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March 10, 2006

Kimball Theatre presents array of live performances

Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre and the College of William and Mary team up to offer live performances, plays and ensembles during March and April. “The Middle Eastern Ensemble in Concert,” an encore performance of traditional and popular instrumental music, song and dance from Arab, Turkish, Greek, Iranian and Sephardic cultures, features guest artist, Dr. Scott Marcus, multi-instrumentalist, eminent scholar and ensemble director of the University of California-Santa Barbara. This production can be seen at 8 p.m. on April 1. General admission tickets are $7, and seniors and students are $5.

The College of William and Mary presents “The William and Mary Jazz Ensemble in Concert” at 8 p.m. on April 5. This concert will feature the artistry of visiting guest soloist, Swiss saxophonist George Robert. General admission tickets are $7, and senior and student tickets are $2. “Edward P. Jones,” presented by William and Mary College Department of English, can be seen at 8 p.m. on April 7. Jones’ debut novel, “The Known World,” which discusses slavery in Virginia, won a Pulitzer Prize in 2004.

A reception and book signing follow the talk. This event is free but reservations are required. In a choral compilation, Penn High School from Indiana and the College of William and Mary present “Songs of Americana” at 3:30 p.m. on April 23. This concert features American choral works, folk songs and spirituals. This event is free but reservations are required.

The Kimball Theatre also is hosting a number of other musical acts. “Tracey Adele Cooper: Dramatic Soprano and the Williamsburg Symphonia Quartet” will be performing at 7:30 p.m. on March 11. Proceeds from this concert will benefit Olde Towne Medical Center and other community programs. All seats $20. Reservations required. “Subscription Concert #3: Italian Fantasy” will be performed at 8 p.m. on March 16 and 19. Presented by the Williamsburg Symphonia, performances will include works by Mendelssohn, Rossini and Resphigi. Tickets are $27 and $37. For more information, call (757) 229-9857.

If you like jazz and great American songs by Gershwin, Porter and Berlin then come to Kimball Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on March 28 for “Stephanie Nakasian in Concert with the Harris Simon Trio.” General admission is $12, and seniors and students are $10. Reservations required. If you would rather listen to music more along the lines of Van Morrison or the Beatles, check out “History of Classic Rock, Volume II” 7:30 p.m. on March 31. Presented by the Playwrights Premiere Theatre, Washington, D.C.’s, rock and roll party band, Bad Dog, spins you through the decades of classic rock in their continuing anthology of the all time greats. For more information, visit All seats $15. Reservations required. At 8 p.m. on April 12 and 13, Handel, Mozart and many others will be explored at the “Subscription Concert #4: European Masters” by the Williamsburg Symphonia. Tickets are $27 and $37. For more information, call (757) 229-9857.

“The Mystery of the Great Kapok Tree,” an original musical written by Fingerprint Productions and Waller Mill Elementary Fine Arts Magnet, will be shown at 1:30 p.m. on March 4 and 5. Created and written by fourth and fifth grades as part of their drama program, this musical has something for everyone! Adults tickets are $3.50, seniors and children are $3. Reservations required. Playwrights Premiere Theatre presents “Winning Liberty Land: An American Musical Comedy About How History is Made” at 7:30 p.m. on April 14, 15, 21 and 22. Join the madcap antics of the Historical Citizens Action Committee as they take their own wacky look at the history of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown. General admission $12, and seniors and students $10. Reservations required.

“A Marriage of Political Opposites” is a political debate on April 8 between conservative husband Mickey Edwards and liberal wife Elizabeth Sherman. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. with the performance at 7 p.m. This debate will be moderated by Dr. Mitchell Reiss, vice provost for International Affairs at the College of William and Mary. All seats $25. Reservations required. Newbery Award winner Russell Freedman comes to Kimball Theatre at 7 p.m. on April 28 for the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture in a lecture titled “The Past Isn’t Past: How History Speaks, and What it Says to the Next Generation.” Convinced that children’s aversion to history results from the way it is taught, Freedman writes books that try to make people from the past real and to breathe life into past events. This event is free but reservations are required.

For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit Advance tickets for all performances are available by calling toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or by visiting any Colonial Williamsburg ticket outlet.

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