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Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain: An Irish-Appalachian Celebration

December 17, 2020 - January 16, 2021
9:00 am - 9:00 am

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$18 Per Couple in advance
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216.320.0012 ext. 6


NOTE: This concert-video replaces the Dec. 17 performance of “DELIGHT: A Fiddler’s Noël” at the Music Institute of Chicago. The in-person concert is cancelled due to the pandemic.

Filmed with close-ups and first-rate audio quality, as if you are right on stage with the musicians! Watch on your computer or your smart TV.

Filmed at a sold-out concert at the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2018, the never-before-released video of Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain gives a close-up view of the joyous program from GRAMMY winners Jeannette Sorrell and Apollo’s Fire. Fiddlers, medieval harp, hammered dulcimer, bagpipes, and singers join with children’s voices in this communal celebration of the American immigrant experience.

From 17th-century Ireland to a toe-tapping "barn dance" in Virginia… we follow the journeys of the Irish settlers who bravely crossed the Atlantic. The people of the mountains welcome Christmas with LOVE, SINGING, DANCING and PRAYER.

“Draws you deeper and deeper in… for all the breathless rollicking, there are tears under the surface that highlight a vital part of the Christmas story, enforced emigration and all. The quiet finale The Parting Glass reminds us that, sometimes, two beautiful voices entwined are powerful enough.”
– GRAMOPHONE (Festive Disc of the Year, 2018)

“Brilliant fiddling… astonishingly lovely harmony… It was riveting to hear this mostly forgotten music. The lightning strike of genius can happen, sometimes even repeatedly to those willing to earn it. Jeannette Sorrell is one such person. This show was spectacularly performed and deeply moving. If that’s not genius, I don’t know what is.”

Duration: approx. 1 hr 40 min. Available beginning Thursday, Dec. 17. Watch anytime for 30 days.

TICKETS: Video tickets are $18. Your ticket allows you to watch the concert anytime for 30 days. It also gives you access to the ZOOM Pre-Concert Talk and Post-Concert Virtual Lobby. Call 1.800.314.2535 or buy tickets online here.

Pre-Concert ZOOM Talks: Don’t miss the lively discussion with lutenist Brian Kay. Thursday, 12/17 at 7:30pm. A ZOOM link will be sent to all ticket holders for these concerts.

Post-Concert VIRTUAL LOBBY:Meet 2-3 of the featured the artists in our new Q&A ZOOM discussions – Sunday 12/20 at 7:30pm. Sit down with a glass of wine for 30 minutes and toast the musicians on their performance!


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