SAN FRANCISCO

2016 PREMIERE PERFORMANCE:

Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

April 22, 2016


A MUSICAL HISTORY



A concert of the writings of 12 of Ireland’s great poets and patriots set to original classical crossover and Irish Traditional music – composed, adapted, arranged and written by Richard B. Evans.



A 2.5 minute video preview –

Featured Irish, Irish-American, and American musicians in the San Francisco concert included:

Muireann nic Amhlaoibh

Muireann nic Amhlaoibh, Irish sean nós singer and Irish flute

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Christy O'Leary

Christy O'Leary, Irish sean nós singer and uilleann pipes

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Derek Ryan

Derek Ryan, Irish classical bass-baritone

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Nicolle Foland

Nicolle Foland, Operatic Soprano

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Chester Pidduck

Chester Pidduck, Operatic Tenor

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Colm O'Riain

Colm O'Riain, Irish fiddle

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Diana Rowan

Diana Rowan, Celtic harp

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Todd Denman

Todd Denman, uilleann pipes

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April 22, 2016
Commemorating the Birth of the Irish Republic

 

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The performance was produced in partnership with the
CONSULATE GENERAL OF IRELAND | San Francisco

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With the support of
GRACE CATHEDRAL
 

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Benefiting the
IRISH IMMIGRATION PASTORAL CENTER

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Maestro Kim Allen Kluge

Conductor

The world premiere of IRELAND’S POET-PATRIOTS was conducted by Maestro Kim Allen Kluge, who brings an epic sense of drama to his music-making. Kluge has been praised by The Washington Post: “Maestro Kluge is a brilliant composer, conductor and visionary of our time. Epic performance!”

Maestro Kluge's legacy includes 28 years as Music Director of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. In 2012-2013, Maestro Kluge led a historic performance at the National Gallery of Art in honor of the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.” Kluge also developed a wide range of programs at the ASO, including many in music education for both children and adults. Innovative programs include the Children's Art Festival featuring inter-arts activities, workshops and performances for young children, the Mary Graham Lasley Scholarship Competition, the Kluge Young Composer's Competition, and the "ASO Sympatico" before- and after-school music program.

Kluge and wife Kathryn Vassar Kluge have recently scored Martin Scorsese’s new passion project, the film “Silence,” released on December 23, 2016. The score incorporates a variety of Japanese period instruments, choral voices, bells, taiko drums with the ambient sounds of wind, rain, crashing waves and the rhythmic click of Japanese cicadas to create a sound world of subliminal moods, solitude, and nature in 17th-century Japan.

 

 

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