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Breaking Boundaries, B A Creative Ireland and a New Irish Arts Center In times of global shifts, when foundations of larger institutions shake, new voices are empowered to express a new identity. In Ireland, we have a new Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, whose background and identity is a manifestation of a New Ireland. A new initiative, Creative Ireland, has been launched to place culture and the arts at the center of public policy. What a time to come together to build a new Irish Arts Center—not just a new building, but a new way of engaging with the world, bringing people of all backgrounds together through the excellence and dynamism of 21st century Irish culture. What a time to express our identity as defined not only by our traditions, but how we share those traditions with others—other cultures, other ethnicities, and other immigrant communities. Our artistic home is an international Irish cultural embassy where boundaries are blurred, erased, reshaped, turned on their head. Boundaries are of course nothing new for great artists to navigate—boundaries of genre, of style, of experience, of identity. The New Irish Arts Center—our ethos, our community, and our platform—is unbounded. Unbounded by an old building, a new building, our Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, the island of Manhattan, and even the great State of New York. We are a gateway from Ireland to America, a throughway in a feedback loop toward a shared imagination, one that opens doors, transcends limits, and brings people together to celebrate their common humanity. We are a beating heart in a global diaspora that is dynamic and diverse, connected and engaged.
ON THE COVER: Company SJ’s Beckett in the City: The Women Speak. For more information, visit pages 13 – 14.
Our fall season brings this all to life. We begin with the second installment of Movements, our new public affairs series, featuring former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power in conversation with The Hill’s Niall Stanage (page 10). We animate the urban landscape with Beckett in the City: The Women Speak, an astonishing, moving site specific work from Company SJ, directed by Sarah Jane Scaife and starring Bríd Ní Neachtáin, Michèle Forbes, and Joan Davis (pages 13 – 14). We hit the road with Liam Ó Maonlaí and Cassandra Wilson, bringing the fruits of last year’s extraordinary Masters in Collaboration Series to audiences in Chicago and Los Angeles (pages 25 – 26). We welcome back the beloved Camille O’Sullivan with a brand new show celebrating the music of Jacques Brel (page 18), and composer Trevor Knight with his wild Weimar riff on the words of Dorothy Parker, The Whistling Girl (page 24). We embark on our first festival partnership with National Sawdust, one of the most exciting new generative music spaces in the City (page 20). We continue wonderful IAC traditions like Muldoon’s Picnic (page 9), PoetryFest (page 22), our annual Winter Solstice Celebration (page 28), and a full roster of classes in music, dance, language, and literature (pages 29 – 31). And we unveil a brand new website at irishartscenter.org, a big step in the redevelopment of our digital platform. All of this is only possible with the support of wonderful people who believe in this work. Please become a member, join our Claddagh Circle (page 38), attend our Gala (honoring Steve Martin and Paul Muldoon, page 33), or get involved in the homestretch of our capital campaign (page 6), as we approach our historic groundbreaking for the New Irish Arts Center. Thank you for your enduring friendship and support. Make history with us this year—and enjoy!
Aidan Connolly Executive Director
ringing People Together
Photo Credits: Steven Powell, Hazel Coonagh
IAC Rece Book Day 2017: Culture Without Borders
St. Patrickâ€™s Day 2017 brought wonderful news with the announcement of a $2 million economic development grant for our new home from Governor Andrew Cuomo. We also proudly joined with Consulate General of Mexico in New York, Ambassador Diego GĂłmez Pickering, and many Irish and Mexican community groups for our 7th annual Book Day, in partnership with New York City Council, distributing thousands of free books by Irish and Mexican authors to New Yorkers in all five boroughs.
A Rousing Tribute to Irish and Appalachian Music
Laura Challender, Sara Rowbottom, Nicole Ball, and Megan Downes clog their way into the hearts of our packed Symphony Space audience for our 6th annual Celtic Appalachian Celebration featuring (pictured here) Elizabeth LaPrelle, Anna Roberts-Gevalt, Carl Jones, Erynn Marshall, Mick Moloney, Athena Tergis and The Green Fields of America.
Photo Credit: Vitaliy Piltser
Photo Credit: Iain Toft
nt News Leading Ladies
Our first annual Claddagh Circle Luncheon honoring the Women of Irish Arts brought together leading lights of business, media, government, and the arts, including (pictured here) iconic jazz singer Cassandra Wilson and virtuosic harpist Maeve Gilchrist to enjoy a stunning set by the Tony-winning Broadway star Kelli O’Hara.
Declan O’Rourke and pianist/conductor Henry Hey (David Bowie’s Lazarus, Ireland Rising) were reunited for the launch of In Full Colour with a twelve-piece orchestra for a special Valentine’s Week engagement in our intimate Donaghy Theatre.
Photo Credit: Amanda Gentile
Photo Credit: Iain Toft
Children and Art
Over 500 people joined us at our Annual St. Patrick’s Open Day for authentic music and dance performances, and a chance to sample our 40+ adult and children’s classes on offer throughout the season. Photo Credit: Amanda Gentile
IAC Recent News Site Dedication & Season Opening
The New Irish Arts Center began a new phase of development with the commencement of work on the Cybert Tire faĂ§ade, which will be incorporated into the new building. Minister for Arts and Culture Heather Humphreys joined board members to announce an additional $1 million in support from the Irish government. In May, John Fitzpatrick, Chairman of The Ireland Funds, celebrated the Funds pledge of $1 million to the new building at a special site dedication kicking off the Enda Walsh/Galway International Arts Festival installation Rooms in our future home.
IAC Board Chair Gerrard Boyle and Board Member John Duffy
IAC Vice Chair Pauline Turley, Ireland Funds Chairman John Fitzpatrick, and IAC Executive Director Aidan Connolly
GIAFâ€™s Paul Fahy, IAC Director of Programming and Education Rachael Gilkey, and playwright Enda Walsh
Board Members (L to R) Pauline Turley, Shane Naughton, Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Aidan Connolly, John Martin, and Kristine Covillo Lynch join Architect Carl Krebs (2nd from R) and Consul General of Ireland in New York Barbara Jones (R) in welcoming Minister for Arts and Culture Heather Humphreys (4th from L) to the site of our future home. 5
Photo Credit: Amanda Gentile
Almost Homestretch Irish Arts Center is on the threshold of an exciting transformation from our humble three-story tenement on West 51st Street to building a national flagship home for Irish culture. We have raised more than $57.5 million of our $60 million goal for our new home on 11th Avenue. We welcome you to join the campaign and help get us over the line this year! HOW TO HELP THE CAMPAIGN • Make a donation. Gifts are appreciated at all levels. Visit irishartscenter.org for more information.
THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE NEW IRISH ARTS CENTER
• Introduce new friends to Irish Arts Center by attending a performance or hosting a meet and greet.
• Connect us to corporate donors and foundations. • Ask about making a planned gift. • For more information about the Almost Home Capital Campaign or to sign up for email updates please contact Nick Rolf at 212-757-3318 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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FALL 2017 CALENDAR
HIGHLIGHTS IAC | VISUAL ARTS
TITLE OF EVENT
Words & Music
SEPTEMBER September 11
pg. 16 John Minihan
Beckett and His World ARTIST TALK OCTOBER 10 | AT IRISH ARTS CENTER
Literature & Conversation
Movements: A Conversation with Ambassador Samantha Power
Literature & Conversation
Brooklyn Book Festival
Brooklyn Borough Hall and Vicinity Meet at IAC
September 20 October 1
Beckett in the City: The Women Speak
Literature & Conversation
Family & Kids
Family Music Day
Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Sculpting Beckett in Space with Dr. Sarah Jane Scaife
244 Rehearsal Studios
IAC | MUSIC
13 – 14
29 – 31
Literature & Conversation
Expanding the Canon Fiona Coffey and Elizabeth Mannion
September 29 - 30
Words & Music
Karl Geary: Montpelier Parade
Words & Music
Camille O’Sullivan Sings Jacques Brel OCTOBER 18 – 22 | AT IRISH ARTS CENTER IAC | LITERATURE & CONVERSATION
NOVEMBER 3 - 5 | AT IRISH ARTS CENTER IAC | FAMILY & KIDS
Presented by Irish Arts Center and Children’s Books Ireland NOVEMBER 19 | AT IRISH ARTS CENTER
Tobin’s Run on 51
Spirit of Ireland Gala
Cipriani 42nd Street
Traditional Irish Singing with Dr. Sandra Joyce
Celtic Harp with Dr. Helen Lawlor
Sundays at Seven
October 18 - 22
Camille O’Sullivan Sings Jacques Brel
554 West 53rd Street
Literature & Conversation
IAC Book Club: Sebastian Barry’s Days Without End
October 27 - 28
This is How we Fly
Family & Kids
An Irish Halloween / Oíche Shamhna
SongLives: Niall Connolly, Jeffrey Martin, and Anna Tivel
November 3 - 5
Literature & Conversation
9th Annual PoetryFest
Western Sahara – A Deserted People
Literature & Conversation
Pen, Paper, and Palate
The Half King
Presented by Irish Arts Center in association with Glucksman Ireland House NYU and Literary Hub
Rí Rá Children’s Festival of Literature
John Minihan: Beckett and His World Artist Talk
Topics in Irish Fiddling with Cleek Schrey
New York Trad Fest
25 – 26
November 11 - 12
Liam Ó Maonlaí and Cassandra Wilson
Words & Music
554 West 53rd Street
Literature & Conversation
IAC Book Club: Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko
November 17 - 18
The Whistling Girl
End of Term Party
Family & Kids
3rd Annual Rí Rá Children’s Festival of Literature
Sundays at Seven
December 2 - 3
Playwriting Workshop with Deirdre Kinahan
Family & Kids
Saturday Morning Cartoons: The Secret of Kells
Museum of the Moving Image
Winter Solstice Celebration
IAC Commissions As part of our mission to serve as a creative home for the development of new work, we are delighted to announce four new commissions across a range of disciplines supporting some of Ireland and Irish America’s most dynamic and innovative artists.
Deirdre Kinahan, Michael Brunnock, and Gerry Leonard Project: Ettie Playwright Deirdre Kinahan (Wild Sky, Halcyon Days, BOGBOY) will collaborate with New York City-based musicians Michael Brunnock and Gerry Leonard on Ettie, an ambitious new theatre production reimagining the life of Ettie Steinberg, Ireland’s only known Irish-Jewish citizen to have been murdered in the Holocaust.
David Bolger/CoisCeim Dance Theatre Project: Uncle Ray Uncle Ray is a new duet by David Bolger that reimagines the life and work of Ray Bolger, who was best known for his role as The Scarecrow in the MGM film The Wizard of Oz, and one of the greatest dancers of his generation. Uncle Ray is co-commissioned by Irish Arts Center and Project Arts Centre, and is scheduled to premiere in 2019 in Dublin.
Ettie is supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, Irish Arts Center, Meath County Council Arts Office, Pentabus UK, and Vibe Communications.
Photo Credit: Luca Truffarelli
Photo Credits: Eighth Blackbird by Saverio Truglia, Dan Trueman by Iarla O Lionáird, Iarla O Lionáird by Rich Gilligan
United Fall/Emma Martin
Project: Girl Song
Emma Martin, the creator of Dancehall, Tundra, and Dogs, and most recently the acclaimed choreographic sequence in Enda Walsh’s Arlington, conceives a new work, Girl Song, a visceral and sometimes absurdist ode to the extraordinary details of an ordinary existence, in a fierce and multi-layered dance-theatre creation.
Four-time Grammy-winning music ensemble Eighth Blackbird collaborates with longtime IAC artists composer/fiddler Dan Trueman, vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird (The Gloaming, Ghost Trio, The Hunger), and Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Paul Muldoon, on Olagón. This 90-minute song cycle brings the centuries-old legend of the Táin Bó Cúailnge into the 21st century, exposing a martini-guzzling, pill-popping Queen Medhbh set against her lovelorn King Ailill, among other lovers.
Girl Song is a production of Dublin Theatre Festival and Noorderzon Festival (Groningen), and co-produced by NXTSTP, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union, Irish Arts Center, and Dance Ireland. Funded through an Arts Council Dance Project Award.
Co-commissioned by Poetry Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The University of Richmond, Irish Arts Center, and Princeton University.
WORDS & MUSIC
Muldoon’s Picnic An omnium-gatherum of words and music Hosted by Paul Muldoon with house band Rogue Oliphant AT IRISH ARTS CENTER $40 general / $32 members Our critically-acclaimed feast of music, storytelling, and poetry—now in its seventh season—has become a staple of New York’s cultural diet. Led by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, this words-and-music jamboree features an evolving lineup of world-class special guests from across the spectrum of arts and letters.
