Cork Orchestral Society launches 2021 online concert programme

Cork Orchestral Society launches 2021 online concert programme

Saturday, 23 January 2021, 6.00pm

Cork Orchestral Society has launched a programme of concerts set to take place over the first six months of 2021. In a new endeavour for the society, the performances will be streamed online for audiences with one each month hosted on its website between January and June this year.

The first concert will take place on the evening of Saturday, January 23, featuring a newly-founded Cork ensemble, 13 Strings. The ensemble’s programme for the concert consists of Telemann’s Don Quixote Suite, Mozart’s Divertimento in B flat, K. 137 (K. 125b), Grieg’s Two Elegiac Melodies and Mendelssohn’s String Sinfonia no.2 in D.

13 Strings is curated by Canadian musician, David Whitla, the full time double bass instructor at the CIT Cork School of Music and a former member of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Whitla records and performs regularly as an extra with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and has appeared on numerous other albums and soundtracks.

Joining Whitla at the ensemble’s core is leader of the first violin section of 13 Strings, Sébastien Petiet. Born in France, Petiet grew up in west Kerry, where he learned traditional Irish music from local musicians. A multi-instrumentalist, he plays most acoustic string instruments, both bowed and plucked. Petiet also spent 21 years as a violinist with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

“It is with great joy that today we can announce our return", says Tom Crowley, Chairperson of Cork Orchestral Society, “and to start 2021 on a bright note, we are delighted to present a programme of six concerts online which will be non-ticketed events. It is a great source of pride to us at the Cork Orchestral Society that these concerts will be a celebration of the talent and mastery found locally, from within our own music community."

Founded by Aloys Fleischmann in 1938, Cork Orchestral Society has spent over 80 years continuing the legacy of Fleischmann, presenting top-quality classical music of all kinds to the city of Cork, from spellbinding chamber music to spectacular orchestras.

Taking place in February, the second concert in the series will be performed by Cork School of Music (CSM) Emerging Artist, Brendan Garde (violin) playing with Gary Beecher (piano). Garde was also the recipient of Best Taught Master’s Degree Student at CSM and has performed at many events and festivals including the Ortús Chamber Music Festival, Salisbury International Arts Festival, Finding a Voice Festival, Kaleidoscope and the West Cork Chamber Music Festival.

“There are yet more treats in store, with a solo piano recital, wind quintet, piano trio and a trio of sopranos all waiting in the wings to delight our audience in the coming months,” concluded Mr Crowley.

Further details on the upcoming Cork Orchestral Society’s 2021 programme and viewing information can be found on its website www.corkorchestralsociety.ie

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