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FALL 2019

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ON THE COVER:

Topping Out, June 5, 2019. The last beam of steel is raised on the New Irish Arts Center.

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Photo credits: Ciarรกn Madden (cover), Amanda Gentile, Iain Toft, Sarah Escarraz, Maurice Gunning, Murdo MacLeod, Stefan Seyfert


Topping Out Friends, What an incredible moment in history we are sharing together. At this writing, we are more than eight months into construction of Phase One of the New Irish Arts Center—on time and on budget— with the final beam of steel, raised on June 5th, standing proudly atop what is now the highest point on our block. To commemorate this occasion—the Topping Out—we mounted five flags atop the beam: one each for Ireland, the U.S., New York State, New York City, and the United Nations, together reflecting the standards of excellence and hard work that make our city and state the envy of the country, the values of inclusion that are at the heart of the American identity and our mission, and the new home we are building as an international hub for the Global Irish diaspora.

David Keenan

Still, our work continues. We are programming for the landmark Opening Season beginning next autumn—a season that will serve not only as a wonderful introduction to our new home, but as a statement of promise and possibility.

Isabelle O’Connell

Edna O’Brien

We are raising the funds for Phase Two—the renovation and restoration of the 51st Street building which will adjoin the new building, and our nest egg to support long-term programming and operations. Please see pages 3-4 for more information on how you can help. We need everyone to play their part if we are to reach our potential. All the while, we proudly bring you more and more programming. In the pages that follow, we offer yet another gorgeous sampling of the excellence and eclecticism of Irish arts and culture.

Colin Dunne

Enjoy these moments!

Aidan Connolly Executive Director

Pauline Turley Vice Chair

Darrah Carr Dance in Oíche Shamhna

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Phase Two: Our Historic Home on 51st Street “...The next stage of our development— the renovation of our existing theatre”

Having “topped out steel,” we are developing our inaugural Opening Season with a dynamic range of projects and programs that will bring our new spaces to life.    At the same time, we are planning for the next stage of our development—the renovation of our existing theatre on 51st Street, which we aim to reopen in time for our 50th anniversary in 2022. 

This fall, we are launching Phase Two of our campaign—to support the exciting new programming that is now possible in our new building, as well as the renovation of our beloved historic home, and a nest egg to support our future.    We welcome support at all levels. Gifts to both phases of the campaign will be recognized in the new building when we open in the autumn of 2020. Steel is up and we are long past the point of inevitability. All that remains to be determined is just how fully we will meet our potential. Join us as we build our own first rate flagship cultural center for Global Ireland and generations to come. Please visit irishartscenter.org or contact our development team at 212-757-3318 for more information.

The future 51st Street courtyard entrance

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The Campaign for the New Irish Arts Center

Irish Arts Center Signage

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Founders

Centenary Circle

A Seat In Your Honor

$250,000 and up

$100,000 and up

$50,000 and up

Our most generous supporters will be commemorated as Founders with a beautiful tribute embedded on the interior brick faรงade of our new building.

The Centenary Circle will celebrate the history of Ireland and Irish America through a collage of moments curated by award-winning author Belinda McKeon, in a beautiful physical feature within the stairwell of the new building. Limited to 74.

By naming a seat in one of our performance venues, you will ensure that generations to come will have access to exciting, high quality cultural experiences that tell our story and create memories to last a lifetime.

Naming Opportunities OUR NEW THEATRE (11TH AVENUE)

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Photo credit: Amanda Gentile

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Recent News Declan O’Rourke at Kansas City Irish Center

As our New York City roots grow ever deeper, our role as a national hub continues to expand. In partnership with Culture Ireland, we were thrilled to present an eight-city tour of Declan O’Rourke: Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine in New York City; Chicago, IL; Kansas City, MO; Asheville and Elkin, NC; Lancaster, PA and Hamden, CT; and regional community performances of Margaret McAuliffe’s The Humours of Bandon at New York Irish Center in Queens, the Irish American Center of Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens in Mineola, and the Irish Cultural & Sports Association of Southern Connecticut.

Declan with Chicago’s Irish American Heritage Center President Mike Shevlin

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Photo credits: Grace Schultz, Mac Smith

Margaret McAuliffe at the Irish American Center of Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens


Oona Doherty performs “Lazarus & the birds of Paradise”

New Dance Ireland We were thrilled to partner with the iconic Harkness Dance Center at 92Y and choreographer John Scott to present a showcase of contemporary Irish dance work, and welcome the artists to Irish Arts Center for brunch and a construction site visit.

Seán Curran performs “Esti Dal”

L-R: Director of Programming Rachael Gilkey with Theo Rappaport, Liv O’Donoghue, Aoife McAtamney, Program Associate Kestrel Wolgemuth, Mufutau Yusef, Darrah Carr, Mary Nunan, José Miguel Jiménez, Executive Director Aidan Connolly, Oona Doherty, John Scott, Liam Ó Scanláin Photo credits: Liz Schneider-Cohen, Anthony Hanley

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Recent News

Paul Muldoon accepts his appointment as Cultural Ambassador

Site Dedication

Viewing the model with Capital Campaign Co-Chairs Loretta Brennan Glucksman and Bob Devlin

Signing the commemorative beam

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Photo credits: Nir Arieli, Amanda Gentile

Highlighting our close partnership with the Irish government, we were honored to welcome Josepha Madigan, T.D., Ireland’s Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, in January for a briefing on both phases of the capital project, with a special performance of Muldoon’s Picnic featuring ​ Liev Schreiber, Amy Ryan, Erika Sánchez, Iarla Ó Lionáird and Dan Trueman, where she made a presentation to newly appointed Cultural Ambassador Paul Muldoon. The Minister joined us again on Bloomsday weekend for a special dedication to commemorate the completion of steel on site.

L-R: Executive Director Aidan Connolly, Board Member Sharon Patrick, Consul General Ciarán Madden, Minister Josepha Madigan, Board Member and Campaign Co-Chair Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Board Member Jim Quinn, and Vice Chair Pauline Turley


Celtic Appalachian Little Nora Brown and Jerron “Blindboy” Paxton joined the lineup of our annual Celtic Appalachian Celebration, a rousing evening of music and dance celebrating the shared lineage of Irish, West African, and Appalachian traditions. The soldout concert was presented as part of Carnegie Hall’s Migrations: The Making of America Festival, hosted by Mick Moloney and featuring Athena Tergis and the Green Fields of America, the New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters with 2018 NEA National Heritage fellow Eddie Bond, Stephanie Coleman, and Megan Downes.

Utsav Lal, Loah, and Colm Mac Con Iomaire in Residence Furthering our commitment to collaboration, we brought together three dynamic music-makers— Loah, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, and Utsav Lal—for a spring residency culminating in a series of moving and unforgettable performances, following their debut as a trio at our 2018 Spirit of Ireland Gala.

Photo credit: Amanda Gentile

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VISUAL ARTS

Michelle Rogers: Green Fire

Gowna 11 (2015), oil on canvas, 200 x 300 cm

SEPTEMBER 9 – OCTOBER 29 Gallery hours by appointment Monday – Friday | 10 AM – 6 PM Please call 212-757-3318

Artist Talk & Reception TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 | 6 PM

Dundalk-born artist and activist Michelle Rogers captures the rugged and wild beauty of the natural environment as it intersects with humanity in oil-oncanvas. Influenced by the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh, her unbridled, layered brush stroke captures a lushness that leaps off the canvas, including in the large-scale Gowna II.

