Wexford Sinfonia Winter 2013 Concert – Beethoven & Brahms at Castalia Hall
Date:26 Jan 2013
Time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: € 15/10/5
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Three triumphant and moving pieces from the early and later 19th century starting with Beethoven’s Egmont Overture. Originally written as incidental music for Goethe’s play of the same name, this overture celebrates the triumph of revolution and liberty over repression and tyranny, a mirror for the composer’s own feelings for human dignity.
The joyful mood continues with Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin in D Major. Premiered in 1806 and revived in 1844 this concerto exhibits almost perfect blending and balance between soloist and orchestra and remains one of the most popular concertos of all time.
Soloist Maria Ryan originally from Kilkenny and now working from London joins Wexford Sinfonia for this performance. Maria holds diplomas from the Hochschule für Musik Köln and from the Cork School of Music. A keen chamber musician as well as soloist, Ms Ryan has performed throughout Europe and the USA.
The final selection is Brahms’s magnificent Symphony no. 2 in D Major which has a peaceful and pastoral character. Famous lyrical passages for horns and woodwinds are opposed by dark and more serious sections which combine to make this a favourite symphony of many listeners.
Wexford Sinfonia is pleased to welcome Brian MacKay as guest conductor for this concert. Mr MacKay has led Wexford Sinfonia in the past and has wide ranging experience in Ireland and throughout Europe as a conductor, pianist, vocal coach, orchestral oboist, chamber musician and teacher. Now working from Portugal, Mr MacKay continues a busy schedule of teaching, conducting and performance.