Brass, Bagpipes & Co: Off Kilt-er! will be
a Celtic extravanganza you don't want to miss! We will be welcoming over 30 guest performers including brass, bagpipes, drums, Celtic dancers, fiddle,
guitar, Irish tenor and more!
First, learn more about Celtic Colorado Pipes & Drums, who have been with us since the first brass and bagpipes concert 23 years ago! We highlighted them on our blog a few weeks ago, which you can read by clicking here.
Next up, we are ecstatic to welcome two Celtic dance troupes, the Rocky Mountain Highland Dancers and the Wick School of Irish Dance. The Rocky Mountain Highland Dancers was established over 30 years ago to express the ethnic history of Scotland through traditional Scottish Highland Dance and involves many dancers and a dozen teachers in the Denver Metro Area. The Wick School of Irish Dance has been celebrating Irish dance and music in Denver for nearly 30 years. Irish stepdance is a traditional form of dance that people have been enjoying for centuries. At Off Kilter! they will be sharing some traditional dancing as well as some Irish dance with a modern twist!
Of special note, they will be featuring 4 dancers who have national and world championship talent. Niki and Sarah Neff of the Rocky Mountain Highland Dancers have both qualified for the U.S. National Highland Dance Championships and Sarah has competed twice at the World Championships in Cowal, Scotland. On the Irish side, dancers Marisa Joseph and Ava Wiesenmeyer of the Wick School of Irish Dance are both Western regional champions and both are world medal holders in the World Irish Dance Championships - a competition exclusive to only the top 1% of all Irish dancers!
We will also be featuring brother and sister duo, Joanna & Iain Hyde on fiddle & guitar. The Hydes come from a diverse musical background rooted in traditions of Irish and American folk, including Bluegrass, Swing, and Oldtime, as well as classical music. Iain has composed and performed music throughout Colorado, the Midwest and in Nashville, TN. As a recipient of the Jack Kent Cook Foundation’s Graduate Arts Award, Joanna earned an MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance at the University of Limerick’s Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in 2014. Currently residing in Dublin, Ireland, Joanna tours Europe and North America with a range of musical projects.
Last, but certainly not least, we are also featuring fan-favorite Irish Tenor, Todd Teske. Todd has performed in our Brass & Bagpipes concerts many times and you won’t want to miss his stirring renditions of Celtic classics including Danny Boy, I’m Thinking Ever Thinking, and Morning Has Broken. His recent highlights are performing with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, the Colorado Bach Ensemble, the Seicento Baroque Ensemble and Opera Theater of the Rockies. He can be heard soloing in the movie A Remarkable Life, and recorded The Sacred Spirit of Russia (Harmonia Mundi) with Conspirare, which garnered a 2014 Grammy award for Best Choral Performance.
More infomation can be found at denverbrass.org/events/brass-bagpipes-co-off-kilt-er and tickets can be purchased at www.newmantix.com/denverbrass or by calling 303-832-HORN (4676).