Irish American Writers & Artists

October 28, 2011

Leon Fleisher Performs with Irish Chamber Orchestra Oct.31 Alice Tully Hall Lincoln Center

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Monday October 31 8 pm   

Alice Tully Hall Lincoln Center

Tickets:  Lincoln Center web site

Concert Program:
Haydn: Symphony No. 96 in D Major, HOB I:96 (“The Miracle”)
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto (Left Hand), No. 4, Op. 53
Ó Suilleabhain: Termo?n
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7, Op. 92
The Irish Chamber Orchestra has gained a reputation as a vibrant, refreshing, and influential force on the classical and contemporary music scene, excelling in a large range of repertoire from the baroque to modern day masterpieces. Leon Fleisher returns to the Lincoln Center and joins the orchestra, performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto (Left Hand) No. 4, Opus 53, a work for which he has set the standard.  The ICO’s program includes Termon,  a specially commissioned work by Irish composer Michael O Suilleabhain  to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, along with Beethoven’s popular Symphony No. 7, described by Wagner as “the apotheosis of the dance” (its cinematic, second movement recently featured in the soundtrack for the Oscar-winning film, ‘The King’s Speech’)and Haydn’s Miracle Symphony No. 96.

This concert is part of an eight-city U.S. tour Fleisher performs with the Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO) and is a cornerstone of Culture Ireland’s year-long program, Imagine Ireland: A Year of Irish Arts in America 2011.  The tour marks the first time the full 38-member Irish Chamber Orchestra appears in America, and offers a unique chance to hear ‘Termo?n’ set amongst some of the outstanding works of the classical music repertoire. ‘Termo?n’ is derivative of the Irish An Tearmann, meaning ‘place of sanctuary’ and is an expression of solidarity with those who suffered as a result of the 9/11 attacks and of the deep, rich and unbreakable bond between Ireland and America. The work for Uilleann Pipes and Strings will be performed by Pádraic Keane, this year’s recipient of the Gradam Ceoil TG4 Music Award – Young Musician of the Year. Commissioned by the American Ireland Fund, ‘Termo?n’ had its world premiere on September 11, 2011 at a special event organized by the U.S. Embassy, Dublin.

About Leon Fleisher
Pianist, conductor, and mentor Leon Fleisher is unanimously regarded as one of the greatest musicians of his generation. When his career was interrupted in 1965 due to a neurological affliction disabling his right hand, Fleisher continued his career, focusing on repertoire for left hand and forging a renewed life in music. He has since returned to two-handed playing, as documented in Nathaniel Kahn’s 2006 Oscar- and Emmy-nominated documentary Two Hands.  Fleisher’s memoir, My Nine Lives, has received superlative endorsements from leading artists and critics and will be released in paperback on November 1, 2011 (Anchor Books, an imprint of Knopf-Doubleday). http://www.leonfleisher.com

About the ICO
Working with Artistic Partner Jörg Widmann, the Limerick-based Irish Chamber Orchestra is a world-class ensemble and one of the Ireland’s foremost cultural ambassadors. They have built a reputation for the highest level of musical excellence and are a fresh and vibrant force on the international music scene. The ICO has toured China (Singapore), Australia, and over 10 countries throughout Europe. The Sunday Business Post asserts that the ICO “can match the finest of small orchestra in the world for imaginative andvigorous performances, [and] bristles with attitude.” http://www.irishchamberorchestra.info

About Imagine Ireland
Imagine Ireland is Culture Ireland’s year of Irish arts in America. Featuring over 500 events across more than 40 states, the year-long season features theatre, music, film, literature, visual events, dance and architecture. Culture Ireland is the national agency for promoting Irish arts abroad.  http://www.imagineireland.ie

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October 24, 2011

Roisin Fitzpatrick’s exhibit opens at the Consulate General of Ireland New York

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Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, Bill Whelan composer of Riverdance, Mary Pat Kelly author of Galway Bay and Don O’Neill acclaimed Irish fashion designer and creative director of Theia, attended the opening ceremony of the art exhibition of Roisin Fitzpatrick – Artist of the Light®, at the Consulate General of Ireland New York.  The exhibition was officially opened by Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Chairperson of the American Ireland Fund and Consul General Mr. Noel Kilkenny.

