Past Concert Programs

Saturday, April 16
William M. Anderson, Jr.  Celebrity Series
UMW Philharmonic Orchestra
Dodd Auditorium
Concert begins at 7:30 PM
$25 General Admission
$20 Friends of the Philharmonic
$10 UMW Students with I.D.
Advance tickets are on sale at the Fredericksburg Visitor Center or by calling (540)654-1012.

Miss America Vocalist to Perform with UMW Philharmonic
In Symphony Debut for Celebrity Concert, April 1


FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA, March 30, 2011–The University of Mary Washington (UMW) Philharmonic is hosting a local celebrity at its April 16 concert.  The featured guest, Caressa Cameron, is the Spotsylvania beauty who won the Miss America crown in 2010 singing Listen, the Dreamgirls’ ballad.
The 22-year old Massaponax High School and VCU graduate will also sing Listen in her symphony debut with the university-community orchestra. The annual celebrity concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium on the UMW campus in Fredericksburg. Other concert songs will include Son of a Preacher Man, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough and Gospel of Grace among others.
“I’m really excited about this experience; it is my first time singing with a full orchestra,” said Cameron. She said she has performed many of the pieces in the past, but there are a few new ones selected by the Philharmonic music director that she said provide a good challenge.
An accomplished vocalist, Cameron performed during the 2009 presidential inauguration festivities and at the historic Apollo Theater in New York City. Her repertoire includes many genres of music, including pop, classical, jazz, country and gospel.
While Cameron currently is best known as Miss America, she is also a graduate of VCU’s school of broadcast journalism and has plans to pursue a master’s degree in mass communications and eventually a television news anchor position.
Since earning the national contest title, she has made corporate and national news appearances and speaks frequently on her personal platform of “Real Talk: AIDS in America.” She has spoken to more than 10,000 students in more than 40 middle and high schools as Miss Virginia and was recently awarded the Whitman Walker Partner of Life award for her commitment to HIV/AIDS awareness.

Concert tickets can be purchased at the Fredericksburg visitor center on Caroline Street, or by phone (540/654-1012). General admission is $25 ($20 for Friends of the Philharmonic).

The Philharmonic is in its 40th season and has been led since 2002 by Maestro Dr. Kevin P. Bartram. For additional information about the UMW Philharmonic vist

Media contact:
Susan Carol
Cell: 540-847-1804

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2010-2011 Season at a Glance-

All Concerts are at Dodd Auditorium in George Washington Hall on the campus of the University of Mary Washington. Concerts are free of charge (except for the April Celebrity Series), but priority seating and parking is given to Friends of the Orchestra subscribers. For more information, contact 540-654-1012 or email

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All Concerts are at Dodd Auditorium in George Washington Hall on the campus of the University of Mary Washington. Concerts are free of charge (except for the April Celebrity Series), but priority seating and parking is given to Friends of the Orchestra subscribers. For more information, contact 540-654-1012 or email

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Music Department Spectacular

Saturday, September 26          7:30 p.m.

The UMW-CSO performs with the other music department ensembles for Family Weekend.

October Masterworks

Friday, October 23                  7:30 p.m.

Featured works include Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” and a newly discovered symphony by classical great Joseph Haydn.


“Christmas Then & Now”

Two Shows!

Thursday, December 3  5:30-6:30 p.m.

Instrument Petting Zoo

Free family event. Children meet the principal players of the symphony and get to hear and try the instruments of the orchestra. Games, balloons, and fun! Stay for the POPS concert beginning at 7:30.

Thursday, December 3  & Friday, December 4 (2 shows)   7:30 p.m.

Holiday POPS

Friday, December 4

Holiday POPS Reception
Friends of the Orchestra Subscribers Only-Following Concert-Seacobeck Faculty Dining Hall

Press release:

Classics rock and rock gets classical at Christmas Then & Now

Dec. 3 and 4, 2009

Don’t miss the children’s Fiddlestix Instrument Petting Zoo before Dec. 3

FREDERICKSBURG, Va., Nov. 4, 2009 – This holiday season, rock around the Christmas tree with a special concert featuring the up-tempo music of Mannheim Steamroller performed by the University of Mary Washington-Community Symphony Orchestra.

Holiday POPS: Christmas Then & Now will delight young and old with Mannheim Steamroller’s unique blend of modern rock arrangements and well-loved carols. The group’s popular Christmas album, now celebrating 25 years, has sold more than 9 million copies and become the best-selling Christmas album of the past quarter century.

