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March 8, 2011

“The Silk Road Sufi Rock Concert” One Highlight of March, April Programs at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre

Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre brings entertainment from all over the globe in March and April. Guests can experience a rare treat of Sufi music from Turkey and Middle Eastern traditions. During “The Call of the Reed” at 8 p.m. on March 11, Eymen Gürtan and Denise Gill-Gürtan present a concert of solo and duet performances featuring the ney (reed flute) and the kanun (Middle Eastern trapezoidal zither). Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students (with ID) and children under 13.

“Junoon: The Silk Road Sufi Rock Concert” features world-renowned musician and social activist Salman Ahmad and his band in a blend of Western hard rock with Sufi qawwali and Sindhi and Punjabi folk music. This free concert is at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 18. Reservations are required.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an evening of Irish music featuring Irish singers, Irish dancers and Irish musicians during the program, “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” at 7:30 p.m. on March 12 at 7:30 p.m. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to The Angels of Mercy Medical Clinic. Tickets are $22 for general admission and $20 for seniors, students and military.

Lovers of classical music will enjoy the Williamsburg Symphonia subscription concert series. Masterworks Subscription Concert #3 includes Bizet’s “Jeux d’enfants,” Mozart’s “Symphony No. 35, K.385, Haffner Serenade,” Ravel’s “Pavane pour une Infante defunte” and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2, Op. 17, C Minor, “The Little Russian” at 8 p.m. March 21-22.

Masterworks Subscription Concert #4 features Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Four Violins,” Dvorak’s “Serenade for Strings,” Mendelssohn’s “Concerto for Violin and Piano” and Akemi Takayama on violin and Christine Niehaus on piano at 8 p.m. on April 18-19. Tickets for both events are $34 and $48. Tickets are available through the Williamsburg Symphonia at (757) 229-9857.

Award-winning pianist and master storyteller Richard Glazier takes audiences on a musical tour of the 20th century in “From Gershwin to Garland, A Musical Journey with Richard Glazier” at 7:30 p.m. on March 29-30. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors and students and $10 for Good Neighbors with a valid Good Neighbor Pass.

The College of William and Mary’s Jazz Ensemble presents “Movie and Broadway Hits” at 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 17. The concert features various hits from of old to the present day. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 for seniors and students.

Theater buffs can experience The College of William and Mary’s Improvisational Theatre at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 25. Developed in 1986, I.T. is one of the oldest student performing arts organizations at the College of William and Mary. They offer never-before-seen comedy sparked from suggestions by the audience. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

“The Company of Animals: Stories of Friendship” is the latest program from the Williamsburg Storytelling Collaborative Stories That Make a Difference at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 2. Enjoy tales of those who have had the privilege of finding that four-legged friend. All proceeds from this event will go to the Heritage Humane Society.

Live from the 18th-century Stage

“A Grand Medley of Entertainments” depicts an 18th-century traveling show where everything that can go wrong, does! The program is offered at 7:30 p.m. March 14, 28, April 4, 11, 25, May 2, 9, 23, 30 and June 6. Tickets are $12 for adults and youth ages six to 17 and $6 for children under six.

During “Conversation with a Founding Father,” talk with Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington or the Marquis de Lafayette about issues that transcend time at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 15-June 7 and Thursdays, March 17-31 and May 5-June 9. A Historic Area admission ticket is required to see this program.

Enacting scenes from her beloved books, young Polly outwits her parents to void an arranged marriage and find the man of her literary dreams in this classic farce of mistaken identities and surprise revelations during “Polly Honeycombe.” This installation of the 18th-century Play Series can be seen at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, March 17-31, April 14-June 9. Tickets are $12 for adults and youth ages six to 17 and $6 for children under six.

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

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