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 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...]

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...]

Kenny Rogers Performs with UMW Philharmonic

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Country music legend Kenny Rogers performed with the University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, April 21. The concert was part of the William M. Anderson, Jr. Celebrity Series. Over the course of his 52-year career, Rogers has sold more than 120 million records worldwide and recorded more than 65 albums, with 24 No. 1 hits. He has received hundreds of awards for his music and charity work, including three Grammys, 11 People’s Choice Awards, 18 American Music Awards, eight Academy of Country Music awards and five Country Music Association awards. With hits like “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Lucille” and “She Believes in Me,” Rogers boasts a multi-genre background, including jazz, folk, rock, country and pop.  The full program of the performance with the orchestra will be announced from the stage. “We are honored to share the stage with an artist of his stature and know that the experience will be rewarding for all of us,” said Kevin Bartram, director of the … [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...]

Emmy-Winning Producer to Film UMW Philharmonic Concerts for PBS Special

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The University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Holiday POPS concerts, “A Down-Home Christmas,” will be filmed for a PBS holiday special by four-time Emmy-winning producer Jim Brown. The concerts will be held on Thursday, December 8 and Friday, December 9 at George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. The concert, presented by WVPT, will feature Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, composers and performers from the Grammy-winning “Civil War” mini-series by Ken Burns. Ungar composed and performed “Ashokan Farewell,” the title theme of the soundtrack of the mini-series. The concerts coincide with Civil War Sesquicentennial commemorations. “Molly and I and our family band are excited about our upcoming winter holiday show in Fredericksburg with the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Kevin Bartram,” Ungar said. “The opportunity to record the show for public television affords us a chance to work once again with our good friend, Jim Brown, who we first … [Read more...]