“noonartsound,” a series of programs that blend musical performance and historical perspective, will feature a program dealing with Ireland from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, in the first-floor O’Shaughnessy Room (Room 108) of O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center.

noonartsound hosts Shelley Nordtorp-Madson and Chris Kachian.

noonartsound hosts Shelley Nordtorp-Madson and Chris Kachian.

The program, free and open to all, brings together the talents of Dr. Shelly Nordtorp-Madson, chief curator and a member of the clinical faculty in the Department of Art History, and Dr. Chris Kachian, guitarist and professor of music.

“We all have ideas of what the ancient Celtic lands were like,” Nordtorp-Madson and Kachian said. “We have seen real, ancient objects, such as the Book of Kells and half-pagan, half-Christian jewelry, but how much of this is filtered through the numerous revivals that have occurred over the years? See how it all fits together. Irish music, perhaps more than most, adheres to tradition in the form of jigs, reels and waltzes. And then there’s the Pogues.”

This is the third year Nordtorp-Madson and Kachian have presented the noonartsound programs. The professors are known for their unique style and humor, along with beautiful, satisfying, “unstuffy” presentations of their art.

Here’s the noonartsound schedule for the rest of the year:

  • Dec. 2: Spanish Flamenco with Guest Guitarist Tony Hauser
  • March 3, 2015: Vienna and Franz Schubert
  • April 7, 2015: The British Invasion: 1964-1967
  • May 5, 2015: The 1930s With Songs of the Early Labor Movement
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