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LEAHY PRESENTS "LEAHY FAMILY CHRISTMAS" AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

November 8, 2010
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

LEAHY

“LEAHY FAMILY CHRISTMAS”

Friday, Dec. 17, 2010 at 8 p.m.

FAIRFAX, Va., Nov. 8, 2010 – When this charming Canadian octet of brothers and sisters last performed at the Center for the Arts, they packed the house and brought the audience to its feet. Described by the Buffalo News as “fresh, vibrant and engaging,” this award-winning band grew up playing music together on the family farm, exploring the family’s Irish-Scottish musical roots while perfecting their talents on their instruments. Leahy has since captured the hearts and minds of countless fans with engaging fiddle-driven music, awe-inspiring dancing and enchanting vocals. Leahy returns to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Friday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. with an energetic and joyous program titled “Leahy Family Christmas,” demonstrating its members’ formidable musical prowess and ferocious dancing, mixing Celtic melodies with traditional Christmas carols. “Leahy makes Christmas a true family affair!” (Calgary Herald) This performance is family friendly, and tickets are half price for youth through grade 12 when accompanied by an adult. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

Raised on a cattle farm in Lakefield, Ontario, Leahy consists of eight brothers and sisters (there are 11 siblings total), who learned to play 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; during performances they often switch instruments, each demonstrating remarkable skill. The band has released four CDs – “Leahy,” “Lakefield,” “In All Things” and “Leahy Live in Gatineau” – and a live DVD, but it is on the live stage that this stunning group truly shines.  Leahy is also in the process of recording the band’s fifth CD, which will be released in 2011.

 

Tickets for LEAHY’S “LEAHY FAMILY CHRISTMAS” are $48, $40, $24. Family Friendly! Youth through grade 12, half price when accompanied by an adult. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. 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 cfa.gmu.edu.

About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

About George Mason University

Named the #1 national university to watch in the 2009 rankings of U.S. News & World Report, George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country.  Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university.