“Okay, it’s not actually a picnic but a music-and-literature extravaganza.” –TIME OUT NEW YORK
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 | 7:30 PM Dan Barry, The New York Times reporter and columnist Lucie Brock-Broido, poet Damsel: Beth Meyers (vocals, viola, ukulele, and banjo) and Monica Mugan (vocals and guitar) Mark Mulcahy, musician and front-man for Miracle Legion Edmund White, novelist
MONDAY, OCTOBER 9 | 7:30 PM Michael Brunnock, singer-songwriter Dinner: Ben Chatrer (keyboard, vocals), Vin Jule (guitar, vocals), Ned Higgins (bass, vocals) and Dan Burke (drums) Cornelius Eady Trio: Cornelius Eady (poet), Charlie Rauh (guitar), and Lisa Liu (guitar) Min Jin Lee, author
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13 | 7:30 PM Shaker Flynn: Nick Flynn (poet), Simi Stone (The New Pornographers) and Philip Marshall (Killcool) Erica Jong, author and poet The Christine Tobin Trio: Christine Tobin (vocals), Phil Robson (guitar), and Rene Hart (bass) Kevin Young, poet
IAC Book Club Min Jin Lee will join our book club to discuss her novel Pachinko. Light refreshments will be provided. This book club will be led by Rachael Gilkey, IAC Director of Programming. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 | 6:30 PM FREE l Reservations Encouraged
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LITERATURE & CONVERSATION
Movements A Conversation with Ambassador Samantha Power Moderated by Niall Stanage
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 | 7:30 PM $35 AT IRISH ARTS CENTER Our Movements series features thought-provoking conversations with important global voices bringing a current affairs context to our cultural programming. Join us for an intimate conversation between former US Ambassador to the United Nations and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Samantha Power, named by Forbes as the 41st most powerful woman in the world, and Washington-based journalist Niall Stanage, associate editor of The Hill.
In Spring 2017, Senator George Mitchell and novelist Belinda McKeon kicked off our season with the new conversation series, Movements, with a dynamic, candid discussion about the state of the world in the post-Obama era.
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LITERATURE & CONVERSATION
Brooklyn Book Festival Festival Day Literary Marketplace SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 FREE AT BROOKLYN BOROUGH HALL AND VICINITY 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 Come visit us at the Brooklyn Book Festival—a hip, smart, diverse gathering for book lovers of all ages. We’ll be sharing a table with our friends at Glucksman Ireland House NYU. MORE DETAILS AT BROOKLYNBOOKFESTIVAL.ORG
LITERATURE & CONVERSATION
Sebastian Barry in conversation with Sabina Murray THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 | 7:30 PM $18 general / $15 members Free for Patron ($250) level members and higher AT IRISH ARTS CENTER Named number one in The Guardian’s list of top ten writers to see live, Sebastian Barry will join us to read from his latest literary triumph Days Without End. Set against the wild and violent backdrop of the 1850s American West, Days Without End tells the story of Irish immigrant Thomas McNulty and his companion John Cole as they experience the harrowing realities of the Indian and American Civil Wars. Hauntingly brutal and atmospheric, Barry’s narrative evokes the language of Cormac McCarthy and Thornton Wilder.
WINNER OF THE COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR 2016 & 2008 W A LT E R S C O T T P R I Z E SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE “A crowning achievement to an extraordinary literary career.” –THE GUARDIAN “Hypnotic…an absorbing story that sets the horrors of history against the consolations of hearth and home.” –THE WALL STREET JOURNAL “Achieves the drama and pathos of the author’s best fiction.” –PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
IAC Book Club Join other book lovers to discuss Sebastian Barry’s novel Days Without End. Light refreshments will be provided. This book club will be led by Rachael Gilkey, IAC Director of Programming. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19 | 6:30 PM FREE l Reservations Encouraged
Photo Credit: Alan Betson
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FAMILY & KIDS
Family Music Day: From Celtic to Classical Presented in association with Orchestra of Saint Luke’s SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 | 10 AM – 12 PM FREE Appropriate for children ages 4 and up AT THE DIMENNA CENTER FOR CLASSICAL MUSIC 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY 10018 Join us at the Dimenna Center for Classical Music for an eventful and hands-on musical morning! At the instrument petting zoo, kids and adults alike can try orchestral and traditional Irish instruments, create art at the coloring station, make instruments to take home, and enjoy performances from members of the Orchestra of Saint Luke’s, students of Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s, members of Darrah Carr Dance, and Irish Arts Center musicians. Darrah Carr Dance’s performance is made possible in part with 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 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
LITERATURE & CONVERSATION
Expanding the Canon Revising Irish Theatre Studies As We Know It with Fiona Coleman Coffey and Elizabeth Mannion Moderated by Keri Walsh Presented in association with Fordham University THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 | 7:30 PM FREE
AT FORDHAM UNIVERSITY LINCOLN CENTER CAMPUS McMahon Hall Lounge Room 109 155 West 60th Street New York, NY 10023
Drawing on their respective publications Political Acts: Women in Northern Irish Theatre and The Urban Plays of the Early Abbey Theatre, academics Fiona Coleman Coffey and Elizabeth Mannion will discuss how gender, the Troubles, civil rights, and the rural-urban contrast have played out on the Irish stage and academia from the founding of Dublin’s Abbey Theatre to the brink of Brexit. “The definitive account of women in the Irish theatre of the North.” –JOHN P. HARRINGTON, DEAN, FACULTY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, FORDHAM UNIVERSITY ON COFFEY
“Mannion’s valuable study reasserts the importance of a theatre responsive to such conditions [as urban poverty and workers’ rights] and, in the process, adds much-needed substance to this chapter in Irish theatre history.” –STEPHAN WATT, BREAC: A DIGITAL JOURNAL OF IRISH STUDIES The evening is presented as part of the Irish Women Writers Symposium at Fordham University, dedicated to celebrating and exploring the works of Irish and Irish-American women writers and scholars.
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THEATRE U.S. RE IE PREM
Irish Arts Center presents
Beckett in the City: The Women Speak Not I, Footfalls, Rockaby, Come and Go
By Samuel Beckett Directed by Sarah Jane Scaife Produced by Kathryn Lennon Performed by Bríd Ní Neachtáin, Michèle Forbes, and Joan Davis Presented in association with Georganne Aldrich Heller 13 | TICKETS AND RESERVATIONS AT IRISHARTSCENTER.ORG OR 866-811-4111
Photo Credit: Hazel Coonagh
THEATRE “Beckett re-imagined through a prism of female experience…
–SUNDAY BUSINESS POST
“Under Sarah Jane Scaife’s careful direction, fine performances allow for elucidating echoes.” –PETER CRAWLEY, THE IRISH TIMES
SEPTEMBER 20 – OCTOBER 1 MON
WED 20 8 PM
THU 21 8 PM
FRI 22 8 PM
SAT 23 2 PM 8 PM
SUN 24 3 PM
27 8 PM
28 8 PM
29 8 PM
30 2 PM 8 PM
1 3 PM
$34 general / $28 members This is a site specific piece of theatre. Audiences meet at Irish Arts Center and take a short walk to the final venue.
“The Women Speak movingly reminds us of the
humanising power of Beckett’s work.”
