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May 10, 2011

Colonial Williamsburg Partners with Virginia Symphony as Premier Sponsor of Williamsburg Concerts

Colonial Williamsburg expands its role in bringing cultural activities to Williamsburg with the announcement that it will be the premier sponsor of the Virginia Symphony’s 2011-2012 series. The concerts will be held at Phi Beta Kappa Hall, 601 Jamestown Road, on the campus of the College of William and Mary.

“Colonial Williamsburg is pleased to support the Virginia Symphony’s Williamsburg series,” said Colin Campbell, president and CEO of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. “We are committed to broadening the reach and appeal of the entire destination through high-quality cultural experiences that complement our primary educational mission.”

“Colonial Williamsburg has been a friend and supporter of the Virginia Symphony’s mission for many years,” said Eric Borenstein, president and executive director of the Symphony. “We are pleased to partner with Colonial Williamsburg to continue the tradition of providing the greater Williamsburg area with premier cultural opportunities. Moving to Phi Beta Kappa Hall combines the resources of Colonial Williamsburg, the College and the Symphony to increase cultural performances and enhance educational services for community residents, students and visitors to the Historic Area,” said Borenstein.

The four-concert Symphony Classics series debuts Oct. 6, 2011. “Jefferson, in his Own Words,” by University of Virginia professor/composer Judith Shatin will be the featured work for the opening concert. Co-commissioned by the Virginia Symphony, the Richmond Symphony and the Illinois Symphony and written for orchestra and narrator, the performance showcases Colonial Williamsburg’s own Bill Barker as Mr. Jefferson. The political writings, letters and diaries of the third president inform the narration presenting an intimate portrait of Jefferson. The opening concert repertoire also includes Beethoven’s Violin Concerto performed by VSO Concertmaster Vahn Armstrong.

The series continues in December, February and March with concerts conducted by VSO Music Director JoAnn Falletta, VSO Associate Conductor Benjamin Rous and guest conductor Robert Franz. In addition to the concert series at Phi Beta Kappa Hall, Colonial Williamsburg and the Virginia Symphony plan to expand their collaboration to include additional cultural events in the community.

Information about the series is available from the Virginia Symphony by calling the box office, 757-892-6366 or by visiting

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra has a complement of over seventy-five professional musicians and 90 Chorus singers and is Virginia’s pre-eminent professional symphony orchestra. It is ranked in the top 10 percent of professional orchestras nationwide and performs Classics, Pops and Family concerts in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Williamsburg, North Carolina and the Eastern Shore reaching more than 200,000 concert goers every year. Dedicated to engaging children, students and adults with the power of classical music, Symphony education and community programs engage more than 63,000 children, students and lifelong learning adults each year. Under the leadership of Grammy-winning music director JoAnn Falletta, the Symphony has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and has a discography of thirteen national recordings. The cornerstone of the Performing Arts in Southeastern Virginia, the VSO provides orchestral support for Virginia Opera, Virginia Arts Festival, the Ballet and Todd Rosenlieb Dance.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, restoration and presentation of the 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. Colonial Williamsburg offers more than 1,000 guest rooms among five hotels, including the landmark Williamsburg Inn, four historic dining taverns and six other restaurants, a full-service 20,000-square-foot spa, 45 holes of golf at the Golden Horseshoe golf courses and 67,000 square feet of conference space centered at the renovated and expanded Williamsburg Lodge. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research and educational programs. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

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. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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