Featuring leading musicians from Ireland:
Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Co. Kerry – 2016 Live Ireland Best Female Singer of the Year: “She’s the best female singer in Irish music, and that is that.”
Derek Ryan, Co. Tipperary – Bass/Baritone
Christy O’Leary, Co. Kerry – Trad singer, uilleann pipes
Plus “Celtic Voices” choir,
SF Opera soloists,
Colm O’Riain, violinist/fiddler,
Diana Rowan, harpist,
an Irish Trad music ensemble
and concert orchestra, all conducted by Maestro Kim Allen Kluge.
Bay Area Irish-American luminaries will serve as narrators.
In partnership with San Francisco’s Consulate General of Ireland and Grace Cathedral, commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the historic “Proclamation of the Irish Republic” with the World-Premiere of IRELAND’S POET-PATRIOTS, A Musical Tribute. Benefitting the Irish Immigration Pastoral Center.
A musical commemoration of and reflection upon Ireland’s struggle for independence as told through the stirring poems, lyrics and writings of ten of Ireland’s great poet-patriots – from Robert Emmet to W. B. Yeats, James Connolly, Maud Gonne, Padraic Pearse and more – IRELAND’S POET-PATRIOTS brings to life 113 years of Irish history that led directly to the Easter Rising of 1916. Composer Richard B. Evans marries Irish traditional music with the expressive power of original classical crossover to pay tribute to the enduring spirit of Ireland’s people, music, history and literature.