September 28, 2023

UMW Philharmonic Performs “The Magic of Christmas”

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.

The concert featured the rarely heard full-length version of Leroy Anderson’s popular “Christmas Festival,” and the “Overture to Miracle on 34th Street,” with musical selections from the blockbuster holiday film “Polar Express” and holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The concert also included special appearances by Avery Ballet and local magician Michael Taggert. The evening concluded with an audience sing-a-long and a visit by Santa Claus.

“This is a beautiful show that will delight all the senses and put everyone in a holiday mood,” said Director of the Orchestra Kevin Bartram. “We’re very excited to share such unique music with audiences.”

Families were invited to come to the auditorium early on Thursday for the annual Fiddlestix Instrument Petting Zoo from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. This free event gave children the opportunity to see how musical instruments are played, and get a lesson on conducting from Bartram.

Tickets are available at the door or in advance at the Fredericksburg Visitors Center, online at, or by calling (540) 654-1324.

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.