On Saturday, March 13, just before St. Patrick’s Day, we presented a program featuring traditional and contemporary Irish songs, as well as music from neighboring Scotland and Wales. The performance took place in the parking garage of 316, Inc. (316 S. Baylen St.).
Although the program included several traditional songs, it began with two contemporary pieces by Welsh composer Paul Mealor.: “Jubilate Deo” and “Wherever You Are.”
Ireland was represented with three numbers, two with familiar tunes arranged by Alice Parker: “Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye” (more often sung in the States to the Civil War-era text “When Johnny Comes Marching Home.’) and “My Gentle Harp” (the Londonderry Air, usually sung to the words of “Danny Boy,” set to verses by Ireland’s national poet Thomas Moore). The Irish set concluded with “Dúlamán,” a folk text set by contemporary composer Michael McGlynn.
The program concluded with an instrumental rendition of “Loch Lomond” and James Mulholland’s settings of two love poems by Scotland’s Robert Burns: “A Red, Red Rose” and “Highland Mary.”
The chorus was led by interim director Peter Steenblik, and, in addition to the chorus’ collaborative pianist Isabelle Areola, instrumentalists included Dale Riegle and Jonathan Martin (trumpets) and Honya Richbourg (percussion).