Contributed by Hylton Performing Arts Center
Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 4 p.m.
MANASSAS, Va., Feb. 20, 2014 – Leahy celebrates its rich Celtic musical heritage when the family band takes the Merchant Hall stage on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, bringing two spirited concerts to the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 4 p.m. This fantastic ensemble from Canada explores their Irish and Scottish roots with a triple threat of fierce fiddle music, stellar step-dancing and spectacular singing. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, begins 45 minutes prior to each performance in the Hylton Center’s Buchanan Partners Art Gallery. Novant Health is the 2013-2014 Hylton Presents Season Sponsor.
“[Leahy is] a tonic for the spirit,” raves the Los Angeles Times about this raven-haired octet of brothers and sisters (Donnell, Siobheann, Denise, Frank, Doug, Erin, Angus and Maria) who grew up on a farm in Lakefield, Ontario, where their Irish ancestors settled nearly two centuries ago. All the siblings – 11 total – were taught fiddling, singing and step dancing at a young age by their parents, and shortly after began performing in their small community and then across Canada. In 1985, the Leahys’ life story became the subject of “The Leahys: Music Most of All,” a documentary that won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Student Film.” The band’s 1997 self-titled debut album, coupled with touring as the opening act for country star and fellow Canadian Shania Twain, launched Leahy into the international music scene. They have since captured the hearts of countless fans across the globe, who are entranced by their memorable melodies, unbridled passion, awe-inspiring talent and jubilant performances. Throughout the years, Leahy’s four albums – “Leahy,” “Lakefield,” “In All Things” and “Live” – have sold more than a half million copies and earned Juno Awards in Canada.
Patrons are invited to come early to the concerts to enjoy traditional Irish food and drink by Grafton Street Restaurant and Irish Pub in Gainesville, which will be available for purchase. On Saturday, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Mostly Irish, a traditional four-piece Irish band, will perform. On Sunday, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Celtic fiddlerAlexander Mitchell will perform.
Novant Health is the 2013-2014 Hylton Presents Season Sponsor
Tickets for LEAHY are $50, $42 and $34. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit HyltonCenter.org. The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit HyltonCenter.org. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/HyltonCenter and follow us on Twitter at @Hylton_PAC.
About the Hylton Performing Arts Center
Dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts venue to the Prince William region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center was born out of a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and individuals and businesses in the private sector. Soaring more than nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 85,000-square foot center is home to two unparalleled performance venues for local arts groups and performers from around the world, as well as university-related activities. Modeled after the intimate European opera houses of the 19th century, Merchant Hall is a 1,123-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, which is encircled by 27 private boxes that rise three levels. The Gregory Family Theater is a flexible, 4,400-square foot space that can be configured for many different types of performances and events. In addition, the Didlake Grand Foyer, with its sweeping staircase, provides an ideal setting for community, corporate and social events. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, the only building of its kind in the area, has become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of civic collaboration and commitment to the arts.
About George Mason University
George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.
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