Shane Hatchell will tell you music is his life.
He's not exaggerating.
The 44-year-old started playing guitar as a teenager, and he's played, studied, taught the instrument ever since.
But Thursday night, standing in an air-conditioned room offstage at Lake Matoaka Amphitheater, Hatchell prepared for a performance unlike any other: conducting the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in front of an amphitheater filled to the brim.
"Certainly the biggest gig of my life," he said.
The opportunity to lead the orchestra was a gift from Hatchell's aunt, an auction item she bid for at Virginia Symphony Society of Greater Williamsburg's fundraising gala in...