SPRINGFIELD, MASS., FEB. 7, 2017 —The Irish-American community in the Northeastern U.S. has an enduring sense of identity and solidarity, and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO) will not only commemorate the Irish experience, but provide a celebration of Irish tradition like no other with An Evening with The Irish Tenors, Mar. 4, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., in affiliation with the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England, an SSO supporter.
The world-renowned trio will be preceded by a keynote presentation by Congressman Richard Neal at 6:30 p.m. on the historical significance of the Easter Rising of 1916. This moving pre-concert program is dedicated to the 101st anniversary of the proclamation that established the Irish Republic.
At 7:30 p.m., The Irish Tenors and the SSO take the stage for a two-hour heart-warming and toe-tapping performance that is sure to include some of the best-loved Irish folk songs, such as “Whiskey in the Jar,” “Fields of Athenry,” “Grace,” and those recognizable to people of all cultures, such as “Danny Boy” and “Toora Loora/Irish Eyes are Smiling.”
Anthony Kearns, Finbar Wright, and Ronan Tynan—The Irish Tenors— were first introduced to the world in 1998 in a PBS special—the first of five such specials. Since that inaugural performance, their masterful and moving treatment of Irish classics has endeared them to an international audience. Ten albums and countless world performances later, they continue to sell out concert halls around the world.
The evening provides an ideal opportunity to enjoy the best of Irish culture, including Irish step dancing performances by The Griffith Celtic Dance Company and representatives from the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, a community partner. Top the evening off with post-concert Meet-and-Greet in the Mahogany Room at Symphony Hall, where concertgoers can rub elbows with The Irish Tenors.
Concert tickets range from $35-$85 and great seats still are available in all seating areas by calling the SSO Box Office at 413-733-2291 or by logging on to springfieldsymphony.org.