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Declan O'Rourke with orchestra at Irish Arts Center, February 17-19
(Published: January 26, 2017)

IRISH ARTS CENTER PRESENTS ACCLAIMED BALLADEER DECLAN O'ROURKE & ORCHESTRA,FEBRUARY 17-19

"Compassion, romance, a sense of mortality and a sense of history run through the songs of Declan O'Rourke...his calling is as a balladeer, proffering reassurance in the face of inevitable sorrow." - Jon Pareles, The New York Times

Irish Arts Center has a great history of showcasing cutting edge musicians that redefine what it is to be an Irish artist, such as esteemed Irish rockers Joe and Steve Wall of The Stunning and theatrical songstress Camille O'Sullivan. From February 17-19, Irish Arts Center welcomes celebrated singer-songwriter Declan O'Rourke for three unique performances with a ten-piece orchestra.

Direct from the National Concert Hall in Dublin, the acclaimed Irish balladeer Declan O'Rourkereturns to Irish Arts Center with a ten-piece chamber orchestra conducted by Henry Hey (Ireland Rising, David Bowie's Lazarus), February 17-19. Launching his latest studio recording In Full Colour in the US, the concert will feature orchestral arrangements of over a decade of musical treasures across Declan's career including "Galileo," "A Little Something," and "Children of 16."

On the heels of Valentine's Day, love will surely be in the air at this rare chance to swoon over another unforgettable performance by this Irish Arts Center favorite.

Tickets for the performances start at $34 and are available by visiting www.IrishArtsCenter.org or by calling 866-811-4111. Irish Arts Center is located at 553 West 51st Street.

About Irish Arts Center

Founded in 1972, Irish Arts Center is a New York-based arts and cultural center dedicated to projecting a dynamic image of Ireland and Irish America for the 21st century, building community with artists and audiences of all backgrounds, forging and strengthening cross-cultural partnerships, and preserving the evolving stories and traditions of Irish culture for generations to come. Our multi-disciplinary programming is centered around three core areas:Performance - including live music, dance, theatre, film, literature, and the humanities; Exhibition - including visual arts presentations and cultural exhibitions that tell the evolving Irish story; and Education - with dozens of classes per week in Irish language, history, music, and dance.

Located in New York City, a global capital of arts and culture, Irish Arts Center serves as a dynamic platform for top emerging and established artists. Irish Arts Center is currently developing plans to construct a new facility to serve our multi-disciplinary program and will be the strongest possible gateway for artists to reach into our cultural community and nourish their work, to connect with our partner institutions who help them innovate, and to become visible in the New York City media market which enhances their ability to achieve U.S and further international success.

The New Irish Arts Center will contain a purpose-built, state-of-the-art contemporary performance space for music, dance and theatre seating up to 160; industry-standard back of house and support facilities to allow artists to achieve their vision; a second, intimate performance space - the renovated historic Irish Arts Center theatre - optimized for live music, literature, film, talks, large classes and special events; classrooms and studio space for community education programs in Irish music, dance, language, history, and the humanities, and for master classes and workshops by visiting and resident artists; technology capability to project the Irish Arts Center experience on the digital platform; an avenue-facing café lobby to engage with the neighborhood and provide a social setting for conversation and interaction between artists and audiences; a beautiful new courtyard entrance on 51st Street where the historic Irish Arts Center building and the new facility meet.

More Information: http://irishartscenter.org/


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