From the President

December 2016

Dear Friend and Supporter of the Arts,

Did you know that FFPA is the longest and continuously active performing arts nonprofit organization in the Fredericksburg region? This year we celebrate our 30th year of promoting and supporting the performing arts—theatre, dance, choral and instrumental music of all kinds! We have been able to thrive this long because of our desire to evolve with the needs of the community and because of YOU!

Our annual Chamber Music Festival began with the Muir Quartet, a first-of-its-kind event with world-renowned musicians, and 30 years later the Festival has become a much touted and anticipated week of fabulous music. Now, FFPA offers diverse musical programming that includes bluegrass, jazz, ‘80’s rock, and show tunes. Vocal music, dance, and theatre productions have also been added. Our mission is to continue to inspire and educate audiences of all ages with a variety of performances and performers of local, national and international acclaim.

In partnership with VA Opera, we now bring operettas to more than 6,000 elementary school children in schools throughout the region, and winners from our Young Artists Competition perform with the Rappahannock POPS Orchestra and at our annual chamber music concerts. Our Arts in Motion program is also reaching another segment of our community bringing music and entertainment to seniors in assisted living facilities and retirement communities, as well as underserved residents in hospitals and nursing homes. Our partnerships with Rappahannock POPS, Avery Ballet, and The Rude Mechanicals extend our community outreach.

But we need your help to continue to develop innovative programs, form new partnerships, and offer the highest-quality performances. Your membership pledge will help us continue to educate and inspire audiences and celebrate the performing arts in our region. Join us today in celebrating our first 30 years and help us look forward to a bold new future beginning with the
2016-17 season!

Angus Muir
President