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FSU Snags World-Renowned Musicians for Second Annual Appalachian Festival

FSU Snags World-Renowned Musicians for Second Annual Appalachian Festival
Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, one of the most celebrated duos on the American acoustic music scene, will treat Western Maryland to an evening of entertainment as part of Frostburg State University’s Second Annual Appalachian Festival Sept. 21 and 22. The festival, which celebrates the region’s natural landscape, history, culture, food and musical and artistic traditions, will highlight the talents of the two performers during a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Palace Theatre on Main Street in downtown Frostburg. The concert will cap off a bounty of weekend festivities, including presentations, workshops, arts and crafts demonstrations and various children’s activities held throughout the day on FSU’s Upper Quad.

Ungar and Mason perform a variety of musical selections, including hard-driving Appalachian melodies, Cajun and Celtic fiddle tunes, stirring Civil War classics, sassy songs from the Golden Age of swing and country and moving original works. Playing together since the late 1970s, they gained widespread recognition for their soundtrack work in Ken Burns’ PBS series, “The Civil War,” including the haunting performance of Ungar’s original composition, “Ashokan Farewell.” The soundtrack won a Grammy, and Ungar’s melody was nominated for an Emmy. “Ashokan Farewell” is played by fiddlers and classical musicians worldwide and is considered a new American folk classic.

Tickets for the Ungar and Mason concert go on sale Aug. 1 at Frostburg’s Main Street Books (2 E. Main St.) and at the Allegany Arts Council in Cumberland (52 Baltimore St.). Tickets are $15 general admission; $13 in advance; $8 for students and children 17 and younger. Allegany Arts Council members can pay $12 for an advance ticket or $13 at the door.

For more information about the Appalachian Festival or to volunteer at the event, please contact FSU folklorist Kara Rogers Thomas at (301) 687-3124 or e-mail To learn more about Ungar and Mason, visit Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 13 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland.

For more information about FSU, contact the Office of Admissions at (301) 687-4201 or visit the University’s Web site at

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services, and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office at (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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