— The Susquehanna Chorale’s spring concert is titled “Céad Míle Fáilte! (One Hundred Thousand Welcomes!).” The group will be joined by the Coyle School of Irish Dance and the instrumental/ dance group Irish Blessing to provide an evening of Emerald Isle festivity.
Concerts will be May 9 at 8 p.m. at Derry Presbyterian Church and May 10 at 8 p.m. in Messiah College’s Parmer Hall. Tickets are available for both venues through the Messiah College ticket office, by phone at (717) 691-6036 or online through www.susquehannachorale.org.
The concerts, under the direction of founder and artistic director Linda Tedford, will combine the chorale’s high level of artistry with the zest of the Irish. The group’s presentation of such Irish classics as “Molly Malone,” “A Gaelic Blessing” and “Danny Boy” will be enhanced by performances of the guest artists.
The York-Based family group Irish Blessing will also perform music and dances using the piano, fiddle, whistle, flute, and traditional Irish drum. One of the younger members of the group has been judged the top Irish dancer in North America, and he has performed with the highly-regarded group Riverdance.
The chorale most recently was heard in the Harrisburg region in performances of Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. The Susquehanna Chorale also recently received high praise for its two performances at the prestigious Eastern Division American Choral Director’s Association conference.