Thursday, January 20, 2022

Virginia Symphony Orchestra to perform ‘Symphony Under the Stars’ at W&M

Sponsored by William & Mary, the City of Williamsburg and the W&M Student Assembly, the event is the debut of the orchestra’s summer “Symphony Under the Stars” series. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Skip Rowland '83)
Sponsored by William & Mary, the City of Williamsburg and the W&M Student Assembly, the event is the debut of the orchestra’s summer “Symphony Under the Stars” series. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Skip Rowland ’83)

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra will visit William & Mary to perform a free concert at The Martha Wren Briggs Amphitheatre at Lake Matoaka on Aug. 29.

Sponsored by William & Mary, the City of Williamsburg and the W&M Student Assembly, the event is the debut of the orchestra’s summer “Symphony Under the Stars” series.

The gates will open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. concert. Wristbands will be required for guests to enter due to venue capacity limitations. Wristbands will be distributed at the main gate beginning at 5:30 p.m. until they run out. At that point, the concert will be sold out. Entry into the venue prior to the gate opening will not be permitted.

In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be rescheduled. Please visit events.wm.edu or virginiasymphony.org for concert information.

Drivers are encouraged to park in the garage located at 201 Ukrop Way. Handicap spaces will be available in the School of Business parking lot, and golf carts will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m. for those with mobility issues.

Beach chairs and blankets are welcome. Guests are also invited to bring personal coolers and picnic baskets; however, external alcoholic beverages are not permitted. All bags and coolers will be inspected prior to entry. Beer and wine will be available for purchase inside the venue.

The concert theme will be “Toons for a Summer Evening.” The music will be an amalgamation of playful pieces by Rossini, Wagner Beethoven and more contemporary composers Danny Elfman, Henry Mancini and John Powell. Conductor Aaron Breid will preside.

Five members of William & Mary’s music faculty, who double as musicians with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, will be performing with the group this season. W&M Instructor of Oboe Sherie Aguirre, Instructor of Bassoon Laura Leisring, Instructor of Trombone Rodney Martell, Instructor of Trumpet David Vonderheide and Instructor of Flute Joanne White will showcase their musical prowess at the concert event.

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Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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