Posts Tagged ‘Music and Dance’

Weekly Comment:
Upcoming Events in Ireland, America, and Canada

From trad music summer school to contemporary arts festivals, check out Irish America’s event listings for June and July. ℘℘℘ UNITED STATES Rockaway Beach / Breezy Point Irish Festival St. Camillus Church, Rockaway Beach, New York June 2 – 3 New York City’s most Irish American neighborhood celebrates its 6th annual Irish festival this summer.Read more..

American Winners at the World Irish Dance Championships

The World Irish Dancing Championships were held in April in Glasgow, Scotland, and several Americans came away with medals in competition among the best youth dancers in the world. The Academy of Irish Dance, based in Ohio, won several team world championships, including U16 mixed céili and senior ladies, while the school’s Loghlan Howard won boysRead more..

An Irish Music Playlist Just in Time for St. Patrick’s Day

From Turlough O’Carolan to The Chieftains, The Cranberries to The Corrs, Ireland has always had a world-wide reputation for musical prowess. This St. Patrick’s Day weekend, enjoy this special playlist of Irish music that ranges from traditional Irish songs to more contemporary fare like The Pogues and The Saw Doctors. The 200-song playlist curates theRead more..

Hall of Fame:
Kelli O’Hara

The glorious The King and I overture reaches a crescendo, filling Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont theater with some of the greatest music ever written for the theater played by world-class musicians. Then, a giant sailing ship moves across the stage into the audience. Gasps. And yet it’s when, in the words of New York Times critic BenRead more..

Gillian Murphy

Gillian Murphy joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in August 1996, was promoted to Soloist in 1999 and Principal Dancer in 2002. She created Clara, the Princess in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, leading roles in Glow-Stop, Kaleidoscope, Rabbit and Rogue and Thirteen Diversions and featured roles in After You, One of Three and Within You Without You: A Tribute toRead more..

Gillian Murphy: On Her Toes

After 20 years with American Ballet Theatre, principal dancer Gillian Murphy still loves the challenge of making the difficult look effortless. ℘℘℘ Gillian Murphy celebrated her 20th anniversary performance with American Ballet Theatre on May 28, dancing the lead role as Lise in La Fille mal gardée (translating literally to “The Poorly Guarded Girl,” andRead more..

Ireland 100: “The Finest Strands of Who We Are”

Ireland celebrates the centenary of the Easter Rising in America with a three-week cultural festival in Washington, D.C. ℘℘℘   One of the most notable features of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., is a large bronze bust of Kennedy himself. A world-renowned piece of art, it manages to captureRead more..

Michael Flatley’s Last Dance

This month, Michael Flatley will make his final stage performances during a special run this fall at the Lyric Theater in on Broadway. The run brings a re-worked and enhanced version of his signature “Lord of the Dance.” This version, now called “Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games,” has been on the West End stagesRead more..

Holden Back on Broadway

Irish singer Darren Holden, who has been touring the U.S. starring as the Piano Man in the national touring production of the hit Billy Joel/Twyla Tharp musical Movin’ Out, returned to the Broadway production for five shows at the end of August. Holden was filling in for Piano Man Michael Cavanaugh who was on vacation.Read more..