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A Celtic Celebration
March 17-18 at the Venice Performing Arts Center
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Music Director
Troy Quinn
Concert Program

A Celtic Celebration:

March 17, 2023 | 7:30 pm
March 18, 2023 | 3:30 pm


Troy Quinn, Music Director


BILL WHELAN

 

Cloudsong from Riverdance: A Symphonic Suite

PERCY GRAINGER

 

Molly on the Shore

HENRY COWELL

 

Flirtatious Jig (Fiddler's Jig)  
Marcus Ratzenboeck, Violin 

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

 

Rhosymedre from Two Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes 

LEROY ANDERSON

 

Irish Suite


INTERMISSION

Traditional 
ARR. DAN SHEA  

 

Mo Ghile Mear
Orla Fallon, Harp and Vocals

DICK FARRELLY

 

Isle of Innisfree
Orla Fallon, Harp and Vocals

Traditional 
ARR. DAN SHEA  

 

Red is the Rose
Orla Fallon, Vocals

Traditional 
ARR. DAN SHEA  

 

Morning Has Broken
Orla Fallon,  Vocals

JOHN BETTIS
Arr. Dan Shea

 

Distant Shore
Orla Fallon,  Vocals

Traditional 
ARR. DAN SHEA  

 

Parting Glass
Orla Fallon,  Vocals

Musicians

FIRST VIOLIN

Marcus Ratzenboeck
     Concertmaster
Hannah Cho
     Associate Concertmaster
     Stephen and Redenta Picazio Chair
Katherine Gilger
     Assistant Concertmaster
     Edward and Patricia Crary Chair
Christina Adams
Schultz-Hill Foundation Chair     
Samuel Arakelyan
     Sidney and Suzanne Durham Chair
Liana Branscome
     Rev. Chris and Paula Gray Chair
Francisco Diaz
Hannah MacLean
Karissa Ratzenboeck
     Joseph and Maureen Bentley Chair
Eliot Roske


SECOND VIOLIN

Wallace Depue, Principal
     Beatrice Holt Chair
Sue Faux Assistant Principal
     Barbara Freeman Chair
Elaina Cook
Isabella Diaz 
Gabriela Fogo
Kara Griffith
Alvaro Pereiro
Nicole Rawley
Mario Zelaya
Yuhao Zhou


VIOLA 

Rafael Ramirez, Principal
     Elliott and Dana Corn Chair
Jim Griffith, Assistant Principal
     Fred and Cindy Gossman Chair
Jayne Brown
Yaniv Cohen
     Michael and Ginger O’Keefe Chair
Tyler Pacheco
     Ralph Andrew and Linda Self Chair
Anabel Tejeda
Teal Vickery


CELLO 

Julia Tretyakova, Principal
      Michael and Patricia Dunlap Chair
Susan Debronsky, Assistant Principal
      Thomas and Martha Galek Chair
Paul Fleury 
Cathy Hackert
Sarah Huesman
Tadao Hermida Ito
     Peter and Jean Huber Chair
Helen Lewis
Chris Pegis


BASS

Christopher Riley, Principal
    John Myers Chair
Trent Harper, Assistant Principal
     Kenneth and Selma Bitz Chair
Kevin Gallagher
Jonathan Ingram
Laura Miranda
Jordan Nashman


FLUTE

Nicolás Real, Principal
     David and Angela Kennedy Chair
Angela Massey
     John and Julia Osborne Chair 
Taylor Irelan


PICCOLO

Taylor Irelan


OBOE

Chanmi Kim, Principal
     George De Luisi Chair 
Josh Hall
     John Fischer and James Weisenborne Chair 


CLARINET

Asher Carlson, Principal
     Wesley John Schumacher Chair 
Kelsey Castellanos
     Dennis and Ruthanne Neeser Chair


BASSOON

Patrick Broder, Principal
     Stephen and Nancy Eibling Chair
Daniel Beilman
     Frederick and Claudette Varricchio Chair


HORN

Joseph Lovinsky, Principal
     Bill and Sara Gill Chair
Chase DeCarlo
     Frank Codella Chair 
Kelly  DelVecchio Tindall
     Floyd and Mary Juday Chair 
William Bard
  Vinod and Gail Sahney Chair
Christopher Rapier
     Gerhard and Edith Mueller Chair 


TRUMPET

Kris Marshall, Principal
     Henry and Barbara Price Chair 
Dan Kassteen
     Bert and Janetta Nicholson Chair 
Jeff Wooldridge


