The Virginia Symphony Society of Greater Williamsburg

The Virginia Symphony Society of Greater Williamsburg (VSSGW) is a proud supporter of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra (VSO), one of Virginia’s top cultural institutions. Directed by internationally acclaimed director, JoAnn Falletta, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra has distinguished itself across the country and was recently elevated to national status upon being admitted to the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians.

The VSSGW is dedicated to enhancing the rich cultural life of Greater Williamsburg and Hampton Roads through support of this wonderful orchestra. VSO members are active in attending concerts, assisting with regional outreach activities, fundraising, pre-concert dinners, receptions and special events.

Upcoming Events

Seasonal Socials

Get to know other area music lovers and enjoy live performances by VSO musicians at our seasonal socials! Our gatherings are held either in the home of one of our members, or at a local business or museum. RSVP and a small fee are required.

First Social:

Mon., September 18, 2017 | Home of Gus Gustaferro

Pre-Concert Dinners

Join members for festive pre-concert dinners before local concerts!

Our first Pre-Concert Dinner for the 2017-18 season celebrates the opening concert at Ferguson where the VSO will be performing Holst’s “The Planets.” Dinner guests will enjoy transportation by bus from the dinner venue to and from the concert, as well as a post concert reception with VSO musicians and VSO Music Director, JoAnn Falletta. RSVP and fee required.

Thursday, September 18 | Kingsmill

Annual Gala Benefit for the VSO

The VSSGW’s annual gala raises significant funds in support of the Virginia Symphony and includes a live auction.

Photos From the 2017 Gala

Spring 2018 – Date TBA | Two Rivers Country Club

2018 Annual Meeting

Date TBA (Spring 2018)

Williamsburg Library Free Concert Series

Join us as the Williamsburg Regional Library hosts Virginia Symphony Orchestra musicians throughout the year for free concerts in the library theatre located at 515 Scotland Street!  No tickets required.

Patriotic Fanfare

This family presentation celebrates our veterans. Through interactive demonstrations, children will learn how the brass family produces its unique voice. Audience members are encouraged to stick around for an instrument petting zoo after the performance.

November 11, 2017 (Sat.) | 11 am – 12 pm

“For the Love of Music” – Woodwind Quintet

February 15, 2018 (Thurs.) | 7:30 – 8:30 pm

“Celebrations” – Brass Ensemble

May 23, 2018 (Wed.) | 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Our History

In 1996, Williamsburg resident Bert Aaron saw that the Virginia Symphony Orchestra (VSO) was struggling in Williamsburg. Fearing that the community might soon lose the opportunity to experience and enjoy the symphony’s first-class, live orchestral music, Bert endeavored to do something about it.

Together with his wife, Gladys, Bert worked with a small group of friends that included Dr. Les Dubnick, Dr. Mil Maloney, and others to create the Virginia Symphony Society of Greater Williamsburg (VSSGW) – a local support arm for the VSO. From a small gathering of five in Bert’s home in 1996 to today, the VSSGW’s numbers have swelled to well over 200 members.

Bert & Gladys Aaron enjoy one of the first VSSGW benefit galas for the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

The VSSGW brings local music lovers together for a variety of fellowship and live performance events year-round and has raised over $200,000 to date through hugely successful annual fundraising galas that helped secure the Symphony’s continued presence in the greater Williamsburg area. Thanks to the hard work of the VSO’s Dan Hart, Society members Larry and Eileen Mitchell, and many others, seats filled at performances at William & Mary’s Phi Beta Kappa Hall, St. Bede, and Crosswalk Community Church and free performances are widely attended at the Williamsburg Regional Library and the Lake Matoaka Ampitheatre.

In 1998, The Jefferson Legacy Year, the VSSGW arranged for James City County, York County, the City of Williamsburg and the Governor to proclaim Sept 5-12 as Virginia Symphony Week. That year, the VSO toured the Commonwealth. Members of the VSSGW traveled with the VSO when it performed in Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C..

As VSSGW membership and volunteer commitments grew, the board became increasingly poised to expand its efforts to conduct music outreach in our community. Thanks to a board initiative headed by Alice Herring, the VSSGW coordinates and funds yearly student outreach events that bring professional symphony musicians into area middle and high school music classrooms to offer local student musicians high-level enrichment experiences.

An integral part of the local arts community, the VSSGW is an entirely volunteer organization. We pay no fees to our officers and Board. Our membership offers their varied talents to help us in our mission of furthering the VSO here in Williamsburg – and we have a great time together enjoying both private and public performances by talented VSO musicians, and also planning and executing events that support the symphony and the building of fellowship among fellow residents that share a love for professional orchestral music.

Unforgettable: The Music of Nat King Cole • 9/28, 9/30

Thursday, September 28, 2017 | 8PM | Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News Saturday, September 30, 2017 | 8PM  | Chrysler Hall, Norfolk Unforgettable is the music of Nat King Cole. The baritone crooner, a paragon of America’s jazz and big band heyday, swooned...

Voices of Veterans • 10/6

Friday, October 6, 2017 | 8PM | TCC Roper Performing Arts Center, Norfolk The VSO honors our region’s remarkable military community with music inspired by the valor and sacrifice of the men and women of the nation’s armed forces. We will feature the work of composers...

Copland’s Clarinet Concerto • 10/12

Thursday, October 12, 2017 | 8 PM | Phi Beta Kappa Hall, Williamsburg The 2017-2018 Williamsburg Classics series opens with Respighi’s Botticelli Triptych, a marvelous and colorful piece inspired by Italian painter Sandro Botticelli’s Early Renaissance paintings in...