Concerts

Ireland’s Poet-Patriots: A Musical History

Thursday, October 12, 2017 | 7:30pm

Celebrate Ireland in Concert!  Original crossover and Irish traditional tunes vividly bring to life the words of Ireland’s great Poets and Patriots as they illuminate 140 years of Ireland’s history in the grand setting of the National Cathedral Nave. Virtuosic Soloists from Ireland and DC, Orchestra, Chorus, Irish “Trad” Ensemble” – 60 outstanding musicians plus Narrators.

Philip Grant, Consul General of Ireland, described the San Francisco premiere of Ireland’s Poet-Patriots:  "What composer Evans and the performers set out to capture, and captured so well, was that blend of cultural experience – the ideals of Ireland's history, politics and narrative, and her literature and music – a piece contemporary to today that captures the spirit and story of the past but enfolds it in the present moment. It was a performance that was truly captivating and left an incredible sense of joy and meaning that evening.”

With the special participation of the Ambassador of Ireland, H.E. Daniel Mulhall.

Narrators: Ambassador of Ireland, Daniel Mulhall; Patricia Harty, Editor-Co-founder of Irish America Magazine; Gov. Martin O’Malley; Chris Matthews; Susan Davis; and Mark Tuohey

Soloists from Ireland: Muireann nic Amhlaoibh, Christy O’Leary, Aimée Farrell-Courtney and Derek Ryan

Irish Trad musicians from DC: Mitch Fanning and Billy McComiskey

Operatic Soloists from DC: Esther Heideman and Matthew L Smith

Conductor: Scott Tucker, Artistic Director of the Choral Arts Society

Composed, adapted and written by Richard B. Evans

  • Dates Offered
    • October 12, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
  • Notifications
    • Student and group discount tickets available