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Go! — Jay Ungar and Molly Mason concert full of joy

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The Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band and UMW Philmarnonic Director Kevin Bartram enjoy the appreciative audience's applause.UMW Philharmonic Director Kevin Bartram acknowledges the audience's applause.The horns section of the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra lets loose.

A terribly tardy Yuletide suggestion from on a reporter the road in Gloucester, Virginia, late this afternoon:

If you haven’t made plans for this evening yet, take a breath and go to the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra’s Holiday Pops concert at 7:30 tonight. It’s inexpensive ($10 per person), and won’t disappoint. The community orchestra, in harness   with the incredibly talented Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band, delivers a fast-paced musical smorgasboard, full of Christmasy surprises.

And the song list isn’t all carols and Christmas standards. You’ll hear original tunes by Jay Ungar, Molly Mason and their family members, including the soulful  ”Ashokan Farewell.” And before Thursday night’s first Holiday Pops concert, this first time this music had been performed with an orchestra.

“This is a dream come true,” Jay Ungar told the audience last night, thanking everyone for making it a very special evening.

(My wife and I went last night, and thoroughly enjoyed the whole performance, both the orchestra’s selection of holiday-inspired instrumental music and the Ungar & Mason Family Band’s American-roots creations on fiddle, guitar, banjo and drums. And they have wonderful singing voices, too.)

Plus, you may get to be part of an hourlong PBS special being filmed for broadcast next December, in commemoration of the Civil War’s sesquicentennial, featuring footage of the concert, Fredericksburg-area battlefields and downtown’s holiday scenes.

At last report, some tickets were still available. Order them online and pick them up at the will-call desk at Dodd Auditorium or just head on over there and see if seats are still available. It’s well worth your while.

The photos from last night’s concert are courtesy of the orchestra and its friends group.