Roisin Fitzpatrick, one of Ireland’s leading contemporary artists, previously worked at the United Nations, European Commission and European Bank. Following a brain aneurysm and a near death experience (NDE), Roisin Fitzpatrick turned this adversity into a positive life change. She was inspired to create a series of contemporary artworks – the Artist of the Light® collection. Evoking an inexplicable sense of serenity and peace, Roisin’s primary intention through this art is to introduce and share the beauty of the light and create a greater sense of well-being in both residential and corporate environments.

Her artwork is in the private and public collections of many leading European and US art collectors including Mark Burnett, TV producer of The Voice and The Apprentice and actress Roma Downey from Touched by an Angel. Roisin’s art is at entrepreneur Richard Branson’s new resort near New York and Fitzpatrick’s Hotels in Manhattan. Roisin’s art has been endorsed by New York Times best selling authors Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Michael Gelb and Dr. Christine Ranck, an Amazon #1 best selling author. Her work has been critically acclaimed by Forbes, Wall Street Journal and Boston Globe.

This exhibition provides a contemporary interpretation of all aspects of light, from the illumination of Newgrange (an ancient Neolithic site in Ireland) at the winter solstice to various aspects of light in nature.  Each piece of art expresses beautiful, intricate patterns with simple elegance using natural silks and the finest Swarovski crystals to create entirely unique art forms.

The exhibition, held in collaboration with the Irish American Heritage Museum, is open to the public, by appointment, until 30 November, Monday-Friday from 10am to 3pm, at 345 Park Avenue at 51 Street New York.  For appointments and guided tours with the artist please email Roisin at info@ArtistoftheLight.com or call (347)549-0551. Visit http://www.ArtistoftheLight.com.

October 23, 2011

IAW&A member Michael Sheahan wins two Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards for Best “Holiday Book” & “Children’s Book with Music / Theatrical”

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For millions of people around the world, the love of reading and singing was born with a Christmas story or carol.

That’s the all-in-one idea behind the ultimate new Christmas package, Mr. Holidays Presents The Roof Top Hop. Through the merry character of Mr. Holidays, Michael Sheahan tells children an instantly classic new Christmas story, performs the title song on a sing-along CD and has his friend, Broadway’s own Michael Balderrama of the hit Broadway show, In the Heights, teaches kids the new roof-top-hop dance steps, ones step at a time.

Lavishly illustrated by Douglas Wright, Mr. Holidays Presents The Roof Top Hop is an inviting storybook/CD/DVD package that invites young readers to read, sing, and dance as they share a never-before-revealed secret about Santa. As Sheahan proclaims, it’s “hip-hop . . . be-bop . . . rock n’ roll . . . that brings joy and happiness to every soul.”

Michael Sheahan, a highly decorated retired NYPD detective, is an accomplished singer, songwriter, and musician.

Mr. Holidays Presents The Roof Top Hop is available on-line at www.MrHolidaysSongs.com, www.BarnesandNoble.com, www.Amazon.com & www.FinestEntertainmentStore.com.

October 20, 2011

More Views from Monday–Celebrating the Irish Rep at the O’Neill Award

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A few views of the 2011 O’Neill Award Celebration

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October 17, 2011

New opportunity to attend O’Neill Award

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If you are a working artist (writer, musician, actor, filmmaker, etc.) and would like to attend our annual fundraising event but are unable to pay the full fee, you may be eligible for our Starving Artist Discount – funded by a generous donor. Please contact: IAwritersandArtists@gmail.com for more information.

Gabriel Byrne to Present Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award

to Irish Repertory Theatre

 

What:

Irish American Writers & Artists will present their annual Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award at a festive evening of literary libation. The event comes one day after what would have been O’Neill’s 123rd birthday and is held a few blocks north O’Neill’s Times Square birthplace.

 

Who:

  • Gabriel Byrne will present the O’Neill Award to Irish Repertory founders Charlotte Moore and Ciarán O’Reilly
  • City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is scheduled to present the honorees with an official New York City proclamation
  • Malachy McCourt will be the evening’s emcee.
  • The Irish American Writers & Artists celebrates the achievements of Irish- American writers and artists, past and present, and works to highlight, energize and encourage Irish Americans working in the arts.

