Two superstars—one great season! The UMW Philharmonic celebrates its 45th season with legendary tenor José Carreras and renowned violin virtuoso Joshua Bell. Along with our popular Holiday Pops and an outstanding international April concert, we can’t imagine a more exciting season.


October Masterworks

Featuring José Carreras, Tenor With guest conductor David Giménez and soprano Celine Byrne

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 7:30 p.m., William M. Anderson Center

Layout 1The Philharmonic opens its 2015-16 season with an extraordinary concert featuring José Carreras , direct from Europe, in an exclusive appearance — and the ONLY concert for Mr. Carreras in the U.S. in 2015! Carreras will be joined by famed Irish soprano Celine Byrne and noted European conductor David Giménez.

Carreras is beloved world-wide for his performances with Luciano Pavarotti and Plácido Domingo in the Three Tenors.

Carreras’ reached superstar status with his lyrical tenor roles during the 1970s and 1980s. In 1987, however, Carreras collapsed in Paris while performing opposite Kiri Te Kanawa. He was diagnosed with leukemia and was given a low chance of survival.

Defying the odds, Carreras triumphantly returned to singing in 1988 and was greeted by a crowd of 150,000 at an open air performance in Barcelona. In 1990, he sang the first Three Tenors performance at the opening of the World Cup in Rome. The event was originally planned as a fund-raiser for the José Carreras International Leukemia Foundation. During the 1990s, Carreras, Domingo, and Pavarotti sang a series of “The Three Tenors” concerts which broke world records in sales.

Special FRIENDS ONLY concert preview lecture by UMW Symphonic Orchestra Conductor Dr. Kevin Bartram. Date TBD.


Holiday Pops:  Songs of the Season

Special guests: The Combined UMW Choirs, Daryl Ott-narrator, and Patrick A’Hearn-singer!

Thursday and Friday, Dec. 3 and 4, 2015
7:30 p.m., Dodd Auditorium
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Experience the joy of the holiday season with Maestro Bartram and the Philharmonic Orchestra as they present their annual must-see concert. We’ll deck the halls with the combined choirs at UMW, and we’ll be joined in voice by Patrick A’hearn, artistic director at Riverside Center. And don’t forget the audience sing-alongs and a visit from Santa!


 William M. Anderson, Jr. Celebrity Series

Joshua Bell, violin

Performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor and Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances

Saturday, March 26, 2016
7:30 p.m., Dodd Auditorium

Joshua Bell Concert Panel with credit to Lisa Marie Mazzucco Smallest Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. His restless curiosity, passion, and multi-faceted musical interests have earned him the rare title of “classical music superstar.” Recently named the Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Bell is the first person to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958.

Bell serves on the artist committee of the Kennedy Center Honors and the Board of Directors of the New York Philharmonic. He has performed three times under the patronage of President and Mrs. Obama and returned to the Capital to perform for Vice President Biden and President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping.

Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin and uses a late 18th century French bow by François Tourte.

Special FRIENDS ONLY concert preview lecture by UMW Symphonic Orchestra Conductor Dr. Kevin Bartram. Date TBD.


Spring Concert: South of the Border

Lucía Zicos, guest conductor; Andrew Kraus, piano

Featuring Copland’s El Salón México and the U.S. Premiere of Guastavino’s Romance de Santa Fe

Friday, April 22, 2016
7:30 p.m., Dodd Auditorium
Tickets on sale now!

Lucía Zicos April Concert small Our season finale will take you South of the Border with music by Guastavino, Romances de Santa Fe. As part of a cultural exchange, Maestro Bartram will travel to Argentina in February and conduct a music festival.  We will then host renowned Argentine conductor Lucía Zicos on the podium during this April concert.

 Maestra Zicos is recognized for her versatility and great musicality on the podium.  She has extensive experience in the field of the opera, and is winner of the 2nd national contest of Opera in San Juan. She conducts regularly for important organizations in Argentina as well as in Europe and South America. This performance marks her North American debut.

Andrew Kraus is adjunct professor of piano at the University of Mary Washington. He has performed as a soloist across the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He has released three recordings on the CD Baby label, and was featured soloist with the Montovani Orchestra on their Spring tour of China in 2009.


*Note: For all concerts listed above, in order to receive early ticket benefits, your membership must be current. (Donations must be received for the 2015-16 academic year.)