Programme

Kölner Orchester-Gesellschaft

Thursday 6th October 2022 | 7.30pm
City Hall, Cork

Kölner Orchester-Gesellschaft, conducted by Witolf Werner, presents a tantalising programme featuring Bizet’s colourful L‘Arlésienne Suites; Mendelssohn’s heroic ‘Reformation’ Symphony; and Saint-Saëns’s Cello Concerto No.1 – considered by many to be the greatest of all cello concertos – featuring Cork’s Callum Owens as soloist.

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Madrigal ’75 and the Cork Baroque Players

Friday 14th October 2022 | 7.30pm
Curtis Auditorium, MTU Cork School of Music

Madrigal ’75 and the Cork Baroque Players join forces to perform Handel’s Messiah as part of this year’s East Cork Early Music Festival. With its joyous arias and rapturous choruses, this awe-inspiring English-language oratorio has been a cornerstone of European choral music since its premiere in Dublin in 1742.

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Pirosmani Quartet

Thursday 20th October 2022 | 7.30pm
Curtis Auditorium

The Pirosmani Quartet, a star-studded line-up of international musicians lead Cork violinist Mairead Hickey, perform Beethoven’s String Quartet Op.18 No.3, an early work that already bears the hallmarks of the master’s genius; Brahms’ magnificent A minor quartet; and Sean Doherty’s fine ‘Night Piece’, written for Mairead’s Ortús Festival in 2020.

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Solas Quartet

Thursday 10th November 2022 | 7.30pm
Curtis Auditorium

The Solas Quartet, led by Irish Chamber Orchestra leader Katherine Hunka, presents a fascinatingly varied programme spanning four centuries and reflecting the wide-ranging musical talents and specialities of the quartet’s members. For the second half of the concert, they are joined by Cork violist Ed Creedon for Mendelssohn’s brilliant B flat string quintet.

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Cork Fleischmann Symphony Orchestra

Saturday 12th November 2022 | 7.30pm
City Hall, Cork

The Cork Fleischmann Symphony Orchestra, under conductor Keith Pascoe and leader Eithne Willis, presents a sublime programme featuring Beethoven’s mighty ‘Emperor’ Concerto, with pianist Michael Mchale as soloist; Ravel’s rapturous ‘Tzigane’ for Violin and Orchestra, with soloist Megan Chan; plus works by Haydn, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky.

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Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra with Barry Douglas

Wednesday 16th November 2022 | 8.00pm
Curtis Auditorium

The internationally renowned Irish pianist Barry Douglas joins the Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Conor Palliser, for a performance of the much-loved Piano Concerto No.2 by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Overtures and Preludes by Nicolai, Bruch and Wagner complete the wonderful programme.

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Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra

Saturday 19th November 2022 | 1.10pm
Curtis Auditorium

Conor Palliser conducts the Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra in performances of Otto Nicolai’s Merrry Wives of Windsor Overture; the Prelude to Max Bruch’s oratorio Odysseus, and the Prelude to Meistersinger von Nürnberg by Richard Wagner in this FREE lunchtime concert.


RTÉ Concert Orchestra

Saturday 19th November 2022 | 7.30pm
City Hall, Cork

Conductor David Brophy guides the RTÉ Concert Orchestra through an enthralling, wide-ranging programme featuring Beethoven’s Egmont Overture; the live world premier of Paul Frost’s Burning of Cork; a Slavonic Dance by Dvořák; and Prokofiev’s popular “symphonic fairy tale for children”, Peter And The Wolf, with an Irish-language narration by Aedin Gormley of Lyric FM’s Movies and Musicals.

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Gavan Ring (tenor) and Gary Beecher (piano)

Wednesday 7th December 2022 | 7.30pm
Curtis Auditorium

Irish tenor Gavan Ring“The agility of a gymnast and the vocal command of a sergeant major”  Opera Magazine – joins pianist Gary Beecher, COS Emerging Artist 2021-22, for a performance of Schubert’s profoundly moving Winterreise song cycle, one of the supreme masterpieces of the genre.

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The Fleischmann Choir

Sunday 11th December 2022 | 6.00pm
St Michael’s, Blackrock

The Fleischmann Choir performs “Magnificat and Nunc dimittis” by Leo Sowerby, often called the “Dean of American church music”; Spiritual Songs by August Söderman, the pre-eminent Swedish composer of the Romantic generation; Ina Boyle’s Cædmon’s Hymn (an Irish premiere); and Elgar’s setting of Ben Jonson’s “I Sing the Birth”.

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Madrigal ’75 Christmas Concerts

Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd December | 7.30pm
Curtis Auditorium

Vocal ensemble Madrigal ’75and conductor James Taylor present their ever-popular Christmas Concerts, with their stunning selection of seasonal choral music. Madrigal ’75’s repertoire includes both rarely performed works alongside Christmas classics, with music spanning the ages from early to contemporary.

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