Hylton Performing Arts Center Presents Danú “Christmas in Ireland: An Nollaig in Éirinn”

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Photo by John D. Kelly

Photo by John D. Kelly

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 at 8 p.m.

MANASSAS, Va., Oct. 28, 2013 – Hailing from Ireland’s County Waterford, Danú brings a Celtic Christmas celebration straight from the Emerald Isle to Manassas when the spectacular band performs “Christmas in Ireland: An Nollaig in Éirinn” at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 at 8 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance in the Hylton Center’s Buchanan Partners Art Gallery. Novant Health is the 2013-2014 Hylton Presents Season Sponsor.
This heartwarming concert features traditional Celtic music and song that pays homage to early Irish customs such as placing a candle in the window as a symbol of welcome; “The Laden Table,” a Christmas Eve tradition in which families set the table with a loaf of bread with caraway seeds and raisins, a pitcher of milk and a lit candle, and leave the door unlatched for wandering travelers; and a procession from house to house on St. Stephen’s Day.
Named after a goddess in Celtic mythology, Danú is famous throughout its homeland for its authentic interpretations of traditional Irish music, ebullient performances and incredible talent, which has brought countless fans to its spirited, high-energy concerts. For almost two decades, Danú has performed for a loyal following worldwide, demonstrating its impressive mastery of traditional Celtic instruments, such as the fiddle, flute, button accordion, tin whistle and bouzouki, complemented by striking vocals in Irish and English. The recipient of numerous BBC and Irish Music Magazine Awards, Danú has performed for audiences across Europe, the Middle East and North America at such venues as the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Symphony Space in New York City and major concert engagements in the United Kingdom, India and Israel. The band has released several recordings on the Shanachie label and its live performances are frequently broadcasted on NPR, the CBC and the BBC. Danú’s live DVD, “One Night Stand,” was filmed at Vicar St. Dublin in Ireland. “[Danú] stirs the blood and lifts the heart.” (Irish Music Magazine)
Novant Health is the 2013-2014 Season Sponsor of the Hylton Presents season
at the Hylton Performing Arts Center
 are $50, $42 and $34. Family Friendly: recommended for younger audiences. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the box office (open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 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, is sure to quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of 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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