LCGA Events

Concert: Clara Schumann & Her Irish Contemporaries

Feb 17 2009 11:55PM

Elisabeth Goell, Soprano

During one of Elizabeth Goell’s concerts in rural communities, she came across a unique historic treasure in a remote place in Donegal: a piano that was personally made for Clara Schumann, one of Germany’s greatest pianists of the 19th Century. This piano was specially made for Clara in her father and uncle’s workshop. This is a very unique piano, it has no serial number and is most beautifully decorated inside and out, with lots of filigree wood work on the music stand and the pull out panels on either side for the candle stands. The piano was bought around 1850 in Dresden by the Montgomery family from Co Donegal.
This concert features the 160 year old piano (beautifully restored by Henderson piano technicians in Derry) that once belonged to Clara Schumann. A pre-concert film beginning at 7.15 pm will show the story and travel and the women connected with the piano.
This concert bring to you the music of Clara Schumann and her Irish contemporaries such as Arthur O’Leary from Tralee, George Alexander Osborne from Limerick (who was instrumental in bringing Clara not only to England, but also to this Irish engagement), Samuel Lover both a poet and musician, Augusta Holmes and Lady Dufferin, also both poets and musicians, Michele Esposito, to whom Ireland owes the establishment of a resident orchestra in Dublin, the Dublin Orchestral Society. Together with the music by Stanford, Field and Harty, the music chosen is only a fragment of the rich classical musical heritage that Ireland can boast and which has been unduly “forgotten”.
Elisabeth Goell is a former student of the Limerick Municipal School of Music, where she excelled initially as a piano student and organ student, continued her studies as a Vocal student in the UK as a Soprano.
Supported by The Arts Office of Limerick City Council and Limerick City Gallery of Art
Box office: +353 (0)61 310633 Ticket Price: € 25 / € 15.

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