Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Jay Ungar and Molly Mason hold workshop, give concert at Chandler

Courtesy of Chandler Music Hall

JAY UNGAR, MOLLY MASON

Sunday, May 8 at 4 p.m. — RANDOLPH — Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, featured on “Prairie Home Companion” in 2012, perform at Chandler Music Hall on Sunday, May 8 at 4 p.m.

He was a Bronx kid. She grew up in Washington State. Since joining forces—both artistically and romantically (the two married in 1991)—Jay Ungar and Molly Mason have become one of the most celebrated duos on the American acoustic music scene.

Perhaps the duo’s best-known composition is the title track of “The Lovers’ Waltz,” an album of romantic fiddle music from Appalachian, Scandinavian, Celtic, Klezmer, and Swing traditions. “Harvest Home,” their 1999 release on Angel Records, culminates in their 20-minute orchestral work, the “Harvest Home Suite,” in which they are joined by the Nashville Chamber Orchestra.  With “Relax your Mind,” Ungar and Mason, with their band Swingology, take a slightly different direction: American dance music with a focus on country blues and swing. Included are more of the beautiful waltzes that have become their signature pieces.

Prior to the concert, the couple will host a workshop from 12-2 p.m. They will teach and arrange a waltz and a couple of lovely reels with fiddlers, guitarists, and any other melody and backup players that wish to join in. Those who can stick around are invited to perform the music with the pair at their 4 p.m. concert.

Tickets are available by calling the Chandler box office between the hours of 3 and 6 at 802-728-6464 or online at www.chandler-arts.org.

Chandler Music Hall is fully accessible and equipped for the hearing impaired. Chandler Center for the Arts is located at 71-73 Main Street, Randolph.

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