Sin­fo­nia marks 25 years with Opera House con­cert

Wexford People - - NEWS -

WEX­FORD SIN­FO­NIA will take to the stage of the Na­tional Opera House this Satur­day at 8 p.m. with a con­cert that will de­light au­di­ences and also mark a mile­stone in the life of the group.

The pro­gramme will in­clude: Men­delssohn’s ‘He­brides Over­ture’, Haydn’s ‘Trum­pet Con­certo’ and Beethoven’s ‘Sym­phony No. 7.’ An­drew Syn­nott, who is this sea­son’s guest con­duc­tor, is well-known to Wex­ford au­di­ences for his op­er­atic com­po­si­tion ‘Dublin­ers’ which had its world premier dur­ing last year’s Wex­ford Opera Fes­ti­val.

Guest soloist for the evenint is iTunes clas­si­cal and jazz chart top­per Niall O’Sul­li­van (pic­tured), a trum­pet player who started out in the Ar­tane Boys Band. Since then he has worked with artists such as Jose Car­reras, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Ju­lian Lloyd Web­ber.

The event will be an evening of mu­sic but also a cel­e­bra­tion of the or­ches­tra it­self.

Founded in 1993, Wex­ford Sin­fo­nia en­ter­tains a large, loyal au­di­ence in Wex­ford and has es­tab­lished it­self as one of the coun­try’s top ama­teur or­ches­tras. It is a vi­tal and trea­sured oa­sis for sea­soned and young per­form­ers alike. Over the years, the group has pro­vided mu­si­cians with in­valu­able op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop their orches­tral skills in the com­pany of ac­claimed con­duc­tors and soloists. Many have gone on to forge mu­sic ca­reers in Ire­land and abroad.

Han­nah Miller is one such mu­si­cian. She has held the po­si­tion of As­sis­tant Prin­ci­pal Horn in the Kuo­pio Sym­phony Or­ches­tra of Fin­land since 2015 and will em­bark on a post-grad­u­ate course at the world renowned Juil­liard School this Septem­ber. She will play in the horn sec­tion and will be joined on stage by her proud fa­ther Keith on clar­inet, and her grand­mother Ruth, on dou­ble bass.

Tick­ets are €20 and are avail­able at www. na­tion­al­op­er­a­house.ie or on 053 91 22144. Fam­ily dis­counts are avail­able at €5 per child and €10 per ac­com­pa­ny­ing adult, for the up­per cir­cle only.

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