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.
The League has supported the orchestra's transformation through service, outreach, and innovative fundraising.
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.
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 can be filled out online, then printed and mailed if you are using browsers Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Edge. If you are using Firefox, you must first download the form to your computer, then it can be filled in by typing. You may also download the file and fill in by hand from any browser.
Encore Affairs is a program of seasonal events that provide for social interaction and fundraising opportunities for patrons. League membership is not a requirement, however League members receive 10 days advance notice. The registration form can be filled out online, then printed and mailed if you are using browsers Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Edge. If you are using Firefox, you must first download the form to your computer, then it can be filled in by typing. You may also download the file from any browser and fill in by hand.
The current offering is a "Stay Away" non-event! Please click the button to the right for information on how you can participate. Meanwhile, the Encore Affairs committee is hard at work planning exciting events for 2020-2021. Click the button to the right for the list of contributors.
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 to last year's campaign will be acknowledged in the 2020-2021 Symphony Annual Report.
With the resurgence of COVID, delays in vaccine distribution, and decisions by the Williamsburg Symphony to cancel all spring 2021 in-person concerts with focus on a restart in the fall, the League has reconsidered our Gala currently scheduled for June 6, 2021 at Kingsmill. The decision has been made to postpone the event until Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021.
The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by fine dining, live auction, paddle raise, and great entertainment with the Truetone Honeys and the 504 Supreme. All current reservations will be honored for the new date and we are taking new reservations.
The Gala registration form can be filled out, then printed and mailed if you are using browsers Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Edge. If you are using Firefox, you must first download the form to your computer, then it can be filled in by hand/typing.
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.
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”.
Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League President, Ken Mitchell, presents a check for $53,000 to Carolyn Keurajian, Executive Director of the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra. The League conducts fund raising social events each year and provides ongoing volunteer services to the Orchestra.