The Macalla SuiteComposed by Michael Rooney
The Macalla Suite returns to Sligo for its final concert of 2016 on Friday 30th December, having performed for over 11,000 people over the past six months, following a sell-out Easter Tour.
It is a suite of music, song and narration, commemorating Easter 1916, the history of Ireland leading up to those events and development in the 100 years since. The suite was commissioned as a central part of Ireland’s commemoration of the 1916 Rising Centenary.
It is performed by The Macalla Orchestra which includes 50 of some of Ireland’s finest classical and traditional musicians. The orchestra just recorded a CD of suite, which will be released in mid-December.
The suite was performed at the RDS on Easter Saturday at the State Event for the Relatives of 1916 and toured to the Barbican in London, in conjunction with Culture Ireland, followed by a sold out nationwide tour including the National Opera House, Drogheda, Cork City Hall, Derry, Sligo, Limerick and Monaghan.
The Wexford People summed up The Macalla Suite; ‘ This epic work conveys in music, song and story the birth of a nation. Indeed if ever a show could be said to capture the passion, the people, the politics and the consequences of Easter 1916, this is it.’
“Michael Rooney’s superbly orchestrated score covered the whole gamut of emotions inevitably evoked by the many-layered and endlessly engrossing story of the Easter Rising, and the tale of the Irish nation before and since, providing a soundtrack that time and again veered from the haunting quieter interludes to the inspiring crescendos when the entire 60-plus orchestra took full musical flight.” (The Northern Standard)
Michael Rooney is a prolific composer and is widely regarded as one of the foremost players of the traditional Irish harp. Originally from Co. Monaghan and now resident in Sligo, Michael has composed nine suites of music in the past 15 years. In addition to their jobs as teachers and parents, Rooney and his wife, June McCormack, perform in Ireland and internationally as the duo, Draíocht.
This performance is now SOLD OUT.