Mission Chamber Orchestra; Emily Ray conducting – September 21, 2019
I conceived the idea for the Irish Dance Suite when one day, accidentally, I checked out a Mary O’Hara (a singer of traditional Irish music) album from my school’s library. I remember listening to it and going, ‘Hmm. These themes are very catchy. They would work well in a suite together!’
Designed after the string suites of Holst and in 4 movements, some popular forms of traditional Irish dance are represented including the jig, the slip jig and the reel. The piece utilizes 4 traditional Irish tunes (Wind that Shakes the Barley, Drops of Brandy, Reel with the Beryle and Haigh Didil Dum), and the rest of the themes are original compositions.
— Quinn Mason