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Red Hot Chilli Pipers to perform at Smith Opera House March 7

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers play Scottish “bagrock” at its best.

GENEVA NY — It’s Bagpipes. It’s Rock. It’s Bagrock. It’s the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, and they are performing at the Smith Opera House Thursday, March 7 at 8 p.m.

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers are a nine-piece ensemble from Scotland consisting of pipers, guitarists, keyboards, and drummers who have been rocking the world from New York to Beijing to Melbourne and everywhere in between with musicianship of the highest order and a passion for pipes that will leave you breathless.  The band has four music degrees from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and all the pipers and drummers have played at the top level in bagpiping.

Since they walked away with the top prize on the prime time TV talent show “When Will I Be Famous” in the United Kingdom in 2007, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers haven’t stopped for a breath, other than to inflate their bagpipes. Formed in 2002, The Chillis have fast become a global phenomenon, taking their signature “Bagrock” sound to the masses with their unique fusion of rocked up bagpipes and clever covers of popular songs from all genres. Their trademarked sound includes traditional pipe tunes – like “The Flowers of Scotland,” “The Hills of Argyll,” and “Amazing Grace” (done Chilli-style, of course!) — and contemporary anthems like Queen’s “We Will Rock You,” “Clocks” by Coldplay, “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol, “Let Me Entertain You” by Robbie Williams, and a fantastic rock medley of “Deep Purple,” “Smoke on the Water,” and AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck.”

With three highly successful albums already under their belts, the band has just released its fourth, titled “Music For The Kilted Generation.” Their previous live album and DVD “BLAST Live!” has already gone triple platinum in Scotland, and their second album “Bagrock To The Masses” received platinum in Scotland and silver status in the UK.

Tickets for this reserved seating concert, presented by DSP Shows, are $28.50 to $38.50 plus service fees and can be purchased at the Smith Opera House box office and online at www.thesmith.org.

The Smith Center for the Arts, stewards of the historic Smith Opera House, provides diverse arts and educational enrichment opportunities year-round for Finger Lakes residents and visitors. The Smith Opera House is at 82 Seneca St. in Geneva, NY. Box Office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For more information, call 315-781-5483 during box office hours or visit www.thesmith.org.