Emmy-Winning Producer to Film UMW Philharmonic Concerts for PBS Special

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.

Jay Ungar and Molly Mason

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                

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.


  1. Even though it’s a holiday-themed concert, what’s the chances of them playing “Ashokan Farewell”?

  2. Louise Jargowsky says:

    Please let us know when this will be broadcast.
    And HI, Brynn!

  3. Ellen Reddingius says:

    Please give the PBS broadcast time and date for the west coast. Thanks, Ellen

    • Brynn Boyer says:

      Louise and Ellen,
      The concert is being filmed for PBS and will be available for airing in November 2012.

  4. Ginny Ritter says:

    This is just the sort of special performance that continues to enhance the University of Mary Washington profile in the University, Community and Country! All components of this special performance seem to be outstanding! The POPS concert is a valuable part of The University’s life!

  5. Tickets are only $2 for students and faculty, NOT 10!

    • Brynn Boyer says:

      Thank you for clarifying. General admission tickets are $10 and faculty and student tickets are $2.