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

March 24, 2017 - Rescheduled - Eclectic Mix

Due to winter weather, this concert has been rescheduled from January 7 to Friday, March 24, 2017. Please keep your tickets if already purchased.

As part of the Williamsburg Regional Library's Dewey Decibel concert series, The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra presents Eclectic Mix conducted by Music Director Janna Hymes.

A 22-piece ensemble of the Orchestra consisting of winds, strings and harpsicord will present the following repertoire:

Stravinsky - Dumbarton Oaks
J.S. Bach - Brandenburg Concerto #3
Dvořák - Serenade for Winds, Op 44

Tickets: $18.00

Order tickets online through the Williamsburg Regional Library. This program is made possible by Friends of the Williamsburg Regional Library.

Alessio Bax

March 28, 2017 - Piano Masterclass

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra presents a Piano Masterclass with Alessio Bax. Student applications are now being accepted for the class. Four pianists will be selected to perform for Mr. Bax. This event is free and open to the public. Deadline to apply: February 28, 2017.

Include this information in your email: Student Name, Age, Address, Phone Number, and Email; Teacher's Name and contact information; Musical selection to perform; Brief description of musical experience. Please send your email to Jack Wagner at Contact The WSO office for more information at (757) 229-9857 or Sponsored by A Special Friend of Music Roy Hock, the Williamsburg Area Arts Commission, the Huston Foundation, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

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

Last Year's Special Concerts

2015-2016 Season

"A Music and Medicine Lecture-Concert"

June 4, 2016, at 3 p.m. at the Williamsburg Community Chapel

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 joined by cellist Amit Peled.

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 cellist Amit Peled from the Peabody Institute in a chamber music concert of works by Bach, Fauré, Brahms and Popper.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Bermuda Tour Concert At Jamestown Settlement

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

At Jamestown Settlement's Robins Foundation Theater, the ensemble was conducted by The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra’s music director, Janna Hymes, and featured 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.

Annual Holiday Pops Concerts 2015

December 5 & 6, 2015 at the Kimball Theatre

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra's 2015 Holiday Pops Concert featured soprano Sarah Kate Walston under the direction of guest conductor Maestro (Captain) Silas Nathaniel Huff, U.S. Army Music Officer. Huff 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.

Summer Of Freedom Concerts At Lake Matoaka

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.  (Photo credit: Kim Kiely Photography)

Side-By-Side Concert - Symphony and Youth Orchestras

Sunday, April 26, 2015, at 4 p.m. at Ferguson Center for the Arts

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. Members of the Williamsburg Youth Orchestras rehearsed and performed side-by-side with the Symphony’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.

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