Fiddling virtuoso performs for St. Patrick’s Day
March 16th, 2011
Omaha, NE – A fiddling virtuoso takes the stage this week for a Saint Patrickâ€™s Day performance at the Holland.
Eileen Ivers has been described as the â€œJimi Hendrix of the violin.â€ A nine-time All-Ireland fiddle champion, Ivers was the original musical star of the world-renowned Irish dance production, Riverdance. Ivers said Thursdayâ€™s performance with the Omaha Symphony will be an eclectic mix of orchestral pieces and classical music with a uniquely Irish twist.
â€œSome tunes date back to the early 1700s,â€ she said, while â€œothers are even more recently written, including one or two originals as well that I wrote.â€
â€œItâ€™s pretty varied,â€ she said, with â€œa lot of heartfelt, beautiful slow melodies and laments dating back to the famine timesâ€¦ sprinkled in with jigs and more joyous, upbeat dance music.â€
Ivers says she the performance should be lively and fun, and she hopes the production brings joy to the audience.
â€œI know the Holland Performing Arts Center is beautifulâ€¦but hopefully at the end, we just want them to feel like theyâ€™re in a big Irish pub and having a great time.â€
Ivers will perform Thursday at 8PM at the Holland Performing Arts Center in downtown Omaha.
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