Danú unites Hurst heritage and holidays


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Danú is coming to help Mercyhurst celebrate its Irish heritage for the upcoming holiday season.

Eleanor Hein, Staff writer

November might not be quite over yet, but Mercyhurst is ready to jingle bell (sham)rock.
The holiday season will meet Mercyhurst’s Irish heritage in the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts and Culture’s “Danú: A Christmas Gathering.”
Danú is a traditional Irish ensemble from County Waterford, the home of Mercyhurst’s sister school in Dungarvan, Ireland.
They are known throughout the Emerald Isle for their standing room-only concerts and award-winning performances.
This will be Danú’s second visit to Mercyhurst University, with their first appearance at the school being in 2001 in front of a capacity crowd.
MIAC director Brett Johnson, Ph.D., hinted that students can expect “a high-energy performance (that) will include a mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire.”
The instrumentation of the group includes the fiddle, flute, button accordion, percussion and voice (featuring Nell Ní Chróinín and the Mercyhurst Concert Choir).
The Irish Music Magazine said the group “stirs the blood and lifts the heart.”
The Irish language has no direct translation for the word “no,” so you can’t turn down this priceless experience.
Come see Danú on Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. Mercyhurst students get free admission tickets with their student ID card.
Adult tickets are $20, senior tickets are $15 and student/youth tickets are $10.