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May 8, 2012

Tony Award Winner Jane Krakowski and Harlem Renaissance Orchestra Perform Live at Williamsburg Lodge for Festival Williamsburg

Sunday, May 27, the Broadway spotlight is on Jane Krakowski, who will perform classic Broadway hits live under the musical direction of Rob Fisher at the Williamsburg Lodge. The Tony award-winning and Emmy-nominated star of NBC’s “30 Rock” has appeared on Broadway in “Guys and Dolls,” “Grand Hotel,” “Company,” “Once upon a Mattress,” “Tartuffe” and “Starlight Express.” In 2003, she won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Carla opposite Antonio Banderas in the musical “Nine.” Tickets are $65 and $45 for reserved table seating at 5:30 and 8 p.m. in the Virginia Room of the Williamsburg Lodge.

Performers for Festival Williamsburg events at the Williamsburg Lodge are, from left to right, Jane Krakowski in the Broadway Spotlight Sunday, May 27; the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra, Friday, May 25. To obtain these images, contact Penna Rogers at (757) 220-7121 or at

  • Friday May 25 at 8 p.m., the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra brings the authentic Big Band sound to life. Dedicated to keeping the spirit of swing alive and thriving, the orchestra pays tribute to the great composers and band leaders of the swing era: Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Louie Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lucky Millinder, Earl Fatha Hines, Billy Eckstine, Lionel Hampton and more. The New York Times calls their sound “potent music, tailor-made for dancing.” Tickets are $35 and $45 for reserved table seating in the Virginia Room of the Williamsburg Lodge.
  • Saturday, May 26 at 8 p.m., the Virginia Symphony Orchestra under the direction of music director and conductor JoAnn Falletta, with symphony chorus director Robert Shoup directing 300 voices from Christopher Newport University Chamber Choir, the College of William and Mary choral program, Old Dominion University Concert Choir, the Richmond Symphony Chorus, the Virginia Children’s Chorus and the Virginia Wesleyan choral program present Gustav Mahler’s 8th Symphony. The orchestra and choruses join as one in the soaring glory of Mahler’s vision of divine redemption. Tickets are $85, $67, $52, $42 and $20. William & Mary Hall.

    Saturday and Sunday, a preconcert dinner will be served in the Lodge Restaurant for $35 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Paired wines for the three-course dinner are priced separately. A Festival Williamsburg Hotel Package includes a choice of two or three nights lodging at the Williamsburg Lodge, transportation to William & Mary Hall for Mahler’s 8th Symphony, breakfast in the Lodge restaurant and tickets to Festival Williamsburg events for nights of stay. For more information on the hotel package, visit the special events page on To reserve hotel package or dinner, call 1-800-447-8679.

    Festival Williamsburg is presented with the City of Williamsburg and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and funded in part by the Williamsburg Area Arts Commission, the City of Williamsburg and James City County. The Virginia Symphony Orchestra is presented by the Virginia Arts Festival and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. The production of Mahler’s 8th Symphony is made possible by a gift from David and Susan Goode.

    Tickets are available at or by calling 1-877-741-2787.

    Established in 1997, the mission of the Virginia Arts Festival is to bring world-class performing arts to citizens and visitors, impact the lives of students through outstanding educational programs, commission new works of national and international significance and make a tangible difference in Hampton Roads through regional partnerships and positive economic impact through the generation of cultural tourism.

    Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit center for history, citizenship and democracy, encouraging audiences at home and around the world to learn from the past. Colonial Williamsburg operates a resort with more than 1,000 guest rooms in five hotels, including the landmark Williamsburg Inn – celebrating 75 years of hospitality in 2012 – four historic dining taverns and six other restaurants, a full-service 20,000-square-foot spa, eight tennis courts, 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

    Media Contact:
    Barbara Brown
    (757) 220-7280

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