People who appreciate the finer aspects of life – theater, dance, art and music – can enjoy a bit of everything in the Fredericksburg Region.
Music lovers can enjoy performances by the University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra, the United States Marine Corps Band, The Fredericksburg Singers, The Rappahannock Pops Orchestra and The Fredericksburg Big Band.
The popular Fredericksburg Forum series features big-name speakers and entertainers such as Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Creams; internationally renowned chef and Travel Channel host Anthony Bourdain, Washington Post investigative reporter Bob Woodward and comedian Ben Stein.
UMW also hosts a Great Lives series, which features lectures on significant historical figures, both real and fictional. Subjects include Julius Caesar, baseball great Jackie Robinson, linguist and Founding Father Noah Webster, Sherlock Holmes, the Wright Brothers and scientists Marie and Pierre Curie.
The University of Mary Washington Galleries exhibit art from a permanent collection of more than 5,000 works, as well as traveling exhibits and the art of faculty and students. The Gari Melchers Home and Studio holds the largest repository of the early 20th century artist’s landscapes, portraits and domestic interiors. Visitors can also see fine antiques he collected during his world travels. Klein Theatre hosts productions by the university’s Department of Theatre and Dance.
The Riverside Center Dinner Theater, located in Stafford County, has earned wide acclaim for its presentations of Broadway-style musicals such as “The Sound of Music” and “Ain’t Misbehavin’”. Christian Youth Theater – Fredericksburg delights audiences with its renditions of shows ranging from “The Wizard of Oz” to Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Indeed, throughout the community, small theater groups and performing arts studios entertain with year-round performances. The visions of talented artists and photographers are displayed in libraries, galleries and restaurants. The Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts also displays original works of regional artists.
Nationally recognized performers and musicians are featured guests at the Fredericksburg Music Festival, a weeklong annual event. Local and regional musicians perform at many clubs and restaurants in the area, offering an eclectic array of musical styles. The Bluemont Summer Concert series brings in a variety of musicians such as the Dixie Power Trio, The Hot Seats and Furnace Mountain. Area localities also put on outdoor concerts and film festivals the whole family can enjoy.