August 30, 2002
Virginia Symphony slated to perform at Williamsburg Inn
This Labor Day weekend, the classic Williamsburg Inn makes classical music history when it hosts the Virginia Symphony to perform “Beethoven Under the Stars” on the grounds of John D. Rockefeller Jr.’s historic property. With the Golden Horseshoe Gold Course as backdrop, the full orchestra will set up on the south lawn of the Inn behind the Providence Hall House. Facing the serene setting, an anticipated audience of 1,500 will be comfortably seated in chairs.
Certainly the highlight of the Virginia Symphony’s Sixth Annual Beethoven Music Festival, the Saturday, Aug. 31 concert at the Inn will be proceeded by an exclusive afternoon “Tea & Talk” with Virginia Symphony music director JoAnn Falletta 2–4 p.m. “Tea & Talk” is available only to guests of the overnight package. Hailed by the New York Times as “one of the finest conductors of her generation,” Falletta is an effervescent and exuberant figure on the podium. The Washington Post has praised her as having “Toscanini’s tight control over ensemble, Walter’s affectionate balance of inner voices, Stokowski’s gutsy showmanship and a controlled frenzy worthy of Bernstein.”
Featured performer is Vahn Armstrong, a master’s degree graduate of the Julliard School who has recorded for MCA Classics, New World Records, Musical Heritage Society and others.
The Colonial Williamsburg Company-Hospitality Group (CWC-HG) is offering a “Beethoven Under the Stars” package that includes accommodations as well as dinner in the Regency Room, tickets to the performance and other amenities. In addition, CWC-HG is offering a dinner package available for an additional $135. Guests of the overnight and dinner packages will receive VIP seating for the concert.
The Beethoven Festival opens on Friday, Aug. 30 with a concert by the Claremont Trio at the Williamsburg Winery and concludes Sunday, Sept. 1 with “Beethoven on Campus” at the College of William and Mary.