Irish Famine Inspires Moving Performance

BLUE HILL — An event of uncommon depth and artistry, presented jointly by River Music and Peninsula Metamorphic Arts and Learning, was held at The Bay School on Saturday evening. The multidimensional program, based on Peter Behrens’ award-winning novel, “The Law of Dreams,” wrapped the tragedy of the Irish Famine and emigration in stunning music, evocative readings, incomparable songs and slides.

Aptly titled “A Terrible Beauty,” the program was a joint effort by Behrens and composer Paul Sullivan to bring the 1846-47 period of desperation in Ireland into present consciousness and empathy, Sullivan with music and Behrens with his story. These two Irishmen then enlisted actress Amy Grant and singer Rosie Upton to complement their efforts and the result was a seamless, moving and thoroughly professional show.

There was an overflow crowd for this program. Watch for repeat performances and don’t miss it.

Nicole Ouellette

Nicole Ouellette

When Nicole isn't giving advice she's completely unqualified to give, she runs an Internet marketing company in Bar Harbor, where she lives with her husband Derrick and their short dog Gidget. She loves young adult novels, cooking and talking French to anyone who'll talk back. [email protected]