FREE | Reservations encouraged AT IRISH ARTS CENTER

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Michelle Rogers grew up in Dundalk, on the border of Northern Ireland and the Republic, during the height of the Troubles. She has exhibited her work in Ireland, New York, Guadalajara, Rome, Los Angeles, and Venice at the Venice Biennale 52.


VISUAL ARTS

Seamus Heaney: Manuscripts

Irish Arts Center partners with the National Library of Ireland to celebrate the poetry of Seamus Heaney with a selection of materials from the Library’s landmark exhibition in Dublin.

NOVEMBER 1 – DECEMBER 15 Gallery hours by appointment Monday – Friday | 10 AM – 6 PM Please call 212-757-3318 The National Library of Ireland (NLI) is the library of record for Ireland. Established in 1887, we share the story of Ireland through our unique collections, made up of over 10 million items. Our strategic priorities are to collect, protect, connect, innovate and collaborate. The Library is open, free of charge, to all who wish to consult the collections, and offers a lively programme of exhibitions and events for all ages. Further information is available at www.nli.ie.

Heaney donated his remarkable literary collection to the Library in 2011, and the drafts on display are drawn from the Library’s Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again exhibition currently on show in the Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre in Dublin. Selections include 14 manuscripts documenting the artist at work: a collection of beloved poems typed on lined paper, handwritten on the backs of envelopes, edited with pencil and blue and black ink. Our exhibition opens alongside a celebration of the U.S. publication of 100 Poems, a retrospective begun by Heaney and completed by his family, as part of our 11th annual PoetryFest (page 22).

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WORDS & MUSIC

Muldoon’s A mixum-gatherum of words and music Hosted by Paul Muldoon with house band Rogue Oliphant The beloved monthly variety show returns with another season of music and madness, prose and poetry, high commentary and low comedy. Based on a late 19th century New York show of the same name, Muldoon’s Picnic includes songs written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Muldoon and performed by house band Rogue Oliphant, and an ever-eclectic roster of special guests.

10TH SEASON!

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 | 7:30 PM John Carter Cash, singer-songwriter Ana Cristina Cash, singer-songwriter David Clement, musician Caoilinn Hughes, poet and novelist Doug Wright, playwright and screenwriter MONDAY, OCTOBER 14 | 7:30 PM Rowan Ricardo Phillips, poet Emerald Rae, fiddle player and folk singer Beowulf Sheehan, photographer Syd Straw, rock vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist Cillian Vallely, uilleann piper MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11 | 7:30 PM Susan Choi, novelist Bridget Kearney, musician and songwriter Shane McCrae, poet Anna Quindlen, author and journalist Cleek Schrey, fiddle player and composer AT IRISH ARTS CENTER $45 general / $36 members

“Okay, it’s not actually a picnic but a music-and-literature extravaganza.” —TIME OUT NEW YORK

Photo credit: Iain Toft

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Picnic

CHARLES LAWRENCE KEITH & CLARA MILLER FOUNDATION

THE IRISH INSTITUTE

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LITERATURE & CONVERSATION

Kevin Barry Night Boat to Tangier WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 | 7:30 PM

AT IRISH ARTS CENTER

$20 general / $16 members One of Ireland’s most exciting novelists reads from and discusses his latest work, a tragicomic saga of menace and romance, mutual betrayals and serial exiles. Journalist and author Brooke Gladstone, of WNYC’s On The Media, moderates. About Night Boat to Tangier October 23, 2018. It’s late one night in the waiting room at the sketchy Spanish port of Algeciras. Two fading Irish gangsters, Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond, are waiting for the boat from Tangier, scanning the crowds who come and go across the Strait of Gibraltar. A lover has been lost, a daughter has gone missing, and their world has come asunder. Can it be put together again? Night Boat to Tangier is a novel drenched in sex and death and narcotics, in sudden violence and old magic, but it is obsessed, above all, with the mysteries of love.

“Barry’s language drags you into a strange, darkly lyrical world.” —PARIS REVIEW

CHARLES LAWRENCE KEITH & CLARA MILLER FOUNDATION Photo credit: Conor O’Mahony

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MUSIC Kaufman Music Center, in association with Irish Arts Center, presents

Alarm Will Sound: Donnacha Dennehy’s The Hunger THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 | 7:30 PM $35 general / $15 students

AT MERKIN HALL, KAUFMAN MUSIC CENTER 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY 10036

The “stylistically omnivorous and physically versatile” (The Log Journal) Alarm Will Sound celebrates the release of their recording of Donnacha Dennehy’s The Hunger on Nonesuch Records with a special performance at one of New York’s most esteemed concert halls. Rooted in the emotional, political and socioeconomic devastation of Ireland’s Great Famine (1845-52), The Hunger is punctuated by profound early recordings of traditional Irish folk ballads. The program also includes Eartheater’s “When Fire is Allowed to Finish,” six movements that distill foley-filled digital production and classical composition into works suspended between reckless romanticism and precisely detailed sonic tapestries. This evening is part of Merkin Hall’s Ecstatic Music Festival, curated by Judd Greenstein, which exclusively presents new work resulting from collaborations.

Photo credit: Michael Ramus

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KIDS & FAMILY

Too Ra Loo Ra Songs for a Peaceful Slumber

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 | 12 PM – 2 PM

AT IRISH ARTS CENTER

$10 general / $8 members Singer/multi-instrumentalist Eléonore Weill and friends transport kids to the land of nod with lullabies from around the world. Listen to bedtime songs in the Irish, French and Yiddish (among other) traditions, learn tricks for catching forty winks, and even write an original lullaby together as a family! End the day by crafting a lavender-scented sheep for keeps. Recommended for ages two and up. CHARLES LAWRENCE KEITH & CLARA MILLER FOUNDATION

KNIGHTS OF ST. PATRICK

Photo credit: James Desauvage

THE SOCIETY OF THE FRIENDLY SONS OF ST. PATRICK, NEW YORK CITY

LITERATURE & CONVERSATION

IAC Book Club AT IRISH ARTS CENTER

MONDAY, OCTOBER 28 | 6:30 PM

MONDAY, DECEMBER 2 | 6:30 PM

FREE IAC Book Club is a casual gathering of literature enthusiasts who meet in our gallery for lively banter and thoughtful discussion. This season we read a first novel, and a 20th: Last Ones Left Alive by Sarah Davis-Goff, set in a post-apocalyptic Ireland, and the highly anticipated Girl by Edna O’Brien. Led by Rachael Gilkey, director of programming and education, the club is open to everyone.

CHARLES LAWRENCE KEITH & CLARA MILLER FOUNDATION

THE IRISH INSTITUTE

COMEDY

Sundays at Seven Curated by Fiona Walsh and Ann Design OCTOBER 6, DECEMBER 8 | 7 PM

AT IRISH ARTS CENTER

$12 general / $10 members Enjoy an evening with some of New York’s most exciting comedians at this long-standing series hosted by Fiona Walsh and Ann Design, with fresh lineups each show. Past performers include Frank Conniff (Emmy winner, Mystery Science Theater), Charles McBee (NY Comedy Club), Patty Rosborough (The Daily Show), Jon Fisch (Late Show with David Letterman), Chris Monty (Orange is the New Black), Moody McCarthy (Jimmy Kimmel Live!), Rena Zager (Gotham Comedy Club), and many more! Who will turn up next? Photo credit: Stephanie Schmidt

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MUSIC

Ashley Davis Trio WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9 | 8:30 PM $30 general / $24 members AT IRISH ARTS CENTER Ashley Davis, vocals Patrick Doocey, guitar Colin Farrell, fiddle and tin whistle and special guests International recording artist and songwriter Ashley Davis, whose collaborators have included Eileen Ivers, Sara Watkins and Lúnasa, returns for a one-night acoustic set featuring the hypnotic, stirring songs of her genre-defying new album Burning Down.

