The Pipes of Christmas will celebrate its 14th Joyous year with performances in NYC and NJ. The concert opens in NYC on Saturday, December 15 at the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church (Madison Avenue at 73rd Street) with performances at 2 and 7PM.
The concert moves across the Hudson River to NJ on Sunday, December 16 at Central Presbyterian Church (70 Maple Street, Summit, NJ) with a performance at 3PM.
The 2012 concert features two world premieres by Scottish composers. "Sea of Tranquility" by James Ross will celebrate the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong. "Balmoral Snow" by Steve Gibb marks HM Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee.
Acclaimed Gaelic Mod champion tenor Paul McCallum for the island of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides will also make his NYC singing debut. Returning in 2012 are "Pipes" favorites Jennifer Port (harp), Paul Woodiel (fiddle), Christopher Layer (uilleann pipes) and Susie Petrov (piano). Also returning are Sarah Hewitt-Ross (cello), the Solid Brass ensemble and the PM Kevin Ray Blandford Memorial Pipe Band from Redlands, CA.
Susan Currie returns as Narrator with Readings delivered by two acclaimed Scots, James Robinson (William Wallace in Mel Gibson's "Braveheart") and Evan Thomson Cattananch (Whisky legend and Master Keeper of the Quaich).
Proceeds benefit music and Gaelic history scholarships with leading instittions, including the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Sabhal Mor Ostaig, the National Piping Centre and the Gaelic College.
The concert is a production of the Clan Currie Society, a leading arts and culture foundation dedicated to preserving and promoting Scottish history and culture. The Society is also producer of "Tartan Day on Ellis Island" - the largest Tartan Day event in the world.
For complete information, visit www.pipesofchristmas.com.