On March 2, 2016

Celtic Nights tell the story of Irish independence

Courtesy of GFD Promotions

Through music, song, dance, and storytelling, Celtic Nights honors the struggle of a people fighting to gain freedom, independence, and true democracy. The show comes to Rutland’s Paramount Theatre, Sunday.

Sunday, March 6 at 7 p.m. — RUTLAND — Celtic Nights, Ireland’s acclaimed showcase ensemble for music and dance, is returning to North America in 2016 for a coast-to-coast tour of North America. The “Spirit of Freedom” tour will be visiting more than 50 communities with its celebration of the centennial of the event that gave birth to modern Ireland—the Easter Rising of 1916. The tour makes a stop at Rutland’s Paramount Theatre on Sunday March 6 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $34.50 to $44.50.

According to Michael Durkan, Celtic Nights producer, “Spirit of Freedom” departs from previous theatrical productions he has created (among them, Gaelforce Dance) by centering the production’s music, dance, narrative and spectacle on the specific historical theme of the long struggle for Irish independence and self-determination. This struggle culminated in The Easter Rising, an armed insurrection in Ireland during Easter Week 1916. While unsuccessful at the time, the Rising was a key milestone on the path to the establishment of an independent Ireland in 1922.

“‘Spirit of Freedom’ is a lively, entertaining show that tells an inspiring story as seen through the eyes of its heroes and heroines,” Mr. Durkan says. “We capture the story as a musical journey of courage, pride and determination. We’re confident that this story will resonate strongly with American audiences—indeed, with all people who cherish freedom, independence and democracy.”

Get tickets online at paramountvt.org, by calling 802-775-0903, or at the Box Office, 30 Center Street, Rutland.

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