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The Sanctuary at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church
Welcome to our inaugural season! The five-concert series features exciting performers spanning a wide variety of musical genres. All concerts are free* and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. The 400-seat sanctuary will open 30 minutes before each performance.
Virginia’s favorite folk duo perform a robust blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country. Robin & Linda Williams’ international reputation springs from their wryly observant lyrics and signature acoustic sound.
As live performers they are second to none. Their stirring concerts have earned them a huge body of fans over the years. But as gifted songwriters Robin and Linda have earned an even rarer honor, the devotion and deep respect of their musical peers. As The Washington Post put it, "The Williamses are able to sum up a life in a few details with moving completeness." The list of artists who have covered their original songs include some of the greats of country music, names like Emmylou Harris, Tom T. Hall, George Hamilton IV, Tim & Mollie O'Brien, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kathy Mattea and The Seldom Scene.
This concert is supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
For this "kaleidoscope concert," members of the Heritage of America's various ensembles will mix it up to perform some of their favorite music in an array of genres and styles.
The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band has a rich history of inspiring hearts and minds, building and sustaining American patriotism, and enhancing esprit de corps in the United States Air Force. It was one of the original Army Air Corps bands, created by order of the Secretary of War on October 1, 1941 and assigned to Barksdale Field, Louisiana. In June 1946, after a short stay at Brooks Field, Texas, the band arrived at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, its current home. For over seventy-five years, the band has represented the Air Force with musical and military distinction. We are honored to host these fine musicians for a fun hometown performance.
Join internationally renowned concert organist Todd Wilson as we rededicate our newly completed pipe organ in a grand celebration of its unique musical resources. Todd Wilson is considered one of America’s leading concert organists. He has given concerts throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. He is head of the organ department at Cleveland Institute of Music, organ curator of the Cleveland Orchestra and church organist of Trinity Cathedral, also in Cleveland.
Wilson studied organ at the University of Cincinnati and at the Eastman School of Music. He won several competitions, including Chartres, and has now been a member of the jury for several other competitions including Calgary and St. Albans. A popular performing and recording artist, Wilson has performed with notable American orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Nashville Symphony. His recordings include the complete organ works of George Thalben-Ball, Frank Bridge and Maurice Duruflé.
A professional vocal ensemble from the Washington, DC area, The District Eight will showcase their acclaimed colorful sound as we remember those who recently passed away.
The District Eight has appeared at the Washington Early Music Festival, with the Norfolk Chamber Consort, The College of William and Mary, and the University of Tampa; as well as at St. James Methodist Church, Greenville, NC, St. John's Cathedral in Jacksonville, Christ Church in Bradenton, Sarasota, FL, and St. Mary Mother of God in Washington, DC. In 2010 the ensemble joined forces with The Orchestra of the Seventeenth Century to present the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610.
The concert features composer Thomas Tallis' masterful setting of the Lamentations of Jeremiah. A pre-concert lecture by Dr. James Armstrong, director of the W&M choral program, will begin at 3:30p.m. to introduce the work.
This concert is dedicated to the memory of family and friends who have recently passed away. Even as grief is personal, it is a universally shared experience. We hope that you will find comfort in community as we gather for this remembrance. If you have someone you would like us to recognize in the In Memoriam program, please contact us.
The musical partnership between consummate performer Alasdair Fraser, "the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling", and brilliant Californian cellist Natalie Haas spans the full spectrum between intimate chamber music and ecstatic dance energy. Over the last 18 years of creating a buzz at festivals and concert halls across the world, they have truly set the standard for fiddle and cello in traditional music. They continue to thrill audiences internationally with their virtuosic playing, their near-telepathic understanding and the joyful spontaneity and sheer physical presence of their music.
Fraser has a concert and recording career spanning over 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades, radio and television credits, and feature performances on top movie soundtracks (Last of the Mohicans, Titanic, etc.). In 2011, he was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame. Haas, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, is one of the most sought after cellists in traditional music today. She has performed and recorded with a who's who of the fiddle world including Mark O'Connor, Natalie MacMaster, Irish supergroups Solas and Altan, Liz Carroll, Dirk Powell, Brittany Haas, Darol Anger, Jeremy Kittel, Hanneke Cassel, Laura Cortese, and many more.
We look forward to bringing this exciting new series to the community and want to keep you informed as it evolves. For current news and notes, please join our email list (your email will only be used for concert series updates).
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We invite you to become a WPC Open Door Concert Series patron or benefactor for future seasons. This inaugural season of free, high-quality musical arts programs is presented by a generous one-time grant from the WPC Welcoming Congregation initiative. Future seasons depend on your generous support.
Suggested Levels• Guarantor: $1,000 • Patron: $350 • Contributor: $100 • Friend: $25• Other: Amount specified upon donation
Checks can be made payable to "Williamsburg Presbyterian Church" with "Open Door Concerts" in the memo line. We like to acknowledge our sponsors in our concert programs. Please include a note to specify how you would like your name(s) listed in the programs, or if you would prefer to stay anonymous. Checks may be mailed or dropped off to the church office:
Williamsburg Presbyterian Church215 Richmond RoadWilliamsburg, VA 23185
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