Dublin Musical Saunter – John O’Conor Celebration @ Great Music in Irish Houses 2019
This year the Dublin Musical Saunter focuses the spotlight directly on one of Ireland’s most distinguished pianists, John O’Conor, and the day has been carefully constructed to celebrate John’s prowess as both a celebrated performer and a teacher sans pareil, always encouraging and championing his students to achieve their full potential.
Concert 1 at 12.00 Noon Castle Hall, Dublin Castle
This first concert in the Dublin Saunter will highlight five decades of John’s teaching in the Royal Irish Academy and will feature former and current students in duet and solo performances.
Participating local artists are Dearbhla Brosnan and Dearbhla Collins (piano duet), Finghin Collins (piano solo), sisters Ailbhe McDonagh and Orla McDonagh (cello and piano), Fionnuala Moynihan (piano solo) and, anchoring the concert, a piano duet featuring John O’Conor and his phenomenally talented current young student, Joe O’Grady, who will perform a new work by Ailbhe McDonagh commissioned by the Festival to mark the day.
Gérmaine Tailleferre: Suite Burlesque
Francis Poulenc: Sonata for Four Hands FP8
Clara Schumann: Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, op 20
Felix Mendelssohn: Song without Words for Cello and Piano in D major, op 109
Fanny Hensel: Capriccio in A flat major from Zwei Stücke for Cello and Piano
Alban Berg: Piano Sonata, op 1
Ailbhe McDonagh: New Commission
Bizet: La Toupie, La Poupèe, Les Chevaux de Bois and La Bal from Jeux d’Enfants
The Great Music in Irish House Festival takes place from 11 to 16 June in various venues around Dublin and Wicklow.
This year, Ireland’s oldest chamber music festival features Richard Goode, the Pavel Haas Quartet, Marc Coppey and Finghin Collins, Ailish Tynan, the Van Kuijk Quartet, Chamber Choir Ireland conducted by Paul Hillier, the Colin Currie Quartet, and a special John O’Conor Celebration featuring the pianist and former and current students.
Venues include the Royal Irish Academy, Kilruddery House, National Botanic Gardens, Belvedere House, St Ann’s, Farmleigh House and Dublin Castle.
For full details, download the brochure below or visit https://bit.ly/2VdM3UL
Listen to a festival playlist below also.