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Leahy performs at the Nazareth College Arts Center, Nov. 19

  • Published: November 07, 2011

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Nazareth College Arts Center Box Office at (585) 389-2170

Leahy performs at the Nazareth College Arts Center, Nov. 19

Nazareth College Arts Center is pleased to present a special performance by Leahy, an award-winning Canadian powerhouse of eight siblings who perform a unique – and highly energetic – combination of fiddle-driven music, dance, and vocals, augmented by keyboards and percussion. 

Leahy’s signature mix of Celtic, pop, country, rock and folk has won them fans across the U.S. and Canada.
They will perform at the Nazareth College Arts Center on Saturday, November 19, at 8 p.m. (A free pre-performance lecture will be held at 7 p.m.). Tickets to Leahy are $30-$60. To purchase tickets, visit or call the Arts Center box office: 585-389-2170 or visit us online: artscenter.naz.edu.

With several popular cross-genre albums and numerous awards to their credit, this sibling sensation brings incredible artistry and passion to their performances. Leahy’s albums include Leahy Live (2006); In All Things (2004); Lakefield (2001); Leahy (1996); and Handmade (2007), a two-disc compilation of Lakefield and In All Things. “Their live performance makes “Riverdance” look like Lawrence Welk re-runs,” says Time Out New York.

About Leahy
As teens, the siblings performed across Canada with their parents, and quickly became favorites on the festival and fair circuit. A documentary profile, Leahy: Music Most Of All, won a 1985 Academy Award for Best Foreign Student Film. Following an extended break from performing, the members of Leahy reunited, and a deal with Virgin Records saw their career soar in dramatic fashion.
1997's self-titled debut seized the public's attention, and extensive touring (much of it as opening act for Shania Twain) boosted Leahy to phenomenal sales of double platinum (over 200,000) in Canada. It also sold impressively in the U.S. (where it reached No. 4 on the Billboard world music chart), Great Britain and Europe, proving that the Leahy sound travels well. The group snared Juno Awards for Best Instrumental Group and Best New Group in 1997, and took home the Best Country Group or Duo trophy the following year. 2001's gold-selling Lakefield saw Leahy integrating vocal-driven material into their expanding repertoire to fine effect, and In All Things followed suit.
Their compelling career voyage has proven that a musical style defying easy definition can still find a large and wide audience. "It is liberating to see that there are no boundaries," stresses Donnell. "Over the course of a year, we perform at jazz, bluegrass, country and Celtic festivals. We play for classical audiences, we've played with heavy metal bands, and it works every time."
By refusing to be bound to the conventions of any one genre, Leahy has forged a sound that is truly unique.
The title of In All Things refers to music, explains Erin Leahy. "It is our spirit, it is how we are connected, it is a reflection of our experiences throughout life."

About the Arts Center’s 2011-2012 Season

Billed as a season of “inspiration,” the Nazareth College Arts Center’s 2011-2012 Subscription Series features a diverse roster: everything from awesome acrobats to fabulous Flamenco; an innovative, black-light puppet show to internationally renowned contemporary dance; an all-ages a cappella concert to explosive Japanese drumming.
Visit artscenter.naz.edu to download a copy of the Season brochure.

Box office hours are Monday- Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and 11 a.m. until curtain time on performance days. The Nazareth College Arts Center Box Office is located on campus, at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, New York, 14618.

Nazareth College Arts Center Student Rush Tickets:
Area students with a valid student ID can attend outstanding dance, theatre and international entertainment at the Arts Center for only $5 per show! Arts Center Student Rush Tickets are available for all non-­sold-out 2011-2012 subscription series shows – beginning an hour before the performance time. Students must pay cash for Rush Tickets. Limit: one Rush Ticket per student ID. Student Rush Tickets are not available for premium seating, or for family shows. (Note: Nazareth College students, with valid ID, receive one free ticket per performance.)

About Nazareth College Arts Center: Nazareth College Arts Center is the region’s premier mid-size theater and venue for world-class dance, children’s theatre and international entertainment.

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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