The Williamsburg Symphonia will be sharing some sunshine locally ahead of its trip to the tropics for the 41st annual Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts later this month.
The Symphonia was invited in December to participate in the festival, which is dedicated to “entertaining, education and inspiring local audiences with world-class performances,” according to a recent news release.
The festival has attracted internationally renowned acts like the English Chamber Orchestra and acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma in recent years.
“This tour will be the first international festival appearance of the Symphonia and one that speaks to its growing reputation,” Williamsburg Symphonia’s Executive Director Carolyn Keurajian said. “To be invited to a celebration of the arts that has attracted such high-caliber musicians speaks volumes about the talent of this orchestra.”
Festival organizers have agreed to cover all expenses for participating acts, making attendance feasible for the Symphonia from a financial standpoint.
The Symphonia’s performance will highlight the unique connection between the Historic Triangle and Bermuda by featuring a specially commissioned piece by Mike Williamson titled The Sea Venture: Songs of the Early Settlers of Bermuda and Jamestown.
Other compositions to be performed during the concert include Claude Debussy’s Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun, Aaron Copland’s suite from Appalachian Spring and Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer, Maple Leaf Rag and Ragtime Dances.
The 18-piece ensemble, which is conducted by Music Director Janna Hymes, will travel to Bermuda and perform at the Earl of Cameron Theater on Jan. 29 and at St. Peter’s Church on Jan. 30. Violinist Irina Muresanu will join the group as guest concertmaster for both performances.
In anticipation of the Bermuda festival, the Symphonia will perform the concert locally at two different venues before departing: Jamestown Settlement’s Robins Foundation Theater at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 and the Williamsburg Regional Library at 2 p.m. Jan. 27.
“It is an honor to be invited to the prestigious Bermuda International Arts Festival,” Williamsburg Symphonia Music Director Janna Hymes said. “This invitation brings new light to our organization, broadening our exposure and allowing us to share music with new friends.”
The Williamsburg Regional Library performance is sold-out, but tickets are still available for the Jamestown Settlement show. Tickets are $33 per person, or interested parties can opt for a $66 ticket-for-two package that will also sponsor a seat for an area high school music student. Click here to purchase a ticket.