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Season Masterworks Concerts

2017-2018: Our 34th Season
Janna Hymes
Janna Hymes

(Photo credit: Kim Kiely Photography)

Janna Hymes will be continuing as the Williamsburg Symphony's music director and conductor; the 2017-2018 season marks her 14th anniversary on the podium. Thank you, Janna, for bringing to our stage such excellent and innovative programming!

Performances begin at 8:00 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, concerts will take place at the Kimball Theatre in Merchant Square.

NEW CONCERT DATE: The November Masterworks Concert has been moved up by one day. The new dates are Wednesday and Thursday, November 15-16.

Call (757) 229-9857 to order tickets.

The Programs for 2017-2018

From the New World: September 25 & 26, 2017 (Mon./Tues.)

Featuring Jennifer Koh, violin
  • Schoenberg: Bounce (2013)
  • Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Opus 47
  • Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, "From the New World"

Save the Date! Masterclass with Jennifer Koh: September 24, 2017

Mozart Magic: November 15 & 16, 2017 (Wed./Thurs.)

*NOTICE: New Concert Date*
Featuring David Shifrin, clarinet
  • Villa-Lobos: Sinfonietta No. 1 in B-flat major, A115, "In Memory of Mozart"
  • Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K.550

Save the Date! Masterclass with David Shifrin: November 15, 2017

Couperin Craze: February 26 & 27, 2018 (Mon./Tues.)

  • Couperin: Les Barricades Mysterieuses (The Mysterious Barricades)
  • Ades: Three Studies from Couperin (2006)
  • Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
  • Haydn: Symphony No. 101 in D, "The Clock"

Beethoven's Ninth: April 12, 2018 (Thu.)

  • Puts: Symphony No. 2 "Island of Innocence" (2001)
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Opus 125
    Featuring Colleen Daly, soprano; Ann McMahon Quintero, mezzo-soprano; Kirk Dougherty, tenor; Branch Fields, bass
    Chorus: CNU Chamber Choir, Men's and Women's Chorus; Virginia Choral Society; Virginia Wesleyan College Singers; Williamsburg Choral Guild

Sensational Finale: May 21 & 22, 2018 (Mon./Tues.)

  • Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C, BWV 1066
  • Wagner: Siegfried Ilyll
  • Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 2 in A minor, Opus 55

Pops and Special Concerts

October 7 & 8, 2017 - Symphony at the Movies

In conjunction with An Occasion for the Arts Weekend, the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra will perform 4 concerts with the theme "Symphony at the Movies." The program includes movie theater favorites by the likes of Michael Giacchino, John Williams, and Danny Elfman. You won't want to miss the exciting, pop-style finale, either! Learn more about the weekend here.

11:30 am & 1:00 pm Saturday
1:30 pm & 3:00 pm Sunday

This concert is at the Kimball Theatre. Get your tickets today!


December 2 & 3, 2017 - Holiday Pops

Come enjoy the sounds of the season as the WSO plays everyone's holiday favorites! This concert is held four times over Grand Illumination Weekend and is a must-add item to any Williamsburg itinerary. It's never too early to start getting in the holiday spirit with these tickets, available now!

1:30 & 3:00 pm both days; Kimball Theatre

2014 Annual Holiday Pops Concert

January 13, 2018 - Cabaret & Cocktails Concert

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra presents the 4th annual Cabaret & Cocktails pops concert. This year held in conjunction with Jazz Fest, guest artist Byron Stripling will perform in tribute to Louie Armstrong. Table-style seating is limited and will be sold in advance in the fall. This popular event sells quickly - don't miss your chance to enjoy an exciting evening with Janna Hymes and the Symphony as we pay tribute to jazz classics. Tickets are now available, but sell out fast. Get them before they're gone!

8:00 p.m. at the Williamsburg Lodge

March 4, 2018 - Family Concert

4:00 p.m.; Location TBD

April 29, 2018 - Side-By-Side Concert

This wonderful combination of mentoring and a fine musical performance fulfills a mission of The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra and the dreams of Conductor Janna Hymes. Our very own Williamsburg Youth Orchestras will rehearse and perform side-by-side with the Symphony’s professional musicians.

4:30 p.m.; Location TBD