Classical (Music Genre)

Symphonia performance delivers peace, warmth in the wake of death and destruction

The Williamsburg Symphonia provided perfect relief from the nonstop coverage and awareness of the senseless terrorist attacks in Paris last weekend and before that Beirut, the bombing of a Soviet aircraft, the threat of an ISIS attack on Washington, D.C. and global border unrest.Its program Monday in the Kimball Theatre, to alter the oft-quoted phrase, proved that music does have the charms to soothe the soul and all that bothers us.

The performance was a gem of diamond-like quality: sculptured, polished, warm and glowing.It was about as perfect as playing gets, with nary a flaw in sight or hearing.

That's not to say the horrific acts in Paris were out of mind.Prior to...