RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 25 -- The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources issued the following news release:
The North Carolina Symphony, led by Resident Conductor William Henry Curry, will perform with Irish music legends The Chieftains in a special concert Tuesday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh. The Chieftains, who will showcase the talents of guest artists Triona Marshall, harp/keys; Tim Edey, guitar/accordion; Tara Breen, fiddle; step dancers Nathan Pilatzke, Jon Pilatzke, Cara Butle; and Alyth McCormack, vocals/percussion, will also feature dancers from Raleigh'sTrionoide Academy of Irish Dance.
Six-time Grammy winners, The Chieftains are now recognized for bringing traditional Irish music to the world's attention. They have uncovered the wealth of traditional Irish music that has accumulated over the centuries, making the music their own with a style that is as exhilarating as it is definitive.
Paddy Moloney formed The Chieftains in 1962 from the ranks of the top folk musicians in Ireland. Never afraid to shock purists and push boundaries in over 50 years together, The Chieftains have amassed a dizzyingly varied resume. They were the first Western group to perform on the Great Wall of China, they participated in Roger Waters' "The Wall" performance in Berlin in 1990, were the first group to give a concert in the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. and in October of 2001, Paddy performed at a Ground Zero memorial service in New York for the victims of September 11. They performed during Pope John Paul II's visit to Ireland in 1979 in front of a 135,000,000 strong audience, and in 2011, they performed for HRH Queen Elizabeth II during her historic visit to Ireland.
2012 marked the group's 50 anniversary, and they celebrated the occasion by collaborating with old and new friends alike, reliving past memories and introducing The Chieftains historic career to a whole new generation of fans. Above all, The Chieftains maintain an unaltered love of, and loyalty to, their roots - they are as comfortable playing spontaneous Irish sessions as they are headlining a concert at Carnegie Hall. After all these years of making some of the most beautiful music in the world, The Chieftains' music remains as fresh and relevant as when they first began.
Joining The Chieftains, and their stellar crew of guest musicians are dancers from Trionoide Academy of Irish Dance. Located in Raleigh, the academy encourages children, teens and adults to learn traditional Irish dance for their own enjoyment and exercise as well as for competition at all levels. Classes include a variety of reels, jigs, hornpipes, traditional and non-traditional set dances and ceili (figure/team) dances. Trionoide Academy provides an opportunity for students to experience the rich traditions and heritage of Irish dance and music as dancers participate in various local festivals, cultural events and community and private performances.
Tickets to "The Chieftains" with the North Carolina Symphony range from range from $45 to $75. For more information, go to the North Carolina Symphony's website at www.ncsymphony.org, or call (919) 733-2750 or toll free (877) 627-6724.
Meymandi Concert Hall is located in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., in Raleigh.
The N.C. Symphony is a unit of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
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