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THE MOST CELEBRATED IRISH TUNES / Mícheál Ó Súilleabbháin by midatlanticcce
October 3, 2012, 9:42 am
Filed under: Classes / Lessons / Education, Lecture, NYC

The Most Celebrated Irish Tunes with Mícheál Ó Súilleabbháin

Wednesday, October 10 @ 5:30.  New York University’s Silver Center (formerly Main Building, 100 Washington Square East; northeast corner of Washington Square Park), room 220.

THE MOST CELEBRATED IRISH TUNES, A recital-lecture by Mícheál Ó Súilleabbháin on the first published collection of Irish Music – Neal’s A Collection of the Most Celebrated Irish Tunes (Dublin 1724)


Only one copy of this book survived – among the papers of the 18th/ 19th century collector Edward Bunting in Queen’s University Belfast. Older than any surviving manuscript collection, A Collection of the Most Celebrated Irish Tunes Proper for the Violin, German Flute or Hautboy was published in 1724 by John and William Neal in Christ Church Yard in Dublin. Containing the earliest versions of tunes now familiar through the revival of Irish traditional music over the past fifty years – such as Carolan’s Concerto, Tabhair Dom Do Lámh/Give Me Your Hand, and Molly St. George – composer-scholar Mícheál Ó Súilleabbháin uses his intimate knowledge of Irish sean-nós (‘old style’) oral tradition to bring these tunes alive within the Baroque context of the collection.

BIO: Chair of Music and Founder/Director of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháín is noted for his development of a uniquely Irish traditional piano style. He has recorded extensively with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and has released some 15 recordings. His most recent recordings include ELVER GLEAMS: New and Selected Recordings (EMI 2010), and the DVD Irish Destiny: music for the historic 1925 silent movie of the same name (Irish Film Institute 2006).

In 2004 he was appointed inaugural Chair of Culture Ireland (the statutory body for promoting Irish arts – including Northern Ireland – worldwide) and was reappointed in 2008.

In 2005 he was awarded an Honorary D.Mus. from the National University of Ireland at University College Cork for his contribution to music in Ireland. Other awards include Ollamh na hÉigse (Professor of Arts) in 2005 by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Boston College Honorary Alumnus Award for contributions to Irish music in the USA (2006), and Gradam Cheoil (Irish language television award for contribution to Irish music) in 2011.

In May 2011, he performed with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland for The Queen’s Concert in the National Convention Centre, Dublin, marking the visit of Queen Elizabeth to Ireland. In December of the same year he performed at the Grand Canal Theatre, at the request of the newly appointed President of Ireland, Dr. Michael D. Higgins.

Mícheál is currently in residence for the year 2012 at the Keough Naughton Institutie of Irish Studies and the DeBartolo Center for Performing Arts at Notre Dame University where he is writing a new symphonic work for performance in 2014.

For further information see www.mosmusic.ie and www.irishworldacademy.ie

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