Fáinne Óir premieres in New York on Thursday, September 26.
An original Irish orchestral music and contemporary dance show based on the Great Famine has been tipped for global success following its premiere in Mayo Friday night.
Fainne Óir, the creation of Castlebar composer and Musical Director, Kathy Fahey, was showcased to a 1,200 strong audience at the TF Royal Theatre to rapturous applause and the 70-strong cast is now set for Broadway to perform the New York premiere of the show in the Symphony Space Theatre on Thursday, September 26, next.
The 90-minute production has been a year in the making after Fahey, Musical Director of Mayo Concert Orchestra and several local choirs created the original work in association with diaspora engagement specialist and promoter, Mike Hannon. A number of well-known names are also involved in Fáinne Óir, including choreographer and Riverdance Lead Dancer, Ciara Sexton; and narrator and actress Sarah Marie Lafferty, with Irish singer Sean Keane providing an introductory voiceover.
Stunning videos and recordings of final rehearsals by Mayo Concert Orchestra have generated huge public and media interest locally, nationally and internationally in recent weeks with tickets selling out for the New York show.
Mayo Concert Orchestra PR team member, Finola Reilly, stated: “Fáinne Óir is a music and dance extravaganza that captures the desolation of the Irish Famine and hope offered through emigration, demonstrating how love and community triumph even in the hardest of times.”
Paying tribute to the cast, Fahey stated: "I am overwhelmed by the support and sheer dedication of Mayo Concert Orchestra, singing group Voxfusion, artist Padraig McCaul, Ciara Sexton and her troupe, Sarah Maria Lafferty and the whole production team, cast and crew. We've all been working so hard to make this an outstanding production and I am very grateful to all involved.”