The University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Holiday POPS concerts, “A Down-Home Christmas,” will be filmed for a PBS holiday special by four-time Emmy-winning producer Jim Brown. The concerts will be held on Thursday, December 8 and Friday, December 9 at George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.
The concert, presented by WVPT, will feature Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, composers and performers from the Grammy-winning “Civil War” mini-series by Ken Burns. Ungar composed and performed “Ashokan Farewell,” the title theme of the soundtrack of the mini-series. The concerts coincide with Civil War Sesquicentennial commemorations.
“Molly and I and our family band are excited about our upcoming winter holiday show in Fredericksburg with the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Kevin Bartram,” Ungar said. “The opportunity to record the show for public television affords us a chance to work once again with our good friend, Jim Brown, who we first worked with on ‘The Songs of the Civil War.’ We’re thrilled that through public television this program will be available to a wider audience for seasons to come.”
Producer and director Jim Brown has produced award-winning feature documentaries and television programs for numerous media outlets, including PBS, ABC, Fox, Discovery and the Travel Channel. He won Emmy Awards for his feature documentaries “Pete Seeger: The Power of Song,” “We Shall Overcome” and “The Weavers: Wasn’t That a Time!” and for Outstanding Nonfiction Series as part of the PBS series “American Masters.”
“During the holiday season, WVPT and PBS always celebrate by bringing great performance specials,” said President and General Manager of WVPT David Mullins. “WVPT is honored to be able to present and share with our PBS partner stations ‘A Down Home Christmas’ for December 2012. The uniqueness of this concert special, with the connection to the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg in December 2012, will make this a musical and historical journey that is sure to capture the hearts of WVPT viewers and PBS viewers across the country.”
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://philharmonic.umw.edu or call (540) 654-1012.
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News release prepared by: Brynn Boyer