On Saturday, February 25, 2017, the Friends of Dance will join many arts patrons in the Fredericksburg area for a concert at the University of Mary Washington to benefit the scholarships in dance at the university. The evening will feature performances by Avery Ballet and Bowen McCauley Dance, in addition to local music students who competed in this year's Fredericksburg Festival for the Performing Arts. First place instrumentalist Brianna Fiegl will play the violin, top vocalist Sophie Amelia will sing, and finalist Max Yarrow will play the tuba.
Bowen McCauley Dance is the DC Metro Area's premier contemporary dance company, creatively driven and founded by Lucy Bowen McCauley in 1996. BMD will present two works in the evening's performance, including an environmental statement piece commissioned by the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Preceding the evening's performance, Ms. Bowen McCauley will lead a masterclass for UMW students and the community in the dance studios on campus.
Avery Ballet was established in 1995 as a collaborative between Lisa Snape Avery and Sonja Dragomanovic Haydar, of whom one of the scholarships in dance at UMW is named for and therefore directly benefits from the proceeds of this performance. Avery Ballet offers a challenging training program in ballet and many other styles of dance that prepares students for professional careers nationally and internationally. Ballet & Beyond IV will feature works performed by a select group of dancers from the school.
Max Yarrow is a tubist and a senior at Orange County High School, he performs with the University of Mary Washington's Philharmonic, was accepted into the Trombone, Tuba and Euphonium Institute's Summer Camp at Interlochen in 2016, and was a finalist in the ArtsLIVE! 14th Annual Young Artists Competition this year.
Brianna Fiegl is a home-schooled senior and full time community college student, and will perform in the Fredericksburg Festival for the Performing Arts/ArtsLIVE! 30th Annual Chamber Music Festival as a winner of this year's Young Artists Competition.
Sophie Amelia is a soprano, a current senior at Chancellor High School, and will attend New York University for a BM in vocal performance in the fall. Sophie has participated in many musical theatre productions, some of her favorite roles including Cosette in Les Misérables, Sandra Bloom in Big Fish, and Ariel in The Little Mermaid. She has been recognized in ACDA district, state, and national choirs, as well as being awarded Top Vocalist in FFPA’s Young Artist Competition.
The performance will be in Dodd Auditorium in George Washington Hall on the University of Mary Washington's Fredericksburg campus. The house will open at 7:00 pm and the performance will begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available at the Fredericksburg Visitor's Center, Avery Ballet Studio, and the Dancer's Wardrobe for $15, and at the door of the performance for $17. Students with ID and children will be admitted for $5. Contact friendsofdanceUMW@gmail.com for more information.