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In Memoriam: Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin,


Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin,, composer of “Madison’s Descent – A Masque”, died in Limerick, Ireland on November 7th. Based on the story by Page Allen, “Madison’s Descent” was commissioned by PEAK Performances and first performed on The Alexander Kasser stage in May 2006 with Professor O’Suilleabhain conducting and Professor Heather Buchannan leading the MSU Chorale designed by puppeteer Michael Curry and staged by Irish choreographer David Bolger. An active proponent of Irish traditional and classical music, Micheal established and championed the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at The University of Limerick leaving an indelible legacy that will guide generations of musicians and performers for ages to come.

Irish President Michael D. Higgins leads tributes with this statement issued on Thursday morning:

"Music lovers all over the world will have heard with great sadness of the passing of Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, performer, musician, composer, academic and broadcaster. Proud of his roots in Clonmel and Murroe, and a close associate of famous musicians and musicologists such as Seán Ó Riada, Aloys Fleischmann, John Blacking and John Baily, Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin was renowned as a unique pianist and composer. His music and outstanding work will forever be enjoyed by countless people, celebrating his humor, his fearless sense of exploration and his talent for harmony, joy and mobilizing the peerless power of music.”
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