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Magical Strings Celebrates 41 Years of Annual Celtic Yuletide Concerts
In Seattle on December 14, and Throughout the Northwest from Dec 1 – Dec 21, 2019
SEATTLE, WA – For many in the Northwest, it wouldn’t be the holidays without the harps, dulcimers, and energetic Celtic sounds of acclaimed family ensemble Magical Strings. The tradition continues this year, as Magical Strings enters the 5th decade of annual Celtic Yuletide Concerts taking place throughout Puget Sound in December 2019! Surprises lie in wait…
Tickets are available now, online at magicalstrings.com In Seattle, Tacoma and Kingston advance tickets are: $25 adults and $12 children (12 and under) for General Seating, and $32 for all seats in the Reserved Section. (Tickets are $3.00 more at the door.)
Enter the timeless realm of Celtic Yuletide! Three generations of the Boulding family, including daughter Brittany, violinist with the Seattle Symphony, set the stage ablaze with the Tara Academy Irish Dancers, lively fiddling of award-winning Canadian artist Jocelyn Pettit, soulful songs with Dublin guitarist Colm MacCarthaigh, powerful vocals and singalongs led by son-in-law Prescott Breeden, and dynamic percussionist Matt Jerrell.
Philip and Pam’s Celtic harps, dulcimers, concertina, accordion and more are gloriously accompanied by their daughter and four sons on violin, cello, whistles, harmonium and harp. Grandson Haydn brings down the house with his dancing, percussion and sidekick act to his father’s juggling. Their music sings mysteries from their most recent sojourns in Ireland and beyond. This festive gala of music, dance, storytelling, juggling, colorful costumed processional and songs of the season brings warmth and joy into the heart of winter.
About Magical Strings
Philip and Pam Boulding founded Magical Strings in 1978, the same year they began the Celtic Yuletide Concerts with their family. They have performed throughout the U.S., Canada, Ireland and Japan, toured and recorded with Dan Fogelberg, and recorded 21 albums on four labels. Once called the “Von Trapps of the Northwest” by local media, their love of music is embraced by their five grown children and six grandchildren, most of whom return each year to join the family band for the Yuletide Concerts.
41st Annual Celtic Yuletide Concerts
Sunday, Dec 1, 3:00 pm KINGSTON Redeemer United Methodist Church
Sunday, Dec 8, 3:00 pm KENT Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center
Friday, Dec 13, 7:30 pm TACOMA Urban Grace Church
Saturday, Dec 14, 7:30 pm SEATTLE Returning to Town Hall
Sunday, Dec 15, 3:00 pm MOUNT VERNON The Historic Lincoln Theatre
Tuesday, Dec 17, 7:00 pm Bellevue Meydenbauer Center Theatre
Ticket link coming soon
Friday, Dec 18, 7:30 pm PORTLAND Alberta Rose Theatre
Friday, Dec 20, 7:30 pm 2 shows! LEAVENWORTH Snowy Owl Theater – Icicle Creek Ctr for the Arts
Saturday, Dec 21, 7:30 pm LEAVENWORTH Snowy Owl Theater – Icicle Creek Ctr for the Arts
What concert-goers say about Celtic Yuletide:
“The perfect start to a season of beautiful music.”
“My family has been coming since I was a child. I intend to one day bring mine.”
“I love your marvelous, musical family.”
Press Contact Information (NOT FOR PRINT)
To promote their 41st year of annual Celtic Yuletide Concerts across the Northwest, Philip and Pam Boulding will be available for in-studio appearances, performances and interviews.
For further information, photos, complimentary press admission to the shows, or for review copies of their newest albums on CD, please call: (253) 857-3716 or (253) 857-6402, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Perhaps the world’s most well-known and beloved choral work, George Frederick Handel’s Messiah has transcended its time and place to become a “work of the people” shared by audiences and musicians around the world. This holiday classic oratorio is performed by the talented orchestra and vocalists of Symphony Tacoma Voices.
Ozomatli combines classic and modern Latino, urban, hip-hop, reggae and more! This Los Angeles band represents the city’s eclectic culture and has won several Grammy awards for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album. They have been named Cultural Ambassadors for the U.S. State Department, were the first musical group to speak at the TED Conference in San Francisco, and have performed for President and First Lady Obama at the congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 32rd Annual Award Gala. Defined by innovation, creativity, and putting on a great party that you won’t want to miss!
Enjoy a performance that combines high-energy dance, live percussion, and foot stomping choreography with the incredible talent of nine handsome blokes who perform everything from sing-along classics to classic rock.
It is a pint-filled good time featuring the music of Paul Simon, Adele, Queen, Guns ’N’ Roses, SIA, and much more! Hear music from classic rock to Broadway, plus the show includes world-class tap dancers, tumblers, and even a UK Poetry Slam champion. Winner of the best overall Pick of the Fringe award at the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival, the world’s second largest annual arts festival. The Choir of Man is the runaway hit from the creative minds of Nic Doodson and Andrew Kay – the team behind The Soweto Gospel Choirs.
Delius: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
Simon Petersson: Spheres (U.S. PREMIERE)
Yaron Gottfried: Electric Guitar Concerto (with multimedia) (U.S. PREMIERE)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”
On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring is a delightful expression of the beauty of nature. Maestra Sarah Ioannides conducted Simon Petersson’s Spheres in Sweden in 2018 and is excited to bring it to Tacoma. Seattle native Michael Nicolella will perform Israeli composer Yaron Gottfried’s Electric Guitar Concerto, a beautiful classical piece featuring a non-traditional orchestral instrument. The heroic Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” is one of Beethoven’s most celebrated works and is widely considered an important landmark in the transition between the Classical period and the Romantic era.
Beethoven: Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter”
David Ludwig: Songs from the Bleeding Pines (WORLD PREMIERE)
Beethoven: Fantasy for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra “Choral Fantasy”
Creatures of Prometheus is Beethoven’s only full-length ballet and shows his lighter side. Mozart’s longest and final symphony “Jupiter” was said to be an inspiration to Beethoven with its five simultaneous melodies. Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy” is considered a forerunner to his Ninth Symphony and includes piano and vocal solos as well as chorus. Inspired by “Choral Fantasy,” Composer in Residence David Ludwig draws on its themes in his world-premiere composition, Bleeding Pines which provides a commentary on today’s environmental crisis.
With a string of No. 1 classics, including “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” – the most played song in radio history – the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield has topped the charts over four decades. After Bobby’s death in 2003, Bill continued to perform to sold-out crowds around the world, but fans and friends pleaded with him to keep The Righteous Brothers alive. While no one could ever take Bobby’s place, when Bill discovered Bucky Heard’s show it all came together – he found the right guy to help him recreate the magic. The concert experience features their biggest hits, including “Lovin’ Feelin’,” “Soul & Inspiration,” “Unchained Melody” and “The Time of My Life,” and much more!
ABBA The Concert brings on of the greatest pop phenomena to life. This show continues to rank as the top ABBA tribute group in the world. Be dazzled with a fantastic performance of the most iconic hits from ABBA, including “Mamma Mia,” “S.O.S,” “Money, Money, Money,” “The Winner Takes All,” “Waterloo,” “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme,” and “Dancing Queen.” Come dance, sing, and have the time of your life!