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    • Order numbers: AM 136-010
      Hal Leonard #4003794
    • Instrumentation: wind orchestra
    • Duration: 12'30
    • Grade: 4+
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Riverdance (Highlights from)

Bill Whelan, arranged by Johan de Meij

Listen and watch the score with ScorePlay: click HERE

RIVERDANCE was first performed during the 7-minute interval of the Eurovision Song Contest 1994 at the Point Theatre, Dublin on 30 April 1994. This first performance featured Irish Dancing Champions Jean Butler and Michael Flatley, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the Celtic choral group Anúna with a score written by Bill Whelan. Whelan had also composed TIMEDANCE – an early version of RIVERDANCE – for the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest, performed by Planxty. In November 1994 tickets were sold in Dublin for the first full-length performance of RIVERDANCE, which opened at the Point Theatre on 9 February 1995. The show ran for five weeks and was a sell-out with ticket sales of over 120,000. On 8 May 1995 RIVERDANCE performed at the Royal Gala 50th Anniversary of VE Day celebrations at the special invitation of Prince Charles. This attracted a television audience of 20 million. After successful runs in other cities in Europe, RIVERDANCE travelled to New York City to perform at the legendary Radio City Music Hall in March 1996. This was the first time the show had been performed in America. The show was a huge success with an eight-week sell out season at Radio City Music Hall.

To date, RIVERDANCE has played over 10,000 performances, been seen live by more than 22 million people in over 350 venues throughout 40 countries across 4 continents, played to a worldwide television audience of over 2 billion; sold over 3 million copies of the Grammy Award-winning CD and over 10 million videos making it one of the best-selling entertainment shows in the world.

This new arrangement for wind orchestra of RIVERDANCE is the second collaboration between Bill Whelan and Johan de Meij. In 2011, they worked closely together on the arrangement of THE SEVILLE SUITE, originally written for the 1992 World Expo in Seville, Spain.

The first performance took place on June 25th, 2013 at the Ginger Rodgers Theatre in Medford, Oregon with the American Band College, conducted by Johan de Meij, in attendance of the composer. Click HERE to see the pictures of this amazing evening.