“[A]chingly articulates the ramshackle body of the female in nationalist Ireland.” –BROADWAY WORLD Experience the women who inhabit some of Beckett’s best-known short works, women whose connection between body and soul has ruptured. Director Sarah Jane Scaife places Beckett’s characters from the page into the urban landscape, using the aesthetic tools of the body, sound, site, movement, architecture, and projection to put flesh on the scars that the playwright reveals within our society.
Irish Arts Center theatre programming is supported by the Nancy Malone Living Trust
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Lisa Lambe SEPTEMBER 29 – 30 | 8 PM
AT IRISH ARTS CENTER
$24 general / $20 members FEATURING Lisa Lambe, vocals Fiachna Ó Braonáin, guitar, vocals Peter O’Toole, bouzouki, bass, vocals Irish singer, actress, and songwriter Lisa Lambe (Celtic Woman) will join us with collaborators Fiachna Ó Braonáin and Peter O’Toole of the Hothouse Flowers to showcase her gentle and heartfelt world of song. In concert, you will hear Lambe’s remarkable voice as you’ve never heard it before.
“The finest singer and actress of her generation.” –FINTAN O’TOOLE, THE IRISH TIMES “Sumptuously melodic, Lambe’s voice shines brightly.” –HOT PRESS MAGAZINE “Norah Jones meets Alison Krauss.” –INDEPENDENT Presented with the support of the Howard Gilman Foundation
WORDS & MUSIC
Karl Geary: Montpelier Parade with Jenna Nicholls and Gerry Leonard Conversation moderated by Dael Orlandersmith TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3 | 7:30 PM $18 general / $15 members
AT IRISH ARTS CENTER
Dublin-born actor and co-founder of East Village music venues Sin-é and the Scratcher, Karl Geary launches his luminous debut novel Montpelier Parade with an evening of words and music. Unfolding in the sea-bright, rain-soaked Dublin of early spring, Montpelier Parade is a cinematic novel about desire, longing, grief, hope, and the things that remain unspoken. Geary’s novel will come alive with readings and musical responses from Jenna Nicholls and Gerry Leonard, followed by a conversation with actress, poet, and playwright Dael Orlandersmith.
“Geary enters the literary arena with a bang: this debut...gorgeously rendered.” –PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
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Photo Credit: Ollie Grove
Beckett and His World
John Minihan GALLERY HOURS BY APPOINTMENT SEPTEMBER 1 – DECEMBER 20 Monday – Friday | 10 AM – 6 PM Please call 212-757-3318 ARTIST TALK & RECEPTION TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10 | 6 PM FREE | Reservations Encouraged AT IRISH ARTS CENTER John Minihan photographed volumes I and II of IAC’s cultural exhibition To Love Two Countries, a photographic celebration of the men and women who immigrated to the United States in the early half of the twentieth century.
Walter Asmus directed Waiting for Godot and worked with Samuel Beckett in Berlin in the 1970s, author Edna O’Brien and publisher John Calder made up his circle in London, and actor Lisa Dwan gave life to Not I as never before. These are some of the luminaries who made up a world of Beckett, both during his life, and after his passing. John Minihan captures their essence in black and white portraiture, including his iconic images of Beckett himself.
In his artist talk Beckett and the Wake, John remembers spending time with a playwright who was often a reluctant subject and rarely posed.
“Minihan’s gift is to be at once penetrating and discreet, probing and respectful, close-up and impersonal.” –AUTHOR JOHN BANVILLE TICKETS AND RESERVATIONS AT IRISHARTSCENTER.ORG OR 866-811-4111 | 16
Tobin’s Run on 51 Brilliant Corners – The Riverside Years Curated by Christine Tobin and Phil Robson FEATURING Peter Brendler, upright bass Charles Goold, drums Craig Handy, saxophone Fintan O’Neill, piano Phil Robson, guitar THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 | 7:30 PM $24 general / $20 members AT IRISH ARTS CENTER Our newest artist-curated jazz series, Tobin’s Run on 51, returns with a special tribute to Riverside Records, the American jazz record company which previously inhabited the home of Irish Arts Center at 553 West 51st Street. Founded by Orrin Keepnews and Bill Grauer, the label played an important role in the jazz record industry and represented jazz and blues veterans such as Thelonious Monk, Randy Weston, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, Charlie Byrd, Johnny Griffin, Wes Montgomery, and folk artists Bascom Lamar Lunsford, Obray Ramsey, George Pegram, and Walter Parham.
The award-winning Irish vocalist, songwriter and composer Christine Tobin and acclaimed jazz guitarist Phil Robson will bring together some of New York’s best Irish and international musicians to awaken the spirits that will forever inhabit our historic home.
“There’s a kind of alchemy at work, particularly in how [Tobin] uses her warmly distinctive voice, malleable, poised phrasing and impeccable intonation to get inside the material and make it personal.” –THE IRISH TIMES Photo Credits: Helena Dornellas, Des McMahon
Sundays at Seven Curated by Fiona Walsh and Ann Design SUNDAYS, OCTOBER 15, NOVEMBER 19 | 7 PM $12 general / $10 members Free for Friend ($125) level members and higher AT IRISH ARTS CENTER Experience the funniest comic minds in entertainment, at this everchanging comedy show. Past performers of Sundays at Seven include Jim Gaffigan, Colin Quinn, Eddie Brill, Susan Prekel, Maureen Langan, Myk Kaplan, Anthony Rapp, and more! Line-ups will be announced on irishartscenter.org.
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MUSIC OCTOBER 18 – 22 MON
WED 18 8 PM
THU 19 8 PM
FRI 20 8 PM
SAT 21 8 PM
SUN 22 8 PM
“Brel is the reason I’m a singer today— I essentially ended my career as an architect to become a performer after falling in love with singing his music.” –Camille The Irish-French singer Camille O’Sullivan returns to Irish Arts Center in a tribute to the legendary Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel.
