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EILEEN IVERS & IMMIGRANT SOUL, CELTIC CHRISTMAS

November 11, 2003
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS WELCOMES
EILEEN IVERS & IMMIGRANT SOUL
WITH ENERGIZING SOUNDS SHOWCASING
IRISH AND INTERNATIONAL ROOTS IN
‘CELTIC CHRISTMAS’
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2003, 8PM

Fairfax, Virginia, November 10, 2003—Praising Eileen Ivers’s unique musical genre, Billboard Magazine raves, "Ivers bridges the gap between her Celtic roots and styles ranging from jazz, salsa and flamenco to rock funk and even electronica…a sensation." Celtic Christmas is infused with African, Latin, and American rhythms that weave through the core of Ivers’s traditional Irish-based music. George Mason University’s Center for the Arts welcomes this high-energy performance on Saturday, December 13, at 8 p.m. A pre-performance artistic discussion is held 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the Concert Hall’s Grand Tier.

Nine Time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion and musical star of "Riverdance," Eileen Ivers is an astonishing musician who also plays both the acoustic and blue electric violin. Over 80 albums feature Ivers’s creative sounds and her musical talent has been heard on various movie soundtracks. Her band ignites the crowd with acoustic guitar, Irish flute, uillean pipes, percussion, and electric bass accompanied by soulful American vocals. In addition to the musical elements of this unique Christmas concert, former "Riverdance" performer Tarik Winston dazzles the audience with Irish step and tap dancing.

The show fuses traditional carols – performed in unique ways, like the classics Do You Hear What I Hear?, and Hark the Herald Angels Sing – with traditional Irish songs, like The Holly Tree; narration, step dancing and ballads. "I like the idea of different cultures coming together in the show – the different inspirations – African music, roots and blues, and Latin – work beautifully with traditional Celtic melodies and instruments," explains Eileen Ivers, and as The Boston Globe said "Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul rocked the house."

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Tickets for EILEEN IVERS and IMMIGRANT SOUL are $42, $34, $21. FAMILY FRIENDLY! All children (12 and under) half price! Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 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.