Hearing these angelically voiced Irish lasses Celtic Woman live is clearly the best way to discover their music. The ladies generously tip their hats to Enya (who helped cement the popularity of Celtic music worldwide) with a remake of her Orinoco Flow that sounds much like the original with the exception of a lush orchestral arrangement. Religious songs like Ave Maria and Pie Jesu are perfect showcases for the vocalists as well as Máilréad Nesbit, a virtuoso violinist who never plays a less than perfect note while prancing about on stage. Some of the best moments of their set come during a live version of Shenandoah, when Nesbit plays the intro solely with the accompaniment of a piano before going completely solo for the jig-like finale. And their remake of Leonard Bernstein's classic Somewhere takes the tune's message of hope and understanding all the way to the heavens.
Catch Celtic Woman this Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. Tickets run $25 to 110. Call 561-832-7469, or visit kravis.org.
Fri., May 29, 8 p.m.; Sat., May 30, 8 p.m., 2009