$40 premium / $32 members $32 general / $28 members AT IRISH ARTS CENTER FEATURING Camille O’Sullivan with Feargal Murray, piano Paul Byrne, drums Steve Fraser, guitar Charlotte Glasson, flute, violin, saxophone and musical saw
“Spellbinding.” –TIME OUT NEW YORK “Camille leads us through humour, poignancy, anger and despair. She is a magnificent artist of song, as Brel was, and their pairing is a heavenly marriage of the infernal in human nature.” –THIS IS CABARET “Each song was performed with such magnificence it was as though it was the show’s finale every time.” –BROADWAY BABY
In an emotional and thrilling performance with her longtime collaborator and pianist Feargal Murray, Camille summons the haunting Parisian soul within Brel’s repertoire, including such favorites as “Amsterdam” and “Ne Me Quitte Pas.” Past sold-out performances at IAC have showcased Camille’s chameleon-like interpretations of some of the 20th Century’s most beloved songwriters. She has stunned audiences and won awards and fans around the world, and her recent appearances include sold-out runs at London’s prestigious Roundhouse and Union Chapel, and an Australia tour that won her a nomination for the distinguished Helpmann Award. Join Camille this October in our intimate Donaghy Theatre and let her lure you with the power and passion of Brel. Presented with the support of the Howard Gilman Foundation
Camille O’Sullivan SINGS JACQUES BREL
FEATU SONGS RING FR CAMIL OM O’SULLIVLE SINGS B AN LIVE AL REL BUM
Photo Credit: Kip Carroll
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Coming Home 5 Journeys, 4 Continents, 1 Dream Directed by Cathal Kenna 2016, Ireland, 84 minutes WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25 | 7:30 PM
AT IRISH ARTS CENTER
$12 general / $10 members Free for Friend ($125) level members and higher A landmark documentary portraying five Irish emigrants returning home to Ireland. There and back again, Coming Home charts the intimate experience each emigrant faced— their initial departure from Ireland, the thrill of arriving in new unexplored worlds, coping with homesickness, and their decision to return home.
“Remarkable new documentary…
A love letter to a romantic vision of Ireland.”
A talk back with director Cathal Kenna will follow the screening.
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MUSIC “You’ll be charmed and even dazzled by this jazz-tinged stylishly modernized quartet of fiddle, clarinet, drums, and, best of all, percussive dance.” –TIME OUT NEW YORK
“Elusive and merciful…This is fresh-faced, unboxable music.”
–THE IRISH TIMES
Irish Arts Center and National Sawdust present
Irish Origins Series
This is How we Fly OCTOBER 27 – 28 MON
FRI 27 7 PM
SAT 28 3 PM
AT NATIONAL SAWDUST 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249
FEATURING Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, fiddle & hardanger fiddle Seán Mac Erlaine, clarinets & electronics Nic Gareiss, percussive dance Petter Berndalen, drums & percussion Fusing traditional Irish music, Swedish folk, jazz, and percussive dance, the beloved This is How we Fly return to New York City to perform work from their highly anticipated second album. Recorded live over three performances in Dublin, This is How we Fly’s new material is utterly unique and combines the individual culture and musical vocabularies of these four musicians with a liberated and playful spirit. Having received a rapturous response during their performances in spring 2015, audiences will again be charmed by their collective voice and undeniable live energy fresh off the heels of their newest creation. Presented as part of the Origins Season at National Sawdust Details for additional events coming soon.
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FAMILY & KIDS
An Irish Halloween / Oíche Shamhna SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29 | 12 PM – 3 PM FREE l Reservations Encouraged AT IRISH ARTS CENTER Each year IAC pays homage to Halloween, New York’s favorite holiday. This year we celebrate the Irish Celtic origins with a captivating intercultural festival of shadow and light. Families can celebrate the Autumn Moon with a shadow puppet show from our friends at Chinese Theatre Works, a dance performance and lesson from Darrah Carr Dance, lantern making and turnip carving (the original jack o’lanterns) activities, traditional Irish Halloween games, a flashlight dance party, and much more.
“At this Irish Halloween celebration, kids can learn about the spooky traditions indigenous to the Emerald Isle.” –TIME OUT NEW YORK
SongLives: Niall Connolly, Jeffrey Martin, and Anna Tivel Curated by Grammy Award-winner Susan McKeown SongLives showcases Ireland and North America’s most exciting contemporary singer-songwriters, bringing the rich tradition of busking on Dublin’s Grafton Street to the cozy confines of our intimate Donaghy Theatre. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 | 8 PM $18 general / $14 members AT IRISH ARTS CENTER
Niall Connolly returns to SongLives with an acoustic set as part of a worldwide tour celebrating the release of his 8th studio album Dream Your Way Out of This One. Connolly will be joined by Portland-based songwriter Jeffrey Martin—likened to the styles of Josh Ritter, John Gorka, and Joe Pug—and 2015 Telluride and Kerrville songwriting award-winner and multi-instrumentalist Anna Tivel.
Photo Credit: Anthony Mulcahy
“Disarming and beautifully crafted folk-pop. Connolly is a witty storyteller and a not-to-be-missed songsmith.” –CHICAGO TRIBUNE ON NIALL CONNOLLY
“He’s an incredibly rare find among today’s glut of singer-songwriters: a songwriter whose songs are immediately affecting. These are the kind of songs that can change you.”
“Everything here is testament to her storytelling gifts…she’s been likened to Steinbeck and I suspect she may have a novel or short stories collection in her.”
–NO DEPRESSION MAGAZINE ON JEFFREY MARTIN
–FOLK RADIO UK ON ANNA TIVEL
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LITERATURE & CONVERSATION
PoetryFest 9th Annual
Curated by Nick Laird Presented in association with Literary Hub and Glucksman Ireland House NYU AT IRISH ARTS CENTER
MO EVE ST N FRE TS E!
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
The only literary event of its kind, our ninth annual PoetryFest gathers poets from Ireland and North America for three days of verse. Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Turn off your phones and escape to our intimate Donaghy Theatre for a transporting and meditative transatlantic weekend. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 | 8 PM Favorite Poems $50 premium / $40 members $35 general / $28 members / $15 students A popular evening where IAC’s friends and special guests read the poems they love most. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 All readings FREE | Reservation Required
“Literary revelry.” –THE NEW YORKER
2 PM: Katie Raissian of Stonecutter presents Emerging Voices
3:30 PM: Iggy McGovern and Alice Lyons 5 PM: Sinéad Morrissey and Terrance Hayes with opening reading by Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize-winner Adam Crothers
Alice Lyons Terrance Hayes
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5 All readings FREE | Reservation Required 2 PM: Caitríona O’Reilly and Rowan Ricardo Phillips 3:30 PM: Desert Island Poems: Billy Collins and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin in conversation, moderated by Nick Laird 5 PM: Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Billy Collins ALSO WITH OUR PARTNERS
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2 | 7 PM The Tom Quinlan Lecture in Poetry with Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prizewinner Adam Crothers with our partners at Glucksman Ireland House NYU 1 Washington Mews, New York, NY 10003 Billy Collins
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Western Sahara – A Deserted People Presented in association with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Produced by Peadar King 2015, Ireland, Recommended for ages 15+ MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6 | 7:30 PM
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$12 general / $10 members Free for Friend ($125) level members and higher Western Sahara – A Deserted People tells the compelling and profoundly moving story of how the Sahrawi people’s lives have been framed by poverty and injustice over their 40 year-long displacement. First presented by RTÉ, the documentary illustrates an indifferent world, exposing the human consequences of global economic inequalities, a hostile political environment, and human rights violations. Following the screening, David McKean from Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights will join producer Peadar King in conversation.
