When Eileen Ivers hits the stage of
the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium tonight, a group of Kodiak students will be
right there with her.
KMXT's Diana Gish has the story:
If you ask choral director Amy
Brown if her students have been given a great opportunity her answer is
-- (Music Students 1 "Oh
yes they ... it is exciting.")
of choral students is singing back-up to Ivers and her band "Immigrant Soul."
Christmas is the theme of tonight's concert but, as Brown says, the songs are
not the standard holiday fare.
-- (Music Students 2 "One is a ... ever
The collaboration began with a
request that Ivers made to Kodiak Arts Council director Tom Quass.
She told Quass that she'd love to work with local students
as part of her appearance in Kodiak. Her performance usually highlights local
Irish dancers but with no dance group available Quass turned to Brown. The
choral director jumped at the chance. Then
Brown saw the music which. keep in mind, was written by a nine-time all-Ireland
fiddling champion and Grammy winning artist. It made her pause a bit, wondering
how they'd get through it. Then Ivers sent Brown a practice recording:
-- (Music Students 3 "and that CD... but
Brown said it's the kind of
opportunity that's a dream come true for a teacher.
-- (Music Students 4 "Oh yes, you ... to be amazing.")
music is rooted in the Irish tradition, it expands out from that base and
covers a diverse range of world music.
-- (Music Students 5 "But oh ... really
And now her students are
experiencing it all first hand.
-- (Music Students 6 "Some mornings ...
a better classroom.")
Eileen Ivers, Immigrant Soul,
and Brown's group of Kodiak choral students will perform tonight at 7 p.m. at
the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium as part of the Kodiak Arts Council's performing
arts series. Tickets are available at the door and at The Artist Eye.