Recently, both students and faculty from West Virginia University teamed up to perform and record the music of Mary McAuliffe for a CD from the Delos label. The reason? WVU piano professor, Lucy Mauro says, "We really liked her music, so we wanted to record it." Fair enough.
McAuliffe had written a set of songs for Mauro and tenor, Donald George, and the pair fell in love with McAuliffe's compositions.
Much of the music on Return to Old Ireland: Music of Mary McAuliffe is an evocative representation of the migration of thousands of Irish to America during the Great Famine of the 1840s, as well as a "calling home" of Ireland to those who have long since left the Emerald Isle.
Several forces of students and faculty from WVU shine on these recordings, including: the West Virginia University Choir; the West Virginia University Studio Orchestra (Jeffrey Blake Johnson, conducting); oboist Cynthia Anderson; violinist Mikylah McTeer; violist Andrea Houde; cellist William Skidmore; pianists Lucy Mauro and Sora Lee; and narrator Lee Blair. The CD also includes special guests--tenor Donald George and the Michael O'Neal Singers are wonderful additions to the album.
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