WSO Masterworks 4 Concert to feature larger orchestra in relaxing setting

Staff writer

There’s a trope about classical music the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra hopes to dispel: that it’s unapproachable.

On April 9 at 7:30 p.m., the orchestra will gather at the Williamsburg Community Chapel to treat lovers of all music to an overture, concerto and a symphony, according to the orchestra’s executive director Carolyn Keurajian.

The concert will open with Aaron Copland’s “An Outdoor Overture” — a rich overture with dancing stringed instruments and full-bodied trumpets.

“I can honestly tell you that it is something that can really relax you,” Keurajian said. “It's a wonderful place to go and sit and be with your community listening to beautiful music.”

The event is part of a series of traditionally formatted concerts called “Masterworks,” Keurajian said.

The April concert is the fourth in the series and will feature a significantly expanded string section including more violins, cellos and basses.

The orchestra is so large the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra had to move venues from the Kimball Theatre to the Williamsburg Community Chapel.

“We always say at our concerts it's a big night out, everyone seems to know someone,” Keurajian said. “It's a feel-good place to be.”

And in an effort to make music more relatable to the entire audience, attendees will see notes for each piece of music in the program guide as well as explanations from the orchestra conductor, Keurajian said.

“It's music you can get lost in.”

The concert will feature the following:

Copland: An Outdoor Overture

Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espangnol, Opus 34

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Opus 74, "Pathetique"

Tickets cost between $48 and $58 each. Call the orchestra’s main office at 757-229-9857 to purchase tickets and check on seating availability.

Roberts can be reached at 757-604-1329, by email at srobertsjr@vagazette.com and on Twitter @SPRobertsJr.

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