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February 28, 2013

Chorus celebrates Irish music

Chorus North Shore, conducted by Sonja Dahlgren Pryor, presents a March concert that covers new realms for the chorus made up of many singers from Cape Ann.

The concert “Letters from Ireland” is a celebration of Irish music. There are two shows, on Saturday, March 2, at 8 p.m. at Our Lady of Hope Church in Ipswich, and Sunday, March 3 at 2 p.m. at Manchester Essex Regional High School in Manchester.

In addition to the chorus, the concert features Boston-based countertenor Thomas Mark Fallon, Irish actress Pauline Miceli of Rockport, a folk quartet called Travelers Three Plus One, piano accompanist Frederick A. MacArthur, and Trautel Brown of Magnolia playing the Irish pipes.

This concert is a departure for Chorus North Shore as the singers share the stage with these other performers. Travelers Three Plus One is based on the North Shore and performd across New England.

Fallon will perform traditional Irish songs, and the chorus will present a collection of authentic Irish songs interspersed with the reading of historic letters by Miceli.

General admission tickets are $20; and $17 for seniors and students. Tickets are available online at www.chorusnorthshore.org or at the door.

Oscar winner screening

“Amour,” the drama that just won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, opens at the Cape Ann Community Cinema at 21 Main St. in Gloucester on Friday, and runs through March 14. The film is about a retired couple, played by Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, who must cope with the after-effects of her debilitating stroke. Award-winning French actress Isabelle Huppert plays their adult daughter.

Other films to be screened include the French drama “Rust and Bone,” starring Oscar winner Marion Cotillard (for “La Vie En Rose”) and the comedy “If I Were You” starring Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden (for “Pollock”).

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