The fantastic support from The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra's (WSO) strongest and most steadfast supporters provided a record setting $40,000 for the WSO educational and performance programs at the WSO 35th Anniversary Gala on Saturday 27 April 2019 at the Kingsmill Resort. The WSO League provides volunteers and fundraising support for the WSO, Williamsburg's musical treasure. During the evening, WSO League President, Ken Mitchell, introduced one of the founders of the League (then called Symphonia Obbligato), Georgianna Avioli, who continues to support the WSOL as Chair of our Encore Affairs Committee. The Gala Committee (shown in the photo with entertainers - photo by Simple Soul Photography LLC, Audra Simsic), chaired by Paul Try, was composed of Ken Mitchell, Cecie Adolphi, Marie Mamikonian, Eloise Branden, Joan Brockenbrough, Doug Wood and Roy Femenella. Our auctioneer for the night was Aaron Williams, CEO of Williams Landscape & Design, who expertly handled raising funds with the live auction and paddle raise. Introducing the paddle raise was Jaysen Kang, student violinist, who told the audience about his experience and benefit he received from the WSO Masterclass followed by a very nice brief violin performance. A highlight of the evening was the terrific entertainment provided by the Charleston, SC sister act of Gracie and Lacy. They captivated the audience with their show called "Lady Legends", singing, dancing and showing off their many sequined costumes with the songs of Liza Minnelli, Barbara Streisand, Whitney Houston and others. Finishing with a standing ovation, they provided a rousing end to the evening of celebration for 35 years of contributions by the WSO to the Williamsburg area.
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