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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Presents the Authentic Irish Band Danú

November 17, 2015
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George Mason Universtiy’s Center for the Arts Presents the Authentic Irish Band Danú

On Sunday Dec. 6, 2015 “A Christmas Gathering: Féile Na Nollag”

brings a Celtic Christmas to the Center for the Arts

FAIRFAX, Va., Nov. 17, 2015 – High-spirited Celtic holiday songs and stories come to the George Mason University’s Center for the Arts as the traditional Irish band Danú presents “A Christmas Gathering: Féile Na Nollag.” Music is an essential part of any Celtic Christmas celebration and this performance brings the devotion, tradition and passion of Irish music in a unique holiday celebration. Danú will be at the Center for the Arts on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015 at 4 p.m.

Hailing from Ireland’s historic County Waterford, Danú has built a massive fan base worldwide due to its ebullient performances and mastery of traditional Celtic instruments. Loyal fans around the world enjoy the virtuosity of the ensemble performing on traditional Celtic instruments such as fiddle, tin whistle, flute, button accordion, percussion and bouzouki. The amazing instrumentalists combine efforts with captivating vocalists and top-notch Celtic dancers. 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 eight recordings 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.

Drawing from the strong Christmas traditions of Ireland, A Christmas Gathering: Féile Na Nollag” embodies the spirit of family, friends and faith. Local community choirs singing traditional songs for Christmas and the Irish holiday of Wrens Day, held on Dec. 26, are a common site throughout Ireland each December. Music and dance gatherings, in communities throughout Ireland have combined for generations to offer a great variety of songs, music and stories for the holidays. Danú’s performance offers a taste of these extraordinary events, which have been held across Ireland for hundreds of years.

A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, will be held 45 minutes prior to each performance on Grand Tier III at the Center for the Arts. The Friends of the Center for the Arts sponsor the pre-performance discussions. 

Ticket Information: Tickets for Danú“A Christmas Gathering: Féile Na Nollag” are $54, $46 and $32. Family-Friendly Performance: Tickets are half price for children and youth through grade 12.The Center for the Arts ticket office is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in person at the ticket office, by phone at 888-945-2468, or online at cfa.gmu.edu. 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 cfa.gmu.edu. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/gmucfa and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @GMU_CFA. 25th Anniversary Season hashtag: #GMUCFA25 

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, Art and Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs. 

About George Mason University

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity and commitment to accessibility. Mason is also one of the best values in higher education, producing graduates who lead all Virginia schools with the highest annual salaries.

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