Irish Dance Suite (2016, rev. 2017/2019)
for String Orchestra
Composed May - June, 2016, revised 2017/2019, in 4 movements
Toledo Symphony Orchestra; Enrico Lopez-Yañez conducting - March 13-14, 2021
St. Thomas String Orchestra; Dr. Matthew George conducting (4th movement only) - May 9, 2021
Canton Symphony Orchestra; Gerhardt Zimmermann conducting - November 14, 2021
WMEA All State Symphony Orchestra; Dr. Sergio Espinosa conducting - February 20, 2022
I conceived the idea for the Irish Dance Suite when one day, accidentally, I checked out a Mary O’Hara (a singer of traditional Irish music) album from my school’s library. I remember listening to it and going, ‘Hmm. These themes are very catchy. They would work well in a suite together!’ Designed after the string suites of Holst and in 4 movements, some popular forms of traditional Irish dance are represented including the jig, the slip jig and the reel. The piece utilizes 4 traditional Irish tunes (Wind that Shakes the Barley, Drops of Brandy, Reel with the Beryle and Haigh Didil Dum), and the rest of the themes are original compositions.