The Sounds of Fall Take Over Greater Williamsburg

Enjoy bluegrass, folk, jazz, opera, symphony, chamber music and more during the Fall Arts season

If music is the universal language, then the Fall Arts season in Greater Williamsburg is overflowing with chances for great conversation.

From classical to opera to folk to the blues, there's something for every taste and plenty of chances to expand your vocabulary. Here are some performances to lend your ears. 

On Sept. 23 and 24 the Watermen’s Museum’s annual two-day Folk Festival features bluegrass, songs of the sea and even a Russian accordion ensemble. Among those performing are regional favorites Brackish Water Jamboree, Bob Zentz and Jeanne McDougall and the Billy Joe Trio.

The Williamsburg Symphony takes you to another world inside the Kimball Theater on Sept. 25 and 26 with a performance of Dvorak's From the New World. The Czech composer was inspired on his American journey by the African American and Native American rhythms and music of the late 19th century. 

Looking for something different? The regal Palace Ballroom in Colonial Williamsburg will feature the early-music ensemble, the Governor's Musick, for an elegant evening of chamber music on Sept. 26. Musicians playing period instruments will showcase 17th- and 18th-century music for harpsichord, voice, flute, and strings, transporting you to another time.

Like your music a little spicy? Check out Davina and the Vagabonds, a Minnesota group that swings between jazz and blues and, well, just plain swings. They open An Occasion for the Arts on Oct. 6. Your life will be transformed by the mesmerizing stage presence of Davina Sowers Lozier and her soulful swagger at the Courtyard Stage.

On Oct. 7 and 8, the Williamsburg Symphony is back at the Kimball Theatre with “Symphony at the Movies: Harry Potter, Star Wars, Trolls and More” showcasing the soundtracks of those classic films. You can hear them already, can't you? But not the way they'd sound through the wizardry of the Williamsburg Symphony on those days. 

On Oct. 12 in the College of William and Mary's Phi Beta Kappa Hall, the Virginia Symphony opens the Williamsburg Classics series with Respighi’s Botticelli Triptych, a colorful piece inspired by Italian painter Sandro Botticelli’s Early Renaissance paintings in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. 

Opera comes to Williamsburg with the classic “The Barber of Seville” on Oct. 20, Oct. 22, and Oct. 24 at the Kimball Theatre. Don't miss one of the greatest masterpieces of operatic comedy, a work that has endured and remains popular after 200 years.

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