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VIDEO: PBS to broadcast ‘A Fiddler’s Holiday,’ filmed at UMW

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A Fiddler’s Holiday 30 Second Promo from Jim Brown Productions on Vimeo.

I’ve gotten a sneak peak at the entire “A Fiddler’s Holiday” documentary filmed at the University of Mary Washington and around the Fredericksburg area by Jim Brown Productions, and think it is as good as any musical segment you’ll see on PBS, or anywhere else.

The music is absolutely first-rate, and its audio quality is great. (I was fortunate enough to attend the first night’s Holiday Pops concert from which Brown, a three-time Emmy Award winner, crafted the film, so I can testify that it was an absolutely wonderful musical performance.)

More importantly, here’s what others have to say about the musicians and the forthcoming program, set for national broadcast on PBS between Thanksgiving and Christmas:

“Jay Ungar and Molly Mason play music from the heart which reminds us of the best in all of us.”

-Ken Burns, producer of PBS’ “The Civil War”  

“Jay and Molly make music that is simple and overwhelming . . . joyful and full of feeling . . . an apotheosis of American traditional music.”

-Garrison Keillor, host and creator of “A Prairie Home Companion”  

“It was fun and rewarding for our Family Band to collaborate with Dr. Kevin Bartram and the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra. Our concerts usually include a nod to the current season and we particularly love the music that winter and the holidays calls to mind. Molly, Ruthy, Mike and I are totally thrilled and excited that Jim Brown did such a great job of capturing the show on video and that PBS has decided to distribute “A Fiddler’s Holiday” in the coming months.”

- Jay Ungar, performer with The Jay Unger and Molly Mason Family Band

“A Fiddlers Holiday with The Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band features one of America’s greatest fiddlers accompanied by the UMW Philharmonic orchestra conducted by Dr. Kevin Bartram, which is perhaps one of the country’s best university orchestras. The music celebrates the winter season, the holidays and is performed in one of the most historic towns in America. At the 150th anniversary of the battle of Fredericksburg, this concert, in its own way, brings the North and South together.”

- Producer/Director Jim Brown 

More on this subject soon.