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Irish tenor practices for Carnegie Hall performance with D-B students

Rick Wagner • Updated Feb 28, 2018 at 8:59 AM

KINGSPORT — About 250 Dobyns-Bennett High School music students spent Tuesday afternoon practicing with Irish tenor Emmet Cahill from the group Celtic Thunder. The band, orchestra and wind symphony practiced with 27-year-old Cahill at the Eastman Employee Center for their joint performance on March 16 at Carnegie Hall in New York City, to be followed by marching in the March 17 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.

 

HOW DID D-B GET CAHILL?

“I sent him an email probably about four years ago,” orchestra director Ross Bader said of his first contact with Cahill about performing with D-B students. That was when the orchestra went to Ireland, but scheduling didn’t work out. When the 2018 trip to New York came along, Bader said it was a good fit and schedules meshed.

CAHILL’S FIRST CARNEGIE PERFORMANCE

Cahill, in an interview before the practice, said the performance with D-B would mark his first Carnegie Hall performance but not his first Tri-Cities-related performance.

“I’ve performed with the Symphony of the Mountains,” he said, adding that he once toured Ireland with a high school performing group. “It’s my first time getting to work with so many kids on such a project.”

He performed at Munsey United Methodist Church in Johnson City on Monday night.

HOW WILL THE CARNEGIE PERFORMANCE/PARADE/TRIP WORK?

Bader, D-B band director Lafe Cook and assistant band directors Ryan Gilbert and Turner Hawkins will lead the students at Carnegie. The next day, the band students will march and play in the parade, while the orchestra students will march and carry flags of various nations, Bader said. Students will leave the night of March 14 and arrive in New York on March 15. They will arrive back in Kingsport on March 20.

WANT TO SEE THE CONCERT BUT CAN’T GO TO NEW YORK?

A preview of the March 16 Carnegie Hall performance, minus Cahill, will be a free performance at the employee center starting at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 12, Bader said.

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