Tobin’s Run on 51:

MUSIC

Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10 | 7:30 PM

AT IRISH ARTS CENTER

$24 general / $20 members Jazz music thrums with the influence of gospel and the blues, from artists like Bessie Smith, Mahalia Jackson, Ray Charles, Nina Simone, Andy Bey, and others. This installment of Tobin’s Run on 51 travels the terrain forged by the three genres, taking the audience from the crossroads to the pulpit and beyond. Lineup includes the sensational Michelle Walker.

Featuring Christine Tobin, vocals Michelle Walker, vocals Phil Robson, guitar Sean Fitzpatrick, piano Sam Bevan, double bass Charles Goold, drums

Tobin’s Run on 51 is presented by awardwinning Irish vocalist, songwriter, and composer Christine Tobin and acclaimed jazz guitarist Phil Robson, bringing together some of New York’s best Irish and international musicians to play sets and share film clips and stories about jazz music’s greatest artists and treasures.

Photo credit: Helena Dornellas

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RECOMMENDS Irish Arts Center is proud to support the Next Wave 2019 presentations Swan Lake/Loch na hEala . . (Teac Damsa) and Hamnet (Dead Centre). Visit BAM.org/NextWave to purchase tickets.

TEAC DAMSA WRITTEN, DIRECTED, AND CHOREOGRAPHED BY MICHAEL KEEGAN-DOLAN OCT 15—19 AT 7:30PM; OCT 20 AT 3PM BAM HARVEY THEATER 1HR 15MIN TICKETS START AT $30

Swan Lake/ Loch na hEala

One of Ireland’s most imaginative theater makers deconstructs the beloved classic for our modern age. Michael . . Keegan-Dolan and his company Teac Damsa transport audiences to a magical realist otherworld of light and dark, ecstasy and catharsis, pain and reconciliation. Following a rapturous reception in Dublin and around the world, this Swan Lake takes root where ancient Irish mythology and modern Ireland collide, featuring gorgeous production and costume design and a contemporary score combining Nordic and Irish folk music. Set design by Sabine Dargent Costume design by Hyemi Shin Lighting design by Adam Silverman Music by Slow Moving Clouds Co-production by Michael Keegan-Dolan; Sadler’s Wells Theatre London; Colours International Dance Festival, Theaterhaus Stuttgart; Dublin Theatre Festival and Theatre de la Ville, Luxembourg. Presented with support from Culture Ireland

★★★★★

“Pure, visceral joy” —THE GUARDIAN

Photo: Colin Hogan

BAM Season Sponsor:

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Leadership support for theater at BAM provided by The SHS Foundation and The Shubert Foundation, Inc.


RECOMMENDS Irish Arts Center is proud to support the Next Wave 2019 presentations Hamnet (Dead Centre) and . . Swan Lake/Loch na hEala (Teac Damsa). Visit BAM.org/NextWave to purchase tickets.

Hamnet

DEAD CENTRE WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY BEN KIDD AND BUSH MOUKARZEL PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH IRISH ARTS CENTER OCT 30—NOV 2 AT 7:30PM; NOV 3 AT 3PM BAM FISHER (FISHMAN SPACE) 1HR ALL TICKETS $25 RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 18+ Shakespeare had a son named Hamnet. He was 11 when he died. A tragedy that passed as barely a footnote in history. This is our chance to hear from him. Irish theater company Dead Centre grapples with the shadows that surround a spotlight. This stunning play puts a boy on center stage—an unassuming embodiment of tragedy, mortality, legacy, and longing— whose destiny is not to be. Text by Bush Moukarzel, Ben Kidd and William Shakespeare Dramaturgy by Michael West Set design by Andrew Clancy Costume design by Grace O’Hara Lighting design by Stephen Dodd Sound design by Kevin Gleeson Video design by Jose Miguel Jimenez Choreography by Liv O’Donoghue Presented with support from Culture Ireland

Photo courtesy of the artist

BAM Season Sponsor:

Leadership support for theater at BAM provided by The SHS Foundation and The Shubert Foundation, Inc.

“A remarkable piece about an 11-year old boy, who, in searching for his father, also tries to understand family relationships, childhood and parenthood.” —FINANCIAL TIMES

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MUSIC

David Keenan In Residence

WITH EIGHT-PIECE ENSEMBLE

OCTOBER 22 – 25 | 8 PM $36 general / $30 members AT IRISH ARTS CENTER Since breaking onto the scene in 2015 in a viral YouTube performance from a Dundalk taxi, David Keenan’s soaring vocals, ferocious musicality, and charismatic stage presence have vaulted him into “must-see” status, from Dingle’s legendary Other Voices Festival, to SXSW, to opening gigs for Hozier and Glen Hansard. Following two sold-out solo shows last February, Keenan returns for his third engagement at Irish Arts Center, a week-long residency with a powerhouse eight-piece ensemble including producer, guitarist and keyboardist Gavin Glass; Graham Hopkins, session drummer for The Frames and Snow Patrol; Claire Kinsella (cello) and Laura Quirke (guitar) of Lemoncello; Harry Hoban (guitarist and keyboardist) and Gar Kane (bassist) of Brothers Kane; violinist and composer Gareth Quinn Redmond; and singer, songwriter and guitarist Ronan Kealy, aka Junior Brother.

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“[His voice] stopped me

dead in my tracks” —HOZIER

Photo credit: Benson

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KIDS & FAMILY

Oíche Shamhna/ An Irish Halloween Bonfire Stories SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27 | 12 PM – 3 PM

AT IRISH ARTS CENTER

FREE

Inspired by Ireland’s ancient Samhain festival Calling all ghouls, goblins, fairies, and witches! Come on a trick-or-treat adventure, carve a turnip (the original jack-o’-lantern), play age-old Irish Halloween games, and join storyteller Laura Simms, artistic director of Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center, as she brings to life marvelously spooky tales from Celtic mythology with the help of Darrah Carr Dance.

“At this Irish Halloween celebration, kids can learn about the spooky traditions indigenous to the Emerald Isle.” —TIME OUT NEW YORK

“A major force in the revival of storytelling in America.”

E IN COM E! UM COST

—NEW YORK TIMES ON LAURA SIMMS

CHARLES LAWRENCE KEITH & CLARA MILLER FOUNDATION

THE IRISH INSTITUTE

KNIGHTS OF ST. PATRICK

THE SOCIETY OF THE FRIENDLY SONS OF ST. PATRICK, NEW YORK CITY

Photo credit: Iain Toft

Darrah Carr Dance's season is made possible in part by public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC.net). The Ireland Funds also supports Darrah Carr Dance's programs.

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LITERATURE & CONVERSATION

PoetryFest 11th Annual

Curated by Nick Laird

Journey into an orbit of ideas and thoughts with some of the world’s most eminent poets from Ireland and North America. This year’s festival features a special tribute to Seamus Heaney in celebration of the U.S. publication of 100 Poems, a seminal anthology of his work, and an exhibition of Heaney manuscripts courtesy of the National Library of Ireland (page 10).

