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Fritz Auditorium to present virtual concert of Irish music on St. Patrick's Day

The "Ireland With Michael" show will feature a 'leading voice of Ireland,' and guest singers, dancers and musicians performing traditional Irish music

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Michael Londra, an Emmy-nominated Irish tenor, is featured in "Ireland With Michael -- A Virtual Concert," to be presented by the Chester Fritz Auditorium on March 17, St. Patrick's Day. (Submitted photo)

The Chester Fritz Auditorium is partnering with the Hennepin Theatre Trust in Minneapolis to co-present “Ireland With Michael -- a Virtual Concert” direct from Ireland.

The show will stream on the ShowTix4U platform at 7 p.m. March 17 with viewing available for 48 hours, said Betty Allan, director of the Fritz Auditorium.

Tickets, $25 per household or device, are on sale at on the ShowTix4U website . Video will be available to view from 7 p.m. March 17 through 7 p.m. March 19. A souvenir meet-and-greet package also may be purchased for $50.

A portion of the proceeds from each ticket or package sold will support the Chester Fritz Auditorium.

Ticket-buyers gain access to “a wonderful Celtic show, performed by some of Ireland’s most talented artists, and lend their support to the Chester Fritz Auditorium during these difficult times,” Allan said.

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The concert, filmed at the National Opera House of Ireland, is a perfect complement to any St. Patrick’s celebration, as it features the ethereal voice of top Irish tenor Michael Londra, she said. He is backed by the Irish Concert Orchestra, two nationally acclaimed choirs -- the Valda Choir and The Presentation Children’s Choir -- and top-class guest singers and musicians from Ireland.

The “Ireland With Michael” performance is a celebration of Irish culture and music for Irish American Heritage Month, Allan said. Londra shares his own connection to the songs and stories of his home country, and his love of traditional music with world champion Irish dancers, the 10-piece harpist group, Clairsi Neamhai, and fiddlers, pipers playing jigs and reels.

Londra, an Emmy-nominated Irish tenor, is an expert on all things Celtic, Allan said. He invites the audience not only to his live show but also to scenes in his home country with guest singers, Irish dancers and storytellers throughout the show, filmed in local castles and pubs.

“We’re delighted to continue co-presenting these exceptional cultural events with Hennepin Theatre Trust because the response from our ticket-holders has been resoundingly positive,” Allan said. “We join the Trust as a co-presenting theater in a shared mission of making the arts available to all audiences.”

Mark Nerenhausen, president and CEO of Hennepin Theatre Trust, said, “By combining our resources and energy, we are giving theater and concert fans the excitement of shared experiences that audiences typically enjoy in the theater.”

The Trust is also partnering with other theaters in Brainerd, Detroit Lakes and Red Wing, Minn., and Hayward, Wis., to offer this program.

On St. Patricks’ Day “all things Irish are celebrated,” Allan said. “Fans can celebrate in the comfort of their home with one of Ireland’s leading voices, Michael Londra, with a show that promises to fill you with pride in your heritage if you are Irish and, if not, sure, you can be Irish for one day.”

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Michael Londra, a leading Irish tenor, performs along with other Irish musicians and dancers in "Ireland With Michael -- A Virtual Concert" to be presented March 17 by the Chester Fritz Auditorium. (Submitted photo)

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Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at pknudson@gfherald.com or (701) 780-1107.
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