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Jay Ungar and Molly Mason Family Band brings the "heart and soul of American roots music" to the Hudson Valley Community College Stage on Thursday, Oct. 18

CONTACT: Deborah Gardner (518) 629-8071,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012

Tickets now are available for a concert by the Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 18 in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre on Hudson Valley Community College’s Troy campus. The 7:30 p.m. performance is part of the Cultural Affairs Program’s celebration of American music.

Jay Ungar and Molly Mason are one of the most celebrated duos on America’s acoustic music scene. Their consummate musicianship, warmth and wit have delighted audiences worldwide. Perhaps best known for Dancing on the Air, their radio program on WAMC public radio, Jay and Molly also appear on the nationally-syndicated A Prairie Home Companion. They have composed soundtracks for films such as Legends of the Fall and Brother’s Keeper, as well as for Ken Burns’ PBS documentary series, The Civil War. Their performance of that series' signature tune, Jay's haunting composition Ashokan Farewell, has earned the couple international acclaim. The soundtrack won a Grammy and Ashokan Farewell was nominated for an Emmy.

General admission tickets are $10 each and are available at Hudson Valley Community College students are entitled to one free ticket with a valid college ID. Student tickets are not available online. 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.