SPRING | JANUARY - JUNE 2014
PERFORMANCE EXHIBITION EDUCATION
Fresh Éire These are exciting, promising times for the amazing community of artists, audiences, and supporters that comprise Irish Arts Center. Over the last several years—despite the Great Recession—together we have dramatically expanded our programming, and more than doubled the earned and contributed revenues that support that programming. And we’re only getting started. In order to fully meet our potential, we are building a new Center—one that properly reflects the stature Ireland holds in world culture. As of this writing, together we have raised over $36.6 million toward that New Irish Arts Center. And while there is much, much work still to do, the new building is going to happen. Now we want to share the next step. Over the last few years, as we have developed plans for the new building, we have been guided by a set of principles—we call them shared values—that animate the programmatic choices we make. Mindful that any dynamic arts organization is—and must be—constantly changing—we thought it would be fun to share some of these ideas as we start the new season. As you peruse the pages ahead, I hope you’ll find these values reflected in all our programming. Send us an email at 7Reasons@irishartscenter.org and let us know what you think. Better yet, book your tickets today and tell us in person! Thank you for all you do to make Irish Arts Center what it is.
Aidan Connolly Executive Director
Excellence > Nostalgia
Honoring the past is the first step to building a dynamic future
We exist in the world’s most competitive cultural marketplace at a time when incredibly exciting and innovative Irish work is being developed, both in the contemporary and traditional arenas. What an opportunity to set the stage for a 21st century Irish culture and an evolving Irish America. This season you won’t want to miss Brokentalkers, one of Ireland’s most innovative theatre companies, in Have I No Mouth (see pages 5-6).
As we break new ground, we stand on the shoulders of generations of Irish-Americans that came before us. Without the luxury of traveling home, they built cultural traditions abroad that reminded them of what they had left behind. We must always honor this important part of our shared story. Visit www.irishartscenter.org to learn more about To Love Two Countries, our ongoing photo series honoring Ireland’s eldest immigrants in America.
Intimate cultural experiences are rare—and more important than ever
Modern economics have made it impossible for intimate venues to exist in a commercial environment. That’s why it is so important for small non-profit venues like ours to commit to quality. Thanks to our generous donors, despite a modest box office capacity, we constantly strive to provide those moments when people say: “I can’t believe I got to experience something that amazing in a room so small.” When Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Cleek Schrey take the stage in Masters in Collaboration IX (see page 12), I have a feeling we are going to hear that a lot!
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Irishness is a starting point— and not a boundary
From the collaborations of Irish and Jewish songwriters on Tin Pan Alley, to the early intersections of Irish and African banjo traditions, Irishness has always held global and universal appeal. Rather than retreat into tribalism, an Irish Arts Center in New York has a special responsibility to seek and celebrate our innumerable and often surprising connections to other cultures. Now in its third year, led by Mick Moloney, our Celtic Appalachian Celebration brings together the Green Fields of America with Eddie Bond, one of the most exciting figures in American bluegrass music (see page 15-16).
Build tomorrow’s audiences today
The enduring global popularity and the groundbreaking diversity of Riverdance helped inspire a generation of young kids from all backgrounds to say: “That’s so cool—I want to dance like that!” They are the audiences of tomorrow and an important part of the future of Irish America, and as we sustain and grow our education programming across all disciplines, we think of those kids every day. Don’t miss Keltic Dreams as part of our 13th annual Irish Dance Festival (see page 26).
Engaging New York
Irish hospitality is the one stereotype we embrace
We live in a city with some of the world’s most interesting people: artists and writers, journalists and critics, actors and athletes, bankers and ballet dancers, politicians and poets, educators and entrepreneurs. Not to mention brilliant cultural institutions like St. Ann’s Warehouse and the Signature Theatre, BAM and the Baryshnikov Arts Center, Lincoln Center and La MaMa, 92Y and the Irish Rep. We’re proud to work with all of them and more—these collaborations grow our community, enrich our work, and make us better. Following our season—stay tuned for exciting news of our first collaboration with one of New York’s top cultural institutions in December 2014.
We are Irish and we love to have fun. Whether you are an artist, audience member or patron—no matter what your background—we want you to feel welcome and we want you to be a part of our family. In the new Irish Arts Center, we will finally have the space to enjoy Irish hospitality in its many forms!
Photo Credits: Erin Baiano, Jacob Blickenstaff Photography, Ros Kavanagh, Ruth Medjber, Darial Sneed, Sarah Shatz
Recent Events FALL 2013
In Residence: Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill
Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill—two of the world’s leading artists in traditional music—brought their adventurous, soulful interpretations of Irish tunes to our intimate Donaghy Theatre for eight astonishing nights. Some of New York’s most innovative artists joined them for unique one-night-only collaborations throughout the residence, including contemporary pianist/ composer Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), Pulitzer-winning poet Paul Muldoon, Brooklyn-based fiddler Cleek Schrey, and celebrated dancer/ choreographer Jean Butler. The residency was highlighted in The New York Times chief pop music critic Jon Pareles’ fall pop-music preview and Irish Central’s Paul Keating called the series “a certifiable success for Hayes and Cahill and the Irish Arts Center.”
Pictured: IAC Executive Director Aidan Connolly, Honoree Daniel Day-Lewis, IAC Honorary Chair Gabriel Byrne, Terry George, and IAC Vice Chair Pauline Turley
Daniel Day-Lewis Honored at Spirit of Ireland Gala
Three-time Academy Award-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis accepted the Spirit of Ireland Award at our 14th annual Gala, at which we also honored Anne M. Finucane, Global Strategy and Marketing Officer at Bank of America.
The Talk of the Town: Ireland’s Abbey Theatre and IAC Join Forces for Morrissey’s Maeve’s House
In our first-ever collaboration with The Abbey Theatre, we were honored to present Eamon Morrissey’s beautiful, poignant Maeve’s House. This solo performance by the Fair City star—an homage to the iconic New Yorker writer Maeve Brennan—delighted New Yorkers and earned a Critic’s Pick from The New York Times. Our theatrical walking tour, “The ‘Walk’ of the Town,” provided the perfect accompaniment to this exciting new partnership with Ireland’s National Theatre.
On November 15th—as part of our fifth annual PoetryFest—we joined with hundreds of New Yorkers and some of Ireland and America’s most notable literary figures in celebrating the life of the beloved Irish poet Seamus Heaney, culminating a series of major tributes to the Nobel laureate across New York City. Special thanks to our hosts at St. Ann’s Warehouse, PoetryFest curators Belinda McKeon and Aengus Woods, and participants Gabriel Byrne, Elise Paschen, Meghan O’Rourke, Colum McCann, Colette Bryce, Conor O’Callaghan, Alice McDermott, Bernard O’Donoghue, Marie Howe, Matthew Sweeney, Nick Laird, Kevin Holohan, Henri Cole, Craig Morgan Teicher, Mark Doty, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Enda Walsh and Paul Muldoon.
Photo Credits: Erin Baiano, Karl Bissinger, Ros Kavanagh, Niall McKay
SPRING 2014 CALENDAR DATES
Have I No Mouth
Have I No Mouth Artist Talk
Winter 2014 Term Begins
Craic Comedy Festival with Maeve Higgins
Mindscapes Artist Talk with Feargal Doyle
SongLives with Maria Doyle Kennedy
Sundays at Seven
Show Your Love
Nuala Kennedy Band
Inside the Collaboration: Dana Lyn and Louis de Paor in conversation with Mick Moloney
Deadline for St. Patrick’s Day/Lá Fhéile Pádraig Children’s Art Competition Entries
Jan 27 Jan 30
Feb 12 Feb 13 Feb 19
8 pm 7:30 pm
Feb 21 Feb 21-22
Masters in Collaboration VIII: Dana Lyn meets Louis de Paor
St. Pat’s for All Benefit
Mothers of Modern Ireland: A People’s History
March – May 2014 11 am
10 am – 5 pm
Irish Arts Festival at the Children’s Museum of the Arts
5 pm – 7 pm
12 pm – 5 pm
Annual St. Patrick’s Open Day
Sundays at Seven
Literature and Humanities
Irish Arts Center Political Cabaret 3.0
Education: Master Class
Traditional Irish Singing with Mai Hernon
A Celtic Appalachian Celebration at Symphony Space
Literature and Humanities
Literature and Humanities
Martin Hayes’ Masters of Tradition: Special Benefit Performance
Inside the Collaboration: Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Cleek Schrey in conversation with Mick Moloney
Have I No Mouth
Written and Directed by Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan
JANUARY 14 – 26
Masters in Collaboration IX: Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh meets Cleek Schrey
10 am – 5 pm
Irish Arts Festival at the Children’s Museum of the Arts
10:30 am – 3 pm
Education: Master Class
Playwriting Workshop with Deirdre Kinahan: Creating Character
Masters in Collaboration VIII: Dana Lyn meets Louis de Paor
FEBRUARY 21-22 IX: Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh meets Cleek Schrey
LITERATURE AND HUMANITIES
12 pm – 6:30 pm
Bia Glorious Bia: Féile na Gaeilge / Irish Language Day 2014
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Children’s Events
Literature, Magic and Mystery with the Fiction of Darragh Martin
Spring 2014 Term Begins
Sundays at Seven
SongLives with SJ McArdle and Brandon Wilde
Apr 23-May 18
Swing & Beowulf: Dublin Fringe Double Bill
I Draw Slow
1 pm – 7 pm
13th Annual Irish Dance Festival
Skin in the Game
Sundays at Seven
Literature and Humanities
Literature and Humanities
Edna O’Brien and Edward St. Aubyn at 92Y
Edna O’Brien and Edward St. Aubyn MAY 29
ST. PATRICK’S CELEBRATIONS
Annual St. Patrick’s Open Day
Education: Master Class
Drawing The Figure and Expressing The Self with Colette Murphy
Literature and Humanities
Sundays at Seven
Aisling Gheal (Bright Vision)
Literature and Humanities
Bloomsday on Broadway XXXIII at Symphony Space
Jun 16 Jun 20
“Bold and Refreshingly Honest” - THE TIMES (LONDON)
“Riveting” Photo Credits: Jeremy Abrahams, Photos Courtesy of Brokentalkers
- THE IRISH TIMES
U.S. RE MIE PRE
Irish Arts Center presents
Have I N the Brokentalkers production of
JANUARY 14 - 26
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THEATRE JANUARY 14-26 M
T 14 8 pm
W 15 8 pm
T 16 8 pm
F 17 8 pm
S 18 8 pm
S 19 3 pm
21 8 pm
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23 8 pm
24 8 pm
25 8 pm
26 3 pm
AT BARYSHNIKOV ARTS CENTER JEROME ROBBINS THEATER 450 W 37TH STREET | NEW YORK, NY $20 IAC member / $25 non-member COIL Pass accepted, while supplies available All tickets for Jan 14 preview $20
T O T A L T H E AT R E
★★★★ EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL 2013
“Raw and at times
close to the knuckle …bold in its execution and
refreshingly honest.” – THE TIMES (LONDON)
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY FEIDLIM CANNON, GARY KEEGAN STARRING ANN CANNON, FEIDLIM CANNON, ERICH KELLER A real-life mother and son take a brave, unflinching look at their past and attempt to piece together the truth in the aftermath of a family tragedy. In an innovatively theatrical performance, Brokentalkers’ Feidlim Cannon and his mother, Ann, are joined onstage by their Dublin-based psychotherapist, Erich Keller, who guides them through an exploration of old memories, childhood recollections, and the different ways we can heal ourselves. Have I No Mouth is a moving and astonishingly unvarnished portrait of grief, and a celebration of the ever-changing relationship between a mother and son. Ireland’s Brokentalkers are internationally acclaimed for their pioneering approach to theater. In Have I No Mouth, they continue to explore the world we live in with honesty, originality and humor.
