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Local guitar instructor conducts orchestra, fulfills dream

Local guitar instructor conducts orchestra, fulfills dream

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...

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