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Elvis Costello performs at 2019 Spirit of Ireland Gala. (Photo: Erin Baiano)
Together Until We Gather: A Virtual Spirit of Ireland Gala 2020Irish Arts Center (IAC)Thursday, December 10, 2020
Based in NYC and renowned for its eclectic and collaborative program in Irish and Irish-American arts and culture for people of all backgrounds, The Irish Arts Center (IAC) presents Together Until We Gather: A Virtual Spirit of Ireland Gala 2020, bringing the celebratory spirit and riveting performances of Irish Arts Center galas and programming to an online audience on Thursday, December 10.
Together Until We Gather will feature performances from an eclectic range of groundbreaking artists who have appeared or performed with Irish Arts Center throughout its history, including Celtic music supergroup Cherish the Ladies; Grammy-winning music legend Elvis Costello; genre-bending “ArtSoul” singer and musician Loah; six-time Grammy-winning pianist, composer, and founder of Afro Latin Jazz Alliance Arturo O’Farrill; critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, and 2018 RTÉ Radio One Folk Award winner Declan O’Rourke; Camille O’Sullivan, “one of the most gifted interpreters of narrative songs” (The Irish Times); and 17-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Sting.
The event will also include appearances by Golden Globe winner and two-time Emmy nominee Gabriel Byrne; two-time Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Roma Downey; Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon; National Book Award Winner Colum McCann; Oscar and three-time Golden Globe nominee Liam Neeson; and other surprise special guests.
The gala honors Joe Moglia, former CEO & Chairman of TD Ameritrade, and former head football coach and current Chair of Athletics for the undefeated Coastal Carolina University Chanticleers. The event is chaired by IAC board member and previous Gala honoree Bob McCann, Chairman of UBS Americas. The virtual gala begins at 6:30pm with a Zoom VIP reception, followed by the virtual show at 7pm.
The Gala supports annual operating and programming expenses for Irish Arts Center, as well as capacity-building efforts as the Center prepares to open and operate the landmark new facility on 11th Avenue once the pandemic has receded. While the COVID-19 crisis led to a three-month shutdown of construction, as well as an indefinite suspension of live events, construction of the new facility has continued since mid-June, and the Center is on track for completion and will be ready in time for the resumption of live events when the public health environment allows. In the meantime, Irish Arts Center has continued to present hundreds of online performances and events free of charge, and has offered three terms on online classes reaching more than 28 U.S. states.
VIP packages can be purchased by emailing Amanda Talarico at
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