Celtic Nights to Bring Night of Song and Dance to River Campus


Celtic Nights

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 13, 2013 – Celtic Nights, through the power and majesty of music and the hypnotic fury of dancing feet, will tell the story, “Journey of Hope,” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall on Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

Celtic Nights expertly weave together the lilting melodies and plaintive lyrics of the rich Celtic heritage to tell the story of a people struggling to find their place in a changing world. In this stirring tale of the Celtic experience, the audience is taken on a breathtaking journey through the finest traditional Celtic music and dance.

Celtic Nights feature both the finest male and female voices of the Celtic world showcased against a thundering backdrop of expert dancing and musicianship. In this glittering production, Celtic Nights create an exhilarating picture of a proud people who dared to dream big and doggedly carve out a home in the New World.

River Campus Assistant Director Bob Cerchio said he was extremely lucky to find one of the hottest Celtic groups in the world for the Bedell stage.

“In this business, there are few groups which truly stand out, and Celtic Nights is one of those,” Cerchio said. “When the music gets going, it’s like your heart beats to the rhythm. This show explodes off the stage and carries the audience away. It is breathtaking — absolutely breathtaking!”

Celtic Nights will go on a journey every eight minutes to a different place, filling the audience with laughter, sadness and melancholy as they pass the mantle of their forefathers’ legacy with pride and passion.

The influence of the old music, which became the American sounds of Bluegrass, Appalachian, Country and Western, the great songs and ballads from Shenandoah, and the songs of the American Civil War will be a part of the Celtic Nights experience.

Many old favorites, including “Danny Boy,” “Isle of Hope,” “Galway Bay” and “Isle of Innisfree” will be performed, along with “My Love is in America” and “May We Never Have to Say Goodbye.”

Just as a plant craves light, Celtic people are drawn to music and song. Scattered around the world like seeds on the wind, they are propelled by the powerful rhythms and motifs of a mysterious and exuberant ancient culture.

Music is the soul, the very lifeblood of their traditions. It binds them together, even as it sets them apart. For those of Celtic origin, this driving passion for music and dance is the keystone of their identity.

Their response to melody, lyric and the criss-crossing rhythms of Irish dance is reflexive, intuitive and filled with joy. The Irish embrace their musical culture like no other nation, and their pride in artistry is its own reward. Above all else, it is this natural affinity with music and song that has given Celtic people a truly global voice.

Tickets are on Sale Now. 

Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at RiverCampusEvents.com.