June 26, 2019

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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Itzhak Perlman Opens UMW Philharmonic’s 2019-20 Season

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 […]

UMW Philharmonic with Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, April 26

The UMW Philharmonic, conducted by Kevin P. Bartram, joins violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg for a Masterworks performance of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons this Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium. Passion, excitement and innovation are the hallmarks of this internationally acclaimed violinist’s artistry. Praised for her compelling performances, daring interpretations and electric stage presence, Salerno-Sonnenberg is renowned for her work on stage and in the recording studio. Tickets are $20-$85 and can be purchased at umwphilharmonic.com or by calling (540) 654-1324. Four Seasons flyer

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.

Bartram Talks Christmas Carols on Virginia Public Radio Show

Modern holiday songs are great, but nothing says “Christmastime” like a classic carol. UMW Philharmonic Orchestra Director Kevin Bartram will share his thoughts on some of the most famous yuletide compositions with audiences across the nation on the With Good Reason (WGR) radio show, beginning this Saturday, Dec. 22. The episode, Holiday Favorites and Memories, […]

UMW Philharmonic Performs Halloween Star Wars Concert

The University of Mary Washington Philharmonic continues its 2017-18 season with a children’s Halloween concert on Friday, Oct. 27. The annual Fiddlestix Instrument Petting Zoo has become a cherished community tradition. This year’s theme, Star Wars, will feature the opportunity for children to meet the instruments of the orchestra and then to hear a concert. […]

UMW Philharmonic Season Opener Tickets on Sale

Tickets will go on sale Monday, Aug. 21, for the 2017-18 season opener of the University of Mary Washington Philharmonic’s Celebrity Series featuring world-renowned opera star Renee Fleming. Called “An Evening with Renée Fleming,” the performance will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 26 in George Washington’s Hall, Dodd Auditorium. Known as “The People’s Diva,” Fleming […]

Philharmonic Spring Concert “South of the Border” April 22

The UMW Philharmonic hosts renowned Argentine conductor Lucia Zicos as they perform music from South America and Latin America.

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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 Philharmonic to Host José Carreras

The University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra will present a concert featuring legendary tenor José Carreras on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the William M. Anderson Center. Tickets are still available for the performance. The concert at UMW will be his first and only U.S. performance in nearly a decade. Carreras is best-known […]