“This riveting …show from Brokentalkers… can transform an acutely personal story into something
universal.” – THE IRISH TIMES
“A raw, poignant, and
deeply moving piece of excruciatingly honest storytelling.” – IRISH THEATRE MAGAZINE
ARTIST TALK BACK Sunday, January 19 Following the 3 pm performance of Have I No Mouth, join us for a free artist talk back.
Running Time: 70 minutes (no intermission)
o Mouth Please note the play contains strong language.
Brokentalkers are supported by The Arts Council, Dublin City Council and Culture Ireland. Brokentalkers are part of Project Catalyst, an initiative of Project Arts Centre. Brokentalkers are represented by Sarah Ford / Quaternaire. This program is supported, in part, by Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and by public funds from the New York City department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
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THEATRE Irish Arts Center in association with Fishamble: The New Play Company presents
Swing WRITTEN BY GAVIN KOSTICK PETER DALY STEVE BLOUNT JANET MORAN
PERFORMED BY STEVE BLOUNT JANET MORAN
DIRECTED BY PETER DALY PRODUCED BY MARKETA DOWLING
“Moran and Blount create endearing visions of stalled lives in a whirl of possibility and, with elegant guidance, Daly lets them dance like angels.” - THE IRISH TIMES
“Funny, warm, and well produced, with a rousing finale that’s enough to make you kick up your own heels.” - IRISH THEATRE MAGAZINE A new show about dancing and music and love and not settling and feeling like an eejit and being brave and having doubts and trying your best and trying new things and thinking outside the box and seeing things clearly and living as well as you can and giving it a lash. With rock and roll music. It’ll make you want to dance.
Photos: Sally-Ann Kelly
It’s Mae’s first go at swing dancing, and she’s there filling the time while her boyfriend’s away. Joe has been at it a while, having taken it up after the family printing business, and his entire life, collapsed in the recession. Both are at a crossroads, and if that’s not the most perfect place for a dance, where is? We are delighted to welcome back our friends Fishamble: The New Play Company to the Center. In Fall 2012, we presented Fishamble and Pat Kinevane’s Silent and in Spring 2010 Fishamble and Pat Kinevane’s Forgotten.
WINNER OF BEWLEY’S LITTLE GEM AWARD NOMINATED FOR BEST FEMALE PERFORMER AND BEST MALE PERFORMER AT DUBLIN FRINGE 2013
Swing APRIL 23-MAY 18 M
W 23 7 pm
T 24 7 pm
F 25 7 pm
S 26 2 pm 7 pm
S 27 3 pm
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THEATRE Irish Arts Center in association with Pat Moylan Productions presents
Beowulf:The Blockbuster PERFORMED BY BRYAN BURROUGHS DEVELOPED AND DIRECTED BY DAVID HORAN
“Tragic. Funny. EPIC. Don’t miss it.” - SUNDAY TIMES
“No props, gimmicks or special effects – just BRILLIANT THEATRE.” - THE IRISH TIMES A father’s final chance to connect with his son. A boy with a film-soaked imagination. A cinematic journey through an ancient tale, brought to vivid life in this one-man stage phenomenon. Featuring Spielbergian monsters, John Williams theme tunes and the original superhero; this is physical, comic and vibrant theatre from one of Ireland’s most skilled performers. Hit of the Dublin Fringe Festival 2013, Beowulf was hailed as an instant classic.
& Beowulf Dublin Fringe Double Bill
Two Plays. One Night.
$36 member / $45 non-member Dublin Fringe Festival is a curated, multi-disciplinary festival that provides participating artists to challenge, subvert and invigorate their disciplines and practice. Playing a vital role in the fabric of Dublin and Irish cultural life, for 18 days the festival transforms Dublin into an exposé of great creative talent from around the globe. This spring, get a taste of Dublin Fringe 2013 at the Irish Arts Center with two of the best new, contemporary theatre shows Swing and Beowulf: The BlockBuster.
Swing and Beowulf: The Blockbuster, have been developed as part of Show in a Bag, an artist development initiative of Fishamble: The New Play Company, Dublin Fringe Festival, and Irish Theatre Institute.
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Song Lives Maria Doyle Kennedy SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8 | 8 PM Maria Doyle Kennedy has gained international acclaim for her featured roles in films and television series like Dexter, Downton Abbey, and The Tudors. As a singer, however, this raven-haired Dubliner remains one of Ireland’s best kept secrets. Sometimes melancholy, other times joyful, and always passionate – Maria has recorded five albums and has collaborated with such legendary artists as Snow Patrol, Damien Rice, Paul Brady and John Prine.
“Maria Doyle Kennedy is one of the
finest voices [Ireland] has ever produced.” - HOT PRESS MAGAZINE
PAST SONGLIVES HAVE FEATURED MEMORABLE PERFORMERS INCLUDING:
(Left to Right in order of appearance at SongLives) Susan McKeown, Declan O’Rourke, Michael Brunnock, Brendan O’Shea, Mark Geary, Ann Scott, Niall Connolly, Wallis Bird, Anthony Mulcahy, Mundy, The Guggenheim Grotto, Jenna Nichols, Heathers, Gerry Leonard, Eleanor McEvoy, Warren Malone, John Spillane, Eamon O’Tuama, Mick Flannery, Casey Black
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MUSIC SongLives brings the rich tradition of busking on Dublin’s Grafton Street to the wonderful intimacy and acoustics of the Donaghy Theatre. Curated by Grammy Award-winner Susan McKeown $15 member / $18 non-member Additional line-up will be announced on irishartscenter.org.
SJ McArdle and Brandon Wilde THURSDAY, APRIL 17 | 8 PM
“Bravo for an artist who has taken contemporary Irish music to parts it far too seldom reaches.” - HOT PRESS MAGAZINE
“Singer-songwriter Brandon Wilde has that undeniable, yet indescribable ‘it’ that transforms a crowd into an audience.” - DAVID ADAMS, FOUNDER OF
SJ McArdle is a singer, songwriter, musician and actor from Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland. His upcoming album Blood and Bones has already garnered considerable Irish airplay and his music has been featured on Survivor, Grey’s Anatomy, and two upcoming films written by Irish novelist Cecelia Ahern, Between Heaven and Here and My While Half Life. Featuring a mix of roots, pop and rock, McArdle’s powerful performances offer truly unexpected, delightful twists.
Brandon Wilde is a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, producer, and multiinstrumentalist. He also serves as bassist for the Niall Connolly Band, The All Night Chemists and Black Bunny in which he is also the lead singer. Wilde has toured the U.S. and Ireland and his songs have played on TV series including Dawson’s Creek, Days of Our Lives, ER, and more.
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MUSIC MASTERS IN COLLABORATION VIII
Dana Lyn MEETS Louis de Paor PERFORMANCE FEBRUARY 21-22 M
F 21 8 pm
S 22 8 pm
$26 member / $32 non-member
CONVERSATION Inside the Collaboration: Artists in Conversation with Mick Moloney Wednesday, February 19 | 7:30 pm FREE
“[Dana Lyn’s] fiddling makes you feel you are sitting there in the room with her as she plays, flowing freely and effortlessly from one tune to the next. She captures all the excitement and leaves you breathless...The overall effect is of intimate and occasionally disturbing warmth and contact as Lyn transports you. Beautiful.” – IRISH EDITION “De Paor’s freshness of diction, even, and especially, when using the most transparent language, is stunning…unbelievably simple, yet possesses an equally unbelievable amount of depth.” - NICHOLAS BIRNS, ANTIPODES 2002, REVIEW OF CORK AND OTHER POEMS Photo Credit: Michael Weintrob
Our acclaimed Masters in Collaboration series takes a cross-disciplinary turn, pairing Brooklyn-based violinist and composer Dana Lyn with award-winning Irish poet Louis de Paor. Lyn and de Paor will be using poetry, music, and visual imagery to present a day in the life of an imagined village somewhere in the West of Ireland, with various characters, living and dead, real and surreal, wandering in and out of each other’s lives and ours between sunrise and sunset. Multi-instrumentalist and composer Dana Lyn inhabits a musical world somewhere inside the Venn diagram of 70s art rock, classical, traditional Irish and improvised music and has collaborated with a wide range of artists, from the edgy string quartet Brooklyn Rider to Grammy Award-winning vocalist Susan McKeown and actor-director Vincent D’Onofrio. A key protagonist in the late 1970s Irish language poetry renaissance, Louis de Paor was the first Irish language poet to receive the leading American award for Irish poets—the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award—and his poetry has been published and celebrated around the world in both English and Irish.
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MUSIC MASTERS IN COLLABORATION IX
Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh MEETS Cleek Schrey PERFORMANCE MARCH 28-29 M
F 28 8 pm
S 29 8 pm
$26 member / $32 non-member
CONVERSATION Inside the Collaboration: Artists in Conversation with Mick Moloney Wednesday, March 26 | 7:30 pm FREE
“The most imaginative and fascinating musician in all of trad.” – EARLE HITCHNER, IRISH ECHO ON CAOIMHÍN Ó RAGHALLAIGH
“A musician utterly at one with his instrument and his music.” - THE IRISH TIMES ON CLEEK SCHREY
Photo Credit: Con-Kelleher
Our ninth Masters in Collaboration brings together Irish fiddler Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Virginian fiddler Cleek Schrey for a week-long residence culminating in two one-of-a-kind performances. Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh plays traditional and contemporary folk music on the fiddle and hardanger fiddle and has established himself as a major figure in Irish traditional music. His eight albums include the 2007 release Where the One-Eyed Man is King which led to numerous commissions for film and theatre, including a series at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre. He is a member of The Gloaming (see page 17), This Is How We Fly and a trio with Martin Hayes and Peadar Ó Riada. Cleek Schrey is a Virginian fiddler and composer living in New York City. An active member of traditional music communities in America and Ireland, he plays in the Ghost Trio with Ivan Goff and Iarla Ó Lionáird, the award-winning string band Bigfoot, and also in a duo with the old time fiddler Stephanie Coleman. Cleek also works closely with composers and musicians from outside of the traditional music community, combining perspectives in search of new possibilities. The New York composer Daniel Thomas Davis was recently commissioned to create a new chamber work for Cleek, Anonymous 4’s Jacqueline Horner, and the Sonnambula viol consort. He frequently makes music for dance and for the stage, and this season will collaborate with the choreographers Bill T. Jones and Douglas Dunn.
