UMW Philharmonic Director Elected National VP of Orchestra Association

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Kevin Bartram, director of the University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra, has been voted national vice president of the College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA). … [Read more...]

UMW Philharmonic Performs Eighth Annual Independence Day Spectacular

The UMW Philharmonic Orchestra will perform its eighth annual Independence Day concert on Thursday, July 4.

The University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra performed its eighth annual Independence Day Spectacular concert on Thursday, July 4. The concert and fireworks show was held in Stafford County’s Pratt Park. … [Read more...]

UMW Philharmonic Presented “Young at Heart” Concert

The UMW Philharmonic Orchestra will present its season finale concert on April 20.

The University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra presented its season finale performance on Saturday, April 20. … [Read more...]

UMW Concert Band Performs Winter Concert

UMW front gate, Friday Nov. 30, 2012. (Photo by Norm Shafer).

The University of Mary Washington Concert Band performed its winter concert, featuring some of the great works of the wind band repertoire, on Friday, Feb. 22. UMW’s Concert Band, under the direction of Kevin P. Bartram, is comprised of both UMW students and community musicians. The band performs several times throughout the year and is the premiere concert band at the university. The concert featured Vincent Persichetti’s “Pageant,” Clifton Williams’ “Caccia and Chorale” and David Holsinger’s “Abram’s Pursuit.” The program also included Goldmans’ “Chimes of Liberty March,” “Flights of Passage” and “March of the Irish Dragoons.” “Clifton Williams knew that he was dying when he wrote this moving work, which turned out to be his final piece,” Bartram said of “Caccia and Chorale.” “It is one of the most exciting and moving works ever written for band.” “March of the Irish Dragoons” previews Sir James Galway’s upcoming performance with the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra on … [Read more...]

UMW Philharmonic Opens Season with Masterworks Concert

The UMW Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Kevin Bartram, will perform its Masterworks concert on Oct. 20

The University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra kicked off its 42nd season with its Masterworks concert on Saturday, Oct. 20. The concert was centered on the theme "Star Gazing." The concert features Gustav Holst’s masterpiece “The Planets,” as well as “Earthrise and Return” by Chip Davis of Mannheim Steamroller fame, “A Short Ride in a Fast Machine” by Pulitzer-Prize winning composer John Adams and “Also Sprach Zarathustra” by Richard Strauss, better known as the theme to the Stanley Kubrick film “2001: A Space Odyssey.” The program concluded with John Williams’ “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.” Singers from UMW’s choir and the Chamber Chorale of Fredericksburg performed during the Adams piece. “We are thrilled to open our 42nd season with this ambitious program,” said Director of the Orchestra Kevin Bartram. “These are all great works, and the Philharmonic has been working hard to deliver an outstanding concert. Given our upcoming PBS show, we wanted to open with a … [Read more...]

UMW Philharmonic Hosts Fifth Annual Independence Day Concert

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The University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra performed its fifth annual Independence Day Spectacular concert on Wednesday, July 4 at Stafford County’s Pratt Park. The concert, which was free and open to the public, began at 8 p.m. and continued through the fireworks display. The program featured patriotic favorites and Broadway hits, including a tribute to Henry Mancini and Richard Rodgers, the Battle Hymn of the Republic and a salute to the Armed Forces. Guest artist Sue Henderson sang several patriotic numbers with the orchestra, including “God Bless America” and “America the Beautiful.” Personalities from radio station B101.5 WBQB-FM emceed the show. The UMW Philharmonic, under the direction of Kevin Bartram, has brought orchestral music to the Fredericksburg area for more than 40 years. The award-winning group includes approximately 90 members from UMW and the community and holds several performances throughout the year.   … [Read more...]

UMW Music Ensembles Perform this Summer

The University of Mary Washington Faculty Brass Quintet performs during a Memorial Day observance in 2011 (courtesy of The Free Lance-Star)

Three music ensembles from the University of Mary Washington will give free performances this summer as part of the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center’s American Music Concert Series. All concerts are free and open to the public and begin at 7 p.m. at Fredericksburg’s Market Square. “UMW is proud to be a key sponsor of this series, which is designed to promote American music in a family friendly environment, and to highlight one of Fredericksburg’s most historic squares,” said Kevin Bartram, director of the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra. On Saturday, June 16, the UMW Faculty Brass Quintet performed the first UMW-sponsored concert of the series. The program included the music of John Philip Sousa, Leonard Bernstein and George M. Cohan, as well as a performance of “West Side Story.” Founded in 2009, the Faculty Brass Quintet features Bartram and UMW adjunct instructors Jim Ford and Gary Carper, along with musicians David Mersiovsky and Jeremy Cucco. The award-winning … [Read more...]

UMW Philharmonic Performed “March Mix” Concert

The UMW Philharmonic Orchestra at a performance in Rome

The University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra performed classical works from Europe and America during its March Musical Mix concert on Saturday, March 17. The program included Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and the evolving versions leading up to the U.S. national anthem “The Star Spangled Banner.” The concert began at 7:30 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium. Through research on the origins of “The Star Spangled Banner,” UMW Philharmonic Director Kevin Bartram learned it stems from a British drinking song. Its path through American colonial times gave Bartram the idea to present this patriotic piece as never before featured—from its musical roots to a modern symphonic rendition. “We had to commission a special arrangement of ‘Anachreon’ to match the 18th century version, as the sheet music was not available. You’ll hear the true original,” Bartram said. “To Anacreon in Heaven,” the underlying British tune from the … [Read more...]