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Celebration of Irish music and dance set for March 16

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Vail, CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyAisling and Shaun Casey, Lord of the Dance stars, will perform at the Vilar Center on March 16.

BEAVER CREEK ” While shamrocks and shillelaghs are optional, the Vilar Performing Arts Center will usher in the 2009 St. Patrick’s Day festivities March 16 when Irish musicians and dancers take the stage in Beaver Creek as part of the theatre’s Celtica Sinfonia celebration.

Champion Irish step dancers from Lord of the Dance, ballet artists and musicians from the Celtic band FEAST will roll out an Irish evening for the entire family, featuring dance, string sounds, harp sonorities, the Great Highland Bagpipes, percussion instruments and costumes.

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.

This last summer was a busy one for FEAST, performing all around Colorado and Montana at music festivals, including the Carbondale Mountain Fair, Marble Fest, Big Sky Festival, and many others. They toured Germany last January and have another tour scheduled for October of 2009.

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 finger dexterity. On keyboard, Kathryn Mientka makes use of everything from Steinway grand piano to cosmic synthesizer sounds to create musical landscapes, while Alderdice has been called a wizard of percussion, and magically evokes a full emotional palette from an array of instruments.

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The evening’s program will also include 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, in addition to their 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.”

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.

Tickets for Celtica Sinfonia are priced at $23 for children, ages 12 and under, and $38 for adults and are available online at vilarpac.org, by phone at 888-920-ARTS(2787) or in person at the Vilar Center box office in Beaver Creek. Tickets are available online 24 hours a day; the box office is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with additional hours on performance days.

What: Celtica Sinfonia

When: Monday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center

Cost: $23 for children (12 and under) and $38 for adults

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

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