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1 | 8 PM

Favorite Poems $50 general / $40 members / $20 students Includes after-party with the poets Festival poets join Seamus Heaney’s daughter Catherine Heaney and other special guests to read their favorite selection from the beloved Nobel Laureate. Inspired in part by Robert Pinsky’s Favorite Poem Project.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 All readings FREE

Jane Clarke

2 PM | Katie Raissian of Stonecutter presents Emerging Voices: Julie Morrissy and Cathy Linh Che 3:30 PM | Jane Clarke and Michael Dickman 5 PM | Martina Evans and Tina Chang, with opening reading by Ned Denny

Cathy Linh Che

Paul Muldoon

Katie Raissian

Nick Laird

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3

Michael Dickman

All readings FREE 2 PM | Stephen Sexton and Deborah Landau 3:30 PM | Desert Island Poems: Conversation with Paul Muldoon and Kevin Young 5 PM | Paul Muldoon and Kevin Young WITH OUR PARTNERS AT GLUCKSMAN IRELAND HOUSE NYU FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1 | 1 PM The Tom Quinlan Lecture in Poetry with Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prizewinner Ned Denny At Glucksman Ireland House NYU

Tina Chang

Martina Evans

Julie Morrissy

Deborah Landau

"PoetryFest brings together writers (not just poets!) from both sides of the Atlantic to discuss, read from and generally cheer on the enduring poetic community of Ireland.”

Stephen Sexton

—TIME OUT NEW YORK Kevin Young Presented in association with Glucksman Ireland House NYU with thanks to the NYU Creative Writing Program Photo credits: Zadie Smith, Gary Doak, Michael Lionstar, Jacqueline Mia Foster, Melanie Dunea

CHARLES LAWRENCE KEITH & CLARA MILLER FOUNDATION

THE IRISH INSTITUTE

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MUSIC “[One] of the finest, busiest pianists active in New York’s contemporary-classical scene.” —NEW YORK TIMES

“The young Irish piano phenom.” —NEW YORKER

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7 | 7:30 PM $22 general / $18 members AT IRISH ARTS CENTER Dublin-born contemporary pianist Isabelle O’Connell, who has performed engagements at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Ireland’s National Concert Hall, takes Irish Arts Center audiences on an intimate journey into her exciting repertoire of 20th and 21st century music, including work by the eminent Irish composers Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Bill Whelan, Seóirse Bodley, Jane O’Leary, and Siobhán Cleary.

Isabelle O’Connell Photo credit: Stefan Seyfert

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DANCE

Dancing The Coral Suite Darrah Carr Dance with musical artists Dana Lyn & Kyle Sanna NOVEMBER 23 – 24

AT IRISH ARTS CENTER

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23 | 8 PM Opening night reception to follow SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24 | 2 PM A family-friendly performance featuring pre- and post-show activities for kids SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24 | 7 PM Audience talk-back with Darrah Carr, Dana Lyn, and Kyle Sanna $30 general / $24 members / $15 for children 14 and under for Sunday matinee The Bessie Award-nominated Darrah Carr Dance reunites with fiddler Dana Lyn and guitarist Kyle Sanna for a musical and choreographic exploration of The Coral Suite, the trad duo’s concept album inspired by the reef’s miraculous biodiversity. Lyn and Sanna perform nuanced interpretations of traditional Irish music; artistic director Darrah Carr’s champion dancers perform in her trademark style of ModERIN, a unique blend of traditional Irish step and contemporary modern dance.

“Putting a new wrinkle into New York modern dance with a program of pieces that add Irish step dancing to the modern mix.” —NEW YORK TIMES ON DARRAH CARR DANCE

Darrah Carr Dance's season is made possible in part by public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC.net). The Ireland Funds also supports Darrah Carr Dance's programs.

Photo credit: Whitney Browne

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LITERATURE & CONVERSATION

Photo credit: Murdo MacLeod

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A Celebration of

Edna O’Brien Featuring Edna O’Brien in conversation Richard Ford Presented by Irish Arts Center and Symphony Space in association with PEN America WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 | 7:30 PM $32 and up AT SYMPHONY SPACE Peter Norton Symphony Space 2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

From her landmark debut, The Country Girls, through sixty years of novels, short stories, poetry, plays, biographies and memoir, Edna O’Brien has stirred imaginations across generations.

“Infamous, influential, beloved.” —THE IRISH TIMES

The legendary author sits down with Richard Ford to look back on her immense contribution to literature, which upended the literary establishment and broke down social barriers. A host of writers and actors join in the tribute with readings from some of her most seismic works. O’Brien’s 20th novel, Girl, will be released in October.

CHARLES LAWRENCE KEITH & CLARA MILLER FOUNDATION

THE IRISH INSTITUTE

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DANCE

Colin Dunne Concert NOVEMBER 14 – 16 | 7:30 PM $25 general / $20 members

AT BARYSHNIKOV ARTS CENTER 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY 10018

Created by Colin Dunne in collaboration with Sinéad Rushe and Mel Mercier Presented by Irish Arts Center and Baryshnikov Arts Center Virtuoso traditional Irish fiddle player Tommie Potts’ (1912-1988) iconic 1972 album The Liffey Banks, the only recording of his music commercially released in his lifetime, is heralded for its melancholy and mischief. Many also consider its elusive rhythms unfit for dance. Armed with an LP, tape recorder, portable speakers and sheets of flooring, celebrated dance artist Colin Dunne sets out to confront this controversial album. Irish Arts Center and BAC are delighted to welcome back Colin Dunne following our first co-presentation in 2011 of the artist’s Olivier Award-nominated Out of Time.

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★★★★★

“Warm, funny, respectful and irreverent.” —THE IRISH TIMES

Photo credit: Maurice Gunning

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MUSIC

New York Trad Fest Curated by Tony DeMarco Presented in association with Irish Arts Center SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 | 8 PM $40 AT IRISH ARTS CENTER

“A testament to the fabulous music…and homegrown talent who keep New York the hub of Irish traditional music in America.” —IRISH CENTRAL

Tony DeMarco brings together masters of Irish, Americana, bluegrass, and Cajun traditions at the annual Trad Fest. Kick off this citywide music festival at Irish Arts Center with Mickey Kelly, Cajun greats Kelli Jones and Joel Savoy, and more. For more information and the full schedule, visit newyorktradfest.org.

“Trad Fest is a very welcome addition to New York’s cultural calendar…Keeping it real, local, raw and natural—brilliant.” —MICHAEL FLATLEY

LITERATURE & CONVERSATION

Person, Place, Thing Live podcast hosted by Randy Cohen TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3 FREE

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7:30 PM

“Richly entertaining… a talented satirist.” —TIME OUT NEW YORK

AT IRISH ARTS CENTER Randy Cohen returns to Irish Arts Center with his live podcast interview show based on the idea that people are most engaging when they speak not about themselves, but something they care about. Guests talk about one person, one place, and one thing that are important to them. The result? Surprising stories from great talkers, moderated by the celebrated humorist, four-time Emmy Award-winner, and former columnist for The New York Times Magazine’s “The Ethicist.” Past guests have included Paul Shaffer, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Maya Lin, Laurie Anderson, Andy Borowitz, A.O. Scott, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Julianne Moore. This season Cohen interviews Michael Dowling, a native of Limerick, Ireland, and president and CEO of Northwell Health, the largest integrated health care system in New York State. CHARLES LAWRENCE KEITH & CLARA MILLER FOUNDATION

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FILM

Keepers of the Flame A South Wind Blows documentary by Emmy Award-winner Nuala O’Connor THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5 | 7:30 PM $12 general / $10 members AT IRISH ARTS CENTER Keepers of the Flame tells the story of generations dealing with the consequences of civil war, of what is remembered and what is forgotten. The film delves into the archives of the Irish Military Service Pensions, and what emerges is a deeply personal retelling of a brutal and divisive period in the birth of a nation and the devastating legacy it left in its wake for both the individuals who took part and their families who suffered long after the fighting ended. Talk-back with Diarmaid Ferriter and Nuala O’Connor follows the screening.

