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A Celtic Christmas 

 

December 20 and 21, 2020 at 6:00 pm 

 

featuring Tom Creegan on Uilleann pipes

and Dale Russ on fiddle

 The Winter Solstice is an ancient holiday that predates our festive Christmas celebrations.

 

Join the City Cantabile Choir December 20 and 21 at 6 pm PDT

for our annual Celtic Celebration of the longest night and the coming of Christmas.

 

Tom Creegan is the master of the Uilleann pipes, unique in all the world for their haunting lyric beauty. The sound of Uilleann pipes are how we will begin our Christmas journey. Tom is joined by the virtuosic fiddle player, Dale Russ. In addition, we are most fortunate to have in our midst Jeri Howe, who will premiere her Celtic Harp solo “Mourning Reflections,” about the losses we have all endured this past year.

 

You will hear lively songs in Gaelic about building the soil from seaweed on the rockiest ground. This is how some of the poorest people adapted and survived to harsh conditions.

 

New arrangements of the beautiful 9th century chant “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” will come to you from the live voices of our radiant singers.

 

Irish poet Cecil Frances Alexander wrote the words to “Once in Royal David’s City,”

featured here with pipes, drums and choir.

 

You will be transported to the streets where Olivia and Isabel Yamashita will show you the finest Irish step dancing. Along the way, you way hear four men singing the most famous of all Irish Christmas tunes, the rustic Wexford Carol.

 

In his many travels to the land of Celtic history and culture, director Fred West collected “Cantar de Bembride” from the Galician part of Northern Spain, which you will hear in these Solstice days.

 

We are also preparing a very old Celtic story, the Children of Llyr, which will tell tales of enchantment, love, transformation and longing, which still beset the modern heart of us all.

 

In these turbulent times, may these mid winter rituals of song, fiddle and pipe, dance, and storytelling bring you comfort and joy.

 

We greatly appreciate your donations to help support the costs of producing our virtual concert. Suggested amount is $20.

 

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