Join us for an evening of music

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 10, 2009

On Saturday, Christmas caroling will be performed with deeply spiritual and Celtic flair by two contrasting artists.

At noon, Monmouth plantation will host a luncheon where Kara Klein will be performing her Carnegie Hall Christmas Concert. Kara has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York with talents such as Aaron Neville and Rachel Lampa, and has been on tour around the globe.

Kara Christine Klein was born on Christmas Eve in New Orleans in 1985, and began to write music when she was only 8 years old. In eighth grade she wrote and performed the theme song for a local Christian Youth Festival.

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Inspired by the praise she received about the theme song, Kara quickly began writing spiritual music, and has since written over 100 songs. Kara’s favorite activity during high school was participating in musical theater, where she had leading roles in Oklahoma, South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, The Music Man and Godspell. Tickets for the luncheon and concert are $60 per person and seating is limited.

The luncheon will be a fabulous three-course meal topped off with white chocolate mousse cups with grand marnier marinated berries. To reserve seating for the luncheon, please contact Hedy Boelte at 601-446-7700, or e-mail her at

The evening concert will be at the Margaret Martin Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m., where Danny O’Flaherty and his band will belt out Celtic ballads and introduce you to some of Ireland’s most cherished folklore through music.

Danny is the last of a generation reared in the isolation of a pure Gaelic culture, and utilizing a guitar, well-played harp, tin whistle, fiddle, bagpipe and sometimes an accordion, Danny keeps alive the simple traditions of those rugged and desolate emerald islands. Danny loves his Gaelic language and the ancient music played and sung around roaring peat fires in the evenings.

The music he performs conjures up the link between the history and myth of Irish lore. Whether singing the timeless songs of fishermen of Galway or contemporary songs of his own composition, Danny O’Flaherty keeps a unique heritage alive through song and poetry.

With college football seasons at an end, what better way to fill your Saturday than with music of the holiday season, presented by two extraordinary talents, each in its own unique fashion.

Tickets for the Danny O’Flaherty concert are available at the Natchez Visitor Reception Center and are $40 for adults, $30 for senior citizens and $10 for children under 18. Tickets will also be available at the door. The proceeds from these events will go to enhance music and culture in Natchez.

Sally Durkin is a Natchez resident.