June 15, 2024

Itzhak Perlman Opens UMW Philharmonic’s 2019-20 Season

Legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman returns to perform with the UMW Philharmonic on Oct. 26. Photo by Lisa Marie Mazzucco.

Legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman returns to perform with the UMW Philharmonic on Oct. 26. Photo by Lisa Marie Mazzucco.

Legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman kicks off the UMW Philharmonic’s 49th season this fall. Concerts continue through the spring with an appearance by Mary Washington’s new artist-in-residence, as well as a tribute to American icon Norman Rockwell and an actor-led celebration of national treasures from Abraham Lincoln to America’s pastime. The series runs October through April in Dodd Auditorium.

The first artist to return to campus in the 15 years of UMW’s Celebrity Concert Series, Perlman will join the Philharmonic to perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto on Saturday, October 26. The program also includes Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

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UMW Philharmonic Presents “The Planets” with LeVar Burton on March 23

UMW Philharmonic presents Gustav Holst's "The Planets" with guest narrator LeVar Burton.

UMW Philharmonic presents Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” with guest narrator LeVar Burton.

Tickets are still available for the UMW Philharmonic’s performance with guest narrator LeVar Burton on Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium. Star Trek‘s legendary Geordi La Forge, Mr. Burton will join Maestro Kevin Bartram at the helm in this intergalactic concert featuring Gustav Holst’s “The Planets.” Together they will go where Fredericksburg has not gone before with this and other Sci-Fi classics, including music from John Williams’ E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial score and Star Trek. Tickets are $30-$60 and can be purchased at the ticket window in Dodd Auditorium on Saturday evening.

Visit umwphilharmonic.com or call (540) 654-1324 for more information.

Kevin Bartram: A Note of Success

Kevin Bartram has shared the stage with the best of the best – Paul Anka, Tony Bennett, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell. The list goes on.

That didn’t happen by accident for the director of UMW’s Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Halloween Concert Saturday in Dodd

The University of Mary Washington’s Philharmonic Orchestra presents Fiddlestix Halloween Spooktacular, a concert and instrument petting zoo, on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 3 to 5 p.m., in Dodd Auditorium.

Come meet the instruments of the orchestra start at 3 p.m. A Halloween concert will follow at 4 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Costumes are encouraged!



Kevin Bartram Featured on With Good Reason

Kevin Bartram will be heard on the upcoming With Good Reason show on May 12th to 18th.

Broadcast times are posted at: http://www.withgoodreasonradio.org/when-to-listen/

Get Rhythm (May 12, 2018)
A musical Indiana Jones is pursuing the Holy Grail of American symphonic music: long-lost works by master composers that are housed in the Library of Congress. Kevin Bartram (University of Mary Washington) is finding gems that are not only unknown to the public, but have possibly never been heard. And: One Turn Around the Sun is an anthology of poems by Virginia Poet Laureate Tim Seibles (Old Dominion University). The collection includes a tribute and farewell to his elderly parents and attempts to define the first appearances of the twilight of life.


Bartram Featured at Mary Talk

The Office of Alumni Relations would like to invite you to join us for the most recent installment of the Mary Talks Series. Mary Talks are lectures and insightful discussions with Mary Washington’s outstanding faculty and administrators.

Please join us on Thursday, Nov. 17, for the next installment in the popular new Mary Talks series. This Mary Talk will feature Kevin Bartram, UMW Philharmonic Orchestra director, discussing his recent research work, “Unearthing America’s Musical Treasures.” Please stay for the free dessert reception, which will be held immediately after the Mary Talk.

Working with a national research team in tandem with the Music Division of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., Bartram recently kicked off a project to find American classical masterworks that have been long forgotten. The project involves a research team from around the country—including three current UMW students—conducting both online and onsite research into orchestral works that are unknown to the public.

The Library of Congress’ Music Division has the largest music library in the world. Of these holdings, 10 million are of American music, with 75 percent uncatalogued or digitized. The research team will comb through the extensive archives at the Library of Congress with the goal of rediscovering these American symphonic music hidden gems.

While this event is free, we do have limited seating and registration for the event is required.  You can register HERE.

UMW Philharmonic Director Leads Library of Congress Research Team

Kevin Bartram, director of the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra, is leading a treasure hunt. Working with a national research team in tandem with the Music Division of the Library of Congress, Bartram recently kicked off a project to find American classical masterworks that have been long forgotten. Known as “Unearthing America’s Musical Treasures,” the project is […]

Bartram Leads Argentine Festival

UMW Philharmonic Director Dr. Kevin Bartram has just returned from Argentina where he conducted a prestigious music festival. The festival, held in Isla Verde, Argentina, attracted top student and professional musicians from South America.

There were four ensembles in the festival, and Bartram directed the top group and also directed the ensemble composed of the festival professors. This was the 10th anniversary of the festival, and it received special attention and drew large local crowds.

Students, ranging from college to professional musicians, took classes each morning on their instrument, and participated in large ensemble rehearsals during the afternoon. Concerts were held each evening. “The quality of players was very high,” Bartram said. “They worked tremendously hard, and seemed to appreciate my efforts. Everyone was very friendly and dedicated to learning. Audiences for each concert demanded encores. They were so enthusiastic!”

The professional ensemble that Bartram led was composed of the festival professors who hailed from some of the top orchestras in Europe and the U.S., including the Chicago Symphony and orchestras from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Hungary, England and more. “What an outstanding group. I was honored to lead them,” said Bartram.

Bartram’s appearance in Argentina was part of a cultural exchange program titled Ibermusicas, which brings American conductors to South America and South American conductors to the U.S. The program is organized through the College Orchestra Directors Association, which Bartram leads as National President. Argentine conductor Lucia Zicos will conduct the UMW Philharmonic in April as part of that podium exchange.

Media Contact: Rita Snyder, 540-654-1324, philharmonic@umw.edu





UMW to Host Historic Concert

Legendary Three Tenors Singer Performs with Philharmonic

The UMW Philharmonic and Music Director Dr. Kevin Bartram announced that legendary tenor José Carreras has agreed to perform a rare concert with the orchestra on Saturday, October 17 in the William M. Anderson Center.

José Carreras is best-known for his record-breaking appearances with Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo in the Three Tenors. Now, for the first time in nearly a decade, and for the ONLY time tin 2015, this international superstar makes his triumphant return to America-at UMW!
Carreras is coming directly from Europe for this single performance. “I am thrilled to come to Fredericksburg for the first time and perform in this unmatched atmosphere,” Carreras said. “The program will contain great music from opera, operetta, musical, and song in an evening to remember!”

Tickets are now on sale at philharmonic@umw.edu or by calling (540)654-1324.

UMW Presents Fall Concert, Nov. 7

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. The concert will include a performance of UMW’s new fight song “Soar, Eagle Nation Soar!” The piece, written last spring, already is a valuable addition to UMW’s spirit and community. The concert is free and open to the public. UMW Concert Band The UMW Concert Band, conducted by Kevin Bartram, is comprised of both UMW students and community musicians who present two concerts a year. Membership is open to all UMW students regardless of major. Also on the program are Gustav Holst’s “Second Suite in F, La belle Hélène” by Jacques Offenbach, “Salvation” by Robert W. Smith, and “Where Never Lark or Eagle Flew” by James Curnow. In addition, Bartram included a piece entitled “Wearing of the Green,” referencing the upcoming March tour of Ireland that will include several members of the band along with the Philharmonic Orchestra and the President’s Tour Club. For more information, call the Department of Music at (540) 654-1012.