Join us for a concert live streamed from Ireland, where the artists live when they aren’t on tour. At home since March 2020 due to the pandemic, the two expats found themselves drawn to the music of their native and adoptive countries of America, Italy, and Ireland during lockdown. They decamped to a small studio on a working farm outside of Dublin to record these songs over six days, exploring the emotions brought up by the moment.
In addition to her appointment as the Frank Sinatra Chair in the Performing Arts at Santa Clara University, the past two years Rhiannon Giddens has been profiled in the New Yorker, featured on multiple magazine covers, and appeared in Ken Burns’ Country Music on PBS and Samuel L. Jackson’s Epix series Enslaved, among other appearances. She received the inaugural Legacy of Americana Award at the Americana Awards & Honors, composed her first opera, Omar (with a forthcoming debut at Spoleto Festival USA), shared remote performances for the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and NPR’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert, and was named Artistic Director of the Silk Road Ensemble.
Welcome and introduction by Michelle Burnham, Director, Center for the Arts and Humanities, and Professor of English.