Kathy Mattea starts annual holiday tour this week
Monday, November 26, 2007
– Kathy Mattea will wrap up her touring for the year with an 11-city Christmas tour, "Songs and the Season," starting Friday. Initially based on the non-traditional Christmas songs from her Grammy-winning release, "Good News," her holiday show has become a tradition over the past decade and more recently has included pops collaborations with select symphony orchestras.
Mattea released a second Christmas collection, "Joy for Christmas Day."
Tour dates are:
Nov. 30 Vineland, N.J. - Guaracini Performing Arts Center
Dec. 1 Suffolk, VA - Center for the Arts
Dec. 2 Charlotte, N.C. - Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Dec. 8 Jasper, IN - Civic Auditorium (2 shows)
Dec. 9 Glen Ellyn, IL - College of DuPage Arts Center
Dec. 12 Calumet, MI - Calumet Theatre
Dec. 14 Rockford, IL - Coronado Performing Arts Center
Dec. 15 Cedarburg, WI - Cedarburg Performing Arts Center
Dec. 19 Madison WI - Overture Center
Dec. 20 Wausau, WI - Grand Theatre on ArtsBlock
Dec. 21 Minneapolis - Orchestra Hall with Minnesota Orchestra
The acoustic "Moving Mountains" tour, in support of her new CD, "Coal," begins in spring 2008.
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