Tickets on the door: €20; concession €15; students €5 with ID, all including a glass of wine or soft drink afterwards.
Mendelssohn is often considered the greatest child prodigy after Mozart. He began taking piano lessons from his mother when he was six years old. At age eight, he studied composition with Carl Friedrich Zelter in Berlin and probably made his first public concert appearance at the age of nine. He was also a prolific composer as a child, and wrote his first published work, a piano quartet, by the time he was 13.
“His exposure to Bach led to a fondness for learned counterpoint as well as to his conducting the St. Matthew Passion in 1829 – an immensely influential performance that took Bach out of the exclusive hands of specialists and into a more general public consciousness. He began to perform throughout Europe as a conductor and as a pianist to great success. In 1829, he made his first trip to England where his composing and playing found a rapturous audience. Indeed, one can say that Mendelssohn dominated English music in the 19th century as completely as Handel had done in the 18th.” —Steven Schwartz
The influence of Bach can be heard in the two works in this concert that were written near the end of his short life. The Drei Psalmen were composed in 1843/4 and Die Deutsche Liturgie in 1846. Both works were composed for church services in Berlin Cathedral using a simpler style of church music for the new order of worship in Prussia.
Brahms was also influenced by Bach and the Two Motets were published in 1878 with a dedication to the great Bach scholar, Philipp Spitta.
Warum ist das Licht gegeben? was composed during the summer of 1877, at a time when the composer was putting the finishing touches to his Second Symphony. The first performance was given in Vienna on 8 December 1878. O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf, in four parts, was composed earlier, between 1863 and 1864.
Rheinberger is probably the least known of the three composers and his Abendlied is likely the best known piece performed in this concert. Rheinberger was also something of a prodigy and began playing the organ and composing at the age of seven. At 12, he was admitted to the Academy of Music in Munich where he studied with Franz Lachner, a close friend of Franz Schubert, and by the age of 15 he was gainfully employed as an organist. He spent 33 years as professor of counterpoint and organ at the Royal School of Music in Munich where the Drei geistliche Gesänge were composed in 1855.
We hope to see you this Saturday, and please join us for a glass of wine after the concert (included in the ticket price).
Saint Bartholomew’s is pleased to welcome back Encore Voices, who will perform Puccini’s Messa di Gloria this Saturday, 9 February at 7.30pm.
Led by conductor John Doyle, the singers will be accompanied by a quartet and Maria Geheran on piano.
Tickets cost €15 (student/OAP/unwaged €10; child €5) and may be purchased at the door.
The Jubilate Choir comes to Saint Bartholomew’s on Saturday, 10 November at 3.00pm to sing Fauré’s Requiem and Duruflé’s Requiem in a performance conducted by Amy Ryan and featuring Judith Lyons (soprano), Aisling Lakes (mezzo-soprano), and David Scott (baritone). David Grealy will accompany them on the organ.
The Jubliate Choir is highly experienced, having performed major works including Bach’s St Matthew Passion and St John Passion, and most recently the Irish premiere of Graun’s Passion: Der Tod Jesu.
Tickets are €20; €10 for under 18s, and may be purchased at the door or at eventbrite.ie.
Tickets for our annual Concert of Carols and Festive Readings are now for sale here. The tickets cost €25, which drops to €20 if you purchase three or more in the same transaction. Due to popular demand, we’re going to run the same programme on Sunday, 9 December and Sunday, 16 December, both at 7.00pm. The show will feature the combined choirs performing a variety of traditional carols, which will be interspersed with seasonal readings presented once again by the delightfully charismatic Tim Thurston. Afterwards, all attendees are invited to a reception with wine and mince pies.
We are delighted to welcome the German choir “amante della musica menden,” which will be performing a joint concert with the Irish choir Cantairí Avondale at Saint Bartholomew’s on Tuesday, 16 October at 8.00pm.
The programme includes a mix of international folk songs and classical literature pieces. This concert is part of a seven-day tour of Dublin led by choir director and organist Stefan Risse, which will also see the German choir sing at a lunchtime recital at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The concert at Saint Bartholomew’s is a free event and all are welcome!
Mark your calendars for Culture Night, which this year will feature a programme at Saint Bartholomew’s entitled Johann Sebastian Bach: A Life in Chorale Preludes. Presenter Tim Thurston and organist Andrew Johnstone will survey the life of the great German composer through a 40-minute chronological selection of his 200+ organ preludes on Lutheran chorales. The show will begin at 6:30pm. This event is free and part of a nationwide celebration of the arts, culture, and heritage.