Virginia Symphony Orchestra returning to Yorktown

Jonathan Black
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The Virginia Symphony Orchestra will return to Yorktown for its 20th annual outdoor concert.

Historic Yorktown will host the orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3 at Riverwalk Landing on Water Street, according to county spokeswoman Gail Whitaker.

The concert is paid for by the Celebrate Yorktown Committee of the Yorktown Foundation, according to committee director Bill Cole.

"It is the most special event in Yorktown, other than Yorktown Day," he said. "The symphony just has everything you want in a community event."

To keep things fresh, the committee organizes a way to clever way to introduce the conductor every year.

"We sit around in a group and look at the different pieces of music they're performing and figure out if there's a clever way to bring the conductor onto the stage, related to one of the pieces," Cole said.

In the past it's been bringing the conductor out on a red Cadillac with Marilyn Monroe, pirates bringing him onto stage and even rolling in on a Segway.

About 5,000 guests are expected to attend.

"We are so appreciate of the community supporting it the way they do," Cole said.

Visits are encouraged to arrive early with lawn chairs and picnics to compete in a "just-for-fun" blue ribbon judging for most creative picnic set up.

Opening for the orchestra will be the Fifes and Drums of York Town at 6 p.m.

Those planning to go should account for congestion. Parking will be available at York County Courts and Office Complex, Administration and York Hall buildings and the Riverwalk Landing Parking Terrace.

For more information go to visityorktown.org or call 757-890-4490.

2016 Revolutionary War Lecture Series

Every Tuesday in September, the Yorktown Victory Center will host a series of lectures on the Revolutionary War that link to the museum's galleries.

The series will act as a preview for the center's new galleries and name change to American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, which is scheduled for October.

"Defending the Commonwealth: Lafayette and the Summer of 1781" will kick the series off on Sept. 6. The talk will focus on General Lafayette's troops defending Virginia soil from invading British soldiers.

Other lecture topics include, in order of date: "Journey Through the American Revolution in 10 Objects," "James Lafayette: Invisible Spy," and "Digging Yorktown's Past: An Archaeological View of 18th-Century Yorktown."

Lectures are scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Yorktown Victory Theater, at 200 Water Street. Admission to the lectures is free.

New exhibitions coming to Muscarelle

September will see two new exhibits, one with close ties to William and Mary, are coming to the Muscarelle Museum of Art.

"Building the Brafferton: The Founding, Funding and Legacy of America's Indian School" will examine the history of the Brafferton Indian School, whose building remains on the William and Mary campus.

Paintings, engravings, archival documents and contemporary Native American art will be on display as part of the exhibit.

The second exhibit is the "Contemporary American Marine Art: 17th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Art."

This exhibit is a result of the American Society of Marine Artists picking the best contemporary marine art every three years to go on display at museums across the country.

The Muscarelle will kick of its national tour.

Both exhibits start Sept. 10.

Rhythms on the Riverwalk line up announced

York County has released the schedule for the 12th annual Rhythms on the Riverwalk concert series.

Performances begin Sept. 9 with the Williamsburg Classic Swing Orchestra.

The series will run every Friday through Oct. 7 and feature Hampton Roads groups like Super Jazz Band and Doug Dunn and the Steel River Band.

Concerts last from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Riverwalk Landing.

Admission is free and guests are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating.

For more information go to visityorktown.org.

Black can be reached by phone at 757-247-4607.

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