Across the Sea – A Celtic Journey

Thursday, July 18 at 7:30PM, Sunset Center Theater

Edwin Huizinga, violin; William Coulter, guitar; Maeve Gilchrist, harp; Brian Finnegan, irish whistles and flute; Andrew Megill, tenor; Festival Orchestra

Edwin Huizinga and William Coulter of Fire & Grace invite you to join them on another heartfelt journey of folk and Baroque music from Ireland and Scotland, and across the sea. The dynamic duo will be sharing a brand new and astonishing genre-defying mash-up of Bach and Irish music with a world premiere arrangement of Partita Celtica, a combination of the B minor solo violin partita with a Robert Schumann-inspired guitar part, mixed in with incredible original compositions from Celtic superstar musician Brian Finnegan.

They will also be sharing beautiful and iconic songs, including Danny Boy. Maeve Gilchrist, a creative composer and harpist, sings Bee’s Wing and will share one of her original compositions along with her favorite Scottish and Irish airs and dances. Edwin and William, also known as Fire & Grace, are two virtuoso performers who explore the musical landscape of classical, folk, and contemporary traditions from around the world. Join us on this voyage!


Suite O’Carolan (10 minutes) | TURLOUGH O’CAROLAN (1670-1738)

Concerto for Violin and Harp in G major (10 minutes) | GEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN (1681-1767)

Partita Celtica (30 minutes) | J.S. BACH/ BRIAN FINNEGAN


Excerpts from The Harp Weaver (15 minutes) | MAEVE GILCHREST

Airs and Dances (12 minutes) | TRADITIONAL IRISH

Bee’s Wings (8 minutes) | RICHARD THOMPSON (1949-)

Danny Boy (5 minutes) | TRADITIONAL IRISH

Across the Sea | TRADITIONAL


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Edwin Huizinga
Edwin Huizinga


Jul 18 2024


7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


  • Edwin Huizinga
    Edwin Huizinga

    Violinist Edwin Huizinga began studying Baroque violin with Marylin McDonald at Oberlin Conservatory, and then went on to become San Francisco Conservatory’s Baroque Performance assistant, while earning a master’s degree under Corey Jameson. Edwin has toured extensively with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, the Wallfisch Band, Apollo’s Fire, and Brandywine Baroque. Huizinga has also appeared as a guest artist with the Amsterdam Conservatory, under the tutelage of Lucy Van Dael, and worked with Vera Beths, Anner Bylsma, Stanley Ritchie, and Elizabeth Blumenstock. Edwin is a founding member of international touring ensembles ACRONYM and Fire & Grace, the Artistic Director of the Sweetwater Music Festival, and artistic team member at the Big Sur Fiddle Camp.

  • William Coulter
    William Coulter
    Guitar, Fire & Grace

    William Coulter is an internationally acclaimed, Grammy award winning master of the steel-string guitar. His most recent recording, The Rolling Waves, was released in December 2021 on the Gourd Music label. This solo project is a collection of original arrangements of folk and original music from the Celtic lands and beyond. Coulter has been Music Director for Tomaseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas since 1998, and has performed with the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, Apollo’s Fire and many other ensembles. In March of 2016 he debuted Celtic Journey, a full length pops concert with the Omaha Symphony featuring Irish singers, dancers, musicians and story-teller. Collaborations have been a mainstay of his career including tours and recordings with Gourd Music artists Neal Hellman and Barry and Shelley Phillips; classical guitar virtuoso Benjamin Verdery, and Irish flute wizard Brian Finnegan. Tours have taken him around the states and to Ireland, Europe, Taiwan, New Zealand, Chile, and most recently Australia. Coulter teaches classical guitar at UC Santa Cruz and at many summer camps and festivals. Coulter earned degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the university of hard knocks.

  • Brian Finnegan
    Irish Whistles and Flute
  • Maeve Gilchrist
  • Andrew Megill
    Andrew Megill
    Tenor Soloist


Sunset Center Theater
Sunset Center Theater
San Carlos St between 8th and 10th Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921

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