THE IRISH BAROQUE ORCHESTRA PRESENTS IRELAND'S GOLDEN AGE – US TOUR, 7-10 MARCH A musical insight into 18th-century Ireland, directed by Monica Huggett, featuring Siobhan Armstrong (early Irish harp)
Friday Mar 7, 8pm: Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, Massachusetts (tickets $58, $48, $39 fromhttp://www.rockportmusic.org / 978 546 7391)
Sunday Mar 9, 3pm: Jorgensen Center, University of Connecticut (tickets $30/$26/$15 from http://jorgensen.uconn.edu / 860 486 4226)
Monday Mar 10, 8pm: Merkin Concert Hall, New York (tickets $35/ $30 from http://kaufmanmusiccenter.org / 212 501 3330)
The Irish Baroque Orchestra, led by artistic director and Grammy award nominee Monica Huggett (violin), with special guests Siobhan Armstrong (Irish harp) and Peter Whelan (bassoon) will perform in the US this March (7-10th) in a tour, taking them to Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. Ireland's Golden Age presents a unique and vivacious musical snapshot of 18th-century Dublin. A thriving cultural centre at the time, Dublin attracted composers from all over Europe and the city also supported a traditional Irish music scene that flourished through the prodigious output of the legendary Irish harpers. Join the orchestra for a fascinating glimpse of Ireland's history, in a critically acclaimed period performance described by the press as “brilliantly skillful”, and "marvellously crafted music". See http://www.irishbaroqueorchestra.com for further details. This tour is supported by Culture Ireland.