Members of Traverse City West Senior High Orchestra, from Michigan
A GROUP of US high school musicians will perform a concert in the city in aid of Cliona’s Foundation on Thursday.
The Traverse City West Senior High Orchestra from Michigan will perform a concert of American and Irish music in Dance Limerick, St John’s Church, at 8pm, making their debut appearance in the city as a result. Tickets are €5.
Twenty one musicians, aged between 14-18 years, will perform a programme of rock n roll, folk music, jazz and contemporary original music and director Ann Marie Jones said the group was “excited” to be performing in Limerick.
“For many of our young members, this is their first time to perform outside the US and they, along with their families and the whole school community, are excited to be sharing their music with new audiences in Ireland,” she said.
“We’re looking forward to the cultural and musical connections we will make and we’re especially pleased to partner with Cliona’s Foundation for our concert.
“Our young members are very proud to think that their talents will help to raise funds for such a worthwhile cause, supporting critically ill children and their families.”
Terry Ring, co-founder of Cliona’s Foundation, along with her husband Brendan, which was founded in 2007 to provide financial assistance for critically ill children, said the charity was "delighted" to be chosen as a partner by the orchestra.
"As we support children and their families, teaming up with these talented young people is a lovely fit for us," said Terry.
"Cliona’s Foundation understands that the ordeal of a child’s grave illness or injury tests families far beyond their endurance, taking an enormous toll financially, emotionally and physically. While we cannot cure a child, we want to help families to cope by providing financial assistance when all other resources have been exhausted.
"We hope that Limerick audiences will join us for a wonderful evening of music while, at the same time, supporting the work of Cliona’s Foundation," she added.