Bay Chamber Concerts will present the legendary Grammy Award-winning bluegrass musician Ralph Stanley and His Clinch Mountain Boys at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 2:30 p.m.

Known as “Dr. Ralph Stanley” in the bluegrass world, Stanley has been making music for more than 60 years, and has recorded more than 170 albums. He is a member of the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor and the Grand Ole Opry. He is a recipient of the National Medal of the Arts, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence. Recognized for his unique style of singing and banjo playing, Stanley uses a banjo method that evolved from the three-fingered Scruggs style. Dubbed the Stanley Style, Stanley’s technique is recognized for its remarkably fast forward rolls, led by the pointer finger. Stanley won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for his work on the Appalachian dirge “O Death,” which he sang in the 2000 film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

In partnership with the Camden Public Library, Bay Chamber Concerts will host a showing of “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Jean Picker Room. The showing is free and open to the public. In addition, Bay Chamber Concerts will host an Education Extra: Bluegrass Jam Session at the Strand Theatre on Sunday, Jan. 24 at noon. The informal jam session of traditional bluegrass with members of the Clinch Mountain Boys will cost $15 per person or two cans of nonperishable food as a donation for the Camden Area Food Pantry; reservations are required.

Tickets for this concert are sold out. To be added to the waiting list, call the office at 236-2823. At 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 24, Bay Chamber Concerts will begin a first come, first served standby seating list based on return tickets and no-shows. No-show seats will be filled starting at 2:30 p.m.

Stanley founded the Clinch Mountain Boys with his guitar-wielding brother Carter Stanley in their native southwestern Virginia in 1946. By 1966, the year of Carter Stanley’s untimely death, the Stanley Brothers & the Clinch Mountain Boys had became one of the most celebrated international bluegrass groups, rivaling such titans as Flatt and Scruggs and Bill Monroe. After his brother’s death, Ralph Stanley had to make the tough decision to continue making music alone. He revived the Clinch Mountain Boys with an older, sadder, less festooned mountain style.

Today the Clinch Mountain Boys include James Shelton (guitar), Steve Sparkman (banjo), Ralph’s son Ralph Stanley II (vocal, banjo), Dewey Brown (fiddle), Nathan Stanley (mandolin, vocal) and Jimmy Ivan Cameron (acoustic bass). The group has featured such prominent musicians as Ricky Skaggs, Keith Whitley, Larry Sparks, Curly Ray Cline, Jack Cooke, Roy Lee Centers, Charlie Sizemore and Ray Goins.

Coming up next in the 2009-2010 Performing Arts Series, Bay Chamber Concerts will present the Golden Dragon Chinese Acrobats at the Strom Auditorium at Camden Hills Regional High School on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. Direct from Hebei, China, the Golden Dragon Chinese Acrobats represent the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. The event will include contortionists, juggling of umbrellas, balls and hats, plate spinning, high ropes, ladder and flag routines, and the Tower of Chairs.

Most tickets are $25. Prime seating is $45, discounted up to 44 percent with subscription. A limited number of $8 tickets will be available for youths ages 18 and under. The media sponsor is VillageSoup. For more information or to purchase subscriptions or tickets, contact Bay Chamber Concerts at 236-2823 or 888-707-2770 or visit