Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Celtic Nights appears at the Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center on February 13 and 14. Drawn from the history and folklore of Ireland, The Emigrants Bridge will bring the audience on a stunning musical journey of a people leaving and arriving. Telling the tail of emigration to the United States of America, the show will evoke laughter, sadness, melancholy, and a sense of who we are and who our children will grow up to be. The audience becomes a part of the story on stage, as the cast of three male and three female vocalists share the sounds of Celtic music old and new. Many of the old favorites -- Danny Boy, Isle of Hope and Whiskey in the Jar will be performed, along with a few new surprises. The show is at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $40/$45.
Next up is the Spirituals Project Choir performing on February 15. The Spirituals Project is a broad-based initiative to explore the many, varied dimensions of African American spirituals as art form, tradition and tool. The Spirituals Project Choir is an integral part of The Spirituals Project organization. The choir consists of singers of all ages and backgrounds with varying degrees of musical experience. The Choir celebrates the varied traditions of the spirituals (sacred songs created and first sung by enslaved Africans in America in the 18th and 19th centuries), and provides an opportunity for people to connect personally with the spirituals through performance. The show is at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $20.
For those looking for a laugh, Colin Quinn is sure to amuse during UNCONSTITUTIONAL on February 22. Quinn has had an illustrious career that includes spots on MTV, Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central, and several box office films. Now on the main stage at the PACE Center, he’ll tackle 226 years of American Constitutional calamities, offering his unique comedic perspective on our national character. From predator drones to the Kardashians, he pulls no punches in asking if this is what the founding fathers planned. Broadway World called it “70 hilarious minutes of plainspoken wit.” Please note that this performance contains strong language and is intended for adult audiences. The show is at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $30/$35.
Finally, Ballet Ariel performs Avoca – A Tale of Molly Brown and Sleeping Beauty at the Mainstreet Center on March 1 and 2. Ballet Ariel tells the inspiring story of Colorado’s own heroine Margaret ‘Molly’ Brown, from her humble start in the Leadville mining town, to her rise to riches and Denver society, and fame after surviving the Titanic. The ballet is danced to a score of turn of the century music from ragtime to gospel performed live by the Gossamer Winds Quintet. Choreographed by Ilena Norton, the ballet’s scenario was developed in consultation with the Molly Brown House Museum. Reviews of Ballet Ariel’s past performance of Avoca were glowing, with Donald Atwood stating that Ballet Ariel is “becoming an absolute gem…Her dance that represents a lifeboat scene at the sinking of the Titanic is stunning” (worlddancereviews.com 2011). Also on the program is Sleeping Beauty Suite, excerpts from the classical ballet The Sleeping Beauty. Ballet Ariel’s mission is to present original ballets that combine classical tradition and images of contemporary culture, while providing dance education and fostering appreciation of the art of ballet. The March 1 show is at 7:30 p.m., and the March 2 show is at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $16/$20/$22.
Tickets for all shows above can be purchased at PACEcenteronline.org or by calling 303.805.6800.