and Gershwin. The evening's program also includes works by Rossini, Mendelssohn and Beethoven. Conducted by Music Director Janna Hymes, now in her 13th season at the podium. For Tickets call 757-229-9857.



April 20, 2016: Effective immediately, the orchestra will now officially be called The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra. The name change reflects the group’s evolution from an ensemble of volunteer musicians into the vibrant, professional, and internationally-recognized orchestra it is today. Ingrid Brown, president of the Board of Trustees, announced the change on April 18 and 19 at the Kimball Theatre, prior to the final two concerts of the season.



The nonprofit Williamsburg Music Association has three components: The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra; The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League, a fundraising and support organization; and The Williamsburg Youth Orchestras, which give area students the opportunity to play in a full orchestra.



The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra is grateful for the generosity of its many supporters. Whether you choose to get involved as a volunteer, annual contributor, or generous benefactor--or all of the above--it is your dedication and donations that allow the organization to achieve its goals of musical artistry, community outreach, and fiscal stability.


Janna Hymes
Music Director
Akemi Takayama
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Meet The Musicians


Oct. 10 & 11, 2016

Soprano Sensation

Rossini            Overture to An Italian in Algiers

Villa-Lobos     Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5 for Soprano                              and Orchestra of Violoncelli, A. 389

Poulenc          “Non monsieur mon mari” from Les                                     mamelles de Tirésias

Mendelssohn Nocturne and Scherzo from A                                               Midsummer Night’s Dream, op. 61
Weill               “Denn wie man sich bettet” from Aufstieg                          und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny

Gershwin       “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess

Beethoven      Symphony no. 2 in D major, op. 36

Julia Bullock – soprano

“A small group of strings and woodwind spun the delicate chords around Julia Bullock’s thrilling performance: dressed in art-deco gold, the young soprano spun the text with bronzed beauty.”
Neil Fisher, The Times (from her performance with the London Symphony Orchestra)

Nov. 17 & 18, 2016

The Great Symphony

Delius             “On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring”

Fauré              Pavane, op. 50

Prokofiev       Classical Symphony, op. 25

Schubert        Symphony in C major, D. 944, “Great”


  • George Li
    MASTERWORKS #4 - March 14 & 15, 2016
    Mr. Li has performed recitals at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Tryon Concert Association, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, the Candlelight Concert Society, University of Georgia, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Harriman-Jewell Series, the Miami International Piano Festival, the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, the Morgan Library and Museum, the Vancouver Recital Society, Shriver Hall and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, among others. As a concerto soloist, he has appeared with the Richmond, Hilton Head, Edmonton and Stamford Symphonies, the Boise and Spartanburg Philharmonics, the Pasadena Symphony and Pops, the Boston Philharmonic and the Nordic Chamber Orchestra and the Norrkoping Orchestra in Sweden.
  • Jeff Midkiff
    A mandolinist and fiddler raised on bluegrass and a professional clarinetist, Jeff Midkiff is an outstanding musician who feels comfortable in more than one setting—musically and personally. “I feel at home in the Blue Ridge Mountains playing fiddle tunes,” Jeff Midkiff says, “but then again, I feel at home in a professional orchestra as well.” Jeff grew up where bluegrass and traditional string band music thrived. Given his first mandolin at the age of seven by a neighbor (Sherman Poff, to whose memory Partners In Time is dedicated), he moved quickly into the world of fiddlers’ conventions and contests, winning his first mandolin competition before reaching his teens. As he grew older, he added the fiddle to his instrumental arsenal and joined the New Grass Revue—yet at the same time, he took up the clarinet and began to perform with his high school’s symphonic band.


Unless otherwise stated, the Symphony's Season Subscription concerts are performed at the Kimball Theatre in Merchants Square at 8:00 p.m.

$48-58 USD