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Nuala Kennedy Band MG ALBA SCOTTISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC AWARD FOR
BEST FOLK BAND 2013
Featuring Nuala Kennedy, Donald Hay and Mike Bryan THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13 | 8 PM $15 member / $18 non-member Irish singer and flute player Nuala Kennedy comes to the Irish Arts Center with percussionist Donald Hay and guitarist Mike Bryan for an evocative, soul-satisfying evening that showcases her hauntingly beautiful vocals, adventurous instrumentation, and imaginative mix of influences.
THURSDAY, MAY 1 | 8 PM $15 member / $18 non-member Dublin-based band I Draw Slow are sibling songwriters Louise and Dave Holden, fiddler Adrian Hart, banjoist Colin Derham and double bassist Konrad Liddy.
Rooted in the Celtic music of her native Ireland and adopted homeland of Scotland, Nuala has gained critical attention for her eclectic cross-genre work that shines with the raw energy, purpose and confidence of an artist who has come of age. She has performed and recorded with artists such as Will Oldham, Norman Blake, Euros Childs and the late Canadian composer Oliver Schroer and has recently been touring internationally with her trio promoting Noble Stranger, her third release on Nashville’s Compass label.
“A flute player and composer of
remarkable finesse, fearless of the unknown.” - THE IRISH TIMES
I Draw Slow
Drawing on Irish traditional music and modern Americana, they tell dark tales of debauchery with well-crafted melodies and fiddle-fused harmonies.
indie bluegrass that fits impeccably into the traditional American canon, while also bearing a stamp all their own.”
“An Irish five-piece who have conjured a brand of
– HOT PRESS MAGAZINE
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FRIDAY, MARCH 7 | 8 PM FREE Every spring, music fans, industry insiders and top artists from across the globe gather in Austin, Texas for the world’s leading music industry event, South By Southwest (SXSW), which features over 2,200 regional, national and international acts. In fall 2012 and 2013, you enjoyed the newest acts from Ireland at our Music From Ireland CMJ Showcases. This season we’ve invited some of the Irish bands at SXSW to drop by the Irish Arts Center en route to Austin so you can preview their music. Be among the first to spot Ireland’s next top artists as they perform in full spirit.
SXSW Showcase NYC
Five up-and-coming bands from Ireland all on one night Music From Ireland is an initiative created by First Music Music From Ireland is an initiative created First Music Contact in partnership with Culture Ireland,bywhich promotes Contact in partnership withfestivals Culture throughout Ireland, which promotes Irish talent at major music each year. Irish talent at major music festivals throughout each year.
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achian Celebration Featuring Old Time American, Country and Bluegrass Music with Irish Influences
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At 2537 Broadway at 95th Street FRIDAY, MARCH 14 | 8 PM Premium Seats available for $65 Tier 1: $50 non-member / $40 member Tier 2: $40 non-member / $32 member / $25 student
“Mick Moloney and the Irish Arts Center triumphed once again...a stunning crowd-pleaser.” – PAUL KEATING, IRISH CENTRAL
Featuring MICK MOLONEY and THE GREEN FIELDS OF AMERICA ATHENA TERGIS, BILLY MCCOMISKEY, JERRY O’SULLIVAN, BRENDAN DOLAN, NIALL O’LEARY, LIZ HANLEY and special guest PARKER HALL
THE NEW BALLARD’S BRANCH BOGTROTTERS EDDIE BOND, JOSH ELLIS, LEON FROST, JESSE MORRIS, DENNIS HALL, and special guest BONNIE BOND with special guests MICHELLE MULCAHY and CLEEK SCHREY
Legendary musician, folklorist and National Heritage Award-winner Mick Moloney once again leads a talented cast of world musicians, singers, and dancers in our third annual Celtic Appalachian Celebration. The Green Fields of America—one of the best-known and longest running Irish American groups—has performed all over the U.S. since the 1970s and has featured scores of Irish artists in America including Michael Flatley, John Doyle, Karan Casey and Séamus Eagan. For their only New York City performance this year, The Green Fields of America will showcase their extraordinary repository of Irish vocal, instrumental and dance traditions, while bringing together the exhilarating mixture of the rugged and beautiful old-time Appalachian music and song from Eddie Bond’s Bogtrotters on fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, autoharp and mandolin. The show also features the finely crafted Blue Ridge Mountain tunes of Virginian multiinstrumentalist Cleek Schrey, and the soulful Irish folk tunes of four-time All-Ireland Champion Michelle Mulcahy on Irish harp, concertina, piano, fiddle and accordion. From the jigs and reels of Ireland and America to the Appalachian harmonies of the Blue Ridge Mountain, this one-night-only roof-raising musical spectacular is the perfect setting to celebrate St. Patrick’s week with your friends and family.
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The Gloaming FRIDAY, JUNE 20 | 8 PM Location TBA Featuring New York pianist Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), Chicago guitarist Dennis Cahill, Irish fiddle master Martin Hayes, hardanger innovator Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Irish singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, The Gloaming carves new paths connecting the rich Irish folk tradition and the New York contemporary music scene. From haunting sean-nós to rousing and emotional instrumental medleys, The Gloaming makes music that is both ancient and utterly new. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the monumental collaboration of five wildly talented musicians for an evening of cherished traditions and audacious, tuneful modernity.
“Their live performances…have been revelatory…
one of the great forces in Irish music.” — THE IRISH TIMES
This group of extraordinary virtuoso musicians each have their own highly successful individual careers and all of the musicians have been showcased at the Irish Arts Center. Thomas Bartlett was last seen at IAC in fall 2013 as a special guest during Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill’s residence, Iarla Ó Lionáird performed as part of Masters in Collaboration VI in fall 2011, and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh will be performing in the Masters in Collaboration series in March 2014 (See page 12).
“The music of the Emerald Isle may have spread far and wide, but
there is little that will be performed that sounds like The Gloaming.” — THE NEW YORKER
Photo Credit: Hugh McCabe
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SPECIAL EVENTS SUNDAY, MARCH 23 | 8 PM $100 VIP Packages available, contact Adam Lamberg at firstname.lastname@example.org for details
with MARTIN HAYES, artistic director, fiddle IARLA Ó LIONÁIRD, vocals DENNIS CAHILL, guitar MÁIRTÍN O’CONNOR, accordion CATHAL HAYDEN, fiddle SEAMIE O’DOWD, guitar DAVID POWER, uilleann pipes
From major concert halls in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Austin, to top music venues in Washington DC, San Francisco, Seattle, and Denver, audiences are raving about the strong performances by seven of the most compelling and virtuosic artists in Irish music today. Based on a famous festival curated by Martin Hayes in the West County Cork town of Bantry, Masters of Tradition comes to the IAC for an unprecedented, intimate one-night-only performance.
“Masters of Tradition lives up to its name...
not to be missed.”
– THE NEW YORKER
star-studded concert brings together some of the brightest luminaries in traditional Celtic music.” “This
CON THE MES CERT TH ME AT AUD RIZED IA IENC C E SPR ING S IN 2 0 1 IS BA 2 CK!
Photo Credit: Lawrence Peart
– TIME OUT NEW YORK
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LITERATURE & HUMANITIES
LITERATURE & HUMANITIES
Irish Arts Center
Book Day 2014 IN ASSOCIATION WITH NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL
A citywide celebration of Irish literature MONDAY, MARCH 17 7 AM UNTIL THE BOOKS RUN OUT!
From The Bronx to Staten Island, Manhattan’s Upper West Side to Brighton Beach, and stops in between, the Irish Arts Center will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by giving New Yorkers the gift of free Irish literature.
GET INVOLVED! For book donation and sponsorship opportunities promoting this day of literacy and Irish culture, contact Rachael Gilkey at email@example.com.
For our fourth annual Book Day, volunteers across the city will be handing out thousands of books to commuters and school children at transit hubs across all five New York City boroughs.
For volunteer opportunities, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo Credit: Conor McBride
Find out where to enjoy a free book from our Twitter feed (#IACBookDay) and Facebook page.
SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL OUR GENEROUS DONORS WHO HELP MAKE OUR FREE PROGRAMMING POSSIBLE: Joseph L. Arena, Kenneth Badree, Livia Brode, Chris Carney, William Thomas Clark, Kim Dicker, Kate and Bob Devlin, Tripp Donnelly (in honor of Ray Donnelly Jr.), Rob Dunne, Dennis J. Foran, Cindi and John Galiher, Michele Holcomb, Bryan J. Houlihan (in honor of Philip and Kay McAndrews), Pamela Brandt and Thomas Campbell Jackson, Declan Kelly, Larry Douglas Meyers (in honor of Maria Borger), Rachel and Harry Moseley, John Murphy, John O’Connor (in honor of Tom Moran), Aisling Studdert, Lisa Mary Sullivan (in honor of Lt. Stephen John Healy, USN 1962-1987), Rosie and David Turner.
LITERATURE & HUMANITIES MARCH 11-12 | 7:30 PM M
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$18 member / $22 non-member Steven Rattner, David McWilliams and IAC Executive Director Aidan Connolly at Political Cabaret 1.0
Journalist David McWilliams, economist Jim O’Sullivan, and comedians Eddie Brill, Colm O’Regan and Carmen Lynch at Political Cabaret 2.0
What’s so funny about the dismal science? Economist, best-selling author and international broadcaster David McWilliams returns to the Irish Arts Center to bring together some of the world’s leading economists, financial analysts and media commentators with some of the funniest, sharpest comedians from Ireland and the U.S. for an entertaining exploration of Ireland, European and U.S. economics and other contemporary issues.
Political Cabaret 3.0 follows on the success of two sold-out series featuring special guests Jim O’Sullivan, Colm O’Regan, Eddie Brill, Carmen Lynch, Steven Rattner, and Colin Quinn. David McWilliams is a journalist and broadcaster and one of Ireland’s leading economic commentators. He is the bestselling author of The Pope’s Children, The Generation Game, and Follow the Money and has a weekly column in the Sunday Business Post and the Irish Independent. Prior to his media career he spent 10 years working at UBS and the Banque Nationale de Paris.
