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February 21, 2012

Virginia Arts Festival Sponsors Winter Concert Weekend of Jazz March 2, 3 & 4

Colonial Williamsburg and the Virginia Arts Festival continue their expanded partnership to bring nationally known performers to Williamsburg with the 2012 Winter Concert Series. Internationally known jazz vocalist Jane Monheit headlines a weekend of jazz with two performances in the Virginia Room of the Williamsburg Lodge at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3. Monheit will be accompanied by a trio of musicians – Michael Kanan on piano, Neal Miner on bass and Rick Montalbano on drums. The weekend includes performances by local jazz artists, jazz-inspired dining events and a hotel package.

Seating in the Virginia Room is cabaret-style. Tickets are $35 and $45, available by phone at 757-282-2822, online from or at the Virginia Arts Festival box office located at 440 Bank St. in Norfolk. Military and seniors receive a 10 percent discount, and AAA members can receive a 15 percent discount when purchasing tickets by telephone.

Friday, March 2: Tapas and Tunes in the Williamsburg Lodge Lobby Lounge – small plates in the Spanish tradition accompanied by the jazz sounds of the Jae Sinnett Trio. À la carte menu from 5 to 11 p.m. Music 7 to 11 p.m. No cover charge.

  • Saturday, March 3: Pre-concert dinner in the Williamsburg Lodge Restaurant – three courses from Executive Chef Rhys Lewis and his culinary team, $35 plus tax and gratuity. Paired wines priced separately. Seating every 15 minutes from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. before the 8:30 p.m. concert. Reservations required. 800-447-8679.
  • Saturday, March 3: A selection of mixed drinks, wine and beer available for purchase from 4:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. outside the Virginia Room to enjoy during the concert.
  • Sunday, March 4: Jazz artist Eddie Edwards performs during Sunday brunch at 10 a.m. in the Williamsburg Lodge. $31.95 for adults and $14.95 for children 6–12, plus tax and gratuity. Brunch buffet of Southern cuisine from Chef Rhys Lewis and his team.

    A Weekend of Jazz hotel package includes three-day, two-night hotel accommodations at the Williamsburg Lodge, Saturday breakfast, pre-concert dinner for two, preferred seating and two tickets to the Jane Monheit concert, Sunday jazz brunch and a Jane Monheit CD. Package begins at $145 per person per night and may be booked by calling 1-800-447-8679. For more information, visit

    Jane Monheit has performed at major concert halls, cabarets and jazz venues around the world. She has released seven albums and two DVDs and has appeared as guest artist on many others. She has been a been a featured performer in the nationally televised Christmas at the White House, the Capitol Fourth of July celebration and the National Memorial Day celebration. Additional television appearances include Ramsey Lewis’ Legends of Jazz, Late Show with David Letterman, The View, The TODAY Show and Emeril Live. Her latest album, “Home” is a collection of standards that represent a passionate return to her roots as a jazz musician. For more information, visit

    Established in 1997, the mission of the Virginia Arts Festival is to bring world-class performing arts to citizens and visitors, impact the lives of students through outstanding educational programs, commission new works of national and international significance and make a tangible difference in Hampton Roads through regional partnerships and positive economic impact through the generation of cultural tourism.

    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

    Media Contact:
    Barbara Brown
    (757) 220-7280

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