Book Donation is Music to UMW’s Ears


A definitive book of Russian music has been donated to the University of Mary Washington. The work “The Beauty of Belaieff,” which includes over 100 full color plates of first editions of Russian music and individual biographies, is now available in Simpson Library. … [Read more...]

UMW Presents Fall Concert, Nov. 7

UMW Concert Band

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 Theatre Continues Season with “Sunday in the Park with George”

Photos by Geoff Greene.

The University of Mary Washington Theatre will continue its 2014-15 season beginning Nov. 6 with the Tony Award-winning musical “Sunday in the Park with George,” featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and based on the book by James Lapine. … [Read more...]

University Jazz Ensemble to Perform Benefit Concert


The University of Mary Washington Jazz Ensemble will perform a charity concert to raise money for UMW music scholarships, as well as for Rappahannock Legal Services, a local nonprofit that works to bring civil legal aid to low-income individuals. The concert will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium, and tickets cost $5 for students and seniors, $10 for adults. The proceeds are split between the UMW Jazz Ensemble and Rappahannock Legal Services. The students of the UMW Jazz Ensemble will play jazz standards, followed by an informal “jam session,” in which any musicians in attendance are invited to join the Jazz Ensemble. President Rick Hurley will be conducting the performance. “It’s always great to present some music and educate the students to the different styles of playing,” Doug Gately, director of the Jazz Ensemble said. “But probably more important, this event is to help the legal services in the Fredericksburg area for folks who do not have … [Read more...]

UMW Presents Harp Concert

Grace Bauson

The University of Mary Washington will present “Around the World in 80 Minutes,” a music concert featuring harpist Grace Bauson on Friday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in Pollard Recital Hall. … [Read more...]

UMW Philharmonic Performs Sold-Out Show with Itzhak Perlman

Itzhak Perlman performed with the UMW Philharmonic on Saturday, March 29.

Legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman performed with the University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra at a sold-out concert on Saturday, March 29. Nearly 1,300 people packed Dodd Auditorium for the concert, which was part of the Philharmonic’s annual William M. Anderson Celebrity Series. … [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...]

Electroacoustic Barn Dance Returned to UMW


The Department of Music at the University of Mary Washington hosted the second annual Electroacoustic Barn Dance from Thursday, Nov. 8 through Saturday, Nov. 10. The three-day electronic music festival  included the works of more than 70 artists and composers from across the country presented in 13 concerts. Most of the performances were held in UMW’s Pollard Hall and Monroe Hall, with additional performances at The Blarney Stone and 909 Saloon in historic downtown Fredericksburg. The festival began with Concert I at 8 p.m. on Thursday, and continued throughout the weekend, concluding with Concert XIII at 10 p.m. on Saturday. The most up-to-date concert information, as well the specific times and locations for each performance, can be found at Mark Snyder, assistant professor of music and the festival’s director and organizer, received submissions from approximately 180 composers and musicians to participate in this year’s festival. … [Read more...]

UMW Philharmonic Hosts Fifth Annual Independence Day Concert

July 4-cover or legacy

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...]