LITERATURE & CONVERSATION
Pen, Paper, and Palate Authors Who Write About Personalities Moderated by Ronald Rosbottom Presented in association with Ruda Beresford Dauphin TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 | 7 PM
AT THE HALF KING
$10 general / $8 members Free for Patron ($250) level members and higher
505 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011
A hotbed of creativity and ideas, this engrossing literary salon welcomes professor, essayist, and author Ronald Rosbottom (When Paris Went Dark) as moderator, with biographers Mary V. Dearborn, Michael Schulman, Edward Sorel, William Taubman, and Victoria Wilson. The evening will include a special menu, mingling, and book signings. The series was created, in part, with BBC host and Booker Prize judge Frank Delaney and carries on in his memory. Photo Credits: Kane Haffey, Lev Kuperman, Ed Sorel, Michele Stapleton
New York Trad Fest Curated by Tony Demarco Presented in association with Irish Arts Center FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 | 8 PM
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$40 Local masters of traditional Irish, bluegrass, and old-time American music come together to kick off New York Trad Fest. Curated by Brooklyn-born fiddler Tony Demarco, the concert will feature performances by award-winning fiddlers Matthew Mancuso and Patrick Mangan, accordionist James Keane with uilleann piper Jerry O’Sullivan, and more. For more information on the full schedule, please visit NewYorkTradFest.org.
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echoes of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, flourishes of The Doors, a touch of Kraftwerk here, and Leonard Cohen there.”
–HOT PRESS MAGAZINE
NOVEMBER 17 - 18 | 8 PM $34 premium / $28 members $28 general / $23 members AT IRISH ARTS CENTER FEATURING Honor Heffernan, vocals Trevor Knight, keyboards with Ed Deane, guitar Garvan Gallagher, bass Tom Jamieson, drums Dublin-based composer and musician Trevor Knight and singer/actress Honor Heffernan bring their innovative reimagining of the work of Dorothy Parker to IAC this fall. Embracing dirty-cabaret, electronic-vaudeville, rock, and jazz, Knight’s arrangements bring a vital theatricality to Parker’s sardonic verse. Don’t miss Knight, Heffernan, and a full band channel the spirit of this American literary icon during her years of notoriety in New York. Presented with the support of the Howard Gilman Foundation.
The Whistling Girl Featuring Honor Heffernan with music composed by Trevor Knight
INSP THE IRED BY OF D WORDS OR PAR OTHY KER
Presented in association with The Dorothy Parker Society Trevor Knight wishes to thank the NAACP for authorizing use of Dorothy Parker’s works.
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“Ireland meets America
as iconic vocalists Liam Ó Maonlaí and Cassandra Wilson collaborate.”
“Eminent…exquisite… clever, insightful, and… strikingly original.” –JAZZ TIMES ON CASSANDRA WILSON
Photo Credit: Erin Baiano
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Liam Ó Maonlaí and Cassandra Wilson More than any building, the New Irish Arts Center is defined by the dynamism and diversity of the unusual, exciting artistic marriages that emerge from our creative home. Forged in explosive, emotional fashion at our 2016 Ireland Rising concert and deepened in our 11th Masters in Collaboration Series last November, the thrilling artistic partnership of Liam Ó Maonlaí and Cassandra Wilson returns this fall with special touring performances at two of the country’s most beloved intimate venues—Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles and The Old Town School in Chicago—followed by an exclusive return engagement at Irish Arts Center. Featuring a stellar ensemble of top Irish, folk and jazz musicians from both sides of the Atlantic.
Irish Arts Center and Largo at the Coronet present Liam Ó Maonlaí and Cassandra Wilson WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8 AT LARGO AT THE CORONET 366 North La Cienega Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90048
Irish Arts Center and Old Town School present Liam Ó Maonlaí and Cassandra Wilson FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 AT OLD TOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK MUSIC
4544 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60625 in association with Irish American Heritage Center and Consulate of Ireland
Irish Arts Center presents Liam Ó Maonlaí and Cassandra Wilson NOVEMBER 11 – 12 | 8 PM AT IRISH ARTS CENTER $75
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FAMILY & KIDS 3rd Annual
Rí Rá Children’s Festival of Literature Presented in association with Children’s Books Ireland SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19 | 12 PM – 3 PM
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$5 per person / $15 per group of 4 FREE for Junior Joyce & Family Circle Members Recommended for readers 5-8 years old, but open to all. Discover new books, meet authors and illustrators, and participate in hands-on workshops and activities that will engage the writers of tomorrow! Our third annual literature festival for children and their grown-ups celebrates work from the very best Irish and New York-based children’s authors and illustrators at work today, including Steve Light, Steve McCarthy, Niamh Sharkey, and Sarah Webb. TICKETS AT IRISHARTSCENTER.ORG OR 866-811-4111
“A cultural twist on storytime.” –TIME OUT NEW YORK
FAMILY & KIDS
Saturday Morning Cartoons The Secret of Kells Directed by Tomm Moore 2009, 75 minutes
Presented in association with Museum of the Moving Image SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 | 11 AM – 1 PM $7 children / $15 adults Free for Junior Joyce & Family Circle members Tickets include free admission to Museum
AT MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11106
Irish Arts Center teams up with the Museum of the Moving Image for a special edition of our Saturday Morning Cartoons. Revisit the mesmerizing Oscar-nominated animation The Secret of Kells from Kilkenny’s Cartoon Saloon studio. With the Viking hordes approaching, the future of the Book of Kells is in jeopardy and it falls to Brendan, young nephew of Abbot Cellach, to save the day. This once-off screening on special edition 35mm print will also include a pre-show Irish dance lesson with Darrah Carr Dance and post-show animation workshop with museum teaching artists.
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Winter Solstice Celebration with Mick Moloney, Athena Tergis, and Friends FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 | 8 PM Premium Orchestra: $65 Orchestra: $50 general / $40 members Balcony: $40 general / $32 members $25 student and seniors AT SYMPHONY SPACE 2537 Broadway at 95th Street New York, NY 10025
New Yorkers of all backgrounds will love this heartwarming celebration of well-woven musical traditions from around the world. Featuring Mick Moloney, Athena Tergis, The Green Fields of America, and a raft of unexpected tunes, stories, and visitors, this critically-acclaimed celebration is a truly unique and engaging welcome to winter.
“A wide-angle, multicultural lens
on the season with some
startling effects.” –THE IRISH TIMES
“One of the best
Presented with the support of the Milwaukee Irish Fest Foundation and Howard Gilman Foundation
Irish contributions to a New York Christmas.”
