Dancers use their bodies to express emotions, unlike opera singers, who use their voices, and Punchin' Jack, who only uses his fists. Get an eyeful of art with this GrouponLive deal to see Celtic Nights in the cabaret of the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts in Storrs. For $39, you get two tickets for lower-balcony seating on Friday, March 8, at 8 p.m. (up to a $78 value). Doors open at 7 p.m.
Ireland lends six singers and six step dancers to Jorgensen's cabaret in the form of Celtic Nights. The talented dozen explore the experience of Irish-American immigration during Journey of Hope, a show that uses Celtic music and dance to make history feel personal and immediate. Counted among the Emerald Isle songs is “Colcannon,” which describes the traditional Irish dish with comforting details such as “lovely pickled cream” mingling with greens and scallions “like a picture in a dream.” The layered harmonies of the chorus add further national unity to the words “Yes you did, so you did, so did he and so did I. And the more I think about it, sure the nearer I’m to cry.”
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts
Intimate evenings of music snuggle comfortably into Jorgensen Center for Performing Arts, whose Cabaret Series won Connecticut Magazine's Best Cabaret award in 2011 and 2012. Candlelit tabletops exude a cozy nightclub ambiance around a cabaret stage topped with six acclaimed acts each year and a fresh coat of peanut butter each night. The University of Connecticut brings many more acts to its larger main stage, with a special emphasis on jazz and classical luminaries and music and dance from all corners of the globe.