Special Holiday Edition
Dear CIM Supporters, 

Now that we've had our first, if light, snowfall here in Minnesota, it feels more like winter!  However, we're not letting the weather slow us down as we prepare for a lively December full of events.

First, we want to thank all of you for your generous donations to the Center for Irish Music on Give to the Max Day !  Between our fall drive and Give to the Max Day, we raised over $13,000 for CIM.  Your support is both humbling and greatly appreciated.  Thank you.
Please join us at all of our recitals this weekend and next.  In an effort to showcase all of the immense talent in our community we have separated the recitals into multiple events! Please invite your family and friends.    

Don't forget that classes don't stop after recitals.  Our fall term continues through December 18th and then resumes for three more weeks on January 3rd.  

Spring term registration is now open!  See details at the bottom of the newsletter.

All of us at CIM wish you the most wonderful of holiday seasons.  

-Emily Flagstad, CIM Assistant Director

CIM Fall Recitals        

We hope you, your family, and friends 
will join us for all of our fall recitals.
The recitals are our staff's favorite events of the year; where we can see and hear all of the tunes and/or songs that our students have been working on so diligently!  

There will be a potluck following all of the recitals, so  please bring a treat to share.
CIM will provide the beverages.

  • 3pm - 5pm Advanced Youth Ensemble Holiday Concert 
  • 7pm - 9pm Adult Recital 

  If you already plan on shopping online   -  for holiday greenery, 
                                                                     - for gifts on Amazon, or 
                                                                     - for cards via Shutterfly or Tiny Prints

...please consider purchasing through the following links. The CIM receives a percentage of every purchase. Thank you in advance for your generosity and please share the links with your family and friends.

Lynch Creek Farm  - Peruse Lynch Creek Farm's beautiful collection of fresh wreaths, garlands, and centerpieces.  20% of each purchase goes towards paying for our students to travel via bus to the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil in St. Louis.
  - Free shipping direct to your home
  - YOU determine date of shipping 
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 shop this holiday season!

Saturday, December 3
You won't want to miss CIM's  
Advanced Youth Ensemble Holiday concert !   This year's advanced youth ensemble features an exciting line up of thirteen young musicians playing banjo, fiddles, button accordion, flute, whistles, piano, guitar, and song. They will perform new material in full group arrangements, solos, duos, and trios. Hear lovely traditional Irish music by these hardworking and gifted musicians at this special afternoon event!   3-5pm. $5 at the door, $20 per family.

Join Barra, The Hi-Bs, Patsy O'Brien, and The Eddies for   Yule Fest IX at the Celtic Junction at 7pm. All proceeds go to the Food Group for stocking food shelves in Minnesota.

Thursday, December 8
You're in for a treat as the Young Adult, Starling and Swallowtail ensembles perform at the  Celtic Music Showcase at the Underground Music Cafe from 7-9pm.  

Friday, December 9
CIM's talented adult students will showcase their music at the  Fall Adult Recital . 7-9pm pm at the Celtic Junction.

Sunday, December 11
The CIM Fall Youth Recitals are a wonderful way to hear the tunes and songs our students have been working on since September. Please invite your family and friends!  1-6pm at the Celtic Junction.  (More detailed information in article, above)

Saturday, December 17
Head over to the Cedar Cultural Center for Cathie Ryan's 'The Winter's Heart: An Irish American Christmas' at 8pm.

Saturday & Sunday, December 17 & 18
There will be holiday fun for the whole family at the  Celtic Christmas Hooley featuring CIM instructors Cory Froehlich, Todd Menton and Norah Rendell at the Celtic Junction.  7:30pm on Saturday, 3pm on Sunday.

Thursday & Friday, December 22 & 23
The Celtic Christmas Hooley is travelling to the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre.  8:15pm on Thursday and 1:00pm and 8:15pm on Friday.

Friday, December 23
Enjoy a night of holiday songs and tunes at Katie McMahon's Celtic Christmas show at the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium at St. Kate's at 7:30pm.

Monday, December 19th - Monday, January 2nd
CIM is closed for the winter break.  Classes resume on Tuesday, January 3rd.


The Center for Irish Music 
& honorary chair 
Thomas Dillon Redshaw,
Professor Emeritus of the 
University of St. Thomas,
   invite you to dress up 
in your finest,  bring your friends, and join us at the 
Celtic Junction  Arts Center for 
Éigse  CIM, A Gaela Event

February 25, 2017
5:00 - 10:00 p.m.

MIM 2012 Logo

June 9-11, 2017
at the 
Celtic Junction
Arts Center

We are excited to announce that we have three confirmed visiting artists for MIM 2017:

fiddle, banjo
flute, song

**NEW** Irish Trad Releases
A monthly column listing new CDs that have been released 
that might be of interest to our students.  

All Because
by Pauline Conneely
Solo debut from one of Irish music's great banjo players.

The Truckley Howl  by John Blake, Mairead Hurley, & Nathan Gourley
Blending the rich sounds of fiddle, flute, concertina and guitar, these three masters of their instruments play lively melodies which are taken from the deep well of traditional music of Ireland.


January 30 - May 28, 2017  

**The current fall term continues through January 22nd, with make-up week January 23rd-29th.**

  • A preliminary list of group classes is open for registration online.  Take a peek now and check back in a week or so for a few NEW classes that are still in the works.  Let Norah know if there's anything you'd like to see offered in the spring!
  • If you are currently taking private lessons, spring registration is now open.  Email Lorin at to confirm your spring lesson time.  It's never too early for us! (A majority of our students continue from Fall through Spring, but we do require students to re-register.)
  • January 9th  is the registration deadline for returning students to reserve private lesson times. 
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