 

When:

Monday, Oct. 17, 2011 from 6 PM to 10 PM

 

Where:

The Manhattan Club, upstairs at Rosie O’Grady’s, 800 7th Avenue at the corner of 52nd St., north of Times Square.

 

Other Info:

For more information about Irish American Writers and Artists, Inc, and to purchase tickets, please go to http://www.i-am-wa.org.

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October 7, 2011

Gabriel Byrne to Present Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award

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Noted O’Neill actor will present award to Irish Repertory Theatre’s Ciarán O’Reilly & Charlotte Moore

in an Evening of “Literary Libation” hosted by Malachy McCourt

Gabriel Byrne will present the IAW&A annual Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award to Irish Rep founders Charlotte Moore and Ciarán O’Reilly, in an evening of “literary libation,” Monday. Oct. 17, 2011 at the Manhattan Club, upstairs at Rosie O’Grady’s, 800 7th Avenue and 52nd St., NYC starting at 6 p.m.

Opening its doors in 1988 with Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars, The “Irish Rep” has consistently pursued its mission to bring works of the highest quality by Irish and Irish American masters and contemporary playwrights to American audiences.

Gabriel Byrne has a long association with Eugene O’Neill having won a Tony nomination for best actor in Moon For the Misbegotten and an Outer Circle Critics Award for his acclaimed performance in A Touch of the Poet.

Best selling author, actor, singer, raconteur and IAW&A Board member, Malachy McCourt will host a brief program that will include a short video send-up of the Irish Rep and its founders, narrated by Fritz Weaver.

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn will open the proceedings with the presentation of an official proclamation in honor of the Irish Repertory, its founders, and the Eugene O’Neill Award.

The celebration surrounding the O’Neill Award has a convivial, casual cocktail party atmosphere, with much conversation and mingling with guests both famous and infamous, live traditional Irish music, an extensive array of appetizers and desserts, and an open bar. The evening begins at 6 p.m and continues until 10 p.m.

Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended by ordering online at: www.i-am-wa.org

Gabriel Byrne to present O'Neill Award

or by mail to:

Irish American Writers & Artists, Inc.,

511 Avenue of the Americas #304,

New York, NY 10011.

($75 admission for members, $150 for non-members includes membership).

Founded and operated as a non-profit organization, Irish American Writers & Artists, Inc. celebrates the achievements of Irish- American writers and artists, past and present, and works to highlight, energize and encourage Irish Americans working in the arts.  For more information about Irish American Writers and Artists, Inc, and to purchase tickets, please go to http://www.i-am-wa.org.

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October 6, 2011

Strong Salon Opens a Big Month for the IAW&A!

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We no longer have Ronnie Drew and Luke Kelly to sing, “Fine Girl You Are,” but thank the Lord we have Malachy McCourt to sing it for us. Another grand evening at the Salon, which features artists, playwrights, storytellers and writers performing both published works and works in progress. 

Kevin Holohan opened the evening with a reading from his recently published book “The Brothers Lot.” Kevin’s book, which is both provocative and humorous, takes aim at the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church and the repressive nature of  Catholic schools in post WWII Dublin.

Contemporary Irish artist Roisin Fitzpatrick showed a work from her Artist of the Light collection, which is currently appearing through November 30 at the Irish Consulate on Park Avenue and 51st Street. Roisin’s art has been critically acclaimed by Forbes, Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, and has been called inspiring by Deepak Chopra.

There were three playwrights present: Sheila Walsh, with the assistance of Honor Molloy and Sarah Fearon, performed a scene from a play in progress, “Mister Tweety’s Neighbors”; Bill Cunningham read from his work in progress, a one man play about the life and times of Senator Pat Moynihan, and Salon newcomer, Brendan Conellan, who has written and performed in a number of one act plays at the Manhattan Theatre, read from his novel in progress.

