UMW Presents Fall Concert, Nov. 7

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The University of Mary Washington Concert Band will present its fall concert on Friday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium. … [Read more...]

UMW Philharmonic Opens 44th Season

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The UMW Philharmonic opens its 44th season on Saturday, Oct. 18, with a tribute to composer Leonard Bernstein. … [Read more...]

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 Starts Season with Masterworks Concert, Oct. 19

The UMW Philharmonic Orchestra will kick off its 2013-2014 season on Saturday, Oct. 19.

The University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra will begin its season of orchestral music on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. with a Halloween “Masterworks” concert entitled “Classical Music’s Bad Boys.” … [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 Performs “The Magic of Christmas”

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The University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra performed its annual holiday pops concert on Thursday, Dec. 6 and Friday, Dec.7. The family-oriented concert “The Magic of Christmas” was designed for all ages with music, magic and fun. … [Read more...]

UMW Philharmonic Featured in PBS Holiday Special

The Jay Ungar and Molly Mason Family Band and the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra are featured in a PBS holiday special

The University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra makes its PBS debut in the holiday special “A Fiddler’s Holiday,” set to air on PBS stations across the country throughout the holiday season. The concert, filmed during the Philharmonic’s 2011 holiday pops concert and produced by four-time Emmy winner Jim Brown, features the Jay Ungar and Molly Mason Family Band. During post-production this past spring, UMW Philharmonic Director Kevin Bartram pitched the show to the PBS, which approved the show for national distribution this Christmas. “I told him that the show is about the acoustic fiddle traditions that Ungar is known for, family warmth and musical fun,” Bartram said. “They said yes to the project, and we look forward to seeing it air.” The 60-minute special includes scenes of downtown Fredericksburg during the holidays, as well as footage of UMW and other historic sites. The program will air more than 200 times, including on the nation’s largest PBS affiliates. … [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...]