Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul to perform

October 7, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE -Born out of the sounds and rhythms of ethnic music while globally infused and soulfully embodied in the traditions of the American music culture, Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul was formed in 1999 in New York City under the leadership of renowned fiddle virtuoso Eileen Ivers. Now, on a national tour, Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul will perform in the Brodbeck Concert Hall at 8 p.m. on Oct. 21, as part of the 2003-04 UWP Center for the Arts Performing Arts Series.

Bronx-born and steeped in tradition, Ivers is the child of Irish immigrants and a passionate student-turned-master of Irish music. At the early age of ten, Ivers represented the United States in the All-Ireland fiddle championships. She won the competition, and went on to win nine more All-Ireland titles, one on tenor banjo, eventually becoming one of that competitions most celebrated and decorated musicians with over 30 championship medals in all. It was not long before Ivers was a dominating force in the global Irish music scene.

Her accomplishments to date include headline tours, recording credits on over 80 contemporary and traditional albums, numerous movie scores and affiliations with the London Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony at The Kennedy Center, Boston Pops, the musical star of Riverdance, The Chieftains, Paula Cole, Patti Smith, Hall and Oates and Cherish the Ladies, of which she was a founding member. Ivers has established herself as the pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today.

A touring troupe designed to present Ivers' signature sound, Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul, is a collective group of internationally and nationally renowned musicians and performers encompassing Irish instrumentalists, soulful American vocals and a mix of African and Latin percussion and bass, providing a beautiful fusion clearly grounded in traditional Irish music yet also embracing the rhythms of African, Latin and American roots in a natural and musical way.

Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul has been privileged to perform at major arts centers, as guests of numerous symphonies, at major festivals worldwide and on national and international television programs numerous times. Their heart-pumping, show-stopping live performances continuously receive accolades from audiences of all ages and rave reviews from coast to coast. At the UWP performance, members of the Dubuque-based Claddagh Irish Dancers will perform with Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul, adding to what will already be an amazing show.

As with all events in the 2003-2004 UWP Center for the Arts Performing Arts Series, there will be a themed pre-show dinner as well as a free pre-show discussion with members of the ensemble. The discussion will take place in the Center for the Arts beginning at 7 p.m. The pre-show dinner will begin at 6 p.m. in the Velzy North room of the Ullsvik Center and will feature a themed meal entitled "Melting Pot Trio" for $12 per person. Dinner tickets should be purchased by Oct. 17 by calling the university box office at 608-342-1298.

All Performing Arts Series performances begin at 8 p.m. and tickets are available through the university box office in the Center for the Arts. Ticket prices for Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul are: UWP students $7; under 18 $10; senior citizens $18; UWP faculty/staff $18; general admission $20. The university box office is open Monday - Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and can be reached by calling 608-342-1298. The university box office is located in the lobby of the Center for the Arts on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville at 700 West Main St. More information on the Performing Arts Series can be found at http://www.uwplatt.edu/arts/cfa.

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