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Tickets now available for 'A Virtually Celtic Christmas' online presentation

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020



MANHATTAN — "A Virtually Celtic Christmas" will be presented online by Kansas State University's McCain Connected series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17. A portion of each ticket price will benefit McCain Auditorium.

Filmed at the National Opera House of Ireland, this holiday show features the Irish Concert Orchestra, two choirs, guest singers and musicians from all over Ireland, and the ethereal voice of Irish tenor Michael Londra, who is best known as the lead voice of "Riverdance" on Broadway and for his Emmy-nominated show "Beyond Celtic" on PBS.

Tickets are $25 for video on demand. Upgrade to $35 for a signed DVD of the show delivered to your home. Upgrade further to $50 for a signed DVD of the show and a personal zoom call for that perfect Christmas gift.

Tickets are not accessible through McCain Auditorium and are only available at https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/41710. This ticket link can also be found on McCain Auditorium's website and Facebook page. A portion of each ticket price will benefit McCain.

The concert features beautifully sung traditional carols, ancient Gaelic hymns and classic carols that audiences who are familiar with Londra's recordings will know well. The concert's musical director, renowned Irish composer Liam Bates, composed choral arrangements for the evening. Guest artists include New York Times best-selling author of "Artemis Fowl," Eoin Colfer. Bates and Colfer's songs from their Christmas musical "NOËL" are featured in the concert along with an appearance by West End star and Northern Ireland native Zoe Rainey who starred in "Wicked" and "Hairspray."

Songs include "In the Bleak Midwinter," "The Wexford Carol," "Winter, Fire and Snow" and more to warm you on a winter's evening.

Londra is originally from Wexford, home of the National Opera House and was the first local artist to perform at the venue when it opened in 2009. Over the past year, he has spent much of his time in his homeland filming a new television series for public television. "Ireland with Michael," a travel and music show featuring some of Ireland's biggest stars, will air on PBS in spring 2021. Audiences of "Virtually Celtic Christmas" will get a special glimpse of the show during the concert and learn about his love for his home county and his connection to the Kennedy family.


Todd Holmberg


McCain Auditorium


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Celtic Christmas

Tickets are available now for "A Virtually Celtic Christmas," an online presentation offered by McCain Auditorium's McCain Connected series on Dec. 17.