The Irish Baroque Orchestra at Christ Church Cathedral


The Irish Baroque Orchestra presents ‘The Suffering of the Virgin’ at Christ Church Cathedral on Thursday 1 March at 8pm.

The acclaimed Irish Baroque Orchestra, directed by Grammy nomineee Monica Huggett, will present a beautiful and moving programme of works by Pergolesi, Vivaldi and Ferrandini during Lent 2012.

Entitled ‘The Suffering of the Virgin’, the programme includes a very fine instrumental work  by Vivaldi alongside Pergolesi’s famous Stabat Mater (A hymn to Mary), and Il Pianto di Maria composed by Giovanni Battista Ferrandini (1710-91), from which the title of our touring project is drawn.  This last work, a formidable and skilfully orchestrated cantata, was for many years attributed to Handel.  However, ongoing suspicions about its authenticity coupled with further research has, in more recent times, reunited the work with its rightful owner.

The IBO is delighted to be joined by two of Ireland’s finest vocalists for this series. Countertenor Stephen Wallace,  an internationally successful soloist and one of Ireland’s most accomplished performers, will be joined by outstanding soprano Mary Nelson, who hails originally from Belfast. The Irish Baroque Orchestra is generously supported by the Arts Council and Dublin City Council.

For further information and to book online, please visit www.irishbaroqueorchestra.com or call 01-4023518.