TTU's Celtic Ensemble is a small ensemble (winds, strings, percussion, voice) specializing in group performance of the traditional dance music and song of the seven Celtic nations: Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall, Galicia, and the Isle of Man. We play recitals, guest concerts, and participate in many service performances both on and off-campus: Celtic Christmas, Madrigal Dinners, Reading Marathon, and so on.
More colloquially, we refer to this ensemble as The Elegant Savages Orchestra / ESO (the Symphonic folk orchestra from the lost world of Bassanda)
The ESO is a unique ensemble of winds, strings, and rhythm instruments, voices, and dancers, providing classical and sight-reading musicians the opportunity to explore various traditional and vernacular music “by ear” genres in a chamber orchestral format: strings (violin, viola, ‘cello, double bass), winds, and percussion. Repertoire is drawn from Celtic, English, Appalachian, BalFolk, Caribbean, and Scandinavian music & dance traditions, and the Orchestra collaborates extensively with composers, songwriters, choreographers, and virtuoso soloists to create unique symphonic realizations of their creative visions.
Director, Dr. Christopher Smith
The 1942 'Casablanca' Band
The Elegant Savages Orchestra
ESO Silent Short Films