Symphony to perform St. Patrick’s concert in Shelton this weekend

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO) will mark St. Patrick’s Day with “The Emerald Isle” concert Sunday, March 16 at 3 p.m. at Shelton Intermediate School.

Conductor Sarah Ioannides will lead soprano Kaitlin Lusk, uilleann pipe player Andrew Thomson, tap dancer Trent Kowalik, and the NHSO in a performance of Irish music.

The concert will offer a mix of contemporary celebrations of Ireland (such as Riverdance) and traditional favorites, all leading to an audience sing-a-long.

'Danny Boy' to a song from 'Titanic'

Music to be performed includes:

— “The Fair-Day” from “An Irish Symphony” (Hamilton Harty)

— “The Gale” from “The Brendan Voyage” (Shaun Davey, composer of the film ”Waking Ned Devine”)

— Highlights from Riverdance (”Caoineadh cu Chulainn” with uillean pipe solo)

— “Enya” (”May It Be”)

— “My Heart Will Go On” (from the movie “Titanic”)

— Irish classics “The Minstrel Boy,” “Water is Wide,” “Irish Washerwoman,” “Carrickfergus,” “Finnegan’s Wake, “She moved thro the Fair, “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” and “Danny Boy”

Tony Award-winning dancer to perform

The highlight of the program will be a world premiere performance of “Tour de Tap,” a concerto for orchestra and dancer by composer Kim Scharnberg. The piece was conceived to highlight the talents of dancer Trent Kowalik.

Kowalik, now a freshman at Princeton University, began dancing at age 3 and won multiple step dancing national titles in the United States, Ireland, England, Scotland, and ultimately, the 2006 world championship.

He then relocated to London’s West End to perform the title role in “Billy Elliot: The Musical,” and ultimately he opened the show on Broadway in New York City. At age 14, he won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Musical.

How to get tickets

Purchase tickets for the concert, at $35 to $45 (students are $10), at or 203-865-0831, ext. 10.

The concert is part of the Shelton Pops Series, sponsored by R.D. Scinto.