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A City Lights Concert

Friday, December 21, 8pm (series night)
Saturday, December 22, 2pm
Saturday, December 22, 8pm (series night)
Sunday, December 23, 7:30pm ("Home for the Holidays")
Copley Symphony Hall

Matthew Garbutt, conductor
Eileen Ivers, violin
Immigrant Soul
San Diego Master Chorale
San Diego Children’s Choir

With the “luck o’ the Irish” this holiday season, we set sail for greener pastures and a visit to the Emerald Isle.  Grammy® Award-winning nine-time all-Ireland fiddle champion Eileen Ivers joins the San Diego Symphony for an evening of festive Irish holiday favorites including "The Holly Tree," "Don Oiche Ud im Beithil" ("One Night in Bethlehem"), "Hark, The Herald Angels Sing" (in traditional jig time) and "The Wexford Carol" (dating back to the 12th century) along with so many traditional favorites that we’ve come know.

Come early for Santa and Mrs. Claus Sunday evening! Professional costumed merry-makers Saturday afternoon!

$35 Coca Cola Family Packs are now SOLD OUT  for Saturday 12/22, 2pm and 8pm.


Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul; nine-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion; soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony at The Kennedy Center and the Boston Pops; original musical star of Riverdance; guest appearances with The Chieftains, Sting, Hall and Oates, Randy Brecker, Patti Smith, Paula Cole, Al Di Meola and Steve Gadd; founding member of Cherish the Ladies; Grammy®-awarded musician; movie soundtracks features including Gangs of New York; performances for presidents and royalty worldwide…this is a short list of accomplishments, headliners, tours and affiliations for fiddler Eileen Ivers, who has established herself as the pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today.

It is a rare and select grade of spectacular artists whose work is so boldly imaginative and clearly virtuosic that it alters the medium. It has been said that the task of respectfully exploring the traditions and progression of the Celtic fiddle is quite literally on Eileen Ivers' shoulders. The Washington Post states, "She suggests the future of the Celtic fiddle."

She's been called a "sensation" by Billboard magazine and "the Jimi Hendrix of the violin" by The New York Times. "She electrifies the crowd with a dazzling show of virtuoso playing" says The Irish Times. Ivers' recording credits include over 80 contemporary and traditional albums and numerous movie scores. Her latest CD, entitled Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul, continues to display why Ivers is hailed as one of the great innovators and pioneers in the Celtic and World music genres.

The daughter of Irish immigrants, Eileen Ivers grew up in the culturally diverse neighborhood of the Bronx, New York. Rooted in Irish traditional music since the age of eight, Eileen proceeded to win nine All-Ireland fiddle championships, a tenth on tenor banjo and over 30 championship medals, making her one of the most awarded persons ever to compete in these prestigious competitions.

Being an Irish-American, the intrigue of learning more about the multicultural sounds of her childhood took hold. After graduating magna cum laude in Mathematics from Iona College and while continuing her post-graduate work in Mathematics, Eileen fully immersed herself in the different genres of music which she experienced growing up in New York.  Perhaps it was the mathematical mind coupled with her passion for seeking parallels in certain traditional music styles which contributed to what has become the signature sound featured in much of Eileen's recordings since the late 1980s.

In 1999 Eileen established a touring production to present the music that now encompasses Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul. The ensemble headlines prestigious performing arts centers, guest stars with numerous symphonies, performs at major festivals worldwide and has appeared on national and international television. The L.A. Times proclaims, "Ivers' presentation was music with the kind of life and spirit that come together when talented artists from different backgrounds find the linkages that connect all forms of wonder the audience loved every minute."

Eileen created Beyond the Bog Road, a multimedia concert of music, story, dance and film. The concert celebrates the journey of the Irish immigrant and showcases how Irish music and dance have integrated with various roots music of North America to create one of the richest cross-fertilizations of folk music styles in the world.  It is a celebration of the immigrant’s journey – it is the story of the Irish immigrant’s impact on America and America’s impact on the Irish immigrant. A Beyond the Bog Road CD will be released soon. 


Tommy McDonnell, vocalist, percussion: Bronx, New York native Tommy McDonnell is an inspired vocalist who has been performing professionally since the age of 15. The son of a carpenter and professional actress/singer/dancer, Tommy brings a deeply soulful aspect to the multidimensional thrust of the Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul. Tommy played drums until 1988, when he decided to embark on a singing career. He has appeared as a featured performer in Universal Pictures Blues Brothers 2000, on David Letterman with Dr. John and on SNL and The Super Bowl with the Blues Brothers. Tommy has also shared the stage with such greats as BB king, James Brown, Eric Clapton, Lou Rawls, Isaac Hayes, Wilson Picket, to name a few, and was a member of the "ORIGINAL Blues Brothers Band" with Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman and a host of music legends.

