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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Celtica Sinfonia in Beaver Creek

Special to the DailyChampion Irish step dancers from "Lord of the Dance," Aisling and Shaun Casey, will perform Monday night in Beaver Creek.

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado ” Long before green beer and clover-leaf necklaces, St. Patrick’s Day was a celebration of song, dance and all the other traditions of Irish life.

Return to the roots of the holiday as the Vilar Performing Arts Center presents “Celtica Sinfonia” on Monday at 7:30 p.m., ringing in the eve of St. Patrick’s Day in style.

Champion Irish step dancers from “Lord of the Dance,” breathtaking ballet artists and hot musicians from the Celtic band FEAST will roll out an evening of artistry for the entire family. The showcase features exhilarating dance, gorgeous string sounds, sensuous harp sonorities, Great Highland Bagpipes, a battery of gutsy percussion instruments and dazzling costumes.

The program is highlighted by world-famous stars of “Lord of the Dance” Aisling and Shaun Casey, as well as Martin Percival, all of whom performed the leads in Michael Flatley’s production. The trio lead a troupe of 10 champion Irish step dancers performing reels, hornpipes and more.

Shaun joined Lord of the Dance in 1996, traveling around the world and performing for more than 2 million people. He was honored to be asked to dance each of the two principal male roles, the “good guy” (usually played by Michael Flatley himself) and the “bad guy.”

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At 17, Aisling traveled to Dublin where she auditioned for a part in “Lord of the Dance,” earning a spot in the show after four grueling hours of the elimination process. She traveled the world for seven years before being offered the lead female role in the show. Shaun and Aisling were married in 2006.

Founded by the internationally known cello-piano duo Tyme and Kathryn Mientka, along with percussion genius David Alderdice, FEAST has performed extensively in the last four years, most recently at the Harvest Festival in Paonia.

Fiddle player Alisha Bean brings a rich, fat sound and Celtic flash to the group, while Tyme Mientka’s cello chops include his signature tone and amazing finger dexterity. On keyboard, Kathryn Mientka makes use of everything from Steinway grand piano to cosmic synthesizer sounds to create awesome musical landscapes, while Alderdice has been called a wizard of percussion, and magically evokes a full emotional palette from an amazing array of instruments.

The evening promises such spectacular artistry that Rocky Mountain PBS will be at the Vilar Center filming the show.

Tickets for Celtica Sinfonia are $23 for children and $38 for adults, and are available online at http://www.vilarpac.org, by phone at 888-920-ARTS(2787) or in person at the VPAC box office in Beaver Creek.

What: Celtica Sinfonia

When: 7:30 p.m. Monday

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek

Cost: $23 for children/$38 for adults

More information: 888-920-2787 or http://www.vilarpac.org

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