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A Celtic Celebration

A Celtic Celebration
This music introduces students to celtic heritage through music, stories, puppets, and songs. The students are introduced to the history of Scotland and Ireland by stories of those who came to the US, especially North Carolina. They will learn about the music they brought with them, included songs, dance music, and marches. The program presents celtic heroes, including Brian Boru of Ireland. Students learn about courage through his dedication to save Ireland from the Vikings. Students clap, drum, and step-in-place to experience dance rhythms. Volunteers use puppets and dress in costumes to help the harpist tell stories about leprechauns, fairies and far-away lands. They learn a song about peace between friends and nations. Since the harp is vital to celtic culture,students learn how it works. All students get a chance to play the harp as they leave the program, if desired. This program can be adapted for international festivals and is great for St. Patrick's day!

Artist Background

Anita Burroughs-Price has been harpist with the North Carolina Symphony since 1986. She holds a Master of Music degree from Yale and a diploma from London's Royal College of Music. She teaches at Furman University and has taught at UNC and the SC Governor's School.She has performed throughout the southeast and in Europe. In addition to solo and orchestral concerts, she also brings soothing music to shelters, clinics and hospitals. Anita won the 1999 Raleigh Medal of Arts for her artistry and humanitarian service. Her CD "Healing Touch" won the 2006 Excellence in Media Silver Angel Award and has raised over $20,000 for NC charities fighting hunger. A devoted educator, she brings 25 years of joy and experience to the classroom and stage.

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