The Chelsea House Orchestra (CHO) is delighted to return to the Chelsea High School (CHS) auditorium stage on Saturday, October 2 at 7 p.m.
This exhilarating ‘Celtic with a Kick’ show gives audiences in and around Chelsea the opportunity to see and hear why this group of talented high school musicians has been in demand at events and festivals in the Midwest for over 20 years. years. Their set includes traditional Scottish and Irish tunes and Celtic interpretations of American folk songs, inspired by a variety of genres and cultural influences for fun.
CHO hit the road in late May after a 16-month travel hiatus due to a pandemic, occurring in Alma, Farmington Hills and Williamston throughout the summer. They played in Edinboro, PA and Mentor, Ohio in September. Having shared his music at festivals across the region, CHO is thrilled to bring his energetic music to audiences in his hometown. Their lively and fun show will have you cheering and smiling all evening, with the CHO alumni joining in for the final.
Three groups with local ties will also be part of the evening’s entertainment. Beach Middle School’s Fiddle Club, run by Nathan Peters, will share some tunes. The group is back after the pandemic break, with help from CHO members Megan Hayduk and Sonja Schemahorn.
Celtic dancers from the Scottish Highlands from the Kate DeGood School of Dance will also perform. Former CHO student Jennifer Craig is a dancer and teacher at the school.
The North Creek Fiddlers will complete the opening acts with their brand of Irish music and bluegrass. The group, popular with all ages, was founded by North Creek teacher Eric Robinson and retired school district employee Craig Houle.
School district COVID-19 mitigation guidelines apply, so face masks are required indoors. After the show, audience members will receive packaged goodies such as “Afterglow to Go”.
General admission tickets for the Hometown Show this year are just $ 5 and are available online and at the door starting at 6 p.m. on the night of the show. To purchase tickets, visit https://chelseahouseorchestra.org/hometown/.
Chelsea House Orchestra CDs will also be available for purchase during the event.
Chelsea House Orchestra is a non-profit educational performance group made up of students of the Chelsea High School Orchestra, Band and Choir. Led by CHS Orchestra Director Phillip Sylvester, CHO continues a 25-year tradition founded by Jed Fritzemeier in 1996.
Supported only by performances, donations and sales of CDs and merchandise, all funds raised are used for equipment, workshops, recording sessions and travel expenses. CHO performs at fairs, festivals and special events throughout the Midwest, including the Alma Highland Festival, Edinboro Highland Games, Chicago Scots Highland Games, Michigan Irish Music Festival, and Ohio Celtic Festival. CHO toured Scotland in 2016 and China in Spring 2019.
Visit the Chelsea House Orchestra website www.chelseahouseorchestra.org for more information and to see upcoming performance dates. Stay up to date with CHO on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/chelseahouseorch.