Legendary Irish flutist Sir James Galway will perform a special concert with the University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, March 16. The concert, part of Galway’s international Legacy Tour, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium.
Galway’s appearance marks the 10th anniversary of the Philharmonic’s popular William M. Anderson Celebrity Series, which began with Broadway maestro Marvin Hamlisch and has included such luminaries as Judy Collins, Kenny Rogers and the Canadian Brass.
“The orchestra is honored to have shared the stage with some of the greatest musicians in the world over the past decade,” said Kevin Bartram, director of the Philharmonic. “This year, we are excited to bring Sir James to Fredericksburg, and we had ‘the luck of the Irish’ in his schedule to land him on St. Patrick’s Day weekend.”
Galway, known as “The Man with the Golden Flute,” will perform the Mozart Flute Concerto in D Major, and then will be joined with his wife, Lady Jeanne Galway, in the duet “The Magic Flutes.” The concert also will include Sergei Prokofiev’s “Lt. Kije’ Suite,” Ron Nelson’s “Rocky Point Holiday” and Leroy Anderson’s “Irish Suite.”
In his more than 35-year career, Galway has performed for such dignitaries as Queen Elizabeth II, Pope John Paul II, President George W. Bush, President H.W. Bush, Princess Diana, and most recently President Shimon Peres. He was knighted in 2001 by Queen Elizabeth II and has received the Recording Academy’s President’s Merit Award. He was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and received the Classic Brits Lifetime Achievement Award. His albums have sold more than 30 million copies.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://philharmonic.umw.edu, call (540) 654-1324 or visit the Fredericksburg Visitor’s Center.