The University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra ushered in the holiday season with its annual pops concerts on Thursday, Dec. 5 and Friday, Dec. 6. The family-oriented concert featured Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in D Minor, the “Ode to Joy,” four UMW chorale groups, Santa Claus and sing-alongs. Both performances took place at 7:30 p.m. in George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium.
Doors opened for the Friends of the Philharmonic at 6:30 p.m. and for the general public at 7 p.m. each night.
“The Ode to Joy with its message of unity and brotherhood is a perfect selection for the holiday season, and it is considered by many to be one of the greatest works ever created,” said Kevin Bartram, director for the UMW Philharmonic. “It is also a challenging piece, and it will be our first performance with the combined choirs of UMW.”
The university choirs include the Fredericksburg Singers, the UMW Chorus, the Chamber Chorale of Fredericksburg and the Women’s Chamber Chorale. The UMW department of music vocal faculty also will perform as soloists. The concert also features sopranas Kathy Ahearn and Jane Tavernier, baritone In Dal Choi and tenor Kevin Perry.
Tickets are available at the door or in advance at the Fredericksburg Visitors Center or online at http://philharmonic.umw.edu. More information is available by calling Rita Snyder at (540) 654-1324.