Cork Orchestral Society is proud to announce the launch of a new venture for the society, a programme of concerts that will be streamed online and available to view here on our website between January and June of 2021. In the first of these concerts, 13 Strings, a new Cork-based ensemble curated by David Whitla with violinist Sébastien Petiet as leader, performed sublime works for strings by Telemann, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Grieg.
The second concert in the six-strong series featured Cork School of Music Emerging Artist of the Year, violinist Brendan Garde, accompanied by Gary Beecher, the winner of several international awards as a collaborative pianist, performing violin sonatas by Mozart and Brahms, plus a Nocturne by Chopin arranged for violin and piano by Nathan Milstein. The series continued in April with a recital by the popular, highly acclaimed Irish pianist, Finghin Collins, featuring piano works by Schubert, Haydn, Chopin and Berg.
Passing the halfway point of the Online Concert Series in May Cork Orchestral Society welcomed a performance from the Cork-based woodwind quintet, Winds of Change, accompanied by the young, multi-award-winning Cork pianist Ellen Jansson, with a programme featuring works by Francis Poulenc and Ludwig Thuille The penultimate concert, debuting in June, featured David Keating (guitar), Roddy O’Keeffe (trombone) and Anne-Marie Papin Labazordière (harp) in three unaccompanied recitals recorded live in the Triskel Arts Centre, Cork.
Cork Orchestral Society’s 2021 Online Programme comes to a close this July with a concert titled DIVA featuring three of Ireland’s finest sopranos. Majella Cullagh, Emma Nash and Kelley Petcu (nee Lonergan) join forces with pianist Michael Joyce to perform a programme of popular classics from Opera and Lieder to Broadway and golden-age Hollywood. DIVA can be enjoyed free of charge from 6.30pm on Saturday July 10 where it will be available for a month.