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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Presents Dr. Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys Farewell Tour Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 at 8 p.m.

September 23, 2014
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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

Presents

Dr. Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys

Farewell Tour

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 at 8 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 23, 2014 – George Mason University’s Center for the Arts is pleased to welcome Dr. Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys back to Fairfax to perform on our stage one last time as part of the bluegrass and mountain music legend’s Farewell Tour. This moving celebration of this American treasure’s life and music comes to the Center on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 at 8 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, will be held 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

“Easily the most eminent bluegrass singer in the world,” says NPR’s Fresh Air about this incredible artist from rural southwestern Virginia who has influenced countless musicians with his old-timey sound that blends rural-based lyrics and fluid instrumental improvisations. Born in 1927 in Big Spraddle, Va., Dr. Ralph Stanley has spent more than six decades honoring and preserving traditional bluegrass, old-time and mountain music with his celebrated band, The Clinch Mountain Boys, which he formed in 1946 with his late brother, Carter Stanley. After his brother’s untimely passing, Stanley continued to make music; however, he shifted the band’s musical emphasis from up-tempo bluegrass to an older, sadder, less adored mountain style, while nourishing young talents like Ricky Skaggs, Keith Whitley and Larry Sparks. During the last several decades, Stanley has earned an enviable collection of accolades, including an induction into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor and the Grand Ole Opry, three Grammy Awards (the first was for his contributions to the soundtrack for the hit film, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”) and the National Medal of Arts. Stanley was recently elected a fellow by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and will be formally inducted into the Academy on Oct. 11. The Ralph Stanley Museum and Traditional Mountain Music Center opened in Clintwood, Va. in 2006, and his autobiography, “Man of Constant Sorrow,” was released by Gotham Books in 2009.

The Clinch Mountain Boys live in communities throughout the mountains of Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky. Each week, they gather together at their tour bus in Coeburn, Va. and head out on the road. In addition to Dr. Ralph Stanley, the group consists of Stanley’s grandson, guitarist and mandolinist Nathan Stanley; fiddler Dewey Brown; bassist Randall Joe Hibbitts; and banjoist Mitchell Van Dyke.

 

Program will be announced from the stage

 

Tickets for DR. RALPH STANLEY AND THE CLINCH MOUNTAIN BOYS’ FAREWELL TOUR are $48, $41 and $29. Family Friendly: performance suitable for families with children. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the ticket office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit cfa.gmu.edu. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/gmucfa and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @GMU_CFA.

 

About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance, Art and Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

 

About George Mason University

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity and commitment to accessibility. Mason is also one of the best values in higher education, producing graduates who lead all Virginia schools with the highest annual salaries.