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Hometown: Outdoor Symphony Concerts Start Thursday

Virginia Symphony Orchestra will be playing soon at the Lake Matoaka Amphitheater. Photo courtesy of VSO.

The Virginia Symphony’s annual series of free fall outdoor concerts, Symphony under the Stars, begins August 30 with four concerts taking place over Labor Day weekend. “We’re delighted to continue to serve our friends and neighbors throughout Hampton Roads by presenting these delightful outdoor programs,” said VSO President and Executive Director Eric Borenstein. “And it’s all made possible by generous community leaders, business partners, colleagues, and, of course, the tens-of-thousands of people who join us each year.”

The VSO has a new corporate partner, APM Terminals, which will sponsor the four Labor Day weekend concerts.

“The Virginia Symphony Orchestra adds immeasurably to the cultural fabric of the community and to the musical education of the Southeastern Virginia’s children,” said Eric Sisco, President of APM Terminals Americas. “The A.P. Moller-Maersk Group affiliates in Hampton Roads are supporters of the Symphony, and we at APM Terminals are delighted to embark upon this partnership.

“We look forward to the coming Labor Day Series of concerts and to future collaborations to advance the Symphony’s goal of enriching our community’s cultural experience through music.”

The Symphony under the Stars concerts, conducted by the orchestra’s dynamic Associate Conductor, Benjamin Rous, are a prelude to the Virginia Symphony’s 2012/2013 concert season. The VSO will be performing a family-friendly program of selections by Mozart, Rossini, Dvorák, Scott Joplin, John Williams, Marvin Hamlisch and more. Picnic baskets, beach chairs and blankets are welcome.

The VSO outdoor concerts will happen locally at these venues:

  • 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 30, at Lake Matoaka Amphitheatere, Williamsburg (Rain location: Phi Beta Kappa Hall).The VSO returns to William & Mary’s Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre to launch the Symphony Under the Stars series. Sponsors include the City of Williamsburg, the College of William & Mary and William & Mary’s Student Assembly. This concert is part of the APM Terminals Labor Day weekend series.
  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 1, at Yorktown Monument, Yorktown (No rain date or location).This VSO returns to the historic Yorktown Monument for its sixteenth annual concert on the banks of the picturesque York River. This concert is sponsored by the Celebrate Yorktown Committee. It is also part of the APM Terminals Labor Day weekend series.

All outdoor concerts are free and open to the public. Visit the VSO website for information on the other concert locations around Hampton Roads.

Under the leadership of Grammy-winning music director, JoAnn Falletta, the Virginia Symphony is Southeastern Virginia’s pre-eminent professional symphony orchestra. Founded in 1920, it is ranked in the top ten percent of professional orchestras nationwide and serves the entire Southeastern Virginia region with Classics, Pops and Family concert series in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Newport News and Williamsburg as well as performances in outlying Virginia and North Carolina communities for more than 200,000 concert-goers every year.

Additionally, the orchestra annually reaches 63,000 children, students and lifelong learners with its education and community programs. The Virginia Symphony has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center and is the cornerstone of the Performing Arts in Southeastern Virginia.

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