Center for the Arts Presents an Evening of Acoustic Music for the Season

Posted: November 9, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Although Alison Brown holds a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from the University of California-Los Angeles, she’s garnered acclaim as one of bluegrass music’s freshest talents on solo work and in tandem with today’s hottest performers, including Alison Krauss, the Indigo Girls, Mary Chapin Carpenter and many others.

Her quartet’s performance on Friday, Dec., 16, at 8 p.m. in George Mason’s Center for the Arts is Alison Brown’s lyrical and evocative salute to the season. “Winter’s Eve” is back in the Washington, D.C., area for the first time since 2002.

This evening of acoustic music also features John R. Burr on piano; vocalist Aoife O’Donovan, currently of the Wayfaring Strangers; and multi-instrumentalist Joe Craven.

Alison Brown
Alison Brown

“An expansive mix of bluegrass, Celtic, jazz, pop and rock,” was how The Washington Post described Brown’s most recent recording, “Stolen Moments.” Since the beginning of her decade-long solo career, Alison Brown has been acknowledged consistently as a top innovator on the five-string banjo. Named 2002’s Banjo Player of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association, Brown has received three GRAMMY nominations, winning for her studio album, “Fair Weather.”

Pianist Burr has performed with talents Paul McCandless and Maria Muldaur and released his first solo album, “Piedmont Avenue,” in 1998.

O’Donovan grew up immersed in folk music. Recently, the Boston Globe cited her “naturalistic phrasing and effortless control,” saying she “sings with complete emotional credibility, whether navigating dense, jazzy slides or haunted old-timey trills.”

Joe Craven, who played for many years with the David Grisman Quintet, has played and recorded with Jerry Garcia, Stephane Grappelli, The Persuasions, Rob Ickes and many others.

A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the hall’s Grand Tier. Join WASH-FM personalities beginning at 6 p.m. for entertainment and prizes. Tickets are $36, $28 and $18. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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