Directed by Nuala O’Connor Written by Diarmaid Ferriter and Nuala O’Connor Soundtrack composed by Colm Mac Con Iomaire Archive readings performed by Mary Black, Aiden Gillen, Philip King, Áine Lawlor, Eoin McDonagh, Dermot McLoughlin, Aisling Ni Shúilleabháin, Joseph O’Connor, Olivia O’Leary, Iarla O’Lionaird, and Marian Richardson.

KIDS & FAMILY

Print, Poetry, and Play! Make your own sustainable holiday gifts, dance the alphabet, and become a living typewriter SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 | 12 PM – 3 PM $15 general / $12 members AT IRISH ARTS CENTER Join us for a delightful exploration of the art of printmaking! Grab an oversized letter stamp for a paint-filled, collaborative project with SMASH TYPE’s Ben Weber, sculpt your body into letter shapes and form human poems with Darrah Carr Dance, and print your own holiday cards, wrapping paper, and tote bag* with IAC teaching artists. Recommended for ages 5 to 10, but open to all! *Materials included in the price of admission. Darrah Carr Dance’s season is made possible in part by public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC.net). The Ireland Funds also supports Darrah Carr Dance’s programs. CHARLES LAWRENCE KEITH & CLARA MILLER FOUNDATION

KNIGHTS OF ST. PATRICK

THE SOCIETY OF THE FRIENDLY SONS OF ST. PATRICK, NEW YORK CITY

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MUSIC

Irish Arts Center

Winter Solstice Celebration with Mick Moloney, Athena Tergis, and Friends The beloved New York holiday tradition comes home to 51st Street DECEMBER 11 – 13 | 8 PM DECEMBER 14 | 2 PM & 8 PM DECEMBER 15 | 3 PM $65 general / $52 members Our 13th annual holiday gathering returns to its heart and hearth. Mick Moloney, Athena Tergis, and The Green Fields of America gather a host of special guests in our intimate 51st Street home for six spirited performances of reels, jigs, songs, and stories in a musical celebration of Christmas and midwinter traditions from Ireland and around the world.

AT IRISH ARTS CENTER Featuring The Green Fields of America Mick Moloney, banjo, mandolin, and vocals Athena Tergis, fiddle Billy McComiskey, accordion Liz Hanley, fiddle and vocals Brendan Dolan, piano and flute John Roberts, vocals and concertina Niall O’Leary, dancer

“One of the best Irish contributions to a New York Christmas.” –HUFFINGTON POST

With special guests Tamar Korn, vocals Dan Levinson, clarinet

“A wide-angle, multicultural lens on the season with some startling effects.” –THE IRISH TIMES

Photo credit: Iain Toft

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FALL 2019 CALENDAR DATE

HIGHLIGHTS

TIME

DISCIPLINE

TITLE OF EVENT

LOCATION

PAGE

Sep 9-Oct 29

Various

Visual Arts

Michelle Rogers: Green Fire

IAC

9

Sep 9

7:30 PM

Words & Music

Muldoon's Picnic

IAC

11-12

Sep 10

6 PM

Visual Arts

Michelle Rogers Artist Talk

IAC

9

Sep 18

7:30 PM

Literature & Conversation

Kevin Barry: Night Boat to Tangier

IAC

13

Sep 19

7:30 PM

Music

Alarm Will Sound: Donnacha Dennehy’s The Hunger

Kaufman Music Center

14

Sep 21

2 PM

Master Class

Appalachian Ballads with Elizabeth LaPrelle IAC

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Sep 23

Various

Education

Fall Classes Begin

Various

33-36

Sep 29

12 PM

Kids & Family

Too Ra Loo Ra

IAC

15

Sep 9-Oct 29

Various

Visual Arts

Michelle Rogers: Green Fire

IAC

9

Oct 5

2 PM

Master Class

Improve Your Concertina Skills with Brenda Castles

IAC

34

Oct 6

7 PM

Comedy

Sundays at Seven

IAC

15

Oct 9

8:30 PM

Music

Ashley Davis Trio

IAC

16

IAC

16

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September

October

David Keenan In Residence

OCTOBER 22-25 IAC | LITERATURE & CONVERSATION

Oct 10

7:30 PM

Music

Tobin's Run on 51: Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen

Oct 14

7:30 PM

Words & Music

Muldoon's Picnic

IAC

11-12

Theatre & Dance

BAM Next Swan Lake / Loch na hEala . Wave: . by Teac Dam sa

BAM

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Special Event

20th Annual Spirit of Ireland Gala

Cipriani 42nd Street

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Oct 15-20

pg. 19-20

Various

Oct 18 Oct 22-25

8 PM

Music

David Keenan: In Residence

IAC

19-20

Oct 27

12 PM

Kids & Family

Oíche Shamhna / An Irish Halloween

IAC

21

Oct 28

6:30 PM

Literature & Conversation

IAC Book Club: Girl by Edna O’Brien

IAC

15

Oct 30-Nov 3

Various

Theatre

BAM Next Wave: Hamnet by Dead Centre

BAM

18

Oct 30-Nov 3

Various

Theatre

BAM Next Wave: Hamnet by Dead Centre

BAM

18

Nov 1-Dec 15

Various

Visual Arts

Seamus Heaney: Manuscripts

IAC

10

Nov 1-3

Various

Literature & Conversation

PoetryFest

IAC

22

Nov 7

7:30 PM

Music

Isabelle O'Connell

IAC

23

Nov 11

7:30 PM

Words & Music

Muldoon's Picnic

IAC

11-12

Nov 13

7:30 PM

Literature & Conversation

A Celebration of Edna O’Brien

Symphony Space

25-26 27-28

pg. 22 11th Annual

PoetryFest

with special tribute to Seamus Heaney NOVEMBER 1-3 IAC | LITERATURE & CONVERSATION

November

Nov 14-16

7:30 PM

Dance

Colin Dunne: Concert

Baryshnikov Arts Center

Nov 16

8 PM

Music

New York Trad Fest

IAC

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Nov 17

12 PM

Education

End of Term Party

IAC

36

IAC

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pg. 25-26 A Celebration of

Edna O'Brien

Co-presented with Symphony Space, in association with PEN America NOVEMBER 13

Nov 20

7 PM

Lecture

Intercultural Connections Series with Mick Moloney

Nov 23-24

Various

Dance

Dancing The Coral Suite

IAC

24

Various

Visual Arts

Seamus Heaney: Manuscripts

IAC

10

IAC

15

IAC | DANCE

December Nov 1-Dec 15 Dec 2

6:30 PM

Literature & Conversation

IAC Book Club: Last Ones Left Alive by Sarah Davis-Goff

Dec 3

7:30 PM

Literature & Conversation

Person Place Thing

IAC

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Dec 5

7:30 PM

Film

Keepers of the Flame

IAC

30

Dec 7

12 PM

Kids & Family

Print, Poetry, and Play!

