William Vincent Wallace Bicentenary Festival Day

William Vincent Wallace Bicentenary Festival Day Including the launch of the 1854 Commemorative Music Album and CD

Monday, 15 October at the National Concert Hall

Recital, Lectures, Evening Gala Concert

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The music collection at the NLI includes a beautifully illustrated and rare music album dedicated to the Ladies of the United States’ by the Irish music composer, William Vincent Wallace. Originally published in New York by William Hall and Son, a facsimile edition of this 1854 album will be launched at the National Concert Hall on 15 October 2012 along with an accompanying CD as part of the celebrations to commemorate Wallace’s bicentenary year in Ireland. The new album and CD is published by RTE lyric fm and Heritage Music Productions Ltd in association with the National Library of Ireland.

The publication is generously supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Programme of Events for Bicentenary Festival Day Monday 15 October 2012

1.10pm  Lunchtime Recital: ‘Chopinesque: the Piano Music of William Vincent Wallace’ Rosemary Tuck, piano. John Field Room. Tickets €5

3.00pm Lecture: ‘One of our Best and most Original of Native Composers’ Dr David Grant. Kevin Barry Room. Tickets €5

4.30pm Lecture: ‘Wallace the American and the Music Album of 1854’  Peter Jaggard Kevin Barry Room. Tickets €5
6.00pm Launch Wine Reception: 1854 Music Album and CD John Field Room. Kindly sponsored by the Australian Embassy in Ireland.
8.00pm  Gala Concert and launch of the 1854 music album: to include music from the 1854 Music Album and favourite excerpts from Wallace’s Maritana and his other lesser-known operas, plus a rare performance of Wallace’s Grand Duo for two pianos on Halévy’s opera L’éclair.

Performing Artists:
Máire Flavin, mezzo-soprano, Úna Hunt, piano, Matthew Sprange, baritone, Rosemary Tuck, piano

See National Concert Hall website for more details

RTE Lyric Fm have created a three part series marking the bicentenary of the birth in 1812 of William Vincent Wallace who is best known as the composer of the once-famous opera, Maritana. Wallace was also a great virtuoso on both the violin and piano. His adventures were the stuff of movies having visited parts of the world that no other Irish musician had set foot in and retold some amazing life experiences.

See Lyric FM website for further details.

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