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Wednesday, June 2 at 8 p.m. – Celtic Woman: Songs from the Heart

(Rochester, NY) Celtic Woman: Songs from the Heart, airing Wednesday, June 2 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11), was recorded in Enniskerry, County Wicklow, Ireland, at the historic Powerscourt House and Gardens, location of such films as Barry Lyndon, The Count of Monte Cristo and the cable series The Tudors. The special was filmed in HD in July 2009 before an audience of 1,000 fans gathered at the 13th-century castle and surrounding 47-acre estate.

During the broadcast viewers will learn about the Celtic Woman's July 27th performance at the Rochester Auditorium Theatre, and how to get tickets.

The breathtaking gardens, based on those at the Palace of Versailles, were an ideal location for the five women who compose Celtic Woman: vocalists Lisa Kelly, Chloe Agnew, Lynn Hilary and Alex Sharpe and violinist Mairead Nesbitt. Their six-piece Celtic Woman band was augmented for this event with the 12-member Aontas Choir, 27-piece film orchestra, the 20-member Discovery Gospel Choir, 10-member Extreme Rhythm Drummers and an 11-piece bagpipe ensemble, in order to bring musical director and composer David Downes’ musical vision to life.

To the delight of their dedicated fans, the musical repertoire ranges from spirited Celtic fiddle and bodhran pieces to lush arrangements of Irish classics, contemporary covers and original compositions. Celtic Woman, “… one of the most wildly popular singing groups on the planet” (Cincinnati Examiner), makes their own such favorites as Jimmy Webb’s “The Moon’s a Harsh Mistress,” Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Pie Jesu,” Sting’s “Fields of Gold,” Billy Joel’s “Good Night My Angel,” Bing Crosby’s “Galway Bay,” Mariah Carey’s “When You Believe,” as well as “My Lagan Love,” “Nil se’n la,” “The Call,” “Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears” and more. Celtic Woman’s latest hit single, “O, America!,” features the Discovery Gospel Choir and a fireworks display in the Irish sky.

Celtic Woman: Songs from the Heart, a true celebration of Ireland and the pure essence of Celtic Woman, is the fifth collaboration between the multiplatinum group and PBS.

Pictured: Celtic Woman — (l-r) Lisa Kelly, Alex Sharpe, Mairead Nesbitt, Lynn Hilary and Chloe Agnew — perform at Ireland’s historic Powerscourt House and Gardens in Enniskerry, County Wicklow.

Credit: Lili Forberg


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