Olin Fine Arts Center to Host Tomáseen Foley’s “A Celtic Christmas”

WASHINGTON, PA (Dec. 3, 2012)—Washington & Jefferson College’s (W&J) 2012-13 Arts Series season at Olin Fine Arts Center continues Sunday, Dec. 9, with a 3 p.m. performance that recreates the joy and innocence of a night before Christmas.

Tomáseen Foley’s “A Celtic Christmas” takes place in a farmhouse in the remote parish of Teampall an Ghleanntain in the west of Ireland, when the neighbors gather around the fire to grace the long wintry night with the laughter of their stories, the joy of their music, and dances they always said they were much too old for. This year, Tomáseen Foley’s “A Celtic Christmas” features Marcus Donnelly from Co. Galway, one of the most exhilarating, truly creative Irish dancers performing today. Internationally acclaimed master of the steel-string guitar William Coulter joins in, along with vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Marianne Knight from Co. Mayo (and world-champion level Irish dancer), and Brian Bigley on uilleann pipes, whistles and flute (also a world-champion level Irish dancer).

“This year’s Arts Series takes us from classical to contemporary; from an American Shakespeare Center-production to duets from operetta and Broadway; from marionettes to a PBS mainstay musician,” Dan Shaw of the Olin Fine Arts Center said. “With a high-energy Celtic troupe to screenings of award-nominated short subject films, our coming season is diverse enough for everyone’s taste.”

Season tickets for all six Arts Series events are $48 for general admission, $38 for senior citizens over 60 years of age, W&J alumni and non-W&J students, and $28 for children 12 years of age and under. Individual show tickets are also available. For more information, contact the box office at 724-223-OLIN (6546).

Tomáseen Foley appears by arrangement with MCM Arts and Entertainment.