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Irish Songmakers

Schubert: Rivers, Lakes, Seas

Friday 18th January 2019

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We regret to announce that mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty has had to withdraw from this Friday’s Irish Songmakers lunchtime recital Schubert: Rivers, Lakes, Seas due to indisposition. However, we are delighted that soprano Sylvia O’Brien can perform a programme of Schubert lieder in her place, and that the performance of Schubert’s Trout-Quintet with Musici Ireland will go ahead as planned.

Sylvia O’Brien, soprano  (replacing Sharon Carty)
Niall Kinsella, piano
Musici Ireland 

Programme includes:

Schubert: Selected songs, including Die Forelle, D.550; 
Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major “Trout-Quintet”, D667

Leading Irish chamber ensemble Musici Ireland join forces with Irish Songmakers for this concert, which features Schubert’s famous “Trout-Quintet”, based partly on his song “The Trout”. 

Musici Ireland is a diverse and flexible ensemble that collaborates with Ireland's finest musicians. Formed in 2012 under the artistic direction of Beth McNinch, they have developed a reputation for producing unforgettable chamber concerts for audiences of all sizes. They have enjoyed two highly successful concert series at the National Concert Hall, most recently their 5x5 series in 2017. This celebrated their 5th Anniversary by showcasing their favourite programmes in a series of five lunchtime recitals.
Musici Ireland in brings chamber music to new audiences, constantly challenging themselves, building on repertoire and programming exciting new works mixed with traditional pieces.

Equally at home in the classical and contemporary repertoire,Irish soprano Sylvia O’Brien has impressed audiences in opera, oratorio and chamber music. She is a regular guest with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Cecilia and has performed with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the German NDR and the Dutch Magogo Chamber Orchestra. Opera roles include Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), Konstanze (Die Entfuhrung), Jenufa (Jenufa), Governess (The Turn of the Screw).

Her vocal and musical skills make her an important singer of contemporary repertoire, having performed works by Tristan Keuris, Gerald Barry, Louis Andriessen, Brian Irvine, Morton Feldman, Manos Tsangaris, Seóirse Bodley, Ian Wilson, Kevin O’Connell, Reymond Deane and Luigi Nono. She was a resident performer at the Malkovich International Composers Competition and since has performed with many leading contemporary ensembles. She sang the Irish premiere of Here (in circles) by Michel van der Aa with the Crash Ensemble conducted by Alan Pierson and Porat songs with the Nieuw European Ensemble in the Netherlands. In 2014 as part of the New Music Dublin Festival she sang Claude Vivier’s Lonely Child with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland conducted by Nicolas Cleobury. She has performed the one act opera Neither by Morton Feldman with the Helsinki Philhamonic (conducted by Dmitry Slobodeniuk and the National Symphony of Ireland premiere under conductor Stefan Asbury. In September 2008 she premiered a new work by Joseph Phibbs Silence at the Song’s End for soprano and string quartet, at the Jubilee Hall Aldeburgh. Also the premiere of Gerard Barry’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Gabriel), She has collaborated with many composers most notably the Irish composer Seóirse Bodley, with whom she has performed on many occasions.

As a regular recitalist, she has performed at the West Cork Music Festival (Bantry House), with the Grieg Piano Trio, Vogler Festival, she toured the Seven Romances on Verses by A. Blok with the Syrius Trio ending in a performance at the Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York and performed at the White Crow Music Festival Leiden, The Netherlands with the Nieuw European Ensemble. She has performed a number of times with Seoirse Bodley, most recently in a new work written for her by Seóirse Bodley (voice and piano) text by Seamus Heaney at the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin. She toured John Tavener’s To a dancing child in the Wind with the Triocca ensemble. She performs regularly in recital with Russian pianist Hanna Shybayeva and performed Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death at the Russian Embassy in the Hague in April 2012. 

Presented by Irish Songmakers in association with Musici Ireland
Presented with kind support from E-Z Heating Solutions Ltd.