Briefs: OA Celtica Sinfonia March 13, 2009

Celtica Sinfonia a stage-filling extravaganza of all things Irish

Celtica Sinfonia is a St. Patrick’s Day themed performance so immense it could knock the wind out of some bag pipes. Over 30 musicians and dancers will perform on stage.

Tickets to the shows in Grand Junction and Paonia on March 13 and 14, are already sold out.

The Irish show combines the efforts of Feast, a musical group expanded from four musicians to 10 for this performance only, the Southwest Ballet Theater and Irish step dancers from Denver.

The shows on Sunday, March 15, at the Montrose Pavilion and Monday, March 16, at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek were on the verge of selling out earlier this week.
Celtica Sinfonia is the brain child of the Western Slope Chamber Music Series.

“It is the largest, most spectacular production we’ve ever produced,” said the series’ director Tyme Mientka.

Mientka said he wanted to “think big” for this show.

A bagpiper from Tucson, a full string quartet, concert harpist and other musicians will play 16 new and familiar songs with Feast, a local Celtic ensemble. The group will perform everything from Irish ballads, to traditional reels like “Tam Lin,” to “Strings of Fire” a contemporary, upbeat song from Lord of the Dance. 

Dancers from the Southwest Ballet Theater, a performance company from the Institute of the Dancing Arts, will dance a fusion of traditional ballet with soft shoe Irish choreography. Guest step dancers Laura Cass and Richie Ross are from the world renowned Irish step dancing troop Strictly Irish.

For the Beaver Creek show only, PBS will have eight cameras on hand to capture all the action.


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