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February 27, 2009

Music lovers will enjoy wide range of concerts at CW's Kimball Theatre in March and April

Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre brings a wide variety of concerts – from classical to Celtic to crystal – in March and April.

The talent of the region’s youngest local musicians is showcased in the Williamsburg Youth Orchestras in Concert 4 p.m. Sunday, March 1. Akiko Fujimoto, its new music director, conductor of the WYO Symphony Orchestra, the director of orchestras at the College of William and Mary, and conducting associate of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, will lead the orchestra. Tickets for adults are $10, students $4 and children under six are free.

The Williamsburg Symphonia will present two subscription concerts. The third subscription concert will be held 8 p.m. Monday, March 2 and Wednesday, March 4. The fourth subscription concert will be held 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 and Wednesday, April 8. Tickets for both concerts are $30 and $42.

Lovers of jazz will enjoy the William and Mary Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo in Concert 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 22. The ensemble performs a variety of styles ranging from the standard Big Band charts of old to popular songs of today. The ensemble will be joined by the William and Mary Jazz Combo under the direction of Harris Simon. Tickets are $8 for general admission and seniors and students $5.

Relive the magic, the music and the good times with the performance, The Rat Pack: A Tribute to Frank, Dean and Sammy with Special Guest Marilyn Monroe, at 8 p.m. Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26. This must-see tribute re-creates the image and sounds of Frank, Dean and Sammy in a first-class production that has been rated as one of the top shows in America. Also, as an extra added attraction, one of the world’s most beautiful and legendary sweethearts, the fabulous Marilyn Monroe, will be on hand. All seats $30.

The College of William and Mary’s Ewell Concert Series presents Wayang Kali 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 5. An exciting experimental shadow theater performance directed by I Made Sidia, one of Bali’s greatest living shadow masters, with narration and poetry by renowned Indonesian author Goenawan Mohamad. The performance recounts the traditional Hindu Mahabharata tale from the perspective of Kali, Goddess of Death. An eclectic ensemble, including some of America’s leading new music composers and performers, provides original live musical accompaniment. This concert is funded in part by a grant from the Reves Center for International Studies. Tickets are $7 for general admission and $5 for students.

Three benefit concerts will be held in March and April. A Concert in Black and White will be held 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21 features Lisa Edwards-Burrs, lyric-coloratura soprano; Feorgeann “Gigi” Paddock, soprano; Lisa Relaford Coston, meszzo-soprano; and Christine Neihaus, pianist. The Greater Williamsburg Women’s Association and the Williamsburg Symphonia are sponsoring this event. This concert benefits the hunger programs of the Salvation Army, Grove Christian Outreach, Fish and Operation Hope. All seats are $30. An “After Glow” follows the performance and allows guests to meet the artists. Tickets are available only through the Greater Williamsburg Women’s Association.

The Williamsburg Charity Concert Series presents Coyote Run in Concert 8 p.m. Saturday, April 18. Their repertoire includes not only beautiful ballad style songs to make the eyes misty, but rollicking sailing songs and barroom tunes that are sure to set your toes to tapping. The James City County Rotarians raise funds that pay for important services to needy and deserving people within the greater Williamsburg community and beyond. All seats are $20.

Bring the memories of the late 1950s-early 1960s coffeehouse scene flooding back with Three Jolly Coachmen in Concert 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27. The Three Jolly Coachmen are a Williamsburg-based Kingston Trio tribute group that faithfully and exuberantly reproduces their lively, infectious music. This is a benefit concert for Young Life’s Capernaum, an organization that provides community and social opportunities for adolescents with special needs in the Historic Triangle. All seats are $15.

The College of William and Mary has scheduled a lecture in March. The School of Education presents James A. Banks: Human Rights, Diversity and Citizenship Education in Global Times 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5. Banks is Kerry and Linda Killinger Professor of Diversity Studies and Director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington, Seattle. Banks is a specialist in social studies education and in multicultural education, and has written more than 100 articles and written or edited 20 books in these fields. Widely regarded as a founder of multicultural education, Professor Banks’ research on how educational institutions can improve race and ethnic relations has greatly influenced schools, colleges and universities throughout the United States and the world. The lecture is free but tickets are required.

Clean Comedy Night returns to the Kimball Theater with Robert G. Lee at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4. He has been Hollywood’s top warm-up comic for almost two decades. He’s a veteran of more than 1,000 episodes of such shows as “Just Shoot Me,” “Becker,” “The Drew Carey Show,” and most recently, “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” His job is to keep countless audiences entertained for hours between costume and set changes with rapid-fire ad-libs and humorous interviews. Consequently, when he travels around the country entertaining both corporations and churches alike, his razor sharp wit is always ready to have fun with, not make fun of, any audience he encounters. All seats are $15.

Colonial Williamsburg kicks off the spring season with a new play. Polly Honecombe joins Colonial Williamsburg’s 18th-century Play Series 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 19-April 30. Young Polly is looking for a man to sweep her off her feet in the dashing, heroic fashion of the many romantic novels she reads. She finds such a man in the person of a poor, aspiring writer named Scribble. Unfortunately for her, Polly’s father has arranged a sensible, profitable marriage for her to Mr. Ledger, a dull broker. Enacting scenes from her beloved books, Polly outwits her parents to avoid an arranged marriage and find the man of her literary dreams in this classic farce of mistaken identities and surprise revelations. Tickets are $12 for adults and youth and $6 for children under six.

Other 18th-century entertainment coming to the Kimball Theatre this spring includes Conversation with a Founding Father at 11:30 a.m. March 2-7 and 9-13 and at noon March 17, 19, 24, 26, 31, April 7, 14, 21 and 28. Talk with Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, George Washington or the Marquis de Lafayette about issues that transcend time. Guests also will have the opportunity to ask questions. Reservations are required. A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor card will gain admission to the program.

Enjoy the type of variety show that entertained George Washington. A Grand Medley of Entertainment was popular before the circus and vaudeville, and can be seen 7:30 p.m. March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20 and 27. Ticket is $12 for adults and youth ages six to 17 and $6 for children under six.

Dean Shostak’s Crystal Concert demonstrates why he is the master of glass instruments during this performance that showcases crystal handbells, glass violin and Benjamin Franklin’s glass armonica. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 10, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 and 29.

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 3-9:15 p.m. For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre Box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit

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 guests interact with history through “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation.

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

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