CELTIC ALL-STARS CONCERT
Saturday, March 3 at 7 p.m.
Rose Center Theatre, 14140 All-American Way
The Nicholson Pipes and Drums
Eric Rigler, Uileann Piper
Donnie MacDonald, Celtic singer (Men of Worth)
Celtic Skye Highland and Irish Dancers
Catherine the Great
Tickets $30 in advance ($35 at the door)
10% discount for seniors, students and children
Call the Rose Center Ticket Office: (714) 793-1150
(Visa and Mastercard accepted)
Ticket Office open Tues-Fri, 2pm - 6pm
The Nicholson Pipes and Drums -- Orange County's own Scottish bagpipe and drum band, the Nicholson Pipes and Drums was founded in 1981 by Pipe Major Kathleen Nicholson Graham and named in honor of her father, Pipe Major Malcolm Nicholson, CM. Now under the direction of Pipe Major Robert Hackney. the band has won many awards, and recently participated in the 2006 World Pipe Band Championship in Glasgow, Scotland.
Eric Rigler (above) -- The most recorded bagpiper of all time, Eric Rigler is also no doubt the most listened-to bagpiper of all time, due to his solo turns on the official motion picture soundtracks of Braveheart and Titanic. Although he is a virtuoso on the Great Highland pipes and many other types of bagpipe, Eric's instrument of choice nowadays is the Irish uilleann (pronounced "ILL-an") pipe. His melodic mastery of the uilleann pipe can be heard not only in the aforementioned movies, but also in Million-Dollar Baby, Cinderella Man, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, and the TV hits Crossing Jordan and Battlestar Galactica, among many others.
Donnie MacDonald --Born in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, Donnie MacDonald's first language is Gaelic, and he sings the authentic songs of his homeland in both his native tongue and English. Together with Irishman James Keigher, he founded the popular Celtic duo Men of Worth in 1986. Accompanying himself on the octave mandolin and piano accordion, he is a natural raconteur and bard beloved by audiences from Orange County to Orkney.
Celtic Skye Highland and Irish Dancers -- This award-winning ensemble, formerly known as the UC Riverside Scottish Highland Dancers, enthusiastically presents the beautiful traditional dances of Scotland and Ireland, from the Highland Fling to the Sword Dance to Irish jigs and more.