Monday, April 7, 2008
After an exciting sellout season, fiddle and mandolin melodies will fill the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts for its last show of the academic year on Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12. Internationally acclaimed music duo Jay Ungar and Molly Mason will delight audiences with their songs and legends on stage and at a free workshop for fans of the fiddle.
The String Workshop is open to fiddle and guitar players in the community and will offer the opportunity to learn and play with the best. The two-hour jam session is open to intermediate and advanced players on Saturday, April 12, 3 to 5 p.m. at the Townsend Center. Other melody and chordal instruments are also acceptable. Reservations are required and space is limited.
Since the late 1970s, Ungar and Mason have become one of the most celebrated duos on the American acoustic music scene. With their mixture of fun and love of music, they make each concert a pleasurable journey of the senses.
The musicians are known for their original music and performances featured on the PBS television documentary series “The Civil War” produced by Ken Burns, “American Playhouse,” “A Prairie Home Companion” and for soundtrack compositions in films like “Brother’s Keeper” and “Legends of the Fall.”
Their recordings include “Relax Your Mind,” a collection of country blues, waltzes, vintage jazz, western swing, two steps and Dixieland jams and “The Catskill Collection,” a compilation by Ungar and Mason featuring several of their own tracks and selections by other Catskill composers and performers.
Performances for both evenings begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard L. Dangle Theatre in the Townsend Center. Friday’s show features the “Fiddler’s Holiday, a musical travelogue of Appalachian, Cajun, Irish and Scottish tunes.
Saturday’s performance, “Ashokan Farewell: The Civil War and Beyond,” includes the fiddle songs, “Old Folks at Home,” “Ain’t Misbehavin” and Ungar’s haunting “Ashokan Farewell,” an Emmy-nominated tune featured in Burns’ documentary. Both performances are sponsored by the Richard L. Dangle Family.
Robert Jennings, director of the Townsend Center, said the 2007-08 season was the most successful in the theatre’s history.
“Please join us at the Townsend Center to close out our most exciting season with these fine musicans,” said Jennings. “Please don’t delay. Tickets will go fast. We sold out five of our six shows this year and most likely Ungar and Mason will, too. We are delighted with the strong community support given to us and the theatre.”
Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, $7 for UWG students and $5 for children. The Townsend Center Box Office is open Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information or to register for the String Workshop, call 678-839-4722.