Arts Council to present Songs of Ireland on March 12
ANTHEM – The Arts Council of the North Valley is presenting Songs of Ireland on March 12, at 7 p.m., at the Anthem Civic Building. The performance will feature Áine Mulvey (Mezzo-Soprano) and Anne-Marie O’Farrell (harp). This presentation is part of the ‘I am Ireland’ cultural event.
The program explores both traditional repertoire and Art Songs. The concerts will include music by the early Irish harper Turlough O’Carolan; folk songs collected by Thomas Moore; and more recent Art Songs and contemporary music which explore different aspects of Ireland’s national identity. The program includes a number of pieces which particularly reference the 1916 Rising, including settings of poems by the revolutionary Joseph Mary Plunkett, executed by firing squad just seven hours after marrying his sweetheart; the very moving setting of Padraig Pearse’s poem “The Mother,” by T.C. Kelly, and the traditional air “Róisín Dubh” (or “Dark Rose,” an appellation used for Ireland), which inspired Sean O’Riada’s “Mise Éire” (I am Ireland) score for a 1960s film commemorating the Rising.