Program / Schedule

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 7:30 PM, Auditorium „Löwengebäude“

Handel in Ireland

Works by G. F. Händel and eighteenth-century Irish songs and dances

Caitríona O’Leary (music direction and vocals)

Adrian Hart (fiddle), Eamonn der Barra (flutes/pipes); Eamonn Galldubh (flutes/pipes), Kate Ellis (cello), Matthias Loibner (hurdy-gurdy), Dónal Lunny (bouzouki), Andrea Piccioni (frame drum)

The premiere of Handel’s Messiah in 1742 is a historical event that the city of Dublin celebrates to this day. Handel’s trip to Ireland rescued him from a serious creative crisis. From November 1741 to September 1742, “Handel fever” (Dorothea Schröder) gripped Dublin. There, the composer met with great acclaim and enthusiasm. The climax was the performances of Messiah. Dúlra, who can be heard for the first time in Halle has an unusual mix of instruments. The musicians perform both traditional Irish music and ancient music. The ensemble’s repertoire comprises authentic Irish music that has been handed down orally, as well as pieces from written seventeenth and eighteenth-century sources. This concert is thus a musical encounter between Handel and traditional Irish music as he would have been able to hear it during his stay there.


Tickets: 30 €


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Caitríona O’Leary, Dúlra