Who: Michael Londra presents JFK & Me
Where: Fisher Theater, Ames, IA
When: Friday, January 19, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm
Tickets: All seats $28
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Venuworks Theatricals and Stephens Auditorium present a multi-media tribute to the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy, starring international tenor, Michael Londra.
Raised in County Wexford in Ireland, the same home county of the Kennedy family, the Emmy®-nominated Londra has a unique perspective on the many ways that this President influenced our lives.
In 2013, Londra was asked by the Irish government to sing in Arlington at the graveside of President Kennedy to commemorate the visit to Ireland he made 50 years prior, just months before his assassination. Michael then hosted a concert in Ireland to celebrate the visit, performing with Judy Collins for the President’s daughter Caroline and most of his living relatives. The celebrations, marked nationally in Ireland, showed the depth of the relationship between Ireland and the iconic family.
With the cooperation of the JFK Trust and the Kennedy Summer School, Michael explores the Kennedy origins, the journey to America and the rise of a political dynasty. He celebrates the Kennedy legacy, performing newly written songs, the family’s favorite Irish songs and classic songs of the Presidency, all with rarely seen footage from the trip to Ireland and celebrations to follow.
This is not only an evening of nostalgia, but a walk through the life of an icon through the eyes of someone who as a child, saw the President as the symbol of the American Dream, a dream he himself is now living.
“At every concert I perform, people ask me about the connection to the Kennedy family. He represented the American Dream to me, growing up, in Ireland. I got to live that American dream so I hold him and his legacy close to my heart. This is a very special project for me.”
Michael, the voice of Riverdance on Broadway tours globally as a singer and theatrical producer. His Ames based company, a partnership with Venuworks President Steve Peters, produces musical theater as well as his touring shows. His PBS show, Beyond Celtic earned 2 Emmy® nominations in 2012. In the coming months, his plans include recording a new album and is touring in Asia and South America.
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The Iowa State Center (managed by VenuWorks) is a multi-building conference and performing arts complex. The Center’s Stephens Auditorium, a 2,727-seat hall, hosts a dazzling array of international performances of music, theater and dance, as well as world-class orchestras, popular Broadway musicals, and explosive country and rock concerts. Fisher Theater seats 450 in an intimate setting, perfect for drama, dance and ISU theater productions. The Scheman Building, with 25 meeting rooms, two large lobbies and the 456-seat Benton Auditorium is a great meeting space for conferences, seminars and social events. www.center.iastate.edu
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