Irish Singer Chloe Agnew and Atlanta Pops Orchestra to Embark on Spring Southeast Tour March 16-April 23

Tour to include performances in Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Souther Carolina

ATLANTA, GA — The Atlanta Pops Orchestra will perform with Irish singer (and former Celtic Woman member) Chloë Agnew on a Spring Tour throughout the Southeast featuring a program entitled, “An Irish Heart.” The tour will include five stops in the Southeastern states of Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and South Carolina, March 16-April 23, 2017.

The concerts will feature Agnew singing Celtic Woman favorites, including “When You Believe,” “Danny Boy,” “You Raise Me Up,” “The Prayer” with Dermot Kiernan, plus Irish folk songs, hits from Broadway, Movie classics, and debut performances of original music by Agnew. The concert will also feature a performance by Riverdance alumni.

“I am thrilled to be returning to celebrate all things Irish with the talented Atlanta Pops Orchestra,” Agnew said from her home in Los Angeles. “My father is Principal Oboe and an English Horn player with the Irish National Concert Orchestra, and my mother is a musical theater star — to merge my family’s musical history with my own love singing and songwriting in this performance is, of course, very special for me. As classically trained musicians and singers, there is no better feeling than standing in front of an orchestra of this caliber to perform beautiful music. There’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy with this particular show so I hope music lovers will come to enjoy great night with us!”

“We absolutely love collaborating with Chloë Agnew,” said Atlanta Pops Music Director Jason Altieri. “She has such an eclectic array of repertoire, which makes concerts like these so much fun. We look forward again creating a special music experience with her throughout the Southeast. Music lovers are in for a real treat.”

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CONCERTS

Thur, March 16 | Eatonton, GA | The Plaza Arts Center
Fri, March 17 | Greeneville, TN | Niswonger Performing Arts Center
Sat, March 18 | Ashland, KY | Paramount Arts Center
Fri, March 24 | Oxford, AL | Oxford Performing Arts Center
Sun, April 23 | Newberry, SC | Newberry Opera House

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ABOUT CHLOË AGNEW

Chloë Agnew is a singer, songwriter and actress from Dublin, Ireland now living and working in LA. Chloë Agnew gained fame for her integral part as the youngest and one of the original members of the internationally acclaimed music group Celtic Woman since she was just 14. Chloë was born in Dublin, Ireland, to Irish entertainer Adéle “Twink” King and Irish oboist David Agnew. Coming from parents in the entertainment industry, Chloë was practically born on the stage and at a very early age enjoyed professionally acting, singing and dancing. She made her first television appearance on her mother’s TV program at just four weeks old, going on to make her first singing debut on National Television at the age of 6. She won the Grand Prix at the First International Children’s Song Competition in 1998 in Cairo, Egypt, representing Ireland.

Despite being a familiar face on PBS television with Celtic Woman in more recent years, in 1999, Chloë previously appeared to perform as part of Handel’s Messiah on PBS television in 1999. The special featured great legends such as Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, Roger Daltrey and Aiden Quinn. In 2000, at age 11, Chloë first worked with David Downes to record the song “This Holy Christmas Night” to raise money for the children affected by 9/11. That same year, she joined Christ Church Cathedral Girl’s Choir where she spent many wonderful years being musically trained. Chloë went on to record her first album at age 12 and her second at 14, both produced by David Downes. Shortly after the success of her second album Walking in the Air, Chloë was approached to become part of a new PBS show called Celtic Woman. Nearly 10 years later, Chloë held the dual title of being both one of the original members of Celtic Woman and the youngest performer of the group. At the age of 24, Chloë Agnew was already a musical veteran. After an illustrious career with the ensemble Celtic Woman, Chloë embarked on a solo career in 2013 and has since performed as a solo artist in the US, South Africa and Europe.

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ABOUT ATLANTA POPS ORCHESTRA

The Atlanta Pops Orchestra is a premier provider of live orchestral music programming for the state of Georgia, the Southeastern U.S. and beyond. With a rich history spanning more than seven decades, the orchestra has captivated audiences throughout the world. Equally adept performing pop, jazz, folk, hip-hop, light classical, country and more, the Atlanta Pops challenges the expectation of what an orchestra is capable of delivering.

The Atlanta Pops Orchestra has released a number of recordings over the years, the most recent being 2015’s In The Spirit: A Celebration of the Holidays, a collaborative effort with John Driskell Hopkins — a founding member of three-time GRAMMY-winning and multi-platinum group, Zac Brown Band. The Christmas recording showcases a sound firmly rooted in tradition, but distinctively modern. Featuring new arrangements by Wes Funderburk, the album also includes guest appearances by singer Laura Bell Bundy, legendary folk duo Indigo Girls and award-winning bluegrass group Balsam Range. The album continues to be well-received by fans and critics alike, serving to showcase the versatility of the orchestra in the recording studio.

To mark the orchestra’s 70th anniversary, efforts were made in 2015 to reconnect to the vibrant energy of the present-day, collaborative Atlanta music scene. A two-night engagement at Oglethorpe University brought together a diverse group of Atlanta superstars representing the diverse sounds of the city. Guest artists included former Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Henry Mancini trumpeter Cecil Welch, pianist Brent Runnels, blues guitarist Michelle Malone, hip-hop trailblazers Arrested Development, beatbox protégé HeaveN Beatbox, jazz trumpeter Joe Gransden, singer Chris Wright (performing a song written by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal), world-fusion duo Montana Skies and Americana singer-songwriter Levi Lowrey. Entitled Bringing Together the Past and the Present, the concerts have served as a springboard for the orchestra’s current-day endeavors. Under the direction of Conductor and Music Director Dr. Jason Altieri, the Atlanta Pops orchestra performs concerts throughout the Southeast for special events, performing arts center subscription series, concert associations, and colleges and universities. The orchestra also accompanies celebrity artists on tour and performs at national and international business conventions. Atlanta Pops Orchestra musicians perform as pit musicians for the Fabulous Fox Theatre Broadway Series as well as for other travelling productions, such as Celtic Woman, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Mannheim Steamroller. Dr. Altieri also serves as Associate Conductor of the Reno (NV) Philharmonic and as Director of the Orchestra Program at The University of Nevada, Reno.

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Atlanta Pops Orchestra media contact:
Melissa A.E. Sanders, Watkins McGowan
404.909.6726 | msanders@watkinsmcgowan.com

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