Happy (Almost) St. Patrick's Day

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St. Patrick’s Day is just a little more than a week away, but Irish eyes are smiling on this week's Young Artists Showcase. Irish mezzo Naomi O’Connell returns to the showcase studios to give a preview of her special Weill Hall recital program titled “Witches, Bitches & Women in Britches."

Along with pianist Brent Funderburk, O’Connell performs songs by Hugo Wolf, Arthur Honneger and others, including a Friedrich Hollaender song that was the seed for Marlene Dietrich’s 1930 hit, “Falling in Love Again (Can't Help It).” O’Connellcloses her live session with a pair of traditional Irish tunes — "Danny Boy" and "The Leprechaun."

Lastly, in another return to the Young Artists Showcase, the Carducci Quartet add a folksy coda with Ernest Moeran’s Irish-flavored String Quartet No. 2.

Program details:

Dermot MacMurrough: "Macushla"
Hugo Wolf: "Ich hab i Penna einen Liebsten wohnen"
Arthur Honegger: "Trois Chansons de la petite Sirene"
Friedrich Hollaender: "Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss auf Liebe eingestelit"
Marc Blitzstein: "Modest Maid"
Traditional: "Danny Boy"
Traditional: "The Leprechaun"
— Naomi O'Connell, mezzo; Brent Funderburk, piano.

Ernest Moeran: String Quartet No. 2
— Carducci Quartet