COINCIDING with the launch of Celtic Fusion 2011, Down Arts Centre is presenting two fantastic and very different live music performances on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May, to coincide with the launch of Celtic Fusion 2011.
In association with An Droichead, Scottish folk band, Session A9, will play live at The Lodge Cultural Centre in Castlewellan at 8pm on Saturday night, followed by the story of a famous Italian Opera Singer’s escape from the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, Caruso and the Quake, at The Annesely Hall in Newcastle at 8pm on Sunday night.
Session A9 is made up of the main performers from a number of well-known Scottish bands, (Charlie McKerron, Adam Sutherland, Kevin Henderson, Gordon Gunn, David ‘Chimp’ Robertson, Marc Clement and Brian MacAlpine), and in the true spirit of traditional Scottish Music, formed a band during a Session on the famous A9 – the road between Glasgow and the Highlands.
Regularly meeting up on the way home from various performances, the sessions began and a band was formed. In addition to releasing an album, and receiving rave reviews, the band brings together the true spirit of the Scottish session, offering audiences a chance to hear the vibrancy of talent inherent in some of the most famous Scottish artists.
Caruso and the Quake tells a different story. Italian opera singer, Enrico Caruso, was at the height of his fame when he performed Carmen at the San Francisco Opera House in April 1906. He woke-up the next morning to find his hotel room collapsing on top of him. ‘Caruso and the Quake’ tells the story of his escape from the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 from his hotel room, through the fires and army gunfire peppering the city.
But can he shake off the ghosts from his past and the terrible choices he has to make to survive? Performed by Ignacio Jarquin, this unique and compelling one-man show combines beautiful storytelling and live professional opera singing to reveal the heart behind a legend. The show features live music from Puccini, Rossini, Leoncavallo, Tosti and the immortal song that Caruso introduced to the World, “O Sole Mio”.
To purchase tickets (Session A9 £15 / £12; Caruso £10 / £8) and for further information, please contact the Down Arts Centre box office on 028 4461 2233.
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