The University of Mary Washington Philharmonic will host the Richmond Ballet for the conclusion of its 2014-15 season on Friday, April 24.
The joint concert, titled “Classical Dance Party,” is the first collaboration between the two organizations and is possible through a $2,850 grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Features within the program include the ballet’s performance of “Ancient Airs and Dances,” by Respighi and Peter Tchaikovsky’s stunning masterpiece “Symphony No. 5 in E Minor.” The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium on the Fredericksburg campus.
“We are excited to be collaborating with the Philharmonic,” said Brett Bonda, managing director of the ballet. “I recall dancing with the ballet in Dodd Auditorium in the early 90’s. It will be great to be back because I know that Fredericksburg is a terrific arts town.”
In 1984, Richmond Ballet became the first professional ballet company in Virginia and was designated the State Ballet of Virginia in 1990, by then Gov. Douglas Wilder. The UMW Philharmonic, in its 44th season, is comprised of both UMW students as well as talented community musicians. The orchestra, under the direction of Kevin Bartram, achieved national acclaim in 2009 with the American Prize, an award given to the top nine collegiate orchestras in the nation.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit philharmonic.umw.edu or call (540) 654-1324.