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October 31, 2008

CW's Kimball Theatre gives new meaning to Christmas music

From crystal to classical, Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre hosts a wide variety of concerts for the holiday season.

During his Crystal Carols Concert, master of glass instruments Dean Shostak features crystal handbells, glass violin, spectacular new instruments from around the world, and Benjamin Franklin’s glass armonica in this amazing concert. Nov. 24, 26, 28, 29, Dec. 1, 3, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26-Jan. 3 at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. All seats are $10.

Williamsburg’s professional orchestra presents its annual program of holiday favorites sure to please the whole family. The Williamsburg Symphonia’s Holiday Pops Concert will be held 1:30 and 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Tickets are $20. The concert also will be held 1:30 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. Tickets are $25.

The mid-Atlantic region’s most popular Celtic band, Coyote Run performs Christmas with the Coyotes 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28-Sunday, Nov. 30. Prepare yourself for an evening of family entertainment ranging from outrageous to poignant to sacred to “Wow!” “Imagine Jethro Tull on Broadway, and you’re starting to get the picture,” said Sam McDonald, Daily Press music editor. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and $12 for children under 12.

Popular pianist and Steinway artist Don Irwin returns to Williamsburg for his annual holiday concert, Celebrate the Season: Don Irwin in Concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20. His unique style and passionate piano performances are known all over the world. His holiday concerts are the crown jewels of his career. All seats are $25.

The Kimball Theatre also offers theatrical productions during the holiday season. Virginia Premiere Theatre, the Kimball Theatre’s resident professional company, presents a stage adaptation of The Gift of the Magi. O. Henry’s classic holiday tale is a story of love, devotion, and the true meaning of giving. Preview performances are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21-23. All seats are $18. The program also can be seen Dec. 2, 5, 12, 19 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 9 and 16 at 3 p.m. and Dec. 10 and 17 at 5 p.m. Adults are $25, seniors and students are $20, and children under 12 are $10.

The Institute for Dance and the Williamsburg Ballet Theatre present Christmas in Williamsburg: A Magical Night on Duke of Gloucester Street 2 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14. A comforting blend of holiday classics with a modern-day story line will capture your heart. Students from the Institute for Dance, company members of Williamsburg Ballet Theatre, and performers and artists from our local community bring the melodies of the classics to life once again. Preshow entertainment provided by The Gentlemen of the College, an a cappella group from the College of William and Mary. Tickets are $20 for adults and $17 for seniors and children.

Unger and Madison are at it again. Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon’s hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. This renowned comedy substitutes poker night with a girl’s evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pigeon sisters have been replaced by the hilarious, scene-stealing Constanzuela brothers. Guests may attend a preview performance on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. All seats are $16. Performances are Dec. 21, 26, 28, 30 at 8 p.m. All seats are $20.

The Kimball Theatre, located in downtown Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, is owned and operated by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia. The Kimball Theatre box office is open 1-9:15 p.m. For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre Box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit www.kimballtheatre.com.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation, is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. 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., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at www.history.org.

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