Driven to nuture community through the presentation of the musical arts, the Open Door Concert Series presents a diverse series of musical events throughout the year. From jazz to celtic, pipe organ to piano, there's something for everyone.
Concerts are presented in person. Currently, all church events require attendees to wear masks while indoors. Updates to these guidelines will be posted here.
The series is made possible through the generosity of our patrons, and is partially supported by a grant from the Williamsburg Area Arts Commission. You can join these generous benefactors by becoming a patron today.
Our 2021-2022 season kicks off with singer, song-writer, and multi-instrumentalist John McCutcheon. John is a master of a dozen different traditional instruments, most notably the hammered dulcimer; and his songs are infused with the humor, insightfulness, and poignancy of a sage storyteller. He has been at the forefront of American folk music since the 1970’s, with a career that is constantly evolving to tell the American story.
“John McCutcheon is not only one of the best musicians in the USA, but also a great singer, songwriter, and song leader. And not just incidentally, he is committed to helping hard-working people everywhere to organize and push this world in a better direction.” - Pete Seeger
“The most impressive instrumentalist I’ve ever heard.” - Johnny Cash
Join the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra for a unique, kid-friendly Halloween movie night. The leading professional ragtime orchestra in the United States, PRSO specializes in the unique music of a bygone era. Scare up some fun as the PRSO provides live music and sound effects to accompany two ghostly silent films: Laurel & Hardy’s Habeas Corpus and Buster Keaton’s The Haunted House, projected above the orchestra. Children are invited to attend in costume, with special festivities following the concert!
“The premier American ragtime ensemble.” - The Washington Post
Hailed as a “colossally talented organist”, Raúl Prieto Ramírez enjoys a busy global performing schedule, as well as his position as Civic Organist for the City of San Diego, where he presides over a weekly performance schedule on the largest outdoor pipe organ in the world. A passion for the music has shaped his goal to bring new listeners to the pipe organ.
“The powerful personality, passionate expressiveness, gift for communication, and outstanding technique of Spanish organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez make him shine in a wide range of repertoire and styles” - Los Angeles Philharmonic
New York-based Harlem Quartet has been thrilling audiences in 47 states and ten countries since its debut at Carnegie Hall in 2006. They specialize in infusing new music into the standard string quartet canon, highlighting jazz, Latin, and contemporary works alongside the traditional repertoire. Each member is an accomplished soloist, having appeared with major orchestras around the world, but equally proud of their strong roots in music education and advocacy.
“A new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent” - Cincinnati Enquirer
The musical partnership between consummate performer Alasdair Fraser, hailed "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 20 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.
“… you would think they'd been playing together for centuries. While his fiddle dances, her cello throbs darkly or plucks puckishly. Then [Haas] opens her cello's throat, joining Fraser in soaring sustains, windswept refrains, and sudden, jazzy explosions. Their sound is as urbane as a Manhattan midnight, and as wild as a Clackmannan winter.” - Boston Globe
We invite you to become a WPC Open Door Concert Series patron or benefactor to help us continue the series. The first two seasons were supported by the generous contributions of Open Door Concert Series patrons as well as an inaugural grant from the church and grants from area arts organizations. Future seasons depend on generous patron support.
Questions about patron support can be directed to , or the church office at 757-229-4235.
Checks can be made payable to "Williamsburg Presbyterian Church" with "Open Door Concerts" in the memo line. We like to acknowledge our patrons 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 Church
215 Richmond Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Williamsburg Presbyterian Church offers the simple and secure convenience of online giving.