CELTIC WOMAN Plays In Gainsville 4/2

The international Irish music phenomenon, CELTIC WOMAN, will play in Gainesville on Thursday, April 2, 7:30p.m.at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. Tickets are available by calling the Phillips Center Box Office at 352-392-2787 or visiting Ticketmaster.com.

Four years ago Celtic Woman traveled from Ireland to America and captivated millions with their inspiring songs of hope and love. Their incredible journey to stardom has been like a dream come true for vocalists Chloe, Lisa, Lynne, Alex and Celtic violinist Mairead. The 2009 "Isle of Hope" tour will dazzle the eye, enchant the ear and stimulate both the mind and the heart.

Fans have the opportunity to experience Celtic Woman's most magical production yet, featuring brand-new renditions of Fields of Gold and Have I Told You Lately That I Love You, as well as an original anthem by Brendan Graham, writer of You Raise Me Up. Musical Director David Downes has composed stunning new music for the 19- member ensemble featuring the wonderful voices of Celtic Woman and the energetic musical inventiveness of Celtic violinist, Mairead.

The show will also feature cornerstone favorites such as The Sky and the Dawn and the Sun, Danny Boy, and Spanish Lady, among others.

Celtic Woman has been winning over audiences worldwide with their heavenly renditions of Irish standards, classical favorites and contemporary hits. In just four short years, the group has sold more than 4 million CDs and DVDs, played seven U.S. tours, and performed for more than 800,000 people. Meanwhile, the three Celtic Woman PBS Specials have aired more than 13,658 times on 342 PBS stations across the country, covering 97% of U.S. television households.

The group has also appeared on several national television shows including Live with Regis and Kelly, Martha Stewart, CBS Early Show, Brian Boitano's Skating Spectacular: Skate for the Heart and The Bonnie Hunt Show.

Named the #1 Top World Music Artist by Billboard Magazine, Celtic Woman albums (Celtic Woman, A Christmas Celebration, and A New Journey) have held the #1 position on the magazine's World Music chart for 90 consecutive weeks. Their recent album, The Greatest Journey Essential Collection, debuted at #1.

Celtic Woman - Isle of Hope
Thursday, April 2, 7:30 p.m.
Stephen C. O'Connell Center

Ticket Prices: $45-$65

Web sites: University of Florida Performing Arts: www.performingarts.ufl.edu
Celtic Woman: www.celticwoman.com

To Purchase tickets, call the Phillips Center Box Office at 352-392-ARTS (2787) or 800-905-ARTS (toll-free within Florida) or call Ticketmaster at 800-277-1700 (toll-free). Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Phillips Center Box Office, the University Box Office at the University of Florida Reitz Union or from any Ticketmaster outlet, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Cash, checks, MasterCard and Visa are accepted.

Performance dates, times and programs are subject to change.

University of Florida Performing Arts does more than entertain. It breaks down walls. It breaks down the walls between people by increasing cultural awareness through programming that attracts artists and audiences from around the globe. It breaks down the wall between patron and performer with educational programs such as master classes, artist residencies and pre- and post-performance discussions. It breaks down the wall between health and illness with AIM Together, a collaborative program between UFPA and Shands HealthCare that brings world-class performing artists to those who are hospitalized. It breaks down the wall between idea and realization by commissioning and nurturing new work. Art doesn't have walls. But sometimes life does. UFPA breaks down the walls, enriching the lives of the citizens in the Heart of Florida, helping to make Gainesville "the #1 place to live."

 

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