Thank You to everyone who came out to experience “A Celtic Summertide” with us at the Oliver Art Center in Frankfort! It was a lovely evening of music and art made all the lovelier by the warmth of your company. The gallery became filled…
“The Old Ash Tree” is dedicated to my grandfather, Bryant McKinney. In it, I hope to capture his strength, the beauty of the humble life he’s led, and his role as a central axis in my family, the main branch in our tree of life.
Rather than attempt to recreate what O’Carolan himself might have done with these tunes, I chose to compose in a style I felt would indulge O’Carolan’s own musical curiosity while giving a nod to the colorful anecdotes that pepper the many written accounts of his life.
A story ripped from its song, turned into a poem, and then married to a tune borrowed from yet another song — what a tangled web!
Collaborating artist Emily Curtin Culler, soprano, will premiere a new collection of Irish songs and join us in other traditional works specially arranged for this concert.
The suite is arranged for flute, clarinet, & harp, and contains three distinct movements. “I wanted each to capture a different mood or scene you might expect to find during a céilidh—the Scottish-Gaelic word for a party with singing, dancing, and storytelling,” Jason explains.
As I was writing this short waltz, I was picturing a hot and humid summer night, with a warm wind blowing and the cicadas and crickets chirping…
Within our Summer Fantasies concert program, there are three pieces I’ve dubbed “reveries”. I refer to them this way primarily as an intentional nod to their French origins, but also because each was inspired by or intended to evoke a dream-like fantasy.
In our modern era, it’s almost inconceivable for us to envision music being written and performed expressly for a single occasion. However, it was exactly that sort of one-time occasion that prompted King George II to commission Händel in 1749 to write “Music for the Royal Fireworks”.