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WGBH Presents A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan

December 14, 2016 • 7:30 PM

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Brian O’Donovan’s A Celtic Sojourn has thrilled radio audiences for twenty-eight years. For the last fourteen, the Christmas-time live version of the show has drawn on Celtic, Pagan, and Christian traditions to celebrate the music of the season. First launched in 2003, A ChristmasCeltic Sojourn reflects the compelling and diverse offerings of the weekly national radio program. 

For the past three years, in celebration of the second decade of the concert series, one of the shows at the beautiful Cutler Majestic Theatre in downtown Boston has been radio broadcast nationally. This year will see a new Public Radio International-distributed special featuring the 2015 program.

With legends of music, song, and dance from the Celtic world and beyond poised to take the stage together, this year’s show again promises to build its reputation as one of the chestnuts of live holiday music in the region.

Music: Music director Seamus Egan returns with members of his legendary group
Solas. The virtuosity of Winifred Horan on fiddle, Johnny Connolly from Dublin on
accordion, and Eamon McElholm from Co. Tyrone on guitar will be supplemented
by returning stalwarts Chico Huff on bass and Steve Holloway on percussion. The
show is delighted as well to welcome back harpist/singer Maeve Gilchrist from
Edinburgh in Scotland and virtuosic cellist Natalie Haas. And in this year’s exciting
exploration of the deep kinship among Irish, Scottish, and Acadian music, we
welcome the truly extraordinary Vishten featuring twin sisters Emmanuelle and
Pastelle LeBlanc from Prince Edward Island and Magdalen Islander Pascal Miousse.

Singing: Eilís Kennedy from Dingle (and of Lumiere fame) will be with us this
year as a featured singer, and the wonderful voices of Vishten will combine with those
of host Brian O’Donovan, his wife Lindsay, Eamon McElholm, and Maeve Gilchrist
to bring strong choral and harmony singing to this year’s show, along with individual
performances throughout.

Dancing: Internationally renowned Cara Butler has been named Dance Director
for 2016. Cara danced in the show in 2012 and 2014 and recently choreographed A
Celtic Sojourn at The Boston Pops to much acclaim. We are proud to once again
present her stellar lineup and spectacular choreography. She will be joined by longtime
dancing partner Nathan Pilatzke of the dance show Stepcrew. And of course, as
is the tradition, The Harney Academy of Irish Dance from Walpole returns to bring
their Christmas joy.

And then … there are the surprises! There are always surprises at Christmas!

Artistically directed again by Paula Plum for the fourteenth straight year, this promises to be one of the most exciting A Christmas Celtic Sojourn presentations yet.


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  • Tickets Info

    Tickets are available for purchase online, by phone at (401) 421-ARTS (2787), or at the PPAC Box Office located at 220 Weybosset Street in downtown Providence. Box Office Hours are M-F, 10A–5P; Sat 10A-2P. Summer hours are M-Th 10A-3P. The VETS on-site Box Office is only open on show days. Children under the age of six are not permitted to attend performances unless it is designated as a family show. Please call the Box Office at (401) 421-2787 to see which shows are appropriate for younger children. All persons regardless of age are required to have a ticket for family shows. Ticket pricing subject to change without notice.

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