Saturday, June 5th at 8pm
Celebrating its 15th year making music accessible to everyone! We welcome you to join us for the Symphony under the Stars FREE Family Concert on Saturday, June 5th at 8:00PM at a new location in Woodville Park. Admission is free but attendees MUST reserve parking reservations at Eventbrite. The June 5th concert will be given by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and will feature our Plein Air artists painting live during the concert. Plan your return to live music outdoors under the stars with friends and loved ones for with: “Serenading Strings” – beloved string music from Mozart, Dvorak, and Tchaikovsky & “Brass Bonanza” brings the spectacle of Copeland, Sousa and Gershwin. The evening’s program is available here.
The Virginia Symphony is at the center of the Hampton Roads arts community, and in many ways serves as the cultural cornerstone for the region. Each year, the orchestra presents a series of Classics, Pops and Family concerts in Norfolk, Newport News, Williamsburg and Virginia Beach. In addition, their educational and outreach programs touch the lives of more than 100,000 students and adults per season through concerts, lectures and presentations, in-school-residences, master classes, open rehearsals, student performances, collaborations with other organizations and an array of community engagement programs.
Dr. Paul Bhasin serves as Director of Orchestral Studies at Emory University. In this capacity, he conducts the Emory University Symphony Orchestra, Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra, and teaches conducting. Praised for his “crisp, clear” conducting and “highly expressive” interpretations, Bhasin’s career began when he won the Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition in 1998. Recent performances include the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and throughout the People’s Republic of China. Bhasin’s most recent guest engagements include appearances with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, American Youth Philharmonic, Williamsburg Symphony, New Jersey Youth Symphony, and at Interlochen Arts Academy. He has also led performances as a guest conductor with members of the Richmond Symphony, National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra. Ensembles under his direction have collaborated with soloists from the San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, and Richmond Symphony.
Event Details: Symphony Under the Stars
- June 5th, 8pm, Doors open at 6:30pm
- Free and open to the public (Ticket reservations must be made online and are PER CAR, not per person)
- Location: Woodville Park, 3904 Woodville Park Road, Gloucester, VA 23061
- NO RAIN LOCATION
- RAIN DATE: JUNE 6TH, 8PM SAME LOCATION
- Bag Chairs are encouraged instead of blankets since the ground can be wet. Picnics are welcome but NO ALCOHOL is allowed on County property
- Parking is available on the property WITH reservations through Eventbrite. Shuttle service is also available from Abingdon Elementary School and Abingdon Park. Handicap parking is available at both locations and shuttle buses are accessible. Appropriate placard or license plate required for handicap parking spots.
- Dine on Main Street before or after the concert. Participating restaurants listed below will be offering a 10% discount:
- Bangkok Noi
- Las Tunas
- Lulu Birds
- Patriots Grill
- Please keep our event safe, physical distancing, wear a mask when around non-family members
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I park?
Parking is available in two locations. Both parking lots will REQUIRE A RESERVATION. Woodville Park has limited parking on site and will be on a first come first reserved basis. Secondary parking will at Abingdon Elementary and Abingdon Park where shuttle service will be available. DISABLED PARKING IS AVAILABLE AT WOODVILLE PARK AND STILL REQUIRES A RESERVATION AND AN ACCOMPANYING PLACARD. To reserve parking go to Eventbrite and fill out the parking reservation form.
Do you have disabled parking available?
Yes! For those with a placard hanging in their car or DMV issued disabled license plate, you may park at Woodville Park. Reserve your space now online at Eventbrite. All parking must be reserved.
Will there by food for sale or can we bring a picnic?
Food will be available for sale by our local Boy Scout Troop 111 but you may bring a picnic on site. We heavily encourage those attending to enjoy dining at one of our local Main Street restaurants prior to attending the concert. Many offer a 10% discount if you mention you are attending the concert.
Can I come early and pick out where I’d like to sit?
The concert is general seating and is on a grassy lot. You may arrive early and set up chairs or tables. However, we cannot guarantee any personal items left on the property or that no one would move or remove them. Please bring lawn chairs instead of blankets as it can be a wet area. We do allow tables for food set-up but respectfully ask that you take them down once the concert has begun if they are blocking anyone’s view of the stage.
Are dogs allowed at the event?
We love dogs and as long as your dog plays well with others (humans and other dogs) we welcome your four legged family member on a leash. Woodville Park is dog friendly BUT dogs are not allowed on shuttles. Do not bring your 4 legged family member if you are parking at Abingdon.
If rain is forecasted, will the concert be cancelled?
If the concert is cancelled due to rain on June 5th – the concert will take place the next day on June 6th, 8PM as previously scheduled with all plans in place.
May I take photos or video of the concert?
At the request of the Virginia Symphony, photography or video of the performance is not allowed but have fun and take pictures and video of you and your friends prior to the concert having a great time and #gloucestervaarts in all your social media.
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR 2021 SYMPHONY UNDER THE STARS SPONSORS!!
- The Cook Foundation
CONCERT MASTER’S CIRCLE
- Virginia Commission for the Arts
- Timothy Leigh, DDS PC
- Robert & Lynn Ripley
- Charles & Mariann Bank
- Main Street Preservation Trust
- Chesapeake Bank
- Burton Bland
- Dr. Robert & Cheryl Davis
- Robert Hatten
- Nam Vu & Hoa Tran
- Martin, Ingles & Hensley LTD.
- James & Nancy Wesson
- Ralph & Mimi Jackson
- Sara Delo
- Julie Stone (in memory of Kearfott Stone)
- Robert W. Johnson
- Warren & Rebecca Deal
- Carole Steel