CELEBRATE IRELAND IN CONCERT!


Original classical crossover and Irish traditional music vividly bring to life the words of Ireland's great Poets and Patriots as they illuminate 140 years of Ireland's history

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW:

WASHINGTON, DC

Washington National Cathedral

Thursday, October 12, 2017 @­ 7:30pm

~ With an introduction by the Ambassador of Ireland to the U.S.~

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To order by phone, call the WNC box office: 202-537-2228

Narrators:

MSNBC political commentator, talk show host, and author

Chris Matthews
American political commentator, talk show host, and author

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Patricia Harty, Editor-in-Chief, Irish America Magazine

Patricia Harty
Editor and Co-Founder, Irish America Magazine

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Susan Davis, owner of Susan Davis International, public relations firm

Susan Davis
Owner, Susan Davis International

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Mark Touhey, Director of the Mayor of DC's Special Counsel

Mark Tuohey
Director of the DC Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel

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Martin O'Malley, former Governor of Maryland

Gov. Martin O'Malley
Governor of Maryland, 2007–2015

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Featured Irish Musicians:

Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh
Muireann nic Amhlaoibh, sean nós singer, Irish flute
County Kerry

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Christy O'Leary
Christy O’Leary, sean nós singer, uilleann pipes
County Kerry

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Derek Ryan
Derek Ryan, Irish bass-baritone
County Tipperary

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Aimée Farrell-Courtney
Aimée Farrell-Courtney, bodhran
Dublin

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Washington DC Classical Soloists:

Esther Heideman, Operatic .Soprano
Esther Heideman, Operatic Soprano

 

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Matthew L Smith, Operatic Tenor
Matthew L Smith, Operatic Tenor

 

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Washington DC Irish Trad Musicians:

Billy McComiskey, Irish button accordianist
Billy McComiskey, button accordion

 

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Mitch Fanning, violinist and Irish fiddler
Mitch Fanning, fiddle

 

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Maestro Scott Tucker

Conductor

Maestro Tucker is the Artistic Director and Conductor of Washington DC’s famed Choral Arts Society, a vocal ensemble of over 190 singers! He maintains Choral Arts' strong connection with the National Symphony and the Kennedy Center. In addition to conducting and recording with Choral Arts, Tucker is regularly invited to teach, speak to, and conduct a variety of local, national and international choral organizations. Tucker is also widely known for his work with and commissioning of contemporary composers.

Prior to accepting his post with the Choral Arts Society, Scott was the Director of Choral Activities at Cornell University. During his 17-year leadership there his choirs toured nationally and internationally and were featured on NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Scott Tucker, Conductor
Scott Tucker, Conductor

 

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Richard B. Evans

Composer

"Ireland’s centuries-long struggle for nationhood is not only a vital part of her own history – it also vividly expresses the innate and irrepressible desire of all humans and all societies to be self-determining.

Thus, as an American composer, IRELAND’S POET-PATRIOTS, A Musical History, is an expression of my profound love of Ireland, her music, her people and her culture, and the poetic impulse that is so profoundly rooted in the Irish soul.



In the most personal way, Ireland and her people have been in the core of my heart from a very young age. I began my musical studies at age 5, learning and playing every form of classical, popular and liturgical music available. After my graduate studies, I became active in American avant garde music. Then, musically and personally, my horizons were expanded immeasurably by my discovery of, study of, and enthusiasm for Irish literature and ‘trad’ music, which led me to spending many years traveling to Ireland, gratefully absorbing her culture along the way. It was an instant love affair for me that has never wavered, and it lives with equal passion alongside my work in ‘classical European’ music and American musical theater.

I am always inspired by the work of Seán Ó Riada, who built bridges between Ireland’s deep, beloved and uniquely engaging Traditional music and the emotional breadth of European classical music.

It is because of Ó Riada’s insights that I have dared, in IRELAND’S POET-PATRIOTS, to imagine the exquisite poems of W. B. Yeats and Ella Young in the musical language of art songs; the stirring words of Maud Gonne and Padraic Pearse in the dramatic musical language of opera; the powerful words of O’Donovan Rossa and James Connolly set to well-known Irish traditional tunes; Robert Emmet’s speech before his execution, George William Russell’s mystical reverie, and Pearse and Connolly’s brilliant words of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic in liturgical musical language; interspersed with segments of Irish traditional music, both sean nós vocals and instrumental tunes, standing proudly on their own."

Richard B. Evans, Composer
Richard B. Evans, Composer

 

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IRELAND'S POET-PATRIOTS

A Musical History



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


A 2.5 minute video preview –

Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Washington, DC
Thursday, October 12, 2017

 
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