September 29, 2023

Emmy-Winning Producer to Film UMW Philharmonic Concerts for PBS Special

Jay Ungar and Molly Mason

The University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Holiday POPS concerts, “A Down-Home Christmas,” will be filmed for a PBS holiday special by four-time Emmy-winning producer Jim Brown. The concerts will be held on Thursday, December 8 and Friday, December 9 at George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

The concert, presented by WVPT, will feature Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, composers and performers from the Grammy-winning “Civil War” mini-series by Ken Burns. Ungar composed and performed “Ashokan Farewell,” the title theme of the soundtrack of the mini-series. The concerts coincide with Civil War Sesquicentennial commemorations.

Producer and director Jim Brown has produced award-winning feature documentaries and television programs for numerous media outlets, including PBS, ABC, Fox, Discovery and the Travel Channel. He won Emmy Awards for his feature documentaries “Pete Seeger: The Power of Song,” “We Shall Overcome” and “The Weavers: Wasn’t That a Time!” and for Outstanding Nonfiction Series as part of the PBS series “American Masters.”

The full press release includes comments from Ungar, as well as the president and general manager of WVPT.

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.