Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Williamsburg Classics Concert Series
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 | Chesapeake Conference Center, Chesapeake | 7PM
Friday, December 14, 2018 | St. Bede Catholic Church, Williamsburg | 8PM
Saturday, December 15, 2018 | Regent University Chapel, Virginia Beach | 7PM
Sunday, December 16, 2018 | Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery, Hampton | 2PM
The bold sounds of the Virginia Symphony brass section ring in the holidays with a blast! Experience the festive sounds of the season in a concert filled with wit, virtuosity, and the glorious music of the holidays—featuring the VSO brass and percussion sections in an all-new program. You’ll enjoy music from a variety of styles that have made this concert a new holiday tradition!
Gonzalo Farias, conductor
James Beckel: Christmas Fanfare
Holst/Haislip: Christmas Day
de la Monnoye/Pascuzzi: Patapan
Kelly: Of Night, Light, and Brass
Pierpont/Wetherill: Jingle Bell Fantasy
Traditional/Berry: Still, Still, Still
Carmichael: Angels We Have Heard on High
Strauss/Haislip: Radetsky March
Tchaikovsky/Snedecor: Il est né
Traditional/Snedecor: The First Noel
Holocombe: Sing Along (Winter Wonderland, White Christmas, Frosty the Snowman)
Holiday Brass performances in Chesapeake and Regent University are free and open to the public.
Chesapeake Holiday Brass Sponsor
Saturday, February 2, 2019 | Crosswalk Church, Williamsburg | 8PM
This program is centered around the concept of identity and the risks involved in being true to one’s own. Each composer in this program struggled with his own secrets. The concert opens with an overture to Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, in which Leonore must disguise herself as a prison guard to rescue her husband. George Corbett then takes the spotlight, performing the Concertino for English Horn by Italian composer Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari. Then, Copland’s Quiet City, featuring VSO principal trumpet David Vonderheide and English horn George Corbett. This piece represents a character from the Shaw play of the same name, who abandons his heritage and dreams in exchange for his material wealth and success. The program concludes with Beethoven’s cheerful Symphony No. 8, full of joy despite his onset of deafness.
Saturday, March 16, 2019 | Crosswalk Church, Williamsburg | 8PM
This concert is a celebration of innovation, examining works in which each composer borrows classic forms and make them new. The concert opens with Brahms’ Variations on a Theme of Haydn – often said to be the first independent set of variations for orchestra in the history of music. The concert then shifts to Mozart’s lovely Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra, featuring VSO principal musicians Debra Wendells Cross and Barbara Chapman. The second half opens with Puccini’s dark-hued, melodic Chrysanthemums. We close with Stravinsky’s neoclassical masterpiece, Pulcinella. This suite is from a one-act ballet with original costumes and sets designed by Pablo Picasso.