DePaul adjunct professor and violinist organizes 'A Gaelic Summer'

Katherine Wilburn
June 09, 2017

Adjunct professor and violinist Brandi Berry has a unique mission to bridge the gap between classical music and the modern ear. Berry has played series throughout the U.S. and Canada, at venues such as the Library of Congress, various early music festivals in Boston, Berkeley, Madison, Houston, Indianapolis, and the 2010 CMC Springtime Handel Festival in Toronto. In her position at DePaul, Berry is broadening the range of interest in music students with her Baroque Ensemble chamber music course each quarter.

Berry's group, The Bach & Beethoven Ensemble, is set to perform its take on classic Gaelic folk and karaoke tunes with an interactive performance of "A Gaelic Summer" in June. Kiyoe Matsuura, an alumna of DePaul's School of Music, will perform alongside Berry at the performances.

 "The songs are taken from 17th and 18th century Gaelic collections, as well as current Gaelic pop bands suitable for karoake," Berry says. "Some will be familiar, and the audience can sing along and participate as they would with Karaoke. We encourage the audience will participate during the performance."

Members of the ensemble share Berry's interest in taking classical music and making it accessible to the music fans of 2017.

"We wanted to build a program that doesn't sound classical, with songs found in a collection of music that people would have played back then and still sounds relevant," Berry says.

The ensemble expects the performances to be nights of singing, dancing and Gaelic culture. Catch "A Gaelic Summer" live at venues around Lincoln Park. For tickets, visit the Bach & Beethoven Ensemble website

Wednesday, June 14 
7 p.m.
Red Lion
2446 N. Lincoln Ave.
($20 adv, $25 door)

Thursday, June 15 
8:30 p.m.
Martyrs'
3855 N. Lincoln Ave.
($20 adv, $25 door)

Friday, June 16 
7:30 p.m.
Big Bricks
3832 N. Lincoln Ave.
(VIP event, $75)