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Fall 2012 Performance Highlights at Hudson Valley Community College: An Evening with Stephen Sondheim and the Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band
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CONTACT: Deborah Gardner (518) 629-8071,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012

Hudson Valley Community College’s Cultural Affairs Program celebrates American music this fall with An Evening with Stephen Sondheim on Tuesday, Sept. 25, and a performance on Thursday, Oct. 18 by the Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band. Both events take place in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre on the college’s campus in Troy.

An on-stage conversation with legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim will be facilitated by Mary Darcy, owner/editor of and former National Public Radio host. The evening begins with a prelude concert by local favorites, Sonny and Perley, at 6:45 p.m. The interview with Sondheim begins at 7:30 p.m.

Most celebrated for his contributions to the Broadway stage, Sondheim has been described by the New York Times as "the greatest and perhaps best known artist working in musical theatre." His most famous works include "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," "Company," "Follies," "A Little Night Music," "Sweeney Todd," "Sunday in the Park with George" and "Into the Woods." He is the winner of eight Tony Awards (more than any other composer), including the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

The Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band is best known for its live radio program, "Dancing on the Air," on WAMC in Albany and for appearances on "A Prairie Home Companion.” Ungar and Mason created soundtracks for several films, including "Legends of the Fall,” "Brother's Keeper" and Ken Burns' PBS documentary on the Civil War. The Oct. 18 concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for either event are general admission and available at beginning Saturday, Sept. 8. Tickets are $25 each for Sondheim and $10 each for the Family Band.

Hudson Valley Community College students are entitled to one free ticket with a valid college ID. Student tickets are not available online. Please visit the campus box office, located in room 267 of the Guenther Enrollment Services Center, for student as well as general admission tickets. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. For more information, contact Debby Gardner at or (518) 629-8071.

The following events, all free of charge, round out the American music celebration:

  • Thomasina Winslow, blues singer/guitarist, at noon Thursday, Oct. 25.
  • Lost Radio Rounders, who “make music from another time,” at noon on Thursday, Nov. 1.
  • Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys, bluegrass music, at noon on Thursday, Nov. 15.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,500 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.