Political Cabaret 3.0
An Evening of Economics, Comedy and Current Events with David McWilliams and Special Guests
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Readings & Talks
LITERATURE & HUMANITIES AT IAC
Terry Golway Tammany, Progressivism & the New York Irish TUESDAY, MARCH 18 | 7:30 PM $10 member / $12 non-member | Free for Young Patrons ($125) members and higher “Terry Golway’s Machine Made is a fine...history of Tammany Hall, told with style and verve and with a keen eye for the Irish contribution to American politics.” —JOHN KELLY, AUTHOR OF THE GRAVES ARE WALKING AND THE GREAT MORTALITY
A surprising new history of New York’s most famous political machine, Tammany Hall, reveals— beyond the vice and corruption—a birthplace of progressive urban politics. Join Kean University professor, historian, author, and journalist Terry Golway as he discusses his newest book, Machine Made. This compelling new analysis brings to life Tammany’s Irish connections, its advocacy for immigrants, its implementation of the social welfare system, and the path to political power of Irish New Yorkers in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Johanna Lane TUESDAY, MAY 20 | 7:30 PM $10 member / $12 non-member | Free for Young Patrons ($125) members and higher “Johanna Lane accomplishes the nearly miraculous: she paints the world of her story with such care and skill that, before you know it, it will feel more real than your own. And you won’t want to leave it.”—JOSH WEIL, AUTHOR OF THE NEW VALLEY Join us for an evening with Johanna Lane as she reads from Black Lake, a moving debut novel which evokes the deep connection and nostalgia we feel for the places we love. In Black Lake, the Campbell family find that they no longer have the funds to maintain Dulough, their rambling, idyllic ancestral home on the windswept coast of Ireland. Faced with financial ruin, they decide to open the estate as a tourist attraction. John Campbell, his wife, daughter and son must move from the luxury of the big house to a dank, small caretaker’s cottage. The upheaval strains the already tenuous threads that bind the family—and when a tragic accident befalls them, long-simmering resentments and unanswered yearnings rise to the surface. Johanna Lane was brought up in Ireland, studied English Literature at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and Creative Writing at Columbia’s MFA program. She lives in New York City.
Richard Ford As part of Pen, Paper and Palate presented in association with Ruda Beresford Dauphin TUESDAY, JUNE 3 | 7:30 PM $10 member / $12 non-member | Free for Young Patrons ($125) members and higher “Ford is possessed of a writer’s greatest gifts.”—LORRIE MOORE, THE NEW YORKER Richard Ford’s fiction has won the Pulitzer Prize, the PEN/Malamud and PEN/Faulkner awards, and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence. In his six novels and four collections of stories, Ford’s marginalized protagonists give voice to motels, freeways and love derailed with meticulous detail. Join us for a special evening celebrating Ford’s distinguished writing career.
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Readings & Talks
Edna O’Brien and Edward St. Aubyn in association with 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center THURSDAY, MAY 29 | 8 PM Tickets from $27 / IAC friends receive a 20% discount with code IAC At 92Y Kaufmann Concert Hall 1395 Lexington Ave. at 92nd St. New York, NY Edna O’Brien and Edward St. Aubyn, two of the sharpest satirists writing today, come to 92Y to read from their latest books. After a lifetime of writing novels—some of which were banned in her native Ireland —Edna O’Brien tells all in a new memoir Country Girl, which details everything from her insular, difficult childhood to her Swinging
Sixties romps with the likes of Princess Margaret and Marlon Brando. Philip Roth writes she “has made of her memories something of both precision and depth, a book that, letting us see her as she was, jumps with an all-consuming curiosity from one lucidly narrated event to another.” Edward St. Aubyn, known for his acclaimed novels about the Melrose family, including At Last and Mother’s Milk (short-listed for the 2006 Man Booker Prize) is back with a new novel Lost for Words, a witty, entertaining send-up that cuts to the quick of some of the deepest questions about the place of art in our celebrity-obsessed culture. Alan Hollinghurst writes he is “perhaps the most brilliant English novelist of his generation.” Photo Credit: Timothy Allen
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Bloomsday on Broadway XXXIII
MONDAY, JUNE 16
AT Peter Jay Sharp Theatre 2537 Broadway at 95th Street New York, NY The 33rd annual BLOOMSDAY ON BROADWAY celebrates 100 years of James Joyce’s Dubliners and his masterpiece Ulysses. Join leading stars of stage and screen in an evening devoted to Joyce’s great works. One of the world’s great Bloomsday traditions created by the late founding artistic director of Symphony Space, Isaiah Sheffer.
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Films from Ireland
$10 member / $12 non-member | Free for Young Patrons ($125) members and higher
Be the first to see the latest films from Ireland or catch-up on the ones you missed with our diverse film program celebrating the the best of Irish film, including U.S. premieres and screenings of independent, contemporary and retrospective films. Dig deeper with post-film talk-backs with directors and casts, enjoy Q&A sessions, panel discussions, meet and greets, special receptions and more.
Moon Man SATURDAY, MARCH 22 | 11 AM STORY TIME | 11:30 AM SCREENING 2013, 96 minutes | $5 Directed by Stephan Schesch Presented in association with The man in the moon will delight all ages in this loving family tale about Moon Man, who isn’t yet aware how much innocent eyes admire him high in the night sky. When a shooting star passes by on its way to earth, he hitches a ride and crashes down on a planet ruled by a tyrannical president. Escaping the president’s soldiers, Moon Man sets off on an adventure, where he will marvel at the many wonders the Earth has to offer and realize how much children love and need him. A new animation feature from Schesch Filmkreation, Kilkenny’s Cartoon Saloon and coproduced by Le Pacte, Moon Man is adapted from Tomi Ungerer’s worldwide best-selling children’s book of the same name. Join us before the film for story time featuring three of Tomi Ungerer’s children’s books. | For ages 7 and up
Skin in the Game TUESDAY, MAY 6 | 7 PM 2012, 74 minutes Directed by Donald Taylor Black Irish artists have found fertile ground for creativity in the demise of the Celtic Tiger and the ensuing financial crisis. Skin in the Game examines how artists like musician Christy Moore, poet Rita Ann Higgins, painter Brian Maguire, and other artists look at emigration, ghost estates and the legacy of politicians and bankers and their impact on Irish life in the 21st Century. Produced and directed by Donald Taylor Black, one of Ireland’s most incisive and compelling documentary makers, and written in part by renowned novelist and screenwriter, Roddy Doyle (The Commitments), the film was nominated for Best Feature Documentary Award at the 2013 Irish Film and Television Awards. It was financed by The Irish Film Board. Join us after the film for a talk back with director Donald Taylor Black. | For ages 13 and up
Aisling Gheal (Bright Vision) TUESDAY, JUNE 10 | 7 PM 2013, 80 minutes Directed by Dónal Ó Céilleachair With Music by Seán Ó Riada & Pedar Ó Riada Presented in association with Aisling Gheal (Bright Vision) follows the lives of the women sean-nós singers in the Muskerry Gaeltacht of West Cork in a journey to the heart of the tradition. Amongst the group of women is 10-year-old Shahira Apraku who attends the local Gaelscoil and embodies an entirely new generation of Irish speakers. Shahira’s journey, the struggles of the women, the songs of the Sean-nós and the flow of the Sullane river provide parallel intersecting narrative vehicles for this documentary, yielding insights into this part of our culture and challenging some of our key contemporary notions of “Irishness” in the process. After the film, join in an Irish traditional song circle. For ages 13 and up
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Mindscapes Feargal Doyle FEBRUARY – APRIL Irish Arts Center Gallery Hours by appointment Monday-Friday | 10 am – 6 pm Please call 212-757-3318
Feargal Doyle offers a series of moving and evocative abstract works based on places from his past, as seen through the intuitive lens of his own understanding of the world.
ARTIST TALK AND RECEPTION TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4 | 6:30 PM FREE ARTIST TALK AND
Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Feargal Doyle lives and works in New York.
The Archaeology of Hedges, 2012, acrylic on canvas
Mothers of Modern Ireland A People’s History MARCH – MAY “An epic journey.” - THE IRISH POST (UK)
MOTHERING SUNDAY (IRELAND) SUNDAY, MARCH 30 MOTHER’S DAY (U.S.) SUNDAY, MAY 11
“A beautiful...unique people’s history.” - IRISHCENTRAL.COM Celebrate Mother’s Day on both sides of the Atlantic with this special virtual exhibition archiving the last 100 years of Ireland as told by grandmothers from each of the 32 counties. This unique people’s history comes from a mother’s perspective: the farmer’s wife, the nursemaid or the seamstress. The 32 women each represent one of the counties of Ireland and tell both an intimate story of family life, and individual views on wide sweeping political activity. Visitors can see how The Troubles have affected people in different ways across the island, or hear stories of how far-reaching the church’s influence has been in every aspect of Irish life. There are also stories of sex, music, food, love, immigration, death and ghosts. Mothers of Modern Ireland is a comprehensive virtual exhibition which allows visitors using their own computer or mobile device to take a self-guided tour of this landmark social history at irishartscenter.org/momi. The film archive has been created for South Tipperary County Museum by Fragments, an independent production company with support by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and private donors.
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DANCE SUNDAY, MAY 4 | 1 PM - 7 PM FREE AT Riverside Park South Pier I at W 68th Street Kick up your heels and celebrate the start of summer with our day-long Irish Dance Festival. Hundreds of the best Irish dancers gather on the Hudson to showcase the heartstopping expressiveness and distinctive style of traditional Irish dance. Led by festival artistic director Niall O’Leary TCRG, ADCRG, there are tons of opportunities to join in—the whole family can enjoy dance classes, musical sessions, Irish language classes, singing circles, facepainting and one large dance céilí to top off the early summer evening.
Photo Credits: Brian Norton, Darial Sneed, IAC
Irish Dance Festival
CHILDREN’S EVENTS Consulate General of Ireland, New York Ard Chonsalacht na hÉireann, Nua Eabhrac in association with Irish Arts Center presents
St. Patrick’s Day / Lá Fhéile Pádraig
Children’s Art Competition T
A Celebration of Youth and Culture The Consulate General of Ireland has once again launched its St. Patrick’s Day/ Lá Fhéile Pádraig Children’s Art Competition which is open to all children between 6 and 16 years of age. Children will be asked to re-create any part of the story of St. Patrick or to depict what St. Patrick’s Day means to them by creating an original artwork. For a list of all partner organizations and to enter, please visit the Consulate General of Ireland’s website www.consulateofirelandnewyork.org.
