Ravinia audiences welcomed Celtic Woman with what vocalist Chloe Agnew said "made us feel right at home." She was, of course, referring to the torrential downpour that made these talented Irish lasses feel like they were back in Ireland. on Wednesday night.
But the rain didn't stop their "take the house down" performances as this enchanting Irish musical ensemble sang and danced their way into the hearts of the audiences. Vocalists Chloë Agnew, Lisa Lambe and Susan McFadden, along with violinist Máiréad Nesbitt created a the trifecta of the Celtic experience -- singing, dancing and bagpipes. The dazzling lights lit up the stage with so many "40 Shades of Green," you were sure a leprechan was going to leap off the stage.
The group performed individually and collectively, sharing Irish and Scottish ballads as well as the classic "Ava Marie" and the haunting "You Raise Me Up." They even gave tribute to Broadway with "I Had a Dream" and "Circle of Life." Singing together, their angelic voices and gorgeous costumes made it a beautiful elaborately staged, visually stunning concert. Dermot Kiernan's fast-stepping Irish jigs were met with thunderous applause, leaving the audience wanting for more.
Since they began in 2004, Celtic Woman has emerged as a global cultural phenomenon. The group’s uplifting mix of timeless tradition and contemporary craft has transcended national and cultural borders to touch the hearts of a devoted international fan base. In addition, Celtic Woman was recently named Billboard Magazine’s #1 Top World Album Artist in their year-end issue. For information about Celtic Woman, visit www.celticwoman.com. This was their debut performance at Ravinia. Let's hope they'll make an encore performance next year!
Coming up this week at Ravinia is: Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band, Jewel and the Bo Deans. For tickets, call 847-266-5100 or visit www.ravinia.org