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The Taylor Music Group (TMG), a leading Charleston arts organization focused on the blending of classical and folk music, announces its annual popular St. Patrick’s Day concert on Sunday, March 15th at 4 pm at Circular Congregational Church. The concert will feature performances by Na Fidleiri, Charleston’s famed Celtic fiddling ensemble, instrumentalists Bart Saylor, Jim Carrier, Karin McQuade and Andrae Raffield, dancer Maura Jennings, as well as singers Dr. Saundra DeAthos, Emmalee Hinson, Kiri Taylor, and host Rob Taylor.
“This year’s concert is in a different format,” said Rob Taylor, Taylor Music Group Director. “This will be a true variety show, showcasing the talents of many of Charleston's greatest folk and classical artists. There also might be a humorous story or two that sneak their way into the afternoon. This year’s show is dedicated to my wife Mary, who is not able to perform this year as she is being treated for a cancer recurrence. She is doing well and in great spirits however, and her spirit will be with us during the concert.”
Tickets for the concert are $25 general seating and $35 preferred seating and $15 students. Tickets can be purchased at www.tmgcharleston.com and at the door one hour prior to the concert. As a special fundraiser for the Taylor Music Group, patrons can choose to make a donation of $25 to the Taylor Music Group which will upgrade their seating to Preferred Seating and enter them into a raffle for a “Luck of the Irish” gift basket.
The TMG is a non-profit umbrella organization hosting sister ensembles Na Fidléirí and the Taylor Festival Choir (TFC). Led by Robert Taylor, DMA, TFC performs the finest choral literature from all eras, with particular emphasis on music of the 20th and 21st centuries, and folk music from the Celtic nations. Personnel in the ensemble include conductors, educators, performers and professionals from throughout the United States. TFC serves as the professional choir-in-residence at the College of Charleston. It presents a full concert season in the Charleston area, and serves as the flagship ensemble for the Piccolo Spoleto Celtic Arts Series.
The two ensembles are united by the same core values: TMG believes that the connection between “high art” and “art of the people” is a sacred one that is vital for the continued viability of all art. TMG also believes that the performing arts are inexorably linked to arts education and instruction. With programmatic activities, both performing and educational, TMG brings its mission to life in the Lowcountry and across the nation.
Na Fidléirí (“the fiddlers”) was founded and is directed by Mary Taylor. It has been frequently called the nation’s finest, most unique Celtic fiddling ensemble for young fiddlers. Na Fidléirí is made up of 20 to 25 auditioned fiddlers between the ages of 10 and 18, plus pennywhistle, bodhran and guitar. Na Fidléirí performs repertoire from the Celtic tradition, specially arranged for them by Mary Taylor. Members are taught the technique and style of Celtic fiddling, while simultaneously being grounded in a classical technical foundation.
The group’s members are diverse and reside throughout the Charleston-metro area. The ensemble has a performing repertoire of more than 50 tunes, primarily Irish in origin, performed entirely from memory with traditional accompaniment. Na Fidléirí has performed throughout Charleston and the Southeast. It toured Ireland to critical acclaim with its sister ensemble the Taylor Festival Choir in the summer of 2013.