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November 6, 2012
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Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at 8 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Nov. 1, 2012 – “A vibrant mix of virtuosity, energy and empathy,” raves The Washington Post about this phenomenal ensemble that brings the traditional music of Ireland to the greater Washington, D.C. area this Christmas season. Danú presents its heartwarming and joyful Celtic holiday celebration, “Christmas in Ireland: An Nollaig in Éirinn,” at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at 8 p.m. This performance is Family Friendly: youth through grade 12 are half price when accompanied by an adult. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the concert on the Center’s Grand Tier III and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

The Irish people have celebrated Christmas for centuries with traditional Irish music and song. This concert features music that pays homage to early Irish traditions such as placing a candle in the window as a symbol of welcome; “The Laden Table,” a Christmas Eve tradition in which families set the table with a loaf of bread with caraway seeds and raisins, a pitcher of milk and a lit candle, and leave the door unlatched for wandering travelers; and a procession from house to house on St. Stephen’s Day.

Direct from County Waterford in Ireland, this spirited band named after a goddess in Irish mythology is known for its authentic interpretations, ebullient performances and jaw-dropping talent, which has attracted countless fans to its high-energy concerts. For more than a decade, Danú has performed for a growing fan base worldwide, demonstrating its mastery of traditional Celtic instruments, such as the fiddle, flute, button accordion, tin whistle, bouzouki and vocals in Irish and English. The recipient of numerous BBC and Irish Music Magazine awards, Danú has performed for audiences throughout Europe, the Middle East and North America at venues such as the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Symphony Space in New York City and major concert engagements in the United Kingdom, India and Israel. The band has released several recordings on the Shanachie label and its live performances are often broadcast on NPR, the CBC and the BBC. The band’s live DVD, “One Night Stand,” was filmed at Vicar St. Dublin in Ireland. Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh (vocals) and Benny McCarthy (button accordion) were recently invited to perform in Bulgaria as part of Irish President Mary McAleese’s visit.


PLEASE NOTE: Danú will also perform on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 4 p.m. at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on Mason’s Prince William Campus. Please visit for more information about this performance.







Tickets for DANÚ’S “CHRISTMAS IN IRELAND: AN NOLLAIG IN ÉIRINN” are $23, $38 and $46. Family Friendly: youth through grade 12 half price when accompanied by an adult. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @GMU_CFA.

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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.


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