Noted soprano joining WSO to open new season

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Julia Bullock, described by the New York Times as an “impressive, fast-rising soprano,” will join the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra in opening its 33rd Masterworks concert season with performances Oct. 10 and 11 at the Kimball Theatre.

Julia Bullock will join the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra in opening its 33rd Masterworks concert season. (Photo courtesy of Christian Steiner)
Julia Bullock will join the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra in opening its 33rd Masterworks concert season. (Photo courtesy of Christian Steiner)

The concerts, which will begin at 8 p.m. each night, are dubbed “Soprano Sensation” and will feature Bullock performing six pieces with the orchestra, according to a Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra news release.

The pieces will include a range of work showcasing Bullock’s talent, from Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5” to “Summertime” from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.” The program will conclude with Beethoven’s Second Symphony, a piece the WSO has never performed under Music Director Janna Hymes.

Bullock recently made her debut on some of the world’s major stages, including performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Berliner Philharmoniker Academy, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center and solo recitals at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Kennedy Center, the release states.

Her recent awards include the 2016 Sphinx Medal of Excellence, Lincoln Center’s 2015 Martin E. Segal Award, First Prize at the 2014 Naumburg International Vocal Competition and First Prize at the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.

“We are thrilled to welcome such an exciting young talent to Williamsburg,” said WSO Executive Director Carolyn Keurajian. “Julia is one of the most talked about soloists today, and we are so fortunate to have her with us to open our season.”

Concert tickets and season subscriptions are available by calling 757-229-9857. For more information, visit www.williamsburgsymphony.org.

Noted soprano joining WSO to open new season