IAC

30

Co-presented with Baryshnikov Arts Center

Dec 8

7 PM

Comedy

Sundays at Seven

IAC

15

NOVEMBER 14-16

Dec 11-15

Various

Music

Winter Solstice Celebration

IAC

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pg. 27-28

Colin Dunne: Concert

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EDUCATION

Classes at a Glance Monday 4-5 PM 6-7 PM 6-7 PM 6-7:30 PM 7-8 PM 7-8 PM 7-9 PM 7:30-9 PM 8-9 PM 8-9 PM

Introductory Step Dance for Kids: Beginner Soft Shoe Step Dance I: Beginners (Section A) Fiddle I: Absolute Beginners Irish Language III: Early Intermediate Fiddle V: Intermediate Step Dance II: Advanced Beginners Storytelling I: Beginners Irish Language IV: Intermediate Step Dance III: Intermediate Fiddle III: Advanced Beginners

Tuesday 6-7 PM 6-7 PM 6-7:30 PM 6:30-8 PM 6:30-8:30 PM 6:30-7:30 PM 7-8 PM 7-8 PM 7:30-9 PM 7:30-8:30 PM 8-9 PM 8-9:30 PM

Fiddle II: Beginners Concertina I: Beginners/Basics Guitar Accompaniment for Irish Tunes Irish Language I: Introduction (Section A) Playwriting: Inspirations from Contemporary & 20th Century Irish Playwrights Bodhrán I: Introduction Fiddle VI: Advanced Concertina II: Advanced Beginners Set Dance: Old Style Irish Social Dance Bodhrán II: Advanced Beginners Fiddle IV: Early Intermediate Irish Language II: Beginners (Section A)

Wednesday 6-7 PM 6-7 PM 6:30-8 PM 7-8 PM 7-8 PM 7-9 PM 7-8 PM 7-9 PM 8-9 PM 8-9 PM 8-9 PM

Tin Whistle I: Introduction Traditional Irish Singing I: Beginners Irish Language V: Advanced Celtic Harp I: Introduction Tin Whistle II: Advanced Beginners Creative Writing Traditional Irish Singing II: Intermediate Storytelling II: Intermediate Celtic Harp II: Exploring Melody, Chords, and Rhythm Tae agus Comhrá (Tea and Conversation) Tin Whistle III: Intermediate

Thursday 6-7:30 PM 6:30-7:30 PM 6:30-7:30 PM 7:30-8:30 PM 7:30-9 PM 7:30-8:30 PM

Irish Language II: Beginners (Section B) Step Dance I: Beginners (Section B) Mandolin I: Beginners Mandolin II: Advanced Beginners Irish Language I: Introduction (Section B) Hard Shoe Irish Step Dancing

Meet Our Teachers MIA THEODOARATUS is a harpist, composer, and improviser. She has enjoyed working with Roscoe Mitchell, Susan Allen, Charlie Hayden, Antony and the Johnsons, Baikida Caroll, Gelatin, JG Thirlwell, Lary 7 and Cormac De Barra. Her goal is to take classical sensibility and infuse it with the dynamics of free jazz, Celtic melody, and the rhythm of rock. Her performance highlights include playing in concert for President Barak Obama, a duet with Cormac De Barra at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Shakespeare’s production of Oedipus with Avery Brooks at the Acropolis of Athens, Greece, and performing at every closed dive bar in NYC. Her current collaborations include Optipus visual/sound improv group performing at the Whitney, Mana Contemporary and the Parrish Museums, the Ensemble of Seven, Adam Rudolf’s Go Organic Orchestra, and her own solo explorations. She has recorded on Sony, Sahko, Plasticville Records, Verve as well as composed for Rubicon (AMC), Million Dollar Listing (Lifetime), Flight of the Conchords (HBO). Name something about yourself others would find surprising. Can a New Yorker be surprised? Once I was flown to Vienna on a private jet to play two songs for a disco party called LifeBall. How did you discover the harp? I just decided I was going to be a harpist when I was 15. I wish there was a rhyme or reason but there isn’t...although I was very fond of Cacofonix from the Asterix book series and he played the harp. Maybe that had something to do with it. A day in your life—go. I usually spend the morning drinking coffee and playing with my dog. Then I practice anything that needs long term work. Right now I am teaching myself how to play the ancient Greek lyre, so I usually start by exploring on that. Then I do some yoga with an app. After that, anything is game. I play with anyone who asks, so there is no typical day. Who has been the most influential figure in your music life, and how? I really love playing as many female composers as possible, especially the work of Sophia Dussek from the late 18th century. She was married to the composer Jan Ladislav Dussek, who ended up taking a lot of her compositions and publishing them under his own name. I mean, it was tough-going in the 18th century for a woman, but she was amazing—she left him and started her own music conservatory in London and even took a lover while she and Jan were still married. And even if her husband stole her music, at least we still have it to appreciate today. What advice would you give to new harp players? Say yes more than no. It’s so easy to fall into a tribe mentality in New York, but that can lead to stymying your growth as an artist. The more you say yes, the more opportunities open up and I’ve found that pretty much every new experience has been something I’ve really enjoyed.

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EDUCATION

Master Classes & Lectures Appalachian Ballads With Elizabeth LaPrelle

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 | 2 PM – 4 PM AT IRISH ARTS CENTER $40 general / $32 members Elizabeth LaPrelle, Southern Appalachian ballads scholar/performer and one-half of folk duo Anna & Elizabeth, delves into the Celtic origins of the region’s music, plays and dissects recordings by masters of the tradition, and teaches students to sing old-time favorites. Open to all levels.

Improve Your Concertina Skills With Brenda Castles

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 | 2 PM – 4 PM AT IRISH ARTS CENTER $40 general / $32 members Learn how to strengthen your repertoire, play advanced chords, arrange your own sets, and discover the art of ornamentation with Co. Meath native Brenda Castles, winner of multiple All-Ireland Fleadh titles. For intermediate to advanced learners.

Intercultural Connections Series with Mick Moloney: Close to the Floor? Percussive Dance Traditions in North America WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 | 7 PM – 9 PM AT IRISH ARTS CENTER $20 general / $16 members, students, and seniors This richly illustrated talk discusses the evolution of and relationships between multiple percussive dance forms on the continent, including Appalachian and African American flatfoot and clogging, Irish sean-nós and step dance, North Indian Kathak, Quebecois, Ottawa Valley, Cape Breton, and tap. Featuring a short demo by dancers from Darrah Carr Dance. Musician and folklorist Dr. Mick Moloney presents the third edition of Intercultural Connections, his popular lecture series exploring the contributions of Irish artists in a global context. KNIGHTS OF ST. PATRICK

THE SOCIETY OF THE FRIENDLY SONS OF ST. PATRICK, NEW YORK CITY

Photo credits: Mike Melnyk, Amanda Gentile

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EDUCATION

Fall Term Classes

MUSIC

DANCE BODHRÁN Bodhrán I: Introduction Siobhan Egan-Moore Tuesdays | 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM $165 general / $135 members

