The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League's Major Spring Event Raises $20,000

"An Intimate Evening with Zuill Bailey" lived up to its name on May 11th at the beautiful Two Rivers Country Club on the James. The world renowned cellist demonstrated his exceptional technical skills in several numbers as well as provided the smooth deep sounding music that probably only his special oversized cello could give to an enthralled audience. Three standing ovations were definitely well deserved as Zuill not only exhibited his extraordinary skill, but also gave us personal insight on his cello (made in 1693), his unusual disproportionately large left hand size, and background on each musical piece. It was truly an 'intimate' evening with Zuill Bailey. Topping off the performance was an equally challenging, lively duet with Akemi Takayama, Concertmaster of the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra. The smiling couple seemed to be racing each other to the finish of the difficult and crowd pleasing ending piece. This was a performance to remember and one only wishes it could have been recorded.

This year's major fundraiser for the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League (WSOL) included a live auction and paddle raise that produced $20,000 for the Symphony's educational and outreach programs (i.e., "Meet the Musicians", "Instructional Coaching", and "Instruments for Kids") as well as for guest artist support for the 2016-2017 Masterworks season. The planning for this event began last fall, led by event chair, Cecie Adolphi with a small fundraising committee chaired by Paul Try, League Vice President. Other key members of the committee were Marie Knuettel, Fred Konta and Margene Hartsough, Corresponding Secretary and Membership Chair for the League. The exciting live auction featuring an Italian Villa, dinner cruise, Hilton Head condo, beautiful cello stained glass, a gold leaf antique mirror and an opportunity to conduct the Symphony was conducted by auctioneer extraordinaire, Rick Overy of Compass Wealth Strategies, supported by his wife, Lara Overy. Pictured are Zuill Bailey and (L-R) Paul Try, Rick Overy, Akemi Takayama, Zuill Bailey and Cecie Adolphi.
Signature center pieces made up by Cecie and Margene. It was clearly an 'Affair to Remember' in Williamsburg.

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