MofNY Ep. 2 with guest Gregory Harrington

I had a wonderful time recording Ep. 2 of the MofNY Podcast Series with the amazing violinist, Gregory Harrington. Born in Dublin, Greg enjoys a successful international career as a soloist and is redefining what it means to be an artist and violinist in the 21st century. We discussed what it was like for him growing up in Dublin, his early musical memories, and what brought him to NYC and what keeps him here. We also chatted about a few of his recent projects and listened to a track from his first album, “Reflections,” as well as his arrangement of “Hurt,” which is a powerful interpretation inspired by both the Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and Johnny Cash versions. Greg also performed a beautiful medley of Irish music live to close out the episode. I have known Greg for years and it was a honor and pleasure getting to know more about the man behind the music!

Author: paulhennessee

Paul Hennessee's earliest musical memory is darting between the TV and piano to mimic musical themes. More recently, he has composed numerous choral and instrumental works for a variety of ensembles. These include published children’s songs like Jack O'Lantern Ball and Spring Forward, settings of poems by William Blake and Robert Frost, and scores for many Shakespeare plays, including Twelfth Night, As You Like It, and The Tempest. In 2013, Paul won the prestigious Ruth Boshkoff Composition Prize sponsored by the Organization of American Kodaly Educators (OAKE) and was commission to write a piece for Children's Choir. His setting of Robert Louis Stevenson’s, The Land of Nod (SSA), was premiered at the OAKE National Conference in March, 2014 at Atlanta Symphony Hall. More recently, Paul was invited to the Berlin International Music Project (BIMP), as honorary composer. At BIMP, two of his compositions were premiered by the festival choirs and orchestras under the baton of conductor Vladimir Fanshil of the Konzerthaus Orchestra, Berlin. Paul has been teaching music at The Spence School in Manhattan since 2000. He was formerly Principal Horn in the Air Force Band and has played with numerous orchestras. He received his Bachelors Degree in Music Performance from Cameron University and his Master of Arts from Stephen F. Austin State University. Once he relocated to New York City, he studied the Kodaly Philosophy at NYU over three summers and remains active in KONY (Kodaly Organization of New York). Paul lives in Manhattan with his wife, two daughters, and the furry and finny family members - Franklin & Cooper (Orange Tabbies) and a handful of fish!

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