Acclaimed Irish band To Make U.S. Debut Tonight

Boston College will host the American debut of the Dublin Institute of Technology College of Music Concert Band at 8 p.m. tonight in Robsham Theater. Admission is free and open to the public. Formed in 1980, the concert band has performed at many prestigious Dublin venues, including the National Concert Hall. The band consists of about 55 musicians from 16 to 21 years of age and plays symphonic, traditional and modern music, including specially commissioned pieces and excerpts from popular musicals. Their repertoire includes selections from "A Chorus Line," "Riverdance," "The Phantom of the Opera," and works by such composers as Shostakovich and Copland.

"BC has such strong Irish connections and this is an opportunity to strengthen that association while providing a great experience for these young people," said Sebastian Bonaiuto, director of Boston College Bands, which is sponsoring the event. "They are a truly excellent band and it will be quite enjoyable to hear an ensemble of future professional musicians."

Following its appearance at Boston College, the College of Music Concert Band will perform at Yale and Rutgers universities.

-S.S.

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