Fri & Sat, Mar 8 & 9, 2013, at 8 pm | Doors Open at 6:30 pm
"From the creators of Gaelforce Dance, the "unmissable two hour spectacular (that) has brought audiences to their feet all around the world" (The Guardian, England) comes a brand new show in celebration of song. Celtic Nights expertly weaves together the lilting melodies and plaintive lyrics of the rich Celtic heritage to tell the story of a people. In this stirring tale of the Celtic experience, the audience is invited to travel along on a journey of hope, transported in time through traditional ballads, vivid choreography and the story of a people struggling to find their place in a changing world.
Celtic Nights is a unique show which features both the finest male and the finest female voices of the Celtic world, showcased against a thundering backdrop of expert dancing and musicianship. In this glittering production, six of Ireland’s most prominent vocal talents are complimented by seven of its most accomplished step dancers, creating an exhilarating picture of a proud people who dared to dream big and doggedly carved out a home in the New World. In Celtic Nights, their story is told, through the power and majesty of music and the hypnotic fury of dancing feet."
"Celtic Nights” will transport the audience in time through traditional ballads, vivid choreography and the story of a people struggling to find their place in a changing world. The two-hour costumed extravaganza will showcase a dozen top Irish and Celtic singers and step dancers, accompanied by expert musicians on violin, banjo, mandolin and pipes. Songs will trace the diaspora connecting that land and this in “May We Never Have to Say Goodbye,” “Isle of Innishfree,” “Danny Boy,” “My Heart Will Go On” and songs in the native tongue. Dances will include the percussive sounds of jigs and reels, hornpipes and Appalachian polkas.
Singers include consummate Irish tenor Derek Moloney, who has performed with high-profile artists such as the Chieftains and Sarah Brightman and is a favorite for singing the national anthem for the Irish Rugby Team; bass baritone Derek Ryan, a Tipperary native who performs with Opera Ireland and co-wrote and performed in a tribute show to his hero Paul Robeson; Scottish-born Rebekah Robertson, who contributes a purely Celtic sound from the Highlands to the ensemble; Ross William Wild, a young man with a rock band past, musical theater and film credits; Suzanne Savage, a diversified “hidden hero” who has performed for Van Morrison, Jimmy Cobb of the Miles Davis Quartet and on vocals for Riverdance; and Una Pedreschi, a fusion of Irish and Italian heritage who has toured in the U.S. with Celtic Woman.
Brian Kelly offers expert accompaniment. He has been playing traditional Irish music since age 7 and won the All Ireland Championship on banjo on his first try at age 11. Since then he’s won eight All Ireland Championships, half on banjo and half on mandolin.
Violinist Ben Gunnery, classically trained at the Royal College of Music and Trinity College of Music, has toured internationally with Riverdance, Gaelforce, Dance Masters, Celtic Legends, Calgary Philharmonic and myriad others. Stevie O’Connor will play the Uillean Pipes, which he took up at age 11 and has studied with the best on the pipes in his country.
Those responsible for creating the hypnotic fury of dancing feet are James Mc Donnell, Gavin Boyle, Louise O’ Sullivan, Clodagh Roper, Leanne Phelan, Heather Metcalfe and Abigail Collins.
All will create a spell-binding picture of a proud people and their passion. You’ll want to sing and dance along. Feel free. Parts of the show will include audience participation, and performers will hold a meet and greet with fans after the show. "
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The Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts is located at 2132 Hillside Road, at the UConn campus, in Storrs, CT.
$47 Cabaret Tables
$42 Riser Seats (Floor)
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Sandwiches, dessert, alcohol and other beverages can be purchased before the show (cash only). Or, pre-orders can be placed at www.jorgensen.uconn.edu.
Ticket prices are $59/50, $43 and $39, with some discounts available. For tickets and information, call the Box Office at 860.486.4226, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., or order online at www.jorgensen.uconn.edu.
The Box Office window is also open for walk-up ticket sales 90 minutes before showtime.
Convenient, free parking is available across the street in the North Garage.
One lucky reader will win a family four pack to the opening night performance, Friday, March 8th at 8PM. Note: Tickets will be held at Will-Call and winner will need a picture id to pick up the night of the show. To enter this giveaway, please complete the entries on the Rafflectoper form below. Good luck!
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Disclosure: I was given a family four pack to attend this show from the vendor, as a thank you for promoting the show on my blog and social media sites. The views I share on this show are mine and mine alone.