Entries must be mailed to the Irish Arts Center by Friday, February 21st: Children’s Art Competition c/o Irish Arts Center 553 West 51st Street New York, NY 10019 For general inquiries, please email email@example.com
Irish Arts Festival at the Children’s Museum of the Arts AT 103 Charlton Street New York, NY MARCH 1-2 & 29-30 | 10 AM – 5 PM $11 Museum Admission During the month of March, the Children’s Museum of the Arts will team up with the Irish Arts Center to explore the creative world of Irish arts at the Irish Arts Festival, featuring live music, dance, theater and storytelling performances, and workshops that highlight Irish culture. As part of CMA’s sixth annual series of multicultural festivals that showcase the artistic and cultural traditions of different communities. For more information on daily events, visit www.cmany.org. Photo Credit: Hannah Sawhney
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The Craic in association with Irish Arts Center presents
SATURDAY, MARCH 1 | DOORS OPEN AT 10:30 AM | PROGRAM STARTS AT 11 AM $5 children / $10 adults Kicking off the 15th annual Craic Fest, the Kids Fleadh presents new and inspiring short films that invite families to travel to Ireland from the comfort of the intimate Donaghy Theatre. The annual fleadh presents more than eight films, including the Oscar nominated short The Missing Scarf and the Irish language best short in Galway Film Fleadh 2013 Rubai. Storytelling with Honor Molloy and John Liam Shea, live step dancing performances and a reception with complimentary tea and scones are regular features of this special day for the whole family. The Craic Fest continues from March 6-8th. For more information and full festival lineup, visit www.thecraicfest.com.
Literature, Magic and Mystery with the Fiction of Darragh Martin SUNDAY, APRIL 6 | 11 AM – 12:30 PM FREE Calling all Harry Potter fans! Get a sneak peek at the newest beloved children’s fantasy novel in Ireland, in advance of its U.S. release. “The Keeper is far too good...A new star of the fantasy genre—I couldn’t sleep until I finished it.” - EOIN COLFER, AUTHOR OF THE ARTEMIS FOWL SERIES
Shortlisted for Bord Gaís Energy I R I S H B O O K AW A R D S Nominated for The Specsavers Children’s BOOK OF THE YEAR
Irish playwright and Fulbright Scholar Darragh Martin (An Air Balloon Across Antarctica, The Map of Lost Things and Why Pluto is a Planet) joins us to share from his first fantasy novel for children, The Keeper, inspired by his childhood daydreams about the Dublin DART traveling somewhere far beyond his regular stop at Howth Junction. Facing streams of snow snakes, shadowfish and magical mountains, three very different children have to decide whether or not they can trust each other—and the mysterious book of magic that’s leading them—before it’s too late to get the last train home. After the reading, engage in some crafts and make your very own magic book. This event was originally scheduled for Fall 2013.
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The Craic in association with Irish Arts Center presents
Craic Comedy Festival with Maeve Higgins THURSDAY, JANUARY 30 | 7:30 PM $16 member / $20 non-member in advance $20 member / $25 non-member day of show “Higgins is rarer than a blessing of unicorns... she is original and relatively calm, her observations are pithy, her wit delicate, her persona oddly alluring and deftly honest.”
Cork comedy star Maeve Higgins headlines the fourth annual Craic Comedy Festival. Whether writing behind the scenes in her Irish Times column, offering tongue-in-cheek advice on TV, or performing at festivals in Edinburgh, Melbourne or New Zealand, Higgins’ uses her brilliant turn of phrase, conversational style and celebration of the mundane to entertain and charm audiences worldwide.
- THE IRISH TIMES
Featuring stand up, new writing and readings from Higgins’ bestselling book We have a
good time…don’t we?, the Craic Comedy Festival is sure to provide lots of laughs as she drags you into her daydreamy world with hilarious consequences. Opening for Maeve is Kevin Flynn (Comedy Central, VH1). Stick around after the show for a Tullamore Dew Whiskey Reception from 9 pm-10:30 pm. For more information, visit www.thecraicfest.com.
Sundays at Seven Produced by Fiona Walsh and Ann Design FEBRUARY 9, MARCH 9, APRIL 13, MAY 11, JUNE 8 | 7 PM $10 member / $12 non-member Free for Young Patrons ($125) members and higher Each month, Irish-born Fiona Walsh and native New Yorker Ann Design invite hilarious and edgy comics from HBO, Comedy Central, Letterman, and Conan O’Brien to perform stand-up, sketch and improv comedy. With a new line-up each and every event, it’s no wonder that Sundays at Seven is one of the most beloved and longest-running comedy shows in New York. Past performers of Sundays at Seven include Jim Gaffigan, Colin Quinn, Eddie Brill, Susan Prekel, Maureen Langan, Myk Kaplan, Anthony Rapp and many more!
New line-up each and every month. Check www.irishartscenter.org for details.
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St. Pat’s For All Benefit Concert
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28 | 6 PM – 10 PM Irish Arts Center hosts the St. Pat’s For All Benefit Concert—the annual fundraiser in support of the St. Pat’s For All Parade which takes place in Sunnyside/Woodside on Sunday, March 2nd at 1 pm. For more information, visit www.stpatsforall.com. Performers include Brian Fleming, Niall O’Leary School of Dance, Caroline Duggan & the Keltic Dream Dancers, Donie Carroll, Tony Demarco, Daniel Neely and many more. Refreshments will be served. For tickets and more information, contact Brendan Fay or Kathleen Walsh D’Arcy at firstname.lastname@example.org
TUESDAY, MARCH 4 | 5 PM – 7 PM FREE
For centuries the Irish have celebrated the tradition of Pancake Day when families use up rich foods like milk, sugar, and eggs before the fasting period traditionally associated with the beginning of Lent. Stop by and say hello to our staff as we flip pancakes from 5 pm to 7 pm (or as long as supplies last). Maple Syrup Free Zone! In Ireland pancakes are made as a thinner, more crepe-like pancake and served with lemon and sugar.
Bia Glorious Bia! Féile na Gaeilge / Irish Language Day 2014 SUNDAY, APRIL 6 | 12 PM – 6:30 PM
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$20 students and seniors / $28 member $35 non-member Let’s go out to an chistin, and grab ourselves a snack! This Féile na Gaeilge, come celebrate the Irish language through the world of food and drink, as Gaeilge.
Meet fellow language enthusiasts while immersing yourself with absolute beginner, intermediate and advanced language sessions, film screenings, conversation, workshops, and more, all centered around food! If you haven’t eaten your way across Ireland yet, you can still impress that special someone at the restaurant after you’ve learned specific vocabulary, phrases, games and more at the Irish Arts Center.
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Annual St. Patrick’s
Open Day IN ASSOCIATION WITH OUR NEIGHBORS POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE WILLIAM J. DUNCAN CENTER
Tin Whistle Workshops for All Ages SUNDAY, MARCH 9 | 12 PM – 5 PM FREE Get a head start on St. Patrick’s Day at the Irish Arts Center! To celebrate Ireland’s national holiday we throw open our doors and welcome everyone to explore and engage in a free day of Irish arts and culture. Spring forward and learn to play the tin whistle, speak Irish with our talented instructors, build an interactive map of Ireland, or enjoy some Irish hospitality with a cup of Barry’s tea with friends old and new.
Children’s Art and Crafts
Music and Dance Performances Dance Workshops for Children Photo Credits: Erin Baiano, IAC
Your love and support of Ireland and Irish culture brings to life memorable evenings of live music, theatre, dance, film, literature, and humanities.
Make a difference in the lives of artists and audiences by joining us at our upcoming special events.
Show Your Love FEBRUARY 12 Join Irish Arts Centerâ€™s growing family of young professionals at this Park Avenue penthouse party.
Irish Arts Center Golf Outing MAY 2014 Enjoy a great day out on the greens in support of the Irish Arts Center.
Spring Cocktails MAY/JUNE 2014 Our annual spring event is a fantastic evening raising support for our programming.
We will be launching the public phase of Almost Home: the Capital Campaign for our New Irish Arts Center To find out how you can be a part of our exciting future, please contact Director of Development, Maura Greaney, at 212.757.3318 x211 or via email at email@example.com.
Master Classes MUSIC
Traditional Irish Singing with Mai Hernon WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12 | 7 PM – 9:30 PM $45 members, students and seniors / $50 non-member “There is a lovely mellow warm quality to her singing that brings new life to the older songs. Her interpretation...is a revelation.” - IRISH MUSIC MAGAZINE If you ever wanted to sing a traditional Irish song, but felt you did not have the right material, the right confidence, or the right technique...this class is for you! Celebrated traditional singer Mai Hernon from Sligo has released three critically acclaimed albums and has taught singing for over 20 years, conducting classes throughout Ireland, the U.S., and at England’s Bath Folk Festival. Mai will conduct a special master class at IAC focusing on the air and the lyrics of songs from different areas of Ireland, the physical aspects of singing such as ornamentation, phrasing, and projection, as well as the origins, history, meaning, and significance of the songs. All levels of singing experience are welcome—from beginners exploring this genre, to accomplished singers looking to polish their skills or rekindle their love of trad singing.
Playwriting Workshop: Creating Character with Deirdre Kinahan SATURDAY, MARCH 29 AND SUNDAY, MARCH 30 | 10:30 AM – 3 PM $80 member, students and seniors / $100 non-member
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Learn a few tricks of the trade from playwright Deirdre Kinahan who will lead a two-day workshop focusing on the creation and building of character. Deirdre Kinahan is one of Ireland’s most celebrated playwrights; her recent plays These Halcyon Days, Bogboy (both seen at IAC), Moment and Hue and Cry have won awards in Edinburgh and New York. She is an exceptional storyteller, shining a light on the dark corners of contemporary Ireland and creating beautifully truthful characters that live long in memory. Deirdre’s next play Spinning will be produced by Fishamble Theatre Company in Dublin fall 2014.
Drawing The Figure and Expressing The Self with Colette Murphy JUNE 2014 $80 members, students and seniors / $100 non-member 2008 ESTELLE LEVY AWARD | 2009 TONY SMITH AWARD This intensive two-day workshop is designed to help students unlock their creative expression and develop a personal approach to creating art. Brooklyn-based artist Colette Murphy (last at IAC in fall 2013 with her curated exhibition Signature of Thought) will present a platform for artists to react to a live model while drawing. Through their own unique observations, students will consider the figure with its formal attributes as a jumping off point to delve deeper into their own art making. Visit www.irishartscenter.org for a list of materials needed for this workshop.
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Classes at a Glance
SIGN UP NOW, registration opens March 10th for eight week term beginning the week of Monday, April 7th.
