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January 11, 2012
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Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at 8 p.m.


MANASSAS, Va., Jan. 5, 2012 – “Hard, starkly beautiful music,” says Newsweek about this living legend from rural southwestern Virginia. For more than 60 years, bluegrass banjoist Dr. Ralph Stanley has continued to preserve traditional bluegrass, old-time and mountain music with his celebrated band, The Clinch Mountain Boys. Not content to rest on his laurels, at age 84, Stanley still tours with the vigor and elan of a rock star, performing more than 100 concerts each year. The Hylton Performing Arts Center welcomes Dr. Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at 8 p.m. This performance is Family Friendly: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12 when accompanied by an adult. A pre-performance discussion will be held one hour prior to the performance in the Hylton Center’s Buchanan Partners Art Gallery. Novant Health is the 2011-2012 Season Sponsor of Hylton Presents at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. Randall and Anna Edwards are the Performance Sponsor for Dr. Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys.

Born in 1927 in Big Spraddle, Va., Stanley and his brother Carter formed The Clinch Mountain Boys in 1946, and the band soon became one of the most celebrated bluegrass bands in the world, rivaling bluegrass titans Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs in popularity. After his brother passed away in 1966, Stanley 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 along the way. In 1976, Stanley received an honorary doctorate of music from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn., and President Ronald Reagan presented him with the National Heritage Fellowship in 1984. He was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association Hall of Honor in 1992. In  2000, Stanley became the first artist inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in the new millennium. In 2002, he won his first two Grammy Awards for his work on the soundtrack for the acclaimed film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and T Bone Burnett signed Stanley to his label and produced his critically acclaimed album “Ralph Stanley,” a collection of ancient and old-time songs that stayed on Billboard’s bestseller list for weeks. In 2004, he was named the Virginia Press Association’s Virginian of the Year and the Ralph Stanley Museum and Traditional Mountain Music Center opened in Clintwood, Va. In 2006, he received the National Medal of Arts, and in 2008, the Virginia Legislature named him the Outstanding Virginian of the Year. Stanley’s autobiography, “Man of Constant Sorrow,” co-authored with music journalist Eddie Dean, was released by Gotham Books in October 2009. He also released his latest CD, “A Mother’s Prayer” in April 2011, featuring the stark ballads and church music of his youth, as well as newer compositions. The album earned him a nomination for his fourth Grammy Award. When not touring and performing more than 100 concerts each year, Stanley continues to live in rural southwestern Virginia with his wife “Jimmi” of nearly 50 years.

The Clinch Mountain Boys live communities throughout the mountains of Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky. Each week, they gather together in Coeburn, Va. where their tour bus is parked and head out on the road. In addition to Dr. Ralph Stanley, the group consists of guitarists Ralph Stanley II (Stanley’s son), Nathan Stanley (Stanley’s grandson, who occasionally plays mandolin) and James Alan Shelton; fiddler Dewey Brown; bassist Jimmy Cameron; and banjoist Mitchell Van Dyke.


The Hylton Performing Arts Center is pleased to recognize Novant Health as the Season Sponsor of the 2011-12 Hylton Presents season.


The Hylton Performing Arts Center is pleased to recognize Randall and Anna Edwards as the Performance Sponsor for Dr. Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys.


Tickets for DR. RALPH STANLEY AND THE CLINCH MOUNTAIN BOYS are $30, $38, $46. Family Friendly: youth through grade 12 half price when accompanied by an adult. Visit the box office or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit hyltoncenter.org. The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit hyltoncenter.org.


About the Hylton Performing Arts Center

Dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts venue to the Prince William region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center was born out of a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and individuals and businesses in the private sector. Soaring more than nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 85,000-square foot center is home to two unparalleled performance venues for local arts groups and performers from around the world, as well as university-related activities. Modeled after the intimate European opera houses of the 19th century, Merchant Hall is a 1,140-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, which is encircled by 27 private boxes that rise three levels. The Gregory Family Theater is a flexible, 4,400-square foot space that can be configured for many different types of performances and events. In addition, the Didlake Grand Foyer, with its sweeping staircase, provides an ideal setting for community, corporate and social events. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, the only building of its kind in the area, is sure to quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of collaboration and commitment to the arts.


About George Mason University

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.