Celtic harpist and story teller Patrick Ball will perform his solo musical theater piece, "The Fine Beauty of the Island," at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at The Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust St.

Ball is a premier Celtic harp player and a spoken word artist. He has recorded nine instrumental and three spoken word albums that have sold well over one-half million copies internationally and won national awards in both the music and spoken word categories.

"The Fine Beauty of the Island" is a musical journey to Ireland's legendary Blasket Islands in search of an unforgettable tune and the vanished islanders who played it.

Through the voice of his Celtic harp, the lilt of his penny whistle, and the brogues of a pubful of characters, this contemporary bard weaves a pageant out of scraps of stories, researched history and the raucous dark humor of the Irish.

By blending a personal inner journey with the sensual reality and harsh beauty of the Blasket Islands, Ball creates the haunting story of a world that ceased to exist.

Tickets are $21 for adults and $14 for all students with a current I.D. For reservations, contact The Phipps ticket office at (715) 386-8409 or www.ThePhipps.org.