Originally Published: September 7, 2017 9:08 p.m.
Prescott POPS Symphony does not have any ethnic prerequisites for those who wish to buy tickets for their “Celtic Colors” performance on Sunday, Sept. 10.
If you happen to be Irish, or from anywhere in the Green Isles, however, you’re sure to delight in familiar tunes that bring forth a vision of one’s heritage. Celtic music is generally defined as the traditional music of the Celts, who settled in Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall, Wales, Galacia, Brittany, Nova Scotia and the Isle of Man.
If you’re not Irish, or from a Celtic background, you’re still likely to enjoy the music because this symphony is known for its high-caliber performances that have spawned much fan loyalty over the years. So pick out your favorite emerald outfit, or jewels, or even a “Kiss Me I’m Irish” T-shirt, and come join the fun.
The afternoon show of Celtic classics – “Danny Boy,” “Lord of the Dance” and “Irish Rhapsody” – will also include other offerings that may or may not be as well-known: the movie theme song, “How to Train Your Dragon” and an Irish suite of tunes that include “The Wearing of the Green” and “The Girl I Left Behind Me.”
The concert will open in patriotic fashion with America’s national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.”
In a news release about its 3 p.m. performance at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St., the symphony states that it is eager to bring to the Prescott region “the lyrical sounds and hauntingly beautiful melodies from the Green Isles in Celtic Colors.”
Maestro Joseph Place is the symphony conductor.
“The wonder of Celtic music is partly due to its variety, running the gamut from medieval carols, dances and folk songs, to Irish-American songs and ballads,” the release said. “The orchestra will dazzle you with the drama and exhilaration of Ronan Hardiman’s ‘Lord of the Dance,’ the dynamic suite composed originally for Michael Flatley’s famous dance troupe. Victor Herbert’s masterpiece, ‘Irish Rhapsody,’ will charm you with its obvious Irish origins, variety and brilliant musicality.”
Of course, no concert of Celtic music would be complete without a rendition of “Danny Boy,” more traditionally known as “Londonderry Air.” The concert will also include a Scottish overture and a Roy Phillipe arrangement of the Claude Debussy song “Girl with the Flaxen Hair.”
“The POPS program will excite, delight and thoroughly enchant you,” the release states.
The full symphony program can be found on the performing arts center website: https://ycpac.com.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on the website or through the box office at 928-776-2000. The box office at the center is open Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.