Special to the Journal
ALBANY, Ga. The Albany Symphony Orchestra will feature one of the most sought after Celtic/World music groups on the concert series scene at its annual family-friendly performance on December 7 in the Darton Theatre at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Mithril’s unique progressive style has its roots in traditional Celtic music but moves far beyond that, weaving such diverse influences as American folk, classical and Middle Eastern melodies into their full tapestry of sound. The concert will also include Anderson’s “Christmas Festival”, a Hanukkah overture, more holiday favorites and audience participation. Santa will make a special appearance at both times.
“I have worked with Mithril and have seen the wonderful energy and musicianship they bring to their performances. I’ve invited them to join us for this special holiday concert,” said ASO Music Director and Conductor Dr. Claire Fox Hillard.
Mithril has been featured on arts and concert series and festivals throughout the Southeast and beyond. As guest artists with the Mobile (AL) Symphony, Mithril set an all-time attendance record for a symphony pops series. They have been guest artists with symphonies in Michigan, Mississippi, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma California, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.
“Like their namesake, Mithril, takes the fantasy of Tolkien and mixes it with Celtic folk and contemporary music in a magic blend of powerful musical talent,” noted Michael McDane Harris, host of Renradio.com
Mithril continues to push at the boundaries, taking audiences of all ages on an exotic musical journey to Ireland, Scotland and beyond. Mithril has released six highly successful recordings over the last ten years.
The four musicians perform on a wide array of instruments including Irish flute, whistle, fife, Celtic harp (Andra Bohnet), fiddle, bouzouki (Tom Morley), guitar (Ben Harper) and percussion (Sam Gaston), playing with the precision of their classical training and the enthusiasm and high energy that springs from their love of music.
Guests are requested to bring a canned good donation to be distributed to needy families by the Second Harvest of South Georgia food bank.
Admission is $35, $25, $22 (seniors 65+) and $10 (students with ID). Tickets are available by calling the Symphony office at 229-430-8933, on-line at albanysymphony.org or at the Box Office one hour prior to the concerts.
Maestro Hillard and the group will present PreConcert notes for informative comments and insights into the performance at 6:30 p.m. from the stage. Following the 7:30 concert, the Conductor’s Circle reception is held across from the theatre. Members and others who pay at the door ($15) can enjoy refreshments and greet Hillard and Mithril members.
In its 50th consecutive season, the ASO is a fully professional per service orchestra serving the southwest Georgia region with classical, pops, educational and special concerts. Recognized for its innovative audience developmental efforts and diverse programming, the orchestra has received the League of American Orchestras and American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) awards on multiple occasions.