Monday 4-5 PM Introductory Step Dance for Kids 5-6 PM Introductory Step Dance for Kids 6-7 PM Step Dance I: Beginners: Section 1 6-7 PM Fiddle IV: Intermediate 6-7:30 PM Irish Language III: Advanced Beginners 6-7:30 PM Irish Language IV: Intermediate 7-8 PM Fiddle I: Absolute Beginners: Section 1 7-8 PM Step Dance II: Intermediate 7:30-9 PM Irish Language I: Introduction 7:30-9 PM Irish Language II: Beginners 8-9 PM Fiddle I: Absolute Beginners: Section 2 8-9 PM Céilí Dance 9-10 PM Set Dance
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6-7 PM Fiddle V: Advanced 6-7 PM Bodhrán I: Introduction 7-8 PM Fiddle III: Advanced Beginners 7-8 PM Bodhrán II: Advanced Beginners 8-9 PM Fiddle II: Beginners 8-9 PM Tin Whistle IV: Intermediate
Wednesday 3:30-4:30 PM ModERIN Dance Class for Kids | Youth 5-6 PM Celtic Harp for Kids 6-7 PM Button Accordion I: Beginners 6-7 PM Celtic Harp II: Exploring Melody, Chords and Rhythm 6-7:30 PM Irish Language V: Advanced 7-8 PM Step Dance I: Beginners: Section 2 7-8 PM Button Accordion II: Intermediate 7-8 PM Celtic Harp I: Beginners 7:30-8:30 PM Tae agus Comhrá (Tea and Conversation) 8-9 PM Irish Music Toolbox: Making Music Together 8-9 PM Guitar for Traditional Irish Accompaniment 8-9 PM ModERIN Dance Class | Teen/Adult 8:30-9:30 PM Irish Language Literature: Deoraíocht
Thursday 6-7 PM Tin Whistle I: Introduction 7-8 PM Tin Whistle II: Beginners 7-8 PM Irish Banjo 8-9 PM Irish Mandolin 7:15-9:15 PM Bagpipes: Traditional Irish Music on the Piob Mhor 8-9 PM Bodhrán III: Intermediate 8-9 PM Tin Whistle III: Advanced Beginners
Saturday 11 AM-12 PM Gaelic Kids
Meet Our Teachers
Please note that not all classes will be at the Irish Arts Center. Please check class locations online at irishartscenter.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 212-757-3318.
Betty has been dancing for as long as she can remember—literally. The family story goes that she begged to be allowed to attend her sister’s dance class from the age of two; at three she was allowed finally into the dance room and has never looked back. At first Betty studied the usual mix of ballet, tap, and jazz, but it was the percussive rhythm of tap that caught her ear. A skiing accident put her out of commission for 8 months and upon returning to dance Betty decided that Irish dance seemed a good way to get back into things. Having no idea of the rigors that lay ahead, she jumped in whole heartedly, at first taking introductory classes at the IAC with Josephine McNamara, then studying with Marie Moore, TCRG/ADCRG, where she competed at the local, regional, and national level. In 2005, Betty sat and passed the TCRG examination, and is now a registered teacher with CLRG in Ireland. Betty is the director of the Aherne Sheehan School of Irish Dance and has taught at Ballet Tech School as well as City Center in New York. A firm believer in continuing education, Betty recently attended the BLAS School at the University of Limerick as a student. As a teacher, Mondays are her favorite night since she gets to work with adult students at the IAC. Having come to Irish Dance herself as an adult, she has a keen insight for both the difficulty and the joy involved!
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All level accordionists will benefit from the motivational classes that build your playing ability and confidence. Button Accordion I: Beginners Martin O’Connell, Wednesdays, 6 pm – 7 pm $140 member / $170 non-member This course provides detailed description and explanation of how to perform virtually every operation on the Irish B/C button accordion/ concertina, including bellows control (basses for the accordion) and ornamentation (grace notes, triplets, rolls, etc). Aural, rhythm and sight-reading skills will be developed through a diverse range of Irish tunes such as reels, jigs, polkas, slides, and hornpipes. Students will also gain a comprehensive knowledge of regional style approaches to phrasing and rhythm. LOCATION: Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street
Button Accordion II: Intermediate Martin O’Connell, Wednesdays 7 pm – 8 pm $140 member / $170 non-member For those with at least two prior semesters of Button Accordion or the equivalent. LOCATION: Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street
Playing the Irish fiddle releases the pure beauty and vast emotional depths of traditional Irish music. Master the instrument by taking all five levels. Two Class Times! Fiddle I: Absolute Beginners James Cleveland Monday, 7 pm – 8 pm & 8 pm – 9 pm $115 member / $145 non-member A course for those with no prior fiddle experience. We will cover holding the fiddle and bow, tuning and producing a good tone. By the end, students will be able to play one or two Irish fiddle tunes. LOCATION, BOTH CLASSES: 500 West 52nd Street, 4th floor, near 10th Avenue. Please look for signs indicating the entrance to the building. You must take the elevator up to the 4th Floor.
Fiddle II: Beginners Caitlin Warbelow, Tuesday, 8 pm – 9 pm $140 member / $170 non-member In this course, the beginner student will continue to learn the technical aspects of fiddle playing while working on common melodies, polkas, and jigs. Although tunes will be taught by ear, sheet music will be provided at the end of the semester. This class is geared towards students who have taken Fiddle 1 and/or those who have less than six months experience playing the fiddle. LOCATION: 500 West 52nd Street, 4th floor, near 10th Avenue. Please look for signs indicating the entrance to the building. You must take the elevator up to the 4th Floor. PLEASE NOTE this is not at the Irish Arts Center.
Fiddle III: Advanced Beginners Caitlin Warbelow, Tuesday, 7 pm – 8 pm $140 member / $170 non-member Students in this course will focus on building their repertoire of common session tunes. We will also start to discuss elements of musicality and theory, including how to play in a session and how to create tune sets. Although tunes will be taught by ear, sheet music will be provided at the end of the semester. This class is geared towards students who have taken Fiddle 2 at least once, or those who have at least one year of experience playing the fiddle. LOCATION: 500 West 52nd Street, 4th floor, near 10th Avenue. Please look for signs indicating the entrance to the building. You must take the elevator up to the 4th Floor. PLEASE NOTE this is not at the Irish Arts Center.
Fiddle IV: Intermediate James Cleveland, Monday, 6 pm – 7 pm $140 member / $170 non-member A course for those who would like to increase their repertoire while playing with others. We’ll learn five or six commonly played session tunes, mostly jigs and reels, while exploring ornamentation and phrasing. Although tunes will be taught by ear, sheet music will be provided. LOCATION: 500 West 52nd Street, 4th floor, near 10th Avenue. Please look for signs indicating the entrance to the building. You must take the elevator up to the 4th Floor. PLEASE NOTE this is not at the Irish Arts Center.
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Fiddle V: Advanced Caitlin Warbelow, Tuesday, 6 pm – 7 pm $140 member / $170 non-member Students attending this class should feel comfortable playing common tunes up to speed with other musicians. We will learn new tunes (reels, jigs, hornpipes, and an air) while focusing on ornamentation, style, and musicianship. Improvisation and harmony will be briefly discussed. Although tunes will be taught by ear, sheet music will be provided. LOCATION: 500 West 52nd Street, 4th floor, near 10th Avenue. Please look for signs indicating the entrance to the building. You must take the elevator up to the 4th Floor. PLEASE NOTE this is not at the Irish Arts Center.
Guitars are recognized the world over and used in all types of musical settings. This class will teach guitar in relation to accompanying Irish music. Guitar for Traditional Irish Accompaniment Peadar Ó hÍcí with guest teachers, Wednesday, 8 pm – 9 pm $140 member / $170 non-member Designed for students who have a very basic knowledge of standard guitar playing, this class will teach guitar in relation to accompanying Irish music. Lessons will include: strum techniques, chord structures, and general knowledge of backing traditional Irish tunes. LOCATION: 500 West 52nd Street, 4th floor, near 10th Avenue. Please look for signs indicating the entrance to the building. You must take the elevator up to the 4th Floor. PLEASE NOTE this is not at the Irish Arts Center.
The Celtic harp produces a lush, beautiful sound that many people find soothing and relaxing. Be inspired and learn to play this wonderful instrument. Celtic Harp I: Beginners Mia Theodoratus, Wednesday, 7 pm – 8 pm $140 member / $170 non-member With a focus on learning melodies and basic accompanying patterns, this course is designed for the complete beginner but also welcomes students who can already play a few tunes, know basic hand positioning and a few chord patterns. Starting with the basics, we will gradually work towards exploring variations on melodies and reels. LOCATION: 500 West 52nd Street, 4th floor, near 10th Avenue. Please look for signs indicating the entrance to the building. You must take the elevator up to the 4th Floor. PLEASE NOTE this is not at the Irish Arts Center.
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IRISH ON THE TIPP OF YOUR TONGUE? Celtic Harp II: Exploring Melody, Chords and Rhythm Mia Theodoratus, Wednesday, 6 pm – 7 pm $140 member / $170 non-member This class is for students who have a basic technique. During the class we will work on technique, basic chord patterns and how to use them with ballads and reels. Students will be encouraged to create their own accompaniment patterns. LOCATION: 500 West 52nd Street, 4th floor, near 10th Avenue. Please look for signs indicating the entrance to the building. You must take the elevator up to the 4th Floor. PLEASE NOTE this is not at the Irish Arts Center.
Learn a full range of Irish banjo techniques along with various regional styles. Irish Banjo I: Introduction Pio Ryan, Thursday, 7 pm – 8 pm $115 member / $145 non-member As beginners, students will be introduced to all aspects of Irish tenor banjo techniques along with various regional styles. REQUIRED: Tenor banjo (4 strings) only. Banjos with 5 strings are not taught in this class. LOCATION: 500 West 52nd Street, 4th floor, near 10th Avenue. Please look for signs indicating the entrance to the building. You must take the elevator up to the 4th Floor. PLEASE NOTE this is not at the Irish Arts Center.
Get the feel, pulse and flow of Irish music on the mandolin used widely in Celtic, bluegrass and folk styles. Irish Mandolin I: Introduction Pio Ryan, Thursday, 8 pm – 9 pm $115 member / $145 non-member Learn tuning, picking, fingering and holding of a mandolin, as well as practice common scales. As classes progress, students will learn tunes with various types of ornamentation. LOCATION: 500 West 52nd Street, 4th floor, near 10th Avenue. Please look for signs indicating the entrance to the building. You must take the elevator up to the 4th Floor. PLEASE NOTE this is not at the Irish Arts Center.
