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PR # 157 February 18, 2009

RVCC THEATRE TO PRESENT EVENING OF IRISH MUSIC, DANCE

Begin your St. Patrick?s Day celebration with a spectacular evening of Irish music and dance Saturday, March 14, at 8 p.m., at The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College in North Branch. The Theatre will be offering Music at the Crossroads? presentation of Celtic Crossroads as part of its Major Artists Series . Tickets cost $27 and $32.

Celtic Crossroads features seven world-class musicians?playing over 20 instruments?and two champion Irish dancers. The artists present a wonderful fusion of musical genres, including Eastern European Gypsy, North American bluegrass, world classical and jazz, and the various forms of Celtic music from Europe and the rest of the world.

The Ireland-based group has performed throughout its native country and the US, as well as in Europe. The name Celtic Crossroads originates from a time in Ireland when neighboring communities met at the crossroads between towns and villages to socialize?long before the pub tradition began. The award-winning show?s musical director is Michael McClintock, a Dublin native who immigrated to Australia at an early age. In 2005 the fiddle player arrived in Galway on a mission to share his experiences through his travels of how Irish music influenced musicians throughout the world.

In Celtic Crossroads , magical interludes from the haunting uilleann pipes, whistles, low whistles and the Celtic harp transport listeners to that crossroads in Ireland. Tempestuous fiddle playing competes with explosive banjo, intricate mandolin, accordion, mandola and bouzouki, and awe-inspiring guitar riffs, while classical flutes remind the audience that these fiercely traditional musicians are also classically trained.

For additional information about Celtic Crossroads , visit www.CelticCrossroads.ie .

For the fifth year in a row, Courier News readers voted The Theatre at RVCC as the ?Best of the Best? in 2008 in the ?Playhouse/Theater? category.

This season The Theatre at RVCC is presenting the Major Artists Series ; the 17th annual Merck Series , made possible by a generous grant from The Merck Company Foundation; School-Time Performances , a series for teachers and students grades pre-K to 12; the Family Series , a series of events designed specially for families with older children; and the Sampler Series , a series of transformational events for children and their families. This year also includes a new series, Tuesdays with Stories , which features great American literature performed by solo actors from The American Place Theatre.

A variety of subscribers? packages are available. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Box Office, 908-725-3420, or order online at www.rvccArts.org . Senior citizen, student and group discounts are also available for a variety of performances.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 40 years, offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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