Camerata Ireland, the all-Irish orchestra founded by Barry Douglas, plays Carnegie Hall tomorrow night. It’s the first stop on a week-long U.S. tour that includes stops in Nashville, the Chicago area, and Indianapolis. They’ll be playing Mozart, Bunting, and works by the Irish composer John Field, who is said to have invented the nocturne form perfected by Chopin.
It’s part of a year-long celebration of Irish culture in the United States sponsored by the Irish tourism department. U.S. tourism to the Emerald Isle has dropped off dramatically during the recession.
Information on Camerata’s tour is available on the Imagine Ireland site, along with links to other Irish artists who will be touring the United States this year.
I’ve written elsewhere on this blog about a magical late-summer night outside Dublin where I first encountered this group and Barry Douglas. My only regret is that they aren’t coming to the Detroit area. We’re a little starved for great music here this year, with the DSO strike. Maybe someday soon.