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Williamsburg Symphony marks new season at Kimball with film music, popcorn

Photo courtesy Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra will kick off its season Monday in the Kimball Theatre with plans to feature a range of musical traditions — including Hollywood films, according to a news release.

The opening concerts on Sept. 25 and Sept. 26 will be the first in a series of five Masterworks Series programs slated for the orchestra’s 34th season. The lineup will include: “Bounce,” by Adam Schoenberg, an American composer; the Sibelius Concerto, played by violinist Jennifer Koh; and Antonin Dvorak’s New World Symphony.

“It is always exciting to start a new season and this year is no exception,” Music Director Janna Hymes said in a release.

Next month, the WSO will usher in a new, four-concert partnership with An Occasion for the Arts, a Williamsburg cultural event. Each of the performances will feature music from film scores, including “Harry Potter” and “Star Wars.”

In addition, graphics will be displayed on a screen above the orchestra and popcorn will be served.

“Audiences have a strong reaction to film music,” Hymes said in the release. “It helps to tell a story and the pieces I have chosen for this concert are examples of some of the finest film music ever written.”

“Symphony at the Movies: Harry Potter, Star Wars, Trolls and More!” will be performed at the Kimball at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7 and at 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8.

Tickets cost $25 for adults and $12 for children between the ages of three and 18.

To buy tickets, visit here.  

Tickets for the September concert are available at the WSO office or by calling 757-229-9857. Tickets cost $48 or $58 and $10 for students.

More information about tickets and the WSO’s schedule is available at

Joan Quigley
Joan Quigley
Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post,, and Talking Points Memo. Her recent book, Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mark Lynton History Prize. Her first book, The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, won the 2005 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.

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