FIDDLE Fiddle I: Absolute Beginners James Cleveland | Mondays | 6 PM – 7 PM $165 general / $135 members Fiddle II: Beginners Caitlin Warbelow | Tuesdays | 6 PM – 7 PM $190 general / $160 members Fiddle III: Advanced Beginners James Cleveland | Mondays | 8 PM – 9 PM $190 general / $160 members Fiddle IV: Early Intermediate Caitlin Warbelow | Tuesdays | 8 PM – 9 PM $190 general / $160 members Fiddle V: Intermediate James Cleveland | Mondays | 7 PM – 8 PM $190 general / $160 members Fiddle VI: Advanced Caitlin Warbelow | Tuesdays | 7 PM – 8 PM $190 general / $160 members CONCERTINA Concertina I: Beginners/Basics Douglas Barr | Tuesdays | 6 PM – 7 PM $165 general / $135 members Concertina II: Advanced Beginners Douglas Barr | Tuesdays | 7 PM – 8 PM $190 general / $160 members CELTIC HARP Celtic Harp I: Introduction Mia Theodoratus | Wednesdays | 7 PM – 8 PM $190 general / $160 members Celtic Harp II: Exploring Melody, Chords, and Rhythm Mia Theodoratus | Wednesdays | 8 PM – 9 PM $190 general / $160 members

Bodhrán II: Advanced Beginners Siobhan Egan-Moore Tuesdays | 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM $190 general / $160 members TIN WHISTLE Tin Whistle I: Introduction Kieran McCarthy-Fell Wednesdays | 6 PM – 7 PM $165 general / $135 members Tin Whistle II: Advanced Beginners Kieran McCarthy-Fell Wednesdays | 7 PM – 8 PM $190 general / $160 members Tin Whistle III: Intermediate Kieran McCarthy-Fell Wednesdays | 8 PM – 9 PM $190 general / $160 members GUITAR Guitar Accompaniment for Irish Tunes Peadar O hIci | Tuesdays | 6 PM – 7:30 PM $175 general / $145 members Six sessions, 1.5 hours per session

Step Dance I: Beginners (Section A) Betty Sheehan | Mondays | 6 PM – 7 PM $165 general / $135 members Step Dance I: Beginners (Section B) Michelle Esch | Thursdays | 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM $165 general / $135 members Step Dance II: Advanced Beginners Betty Sheehan | Mondays | 7 PM – 8 PM $190 general / $160 members Step Dance III: Intermediate Betty Sheehan | Mondays | 8 PM – 9 PM $190 general / $160 members Set Dance: Old Style Irish Social Dance Dan Hunt | Tuesdays | 7:30 PM – 9 PM $165 general / $135 members Hard Shoe Irish Step Dancing Michelle Esch | Thursdays | 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM $165 general / $135 members

MANDOLIN Mandolin I: Beginners Ben Engel | Thursdays | 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM $165 general / $135 members Mandolin II: Advanced Beginners Ben Engel | Thursdays | 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM $190 general / $160 members VOCALS Traditional Irish Singing I: Beginners Carrie Erving | Wednesdays | 6 PM – 7 PM $190 general / $160 members Traditional Irish Singing II: Intermediate Carrie Erving | Wednesdays | 7 PM – 8 PM $190 general / $160 members

All music classes require an instrument. For information about instrument rentals and purchases, visit irishartscenter.org.

The Bill Ochs Scholarship Fund The scholarship allows those in need to receive scholarships to participate in Irish Arts Center’s music and education programs. The fund was started by an anonymous donor and is named in honor of our dearly departed friend and educator Bill Ochs, who taught with us for more than four decades. A limited number of scholarships are available. For more information, please contact classes@irishartscenter.org. To learn more about contributing to the Bill Ochs Scholarship Fund, please contact Olivia Ford at 212-757-3318 x226 or olivia@irishartscenter.org.

Photo credits: Iain Toft, Sarah Escarraz, Bayne Brannen

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EDUCATION

Eight-week term begins September 23

IRISH LANGUAGE

LITERARY ARTS

CHILDREN’S CLASSES

Irish Language I: Introduction (Section A) Siobhán Ní Chiobháin Tuesdays | 6:30 PM – 8 PM $165 general / $135 members

Creative Writing TBD | Wednesdays | 7 PM – 9 PM $190 general / $160 members Six sessions

Irish Language I: Introduction (Section B) Bláthnaid O’Donoghue Thursdays | 7:30 PM – 9 PM $165 general / $135 members

Playwriting: Inspirations from Contemporary & 20th Century Irish Playwrights Beto O’Byrne | Tuesdays | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM $190 general / $160 members

Introductory Step Dance for Kids: Beginner Soft Shoe Niall O’Leary, TCRG, ADCRG Year-round (except holidays) Mondays | 4 PM – 5 PM $30 rolling annual registration fee $15 enrollment per class

Irish Language II: Beginners (Section A) Siobhán Ní Chiobháin Tuesdays | 8 PM – 9:30 PM $190 general / $160 members

THEATRE ARTS

Irish Language II: Beginners (Section B) Bláthnaid O’Donoghue Thursdays | 6 PM – 7:30 PM $190 general / $160 members Irish Language III: Early Intermediate TBD | Mondays | 6 PM – 7:30 PM $190 general / $160 members Irish Language IV: Intermediate TBD | Mondays | 7:30 PM – 9 PM $190 general / $160 members Irish Language V: Advanced Paul Ferris | Wednesdays | 6:30 PM – 8 PM $190 general / $160 members Tae agus Comhrá (Tea and Conversation) Paul Ferris | Wednesdays | 8 PM – 9 PM FREE

Storytelling I: Beginners Brad Lawrence | Mondays | 7 PM – 9 PM $175 general / $145 members Six sessions Storytelling II: Intermediate Brad Lawrence | Wednesdays | 7 PM – 9 PM $175 general / $145 members Six sessions KNIGHTS OF ST. PATRICK

THE SOCIETY OF THE FRIENDLY SONS OF ST. PATRICK, NEW YORK CITY

End of Term Party Enjoy tea and conviviality with friends old and new as instructors and classmates gather to celebrate the end of a wonderful term and share new skills in music, dance, literary and theatre arts, and language. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17 | 12 PM – 4 PM | FREE | AT IRISH ARTS CENTER

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18 CIPRIANI 42ND STREET HONORING ELVIS COSTELLO Grammy Award-winning musician and producer RICHARD J. DALY Executive Chairman, Broadridge Financial Solutions For more information and to reserve your place for this very special occasion, please call Chad Newman at 212-757-3318 ext. 228 or email chad@irishartscenter.org.

