Then & Now 3/17: Get Your Irish On!
Today is St. Patrick’s Day, and two “Irish” works got premieres in the Celtic city of Boston. The first was in March of 1922, when Pierre Monteux conducted the Boston Symphony in the premiere of three of the “Five Irish Fantasies” by Charles Martin Loeffler. These were settings for solo voice and orchestra and, for their Boston premiere, the vocalist was none other than the great Irish tenor, John McCormack. Then, in 1947, another American composer, this time Leroy Anderson, wrote his “Irish Suite” for the annual Irish night at the Boston Pops. Anderson used six popular Irish tunes, ranging from the sentimental to the exuberant, for his suite… skillfully arranging them into an immediate hit and lasting success.
You’ll hear Irish music throughout the day today on Classical WSMR. We’ll have plenty ‘O jigs, hornpipes, airs, and more on this day when everyone is Irish. Tonight at 7:00, enjoy your favorite green beverage as you listen to Hamilton Harty’s “Irish Symphony” for our nightly Masterwork.