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Jay Ungar and Molly Mason to Perform January 19

For Immediate Release

January 02, 2002

The Clark Art Institute's popular concert series "American Roots: Traditional Music from the Rural South" continues on Saturday, January 19, at 8:00 p.m. with a performance by husband and wife duo Jay Ungar and Molly Mason. Ungar and Mason will play American classics from the Civil War and Beyond. Tickets are $20 ($18 for members and students) and are available at the Clark museum shop or by calling 413-458-2303, extension 324.

Ungar and Mason are known to many through their regular appearances on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. Keillor has said, "Jay and Molly make music that is simple and overwhelming...joyful and full of feeling...an apotheosis of American traditional music." The duo has performed on the soundtracks for PBS documentaries including Brother's Keeper, Baseball, The West, and Thomas Jefferson. Ungar composed and performed "Ashokan Farewell," the theme from the Grammy-award winning soundtrack to Ken Burns's The Civil War.  Their recordings include The Lovers' Waltz and Waltzing with You. In addition to their own compositions Ungar and Mason play tunes ranging from Aaron Copland to Stephen Foster to Fats Waller.

The Ungar and Mason concert is the third in the American Roots series, which began with a sold-out performance by Doc Watson in October. The remaining concerts in the series will be singer-songwriter Stacey Earle with guitarist Mark Stuart on February 2 and Cajun music legends BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet on February 22.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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