Learn to accompany jigs, reels, and other types of Celtic music with a strong, compelling rhythmic beat. Bodhrán I: Introduction Siobhan Egan, Tuesday, 6 pm – 7 pm $115 member / $145 non-member This class covers the basics of the Irish drum with focus on the reel and jig rhythms. Emphasis is placed on learning how to listen to various styles of traditional music and also on bodhrán etiquette for sessions. Enthusiasm and a love for the music are the only requirements for this class. LOCATION: Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street Bodhrán II: Advanced Beginners Siobhan Egan, Tuesday, 7 pm – 8 pm $140 member / $170 non-member Bodhran II introduces the techniques needed to produce a variety of sounds to enhance the accompaniment of melody instruments. Students should feel confident with the reel and jig rhythms in order to fully benefit from this class. LOCATION: Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street Bodhrán III: Intermediate Anna Colliton, Thursday, 8 pm – 9 pm $140 member / $170 non-member In Bodhrán III, we learn to enhance our jigs and reels with ornamentation, tonal variation, and syncopation, and expand our repertoire to include hornpipes, slip jigs, hop jigs, slides, and polkas, with the goal of creating versatile and sensitive players who are able to accompany tastefully in whatever style they choose. We will explore elements of “top end” style bodhrán playing according to the wishes of the class. Students will have access to a website where video and notation will be posted after each lesson, and the class will take at least one field trip to play with the advanced fiddle class upstairs! LOCATION: 500 West 52nd Street, 4th floor, near 10th Avenue. Please look for signs indicating the entrance to the building. You must take the elevator up to the 4th Floor. PLEASE NOTE this is not at the Irish Arts Center.
The tin whistle is an easily accessible instrument and an integral part of Irish traditional music. Carry it everywhere!
Tin Whistle I: Introduction Laurie Norman, Thursday, 6 pm – 7 pm $115 member / $145 non-member The whistle has been played in Ireland for at least 1,000 years. It is small, inexpensive, and easy to bring along to any gathering. In this introduction to the whistle, you will start with how to produce a good sound, and will learn the different notes by playing simple songs. Once you have mastered the basics, we will work on some traditional tunes, including marches, waltzes, polkas, and jigs. Bring a key of D whistle, or purchase one in class for $10. LOCATION: 500 West 52nd Street, 4th floor, near 10th Avenue. Please look for signs indicating the entrance to the building. You must take the elevator up to the 4th Floor. PLEASE NOTE this is not at the Irish Arts Center.
Tin Whistle II: Beginners Laurie Norman, Thursday, 7 pm – 8 pm $140 member / $170 non-member This class is for those who have taken Tin Whistle I: Introduction, but have never studied another instrument or need more time to master the basics. In this class we will continue to work on basic whistle techniques: breathing, tonguing, and playing in both octaves. We also will work on strengthening skills of listening and picking up tunes by ear as we learn a number of traditional jigs, polkas, songs, and marches. LOCATION: 500 West 52nd Street, 4th floor, near 10th Avenue. Please look for signs indicating the entrance to the building. You must take the elevator up to the 4th Floor. PLEASE NOTE this is not at the Irish Arts Center.
Tin Whistle III: Advanced Beginners Laurie Norman, Thursday, 8 pm – 9 pm $140 member / $170 non-member This class is for those who have taken the Tin Whistle I: Introduction and play another instrument or have a musical background. You should have mastered all of the basic techniques and play at least five traditional Irish tunes comfortably. You also should be able to pick up tunes by ear without difficulty. Thirty tunes will be covered, split up over all three terms in 2014 (winter, spring and fall), making the class easy to repeat within the year either before moving up or in combination with Tin Whistle IV: Intermediate. LOCATION: 500 West 52nd Street, 4th floor, near 10th Avenue. Please look for signs indicating the entrance to the building. You must take the elevator up to the 4th Floor.
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WANT TO DECLARE YOUR HERITAGE? Tin Whistle IV: Intermediate Siobhan Egan, Tuesday, 8 pm – 9 pm $140 member / $170 non-member If you’ve been playing Irish dance tunes for a while, this class will teach you the secrets of tin whistle ornamentation. You’ll also start expanding your repertoire with a new set of tunes each term. We will learn ornamentation and style through a wide variety of reels, jigs, and hornpipes. Tunes are taught by ear and with sheet music. Pre-requisite: Tin Whistle III: Advanced Beginners or the equivalent. LOCATION: Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street Bagpipes: Traditional Irish Music on the Piob Mhor Tom Downes, Thursday, 7:15 pm – 9:15 pm $115 member / $145 non-member A class in traditional Irish piping on the practice chanter. Also open to those with a full set. Tutoring to advanced players. LOCATION: Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street Irish Music Toolbox: Making Music Together Marta Cook, Wednesday, 8 pm – 9 pm $115 member / $145 non-member This class is for players who would like to build and reinforce skills for participation and enjoyment in playing with others. Listening and playing are two sides of the same process, and we’ll explore some tools that can help us hear and respond when we are making music together. These tools include concepts and exercises for picking up tunes on the fly as well as for creating beautiful phrasing and “lift” in common tunes. We’ll explore these by playing, listening, and enjoying music together in a comfortable, supportive environment. Special guest musicians from around the city may pop in as well! PRE-REQUISITE: At least one term of an instrument, but also open to intermediate level students. LOCATION: 500 West 52nd Street, 4th floor, near 10th Avenue. Please look for signs indicating the entrance to the building. You must take the elevator up to the 4th Floor. PLEASE NOTE this is not at the Irish Arts Center.
Set Dance Dan Hunt, Monday, 9 pm – 10 pm $90 member / $120 non-member An introduction to some of the more popular set dances, with instruction on basic footwork, transitions between figures and moving to the phrasing of the music. LOCATION: Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy
Dance Irish Dance
Walk in with two left feet, and walk out the door knowing at least 2 reels, 2 jigs, and maybe a slip jig or two. Two Class Times! Step Dance I: Beginners Betty Sheehan, TCRG, Monday, 6 pm – 7 pm Amara Dieter, Wednesday, 7 pm - 8 pm (NOTE DIFFERENT LOCATION BELOW) $115 member / $145 non-member A boot-camp introduction to the basics of Irish step dancing—absolutely no previous dance experience necessary. Dancers will learn the foundational form and technique of Irish dance, starting with the basic movements and progressing to light-shoe reels and jigs. You’ll learn a few solo steps and we’ll round out the session with a group dance, putting together all the pieces learned over the term! LOCATION, MONDAY, 6 PM – 7 PM: Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street LOCATION, WEDNESDAY, 7 PM -8PM: DANY Studios at 305 West 38th Street at 8th Avenue
Step Dance II: Intermediate Betty Sheehan, TCRG, Monday, 7 pm – 8 pm $115 member / $145 non-member Students perfect the dances they already know, while learning more complicated steps and rhythms. Dancers in this class will work on both light and hard shoe dances. Pre-requisite: At least one semester of Step Dance I: Beginners or previous Irish dance experience. LOCATION: Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street
Irish Language Irish Language
Learn to speak as Gaeilge, or improve your current knowledge of the Irish language and impress your friends and family. Irish Language I: Introduction Muireann Ní Chuív, Monday, 7:30 pm – 9 pm $90 member / $120 non-member A first course in the Irish language, introducing basic vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and practical use in conversation. LOCATION: 500 West 52nd Street, 4th floor, near 10th Avenue. Please look for signs indicating the entrance to the building. You must take the elevator up to the 4th Floor. PLEASE NOTE this is not at the Irish Arts Center.
Irish Language II: Beginners Caoimhe Nic Giollarnáith, Monday, 7:30 pm – 9 pm $140 member / $170 non-member A class for those with some basic knowledge of the Irish language, designed to further the student’s vocabulary and understanding of Irish. This course is designed to be taken twice before moving onto the next level. LOCATION: 500 West 52nd Street, 4th floor, near 10th Avenue. Please look for signs indicating the entrance to the building. You must take the elevator up to the 4th Floor. PLEASE NOTE this is not at the Irish Arts Center.
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Céilí Dance Betty Sheehan, TCRG, Monday, 8 pm – 9 pm $115 member / $145 non-member With dances such as the Four-Hand Reel and the High Cauled Cap, céilís are traditional dances done in groups of 4, 8, or even 16 dancers. Beginners and experienced dancers alike will have fun while working on basic footwork, forms, technique, and musicality. LOCATION: Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street
Irish Language III: Advanced Beginners Muireann Ní Chuív, Monday, 6 pm – 7:30 pm $140 member / $170 non-member For those who have completed Levels I and II, or the equivalent. This course is designed to be taken twice before moving onto the next level. LOCATION: 500 West 52nd Street, 4th floor, near 10th Avenue. Please look for signs indicating the entrance to the building. You must take the elevator up to the 4th Floor. PLEASE NOTE this is not at the Irish Arts Center.
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Irish Language IV: Intermediate Caoimhe Nic Giollarnáith, Monday, 6 pm – 7:30 pm $140 member / $170 non-member For those who have completed levels I to III, or the equivalent. LOCATION: 500 West 52nd Street, 4th floor, near 10th Avenue. Please look for signs indicating the entrance to the building. You must take the elevator up to the 4th Floor. PLEASE NOTE this is not at the Irish Arts Center.
Irish Language V: Advanced Muireann Ní Chuív, Wednesday, 6 pm – 7:30 pm $140 member / $170 non-member For those who have completed Levels I to IV, or the equivalent. LOCATION: 500 West 52nd Street, 4th floor, near 10th Avenue. Please look for signs indicating the entrance to the building. You must take the elevator up to the 4th Floor. PLEASE NOTE this is not at the Irish Arts Center.
Irish Language Literature: Deoraíocht Caoimhe Nic Giollarnáith, Wednesday, 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm $140 member / $170 non-member The classic Irish language novel Deoraíocht, by Pádraic Ó Conaire, was a pioneering book published in 1910. Deoraíocht portrays the life of a struggling immigrant in a very raw and honest way. The theme of alienation (coimhthíos) and urbanization will be discussed in relation to Deoraíocht and other Irish language writers including Cathal Ó Searcaigh, Máirtín Ó Direáin and Máirtín Ó Cadhain. Students will be required to read the novel regularly. Various chapters will be discussed in class each week. The class is aimed at upper intermediate to advanced students. Course materials will be provided. Tae Agus Comhrá (Tea and Conversation) Led by Muireann Ní Chuív Wednesday, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm | FREE (Begins Wednesday, January 29, and follows the term for 8 weeks) Whether you are an absolute beginner, a native speaker, or somewhere in-between, make sure to drop by our comhrá or conversation get-together for a cup of tea and a chat as Gaeilge! A great supplement to our Irish language program and a chance to meet others interested in comhrá and a bit of craic. LOCATION: 500 West 52nd Street, 4th floor, near 10th Avenue. Please look for signs indicating the entrance to the building. You must take the elevator up to the 4th Floor. PLEASE NOTE this is not at the Irish Arts Center.
