Sunday Bliss

Imagine this…you work all week. You rush to get chores done all day Saturday. Sunday rolls around and you’re ready to treat yourself to something relaxing, refreshing, rejuvenating. How does this sound?

You being the day Sunday (after sleeping in of course) by taking an easy country drive to downtown Smithfield. You park your car (free!) and pocket the keys for the rest of the day.

It’s a leisurely stroll for a great lunch in downtown Smithfield at one of our many fabulous restaurants. Next, spend an hour or two taking in a little shopping, maybe visiting one of our attractions, or perhaps just sitting down somewhere and watching the world go by on Main Street.

Around 3:30 you make your way to a Sundays at Four concert held at Christ Episcopal Church. Should you check on your car? Move it? There’s no need. This is Smithfield, remember?

Sundays at Four concerts are the perfect way to end your weekend, and be inspired for your week ahead. You’ll be uplifted by a concert of professional chamber music, or outstanding young musician recitals.

And, if you’d like to avoid even the Sunday drive, consider checking in overnight or for the weekend at one of our many lodgers – from a waterside inn, a historic inn, a Victorian mansion B&B – even a new Hampton Inn.

Here’s a look at the Sundays at Four 2016 Season and December 27, 2015 Holiday Concert:

Brendon Elliott Violin Recital to Benefit Childhood Cancer Research: Sunday, December 27 at 4:00 p.m.

Brendon Elliott, a former Sundays at Four Terrific Teen performer, returns to play a benefit recital for the Isle of Wight Optimist Club supporting Childhood Cancer Research at Johns Hopkins. Brendon is a senior at the famous Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He has been awarded many outstanding performance opportunities within the United States including the Tanglewood, Heifetz and Aspen Music Festivals, an appearance with the New York Philharmonic and our Virginia Symphony with whom he will perform again this spring. Contributions will be accepted for Childhood Cancer Research.

bryce cuthriell Solo Youth Recital by Bryce Cuthriell, piano: January 17, 2016 – 4:00 p.m.

17-year-old Smithfield piano student, Bryce Cuthriell, will offer a full-length solo recital during his senior year of high school. His program will include works by Beethoven, Ravel, and Tchaikovsky. Bryce began his piano studies with Susan Grice in Smithfield. He now studies with Dr. Maria Yefimova of the College of William and Mary. Bryce is a former Terrific Teen Talent performer. A love offering will be taken as this concert is not part of the regular Sundays at Four series.

The Cantabile Project presents: “Songbirds Always Eat: a Recital for Foodies!” February 21, 2016 – 4:00 p.m.

An initiative, founded by singer Karen Hoy, promoting professional singing in Hampton Roads.  This recital will showcase five of Tidewater’s well-known professional singers in a themed program sure to tantalize ‘foodies’ and everyone else! “Songbirds Always Eat” will present a new take on the performance of vocal literature. Tickets at the door: Adults $20, Students $5

Shtrykov Tanaka Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo: Maksim Shtrykov, clarinet and Misuzu Tanaka, piano: April 10, 2016 – 4:00 p.m.

Twenty fingers and two instruments – a recital featuring clarinet and piano. The Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo known for “flawless technique” and “breathtaking virtuosity” will bring poetic musicality to close the 2015-2016 performance series. Tickets at the door: Adults $20, Students $5

Terrific Teen Talent: August 7, 2016 – 4:00 p.m.

The 9th annual teen musicians showcase will certainly fill the hall with astounding playing and a lively audience response. Six outstanding and award-winning teen musicians selected from the Hampton Roads area will once again bring the audience to its feet. A love offering will be taken as this concert is not part of the regular Sundays at Four series.

Sundays at Four will also offer:

Karen Hoy Vocal Master Class with Soprano, Karen Hoy: February 6, 2016 – 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Six vocalists will be selected by audition to participate in this special learning experience. Ms. Hoy holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Temple University and a Masters degree from The Juilliard School.  She maintains a private vocal studio and is the Founder, President, and Director of The Cantabile Project. For information, audition requirements, and fees call (757) 375-9140. Attendance to the Master Class is open to the public. A love offering would be appreciated.

Season Tickets (3): Adults $50 / Students $15, Tickets at the door: Adults $20 / Students $5

Unless otherwise noted, all concerts take place at Christ Episcopal Church, 111 S. Church Street in downtown Smithfield.

For further information or to purchase tickets call 757.375-9140, or go to:, or their Facebook Page: Sundays at Four. 

Sundays at Four is a program of the Isle of Wight Arts League.