Friday, November 1, 2013

The Priests to Perform in December at Holland Center






THE PRIESTS TO PERFORM SACRED AND CHRISTMAS MUSIC DECEMBER 7 AT HOLLAND CENTER
Trio Of Irish Tenors Holds Guinness Record For Fastest-Selling Classical Debut

Omaha Performing Arts presents The Priests at the Holland Performing Arts Center on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. The performance will include a mix of Christmas and sacred music, classical arias and traditional Irish songs. The concert is part of Omaha Performing Arts’ 13/14 Showcase Series. Tickets start at $20 and are available at TicketOmaha.com, 402.345.0606 or at the Ticket Omaha Office inside the Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St.

The Priests are a global phenomenon that started in 2008 with the release of an eponymously-titled album. The three tenors brothers Father Martin O'Hagan and Eugene O'Hagan along with Father David Delargy had little inkling of what was about to happen to them. As it transpired, plenty did happen to them - huge record sales, record-breaking triumphs and global fame.

The trio of Irish priests are among the most recognized and successful acts in both the religious and secular worlds. Their debut album sold at such a pace it secured them a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest-selling classical recording debut ever. They fascinated global media, shared sofa space with TV hosts the world over, and graced the pages of all manner of publications including Time Magazine. They have sung to audiences that include the British royal family and the Irish president. They were nominated for Classical Brit Awards for Classical Album of the Year for three consecutive years and in September 2010, The Priests shared a stage with Pope Benedict XIV before a crowd of 80,000 people in London’s Hyde Park while millions more watched on television.

In 2011, they wanted to spend more time in their parishes. There was a sprinkling of concerts in Europe, and their Christmas With The Priests concerts in Ireland were a huge success. True to their calling, The Priests donate the proceeds from their albums to various charities. Toward the end of 2011, the Priests were approached by a screenwriter who asked if he could write the story of their musical lives for film. This film, Raising The Roof is currently in pre-production and is set for release in late 2014. 

Hear the trio describe how The Priests got started and see part of a performance at TicketOmaha.com. The Priests will be at the Holland Performing Arts Center December 7 at 8:00 p.m. Single tickets start at $20 and can be purchased online at TicketOmaha.com, by phone at 402.345.0606, or at the Ticket Omaha Office in the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

### ABOUT OMAHA PERFORMING ARTS
Omaha Performing Arts is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to enriching the lives of the citizens of Omaha and surrounding communities. In its two venues: the Orpheum Theater and Holland Performing Arts Center, the organization presents the best of Broadway, jazz, blues, dance, comedy, family and popular entertainment. Omaha Performing Arts also offers a range of educational programs and free community events that support, enhance and expand appreciation for the arts. In addition, the organization provides comprehensive ticketing services through Ticket Omaha, the official ticket retailer for the Orpheum and Holland.

Omaha Performing Arts’ performances are supported in part by the Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the Mid-America Arts Alliance, National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Omaha and the Douglas County Visitor Improvement Fund, as well as corporate sponsors, private donors and foundations. For more information, visit OmahaPerformingArts.org. 

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