Legacy Recordings Set to Release Holiday Symphony, the New Christmas Album from Celtic Thunder, on Monday October 27

Celtic Thunder Launching Group's First North American Full Symphony Tour in Clearwater, Florida on November 14

Celtic Thunder and Holiday Symphony featured in December 2014 Pledge Drive on Public Television


NEW YORK, Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings will celebrate the 2014 yuletide with the release of Holiday Symphony, the new collection of traditional carols and Christmas songs performed by the international singing sensation Celtic Thunder.  Holiday Symphony will be available on Monday, October 27. Fans are now able to pre-order the album here: http://smarturl.it/Celtic_Holiday

Celtic Thunder

Celtic Thunder will perform songs from Holiday Symphony on their forthcoming 20 city tour of North America, the group's first with a full symphony orchestra.  The highly-anticipated Celtic Thunder North American Holiday Symphony Tour kicks off in Clearwater, Florida on November 14 and winds up in Grand Prairie, Texas on December 14 (see full itinerary following).

For the group's first symphony orchestra tour, Celtic Thunder will depart from their large scale set productions to perform seasonal music from Holiday Symphony, joined in each market by prestigious local orchestras including the Dallas Pops, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Nashville Symphony Orchestra, among others.  The new Celtic Thunder touring production will spotlight holiday favorites ranging from carols to contemporary classics as well as signature Celtic Thunder hit songs and traditional Irish numbers. Celtic Thunder will perform a mixture of solo, duets and ensemble number in a spectacular concert experience.

Celtic Thunder's Holiday Symphony showcases an eclectic selection of Christmas standards from around the world, wrapped in Celtic Thunder's signature big production sound. Six Celtic Thunder male soloists perform solo and ensemble numbers on Holiday Symphony, backed by a 90-piece Orchestra.

Tracks on Holiday Symphony range from traditional carols "Away in A Manger," "Come All Ye Faithful" and "O Holy Night" to contemporary pop classics "Fairytale of New York" and "Mary Did You Know." The album ranges from slow and pensive numbers ("Gabriel's Message" and "Comfort Ye" arias from Handel's Messiah) to larger ensemble numbers ("Carol of the Bells," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen") and culminates with the wonderfully fast-paced arrangement of a new "Christmas Medley: Sleigh Ride, Here Comes Santa Claus, The Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town & I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus."

Recorded in Ireland last summer, Holiday Symphony is the latest CD from Celtic Thunder creator Sharon Browne and Musical Director David Munro.

Celtic Thunder's Holiday Symphony is the 11th release for the renowned Irish theatrical singing ensemble, which first appeared on Public Television in 2008. Since that first airing, Celtic Thunder has consistently remained one of the most popular musical shows for stations throughout the country. Hailed three times as BILLBOARD's Top World Music Artist and Top World Imprint (2008, 2009 and 2011), Celtic Thunder has achieved sales of over 2 million copies to date.

The Celtic Thunder show also continues to extensively tour the USA, Canada and Australia and New Zealand, performing to more than 700,000 fans over the past seven years. Celtic Thunder's official YouTube channel, "Thunder Tube" has seen over 28 million-upload views since the channel's inception in 2008.  In addition to appearing in nine hugely successful Public Television specials, including the most recent smash hit Mythology, Celtic Thunder has performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama, at the Pentagon for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as well as on the CBS Saturday Show's Second Cup Café, the Today Show, and Fox and Friends.

Celtic Thunder US Symphony Tour 2014

FRI 11/14/2014          

Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL

SAT 11/15/2014         

Florida Theatre, Jacksonville, FL

SUN 11/16/2014        

Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, TN

TUE 11/18/2014        

Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Charlotte, NC

THU 11/20/2014        

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota, FL

FRI 11/21/2014          

Symphony Hall - Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA

SUN 11/23/2014        

Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, PA

TUE 11/25/2014        

Fabulous Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI

WED 11/26/2014       

The Palladium, Carmel, IN

FRI 11/28/2014          

State Theater, Minneapolis, MN

SAT 11/29/2014         

Civic Center, Des Moines, IA

SUN 11/30/2014        

Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL

WED 12/3/2014         

Luhrs PAC - Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA

THU 12/4/2014          

Luhrs PAC - Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA

FRI 12/5/2014            

Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT

SAT 12/6/2014           

Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, NJ

SUN 12/7/2014          

NYCB Theatre at Westbury, Westbury, NY

TUE 12/9/2014          

Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh, PA                                                                    

WED 12/10/2014        

Kleinhan's Music Hall, Buffalo, NY

FRI 12/12/2014                    

Horseshoe Bluesville Casino, Robinsonville, MS

SUN 12/14/2014        

Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie, Grand Prairie, TX


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