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Irish Dance Suite (2016, rev. 2017/2019)

for String Orchestra

Composed May - June, 2016, revised 2017/2019, in 4 movements

15 Minutes



Mission Chamber Orchestra; Emily Ray conducting - September 21, 2019

Subsequent performances:

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

DISD All City Orchestra; Quinn Mason conducting (4th movement only)  - September 24, 2022

Arizona State University Philharmonia; Julie Desbordes conducting - September 30, 2022

CASMEC High School All-State String Orchestra; Dr. Selim Giray  conducting (first movement only) - February 4, 2024

Western Washington University String Sinfonia; Dr. James Ray conducting - March 11, 2024

Program Notes:

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.

For score and part rental:
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