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CLASSICAL/IRISH | Traditional Irish Music


With any luck o' the Irish, you'll find yourself at a classical celebration of the Emerald Isles this weekend. On Friday and Saturday join the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra POPS, Jeff Tyzik, conductor, and John McDermott, tenor, and dancers from the Boland School of Irish Dance. There'll be lovely Irish ballads, tunes, and music from Riverdance. Oe'r in Fairport, ye can have a pint, some dinner, and some folk and popular music with a dash of Broadway hits via the Genesee Valley Orchestra & Chorus. And out in the yon of Geneva at the Belhurst Castle, join the Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival for brunch and a concert, featuring string quartet with Michael Slattery, tenor, playing Irish airs and dances. The fare is sure to include corned beef and cabbage, alongside Irish soda bread. What's more to do but whistle, "When Irish eyes are smilin'?"

The RPO concerts start Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, Gibbs Street; tickets cost $15-$82 (454-2100, The Genesee Valley Orchestra & Chorus takes place Sunday at 7 p.m. (dinner preceding) at Eagle Vale Country Club; tickets cost $40 (223-9006, The Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival concert takes place Sunday at noon at Belhurst Castle in Geneva; tickets cost $25-$55, which includes brunch (315-536-4145,