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October 24, 2011

From Classic to Jazz to Big Band, Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre Offers Concerts for the Discerning Ear during November and December

November performances at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre begin with the Williamsburg Symphonia Subscription Concert #1 at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. Guests enjoy works from Debussy, Prokofiev and Mendelssohn. Tickets are $34 and $48, and are available by calling (757) 229-9857.

The William and Mary Symphony Orchestra presents an evening of solo piano music performed by William and Mary faculty member Maria Yefimova at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4. The program includes music by Chopin, Liszt, Scriabin and Rachmaninoff. During the intermission, audience members are invited to participate in a silent auction of hand-painted instruments. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the WMSO’s tour to Philadelphia in March 2012. Tickets are $15 for general admission. Student rush tickets that are $10 with student ID will become available on the day of the performance.

The William & Mary Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Paul Bhasin, performs music of the 1940s and 1950s, including selections from Miles Davis’ seminal “Birth of the Cool” album, plus a suite of Tito Puente-inspired mambo classics. Student combos, led by William and Mary faculty Harris Simon, also will be featured. This evening of standards, Latin jazz and west coast “cool” is not to be missed and will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 for seniors and students.

The Williamsburg Charity Concert Series presents the Williamsburg Classic Swing Orchestra in Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18. Guests are invited to enjoy an evening of the greatest classics from the Big Band era. Musicians and vocalists perform some favorites from the Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and the Count Basie orchestras and more. Proceeds from this concert will benefit Polio Plus, the Rotary Foundation’s efforts to eradicate polio throughout the world. The concert is sponsored by the James City County Rotary Club. All seats $15.

The Williamsburg Youth Orchestras in Concert appear at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20. The Williamsburg Youth Orchestras begin the 2011-2012 season with an exciting performance by the string orchestra conducted by Karey Sitzler and symphony conducted by music director Akiko Fujimoto. The symphony orchestra performs Hoedown by Copland, Rosamunde Overture by Schubert and selections from Borodin’s Symphony No. 2. An auction will be held at intermission for a chance to conduct the WYO Symphony at the Winter Concert. Tickets are $8 for adults and $2 for students and children.

Live from the 18th-century Stage

What do you do when your true love’s father stands in the way of your romance? Send in your servant to do your dirty work, of course! The Walking Statue, or The Devil in the Wine Cellar, a fast-paced farce full of disguises, deceptions and devils, is the newest production in Colonial Williamsburg’s 18th-century Play Series but has entertained audiences on both sides of the Atlantic since 1710. It is sure to delight audiences with historically accurate costumes, sets and occasionally bawdy wordplay at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 19, 22 and 24. Tickets are $12 for adults and youth ages six-17 and $6 for children under six.

Conversations with a Founding Father gives guests the opportunity to talk to Patrick Henry, George Washington or Thomas Jefferson about issues that transcend time. The interactive program begins at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22 and 24 and noon on Nov. 29, Dec. 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 and 29. A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor card gains admission into this program.

A Grand Medley of Entertainments is a variety show where anything that can go wrong, does! This popular family program takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28, Dec. 4, 12, 23 and 25. Tickets are $12 for adults and youth ages six-17 and $6 for children under six.

For more information, call (757) 565-8588 or visit

In 1999, Colonial Williamsburg benefactors Gretchen and the late Bill Kimball made a major gift to renovate the historic facility and to transform it into the multipurpose Kimball Theatre. The 35-seat screening room was underwritten by a grant from the Gladys and Franklin Clark Foundation.

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.

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