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An Irish Christmas

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Holiday Traditions from the Emerald Isle

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All the joy, hope and spirit of the season come together in a night of storytelling, song and dance that sparkles with life and a wee bit of Irish “magic.” Traditional instruments such as the bodhran and the uilleann pipes, in addition to fiddles, flutes and drums bring to life the music of Ireland, from soothing ballads to vigorous dance tunes, from “Carol of the Bells” to ancient Irish hymns and melodies.

“An Irish Christmas” represents the best of modern Ireland while also introducing audiences to the beauty, passion and uniqueness of their history. Authentic Irish traditions and customs are cleverly woven into the show including exhilarating step dancing and age-old dances over brooms, on half doors and around butter churns.

Back by popular demand after a sold out visit in 2016, “An Irish Christmas” is a unique and unforgettable celebration of Christmas from the Emerald Isle that The Village News says, “leaves everyone with the urge to grab their loved ones and dance down the aisles.”

Manhattan Transfer

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Legendary Vocal Harmonies

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Celebrating their 45th anniversary in 2017, the Manhattan Transfer continues to set the standard as one of the world’s greatest and most innovative vocal groups with their sleek harmonies and distinctive sound. Their tight quartet of voices gives a modern twist to music from jazz standards to boogie-woogie and the blues. Among dozens of chart-topping hits, their renditions of “Route 66” and “Why Not!” won them Grammy Awards in two consecutive years during the early 1980s. Those two eventually turned into 10 Grammys, including one for their megahit “Boy from New York City.” Now inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, they have appeared with an impressive range of artists including Tony Bennett, Bette Midler, Frankie Valli, Smokey Robinson, Phil Collins, B.B. King, and James Taylor.

Despite the loss of founder Tim Hauser in 2014, the Manhattan Transfer has endured and is enthusiastically building on his legacy. Trist Curless (bass) joined the line-up, consisting of Janis Siegel (alto), Alan Paul (tenor), Cheryl Bentyne (soprano) who have been together since the late 1970s.  They just finished a tour of the US with Take 6 and are looking forward to recording their 30th album in 2017.

Call 925.373.6800 or email websales@livermoreperformingarts.org for tickets and information