Tuesday 5th March 2019, 6:30pm - Tuesday 16th April 2019, 6:30pm
Music Club with Liz Nolan
It’s Spring so that means that the The Friends of UCH Music Club is back! Once again we are delighted to have Liz Nolan taking the lead, guiding us through conversation around some wonderful music. Here are the details of all four evenings –
Tuesday 5th March, 6.30pm – Venetian Carnival
Ruskin described it as “the pearl, the Serenissima”: and in all its glittering aspects, Venice is a city dedicated to the arts. In the 17th century, it was birthplace to spectacular public opera, while in the sacred space of the San Marco Basilica, opulent choral works marked every feast day. Not forgetting the wealth of instrumental and orchestral works supplied by the Red Priest, Antonio Vivaldi, and his female orchestra. For a liaison by the Lido, prepare for Venetian Carnival: Musical Splendours of the Floating City.
Tuesday 19th March – German Lieder
1) Boy loves girl (generally). 2) Love isn’t returned/ he’s sent to war/ she wilts away (or variations thereon).
3) He dies poetically in some pastoral setting. The clichés are irresistible! But in its scope and depth, the German Lied (song) is one of the most profound and lovely genres in all music. First perfected by Franz Schubert in the early 19th century, the Lied was taken up by Robert Schumann- as the only expression beautiful enough to convey his love for his wife Clara. Brahms, the Schumanns’ great disciple, made of the Lied a vehicle of rich certainty, while for Hugo Wolf, the Lied was ‘a vampire’, whose demands sucked at his soul. And another great love story- that of Richard Strauss and his wife Paulina von Ahna- inspired song that brought the Lied into the 20th century. Follow this journey (with a couple of detours!) in German Lieder.
Tuesday 2nd April – The Great Mezzo Sopranos
In art, as in life, there’s a lot to be said for remaining the bridesmaid. While in Romantic opera, the soprano’s line rose higher, and her plotline narrowed to either marriage or death (frequently, both), the mezzos- well, they continued to have a splendid time. Adroitly hopping from trouser to skirt roles, morphing from youngster to old crone with ease- not to mention landing the odd juicy turn as seductress- the mezzo soprano has commanded opera’s most varied and dramatic repertoire, from baroque to contemporary opera. In The Great Mezzo Sopranos, we enjoy the talents of some of the modern era’s great mezzo divas, including Marilyn Horne, Frederica von Stade, Cecilia Bartoli and Joyce di Donato.
Tuesday 16th April – Carmina Burana
This Spring the UCH Music Club lets rip with an unabashed paean to the bounty of this world- youth and vigour, drink and lovemaking, the blossom and fruit of desire- all governed by the inscrutable dictates of Fortune. Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana is a modern day profane cantata that’s rooted in earthy medieval verse: replete with shattering choruses and beguiling song, all underscored by powerful rhythms. A hopeful toast to summer pleasures!
Friends of UCH €55 / Non Friends €65 – includes all four evenings and a glass of wine! Venue: Daly Room, Plassey House, starts 6.30pm all 4 evenings.
To Book call Mairead 061 213306 / Box Office 061 331549
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