Classes for Kids Music for Kids
A pressure-free class where your child can develop a strong musical foundation. Celtic Harp for Kids Mia Theodoratus, Wednesday, 5 pm – 6 pm $130 member / $160 non-member This class is designed to let your child explore the Irish harp. We will work with rhythm games, singing and playing a few basic tunes. Our first goal is to have fun and make music a part of your child’s life. In the process they will learn a bit of the language of music-chords, note names, reading music and playing by ear. The class will prepare your child to go on to play either classical, rock or traditional Irish music. This class is designed for children to have a experience learning the harp through the Suzuki method which teaches musical ability through a nurturing ear training method where success comes from learning music the way we learn language. Mia is a certified Suzuki instructor who will begin children playing by ear and with an emphasis on good practice habits, technique and fun. A small portable harp is required. A limited number of instruments are available to rent from the instructor. Parent participation is required. LOCATION: 500 West 52nd Street, 4th floor, near 10th Avenue. Please look for signs indicating the entrance to the building. You must take the elevator up to the 4th Floor. PLEASE NOTE this is not at the Irish Arts Center.
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Dance classes are a fun way for kids to exercise while learning to dance, in a social environment. ModERIN Dance Class with Darrah Carr Dance Wednesday, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm | Youth $130 member / $160 non-member Wednesday, 8 pm – 9 pm | Teen/Adult $155 member / $185 non-member Explore Darrah Carr Dance’s signature blend of traditional Irish step and contemporary modern dance. Following a contemporary dance warm-up, students will learn to incorporate modern dance principles, such as arm gestures, torso articulation, and level changes, within a solid base of Irish dance footwork. LOCATION: Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street
Introductory Step Dance with Niall O’Leary, TCRG, ADCRG Meets every Monday year-round, except holidays Monday, 4 pm – 5 pm | Beginner Soft Shoe Monday, 5 pm – 6 pm | Beginner Hard Shoe Annual registration fee $30 Rolling Enrollment | Per class fee: $13 All dancers start with softshoe class, hardshoe class is taken as an additional class once the dancer has mastered certain moves in softshoe. Ages 4 + Join Niall O’Leary, our resident children’s dance teacher, for an exciting class in the traditional Irish form of dancing. Dancers are taught technique, form and style as well as dances such as the reel and the jig. Registration can take place at your first class. For registration and information, contact Niall O’Leary at email@example.com or 212-726-1602 and visit www. nialloleary.com LOCATION: Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street
Introduce your child to the Irish language and a new culture. Gaelic Kids Caoimhe Nic Giollarnáith, Saturday, 11 am – 12 pm $80 member / $100 non-member Rolling Enrollment Per class fee: $12 member / $15 non-member A fun and exciting Irish language program for children ages 3-12 years. Children learn basic phrases, sentences, numbers, and songs, and learn to explore and play through the Irish language.
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James McNally Eugene McQuade James McShane Gary McSharry Maureen McSherry McVicker & Higginbotham Maureen Meade Matthew Meagher Stephen Meahl Ryan Melia Nuala Mellett Virginia Melnick William Merriman Patricia Mescall Metro Interiors Distributors Corp. Nancy Metz Doris Meyer Larry Meyers Patricia Milizio Harriet F. Miller Dr. Jess Miller Arlene Miranda-Schur Megan Molloy Maura Molloy Margaret Monahan Montec Interiors Orla Maguire-Moore and Paul Moore Eric Moore Mary Moore Damien Moore Ann Moran Joan and Thomas Moran Robert Morgan Elizabeth Moriarty Brian Morris Annabelle Moseley Rachel and Harry Moseley Thomas Muench Daniela Muhling Robert Mulcahy Diana Mulderig Frank Muldoon Molly Muldoon Royce Mulholland David Mulkins Joyce Mullan Eileen K. Mullen Ailbhe Mullen Mary Mulligan Maura Mulligan Sheillagh and Richard Mulready Christine Muoma Trish Murphy Carly and John Murphy William Murphy Teresa Murphy Joseph Murphy Liz Murray Mutual of America Joseph Naughton Shane Naughton Diane Neary Cindy Neiditch New Tech Co. Sheloa Nicholls Niles Bar and Restaurant William Paul Nolan Mary Noone Laurie Norman Jane North Northern Ireland Bureau Teresa Nugent NY Asphalt Inc. Nastassja and Cillian O’Bradaigh Liam O’Braoin MariEileen O’Brien John J. O’Brien Bernadette O’Connor and Daniel O’Brien David O’Brien Catherine and Denis O’Brien Bill Ochs Jerry O’Connell John O’Connor Justin O’Connor Sammy O’Connor Nancy Oda Edward J. O’Donnell Jerry O’Donoghue Mary O’Dowd Niall O’Dowd Dan O’Driscoll Brian O’Dwyer Eoghan O’Dwyer Croine O’Halloran
Mary O’Hara Walter O’Hara Therese O’Higgins Alicia Ohmann Mehaul O’Leary James Olwell Anthony P. O’Malley Brian O’Malley Deirdre O’Mara Máirtín Ó Muilleoir Marion O’Neill Sheila O’Neill Shane O’Reilly Padraig O’Reilly Chris O’Rourke Suzanne O’Sullivan Mary O’Sullivan Kathleen and Donal O’Sullivan Terence O’Sullivan John O’Toole Andrea O’Toole Heidi Otts Joseph Owens Padded Wagon Melissa Padham Michael Page Linda Paleias Soyoung Park Park Square Electric Sharon Patrick Nicholas Patterson Dana and John Pavlich Dorothy Pearlman Penava Mechanical Corp. Tony Pepitone Theresa Perl Phoenix Beverages Sharon Pompey Christine and Jerome Ponz Paul Power Katie Powers Steve Purk Malcolm Quigley Tara Quimby Mary Lou and Joseph Quinlan Seán Quinn Diane and James Quinn Kathleen and Peter Quinn Eileen Raftery Maureen White and Steven Rattner Red Lion Raj Reddy Brian Regan Antonia Reilly James M. Reilly Joan Reilly Maureen Reilly Ray Rice Diana Richardson Vivian James Rigney Bridget Riley Linda Rios Christine Rivela River Cafe Regina Robinson Henry Rosenberg Rosie O’Grady’s Dacotah Rousseau Bill Ryan Mary Ann Ryan Rachel Ryan Agnes Rymer Georganne Aldrich Heller and Norman Sachs Elizabeth Salzer Brid Saxe Lawrence Scanlon Patricia and Howard Scheinberg Deborah Schull James M. Scott Jennifer Sermas Kathleen Sexton Bob Sharkey Cathy Sheary Michael Sheehan Jim Sheridan Anne-Marie and Kevin Sheridan Sidetracks Vincent Simpson Kevin P. Singleton John Smith Maria and Joseph Smith The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Brian Spaulding John Speredakos
Fiona Stafford Vesper Stamper Thomas G. Stenson Structure Tone Aisling Studdert Craig Sullivan Joseph Sullivan Lisa Mary Sullivan Surre, Goldberg & Henry Associates Pamela and Matthew Sutherland Brendan Sweeney Fionnuala Sweeney Techno Acoustics Holdings, LLC Jean and Kenneth Telljohann Theresa Thomson Patricia Thomson Kimberly Tierney Titan Engineering Maureen Tobin Sean Tormey Tourism Ireland Nicole Tramontano Fanny Trataros Kathleen Treat Tree Restaurant Kathleen Tulley Joe Tully Rose Tully Susanne and John Tumelty Peggy Tunick Kelly and Jay Tunney James Tuohy Rosie and David Turner Claire Tynan Union Beer Distributors Joseph Vaccarino Michelle and Rory Vandamme Barbara Vandervloed Patricia Vitanza John Wade Michelle and Mike Walrath Pat Walsh Eugene Walsh Edward Walsh Una Walsh Rosemarie Ward Jan Warner Anne Waters Stephanie Breslow and Paul Watterson Denise and Stephen Weir Melissa Welch Nora Wessendorf The Westchester Bank Roger and Julie Whelan Patricia White Kevin White Marilyn Wilde Laura Winter Mary Woods Kendall Wren Liz Wren Anne Marie Wright Nancy Yates Carmen Zaccari Kristine Zaleskas Barbara and Donald Zucker *Donors and Members from November 1, 2012 – October 31, 2013
Irish Arts Center programs, are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; and by Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide.
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Immerse Yourself in Irish Arts and Culture. You’ll be inspired! Individual $65
Become a member and enjoy: • A 20% discount at our local wine bar, Ardesia (www.ardesia-ny.com) • A 20% discount on all regularly scheduled Irish Arts Center events • A $30 discount on class registration fees for the year
Young Patron $125
For those under 45 years of age, join us at the Young Patron level and enjoy: • All the perks of a Sponsor membership • Invitations to other Young Patron events to meet and network at literature events, concerts, theater productions, and more.
Become a Sponsor and enjoy: • All the benefits of an Individual membership PLUS • Free admission for one to all film, comedy and literature events at the IAC • Complimentary drink tickets
Join us at the Patron level and enjoy: • All the perks of a Sponsor membership PLUS • A complimentary pair of tickets to a performance of your choice • A signed copy of work by an IAC featured author and musician
A LL M E now MBERS enjoy 20 % disco a u at Ar desia nt
Become a Benefactor and enjoy: • All the perks of a Patron membership PLUS • A 20% discount to all regularly scheduled Irish Arts Center events for you AND a guest • Free admission to all film, literature and comedy events for you AND a guest • Free class registration for the year
Become a Leader and enjoy: • All the perks of a Benefactor membership PLUS • A Season Pass to Irish Arts Center events
Claddagh Circle $2,500 +
An exclusive group of patrons who are invested in promoting and preserving the rich cultural heritage of Ireland and Irish America. Claddagh Circle members provide critical annual support for the Center’s daily operations and enjoy special naming opportunities and invitations to special events.
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The Irish Arts Center is a 501(C)(3) not for profit organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent provided by law. Our latest annual report may be obtained, upon request, from us or from the Office of the Attorney General, Charities Bureau, FOIL Officer, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.
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HOW TO BOOK CLASSES & EVENTS, OR BECOME A MEMBER WINTER TERM starts January 27th
SPRING 2014 TERM starts April 7th
By Fax or Email
Download a registration form at irishartscenter.org and fax to 212-247-0930 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration starts December 16th. Check www.irishartscenter.org for class listings.
Pre-register for classes from February 24th-March 9th and save $10. Registration starts March 10th.
By Phone 866-811-4111
Irish Arts Center 553 West 51st Street New York, NY 10019
Mail your completed registration form to us with credit card information or a check made payable to Irish Arts Center. A limited number of scholarships are available. Please contact email@example.com to apply.
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Please note: Unused classes cannot be refunded, rescheduled or credited to another term. Winter 2014 Registration Deadline: Friday, January 24 | Spring 2014 Registration Deadline: Friday, April 4
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Getting to Irish Arts Center Irish Arts Center is located in Manhattan’s famous Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, at 553 West 51st Street. An area traditionally known for its large Irish-American population, Hell’s Kitchen has in recent years become home to a thriving arts scene. Irish Arts Center is easily accessible by public transit and car, with nearby parking, and is within one hour from almost anywhere in the Greater New York Metropolitan area.
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Irish Arts Center programs are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; and Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide.