Virginia Symphony Orchestra (VSO)

An estimated 2,000 concert-goers enjoy The Virginia Symphony Orchestra's free, season-opening performance at the Lake Matoaka amphitheatre on the grounds of The College of William and Mary each year. (Photo by David A. Beloff)

Once again this Labor Day, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra will perform at outdoor venues in Norfolk, Chesapeake, Williamsburg and Yorktown. All concerts are free and open to the public. The concerts are in celebration of Naval Station Norfolk’s Centennial Celebration.

Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m., Lake Matoaka, Williamsburg (at the College of William & Mary)

Making his conducting debut is special guest, W. Taylor Reveley III, president of the College of William & Mary. He will conduct one piece during the concert. Personal coolers and picnic baskets will be permitted; however, no external alcohol will be allowed.

Sept. 2, 7:30 p.m., Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown

Come early for a pre-concert performance by the Fifes and Drums of Yorktown, and a “just for fun” judging of the most creative picnic set-up at 6 p.m. For more information, call 757-890-4490.

Sept. 3, 1 p.m., Waterside District, Norfolk

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra Brass section will perform a medley of songs. Free VIP seating will be available on a first-come,first-served basis with reservation via

Sept. 3, 7:30 p.m., Chesapeake City Park, Bagley Stage

Bring lawn chairs and/or blanket (no pop-up tents permitted). Food vendors on-site. Concessions open for a picnic dinner at 6 p.m.

For more information please visit or call 757-892-6366.

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