Kicking off Spring in style, February has both some excellent and unique classical experiences in store for concert-goers.
We here at the Goldenplec Classical Team have traipsed through the month’s upcoming shows to bring you a concise list of what not to miss!
Keep The Home Fires Burning, Songs Of the First World War- February 23rd.
This unique event presented by some of the country’s leading musicians sees the re-creation of the performances held at the Front during WW1. With narration by Eamonn Lawlor, tonight’s performance promises to exhibit ‘popular songs and rare musical gems of the WW1 era’.
The Key Notes
Simon Morgan: Baritone
Sylvia O Brien: Soprano
Niall O Sullivan: Trumpet
Gerald Peregrine: Cello
Martin Brunsden: Saw/Double Bass
Nigel Linden: Accordion
Vincent Lynch: Piano
Eamonn Lawlor: Narrator
A Taste of Opera
Puccini By Candlelight, February 21st at NCH
Presented by Lyrica Opera Company, this nod to Puccini is most definitely not to be missed this month. The evening sees a selection of his opera highlights performed by Australian Helena Dix, Brit Neal Cooper and Irish soprano Rachel Croash. The programme travels through the highlights of this great opera master, featuring excerpts of some of his most famous works, such as La Fanciulla del West, La Bohème, and Tosca - to name just a few! With a pre-concert introduction in the Carolan Room beforehand this is the perfect event for those looking for an avenue into opera appreciation or seasoned opera fans alike.
Helena Dix soprano
Neal Cooper tenor
Rachel Croash soprano
John Gibbons conductor
Vivian J. Coates director and designer
THE LYRIC OPERA ORCHESTRA
Pick of the Month
Ray Chen & Julien Quentin 19th February at the NCH
Violinist Ray Chen takes to the Main Hall of the NCH and will no doubt bring his usual flamboyance and showy habits with him. Tonight’s performance is a chance to see Chen live and experience the fresh energy he seems to be injecting into the violin. Accompanied by French piano virtuoso Julien Quentin, this is a great opportunity to see two exciting and capable musicians.
Arvo Pärt Fratres for Violin and Piano
Prokofiev Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80
Tchaikovsky Souvenir d’un Lieu Cher, Op. 42
Stravinsky Divertimento for Violin and Piano
Tickets: €45, €40, €35, €30 (€20 Choir Balcony)