Concert at Notre Dame to celebrate spirit of Christmas with an Irish flavor
By David Karas | Correspondent
Faithful and friends throughout the region are invited to enjoy an evening filled with the spirit of Christmas – and with an Irish flavor – as acclaimed Irish singer Cathie Ryan and her award-winning band visit the Diocese of Trenton.
Ryan and her band will be on tour this season to celebrate a traditional Irish-American Christmas with “The Winter’s Heart,” including a stop at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville.
“The music is gorgeous – guitar, bodhrán, fiddle, Irish uillean pipes, flute, and tin whistle, Irish step-dancers,” Ryan said. “There’ll be loads of music, song, story, dancing and Christmas cheer. We all need songs of hope and healing … and this show is all about opening our hearts – that’s why we named it ‘The Winter’s Heart.’ It is a celebration of how we open our hearts at Christmas.”
The evening will feature Ryan’s vocals, the instrumental accompaniments of her band and stories, poetry and song – also including participation by some of Notre Dame High School’s championship Irish dancers. Other students will serve as ushers and assist with ticket sales, social media and publicity.
Tickets are $25 per person, with all proceeds benefitting renovations to the school’s auditorium.
The concert will be Ryan’s third concert at Notre Dame, though next month’s visit is part of her first tour bearing a Christmas theme. Her stop in Lawrenceville is the only in New Jersey, and the only at a high school.
“I love Christmas songs and the impulse was to do lots of songs we all know already,” said Ryan, “but I’d like to highlight our Irish-American traditions through song, so that will mean new songs.”
Selections include popular seasonal numbers such as “Silent Night,” but will also be splashed with some tunes written by Ryan, and some that are popular in Ireland.
“‘The Winter’s Heart’ seem(s) to encapsulate everything I believe Christmas is about, including Christ being born at Christmas and all of the heart-centered teachings of Christianity,” said Ryan. “It is beautiful that in the time of cold and barrenness, a time when most of us go inside, we open our hearts, our homes, to new hope, new life and to each other. It raises us up.”
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ndnj.org or contact Colette at [email protected].