Irish Arts Celebration

City of Gaithersburg Presents

Irish Arts Celebration

Ceili & Ceol! (Dance & Music), Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers, Kristin Ferragut, Monica Harwood, The New Century American Irish-Arts Company

Fri · March 15, 2019

7:30 pm

$12.00

Just in time for St. Patrick' Day, enjoy a performance of Irish music, dance, literature, poetry and art. The magical land of leprechauns and fairies comes to life through dramatic interpretation, and traditional music is interwoven with contemporary art for a uniquely authentic experience. After the show, enjoy an Irish beer and an instructional Ceili (set dancing) class at the Kentlands Mansion, presented by the Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers.

Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
The Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers (RKIDs) is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that focuses on promoting and preserving the cultural tradition of Irish dancing, music, literature, and art. We are located in the Washington DC and Maryland area. We mainly learn and perform Irish social, or folk, dances. These differ from Irish step dances in that they do not require high energy jumping nor wearing special shoes. More information about our organization is here.

There are two types of Irish social dances, set and ceili (pronounced kay-lee) ? with both accompanied by music. -The figure/ceili dances are almost entirely done using skip threes (or other step dance-style steps, e.g., the rising step in the Haymakers' Jig) and sevens with hands held high, while set dances use a variety of different types of steps. Patterned formations created by couples or individuals follow movements which characterize a particular type of dance. Originating in Ireland as a means of socializing at parties and ceilis, they often resemble square or contra dancing.

RKIDs' classes are held on Tuesday evenings at a public school in Gaithersburg, MD. Each class is divided into two sequential sections, one beginning after the other ends. When you enroll in a semester, you choose the appropriate section that fits your level of expertise. There are two semesters offered yearly: from September to mid-December and from January to mid-May.
Kristin Ferragut
Kristin Ferragut
Kristin Kowalski Ferragut has been a featured reader at DiVerse Gaithersburg Poetry and Words Out Loud and is a regular contributor to open mics. She participates in local poetry and prose writing workshops, in addition to reading, biking, hiking and teaching. Her work has appeared in Beltway Quarterly.
Monica Harwood
Monica Harwood
A native of Washington, Coloratura Soprano Monica Harwood graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Catholic University of America’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music. With an affinity for contemporary art music, she recently debuted the dramatic monodrama, Black Water, for D.C. audiences. Operatic highlights include the role of Zerbinetta in Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos, Monica in Menotti's The Medium and Papagena in The Magic Flute.

Monica has repeatedly been selected as a prizewinner for the NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Vocal Competition. Monica attended Salzburg College in Austria with the University of Miami Summer Music Festival, where she immersed herself in German language and song literature.

​Monica currently maintains a private piano and voice studio and works as the accompanist and music director for Poolesville Presbyterian Church.
The New Century American Irish-Arts Company
The New Century American Irish-Arts Company
ABOUT THE NEW CENTURY

OUR MISSION:
The New Century American Irish-Arts Company empowers traditional artists by facilitating the creation and pursuit of vocational work in the traditional arts, thereby encouraging careers in the field and facilitating public access to traditional culture.

WHAT DO WE DO?
The New Century helps traditional artists produce projects and reach the public. We take traditional arts ideas into residency, and foster them using our team of designers, promoters, coordinators, researchers, superheroes, and trained orcas. Furthermore, we sponsor these projects (or help find a sponsor) for grant applications and charitable donations so that our resident artists can pursue the funding they need to bring their ideas to life.

So you're not a web designer, a photographer, a grant writer, a tour manager, an expert on international law, an acrobat, the CEO of a bank, and an uilleann piper all-in-one? Neither are we. But together, we can be all those things and more. Join us, and together we will rule the galaxy as father and s— Wait, no. Join us, and together we'll bring traditional music and dance to people of all ages, and build a deserving place for traditional culture in THE NEW CENTURY.
Venue Information:
Arts Barn
311 Kent Square Road
Gaithersburg, MD, 20878
http://www.gaithersburgmd.gov/