Virginia Symphony musicians continue to tune up for their 2009-10 season with a series of free, family-friendly outdoor concerts.
Concert-goers just need to bring their families and friends, along with picnic baskets and something to sit on, whether beach chairs or blankets.
The VSO is recognized as one of the country’s premier regional orchestras and considered part of the region’s cultural arts core.
Two concerts will be held in the Historic Triangle this week: Thursday, Sept. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre, Williamsburg; and Saturday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Yorktown Victory Monument. Locally, the concerts are made possible by the City of Williamsburg and the Celebrate Yorktown Committee.
A final concert will be held Sunday, Sept. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Chesapeake Jubilee Park in Chesapeake.
VSO Associate Conductor Matthew Kraemer will lead the orchestra’s 79 musicians of the orchestra. Word is there will be a few surprises.
There is Aaron Copland’s Hoedown from Rodeo, Beethoven’s Symphony “Pastorale,” Broadway Tonight and a Salute to the Armed Forces. Then the orchestra turns to more contemporary music with the sounds of Ray Charles, The Beatles, Big Bands and Billy Joel.
The Virginia Symphony follows the free concerts a week later with the opening of its 09-10 season with performances of Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto September 11-13.
The Virginia Symphony in the new season is the world premiere orchestra for two new commissioned works by contemporary composers Behzad Ranjbaran and Adolphus Hailstork. The season is also filled with familiar classical treasures by Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Vivaldi; and Pops evenings with Michael Cavanaugh playing the music of Billy Joel, “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” host Wayne Brady, the unmatchable Bernadette Peters and jazz artist Sal Andolina with a swinging tribute to Benny Goodman.
For information online about all VSO concerts and tickets, click here.