Classical Irish Music: National Chamber Choir of Ireland

Author: Carol C. Bradley

Irish National Chamber Choir

A performance by the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, 7 p.m. Thursday, October 13, in the Leighton Concert Hall, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, features the North American premiere of Tarik O’Regan’s “Acallam na Senórach” commissioned by the University of Notre Dame. It is a substantial work for chamber choir, guitar and percussion based on one of the most important ancient Irish texts to survive the Middle Ages. It tells the mythical story of St. Patrick’s exchanges with two of the last-surviving members of a band of warriors. Tickets are $10 to $40.

Planned program, subject to change:

Jauchzet Dem Herrn
J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

O süsser Mai
All meine Herz Gedanken
Dein Herzlein mild
Waldesnacht
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Theophilus Thistle & The Myth of Miss Muffet
Siobhán Cleary (b.1970)

Intermission

Acallam Na Senorach
Tarik O’Regan (b. 1978)

PRE-PERFORMANCE TALK
Be introduced to another bright light providing one of the University’s commissions and familiarize yourself with the richly complex choral performance you will hear. Led by Oxford- and Cambridge-educated Tarik O’Regan, this young award-winning composer’s insights are a great brush-up for classical fans and an excellent introduction for choral and classical newcomers. Talks begin one hour before curtain and are free for ticket holders.

Commissioned by the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, funded by the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaion; the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, and Peak Performances at Montclair State University, Monclair, New Jersey. The University of Notre Dame’s performance is made possible in part through the generosity of John and Jeny Sejdinaj.