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August 12, 2011

Colonial Williamsburg Supports Williamsburg Symphonia

Colonial Williamsburg expands its role in bringing cultural activities to Williamsburg by providing support to the Williamsburg Symphonia in its 28th performance season.

“Colonial Williamsburg is pleased to sponsor the Williamsburg Symphonia,” said Colin Campbell, president and CEO of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. “We are committed to expanding the vitality of the destination and the community by supporting quality cultural experiences such as those provided by the Symphonia which complement our educational mission.”

“The Williamsburg Symphonia is proud to partner with Colonial Williamsburg in bringing Maestro Janna Hymes’ classical and pops programming to the area,” said Harry Burton, executive director of the Williamsburg Symphonia. “We have a terrific schedule this season, beginning Sept. 30 with the Music under the Stars concert in Merchants Square to kick off An Occasion for the Arts weekend.”

The Williamsburg Symphonia chamber orchestra is led by Janna Hymes, conductor and music director, in her seventh season with the orchestra. The Music under the Stars annual pops concert in collaboration with An Occasion for the Arts is Friday, Sept. 30 in Merchants Square. At 6 p.m., Holly Hunt and the Limelight perform jazzy tunes by a versatile group of musicians. At 7 p.m., vocalist Steve Lippia performs with the Symphonia in “Simply Sinatra,” blending classic songs with music from today. A selection of fine box dinners provided by Aromas, Berret's, Blue Talon Bistro, Seasons and The Trellis are available for $18. Wine is available by advance purchase or on the evening of the event.

For more information about the Williamsburg Symphonia or to purchase tickets, call
757-229-9857 or visit www.williamsburgsymphonia.org.

The Williamsburg Symphonia was founded in 1984 by Carl Andersen, Elnore Andersen, Marian Harding, Mary Selby and Rebecca Siegel for the purpose of presenting educational programs for children featuring classical music (“Peter and the Wolf” was the first). The initial performances were so well received that the founders planned a schedule of concerts for the general public. Under Music Director Janna Hymes, the Williamsburg Symphonia continues to introduce young audiences to classical music in a way they can enjoy and understand, and it presents subscription concerts and special events that attract a wide following and achieve critical acclaim. For information about the current season offerings, visit http://www.williamsburgsymphonia.org/events.html.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, restoration and presentation of the 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. Colonial Williamsburg offers more than 1,000 guest rooms among five hotels, including the landmark Williamsburg Inn, four historic dining taverns and six other restaurants, a full-service 20,000-square-foot spa, 45 holes of golf at the Golden Horseshoe golf courses and 67,000 square feet of conference space centered at the renovated and expanded Williamsburg Lodge. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research and educational programs. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at colonialwilliamsburg.com.

Media Contact:
Barbara Brown
(757) 220-7280



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