Public Invited to Join in Group Rendition of Song from Award-Winning Musical Once

Largest Gathering of Guitarists Ever to Play "Falling Slowly" in the United States on Wednesday, December 9

(Boston, MA) – The musical ONCE is about people connecting through music. On Wednesday, December 9 at 12:30 PM, the Citi Performing Arts Center (CPAC) is planning to make that happen in a big way, at the Citi Shubert Theatre. They are inviting as many people as possible to connect over the emotionally charged, Academy Award-winning song, Falling Slowly from ONCE, by playing the song on guitar in unison. It will be the largest gathering of guitarists ever to play Falling Slowly in the United States.

We are looking to bring together as many guitarists as possible to play and sing 'Falling Slowly'. We're looking for everyone, from all walks of life. You could be a student, a construction worker, a performer, a dog walker, a teacher, a doctor, or an executive – it doesn’t matter, just learn the song, bring your guitar, and joins us. We’ve planned this for 12:30 pm so that people can join us during their lunch hours, said Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr., President and CEO of Citi Performing Arts Center. 'Falling Slowly' is the song that won an Oscar in the movie version of ONCE, the story of an Irish street musician and a Czech immigrant who fall in love, and it’s also a centerpiece of the stage musical. It's the music that will connect us all.

The event will take place at 12:30 pm; all participants must arrive prior to 12 noon to check in. After taking seats in the Shubert Theatre, the full gathering will tune their guitars and all present will join in playing the song three times with members of the ONCE cast.

Here’s how to join this historic event:

1. Register for the event at citicenter.org/guitars The first 100 participants will get 2 free tickets; everyone else will receive a coupon for buy one ticket, get one free

2. Learn the song download the chord and lyrics at citicenter.org/guitars

3. Bring your acoustic guitar on the day of the event

4. Tune and perform with the cast of ONCE and fellow musicians

ONCE, winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, returns to Boston by popular demand to play a three-week engagement at the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre, playing Dec. 8 – 27, 2015. Presented by the Citi Performing Arts Center, tickets are on sale now at the Citi Center box office, through www.citicenter.org or by calling (866) 348-9738.

To register for the Guitar Event, visit citicenter.org/guitars.

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About Citi Performing Arts Center:
Citi Performing Arts Center, which includes the Wang and Shubert Theatres, is one of the nation’s foremost nonprofit performing arts institutions. As New England’s largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, comedy, dance, and Broadway musicals. Its education/public programming initiatives present the City Spotlights Leadership Program and ArtWeek Boston. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Boston’s historic Theatre District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations; and, acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community’s collective, daily experience. For more information, please visit citicenter.org .

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: November 11, 2015
Contacts: Michelle Chapman | Citi Performing Arts Center (617) 532-1210 | Mchapman@citicenter.org