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100th anniversary of 'Danny Boy,' music from 'Phantom'

Published March 16. 2013 09:02AM

On Sunday afternoon, the Mauch Chunk Opera House presents Irish and Broadway Classics: From Danny Boy to Phantom.

It's the 100-year anniversary of the first public performances of the song Danny Boy.

To recognize the occasion, the American actor and singing sensation Nat Chandler joins soprano Anne Tormela and the Manhattan Lyric Opera in a dazzling foray through Irish and Broadway classics.

The concert starts at 5 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, tonight at the Opera House, performing will be Splintered Sunlight in a concert beginning at 8 p.m.

Formed in 1992, Splintered Sunlight has been captivating audiences with their authentic tribute to The Grateful Dead for years. The band's faithful following reflects their deep understanding of the improvisational traditions of The Dead.

Nat Chandler appeared on Broadway in the title role ofThe Scarlet Pimpernel and in Children and Art. Other career highlights include Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera directed by Hal Prince, touring the United States opposite Sarah Brightman in The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, and recent performances as King Arthur in Spamalot. Nat frequently appears in Broadway Pops concerts with leading symphony orchestras around the country.

The Manhattan Lyric Opera, founded byAnne Tormela, is an opera company uniquely devoted to presenting concert and staged versions of the classic bel canto operas and operettas, making them accessible to facilities which might not normally offer such artistic works. singers on piano, in a production especially suited for the Opera House, originally built partly with these sorts of productions in mind.

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