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A VIRTUALLY CELTIC CHRISTMAS COMES TO AMES THIS DECEMBER: A Stunning New Holiday Concert Direct from Ireland

A VIRTUALLY CELTIC CHRISTMAS COMES TO AMES THIS DECEMBER

A Stunning New Holiday Concert Direct from Ireland

Ames, IADeck the halls and grab the eggnog! A Virtually Celtic Christmas concert is coming to Stephens Auditorium patrons on Sunday, December 20 at 7pm. Tickets start at $25 and are available now at https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/42708. Purchasing a ticket for A Virtually Celtic Christmas will not only gain you access to a wonderful holiday show, performed by some of Ireland’s most talented artists, but will also lend your support to Stephens Auditorium during these difficult times.

“It’s important to our Stephens Auditorium audiences and our community to offer high quality streaming content since we are unable to meet in person,” said Tammy Koolbeck, Stephens Auditorium’s Executive Director.  “This pandemic has been devastating to the performing arts and live entertainment venues.  By ‘attending’ this concert in the comfort of your home, you are supporting Stephens Auditorium and the artists performing.”

Filmed at the National Opera House of Ireland, the festive holiday concert features the ethereal voice of top Irish tenor Michael Londra, who now calls Ames home, backed by the Irish Concert Orchestra, two nationally acclaimed choirs (Valda Choir and The Presentation Children’s Choir), and top-class guest singers and musicians from the island of Ireland.

A Virtually Celtic Christmas features a mix of heartwarming traditional carols such as The Wexford Carol performed in the county it was composed, haunting ancient Gaelic hymns, holiday standards and original songs that audiences familiar with Michael’s recordings will know well. In short, a wonderful array of songs to warm the listener on a winter’s evening.

Renowned Irish composer Liam Bates serves as Musical Director and Conductor for the show and indeed is responsible for the concert’s beautiful choral arrangements. Special guests for the night include Eoin Colfer, New York Times bestselling author of Artemis Fowl. Friends since childhood, Bates and Colfer teamed up in 2017 to compose a new Holiday Musical called NOËL, songs from which are featured in A Virtually Celtic Christmas, and are beautifully performed by West End star and Northern Ireland native Zoë Rainey (Hairspray, Wicked).

Leading tenor Michael Londra is originally from County Wexford in Ireland, home of the National Opera House and birthplace of the National Opera Festival. Michael was the first local artist to perform at the beautiful space on opening night 2009. Over the past year Michael has spent a lot of time in his homeland filming a new series for Public Television called Ireland with Michael. The travel and music show featuring some of Ireland’s biggest stars, will debut on PBS in the spring of 2021. Audiences of A Virtually Celtic Christmas will get a sneak preview of the show during the concert.

Michael is best known as the lead voice of Riverdance on Broadway and for his Emmy® nominated show Beyond Celtic, on PBS. For more information on Michael, visit www.michaellondra.com.

Tickets and packages (https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/42708):

-$25 – Unique streaming link to A Virtually Celtic Christmas (valid for up to 48 hours after the concert)
-$35 – Unique streaming link to A Virtually Celtic Christmas (valid for up to 48 hours after the concert date and signed DVD of the show delivered to your home)
-$50 – Unique streaming link to A Virtually Celtic Christmas (valid for up to 48 hours after the concert date and signed DVD of the show delivered to your home and a personal Meet and Greet via Zoom with Michael Londra)

CONTACT:
Tammy Koolbeck, Stephens Auditorium, (515) 294-8809, tkool@iastate.edu
Sydney Upah, Stephens Auditorium, (515) 294-2509, saupah@iastate.edu

Submitted by Stephens Auditorium

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