What: Local choral group Heartland Sings will perform a concert of Celtic music.
When: 7 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Rhinehart Recital Hall in Rhinehart Music Center at IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.
Cost: $20, adults; free, ages 18 and younger with paying adult, and University of Saint Francis students with ID; $5 in advance, IPFW students with ID; and $10, all other students with ID. To reserve tickets, call 436-8080 or go to www.heartlandchorale.org.
You won't see any Irish dancers, unless somebody from the audience gets a wee bit carried away in the music and starts jigging in the aisle.
But the Heartland Sings: Celtic concerts Friday and Sunday in IPFW's Rhinehart Music Center — the latter show on St. Patrick's Day itself — will have all the singing and music of touring Irish music shows, said Robert Nance, the local choral group's founder and artistic director.
“What you can expect is a very spiritual experience,” Nance said.
“The melodies are timeless — they stretch back thousands of years,” he said. The songs speak of love, lost love, found love and travel.
Heartland will even sing one song, “Dulaman,” in Gaelic, a native Irish language. Oddly, it's a fast-paced song about seaweed.
“It is so human,” Nance said of Celtic music. “It's real music — real as in it really touches the heart.”
Many of the songs will be familiar in name, such as “Greensleeves,” “Scarborough Fair,” “Danny Boy” and “Amazing Grace.”
But nearly all of the dozen songs in the performance will sound slightly different from the traditional version, Nance said. Heartland chose to use musical arrangements of the songs by modern Irish composer Michael McGlynn.
Born in Dublin, McGlynn's choral music combines medieval and traditional Celtic music with hints of jazz and distinctive melodies, it says on his website, http://michaelmcglynn.com.
Nance also recommends the audience wear green to the concerts, especially the Friday night performance.
The Friday show at 7 p.m. will be televised live by local public television station WFWA, PBS Channel 39. Heartland agreed to the television coverage to help the TV station during its fundraising pledge drive, Nance said.