Thursday 16 August 2018

US college musicians to perform free concert at Dublin's Christ Church Cathedral

Westmont College Orchestra will play a free concert at Dublin's Christ Church Cathedral in May
Westmont College Orchestra will play a free concert at Dublin's Christ Church Cathedral in May
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

A US college orchestra comprised of 66 musicians will play a free concert at Dublin's Christ Church Cathedral on May 10.

The Westmont College Orchestra, from Santa Barbara in California, is an all-student ensemble from the college’s music department and is conducted by Dr Michael Shasberger.

Founded in 2006 the orchestra performs American orchestral repertoire including the commissioning of new works from contemporary American composers.

At Christ Church Cathedral, the orchestra will perform works including Lord of the Dance by Ronan Hardiman, Irish Rhapsody No 1 by Charles Villiers Stanford, Uilleann Sunrise by Sean O’Boyle and Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin and A Norfolk Rhapsody by R. Vaughan Williams along with show-stoppers, The Magnificent Seven, Hoe Down and The Cowboys.

The orchestra is made up of 66 college students aged 18-21 from Westmont College who tour every year. Recent overseas tours have included Italy, China, Hungary and Austria. They have chosen Ireland this year for one of their international performances.

“These tours offer the wonderful and overlapping purposes of opening up the world to our students, a creating a deep sense of community among the participants and giving our musicians an opportunity to focus deeply on their craft,” explains conductor Dr Michael Shasberger.

“This trip will add a unique chapter of collaborations with local musicians, cultural experiences and musical growth to the history of the orchestra,” he adds.

Westmont College Orchestra will also perform at St Canice’s Cathedral in Kilkenny on Saturday, 12 May 2018 at 1pm – the concert is included in the usual entrance fee of €4.50, unreserved seating, to book in advance phone 056-7764971.

The Dublin concert, titled Three Rhapsodies, will kick off at 8.30pm on May 10.  It is free but the event will be ticketed, so you must reserve your seats in advance at www.ChristChurchTickets.com

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