Carnival of the Animals Family Concert: April 29, 2017

Season Masterworks Concerts

2016-2017: Our 33rd 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 2016-2017 season marks her 13th 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.


The Programs for 2016-2017

Soprano Sensation, October 10 & 11, 2016 (Mon./Tues.)

  • Rossini: Overture to An Italian in Algiers
  • Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5 for Soprano & 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)

“ravishingly visceral” – The New York Times

Program Notes Oct. 10 & 11, 2016

The Great Symphony, November 17 & 18, 2016 (Thu./Fri.)

  • 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"

Program Notes Nov. 17 & 18, 2016

Piano Virtuoso, March 29 & 30, 2017 (Wed./Thu.)

  • Ravel: Mother Goose Suite
  • Clementi: Symphony no.1 in C major
  • Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 5 in E-flat major, op. 73

Alessio Bax, piano

“Alessio Bax is clearly among the most remarkable young pianists now before the public.” – Bryce Morrison, Gramophone

Program Notes Mar. 29 & 30, 2017

Hidden Gem, April 25 & 26, 2017 (Tue./Wed.)

  • Verdi: Overture to La Forza del Destino
  • Mozart: Symphony no. 36 in C major K. 425, "Linz"
  • Nielsen: Symphony no. 1 in G minor, op. 7

Program Notes Apr. 25 & 26, 2017

Fireworks Finale, May 20, 2017 (Sat.) at Phi Beta Kappa Hall

  • Falla: The Three-Cornered Hat, Suite no. 2
  • Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D, op. 35
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 4 in F minor, op. 36

Elena Urioste, violin

“Elena Urioste has totally won me over. I am convinced, I am certain, that she is one of the most extraordinary and exemplary violin virtuosos to come along in several generations.” – Lee Greene, Performing Arts Reviews, January 15, 2016

Program Notes May 20, 2017

Pops and Special Concerts

April 29, 2017 - Carnvial of the Animals

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra presents Carnival of the Animals, A Family Concert. A variety of animal-themed musical pieces will enchant the audience with artist Bob Oller and dancers from Virginia Regional Ballet interpreting the music. A whimsical classic written over 150 years ago, Carnival of the Animals includes 14 movements representing different animals, including a lion, donkey, and elephant, as well as fossils, an aquarium and an aviary. The music will also be accompanied by the poems of Ogden Nash narrated by Elisabeth Reiss.Thank you to generous underwriting by the Charles S. & Millicent P. Brown Family Foundation, Two Friends of Music, Liz Moore and Associates and the Anderson Financial Advisory Group of Davenport and Company. Photo credit Kim Kiely Photography.

3 p.m. at the Williamsburg Community Chapel. Tickets available at

June 4, 2017 - 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. Selected students from the bands and orchestras of three local high schools, including Jamestown Layfayette and Warhill, will rehearse and perform side-by-side with the Symphony’s professional musicians. This important educational opportunity was made possible by a generous Dominion ArtStars Award and support from the Huston Foundation.

4 p.m. at Warhill High School. Tickets soon available at

June 9, 2017 - Music and Medicine

The Sentara Neurosciences Institute and Sentara Music and Medicine Center, in collaboration with The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra and Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, present a lecture and concert featuring Sentara neurologist Dr. Kamal Chémali with pianist Prisca Benoit.

Dr. Kamal Chémali and pianist Prisca Benoit, Sentara Artist-in-Residence, will host a special 90-minute lecture-concert highlighting the beneficial and therapeutic effects of music on health and disease. They will be joined by the WSO's principal flutist Jennifer Debiec Lawson.

6 p.m. at the Kimball Theatre. Tickets available at