SLIA Summer Concert brings Irish music and dance back to the Sheldon

SLIA Summer Concert brings Irish music and dance back to the Sheldon
 
Performance will highlight young musicians who will compete in Ireland this summer
 
 
ST. LOUIS, June 13, 2016—Students from the Midwest’s leading school of traditional Irish music and dance will perform at the St. Louis Irish Arts Summer Concert on Sunday, June 26. Tickets for the 1 pm performance at the Sheldon Concert Hall are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12 and they can be purchased through MetroTix or from our school.
 
The annual performance of dance and music offers beginning students at St. Louis Irish Arts (SLIA) the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience and it allows more experienced students the chance to perform in front of St. Louis audience before heading to Ireland to perform and compete at the highest level.
 
In August, dozens of SLIA musicians will compete at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, an international competition and the world’s largest festival of Irish music. The so-called “all-Ireland Fleadh” in Ennis, Co. Clare is expected to attract more than 400,000 visitors.
 
SLIA students won 45 first-place awards and 18 second-place awards at last month’s Midwest Fleadh Cheoil in Cincinnati, one of only two qualifying competitions in North America for the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.
 
SLIA will be represented in Ennis in several competition categories, including duets, trios, and solo competitions in banjo; bodhran; concertina; fiddle; flute; harp; mandolin; miscellaneous instrument; mouth organ; piano; piano accordion; uilleann pipes; whistle; accompaniment; lilting; singing; and storytelling. In addition, SLIA bands will compete in grúpai ceoil competitions in the age 12-15 and over 18 categories.