Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul Present an Irish Christmas at Center for the Arts

Posted: November 20, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Nine-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champ Eileen Ivers, who with her band Immigrant Soul sold out her 2003 performance at the Center for the Arts, will return to Fairfax with a foot-stomping, authentic and joyful holiday celebration.

“An Nollaig – An Irish Christmas,” will be presented on Friday, Dec. 15, at 8 p.m.

With traditional music and masterful Irish dancing, “An Nollaig – An Irish Christmas” will bring beautiful Irish holiday customs to life. In a very Gaelic celebration, including original tunes and holiday favorites like “The Holly Tree,” “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “The Wexford Carol,” “Do You Hear What I Hear” and many others, Ivers and friends evoke the anticipatory delight of Christmas Eve, the humble peace of Christmas morning and even the raucous exuberance of Boxing Day, complete with fiddles, pipes and whistles.

The daughter of Irish immigrants, Ivers grew up in the culturally diverse atmosphere of the Bronx, N.Y. Rooted in Irish traditional music since the age of 8, Eileen proceeded to win fiddle championships and more than 30 championship medals, making her one of the most awarded persons ever to compete in these prestigious competitions.

For three years, Ivers brought her blazing bow to the smash hit “Riverdance.” In 1999, Ivers established a touring production, which now encompasses Immigrant Soul, to present the music. This mix of African and Latin percussion and bass, Irish instrumentalists and American soulful vocals sells out consistently, bringing audiences to their feet at major performing arts centers, guest and at major festivals worldwide.

A pre-performance discussion begins 45-minutes prior to the concert on the hall’s Grand Tier.

Tickets are $42, $34 and $21; tickets for children 12 and under are half price. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com.

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