What a night we had at City Hall Cork on June 9th 2018. The concert had Sold Out several days before the night and what a night those fortunate ticket holders were treated to. From the opening Theme from ‘Robin Hood’ right through to the Encore Star Wars Imperial March the concert was jam packed with well known movie themes. Compere Elmarie Mawe steered the audience through piece to piece and Principal Conductor Tom Crowley had the orchestra in top form. Roll on October 13th for more fantastic orchestral music at Cork’s City Hall.
We are delighted to announce the next concert in our 2018 programme is ‘A Night At The Movies’. The orchestra under Principal Conductor Tom Crowley will take us on a musical journey through some of the Movies all time great musical scores and theme’s. The evening will be crammed full of memorable pieces from movies which were noted for their music such as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, ‘The Bridge over the River Kwai’, ‘The Magnificent 7’, and ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’, right through to Batman, ‘The Hateful Eight’ and ‘Starwars’. Spectacular music from ‘Schindlers List’, ‘Out of Africa’, and ‘Born Free’ the list goes on. It will all be served up under our favourite compere ElMarie Mawe. So book your tickets (as our June concert last year Sold-Out) and put the date in your diary – June 9th at 8pm – City Hall, Cork.
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Tickets starting at just €15 are available from Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett St. Cork, or online from the following Eventbrite link (booking fee may apply): https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/night-at-the-movies-tickets-45757361500?aff=es2
Irish Examiner; Wednesday, March 01, 2017
The Cork Concert Orchestra opened an all-Russian programme under guest conductor Dumitru Goia with Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony.
With his close association with the Leningrad Conservatory the Moldovan conductor inevitably imbued the performance with a quiet authority. The players responded with a thrilling, fully committed performance of the epic score “hewn to the backdrop of Stalin’s purges” as Cllr Mick Finn’s programme note put it.
On the podium, Goia exuded a gravitas with a poised intensity in his conducting style. The tutti strings sounded gorgeous with a faultless unanimity across the section whether the dynamic was a gossamer-like pianissimo or a voluptuous forte. The solo timbres of harp, celeste and flute offered welcome relief from the intensity of a brass in full triumphalist mode.
Mercifully, the applause didn’t last as long as the half an hour at the premiere more than 80 years ago but there was an enthusiastic standing ovation from the near capacity house which seemed to have a greater than usual representation of under 50s present. Passing through the foyer, the pre-concert chatter suggested that there was also a sprinkling of the Russian diaspora in the house.
The mood after the interval was lighter, with waltzes, polonaises and a dazzling soloist. Romanian violinist Diana Jipa, in a green satin gown cut a willowy figure on the platform. Like the conductor, she didn’t bob and weave, but there was plenty of passion and sparkling virtuosity in her rendition of Tachaikowsky’s sentimental pieces from Souvenir d’un Lieu Cher in an orchestral arrangement by Galzunov. Of these, the Melodie is best known from its original piano and violin arrangement. An encore of Danse Russe from Swan Lake combined a playful folk melody with a fiendish cadenza. The orchestra’s closing number, Glazunlov’s Concert Waltz No 1 was reprised as an encore.
Formed in 2015, Cork Concert Orchestra, a voluntary group, is a relatively new addition to the Cork music scene. With the pivotal figure in string playing, Adrian Petcu, as artistic director, they proved that they had the skills and fire power to deliver a night of excellent musicianship with a strong sense of occasion at City Hall. Bravo tutti.