Poetry from Celtic texts interwoven with songs and dance of the season will highlight the 13th Annual Caprock Celtic Christmas, which will be held 6 p.m. Dec. 15 (Sunday) in Texas Tech University’s Hemmle Recital Hall.
“In the old Celtic calendars, mid-winter was an opportunity for a festival of rebirth and community, and hope for the spring,” said Christopher Smith, director of the Vernacular Music Center. “I am excited to see this role being played by Texas Tech student ensembles.”
The production will be streamed live over the Internet and a social media area will be available, where attendees are encouraged to interact through Twitter, Vine and Facebook.
The Texas Tech Celtic Ensemble, Caprock Morris dance team, their junior team The Brothers Grimm, and the Irish Set-Dancers will perform.
This year’s event will be formatted differently than previous years, which will allow more theatrical staging.
“The production is particularly focused around dance and dance music, along with the spoken-word poetry, and I think that’ll be a unique combination,” Smith said.
The event is a fundraiser for the Vernacular Music Center scholarships. Celtic Christmas is sponsored by the Vernacular Music Center, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Caprock Celtic Association and the Roots Music Institute.