Celtic music and dance showcases are an established favorite with audiences throughout the Central Coast.  On Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center’s Cohan Center, Cal Poly Arts presents CELTIC NIGHTS: JOURNEY OF HOPE.

England’s The Guardian called the evening an “unmissable two hour spectacular (that) has brought audiences to their feet all around the world.”

From the creators of Gaelforce Dance, Celtic Nights: Journey of Hope is a brand new show in celebration of song, expertly weaving the lilting melodies and plaintive lyrics of a rich Celtic heritage to tell the story of a people.

In this stirring tale of the Celtic experience, the audience is invited to travel on a journey of hope, transported in time through traditional ballads, vivid choreography, and the story of a people struggling to find their place in a changing world – told through the power and majesty of music and the hypnotic fury of dancing feet.

Celtic Nights is a unique event that features some of the finest voices of the Celtic world, showcased against a thundering backdrop of expert dancing and musicianship. In this glittering production, six of Ireland’s most prominent vocal talents are complimented by six of its most accomplished step dancers, creating an exhilarating picture of a proud people who dared to dream big and doggedly carved out a home in the New World.

“A perfect mix of traditional and contemporary Irish pieces, (taking) the audience right to the edge of this ancient art form.”  (London Times)

Student and adult tickets for the performance range from $16 to $38 and may be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

To order by phone, call 805/756-2787; to order by fax: 805/756-6088.

24-hour on-line ordering is available at www.calpolyarts.org.

10% discount offered to groups of 10 or more. (Not applicable to student rates)

Sponsored by Al & Patty Moriarty, Mitch & Marianne Wolf, the Foundation for the Performing Arts Center, Matrix Mobile Television, and SeaCrest Oceanfront Hotel.

For more information on all Cal Poly Arts events, including audio and video samples, please visit www.calpolyarts.org.