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IMG-2010-11-10 calle A&E Fired & Snow Jim Coyle, Margaret Coyle, Carolyn Kelly, Alan O'Reilly, and Jim Sayle are Celtic band Out of Alba who will appearing with the Prince George Cantata Singers Saturday at the Playhouse for Fire & Snow.
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IMG-2010-11-10 calle A&E Fired & Snow

Jim Coyle, Margaret Coyle, Carolyn Kelly, Alan O'Reilly, and Jim Sayle are Celtic band Out of Alba who will appearing with the Prince George Cantata Singers Saturday at the Playhouse for Fire & Snow.

There's going to be some heat to combat the cold brought to the Playhouse Saturday night at 8.

More than 70 Cantata Singers will join Out of Alba, a Celtic band, during the Fire & Snow concert to welcome the winter season with some foot-stomping, hand-clapping enthusiasm, said a member of the choir and media relations person.

Julia Whittaker said she's been part of the choir since 2001 and there's been a lot of changes lately.

"There's a new fiddle player with Out of Alba (Jim Sayle) and there's a new musical director with the Cantata Singers (Damian Dorschner)," said Whittaker, who is on the board of the Cantata Singers as well as acting as media relations officer.

Out of Alba, a quintet, is Prince George's premier Celtic band, which has been together for more than 15 years. The members include Irishman Alan O'Reilly, newcomer Canadian Jim Sayle, American-Welsh Carolyn Kelly, and two Scots, Margaret and Jim Coyle.

"We've been collaborating with Out of Alba for quite a few years - maybe six," said Whittaker. "We also went on a northern B.C. tour with them to Dawson Creek, Fort St. John and Mackenzie. There's this great energy between our groups and we just love that."

The Cantata Singers were established in 1968 and is the central interior's premier adult mixed-voice choir, led by newly-appointed music director Damian Dorschner. The choir performs many musical styles including classical, folk, gospel, jazz, musical theatre, ethnic, and pops.

There's going to be some traditional pieces like Coventry Carol and Wexford Carol the band and the choir will sing together and there is a piece by Enya and a song made famous by the Rankins the choir will perform.

"One of our slogans is if it's good music we sing it," said Whittaker. "It's going to be an evening where people will be clapping to the music, dancing in their seats and if people haven't seen us before now is the time. We've had sold out or near sell-out shows in the past and the Playhouse has a nice atmosphere for this kind of concert."

Tickets are $18 adults, $15 seniors/students and are available at Studio 2880 and at the door of the Playhouse. Seating is assigned.