Edinboro University’s Performing Arts and Culture Series will present “A Celtic Holiday Celebration” at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, in Louis C. Cole Auditorium – Memorial Hall.
The special benefit concert will feature Ricky Manning, Pittsburgh’s “singing detective,” and Patrick Regan, EU’s director of bagpiping. The duo will perform a mix of traditional and Celtic seasonal songs, blending vocals, bagpipes and guitar.
Manning is a detective sergeant with the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Department who was first brought to the stage for the 2011 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Highmark Holiday Pops concert under the direction of the late Marvin Hamlisch. Manning has since performed on multiple occasions with both the Pittsburgh Symphony and Pittsburgh’s River City Brass Band.
He also recently had the honor of performing a special version of “Danny Boy” with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s principal oboist Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida at a memorial concert honoring the life of Carnegie Mellon University’s master choir conductor Dr. Robert Page. Manning has also performed the national anthem at Heinz Field for the Pittsburgh Steelers, most recently on Christmas Day 2016.
Patrick Regan has performed in 45 states and 14 countries, including “command performances” for the Royal Families of Jordan and Qatar. Closer to home, the native Texan has been a member of the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Artist Roster for more than 25 years, appearing at such venues as the Pittsburgh Irish Festival, the Louisiana Renaissance Festival and the Scots on the Rocks Festival in Moab, Utah.
The concert is free, but in support of Ricky Manning’s tradition of dedicating his performances to honor military, law enforcement and other first responders, donations are being directed to the Ryan Cappelletty Scholarship Fund. Ryan was an EU criminal justice graduate who was shot and killed in the line of duty during his first year of service as a police officer in Chesterfield, Va.
The concert is co-sponsored by the Department of Music and Theatre, the Department of Criminal Justice, Anthropology and Forensic Studies and the university’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). For more information, contact the Performing Arts and Culture Series at 814-732-1561.
Photo caption: Ricky Manning, Pittsburgh’s “singing detective,” will perform as part of Edinboro University’s holiday benefit concert on Dec. 2.