December 28, 2010
Live Performances at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre in January and February Launch with National Storyteller
Grammy nominee Milbre Burch headlines the second annual Tucker-Arnold Productions Storytelling Concert at 7 p.m. on Jan. 7 at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre. Burch is an award-winning, internationally known performer and recording artist, poet and author. She is a veteran of storytelling, theater and spoken word festivals in 22 states and 12 European cities, and has repeatedly been featured at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn. Burch will be joined by local favorites Sheila Arnold of Hampton, and Anthony Burcher of Lanexa, whose storytelling talents have been enjoyed by audiences nationwide. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children under 13.
Kimball Theatre guests can enjoy several musical concerts during January and February.
The Williamsburg Symphonia presents Masterworks Subscription Concert #2 at 8 p.m. Jan. 10-11. Tickets are $34 and $48. Tickets are available through the Williamsburg Symphonia; please call (757) 229-9857.
The Botetourt Chamber Singers Gala Concert shows another dimension of this group at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5. During the program, “Sing! Sing! Sing!” the College of William and Mary vocal group performs the classics from the 1920s, ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s through solos, duets and small group numbers of your favorite standard tunes. All proceeds support the William and Mary Choral International Tour Fund. This year the Botetourts will travel to Italy and Greece with the W&M Choir. All seats are $15.
The Williamsburg Music Club presents Christine Niehaus and Harris Simon in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12. The couple combines their talents in a program of classical and jazz works for solo piano, two pianos, and harmonica and piano. Niehaus and Simon have been on the faculty of the College of William and Mary since 1994. This will be their first joint recital at the Kimball Theatre in almost a decade. This program is sponsored by the Williamsburg Music Club as a fund-raising event for the Grants-in-Aid Fund. The fund supports the annual distribution of music scholarships to deserving young musicians in the region. All seats are $15.
Singer/songwriter Betsy Q brings her delightful children’s music to the Kimball Theatre once again at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26. Betsy Q has been performing original music from her five-album collection since 1991. In her one-woman show, the audience is encouraged to interact with her while she performs songs that are clever, educational and entertaining. Her music is appropriate for children of all ages while her messages are embraced by the young at heart. After the concert, Betsy Q will be available for music sales, photos and autographs. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors/students/children and children under one are free. Proceeds will go to VCE Family Focus.
The Williamsburg Youth Orchestra’s Winter Concert brings the region’s most dedicated young musicians to the stage in their second concert of the year at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27. The group performs portions of Haydn’s “London” Symphony and Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty” and the “Hansel and Gretel Prelude” by Humperdinck. The string orchestra performs one of the most beautiful and challenging works written for strings: Barber’s “Adagio.” Tickets are $8 for adults and $2 for children.
Located in Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, the beautifully restored Kimball Theatre presents films, live performances, musical concerts and special programs. Creative programming alliances with the College of William and Mary, community organizations and Colonial Williamsburg link the past with the present. The 410-seat theater also houses a 35-seat screening room which enables the theater to offer films to the community seven days a week, even when live performances are staged in the main theater. For more information, call (757) 565-8588 or visit www.kimballtheatre.com.