Christ Church Cathedral Choir Summer Concert, 21 June 2012

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Christ Church Cathedral Dublin is delighted to announce its first ever Summer Concert on 21 June at 7.30pm with an evening of some of the finest and most exhilarating choral music ever written. Sung by one of Ireland’s finest choirs, the evening will include Sir Hubert Parry’s masterpiece, Songs of Farewell, Leonard Bernstein’s beautiful Chichester Psalms, the West Side Story of the choral world and a number of tradition Irish and contemporary works for solo harp by internationally renowned harpist, Dianne Marshall.

Sir Hubert Parry’s six-part motet suite, Songs of Farewell, written in the last years of his life, draw together psalms, poetry and beautiful choral writing to stunning and often moving effect. Best known as the composer of “Jerusalem”, Parry is considered one of the leaders of the English music in the 1880s, inspiring a whole generation of English composers. His genius is best represented with this work. Leonard Bernstein has been described as a 20th-century Renaissance man, daring to be versatile in an age of specialisation.

The first indigenous American to really challenge the global domination of musical life by Europeans, he came to symbolise the optimism and “Yes We Can” attitude of the American way. Commissioned by the Cathedrals of Chichester and Salisbury to compose a setting from the book of Psalms, the result was his serene masterpiece, Chichester Psalms.

Under the baton of of Ian Keatley, organist and director of music at Christ Church Cathedral, the choir will also be joined by musicians Dianne Marshall, Chris Stynes and David Bremner. Renowned harpist, Dianne Marshall has performed extensively throught the world. She has toured with the European Opera Company and performed at both the European Harp Symposium and the World Harp Congress. Chris Stynes is one of Ireland’s rising percussionists and regularly performs with many of Ireland’s leading professional groups including Wexford Festival Opera and the RTÉ Performing groups. David Bremner is a composer, pianist and assistant organist at Christ Church Cathedral.

Tickets cost €15 (€12 concession) and can be purchased online HERE or on the door.

Doors open at 6.45pm (unreserved seating) and the concert will begin at 7.30pm.

For further information please contact Cian Elliott, at Christ Church Cathedral on 01 677 8099 or email ei.budccc@ttoille.naic

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