Classical Music

'Symphony Under the Stars' a start to the season

Beneath the relaxed atmosphere of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra's "Symphony Under the Stars" outdoor concerts lies an air of excitement and anticipation.

They're the first concerts of the season.

"The orchestra is excited to be back together and playing again," said resident conductor Benjamin Rous.

With free performances Sept. 1 at Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre and Sept. 3 at Riverwalk Landing, the "Symphony Under the Stars" series kicks off a Williamsburg Classics season with much in store.

This year, outdoor performances follow a maritime theme, inspired by "the geography and coastline of our area," Rous said....