The Bucks County Symphony Orchestra, under the leadership of Music Director Gary S. Fagin, announces its annual Pops Concert, “Celebrate America!”, featuring the husband-and-wife folk music duo Jay Ungar and Molly Mason. The concert will be held in the Delaware Valley University Student Center Auditorium on Sunday, March 19, at 5:00 pm.
Sponsors for this event are Malmark, Inc. and QNB.
Jay Ungar and Molly Mason have become one of the most renowned duos on the American acoustic music scene, performing music that can be characterized as the heart and soul of American roots music. Ken Burns, who chose Jay’s Ashokan Farewell as the theme for his PBS series, The Civil War, has said that Jay and Molly “play music from the heart, which reminds us of the best in all of us.” Garrison Keillor, who has invited Jay and Molly to perform on A Prairie Home Companion on numerous occasions, has stated that the pair “make music that is simple and overwhelming…joyful and full of feeling…an apotheosis of American traditional music.”
Jay and Molly have produced several recordings featuring such diverse genres as Stephen Foster songs; romantic fiddle music from Appalachian, Scandinavian, Celtic, and Klezmer traditions; American dance music with a focus on country blues and swing; and beautiful waltzes that have become their signature pieces. In addition to appearances on shows produced by Ken Burns and Garrison Keillor, Jay and Molly have appeared on CBS Good Morning, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, All Things Considered, and the BBC’s Transatlantic Sessions. They have performed at the White House for two Presidents and continue to tour extensively, delighting audiences across the country.
David S. Rotenstein, writing in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, commented that “on stage, Mason and Ungar…weave a rich postmodern musical magic carpet on which listeners may vicariously glide back in time and experience first-hand the sonorous riches of traditional music.” The BCSO is pleased to present this unique concert experience to the Bucks County community.
Seating for the Pops Concert is cabaret style at tables of 10. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring food and drink to enjoy before and during the concert. Doors open at 3:30 pm and the music begins at 5:00 pm. For more information or to make reservations, call 215-460-4317 or visit BucksCountySymphony.org.