Local Students to Play Alongside Williamsburg Symphonia at Ferguson Center

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Williamsburg Symphonia

For the past six months, professional musicians from the Williamsburg Symphonia have been giving music lessons to students from the Williamsburg Youth Orchestras.

During Monday night rehearsals, the professionals — three or four for each section of the orchestra — coached the students on various aspects of musicality.

On Sunday, the student musicians will apply the advice given to them by the professionals in their last concert of the season at Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts, where they will perform alongside their mentors.

“There is nothing more inspiring than for a young musician to sit next to a professional and realize how an instrument or piece is played at the highest level,” said Carolyn Keurajian, Williamsburg Symphonia’s executive director. “It gives them something to strive for.”

The two organizations team up every two years to hold a joint performance. In 2013, the concert was held at The College of William & Mary’s Phi Beta Kappa Hall.

The show begins at 4 p.m. with a solo performance by the Williamsburg Symphonia, who will be placing the opening piece of Strass’ Die Fledermaus Overture.

Williamsburg Youth Orchestras will then join the concert and perform Russian Easter Festival by Rimsky-Korsakov, and “Hoe-Down” from Copland’s Rodeo.

Tickets for the performance can be purchased here.


James City County Holds Summer Camp Fair This Weekend

JCC Rec Center Sign

James City County has made it easier for parents and children to learn about and choose which summer camp to attend this year.

The second annual summer camp fair will be held Friday and Saturday at the James City County Recreation Center, with information on myriad camps offered.

Information on more than 40 day and overnight camps, including sports, dance, theatre and arts camps, will be offered from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Parents can also register their children for camps directly at the fair.

The camps offered are for children of all ages. Goodie bags will be given out to the first 200 guests on Friday.

Click here for more information on the fair or contact Kristy Maynor at kristy.wf@gmail.com