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Thursday 23 May 2019

Top NY concert for Patricia

Violin star thrills Irish audience in Carnegie

Dundalk violinist Patricia Treacy wowed the audience in Carnegie Hall, New York, when she appeared as special guest in 'A Great Night for the Irish' on March 12th.

She began her performance to a capacity audience in the three thousandseater auditorium playing a stunning classical arrangement of the 'Coolin'.

'You could hear the audience hold their breaths as Patricia's haunting melody filled every corner of this prestigious venue,' said Eily O'Grady Patterson, producer of the show and widow of internationally-famous tenor Frank Patterson.

Patricia was accompanied by a 20 piece ensemble, conducted by maestro David Holcenberg who is a distinguished Broadway music director and conductor, and is currently the associate music supervisor for 'Mamma Mia'.

Patricia then launched into the rousing 'King of the Fairies' with an arrangement specially penned for her by renowned Los Angeles-based composer Brian Byrne.

After appearing in a shimmering green gown for the first half, Patricia changed into a flaming red dress for the second half of the concert when she gave an electric performance of Bill Whelan's highly-acclaimed River Dance. The audience showed their delight and appreciation with applause, cheers, whistles and standing ovations.

While in New York, Patricia was invited to perform for the guests of Fitzpatrick's Manhattan Hotel by its owner John Fitzpatrick. Among the guests were An Taoiseach Brian Cowen, Ministers Micheál Martin TD and Eamonn Ryan TD, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Dr Ian Paisley and his wife, Ian Paisley Jr, TV presenter and celebrity Ryan Tubridy, RTÉ correspondent Charlie Bird and numerous counsellors and senators from all over Ireland.

Patricia enthralled her captive audience, and received tumultuous applause.

Durning her trip to the United States, Patricia also performed at several major Irish-American celebrations in Philadelphia and Oregon.

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