Local musician Patricia Treacy is all set to play for President-elect Joe Biden during today’s eagerly anticipated inauguration ceremony. The internationally renowned violinist is no stranger to playing for Biden having done so on a number of occasions previously including four years ago when he visited his ancestral home in Cooley.
The Blackrock native will play for the incoming President at a private mass prior to his inauguration in Washington D.C and has already made the journey to the capital city from her home in Chicago. It has been reported that she will be playing a 315-year-old Stradivarius violin, from Joe Bein and Company in Chicago, which is estimated to be worth $4m (€3.3m). The bow alone is worth a staggering €800,000.
There had been fears that all live music for the inauguration ceremony would be cancelled following riots on Capital Hill earlier this month but those fears have been allayed and the talented violinist is all set to play for a small crowd including the immediate Biden family.
She will be playing The Proclamation, composed by Patrick Cassidy, and Ag Críost an Síol. She will then join Soprano Renée Fleming for ‘On Eagles Wings’, Schubert’s ‘Ave Maria’ and the ‘Celtic Alleluia’ for what is expected to be the only live music of the day.
According to Patricia she is understandably hugely excited to be playing on what is such a huge day for Joe Biden and all his supporters.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be able to perform for the inaugural mass for the President-elect and his amazing family which I have become very close to. I am hugely honoured to be a part of this momentous historical occasion.”
The Blackrock musician has won numerous awards during her glittering career and has performed as a soloist in the Cross-Border Orchestra in 2014. She has also performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Oriental Arts Centre in Shanghai and as a soloist at all major venues in Ireland.
Patricia is also set to feature in a documentary that is due to be launched in March 2021 to coincide with the annual Irish diplomatic delegation for the annual St Patrick’s Day visit to the White House.