This year, the theme of the UMW-Community Orchestra is mixing historic and newly discovered music. In October, more than 1,100 people filled Dodd Auditorium to hear a long-lost Haydn symphony being performed for the very first time in two centuries! In keeping with that theme, Holiday POPS: Christmas Then & Now will mix rock and roll on electric bass, guitar, drums, and keyboard with the classic sounds of the season.

Demand is so great for the UMW-CSO Holiday POPS that the ensemble has added a second holiday performance this year. Audiences may enjoy the Holiday POPS both Thursday, Dec. 3 and Friday, Dec. 4 at Dodd Auditorium in University of Mary Washington’s George Washington Hall.

Director Kevin Bartram is thrilled with the community’s enthusiasm for the free holiday shows. “Holiday POPS has become one of the most popular events of the season in Fredericksburg,” he said. “It’s great Christmas music for the whole family, and since there is no charge, it’s easy for all ages to be par
t of the fun.”

UMW-CSO even has a special event for youngsters. The annual Fiddlestix Instrument Petting Zoo –Have a Fling With a String! Get to Know an Oboe!” happens Thursday, Dec. 3 in Dodd Auditorium, just before Holiday Pops. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., musicians will meet personally with youngsters who want to get close and try the instruments. And there is no admission fee, so the whole family can attend.

“More than ever before, classical music programs are attracting a new generation, including young professionals and college students,” Bartram said. “This concert is sure to appeal to a wide variety of ages.”

For additional information or to receive the orchestra’s season brochure, visit, or call 540/654-1024. Join the Friends of the Orchestra for special rates on celebrity concerts, reserved seating, and parking.

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March Musical Mix: Contemporary Music Festival

Saturday, March 13 7:30 p.m.

Hear the Latest trends in symphonic music with this special concert celebrating works by living composers!

William M. Anderson, Jr. Celebrity Series
featuring LYNDA CARTER

Saturday, April 17 7:30p.m.

TV’s legendary Wonder Woman joins the UMW-CSO with a new show “An Evening with Lynda Carter,” featuring her distinctive repertoire of jazz, blues, and country.



2006 Concerts


Friday, October 21, 2005, 7:30 pm, Dodd Auditorium in George Washington Hall

  • Dvorak Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”
  • Rossini “Italian in Algiers”
  • Berlioz “March to the Scaffold”
  • Mozart Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra in C Major (K. 314).
    • Oboist Michael Morley II


Friday, December 9, 2005, 7:30 pm, Dodd Auditorium in George Washington Hall

Featuring music from classic Hollywood Holiday Films including

  • “Polar Express”
    “Home Alone” and “Home Alone 2″
    “Meet Me in St. Louis”
    “The Lemon Drop Kid”
    “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
    “Charlie Brown’s Christmas”

And so much more!


Saturday, March 18, 2006, 7:30 pm, Dodd Auditorium in George Washington Hall

  • Mozart “Requiem” featuring the Fredericksburg Singers under the direction of Jane Tavernier


Saturday, April 22; 2006, 7:30 PM, Dodd Auditorium in George Washington Hall

An Evening with Judy Collins


2005 Concerts



Friday, April 22,2005, 7:30 pm

  • Program TBA
Canadian Brass


Friday, March 11, 2004, 7:30 pm

  • Sunrise
  • Painted Desert
  • On the Trail
  • Sunset
  • Cloudburst
  • Paul Creston “Night in Mexico”

DECEMBER POPS – “Christmas in Vienna”

Featuring the Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet
Friday, December 3, 2004, 7:30 pm

  • Traditional Austrian Carols
  • Handbell Choir
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas
  • “Ave Maria” performed by Dr. Stephen Burton

OCTOBER MASTERWORKS – Gray Snead, Guest Artist

Friday, October 17, 2003, 7:30 pm

  • Rodeo- Aaron Copland
    I. Buckaroo Holiday
    II. Corral Nocturne
    III. Saturday Night Waltz
    IV. Hoe-Down
  • Concierto de Aranjuez- Joaquin Rodrigo
    Gray Snead, Classical Guitar Soloist
    I. Allegro (3:38)
    II. Largo (4:13)
    III. Allegro (2:01)

  • March Op. 99- Serge Prokofiev

  • Enigma Variations, Op. 36-Edward Elgar
    I. C.A.E.
    II. H.D.S-P. – Allegro
    III. R.B.T. – Allegretto
    IV. W.M.B. – Allegro di molto
    V. R.P.A. – Moderato
    VII. Troyte – Presto
    IX. Nimrod – Adagio
    XI. G.R.S. – Allegro di molto
    XII. B.G.N.- Andante
    XIV. Finale- Allegro
Gray Snead, Guest Artist