Friday, February 26, 2010

Irish Heaven on Earth: Celtic Woman - Songs from the Heart

Experience a piece of Irish heaven on earth on Thursday night when WSBE Rhode Island PBS airs Celtic Woman – Songs from the Heart on March 4 at 7:30 P.M. This is the last airing of the televised concert before the troupe's live performance at the Providence Performing Arts Center on March 9 and 10. Rhode Island PBS has concert tickets – among the best seats in the house – for viewers who pledge support for public television in Rhode Island.

The televised concert was filmed in HD in the lush Irish country setting of the majestic Powerscourt House & Gardens. Under a dramatic evening summer sky with the backdrop of the historic estate and musical support of a 27-member film orchestra, 20-member Discovery Gospel choir, 12-member Aontas Choir, 10-member Extreme Rhythm Drummers and an 11-piece bag pipe ensemble performing on a rooftop, the radiant Celtic Woman uplifted their adoring audience with Songs from the Heart.

Musical director David Downes has created a completely new program repertoire for TV, DVD, and CD that showcases the beauty and ethereal presence of vocalists Chloë Agnew, Lisa Kelly, Lynn Hilary, and Alex Sharpe, along with the energetic inventiveness of Celtic violinist Máiréad Nesbitt within a setting of cinematic proportions that was transformed for the first-time-ever into a concert stage.

 Rhode Island PBS will air the two-hour special on Thursday, March 4 at 7:30 P.M. on digital 36.1; Cox 08 / Cox HD 708, Verizon 08 / Verizon HD 508, Full Channel 08; Comcast SD subscribers should check local listings for channel number, Comcast HD 819; Dish 7776; DirecTV36.

Celtic Woman is coming to Rhode Island for two live concerts at the Providence Performing Arts Center on March 9 and 10. Through a fundraising agreement with concert organizers, Rhode Island PBS has prime-location concert seats available. Details for acquiring the concert tickets will be explained during the televised special.

Celtic Woman was created specifically to feature the special talents of these vocalists and fiddle player, and was such a success that it was developed into a touring production. Since the release of the Celtic Woman CD and DVD in March 2005, the CD has been certified gold and the DVD certified platinum. The CD literally made history, setting the all-time record for the number of consecutive weeks in the number one position on the Billboard World Music Chart. Songs from the Heart is the fifth collaboration between the performers and PBS.

Televised Concert Song List

Part 1
•    “The Call”
•    “Fields of Gold”
•    “When You Believe”
•    “The Coast of Galicia”
•    “The New Ground”
•    “Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears”

Part 2
•    “Non c’é piu”
•    “Galway Bay”
•    “Goodnight My Angel”
•    “O, America!”

Part 3
•    “Nil se’n la”
•    “The Moon’s a Harsh Mistress”
•    “You’ll Be in My Heart”
•    “My Lagan Love”
•    “Amazing Grace”

Part 4
•    “Pie Jesu”
•    “Slumber My Darling/The Mason’s Apron”
•    “Danny Boy”
•    “You Raise Me Up”

Finale: “Mo Ghile Mear”
Encore: “At the Ceili”

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