2014 Los Angeles St. David's Day Festival - Grand Concert
A Raven Above Press Presents!
Get your ticket today for the Grand Concert at the 2014 Los Angeles St. David's Day Festival-National Day of Wales on March 1st from 12pm to 4pm (purchased ticket required)
Located at the historic Cinefamily (Silent Movie) Theater, 611 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
We are very proud to announce Meinir Gwilym will be making her North American debut headlining the St. David's Day Festival-National Day of Wales Grand Concert!
Born and raised in the small village of Llangristiolus in the heart of the Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Môn) off the North Wales coast, singer-songwriter Meinir Gwilym has established herself as one of the best-selling Welsh language artists ever. Her breakout release Smôcs, Coffi a Fodca Rhad (Cigarrettes, Coffee and Cheap Vodka) in 2002 met with phenomenal response being hailed as one of the most original and inspired compilations to come out of Wales in years. Follow-up albums have built on her success with performances at all major festivals in Wales, including Sesiwn Fawr Dolgellau, Maes B, The Royal Welsh Show and Bryn Terfel's Faenol Festival.
Meinir's list of accomplishments include presenting shows for: BBC radio and Heart FM, music series 'Noson Chis a Meinir' on television and school tours, S4C (Channel 4 Wales)'s nightly magazine show, Wedi 7, and a special one hour 'fly-on-the-wall' S4C broadcast documentary which followed Meinir for a year, including an inside look at Yamaha by whom she is endorsed.
Along with traditional Welsh songs and her hits, Meinir will be performing new material from her forthcoming album!
The Grand Concert will also be featuring Welsh harpsichordist Christopher D. Lewis!
Christopher was born in Rhiwbina, Wales, and moved to North America in 2005 to study harpsichord with Luc Beausejour & Hank Knox at McGill University, Montreal. Since that time he has received outstanding recognition and accolades for his performances internationally. Christopher will be performing a special set dedicated to British and Welsh composers (and he will be playing on the harpsichord that appeared in the movie Titanic).
Christopher's set is sure to be informative, as he has presented numerous lectures on the history of the harpsichord and narrated for many projects. Past projects include collaborations and performances with American Bach Soloists, The San Francisco Bach Choir, The Bay Area Rainbow Symphony, Ensemble Parallele and The San Francisco Conservatory of Music's New Music Ensemble.
We are also excited by the return of the Welsh Choir of Southern California (Cor Cymraeg De Califfornia) to the Grand Concert stage. Under the direction of Tony Davis, the choir performs Welsh traditional and hymnal music and believes in the power of music to restore our faith in life, in ourselves, and in each other. The Choir's repertoire is one hundred percent Welsh, with approximately two-thirds sung in the Welsh language and one-third in English.
To begin the Grand Concert, we will have a special performance by harpist Aedan MacDonnell.
In the theater's outdoor patio visitors will be delighted in a Welsh marketplace, Welsh language classes by Jason Shepherd of the Learn Welsh Podcast, kids crafts, Welsh food, and more.
We will be promoting artists from both Wales and the US in a special book release party for 'The Age of Saints. An illustrated guide to the Saints of Wales' written by Peter Anthony Freeman from Llanelli, Wales and published by A Raven Above Press. Artists include Ruth Jên Evans, Jen Delyth, Martyn Jones, Anthony Richards, Nathan Wyburn, Siobhan Owen, Sarah Hope, Nichola Hope, Robert Karr, Judy Adamson, Kerry Evans, Jo Mazelis, Liam O'Connor, Eirian Llwyd, Rosa Hughes, Michele Witchipoo, Karen Richards, Briana Lopez, Kelly Haigh, Rochelle Shelly Rosenkild, G.E. Gallas, Xavier Lopez Jr., Kimberly Wlassak, Jason Shepherd, Brian A. Kenny, Lorin Morgan-Richards, and many more!
Also, artist Kimberly Wlassak will be exhibiting her artwork from the book 'Tylwyth Teg: Excerpts from The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries,' by W.Y. Evans-Wentz, and illustrated by Kimberly Wlassak. This book will be in association with activities for kids, where they can try on their own fairy wings or learn how to fly like a dragon at the kids craft corner!
The Los Angeles St. David's Day Festival-National Day of Wales would not be possible without the generous support of the following businesses, organizations and individuals:
Major Sponsors: A Raven Above Press, World Wide Celtic Community, Celtic Family Magazine, National Welsh American Foundation
Community Sponsors: The Welsh Baker, Tom and Mary Abbott, Lynne Burt-Jenkins and in Memory of Eric J. Middleton, Lydia Davis Jeffrey and in Memory of Annie Lloyd, David Evans, Ion Drive Publishing, Sexbomb, Cheryl Toyama, Gotham Press, The Greeman Store, Karen Richards
Friends Supporters: Peter Anthony Freeman, Peter Griffiths, Dale Adkins, Helene Bierlich of BlackHeart Metals, AdaMae Lewis of the Iowa Welsh Society, Dewi Jones, Learn Welsh Podcast, Rorshoq Books, Kimberly Wlassak, Choir of Giants Press
Special Thanks: Aedan MacDonnell, Virginia Morris, Ronald Apple, Amy Kern, Brian A. Kenny, Michelle Albuquerque, Betsy Baytos, Jeff Davies, Jon Paul Juno, Monica Richards, Penny Richards, Steam Products, Sarah Hope, Jude Johnson, Briana Lopez, Keith Middleton, Jeffrey Neff, Cece Watkins, Christine Kirk, Siobhan Owen, Adrien Burke, Dan Pritchett, Becky Swersky, Yuni Kayama, Danny Walden, Gaia Technologies.
St. David's Day Schedule:
12:00pm Aedan MacDonnell
12:30pm Druid Opening
12:45pm Welsh Choir of Southern California
1:30pm Age of Saints - Discovered
1:45pm Christopher D. Lewis
2:30pm Joe Praml reads Dylan Thomas/Welsh Sing-a-long
2:45pm Meinir Gwilym
3:45pm Welsh National Anthem
12:00-12:45pm Learn Welsh Class I with Jason Shepherd
1:00pm Kids Crafts with Rochelle Rosenkild and Kimberly Wlassak
2-2:45pm Learn Welsh Class II with Jason Shepherd
A Raven Above Press, Celtic Family Magazine, Welsh Love Spoons, Celtic Jackalope, British Isles Family History Society, Celtic Arts Center, Welsh food concession, and more!
Cinefamily Silent Movie Theatre (View)
611 N Fairfax Ave
Hollywood, CA 90036
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|