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

  • People sit in an outdoor concert venue facing a stage with a cover
    Under the stars:  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.  Photo by Skip Rowland '83
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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.