Good news was announced. We learned that Salon regular Honor Molloy has inked a deal with Simon and Shuster. Her book “Smarty Pants” will be published in March 2012. Honor read a section from “Smarty Girl” called Outta Goosetown, which served as an introduction to the next reader, Kate Kerrigan. Kate, a resident of County Mayo in the west of Ireland, read a passage from herwonderful novel, “Ellis Island.”  Kate joined us in the midst of a country wide tour, during which she is promoting her book.  You can catch her tonight at Paddy Reillys, on Second Avenue and 29th St. It’s an evening that is sure to be filled with story, song and music.  I’ll be there with my son, Chris, a big fan of Irish music. 

Maura Mulligan gave a spirited and humorous reading of her soon to be published memoir, “The Flight of the Lark,” and Mary Pat Kelly, whose smash success, “Galway Bay” will soon be appearing as a television miniseries, read from “Kelly Green,” a work in progress and a sequel to “Galway Bay.”

Novels in progress were a main theme of the evening: Kathleen Frazier read from her work in progress, “Silky Girl,”the first in a trilogy of historical novels. Kathleen showed off her acting skills during her reading, bringing each character vividly to life.  John Kearns read from his novel in progress, “Worlds,” adding a nice dose of humor to the proceedings, and Kathleen Donohoe read from her novel in progress, “You Were Forever.” Kathleen’s novel concerns women and their relationship with the New York Fire Department, a topic very close to my heart. My grandfather was a New York City firefighter who died in the line of the duty.

And, as always, the evening was beautifully closed by Malachy McCourt, whose ideas were the inspiration for the Salon, a place where artists can share their works in the company of like-minded and supportive folks.  Malachy’s wonderful rendition of “Fine Girl You Are” sent the spirited crowd off into the night. 

Malachy will have the emcee role for the Oct. 17 Eugene O’Neill Award Celebration, the signature event of the IAW&A.   This year the honorees are Irish Repertory Theatre founders Charlotte Moore and Ciarán O’Reilly.  Among the highlights of the festive evening of “literary libation” will be the Award presentation by actor and Irish Cultural ambassador Gabriel Byrne.   Tickets are available now at http://www.i-am-wa.org/.

The IRISH AMERICAN WRITERS AND ARTISTS’ salons are held on the first Tuesday of each month at The Thalia Café, located in Symphony Space on Broadway at 95th Street in Manhattan. For more information on joining the IAW&A or attending the Salons you can contact Charles Hale at chashale1@yahoo.com. The next Salon will be held November 1st.

October 2, 2011

Art of New IAW&A Member Roisin Fitzpatrick on View in New York at Consulate General of Ireland

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An Exhibition of artworks by Roisin Fitzpatrick – Artist of the Light, opens at the Consulate General of Ireland, New York.  The exhibition runs from 3rd October to 30th November and is in collaboration with the Irish American Heritage Museum.

This exhibition provides a contemporary interpretation of all aspects of light, from the illumination of Newgrange at the winter solstice to various aspects of light in nature including the Whirlpool galaxy, water crystals and fractal designs.  Each piece of art expresses beautiful, intricate patterns with simple elegance using natural silks and fine crystals to create entirely unique art forms.

shimmering surfaces, celtc motifs

Following a career at the United Nations, European Commission and European Bank, Roisin experienced a near death, life-changing event from a brain aneurysm which ultimately inspired the creation of the Artist of the LightÒ contemporary artwork collection. Evoking an inexplicable sense of serenity and peace, Roisin’s primary intention through this art is to introduce and share the bliss and beauty of the light and create a greater sense of well-being in both residential and corporate environments.

Artist of the Light® artwork currently features in the private and public collections of many leading European and US art collectors including Mark Burnett, TV producer of Oprah’s All Stars and The Apprentice and actress Roma Downey from Touched by an Angel.  Golfing legend Christy O’Connor Jnr has also purchased her artwork.  Roisin’s art is featured at Richard Branson’s resort near New York and the Fitzpatrick’s Hotels in Manhattan. It was also exclusively showcased at the Conscious Capitalism Conference in Bentley University 2011.  Roisin has also been invited to speak at the United Nations SRC Enlightenment Society in New York.

For more about Roisin and her art, go to http://www.ArtistoftheLight.com

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