A Japanese choir, the Toyo Eiwa Jogakuin Choir, an all-female choir, will perform Handel’s Messiah in Dublin on the anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that caused massive destruction in Japan last year. The performance takes place at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, at 8pm on Sunday, 11 March.
Soprano Eri Nakamura and bass Yasunori Okumura will sing two of the solo parts, with three Dublin-based singers — organist David Leigh, countertenor Ben Barnes and tenor Ciarán Kelly – joining them. Hideyuki Tsuji will conduct the thirty-strong, all-female choir.
Admission is free, but audience members are invited to make a donation to a fund for victims of the earthquake and tsunami.
The choir will also perform in a second concert earlier on the same day. The Plum Blossom Tsunami Anniversary Concert takes place at the Pepper Cannister Church, Upper Mount Street, Dublin 2, at 3.30pm. The programme also includes music by Handel, as well as Mozart, Rossini, Rachmaninov, Schumann, Chopin, Richard Strauss and Monteverdi. Tickets cost €24.
Published on 9 March 2012