MILWAUKEE IRISH FEST FOUNDATION
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Classes at a Glance
Monday 4-5 PM 6-7 PM 6-7 PM 6-7 PM 6-7:30 PM 7-8 PM 7-8 PM 7-9 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) Tin Whistle I: Introduction Fiddle I: Absolute Beginners (Section A) Irish Language III and IV (Combined): Intermediate Tin Whistle II: Advanced Beginners Fiddle IV: Intermediate Step Dance II: Intermediate Storytelling Irish Language I: Introduction (Section A) Fiddle I: Absolute Beginners (Section B) Tin Whistle III: Intermediate
Tuesday 6-7 PM 6:30-7:30 PM 6:30-8 PM 7-8 PM 7-8 PM 7-8:30 PM 7:30-9:30 PM 8-9 PM 8-9:30 PM
Concertina: Beginners/Basics Bagpipes: Traditional Irish Music for Kids Irish Language I: Introduction (Section B) Bodhrán I: Introduction Concertina II: Advanced Beginners Set Dance: Old Style Irish Social Dance Bagpipes: Traditional Irish Music on the Píob Mhór Bodhrán II: Advanced Beginners Irish Language II: Beginners
Wednesday 5-6:30 PM 6-7 PM 6:30-8 PM 7-8 PM 7-8 PM 7-8 PM 7-9 PM 8-9 PM 8-9 PM 8-9 PM 8-9 PM
Seisiún for Young Artists (Ensemble) Fiddle V: Advanced Irish Language V: Advanced Celtic Harp I: Introduction Traditional Irish Singing (Mixed Level) Fiddle II: Beginners Creative Writing Celtic Harp II: Exploring Melody, Chords, and Rhythm Tae agus Comhrá (Tea and Conversation) The Ballads of Francis J. Child Fiddle III: Advanced Beginners
Thursday 5-6 PM 6-7 PM 6:30-8:30 PM 7-8 PM 7-8 PM 8-9 PM
Family Tin Whistle Tin Whistle IV: Advanced Dramatic Writing: From Inspirations to Revelations The Music of Seamus Ennis Step Dance I: Beginners (Section B) Hard Shoe Irish Step Dancing
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Meet Our Teachers Stuart Jackson Teaches Family and Advanced Tin Whistle and The Music of Seamus Ennis (Uillean Pipes) Stuart is originally from Williamsburg, Virginia, and is now based in Brooklyn. He has played traditional Irish music on the uilleann pipes and the tin whistle for over a decade. After studying the pipes with Eliot Grasso and Mikie Smyth, further erudition came primarily from listening, absorbing, and interpreting old recordings from pipers such as Seamus Ennis, Tommy Reck, and Leo Rowsome. In addition to traditional music, he also holds a Master’s degree in contemporary percussion performance, which has influenced his approach to the uilleann pipes in traditional music, and led to experiments with it as a sound source in the interpretation of avant-garde scores. 1. How did you become an Uilleann Piper? I heard some recordings of Leo Rowsome, Willie Clancy, and Sean Og Potts, which set me on fire when I was around 13. Soon after that I started teaching myself on a cheap plastic practice set I had ordered online. Eventually, I obtained a decent set of pipes and started making regular trips to Baltimore to take lessons from Eliot Grasso. Eliot taught me pretty much everything I know. 2. What do you like most about playing music? Playing music can sometimes bring very ephemeral moments of what I can only describe as a sort of religious ecstasy. Sometimes I won’t experience a moment like this for months or years. I don’t understand how it works exactly, but it definitely catalyzes some kind of chemical change in my body. 3. What is your favorite thing about living in NYC? I can go anywhere on my bike, even leave NYC. 4. What is your least favorite thing about living in NYC? I often feel very claustrophobic. 5. What advice do you have for new music students? Don’t give up because of frustration. Frustration is a positive sign. If you are feeling frustrated it means you are in the middle of learning something that you currently don’t know how to do. Remain in the space of frustration, slow things down, and practice the source of frustration every day. Eventually, the frustration will melt away.
FALL TERM CLASSES WITH IRISH ARTS CENTER 8-week term begins September 25, 2017 MUSIC
BODHRÁN Bodhrán I: Introduction Siobhan Egan | Tuesdays | 7 PM – 8 PM $165 general / $135 members Bodhrán II: Advanced Beginners Siobhan Egan | Tuesdays | 8 PM – 9 PM $190 general / $160 members TIN WHISTLE
FIDDLE Fiddle I: Absolute Beginners Two Class Times! James Cleveland | Mondays | 6 PM – 7 PM (Section A) and Mondays | 8 PM – 9 PM (Section B) $165 general / $135 members
Family Tin Whistle Stuart Jackson | Thursdays | 5 PM – 6 PM $130 general / $100 members This class is meant for kids and caregivers to learn together.
Step Dance I: Beginners (Section A) Betty Sheehan | Mondays | 6 PM – 7 PM $165 general / $135 members Note: Two different class times and locations!
Tin Whistle I: Introduction Christina Dolphin | Mondays | 6 PM – 7 PM $165 general / $135 members
Step Dance I: Beginners (Section B) Laura Neese | Thursdays | 7 PM – 8 PM $165 general / $135 members Note: Two different class times and locations!
Fiddle II: Beginners Caitlin Warbelow | Wednesdays | 7 PM – 8 PM $190 general / $160 members
Tin Whistle II: Advanced Beginners Christina Dolphin | Mondays | 7 PM – 8 PM $190 general / $160 members
Fiddle III: Advanced Beginners Caitlin Warbelow | Wednesdays | 8 PM – 9 PM $190 general / $160 members
Tin Whistle III: Intermediate Christina Dolphin | Mondays | 8 PM – 9 PM $190 general / $160 members
Fiddle IV: Intermediate James Cleveland | Mondays | 7 PM – 8 PM $190 general / $160 members
Tin Whistle IV: Advanced Stuart Jackson | Thursdays | 6 PM – 7 PM $190 general / $160 members
Fiddle V: Advanced Caitlin Warbelow | Wednesdays | 6 PM – 7 PM $190 general / $160 members
BAGPIPES (PÍOB MHÓR AND UILLEAN PIPES)
CONCERTINA Concertina I: Beginners/Basics Douglas Barr | Tuesdays | 6 PM – 7 PM $190 general / $160 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
Step Dance II: Intermediate Betty Sheehan | Mondays | 7 PM – 9 PM $220 general / $190 members Extended to a 2 hour class! Set Dance: Old Style Irish Social Dance Dan Hunt | Tuesdays | 7 PM – 8:30 PM $140 general / $110 members Hard Shoe Irish Step Dancing Laura Neese | Thursdays | 8 PM – 9 PM $165 general / $135 members
Bagpipes: Traditional Irish Music on the Píob Mhór Tom Downes | Tuesdays | 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM $165 general / $135 members The Music of Seamus Ennis Uillean Pipes and open to all accompanying instruments Stuart Jackson | Thursdays | 7 PM – 8 PM $175 general / $145 member Four 2-hour sessions every other week VOICE AND SONG Traditional Irish Singing (Mixed Level) Carrie Erving | Wednesdays | 7 PM – 8 PM $190 general / $160 members The Ballads of Francis J. Child Carrie Erving | Wednesdays | 8 PM – 9 PM $175 general / $145 members
All music classes require an instrument. For information about instrument rentals and purchases please visit irishartscenter.org.
