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Last modified: Monday, August 31, 2009

IU Auditorium presents Celtic Woman on band's 'Isle of Hope' tour

WHAT: Celtic Woman
WHEN: Nov. 8, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Indiana University Auditorium, 1211 East Seventh St.
TICKETS: Tickets are $29-53 ($19-36 for IU Bloomington students) and go on sale Friday, Sept. 4 at 10 a.m. through the IU Auditorium box office,,, all Ticketmaster outlets, or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

Aug. 31, 3009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- International Irish band Celtic Woman will perform at IU Auditorium Nov. 8 on the second leg of the group's "Isle of Hope" tour.

The multiplatinum-selling, all-female group appeared on several national television shows, including "Dancing With The Stars," "The Today Show" and "Good Morning America" while wrapping up its five-month U.S. tour in July. Celtic Woman returned home to Ireland in August and was awarded "Best Celtic Group" at the 2009 Ireland Music Awards.

Now, the group's four vocalists, Chloë, Lisa, Lynn and Alex, along with Celtic violinist Máiréad, return to perform their renditions of Irish standards, classical favorites and contemporary hits.

The 2009 tour has received acclaim by fans and accolades from the media. The Grand Rapids Press praised the "heavenly, angelic voices that floated through every song." The Cincinnati Examiner called Celtic Woman "one of the most wildly popular singing groups on the planet," while Pittsburgh's Tribune Review declared "it was hard, if not impossible, to avoid a standing ovation."

The 2009 "Isle of Hope" tour features renditions of "Fields of Gold" and "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You" as well as the patriotic "O, America!" written exclusively for Celtic Woman by Brendan Graham (perhaps best-known for his song "You Raise Me Up"), along with William Joseph. Musical director David Downes has composed new music for the 19-member ensemble, featuring the voices of Celtic Woman and the energetic, musical inventiveness of Máiréad.

The show will also feature cornerstone favorites such as "The Sky and the Dawn and the Sun," "Danny Boy" and "Spanish Lady," among others that are featured on their latest CD/DVD release Greatest Journey: Essential Collection.

In just four years, Celtic Woman has played eight U.S. tours, released four CDs and four DVDS totaling more than 3 million in sales, and performed for more than 800,000 people. Named the No. 1 Top World Music Artist by Billboard Magazine, Celtic Woman albums (Celtic Woman, A Christmas Celebration, and A New Journey) have held the No. 1 position on the magazine's World Music chart for 90 consecutive weeks. The group's 2008 album, The Greatest Journey Essential Collection, debuted at No. 1.