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Dublin Choral Festival takes place this weekend

Wednesday, 19th June, 2019 12:21pm
Dublin Choral Festival takes place this weekend

A treat for music lovers this Saturday

Dublin Choral Festival takes place this weekend

A treat for music lovers this Saturday

The fourth Dublin Choral Festival takes place this weekend on Saturday, June 22, at St Patrick's Cathedral at 8pm.

The theme is ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ and features a programme of classical and contemporary works from European and North American composers. The programme follows a theme of nature and music.

Over 60 singers, aged 16- 75, from three American choirs will perform in the hallowed halls of St Patrick's Cathedral alongside Dublin's Kaleidoscope Ensemble. The American singers from Wisconsin, Virginia and Georgia have come together to perform at this year's Dublin Choral Festival in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation.

It will be the first time the choirs have sung together, although they will have rehearsed the songs with their own conductors before all blending into a single choir for this performance, under the direction of Drs Joshua and Julie Oppenheim, who are both professors at Kansas State University.  

In addition, there will be three Irish singers performing in the concert who will sing solos in the richly lyrical ‘Serenade to Music’ by R Vaughan Williams, among other works at the concert. They are soprano Aisling Kenny from Galway, tenor Ciaran Kelly from Dublin and baritone/bass Eoghan Desmond.

Aisling will sing solo soprano for the Scottish folk song, ‘Loch Lomond’; Ciaran Kelly will sing a solo part in ‘A Miner’s Tale’; and Eoghan will sing solo in ‘Daniel, Daniel, Servant of the Lord’.

This evening of choral delights includes works by composers such as Ralph Vaughan Williams, David Moore, Z Randall Stroope and Bob Chilcott.

The concert will be conducted by Dr Joshua Oppenheim, co-director of choral studies and associate professor of music, and Dr Julie Yu-Oppenheim, co-director of choral studies at Kansas State University.
Entrance to the concert is free but please secure your place at

A bucket collection will be taken at the end of the concert in support of the Irish Hospice Foundation.

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