February has three world-class performances coming to the Norton Center.

Local performers will shine as they have an opportunity to perform with a world-renowned band on the Newlin Hall stage this month at Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts.

The Chieftains, known for transcending musical boundaries and blending tradition with modern music, will be in Danville on the second stop of their ‘Irish Goodbye’ tour – and their fifth time on the Newlin Hall stage – on February 15. 

The six-time Grammy award winners, led by founding member Paddy Moloney, will be joined on stage by Lexington’s “Kentucky United Pipes & Drums,” Bluegrass Irish Dancers, and a choral performance by Danville’s own “Sounding Joy” and “Resonance,” both directed by Barbara Hall.

“It’ll be fantastic to return once again to America where we are always welcomed with open arms,” Moloney said. “We’ll share an evening of music, stories, laughter and great craic! In each city we will perform with local pipe and drum bands, irish dance schools, choirs and special guests – the whole shebang! It’s always fun to showcase local talent to their hometown crowds.”

The Chieftains performance is sponsored by Lexington Brewing and Distilling, as well as KISS 96.9 FM as the media sponsor. 

As cultural ambassadors, their performances have been linked with seminal historic events, such as being the first Western musicians to perform on the Great Wall of China, participating in Roger Water’s “The Wall” performance in Berlin in 1990 and being the first ensemble to perform a concert in the Capitol Building in Washington DC. 

After The Chieftains visit the Norton Center, Broadway musical “Finding Neverland” will hit the Newlin Hall stage on February 19.

Justin Miller, an Owesnboro, Kentucky native, is cast in the performance. Miller graduated from Davies County High School and attended Western Kentucky University.

“Finding Neverland” tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever.

“Finding Neverland” is sponsored by Community Trust Bank.

The final Norton Center Season performance of the month brings the return of high-flying cirque sensation “FLIP Fabrique,” performing its newest show, BLIZZARD. 

BLIZZARD is the story of a group of friends, each one different from the other, like snowflakes, exploring the awe and wonder of a winter storm.Through the lens of their very special and intimate relationship with winter, Cirque FLIP Fabrique brings audiences on a crazy, fun, poetic and tender journey through winter, and invites you to get lost in a moment of white wonder. With some of the most exciting circus performers of the moment, all original music performed live and breathtaking visual poetry, BLIZZARD will take the Newlin Hall stage by storm on February 26.

“While Kentucky weather in February is not the best month for international travel,” said Norton Center executive director, Steve Hoffman, “the Norton Center conveniently brings the best of Ireland, Quebec, and the farthest reaches of Neverland to central Kentucky for great, family-friendly performances.” 

For show information and the most up-to-date ticket prices, visit nortoncenter.com, contact the Norton Center Box Office at 859-236-4692 or call toll free at 877-HIT-SHOW (877-448-7469).