Cabaret and Cocktails

The holiday season has been over for a while, and the glitter and holly have been replaced by cold and routine. But some of the glitz and fun of the season will return when the William Symphony Orchestra holds its annual Cabaret and Cocktails on Jan. 26 at the Williamsburg Lodge.

“Cabaret and Cocktails is one of the most popular concerts we have every year,” said Carolyn Keurajian, executive director of the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra. “This event has been sold out five years in a row now.”

Keurajian said the main musician of the night will be Tony DeSare.

“People have called him a Frank Sinatra type,” Keurajian said.

DeSare will perform a show called “I love a piano” which Keurajian said will have music from artists ranging from Elton John to Ray Charles. He will, of course, be backed up by a full orchestra.

“People sit at tables in rounds of 10. They’ll be dressed up in cocktail attire — its a little more of an upscale, elegant night,” Keurajian said.

While the attire is formal, Keurajian said Cabaret and Cocktails is a pops concert. Unlike the more-traditional orchestra symphony concerts, pops concerts are more upbeat and energetic.

“The music is going to be singalong,” Keurajian said. “(DeSare) will be just up there pounding away at the keyboard singing, with the orchestra, just playing hit after hit after hit,”

Want to attend?

Tickets are still available at the $65-$85 levels and can be purchased at

Cabaret and Cocktails will begin at 8 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Williamsburg Lodge on 310 South England St.

Heymann can be reached by phone at 757-298-5828 or on Twitter at @HeymannAmelia.

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