Buddy Connolly, accordion, whistles, keyboards: Three time All-Ireland accordion champion Buddy Connolly hails from Newark, New Jersey with parents from Clare and Galway in Ireland. Buddy credits the teaching of button box master John Whelan for that individual success and the late Martin Mulvihill for numerous titles in other group categories. Some influential players during those formative years were New York City's best-John Nolan, Joanie Madden, Mike Rafferty and Eileen Ivers. As a freelance musician, Buddy was soon touring all over the USA with many bands. In 1995, he moved to Nashville and was introduced to bluegrass, Cajun and country music. There were worldwide gigs/recordings with the likes of Tim O'Brien, Kathy Mattea, Rodney Crowell, Christian rockers Ceili Rain, Orleans, Matt Molloy(Chieftains), Joel Sonnier and many others. Since 2001, Buddy has resided in Morris County, New Jersey with wife Joanna and their three children.

Greg Anderson, guitar, backing vocals: Multi-instrumentalist and producer Greg Anderson hails from the musical melting pot of New York City. Greg has  performed and recorded with a wide variety of international artists in an even wider variety of musical genres. A mainstay in the folk and traditional music worlds, he has performed with (among others) Cathie Ryan, Susan McKeown, Richard Shindell, Tommy Sands, Seán Tyrrell, and Steeleye Span fiddler Peter Knight. He has also worked with many artists in rock, jazz, and contemporary music, having played bass for the avant-rock group Doctor Nerve, with whom he has recorded and toured throughout the world, and also with The Klezmatics, accompanying them on tours of Itzhak Perlman's In The Fiddler's House. He also cofounded the NYC celtic-jazz fusion group Whirligig. As a producer, he is a recognized expert at the blending of traditional music with contemporary sounds and production values, and has produced albums for Richard Shindell, Eamon O'Tuama, The Klezmatics, Whirligig, Patrick Mangan, and James Keane, among many others.

Lindsey Horner, bass: Bassist Lindsey Horner is one of the more versatile musicians in jazz and modern music. He has most often been heard with musicians on the cutting edge recording and performing with artists such as Greg Osby, Bill Frisell, Bobby Previte, Dave Douglas, Don Byron and Muhal Richard Abrams, to name but a few. He inhabits that unique area where Jazz, Folk, Celtic and Classical music overlap and he is as at home playing improvised music as he is in the orchestra pit of the dozens of Broadway shows he has been a part of from the "Lion King" to "Tommy". He has produced five recordings with the most recent being one of his own music as a leader entitled "Undiscovered Country" and features Irish music legend Andy Irvine on two tracks. He was also a member of the co-operative group, Jewels and Binoculars, which focused on improvised takes of the music of Bob Dylan. Their final recording, "Ships with Tattooed Sails", found its way onto many critics' "Best of the Year" lists. He also has deep roots in Irish music having toured and recorded extensively with singer/songwriter Susan McKeown, Scottish fiddle master Johnny Cunningham and he is thrilled to be making music with Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul.

The San Diego Children’s Choir not only celebrates the talents of kids in our community but also understands the importance of music in our lives. The Choir is open to girls and boys ages 4-18 from all racial, ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds. We maintain and continue to cultivate an organization where music is not only taught, but also revered for being a building tool for confidence and responsibility.

SDCC was founded in 1990 under the direction of Polly Campbell, a devoted music lover and educator until her passing in 2000. We began with a single branch and two choir levels and grew into five branches with four choir levels and over 250 participants. We also have a growing neighborhood outreach program that now spans City Heights, Imperial Beach and National City.

The Choir provides the youth of San Diego opportunities for artistic and personal growth through choral music performance. These young musicians focus on cultivating, blending and challenging their vocal abilities while being part of a proud group of choristers. The children are taught music theory, sight reading and tonal accuracy with consistent rehearsal schedules. Along with the many opportunities to sing within San Diego, the Choir has also shared our vocal stylings in Italy, Australia, England and other locales!

Our featured director, Michael Morgan, is an accomplished and passionate music educator who has been with SDCC for over three years. Mr. Morgan holds a degree in Music Education from Hampton University and continues to direct and conduct choir groups around the community. He has performed in many local and national organizations as well as served on the Board for the San Diego Master Chorale, Spreckels Organ Society and the African American Music Foundation.

December 22 - December 23, 2012

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