Two great performances launch a month of music

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Thursday, October 1st, 2015
Community, Entertainment, What's On
Down Arts Centre has a great line up of live events this October, including five fantastic live music performances. dac5 Getting the ball rolling are Stella Bass and her band with A Little (Jazz) Night Music, celebrating the music of Stephen Sondheim, on Friday 2 October at 8pm, and back by popular demand, The 4 of Us on Saturday 3 October at 8pm. A Little (Jazz) Night Music is a tribute to the music of the Academy Award-winning Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, by celebrated Irish singer Stella Bass and her band. Stella will celebrate Sondheim’s 85th year with a concert of his most popular songs, with a jazz twist. Featuring wonderful new arrangements, the programme includes Sondheim’s best-loved songs, bridging the worlds of musicals and jazz. Sondheim got his first big break in 1957 when he was hired as the lyricist for Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. Two of his own musicals, Sweeney Todd and the recent Into the Woods have been adapted for the big screen, and in this new show, Sondheim’s music, including iconic songs such as Send in the Clowns, Losing My Mind and the Oscar-winning Sooner or Later, are adapted beautifully with new jazz arrangements. dac4On the heels of a sell-out show and rave reviews from the audience at DAC in November last year, Down Arts Centre are delighted to welcome back The 4 of Us with their critically acclaimed acoustic show on Saturday 3 October. The gig will show-case songs from their brand new album, as well as songs from their extensive back catalogue. From their first anthem, Mary, still a radio favourite, through to the UK-charting She Hits Me, to Sunlight, the band has notched up over two decades of radio hits and six top-20 charting albums. Don’t miss this rare chance to catch them live. Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Naomi Bailie commented, “The exciting line-up of performances this month and across the new season demonstrates that the quality of live events at Down Arts Centre is second to none. She added, “The music this weekend represents great value and a fantastic night out for locals and visitors alike.” To buy tickets (Both performances £12/£10) and for further information on any Down Arts Centre events, please contact the box office on 028 4461 0747 or visit www.downartscentre.com. For offers and updates, like us on Facebook (Down-Arts-Centre).

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