The orchestra hopes to kick off on Nov. 1 in the splendor of Carnegie Hall, but is missing one vital element — an accompanying choir.
“We’re hoping to generate the interest of youth or school choirs in New York,” said Sharon Treacy-Dunne, director of the Cross-Border Orchestra of Ireland. “We need to generate a choir of around 300.”
On Nov. 2, the orchestra will travel to Boston to perform in Kresge Hall at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a choir of 250 children from the Cambridge Public Schools.
The following day, it will hold a concert at the Boston Symphony Hall with a choir of 300 students from local public high schools and the Boston Children’s Choir.
“We had such a good response in Boston that we had to turn choirs away,” Treacy-Dunne said. “I’m sure if we could get the ball rolling in New York we would have similar success.”
Treacy-Dunne set up the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland in 1995, shortly after the first IRA ceasefire.
“It was an idea I had with Sin