People who appreciate the finer aspects of life—theater, dance, art and music—will find much to entertain and enlighten them in the Fredericksburg Region.
Performances by the University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra and the United States Marine Corps Band fill UMW’s 1,350-seat Dodd Auditorium. The Fredericksburg Singers and the Fredericksburg Big Band also perform at Dodd.
The popular Fredericksburg Forum series features nationally known speakers and entertainers such as internationally renowned chef and Travel Channel host Anthony Bourdain, journalist Bob Woodward, French explorer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau and author Scott Turrow.
UMW also hosts a Great Lives series, which features lectures on significant historical figures, both real and fictional. Subjects include Jesus of Nazareth, Blackbeard, Julia Child, Thomas Edison and James Bond.
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. 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. The Gari Melchers Home and Studio holds the largest repository of the early 20th century artists’ landscapes, portraits and domestic interiors. Visitors can also see fine antiques he collected during his world travels.
Throughout the community, small theater groups and performing arts studios entertain audiences year-round. 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 a variety of musicians to intimate venues. Area localities also put on outdoor concerts and film festivals the whole family can enjoy.