The Ryder Cup Brings Scottish Cultural Events to Chicagoland

The Ryder Cup is coming to town – and with it, the Scots! Scotland — the home of golf and Ryder Cup 2014 host — is lending the city some of its best creative talent and encouraging Chicagoans to tee off with a wee bit of Scottish culture. From Wednesday, Sept. 26 through Saturday, Sept. 29 events and exhibits around the city include: concerts by legendary touring Scottish rock/folk music festival Celtic Connections, a play by the National Theater of Scotland, and an outdoor sculpture exhibit at the Field Museum.


Scottish Culture Tees Off in Chicago – Ryder Cup 2012 Events:

Celtic Connections
This annual folk, roots, and world music festival, which takes place in Glasgow each January, will stop in Chicago on its first tour outside of Scotland. Acclaimed as “Britain’s greatest winter music festival,” Celtic Connections offer the best of the best of Scottish music. In addition to playing the official opening and closing ceremonies of the Ryder Cup, throughout the week there will an array of performances. Two of the best will be:

– Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6.30pm – Transatlantic Sessions at Jay Pritzker Pavilion
An array of world-class musicians will be under the musical direction of Shetland fiddle maestro Aly Bain and dobro player Jerry Douglas (currently touring as special guest with Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello and Paul Simon). Performances will also come from the much-loved Dan Tyminski, Grammy award-winning Tim O’Brien and founder of the Louisiana Cajun group Balfa Toujours, Dirk Powell.

– Saturday, September 29, 7.30pm – Celtic Connections (a showcase of Scottish musical talent) at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance
A showcase of Scottish musical talent, performers include Scottish folk singer Julie Fowlis, fresh from performing on the soundtrack for Disney-Pixar’s new animated 3D blockbuster Brave.

National Theater of Scotland at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre presents The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart
Wednesday, September 26 – Sun 14 October 2012
Evenings: Tue – Sat 7.30pm /Matinees: Sat & Sun, 3pm
Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, 800 East Grand Avenue

Kelpies at The Field Museum:
The Kelpies maquettes have been installed at the Field Museum, Grant Park Chicago as part of the Chicago Sculpture international. Creator, Andy Scott, well known for his large scale public art contributions and is the only non-American artists exhibiting in this world-renowned show. Outdoor exhibit, open 24/7 through early 2013