LITERALLY a big hit last year with lovers of music, the University Concert Hall’s Music Club will high five again at Millstream Common Room on campus. RTE Lyric fm’s Liz Nolan is steering us through master compositions and themes over separate weeks.
“The emphasis is on enjoyment….all you need to bring is your love of music!” advocates Emma Foote, marketing manager. “The UCH Music Club begins next Tuesday February 20 and continues on Tuesday March 6 and again March 20. It runs from 6.30pm to approximately 8pm on each evening and places are limited so early booking is advised.”
First up is a treatment of The Great Tenors. According to Liz Nolan, a career musician herself as well as presenter, “Throughout the twentieth century, the tenor has reigned supreme on the opera stage. UCH Music Club visits the recording legacy of selected greats, including McCormack, Bjorling, di Stefano, Pavarotti and Domingo, alongside some of your suggestions.”
Mozart is the man of the evening on Tuesday March 6 when the Club pays homage to his famed Piano Concerto No. 21, ‘Elvira Madigan’.
On then to Tuesday March 20 with ‘Madama Butterfly’, a neat preview to Ellen Kent’s exquisite production of same, coming to the concert hall for Wednesday April 4.
For this, the Music Club “journeys to the Far East in the company of a couple of terrific recordings of the opera, plus a few stories”.
A sidebar from journo Rose Rushe, this April 4th opera proper by Puccini is magnificent. Go see, and find yourself at worship.
As for UCH Music Club, Friends of UCH pay €40 and un-Friends (!) €50 for the three evenings spent with a glass of wine. Book on 061-331549.