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LEAHY AND "CALL TO DANCERS" CONTEST

January 30, 2008
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS
PRESENTS
LEAHY
Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 8 p.m.

LEAHY’S “CALL TO DANCERS” CONTEST – A chance for dancers in the Fairfax area to win 4 free tickets and perform with Leahy onstage at the Center for the Arts

FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 24, 2008 – This Canadian octet of brothers and sisters is capturing countless fans with compelling fiddle-driven music, meticulous step dancing and captivating vocals. “A tonic for the spirit,” raved the Los Angeles Times about this musical powerhouse family. Leahy performs at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 15 at 8 p.m. With a style planted squarely in their Irish and Scottish roots, these talented siblings explore a broad range of musical genres and cultures with a formidable instrumental prowess. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.

Leahy is calling out to dancers of all ages in the Northern Virginia area to participate in their "Call to Dancers" Contest. One lucky winner will have the unique opportunity to dance on stage with the band for their award-winning song, “The Call to Dance” during the Center for the Arts performance. In addition, the winner will receive 4 tickets to the show and Leahy’s new live CD and DVD. Dancers who have any level of experience in traditional dancing (clog, Irish, Highland, step-dancing, or tap) must submit a short essay (100 words or less) explaining why they should be selected to dance with Leahy. Entries must be submitted by via letter or e-mail by Feb. 20, 2008 to:

George Mason University Center for the Arts
4400 University Drive MS4C1
Fairfax, VA 22030
Attn: Leahy Call to Dancers Contest

OR

stagecfa@gmu.edu
SUBJECT: Leahy Call to Dancers Contest

The winner of the CALL TO DANCERS contest will be notified by March 5, 2008.

The Leahys were raised on a farm near Lakefield, Ontario. Each of the Leahy children learned to play the Celtic fiddle from their father, while their mother taught them to sing, dance and play the piano. The siblings also learned a variety of instruments, including guitar, banjo, mandolin, drums and bass – and during performances they often switch instruments, each demonstrating their skills. The ensemble first gained attention as the subject of a documentary, “The Leahys: Music Most of All,” which won an Academy Award for “Best Student Foreign Film” in 1985. In 1998, Leahy gained international attention when fellow Canadian Shania Twain invited the ensemble to open her debut world tour. Since then, Leahy has toured actively, introducing audiences across the globe to their high-energy, thrilling and spellbinding performances. Time Out New York raved that the group makes “Riverdance look like Lawrence Welk re-runs.” In addition, Leahy has released three acclaimed CDs, "Leahy," "Lakefield" and "In All Things," which have sold over half a million copies worldwide, and are planning on releasing their second live CD and DVD in 2008. “Striving energy … intoxicating.” (The New York Times)

 

PNC is the 2007-08 Season Sponsor for Great Performances at Mason.

Tickets for LEAHY are $44, $36, $22. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, the professional presenting arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.

About George Mason University

George Mason University, located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, D.C., is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, biotechnology and health care, Mason prepares its students to succeed in the work force and meet the needs of the region and the world. Mason professors conduct groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer, climate change, information technology and the biosciences, and Mason’s Center for the Arts brings world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Its School of Law is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 35 law schools in the United States.