Planning to finish the season on a lively note

Columbia Pro Cantare to feature Celtic tunes at 8 p.m. tomorrow



It's time to kick up your heels at the final concert this season of Columbia Pro Cantare.

This rousing concert of Celtic music from Ireland, Scotland and Wales features the full Pro Cantare chorus along with the Chamber Singers and guest artists Rob McIver, tenor; Rosie Shipley, fiddler; Gerry O'Beirne, singer and guitarist; Jared Denhard, piper and harper; and Alison Matuskey, pianist; and a festival chamber orchestra.

These gathered forces will perform at 8 p.m. tomorrow at Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School under the direction of Columbia Pro Cantare Artistic Director Frances Motyca Dawson.

Many of the pieces on the program will be familiar to those in the audience, as well as much beloved. They include "Danny Boy," "Loch Lomond," "Eriskay Love Lilt," "All Through the Night," "She Moved Through the Fair," "Skye Boat Song" and "Scotland the Brave." In between kicking up your heels and feeling the urge to tap your toes, you may wish to come prepared with a handkerchief for the tears you will feel compelled to shed at some of the heartfelt ballads.

The evening begins with a preconcert talk by Mary McAuliffe from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. McAuliffe is composer of a work commissioned by Columbia Pro Cantare that will be perform as part of the program, An American Odyssey: The Triumph of the Irish Immigrant. The work follows the path of an immigrant traveling by sea to America, his isolation when he arrives, the difficult life he finds here, and his hopes that his sacrifices will enable his children to lead better lives than they could have in "the Old Country."

After the concert, and in the spirit of traditional Celtic hospitality, a post-concert party is planned at Slayton House featuring light refreshments, a cash bar, Irish dancing and lots of twinkling eyes. Audience members are invited to purchase a $5 ticket to the party along with their concert ticket.

Advance concert tickets are $23 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and students and $25 and $22, respectively, at the door. Information: 301-854-0107 or 410-799-9321.

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