Fleischmann Choir and CSM Symphony Orchestra
St. Michael's Church
Sun 8 December 2019 - 6:00 pm
€15 | €12 (concessions) | €12 & €10 (COS members) | €5 (students)
One of the greatest operatic composers of all time turned his attention to the mass text in his early 20s which resulted in his Messa di Gloria. First performed in 1880, it portrays Puccini’s flair for drama, sublime orchestrations and overwhelmingly beautiful melodic lines. St. Michael’s Church is the perfect setting for this sacred masterpiece.
Puccini Messa di Gloria for solo voices, choir and orchestra
The Fleischmann Choir
Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra
Conor Palliser (conductor)
€15 (General admission) | €12 (Concessions | COS members)
€10 (COS concessionary members) | €5 (Students) | Free (Under 18s)
The Fleischmann Choir was founded in November 1992. Initially called the Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra Chorus, it sang in public for the first time on 22 April 1993 when it gave a concert with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in Cork’s City Hall to mark the opening of the 40th Cork International Choral Festival. The programme was of music by Aloys Fleischmann – one of the founders of the Cork International Choral Festival and its long-serving Festival Director – who had died the previous year. Shortly after this concert, with the permission of the family, the choir was renamed in memory of the man who did so much to further the cause of choral music and choral singing in Ireland. The choir was then led until 2013 by founder-conductor Dr. Geoffrey Spratt (Director of the CIT School of Music and Founder-Conductor of the Irish Youth Choir and Canticum Novum).
The Fleischmann Choir is a large, mixed-voice choir which specialises in singing large-scale works for choir and orchestra. In recent years it has performed Beethoven’s Mass in C, Berlioz’s Grande messe des morts [Requiem] (in both Wales and Ireland) and Te Deum, Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances” from Prince Igor, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem & Nänie, Bruckner’s Te Deum, Angel Climent’s Missa solemne & Motet: Caro mea, Dvorák’s Mass (in both Germany and Ireland), Fauré’s Requiem, Fleischmann’s Clare’s Dragoons & Song of the Provinces, Grieg’s Incidental Music for Peer Gynt, Handel’s Messiah, Zadok the Priest & Chandos Anthem No.1, Haydn’s Missa in tempore belle, The Seasons & The Creation, Hummel’s Alma virgo, Bryan Kelly’s Africa, Mathias’s Ave Rex, Mozart’s Requiem & Coronation Mass, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Poulenc’s Gloria, Stainer’s The Crucifixion, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music and Hodie, Verdi’s Missa da Requiem (in both Germany and Ireland) and Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus & Gloria.
Conor Palliser has quickly established himself as one of Ireland’s leading young conductors and accompanists. He is the conductor of the Fleischmann Choir; the Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra; chorus master to the Cork Operatic Society; and on the staff of the CIT Cork School of Music as a conductor, lecturer, piano teacher and coach accompanist. His piano and French horn teachers – Mary Beattie and Seán Clinch respectively – had a prodigious influence on his musical development.
Conor is also a highly-regarded horn player having worked professionally with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Wexford Opera and Camerata Ireland as well as being a former member of the European Union Youth Orchestra and International Youth Wind Orchestra. He has also worked alongside both the Callino Quartet and RTÉ Contempo Quartet.
As a piano player, Conor has appeared on stage at the NCH, Dublin, in a performance of Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Winds and his debut piano recital in 2008 was broadcast by RTÉ’s lyric fm from the John Field Room, NCH. In recent times, he has been the official accompanist for the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and is hugely in demand to accompany young musicians in competitions and festivals across Ireland. In 2010, Conor was a finalist in the inaugural Irish Freemasons’ Young Musician of the Year.
Conor first studied conducting with Alan Cutts during his BMus Degree and from 2009 to 2011, Conor undertook a conducting mentorship with Dr. Geoffrey Spratt at CSM. In 2010, Conor was privileged to become a beneficiary from the Bryden Thomson Trust for Young Conductors and it was decided to extend this support in 2012. Following his professional conducting debut with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in 2011, Conor has been invited to conduct them on several subsequent occasions including a performance in the presence of President Michael D. Higgins as part of the Easter 1916 anniversary festivities. He conducted the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra on their sold-out Irish tour in 2015 and again the following July in their sold-out final Summer Lunchtime Series concert in the National Concert Hall, Dublin. In May of 2016, Conor made his debut with the Ulster Orchestra on a week-long concert series across Northern Ireland. Following his Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta last October the Epoch Times wrote that Conor is an “outstanding Irish conductor.”