FEBRUARY 2016 
Dear CIM Supporters,

Today is the first day of our spring term.  We look forward to seeing you this week! It's not too late to register!  Sign up for a  group class  today,  or contact Lorin ( lvelikonja@centerforirishmusic.org ) to set up private lessons.   It's been a busy couple of weeks in the office, so please do not hesitate to send us a reminder if we haven't gotten back to you yet.
 We are all in the office today.  

We are very excited to be welcoming uilleann piper, Tom Klein, to our teaching staff!  Tom will be teaching Monday evenings.

On Saturday February 20th, CIM will co-host Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event -  our annual fundraising dinner, concert, and silent auction with honorary chairs Peter Killen of Cara Irish Pubs and Claire Killen of Emerald Real Estate.  Together, we invite you to dress up in your finest, invite your friends, and join us for a fantastic evening of delicious food, live traditional Irish music and an enticing item-filled silent auction.

We invite you to get involved by attending, volunteering, donating to the silent auction or WOW raffle or helping us to spread the word (share the facebook event with your networks)!

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Finally, mark your calendars for June 10-12th for the 9th Annual Minnesota Irish Music Weekend  featuring a uniquely Irish-American line-up of Brian Conway (fiddle), Billy McComiskey (accordion), Brendan Dolan (flute & piano), the return of the amazing Joanie Madden (whistle & silver flute) and Sheila Shigley (song).  In addition to the Great Session Experience and the Master concert, there will be workshops & lectures and excellent trad music programs for children, teens, and tweens throughout the weekend!

-Norah Rendell, CIM Executive Director
Gaela

Éigse [eg-shuh] is an Irish word used for festivals celebrating 
traditional Irish arts and culture. It is in this spirit that we gather 
for an evening to raise funds for The Center for Irish Music 
and the mission of handing down traditional Irish music.

TO RESERVE A TABLE OR PURCHASE TICKETS:   This semi-formal evening event includes two ticket options for attendees: come early to share a meal provided by  Cara Irish Pubs , or join us later in the evening for the silent auction and concert featuring the stellar traditional Irish music of the  CIM Instructors  who boast recording, award winning, and world touring artists among their number.

TO DONATE TO THE SILENT AUCTION:   Funds raised at this auction go towards increasing our programming, maintaining quality instructors for our students, sharing the CIM's talents with the larger Twin Cities' community in the form of outreach performances, and so many smaller, yet significant projects that make the CIM a thriving music school.  


   
IN THIS MONTH'S ISSUE:

Register for Spring Term at CIM

It's not too late to register for spring group classes & ensembles  and/or private lessons at the Center for Irish Music!

* Spring Term runs from February 1-
   May 29. Make-up week is May 31-
   June 5.
Contact Lorin to set up private
   lessons.
Download & print the CIM 2015-16
   list of important dates
.
annualreport  Have you had a chance to
experience CIM's 2014-15 annual report?

This easy-to-share interactive, online report includes videos, photos, and stories about our 10th year of operation. Brew a cup of tea, turn up the volume and enjoy this delightful, tune-filled report on a desktop, laptop or tablet with a good internet connection.

supportcimSUPPORT CIM AS YOU SHOP ON-LINE

Amazon Smile - Set up your Amazon Smile account to benefit the Center for Irish Music, then use this link every time you shop. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to CIM.  

Shutterfly - Shop for photos, cards, invitations, and more and CIM receives 13% of your purchase price.  
 
Thank you in advance for remembering CIM as you do your online shopping!

Monday, February 1
First day of spring term classes at CIM.

Saturday, February 6
Catch CIM's Starling Youth Ensemble perform at the Har Mar Barnes & Noble at 1pm.

Join the Irish Fair of MN in celebrating their Halfway to Irish Fair Party at O'Gara's Bar & Grill in St. Paul.  CIM's Advanced Youth Ensemble will perform from 6-7pm with O'Shea Irish Dancers. 

Thursday, February 11
This month's Celtic Music Showcase features Laura MacKenzie and Brian MIller.  7-9pm at the Underground Music Cafe.

Saturday, February 13
Fabulous tunes from the Two Tap Trio will enhance Rince na Chroi's annual Irish dance showcase, From the Stage to Your Heart.  7pm at St. Kate's O'Shaughnessy Auditorium.

Sunday, February 14
CIM's An Luan Ensemble will be performing at the Claddagh Cafe in St. Paul from 1-3pm.

At 7pm, join Ten Strings and a Goat Skin for a very special Valentine's evening concert at the Celtic Junction.  

Saturday, February 20
Eigse CIM, A Gaela Event - CIM's largest social and fundraising event of the year - is a fabulous and fun evening of music, socializing, and raising much-needed funds to support our thriving music school!  

MIM 
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SAVE THE DATE
June 12-14, 2015
at the Celtic Junction


JOANIE MADDEN 

whistle

 

BRIAN CONWAY

fiddle

 

BILLY McCOMISKEY 

accordion

 

BRENDAN DOLAN 

piano, flute

 

SHEILA SHIGLEY 

song

 

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the 
arts and cultural 
heritage fund.



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