Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League

About the League

2020-2021 Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League Board
practicing social distancing during a recent meeting.

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League (League) began in 1987 as "Symphonia Obbligato", an auxiliary group organized to provide financial and volunteer support for the orchestra's performances and other activities. In 1991, It became a separate tax-exempt organization with its own by-laws, board of directors and officers. In 1994 and 2016, name changes were made to reflect the orchestra's name change and to clarify the League's mission. The League is a group of dedicated music enthusiasts whose experience, interests and generous volunteer hours have been supporting the orchestra for many years with volunteer services, outrreach, and innovative fundraising.

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.

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 advance notice of Encore Affairs events, price discounts for concert tickets, bi-monthly newsletter, opportunities to meet and interact with renowned guest artists and Symphony members, member recognition in concert programs, and social events with the Music Director, Concertmaster, and orchestra musicians.

Please consider becoming a valued member of the League. The Membership Form in the box to the right can be filled in online or downloaded to your computer so you can complete, print, and mail to us with your payment. Pay by credit card (MasterCard and Visa only) online here. To make an additional donation by credit card (MasterCard and Visa only) online, visit us here.

Encore Affairs

Encore Affairs is a program of seasonal events that provide for social interaction and fundraising opportunities. The registration forms can be printed from your computer, filled in, and mailed back to us.

The Encore Affairs committee is hard at work planning more exciting events for 2021-2022. Look for information soon on a reprise of the highly successful Miss Hampton cruise being planned for September 19. Mark your calendar!

Own Your Own Orchestra

Now you can own your own orchestra, or part of it anyway. Click on the button to the right for information on how you can support a particular instrument, section, or other item of the orchestra for 2021-2022. Contributors listed on the button to the right have donated $12,000 so far this year! Thank you!! Contributors will also be acknowledged in the Symphony Annual Report.

ANNUAL FUNDRAISING DINNER GALA

We are excited to invite you to the 2021 Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League (WSOL) annual gala on Sunday, November 7, 2021 at the Kingsmill Resort.  Our 2021 “Puttin’ on the Glitz” begins with a cocktail reception, followed by fine dining, live auction, paddle raise and great entertainment with the Truetone Honeys and the 504 Supreme.  Enjoy cocktails with your friends, have your photo taken, bid on unique live auction items, raise a paddle, purchase a raffle ticket, and enjoy a delicious multi-course gourmet dinner with wine. This is sure to be an elegant AND fun evening to remember.

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) has set new records in educational support this 2020-21 season reaching over 5000 children with special videos and remote coaching. YouTube symphony performances completed this most unusual season. Funds from this year’s Gala sponsorships, live auction, raffle, and paddle raise will provide funding to continue these educational efforts and support the WSO 2021-22 live public performances -- 5 Masterworks concerts, 4 Holiday Pops concerts, a Cabaret & Cocktails event, and a side-by-side concert with youth musicians. Fund a sponsorship, reserve a table, or purchase tickets ($135.00 each) today and join us to celebrate the “Puttin' on the Glitz” at the 2021 Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League gala!  

Click the invitation & registration link to the right to complete, print, and mail your reservation with payment. For questions or more information, please contact Paul Try, Gala Chair at 757-254-1149 (ptryc@cox.net). NOTE: In addition to taking new reservations and sponsorships all 2020 paid gala reservations will be honored for the new date. The Gala registration form can be downloaded to your computer so you can complete, print, and mail to us with your payment.

League News & Highlights

Sweethaven Lavednder Farm tour & picnic

May 21, 2021
Johanna Thompson

May 19 was a gorgeous day for the first Encore Affair of the year.  55 people visited Sweethaven Lavender Farm on Jolly Pond Road. We were met by the owner, Kerry Messer, who educated us on "all things lavender".  We were invited to wander into the fragrant fields to pick our own lavender bouquet to take home, then enjoyed a wonderful picnic lunch, complete with a lavender beverage and a lavender brownie - delicious.  Of course, there was time to visit the shop to take home some lavender treasures!

A Chef's Kitchen - Encore Affair

January 19, 2020

Twenty-seven excited attendees signed on for an epic culinary journey through time and around the world Sunday evening. The setting for their experience was the latest Encore Affairs event presented by the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League at A Chef’s Kitchen on Prince George Street in Williamsburg. The sound of live piano music drifted through the dining area as the evening began with sparkling wine and hors d’oeuvres as attendees socialized with friends new and old.

 

Chef John Gonzales began his presentation by expertly explaining how many of today’s cooking ingredients came from other times and from other lands. From corn meal to salt, the building blocks of tasty and healthy dishes can be sourced locally these days as recommended by Chef Gonzales. He and his sous chef, Nick Allen, then demonstrated their skills, preparing and cooking with attention to detail. Each dish was then quickly served to eager diners. Paired with several fine wines from his own store, the five-course meal provided a dining experience to remember. A helpful booklet was provided which lists ingredients for each course accompanied by preparation and cooking instructions.

 

A highlight of the evening came after a questioner asked about the chefs’ worst experience at the kitchen. Several hilarious scenarios were recounted which left delighted listeners wiping away tears of laughter. Chef Gonzales donates his time and that of his sous-chef and server for this event. He is a generous and long-time supporter of both the Orchestra and the League.

Encore Affair #3: Fascinating Visit to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts!

October 29, 2019

This was a wonderful visit, tour and lunch at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) on a lovely day in late October. Beginning with a comfortable bus ride to the museum, the group had a terrific guided tour of the museum highlights, a visit to the featured artist Edward Hopper exhibit, and then an exquisite private lunch in the famous Marble Hall in the museum. This great event was sponsored by Doug and Janis Wood, Paul Try and Linda Kligman-Try, and was superbly organized by Doug Wood. The tour covered some unique pieces exhibited by VMFA, such as, one of just two full-length statues of Roman Emperor Caligula, five of the only 52 imperial Fabergé Eggs, and a complete Roman mosaic floor from Antioch in Syria. This was an “Affair to Remember”.

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