Updated 11:45 a.m.: The threat of inclement weather on Saturday has forced the postponement of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s free performance in Yorktown.
According to a news release from York County spokesperson Thomas Kelly, the concert has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13.
Thousands are expected to attend a free Virginia Symphony Orchestra outdoor concert near the water in Yorktown on Saturday evening.
The orchestra has performed a free show at 425 Water Street for the past 21 years. Thousands are drawn to the annual event for the combination of music and beauty, according to Monica Meyer, marketing director for the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Roughly 60 musicians will perform a dozen songs at sunset for “Symphony Under the Stars.”
“It’s a free show under the stars at a beautiful venue,” Meyer said. “You can’t really get much better than that.”
The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will feature music such as “Glory of the Yankee Navy,” “National Emblem March,” “Eternal Father Strong to Save” and more. This year’s patriotic theme is an homage to Naval Station Norfolk’s 100th anniversary, Meyer said.
“It’s really fun because there are so many people out there all having a great time,” said Peter DuBeau, principal tuba of the orchestra, who has performed with the group since 1989. “For the orchestra, this is our first weekend back after summer, and it’s nice to reconnect with everybody.”
The first “Symphony Under the Stars” of the year was Aug. 31 at the College of William and Mary. The series closes 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Chesapeake City Park (900 Greenbrier Road).
The Virginia Symphony Orchestra performed more than 150 concerts in the last year, according to a news release from the nonprofit. The VSO employs more than 200 artists annually and works with teachers and students in 225 public schools each year, the release said.
More information about the Virginia Symphony Orchestra can be found by visiting virginiasymphony.org or by calling the administrative office at 757-466-3046.
Smith can be reached by at 757-510-1663 or @hillarysmith21.