Category: 2019 Ireland Tour Blog

MYSO on BBC Radio Ulster

Listen to the BBC Radio Ulster interview of Linda Edelstein (Executive Director), Carter Simmons (Artistic Director), Margery Deutsch (Music Director), and musician Livia Romanov. They were interviewed by John Toal at the Ulster Hall in Belfast during rehearsal on July 16, prior to their evening performance. Click here to listen. Just fast forward to the

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Livia Romanov: With This I Bid You Farewell 

Another tour, another family, another goodbye. It has been several days since we arrived back to home base at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, but we are still feeling the aftershock of the trip in our hearts, minds, and sleep patterns. When I was 15, I had the opportunity to write to you about the

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Alyssa Noseworthy: Love, Loyalty, Friendship

It was with some remorse that we returned to Wisconsin. Though eager to see our families and enjoy the last month of summer vacation, we had had such a remarkable experience in the last ten days. Through Belfast, Limerick, Galway, Wexford, and Dublin, we had embraced another culture and shared our own. To close that

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Kyra Levandoski: Final Thoughts

It’s nearly impossible to completely sum this entire trip up in one short article, but there are a few moments that stand out to me. One such example is the last concert on Monday, July 22. Playing for Dublin in the National Concert Hall was a simply amazing opportunity. When we finished the last piece,

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Livia Romanov: The Parting Glass

As we woke up Monday morning, we prepared ourselves for our last full day in Ireland. We went down to breakfast and talked with friends; we boarded the bus and talked some more. We were ready for our final adventures. Upon visiting the Glendalough Monastic Ruins, we were greeted by a countless number of sheep.

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Alyssa Noseworthy: Pictures at an Exhibition–A Day of Museums

In our last days of the tour, we still found ourselves caught in a whirlwind of events. Our morning would begin today with a visit to the Gaelic Athletic Association Museum, then segue into a departure for the Chester Beatty Library. After that, we would subsequently leave for EPIC: The Irish Emigration Museum. This hectic

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Kyra Levandoski: Dublin’s Past

Our first stop Saturday was a guided sightseeing tour of Dublin. We got to see many amazing sights throughout the city including multiple gigantic cathedrals. I love architecture and looking at old buildings, so going around the ancient city and observing buildings from eras past was one of the highlights of the trip for me

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Alyssa Noseworthy: The Rocky Road to Dublin

Friday was another trek through Ireland’s cities: we would begin in Limerick, play a concert in Wexford, and finally arrive in Dublin at approximately midnight. Yet, with such a busy day before us, we still managed to enjoy sightseeing in this beautiful country. In particular, we went to the renowned Rock of Cashel, an ancient

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Livia Romanov: Antique Lands

It was unanimously agreed that our current hotel in Limerick had a better breakfast than the Titanic. A staggered breakfast time between buses allowed for a more relaxing time preparing for the busy day ahead. We enjoyed a wonderful guided tour of the town of Galway. Everywhere you looked there were flags, stone foundations, and

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