Celtic Woman earns Emmy Nomination; Plays Civic Center
The international music phenomenon CELTIC WOMAN, performing at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines on Aug. 11, and their Musical Director David Downes have received the distinct honor of an Emmy® Nomination for "Outstanding Music Direction" of their most recent PBS TV special - Songs From The Heart, Live at Powerscourt House & Gardens. "This is perhaps the most prestigious award Celtic Woman and David Downes have received to date and it is well-deserved. Manhattan Records are extremely proud of the always stellar performances delivered by Celtic Woman as well as the tremendous effort the entire creative and technical team contributed towards making this TV special and related DVD such a huge success." remarked Blue Note / Manhattan Records President Ian Ralfini.
The Emmy® nominated PBS TV special began airing in December as part of the network's quarterly pledge drive, immediately yielding outstanding viewership results and demonstrating the extraordinary ability of Celtic Woman to transcend their performances from a live concert into a viewer's home. Upon release in January 2010 the companion DVD debuted #1 on the Billboard DVD Music Video Chart. The visually stunning DVD also translates to the live concert stage in the Songs from the Heart tour.
Touring in support of their latest chart-topping CD/DVD, Songs from the Heart, CELTIC WOMAN continues to delight live audiences with what critics are calling an "uplifting" and "beyond captivating" concert experience.
Tickets for CELTIC WOMAN are on sale now at the Civic Center Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster locations, charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000 and online at CivicCenter.org.
DAY DATE TIME TICKET PRICES
Wednesday August 11 7:30 p.m. $48.50 / $68.50
All pricing includes a Building Restoration Fee of $3.50
Songs From the Heart, (Manhattan Records) the group's fifth CD and DVD debuted at #1 Billboard World Music Chart, #9 on Billboard Top 200. In addition, the companion live concert DVD hit #1 on both the U.S. and Canadian Billboard Top Music DVD Charts. Musical director David Downes beautifully captures the pure essence of Celtic Woman showcasing the celestial sounds of vocalists Lisa Kelly, Chloë Agnew, Lynn Hilary and Alex Sharpe along with the dynamic inventiveness of Celtic Violinist Máiréad Nesbitt. The CD features studio recorded versions of songs performed during their PBS TV Special "Songs from the Heart- Live at Powerscourt House & Gardens." The TV special began airing Nov 28th on PBS stations around the country as part of the network's quarterly pledge drive and has immediately yielded outstanding viewership results.
During the 2010 tour, fans have the opportunity to experience Celtic Woman's most dazzling production yet, moving seamlessly between Irish classics, contemporary covers and original compositions featuring renditions of Jimmy Webb's "The Moon's a Harsh Mistress," Billy Joel's "Goodnight My Angel," "Amazing Grace," with world champion bagpiper Anthony Byrne, and Irish classics "My Lagan Love," "Galway Bay," as well as a new favorite "Níl Sé'n Lá." The tour also includes an original composition, "Songs from the Heart" written specifically for this tour and has not yet been recorded.
In just five short years, this unique all-female ensemble continues to have mainstream success without the aid of traditional sales drivers such as radio or video airplay. No other group of this particular adult contemporary genre can claim 5 million albums sold, two top 10 album debuts on the Billboard Top 200, 3 gold and platinum albums, 4 Top 5 Releases on the Billboard Top Video chart and a million concert tickets sold. They have succeeded by connecting directly to fans via their Public Television specials, their frequent touring and then having those fans share the experience with friends and loved ones.
As a testament to the group's ability to cross musical and cultural boundaries, the group recently performed at the National Christmas Tree Lighting in Washington D.C and ABC's Dancing With The Stars singing for millions of viewers while their PBS TV specials have dominated the broadcast airwaves over the past five years.