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IRISH BAND DANÚ PERFORMS AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS THIS ST. PATRICK'S DAY

March 2, 2011
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

DANÚ

Friday, March 18, 2011 at 8 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 16, 2011 “[Danú] stirs the blood and lifts the heart.” (Irish Music Magazine) This spirited ensemble from Ireland’s County Waterford offers a passionate celebration of Celtic culture with its high-energy performances. For more than a decade, Danú has performed to enthusiastic audiences around the globe, enchanting music lovers with its use of traditional instruments such as flute and pipes, fiddle, button accordion and bouzouki accompanied by exquisite vocals in Irish and English. Praised by The New York Times for its “fierce fiddle reels” and “pensive ballads,” this group of talented musicians makes its George Mason University Center for the Arts debut on Friday, March 18, 2011 at 8 p.m., just in time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. 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. Wegmans is the performance sponsor for Danú. HSBC is the sponsor for the Global View series.  

The program will feature such authentic Irish tunes as “The Stack of Barley,” “The Highest Hill in Sligo,” “The Glen Cottage” and “The Cameron Highlander/Blackthorne Stick,” as well as a few pieces written by contemporary Irish songwriters and original compositions written by the band’s members, including "Clancy's Farewell to Whiskey," written by guitarist Donal Clancy.

“A spirit-raising concoction.” (Irish Times) Named after the Celtic goddess Danú, this remarkable band began when its founding members met at the Oireachtas Festival in Dungarvan in County Waterford in 1994 and shortly after performed at the Festival Interceltique de Lorient in France. In 1996, the band released its debut self-titled album to coincide with its first U.S. tour. Both the album and the tour helped develop a strong following for the band and it was signed to the U.S.-based Shanachie record label in 1999. Danú has since released seven critically acclaimed albums, including 2010’s “Seanchas” and one live DVD, “One Night Stand,” filmed at Vicar St. Dublin. Winners of numerous awards from the BBC and Irish Music Magazine, Danú has toured through Europe, the Middle East and North America, performing at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Symphony Space in New York City and major concert engagements in the United Kingdom, India, Israel and across Europe. The band’s current lineup includes Benny McCarthy on button accordion, Oisin McAuley on fiddle and backing vocals, Eamon Doorley on the Irish bouzouki, Donal Clancy on guitar and Martin O’Neill on bodhran (Irish drum). Special guests include Shauna Mullin on lead vocals and Ivan Goff on Irish traditional flute and Uilleann pipes.

 

Wegmans is the performance sponsor for Danú.

HSBC is the sponsor for the Global View series.

 

Tickets for DANÚ are $22, $36, $44. 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.