Bach: Christmas Oratorio – Monday 16 Dec 2019 at the National Concert Hall, Dublin
Following our successful performance to a sell-out audience of parts 1, 3 and 4 of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio last December, the Goethe Choir will be returning to the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Monday December 16th to perform the remaining parts 2, 5 and 6 of the work, together with the Christmas Motet ‘Hodie Christus Natus Est’ by Francis Poulenc and a selection of carols.
Included among the soloists will be Alison Browner (an Irish mezzo-soprano now based in Germany and a former member of the choir), Hannah Gries (daughter and former student of Alison Browner’s from Limburg in Germany), Irish bass Brendan Collins and the German tenor Dustin Droszdiok, who is returning to sing in this concert after a wonderful performance with us in last December’s concert.
Tickets cost €30 each and may be obtained via the National Concert Hall website.
Supported by the Goethe-Institut Irland
‘Celebrating female composers’ – Saturday 29 June 2019 at St. Finian’s Lutheran Church, Adelaide Road, Dublin 2
The choir performed a programme of works by female composers at St. Finian’s Lutheran Church in Adelaide Road, Dublin 2 at 8pm on Saturday 29 June 2019. The concert included works by:
Hildegard von Bingen
Wilhelmine von Bayreuth
Maria Theresia von Paradis
Elisabeth Goell, Soprano
Katie Richardson McCrea, Alto
Anne-Marie O’Farrell, Harp
Goethe Choir, John Dexter conductor
Goethe Ensemble, Werner Blau conductor
The programme contained a delightful and entertaining selection of works which may have been less well-known but which certainly deserved a wider audience, and which was much appreciated by a large audience. The concert was in aid of the St’ Finian’s Church roof fund.
Will Todd: Mass in Blue – Saturday 25 May 2019 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin
The Goethe Choir gave a performance of Will Todd’s Mass in Blue on Saturday 25 May 2019 in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. The concert was in aid of Carmichael Ireland. The choir was accompanied by the Will Todd Ensemble, and featured the composer himself on piano and Hilary Cronin as soprano soloist.
This work was first sung by the choir in St. Ann’s Church, Dublin, on 2 June 2018. A recording of the 2018 performance can be heard below.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind – Friday 3 May 2019 at the National Concert Hall, Dublin
The Goethe Choir joined the RTE National Symphony Orchestra on Friday 3 May 2019 in the National Concert Hall, Dublin in a presentation with live music of Steven Spielberg’s 1977 masterpiece ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’. The film features a groundbreaking and magnificent score written by John Williams, which was performed live and in sync with the film. The choir was proud to be asked to participate in this popular presentation.
Claudio Monteverdi: L’Orfeo – Saturday 23 March 2019 at the Freemasons’ Hall in Dublin
The choir gave a concert performance of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo at the Freemasons’ Hall, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2 on Saturday 23 March 2019. Written in 1607 for a court performance during the annual Carnival at Mantua, L’Orfeo is the earliest surviving opera that is still regularly performed.
The performance featured the following artists:
Matthew Long — Orfeo
Sharon Carty — Euridice
John Elwes — Apollo
Sylvia O’Brien — Soprano
Brendan Collins — Bass
Siobhán Armstrong — Harp
Paul Herriott – Narrator
with the Goethe Choir & Goethe Ensemble conducted by John Dexter.
The venue was the spectacular Grand Lodge Room in the Freemasons’ Hall in Dublin