Symphonicity’s Unusual Partnership Pairs Music and Beer


Symphonicity, the Sandler Center, and Three Notch’d Brewing Company Raise a Glass to Baroque Composer J.S. Bach

Symphonicity is pleased to announce its new partnership with the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts and Three Notch’d Brewing Company in celebration of the musical contributions made by Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach.

The two performing arts organizations and brewing company came together quite serendipitously as they each were planning to add a certain musical element into their standard mix. Symphonicity and the Sandler Center were both planning to highlight German-born  J.S. Bach, the grandfather of western music, into its performance series, and Three Notch’d Brewing Company was waiting for the cue to create a special music-inspired brew for Symphonicity, the Symphony Orchestra of Virginia Beach.

The partnership has resulted in musical collaborations as well as a specially crafted German Altbier Ale called “Bachtoberfest” that will be available for purchase at all the Bach-inspired performances held at the Sandler Center as well as in select restaurants in Virginia Beach’s Town Center.  Its introduction will be made at Symphonicity’s first concert of the season, “Time Warp,” on October 13.

“Bachtoberfest” is typical of a German-style Brown Ale that contains a mellow fruitiness and produces an exceptionally smooth, clean and delicate brew balanced with a slightly spicy, herbal character of Noble hops.

The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, located at 201 Market Street in Virginia Beach, is the performance venue for both Symphonicity and the Great Performance Series.

Under the leadership of Music Director and Conductor Daniel W. Boothe, Symphonicity will be celebrating its 39th anniversary season with the “Bach to the Future” masterworks series. It will be comprised of five concerts that will each open with a rarely heard orchestral transcription of J.S. Bach’s famous Baroque piano and organ compositions followed by a performance with a national or internationally recognized guest arts. The concerts will conclude with a sampling of music through the eras to include a new or modern symphonic masterpiece.

In keeping with the theme, Symphonicity’s January 11th Lollipop Concert for children, “Bach to the Carnival,” will take the young audience with their families on an excursion of sights and sounds beginning with J.S. Bach along with a celebration of the exciting life of carnival entertainment, animals and performers.

Symphonicity’s five masterworks concerts will take place on October 13, November 17, February 16, March 22, and May 3. Concert tickets may be purchased online at Call 757-671-8611 for more information about a season subscription.

The Great Performance Series of the Sandler Center, which features a wide variety of quality musical entertainment throughout the year, will serve as host to the “Bach Cello Suites Festival,” a 300th anniversary celebration, on Wednesday, October 23.  Three of the suites will be performed in the traditional solo cello format while the remaining three suites will include innovative interpretations that incorporate elements of dance, theatre, jazz or voice offering the audience a one-of-a-kind encounter with Bach’s timeless body of work. Readings of Bach’s personal letters will be intertwined into the musical performances.

Tickets for the “Bach Cello Suites Festival” may be purchased online via

Symphonicity will offer a 10% discount on Symphonicity masterwork concert tickets for those who have already purchased tickets to the October 23rd “Bach Cello Suites Festival.” In turn, the Sandler Center will extend a 10% discount on tickets to the “Bach Cello Suites Festival” on October 23 to Symphonicity season subscribers and single ticket purchasers. Proof of purchase must be presented to receive the 10% discount.

Three Notch’d Brewing Company opened its commercial operation in 2013 in Charlottesville and has grown to three brewery and store locations in Richmond, Harrisonburg, and Roanoke. The owners appreciate history, hard work, and a desire to give back to their communities. As a result, they have made it their mission to help restaurants, homebrewers, nonprofits, musicians, artists and businesses develop their own brand of beer to best to tell their stories. To learn more, visit

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