Virginia Symphony to hold free local concerts

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The Virginia Symphony Orchestra performing at Lake Matoaka Amphitheater at the College of William & Mary (Submitted)
The Virginia Symphony Orchestra performing at Lake Matoaka Amphitheater. (Courtesy VSO)

The sounds of the symphony will fill the air this September.

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra invites family and friends to experience Virginia’s premier professional symphony orchestra during their annual series of free fall outdoor concerts in Williamsburg, Hampton, Yorktown, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.

According to a recent news release, the program will feature family-friendly selections including John Stafford Smith’s “Star Spangled Banner,” John Williams’ suite from “Jaws” and John Philip Sousa’s “Hands Across the Sea.” A piece by local composer James Hosay titled “Rivers of the Chesapeake: The Elizabeth,” will also be featured.

Concerts will be conducted by the orchestra’s resident conductor, Benjamin Rous, and will serve as a prelude to the Virginia Symphony’s 2016-17 concert season, the release stated. Symphony Under the Stars will commence Aug. 31, with a  total of five concerts through Labor Day week and weekend.

The following is a comprehensive list of performance times, dates and locations.

Paradise Ocean Club at Fort Monroe: Wednesday, Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m.

Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre, Williamsburg: Thursday, Sept. 1, 7:30 p.m. 

Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown: Saturday, Sept. 3, 7:30 p.m.

Chesapeake City Park, Chesapeake: Sunday, Sept. 4, 7:00 p.m.

Neptune’s Park 31st Street Stage, Virginia Beach: Thursday, Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m.

Learn more about Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the pieces included in this year’s edition of Symphony Under the Stars at www.virginiasymphony.org, or call 757.892.6366.