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November 24, 1990 | JAMES F. PELTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ken Burns, the producer of the acclaimed PBS documentary "The Civil War," recently had a fiddler named Jay Ungar over to his Walpole, N.H., house. Ungar and his friend, Molly Mason, were playing some music for Burns and his wife, when Burns asked to hear "Ashokan Farewell." Not that Burns needed an introduction to the haunting, mournful song.
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November 24, 1990 | JAMES F. PELTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ken Burns, the producer of the acclaimed PBS documentary "The Civil War," recently had a fiddler named Jay Ungar over to his Walpole, N.H., house. Ungar and his friend, Molly Mason, were playing some music for Burns and his wife, when Burns asked to hear "Ashokan Farewell." Not that Burns needed an introduction to the haunting, mournful song.
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December 18, 1990 | CLAUDIA PUIG, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
'Wars' in the Stores: Holiday shoppers looking for an album of music from PBS' "The Civil War" series may have more to choose from than they bargained for. There's the official soundtrack (Elektra/Nonesuch), which includes Jay Ungar's popular "Ashokan Farewell," plus string band music, brass marches and songs and gospel tunes from the period.
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July 21, 1997 | SUSAN BLISS
Soloist Mark O'Connor received an enthusiastic ovation from 6,500-plus Pacific Symphony concert-goers Saturday night at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre for his explorations of the relationship between the fiddler and the classical violinist. O'Connor's folk-based nostalgia and jazzy showmanship pack a ready appeal for listeners, particularly those from a generation with spotty public school exposure to classical music who are eager to find some connection between pop music and the concert hall.
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August 19, 1994
The sweet, mournful melody that was the theme for Ken Burns' public television series "The Civil War" struck most hearers as period music. But it was in fact an original composition, "Ashokan Farewell," written by violinist and composer Jay Ungar. The period effect arose from the fact that Ungar wrote uncannily in the manner of the great Stephen Foster, who died in 1864. One of several happy consequences of Burns' series has been a quiet Stephen Foster revival.
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April 30, 2006 | Blake Hennon
Vancouver, Canada May 15-22: The Vancouver International Children's Festival welcomes Canada's bestselling (and internationally known) children's author Robert Munsch for six "Munsch on Munsch" storytelling shows. Other shows include the Cirque-du-Soleil-meets-"Stomp" spectacle "Physical Music" by the troupe Lelavision, as well as "Ranganiketan," native Himalayan music, dance and martial arts, and the Australian rock musical "Sharon, Keep Your Hair On!"
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January 17, 1997 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Pacific Symphony will mark its 10th annual summer series at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre by adding a sixth concert to the usual five-concert season. The orchestra also has renewed its lease there through 2001 even though the fate of the theater is in dispute. Businessman Harry Shuster, who has subleased the property to Irvine Meadows, has been feuding with his landlord, the Irvine Co., and has threatened to bulldoze the theater when his lease expires Feb.
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July 18, 1997 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Everybody in Nashville knows about Mark O'Connor's fiddling. That's why he had to get out of town. As one of the busiest session players in the country-music capital, O'Connor arguably was the most sought-after hired gun in the business through country's boom years of the late '80s and early '90s. He was named "musician of the year" five consecutive times between 1991-95 by the Country Music Assn. and won the country instrumental Grammy in 1992 for his "New Nashville Cats" album.
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September 21, 1990 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Southern novelist Robert Penn Warren tells us in "All the Kings Men" that no one is truly innocent, that even high-minded actions can result in evil. Probably no television program in recent times echoes this more than "The Civil War" on PBS. Ken Burns' 11-hour account of the War Between the States is an ironic masterpiece.
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June 14, 2002 | MICHAEL OLLOVE, BALTIMORE SUN
Having not laid eyes on David Bromberg in more than 25 years--and even then it was from the cheap seats and through a haze of cigarette and marijuana smoke--I didn't have much to go on. As I looked around the quiet coffee shop, what I had in mind were the words from one of the songs he sang, "I know I ain't good-looking, but I swear I'm some sweet woman's angel child." Like I said, not much to go on.
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