Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League

About the League

2018-2019 Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League Officers. From left to right: Marie Mamikonian, Corresponding Secretary; Ken Mitchell, President; Paul Try, Vice President; Celia Adolphi, Recording Secretary; Cathy Reed, Treasurer.

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League (League) is a group of dedicated music enthusiasts whose experience, interests and generous volunteer hours have been supporting the orchestra for many years. The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1984 with the goal of bringing classical music to children. Today it is an internationally-recognized professional orchestra in the heart of historic Williamsburg.

The League has supported this transformation through service, outreach, and innovative fundraising. From funding the Symphony’s first annual pops concert in 1996 to contributing nearly 4,000 volunteer hours annually, the League has worked side-by-side with the orchestra to make it the outstanding ensemble it is today. Since 2000, the League has contributed over $640,000 to the WSO, a record amount for a support organization of its size.

Join the League

As a League volunteer you can provide needed assistance: working behind the scenes at rehearsals, transporting and hosting guest artists, providing office support and ushering at concerts or other events. Volunteers gain insight into the Symphony's operations, while enjoying membership benefits such as discounts on League events, advance notice about upcoming events to obtain best available seats, a monthly newsletter and social events with Symphony musicians. If you're interested in joining the League, download the Membership Form. New members are always warmly welcomed at a reception hosted by the League's Board of Directors.

Benefits of Membership

The League provides opportunities for musical enrichment, meeting new friends, interacting with old friends, and participating in a variety of engaging activities. Whether you enjoy working together on a project or volunteering for a specific task, your participation can suit your schedule.

As a League member, you will enjoy such benefits as:

  • Priority notification and price discounts to special League events
  • Monthly newsletter
  • Opportunities to meet and interact with renowned guest artists and Symphony members
  • Member recognition in concert programs
  • Social events with the Music Director, Concertmaster, and orchestra musicians

Please consider becoming a valued member of the League. Membership form can be found here. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our Membership Chair, Marie Mamikonian, at cell (630) 390-6170

35th Anniversary Gala

Mark your calendar for April 27, 2019. That is the date for the WSO League's special fundraising gala, this year featuring cocktail reception, fine dining, live auction, paddle raise, and award-winning entertainment. Information on sponsorships can be found here and for entertainers here. Registration information will be posted here late February.

Encore Affairs

Encore Affairs are a series of seasonal events that provide for social interaction and fundraising opportunities for patrons. League membership is not a requirement. Descriptions and information for the 2018-2019 season events can be found here. For current information on which events are still open for registration or for other information, please contact Annette Thompson via e-mail at annettethompson1991@gmail.com or call her at (757)  645-8266.

League News & Highlights

Second Encore Affair of the 2018-2019 Season: A Chef’s Kitchen

October 12, 2018

Ken Mitchell

On October 12, twenty-six eager patrons gathered at A Chef’s Kitchen, on Prince George Street, expecting good food, good company, and good humor. They were not disappointed! Chef John Gonzales and his assistant prepared a delicious meal, blending their expert culinary instruction with historical and regional context, and with delightful humor. Champagne, hors d’oeuvres, paired wines, a four-course meal, and desert were included in the evening's offering. Skillet-baked cornbread, also referred to by Chef Gonzales as “Life Changing Cornbread,” was prepared with attention to detail and ingredients to produce a mouthwatering moment--especially when slathered with warm honey butter! For those daring to try this and other dishes at home, Chef Gonzales provided a twelve-page recipe booklet. One of the most popular of the Encore Affairs events, A Chef’s Kitchen always sells out quickly and will be among the offerings for 2019-2020. The League greatly appreciates the support of all who participated in this and other Encore Affairs events.

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The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra Receives Support

September 10, 2018

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First Encore Affair of the 2018-2019 Season: The Harbor Dinner Cruise

September 9, 2018

Early rain cleared off as the Miss Hampton II was boarding, and the weather continued to improve for a terrific evening of smooth and comfortable cruising around the Hampton Roads Harbor. Forty-two attendees enjoyed an excellent “Southern Style” dinner catered by the Crown Plaza Harbor Hotel in Hampton. The narrated cruise focused on the history of the bay and included many details about nearly each ship we passed at the U. S. Naval Base (world’s largest). There were an unexpectedly large number of ships in port preparing to evacuate the next day due to the approach of Hurricane Florence. The narrator (ex-Navy) was extremely well versed on each of the different Navy ships and their armament as well as the port facilities. He even included Blackbeard’s history in his expert harbor narration. The weather provided a beautiful sunset backdrop for the fine food and drinks. It was a great start for our Encore Affairs 2018-2019 Season with this Harbor Cruise arranged by Doug Wood and sponsored by Doug and Janis Wood along with Paul Try and Linda Kligman-Try.

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An Elegant Dinner Party at the Sharps'

June 1, 2018

The final Encore Affair of for last season was a fantastic affair. Marc and Wilma Sharp hosted the fabulous dinner featuring the renowned Chef David Everett and his culinary team. Watching the chefs at work in the kitchen was just one of the great pleasures of the evening as the multi-course dinner was served in the Sharp’s beautiful home in Kingsmill. An evening to savor and remember. Many thanks to Marc and Wilma for their significant effort in hosting this event for the WSO League. The collage below highlights this terrific Encore Affair.

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Great Weather, Food, Fun, Music, and Beer for Encore Affair no. 8!

May 15, 2018

With Bill Gurley and The Fiddlesticks Band providing the background, nearly 50 attendees had a great fun filled evening. Sponsors Cruz associates, Inc., along with Joe and Cindy Southworth, supported by FoodaTude food truck made sure everyone had a terrific evening. Below is a collage of the beautiful evening event at Virginia Beer Company.

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