‘Irish Christmas,’ for students first

Dec 07, 2012
“Irish Christmas in America” features Oisín Mac Diarmada, Aaron Jones, Séamus Begley, Gráinne Hambly, Seán Mc Elwain, Brian Cunningham and Kieran Jordan.

Camden — “Irish Christmas in America,” a music and dance presentation, is Bay Chamber Concerts’ holiday offering this year, scheduled for Thursday night, Dec. 20 at the Camden Opera House. But before the public convenes for that 7 p.m. presentation, more than 800 local school children will enjoy a performance of their own.

Community Engagement at Bay Chamber is designed to promote connection and musical engagement between artists and participants.  At its core is artistic excellence — professional musicians who combine spectacular artistic ability with a dedication to bringing the transformative power of music into communities. The “Irish Christmas in America” student matinee performances are presented by Bay Chamber Concerts and sponsored in part by Youth Arts. The program will engage students with authentic traditional Irish and Scottish music and dance, as well as the holiday traditions and culture of Ireland.

Attending the first matinee will be 442 students from a variety of schools including Great Salt Bay in Damariscotta, Cushing Elementary School, South School in Rockland, Laura Libby School in Thomaston, the St. George School, Morse Elementary School, Monroe Elementary School and two home-school families. The second matinee will host 463 students including the entire Camden-Rockport Middle School as well as 50 home-school families.

The show “Irish Christmas in America,” produced by Oisín Mac Diarmada of the award-winning lrish group Téada, features top Irish musicians, singers and dancers in an engaging performance that is rich in history, humor and boundless energy. The group also includes singer Aaron Jones of Scottish super-group Old Blind Dogs and the charming wit and stunning vocal prowess of Séamus Begley from West Kerry. Their performances in Camden will include traditional Irish sean-nós or “old-style” dance accompaniment by Brian Cunningham and Kieran Jordan.

Tickets for the 7 p.m. “Irish Christmas in America” public performance are $40, $30 for those age 21 to 35 and just $10 for those younger. Seating is reserved. For more information and tickets, visit baychamberconcerts.org or call the Box Office at 236-2823.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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