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Hallen Steel & Welding Service Inc. The Irish Institute of New York, Inc. Laborers’ International Union of North America Barbara Ann Hall and Elizabeth Jaeger Patrick Mulvey Landmark Tavern Bree Jeppson Kate Hall and Gary Lynch Constance Lacy The Jerome L. Greene Foundation Pamela Halling Adam Lamberg Patricia and William Jordan Sean Halpin Olladean Laplante-Blank Sheila J. Kane Bryanne and Thomas Hamill Patrick Layng Kamco Supply Corp. Valerie Hammond Lazard Rafiq Kathwari John Hannigan John Leahy Eileen and Kevin J. Keane Ellen Harnett Judy Leane Michael Keane Catherine Harnett Bridget Leary Mary C. Keane John Harrington Ann Leddy Alan Keane Joseph Hassett Maribel Ledezma-Williams Maureen Keating Andrea Haughian Wendy Lee James F. Keegan Charlotte Headrick Mark Lee Carol and Denis Kelleher Daniel M. Healy Gina Maria Leonetti Fiona Kelly Kara Heffernan Bill Lewis Mary and Shaun Kelly Betsy Heimann Trish Lilley Julia and Declan Kelly Georganne Aldrich Heller Brett Littman Thomas Kelly Dianne Hennessy Deborah and Joseph Loughrey Deirdre and Sean Kelly Deb and Brian Henry Mabel Lovett Cliodna Kelly Bernadette Hickey Caitlin Ludlow Holly Kelly and Andrew Lipsky James Higgins Megan Lynagh Ellen O’Brien Kelly and Peter Kelly Kathleen Hill Katie and Alex Lynch William M. Kelly Kevin Holohan M&T Bank Brian Kelly Peter J. Hooper Laoise Mac Reamoinn Dr. John G. Kennedy Patricia and James J. Houlihan Philomena and Sean Mackin Brian J. Kennedy Rita Houlihan Riona MacNamara Ann Marie Kennedy T.J. Houlihan Nessa and Michael Madden Timothy and Kathleen Kennon Howard Gilman Foundation John Maguire Joe Kerwin HSBC Philanthropic Programs Vincent Maher Rosemary Killeen Sophie Hughes Joseph Mahon Peter Killeen Kathleen Hughes-Simpson Maureen Mahoney Noel Kirnon Shane Humphries Jane A. Majeski Steven B. Klinsky Bernadette and Tom Huvane Kathleen and John Malast Karena Knaggs Insight Companies Inc. Manhattan Mechanical Contractors The Knights of St. Patrick Invest Northern Ireland Jonathan March Eugene Kornblum Irish American Society of Suffolk, Laura Marino KPMG US LLP Nassau & Queens Marinoware Carl Krebs Irish Echo Newspaper Corp. Marjam Supply Company

Jaime Frankfurt Frederic W. Cook & Co. Eimear Friel Irene Fu Allyce Fucigna GC Warehouse Patricia Gallagher Sassone Kevin Gardner Charles Garland Peggy and Robert Gartland Frances Gately Paula Gavin William Geekie Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman James George Simone George Margaret Geraghty Martha E. Gifford Mary Ellen and Kevin Gilgan Benjamin Gillespie Maureen Gillespie Mary Pat Gillin and Chet Simunovich Peggy and Clifford Gilkey Colm Gilmore Mary Beth Glaccum Regina Glocker Goldman Sachs & Co. Christine Goodwin Donna and Chip Gordon Bob Gormley Bridget Gormley Christopher Gorzelnik Barbara Gottlieb Ann Granatino Margaret Greenan Susan Groarke Fran Gully Rich Gumersell

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The Ireland Funds, America

Maria Krupit

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WITH GRATITUDE TO OUR SUPPORTERS WHOSE GENEROSITY KEEPS IRISH ARTS AND CULTURE THRIVING Patricia C. McLaren

Chad Newman

Sharon Patrick

Douglas Schoppert

Jimmy Van Bramer

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Sean Nolan

Penguin Air Conditioning

Avinash Sharma

Ana Vilarrasa

James F. McShane

Laurie and Jim Norman

Rosemarie Perocchia

Kristen Shaughnessy

Nancy and Steve Vincent

Maureen McSherry

Northern Trust

Wilma Pfeffer

Dianne Sheehan

Anne Vogelmann

Elise and Jim McVeigh

NYC District Council of Carpenters Kathleen Phelan

Mia Shernoff

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Ann Mealiffe

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir

Sally Plass

The Shubert Foundation

Daniel Waldron

Montie Mills and Terence Meehan

Luke T. O’Brien

Plumbers Local Union 1

Gerald Sievers

Peter Walsh

Thomas Mellett

Peg O’Brien

Paul Power

Clare Smith

Eileen and Thomas Ward

Josie Merck

John O’Callahan

Senga Powers

Thomas Smith

Mark Ward

Lauren Merkel

Seamus O’Cleireacain

Maeve Price

Melissa Merrill and Paul Keary

Michael Odlum

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Ivana Mestrovic

Mary and David O’Donnell

Felice Proctor

The Society of the Friendly Sons of Anne Waters St. Patrick, New York City Sarah Waters The Society of the Friendly Sons of Evelyn Watters St. Patrick, Westchester County

Doris Meyer

Patrick O’Donovan

Robert Pugsley

Michael Spellacy

Paul Watterson

Maureen Mitchell

Ruth O’Farrell and Olena Ripnick-O’Farrell

Peter Quick

JoHannah Speltz

Webster Bank

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Anne O’Grady

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Anne Strauss

Mary Jo and Shelly Weinig

Adele O’Grady Botticelli

Ciaran Strong

Maribeth Welsh

Structure Tone

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Martin Whelan

Sunbelt

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Alana Sutherland

Erin and John White

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Margaret Wiencko

Techno Acoustics Holdings, LLC

Wilfie & Nell LLC

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Helen Williams

John Tegeler

Aleta Wolfe

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Howard Wolfson

Emma Terese

Stefanie Young

Mary Tierney

Sara Zatz

Colin Tobias

Mary Zehnter

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Reidin O’Flynn

Emer O’Hanlon and James Murphy Diane and Jim Quinn Therese O’Higgins

Kathy and Peter Quinn

Buzzy O’Keeffe

Brendan Quinn

Susan O’Leary

Emily Raabe

Dennis O’Neill

Nerissa Radell and Russell Gioiella

Lynne Sawyer and Peter O’Neill

Kim and Glen Radovich

Ellen O’Neill

Margaret Rafferty-O’Connor

Tommy O’Neill

Lorraine and Patrick Reidy

Michael Padraig O’Reilly

Charles and Barbara Reilly

Noreen Brosnan O’Reily

James Reilly

Maureen O’Rourke

Virginia Reilly

Mandy Oser and Declan Bracken

Michael Rich

Rosemary Ostergren

Jonathan Rose

Kathleen and Donal O’Sullivan

Elizabeth and James Rossman

Suzanne O’Sullivan

Gregg Roth

Joseph O’Sullivan

Paul Rowley

Donald O’Toole

Joseph Ruppe

Patrick Owens

John Ryan

PG New York

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Scarborough & Tweed

Patricia and Michael Paliotta

Scott Schneider

Elizabeth Parks

Alissa Schoenfeld

Susanne and John Tumelty

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Irish Arts Center / An Claidheamh Soluis, Inc. is a 501(C)(3) not for profit organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent provided by law. Federal EIN: 51-0244834 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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“In those early years, I personally sought out Irish Arts Center and found solace from the work they were doing, and strength from the people gathered there.” —ROMA DOWNEY

Claddagh Circle

$2,500+

The Claddagh Circle is an exclusive group of passionate philanthropists who understand that if we are to increase the impact and reach of our unique culture, we have to invest in it through the support of great art and artists. In return, that generous support allows us to bring the very best performers from Ireland for you and your family to enjoy right here in New York—and beyond. Claddagh Circle membership is valid for one year and includes premium tickets to all performances through a dedicated concierge line, plus invitations to opening night celebrations, special concert evenings, behind-the-scenes events, and artist meet-and-greets all year long. For more information, please contact Chad Newman at chad@irishartscenter.org or 212-757-3318 x228.

Members Nights Reserve your tickets early for our special Members Nights! Enjoy a reception after the show (with a drink on the house) and meet and mingle with other Irish Arts Center members. Bring friends—anyone who becomes a first-time member on Members Nights will get an exclusive discount on signing. Muldoon’s Picnic

September 9

David Keenan

October 24

Colin Dunne: Concert*

November 15

Winter Solstice

December 13

*at Baryshnikov Arts Center

For more information about IAC corporate or individual membership, please contact Olivia Ford at olivia@irishartscenter.org or 212-757-3318 x226. Photo credits: Iain Toft, Amanda Gentile

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