On Monday at 7:30 p.m. on stage in the Heritage Theater, CCMA proudly presents Irish tenor, Michael Londra of “Riverdance” fame, in “A Celtic Yuletide with Michael Londra.”
Londra celebrates the holiday season with the release of his Christmas album, “Beyond the Stars,” in support of his concert tour, which includes his performance in our Virtuoso Concert Season.
The evening will feature “An Do’chas, a young group from Washington state that are said to “infuse traditional music with new life,” and the Haran Irish Dancers.
“A Celtic Yuletide is something that has developed over the years,” Londra said. “In addition … I bring along a pianist to complement the sound, and we have the best dancers in the States come along as well,” he added.
Londra hales from a small town in South East Ireland called Wexford. The tenor is also a song-writer. The title track from his CD is his creation.
“I get lots of requests from choirs around the U.S. to sing it at Christmas. I never thought I’d see the day when people would listen to and like something I wrote,” Londra said of his tune.
Cedar City audiences will be treated to songs and carols from the seasonal CD – Tunes like “Winter, Fire and Snow,” written by Brendan Graham, who wrote Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up,” the classic, “In The Bleak Mid Winter” and “Silent Night,” to name just a few.
Although best known for his involvement with the acclaimed “Riverdance,” which brought him immediate notice, Landra has performed in concert halls throughout his native land, the Far East, Europe and cities across the U.S. He has many diverse and devoted fans: close to two-million people have sought out his performance of the classic “Danny Boy,” on YouTube.
Chicago-based Londra tours the world, records and visits his homeland. And, in addition to these activities, he is working on a new CD and is spokesman for “Concern Worldwide,” a humanitarian organization with the mission of eliminating poverty in developing countries.