TROMBONE

Joe Offner, Principal
     Bill and Sara Gill Chair
Nathan Petersen 


BASS TROMBONE

Nathan Petersen


TUBA

Joseph Alvarez, Principal
     Brian and Ruth Smith Chair


TIMPANI

Gavin Dougherty, Principal
     David Chivas and Ron Rice Chair 


PERCUSSION

Dana Kimble, Principal
     Robert Gilbert Storyk Chair
Al Lyman
     James and Lynn Crandall Chair
Mike Woods


HARP

Anya Garipoli, Principal
     Sean and Esther Kelly Chair 


KEYBOARD

Judi Glover, Principal
     Joanne Corcoran Chair 


GUITAR

Tom Jemmott


WHISTLE/PIPES

Eric Rigler


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Concert Notes

Irish Composer and Musician Bill Whelan (b. 1950) wrote Cloudsong from Riverdance: A Symphonic Suite in 1995. Whelan said he wrote the suite after requests from orchestras around the world who wanted to play the music of the international sensation Riverdance show, which at the time was not written for orchestra. Whelan said he insisted on keeping the music “dance-friendly” and also incorporated rhythms of Flamenco and Eastern European dance in the piece. Whelan has also composed music for films, theater and television.

You could say Australian Composer and Pianist Percy Grainger’s (1882-1961) Molly on the Shore is a predecessor of the “mashup.” Grainger combined  two traditional but contrasting Irish reels, "Temple Hill" and "Molly on the Shore" in 1907 as a birthday gift for his mother. She nurtured his passion for the piano and Grainger began performing in public at the age of 10. He would move to the U.S. in 1914 where he performed with the Army band. After his mother’s suicide in 1922, Grainger traveled back and forth from the U.S. to Australia, playing piano and “collecting” folk songs along the way. In 1935 he founded Melbourne’s Grainger Museum dedicated to Australian Music and invented the free music machine, considered an early version of the electronic synthesizer.  

British Composer Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) wrote  Symphony No. 3 in F Minor, also known as “Irish,” in 1887.  A prolific composer and conductor, he was also a professor at London’s Royal College of Music and Cambridge University and his students included composers Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst.  He would compose 10 operas, seven symphonies, and five Irish Rhapsodies, compositions inspired by his affection for traditional Irish music. Symphony No. 3 in F Minor was an instant popular and critical success, with performances in London, Vienna, Hamburg and at the New York Philharmonic under Maestro Gustav Mahler. The dramatic fourth movement that you will hear today is the Symphony’s longest movement, inspired by traditional Irish jigs and, said Stanford, the poem  “Deidre’s Lament of the Sons of Usnach.”

American Composer, Musician and Conductor Leroy Anderson’s (1908-1975) Irish Suite is a work in six movements, inspired by Irish folk tunes, reels, jigs and ballads. The Boston Pops, led by Arthur Fiedler, premiered the Suite in 1949 and it has been an orchestra mainstay ever since. Coincidentally, like Grainger, Anderson made his first public appearance as a piano soloist at the age of 10. He would go on to graduate from Harvard University, and to compose and arrange hundreds of works, including “The Syncopated Clock” which became the theme of TV’s The Late Show and the holiday classic “Sleigh Ride.”  You might not know that Anderson was a staff composer and arranger for Decca Records, where he worked with Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby.  

BONUS DIGITAL PROGRAM CONCERT NOTES

Written in  1950, “Isle of Innisfree” by Dick Farrelly is one of the more recent songs that you will hear tonight. Fittingly it was first performed on St. Patrick’s Day in 1950. When film director John Ford heard the song, he chose it as the theme of his 1952 film The Quiet Man, which was set in Ireland, but you won’t see it mentioned in the movie’s credits. When Bing Crosby recorded it that same year, it became a world-wide hit. It has since been recorded by hundreds of other artists.

California-born John Bettis (b. 1946) who wrote the lyrics to “Distant Shore” has more than 800 songs to his credit, including hits for the Carpenters, Pointer Sisters, George Strait, Ronnie Milsap, Whitney Houston and many others. Bettis wrote the song “Human Nature” on Michael Jackson’s Thriller album and the hit “Crazy for You,” for Madonna. He has written for TV and for movies from Cocktail to Say Anything and The Godfather Part III. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

"Red Is the Rose" is a traditional Irish folk song, believed to have been written in the mid-18th century. It tells the story of lost love and memories and is sung in the same tune as the Scottish song “Loch Lomond.” Irish Music Daily credits a resurgence in its populariy to recordings by The Chieftans, The High Kings, and Orla Fallon.


“The Parting Glass” is a very popular traditional Irish lament dating back to the 17th century. It is often sung at the end of a gathering, especially wakes and funerals. Recorded in 2011 by Celtic Woman, it reached a new audience when covered by Irish singer Ed Sheeran, whose YouTube video of the song has nearly 7 million views.

 

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