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Williamsburg Symphonia to Debut Original Composition Connecting Jamestown and Bermuda Colonies January 25

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., December 8, 2015 — The story of the Sea Venture and the shared history and links between Jamestown and Bermuda – England’s first two permanent colonies in the New World – will be set to music during an evening concert presented by an ensemble of The Williamsburg Symphonia in Jamestown Settlement’s Robins Foundation Theater at 7 p.m. Monday, January 25.

The program includes the works of several composers and marks the debut of an original composition, The Sea Venture: Songs of the Early Settlers of Bermuda and Jamestown, composed by Michael Williamson. Conducted by Janna Hymes, the concert will feature 18 musicians of the orchestra and an appearance by violinist Irina Muresanu as concertmaster.

The composition is centered on the 1609 wreck of the Sea Venture, an English supply ship en route to Jamestown, a story that was the inspiration for Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest.” The Sea Venture’s passengers survived the disaster, built two smaller vessels in Bermuda and in 1610 sailed on to Virginia, leaving behind two people.

Virginia and Bermuda were initially administered by the Virginia Company of London and later became British royal colonies. Today, Bermuda is the oldest self-governing British overseas territory. Legislative bodies formed in Virginia in 1619 and Bermuda in 1620 still continue today.

The Symphonia will travel to Bermuda in late January to perform the concert at the special invitation of the Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts.

The evening program on January 25 will include:

Claude Debussy
Prelude to “The Afternoon of a Faun,” arranged by Arnold Schoenberg

Michael Williamson
The Sea Venture: Songs of the Early Settlers of Bermuda and Jamestown

Jacques Ibert
Divertissement

Aaron Copland
Suite from Appalachian Spring

Scott Joplin
“The Entertainer”
“Maple Leaf Rag”
“Ragtime Dances”

The concert is limited to 150 participants. Tickets are $33 per person. A portion of the proceeds will help to underwrite concert costs. A $66 ticket for two will sponsor a seat for an area high school music student in Williamsburg-James City County and York County public schools.

Tickets are available online at hif.ciniva.net. For details and ticket information, call (757) 253-4838 or visit https://www.historyisfun.org/williamsburg-symphonia-concert/.

Members of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., gift clubs (donors of $100 or more) receive a discount and may call (757) 253-4139 or email giving@jyf.virginia.gov for a code to use in online registration.

Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia, is located at State Route 31 and the Colonial Parkway (2110 Jamestown Road) south of Williamsburg. For information about the museum, call (757) 253-4838 or visit hif.ciniva.net.

For information about The Williamsburg Symphonia, call (757) 229-9857 or visit www.williamsburgsymphonia.org.