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EDUCATION For course descriptions and locations, please visit irishartscenter.org.
Irish Language I: Introduction (Section A) Siobhan Kavanagh | Mondays | 7:30 PM – 9 PM $140 general / $110 members
Creative Writing Yvonne Cassidy | Wednesdays | 7 PM – 9 PM $190 general / $160 members Includes 6 sessions
Bagpipes: Traditional Irish Music for Kids Tom Downes | Tuesdays | 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM $145 general / $115 members
Irish Language I: Introduction (Section B) Frances Mulraney | Tuesdays | 6:30 PM – 8 PM $140 general / $110 members Irish Language II: Beginners Frances Mulraney | Tuesdays | 8 PM – 9:30 PM $190 general / $160 members Irish Language III and Irish Language IV (Combined): Intermediate Siobhan Kavanagh | Mondays | 6 PM – 7:30 PM $190 general / $160 members
Dramatic Writing: From Inspirations to Revelations Beto O’Byrne | Thursdays | 6:30 PM – 8:30 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
The Bill Ochs Scholarship Fund
allows those in need to receive scholarships to participate in Irish Arts Center’s music education programs. The fund is made possible by a generous 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 Adam Lamberg at 212-757-3318 x222 or email@example.com.
Introductory Step Dance Niall O’Leary, TCRG, ADCRG Ongoing - Fall 2017 (except holidays) Mondays | 4 PM – 5 PM | Beginner Soft Shoe Annual Registration fee $30 Rolling Enrollment / per class: $15 This class runs year round Seisiún for Young Artists (Ensemble) Recommended for ages 9-16 Mia Theodoratus | Wednesdays | 5 PM – 6:30 PM $150 General / $120 members Meets every other week Family Tin Whistle Stuart Jackson | Thursdays | 5 PM – 6 PM $130 general / $100 member This class is meant for kids and caregivers to learn together
Storytelling Brad Lawrence | Mondays | 7 PM – 9 PM $175 general / $145 members Includes 6 sessions
IAC Ceili Band
End of Term Party
Wednesdays | Meets every other week starting September 20 | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM | FREE
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 arts, and language.
The IAC Ceili band has been in existence since the 1970s, and is made up of IAC community members and former and current IAC students. They perform at various Irish Arts Center community events, and have performed at several nursing homes and the NY Athletic Club. The band was led by Frank Ryan and is currently under the leadership of Elsa Regan and Sally Brennan. For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-757-3318 x214.
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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18 | 12 PM – 4 PM FREE | AT IRISH ARTS CENTER
Master Classes Sculpting Beckett in Space with Dr. Sarah Jane Scaife Artistic Director of Company SJ, PhD & Adjunct lecturer at Trinity College Dublin
Celtic Harp with Dr. Helen Lawlor SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15 | 3 PM – 5 PM $50 general / $40 members, students, and seniors
Back by popular demand!
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 | 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM $50 general / $40 members, students, and seniors Beckett’s concentration on the body and its experience in space is paramount to the understanding of all Beckett’s prose and drama. The stage becomes a canvas and the performer’s bodies become the paint and clay. The first part of the workshop will involve exercises to help students experience their body physically, both outwardly and from within, including exercises inspired by Butoh and Polish mime. The second part of the workshop will look at Beckett’s shorter plays, and will illustrate his use of the body as sculpture within the canvas of the stage. These plays will be read with the intention of creating a new perspective, one that calls attention to the importance not just of words spoken, but also of stage direction, gesture, costume, lighting, and movement. Reserve your tickets early for this master class with the director of Beckett in the City, taking place at IAC in October. No prior experience of performance is necessary for this workshop, but a familiarity with Beckett might help, whether through studying his writing, performing it, or even as an audience member of one of his works.
Award-winning Celtic harpist and scholar, Helen Lawlor, will lead a master class in Celtic harp that explores technique, history, and culture. Lawlor is a lecturer in Irish music, ethnomusicology, and music education at Dundalk Institute of Technology. Her research on harping in Ireland focuses on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, encompassing issues of transmission, gender, identity, and musical styles.
Topics in Irish Fiddling with Cleek Schrey THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9 | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM $50 general / $40 members, students, and seniors Explore the wonders and curiosities of Irish fiddling in an intense and focused workshop! We will delve into the depths of what makes Irish fiddling, exploring the nuances in bowing and ornamentation and survey of the landscape of historic and living players for context and inspiration.
Traditional Irish Singing with Dr. Sandra Joyce Where Do Plays Come From? Playwriting Workshop with Deirdre Kinahan
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15 | 1 PM – 3 PM $50 general / $40 members, students, and seniors Dr. Sandra Joyce, director of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, will lead this master class for singers of all levels. She is also the Artistic Director of the acapella female vocal ensemble, Hazelwell, which explores repertoire from the Irish and related traditions. Her research interests include the Irish song tradition, the Irish harp tradition, and historical sources of Irish traditional music.
TWO-DAY WORKSHOP DECEMBER 2 – 3 | 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM $112 general / $90 members, students, and seniors Learn a few tricks of the trade from leading Irish playwright Deirdre Kinahan at this two-day workshop. What makes theatre relevant right now? What plays insist on being written and where do we find inspiration? In this hands-on weekend workshop Deirdre will share her ghosts with you and help you give voice to a few of your own! Get ready to explore the big themes and how the playwright distills the big idea into powerful and personal dramas. Deirdre’s previous workshops have sold out at IAC so be sure to reserve your tickets early and avoid disappointment.
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SPECIAL EVENTS “There is a new Ireland and new America dawning. We need a place where the new voices of Irish America can be nourished... and celebrated…and born. Irish Arts Center is that place.” – GABRIEL BYRNE HONORARY CO-CHAIR
Please join us for the
on Friday, October 13th at Cipriani 42nd Street HONORING
STEVE MARTIN Emmy, Grammy, and Academy Award winner
PAUL MULDOON Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet
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Published on Sep 1, 2017
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