The Father McNally Chamber Orchestra Celebrating 40 Years of Dundalk Institute of Technology

The Father McNally Chamber Orchestra

Celebrating 40 Years of Dundalk Institute of Technology

Conductor Proinnsías ó Duinn

Violinist Rita Manning

8.00pm Saturday 11th February, 2012

Venue : The Faulkner Building,  Dundalk Institute of Technology

Internationally acclaimed local violinist, Rita Manning, will return to her home town to perform the beautiful Bach E Major Violin Concerto with the Father McNally Chamber Orchestra under the baton of the RTE Concert Orchestra’ Conductor Laureate, Proinnsías ó Duinn. The concert , which takes place at 8.00pm on Saturday 11th February, in the Faulkner Building at Dundalk institute of Technology, is part of the college’s 40th year celebrations.  All proceeds of the concert will be donated to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Rita, a past pupil of Rev. Fr. Brendan McNally, has a highly successful international solo career that has included performances with orchestras such as the London Chamber Orchestra and the Academy of St. Martin of the Field, where she also acted as co-leader for many years.  The grand finale of this gala concert will see Rita perform the ever popular ‘Czardas’ by Monti.

‘It is fantastic to have the opportunity to work with Rita Manning and Proinnsías ó Duinn’, said Orchestra Director, Briege McGoldrick. ‘Rita was one of Fr. McNally’s first  pupils and many of the  members of our orchestra are also past pupils of Fr. McNally. It is a real privilege for us to have Rita and Proinnsías perform with the Father McNally Chamber Orchestra which was established in Fr. McNally’s  honour. Proinnsías ó Duinn, has personally arranged and orchestrated the music for the second half of our concert which includes audience favourites such as Cavalleria Rusticana and Barber’s ‘Adagio for Strings’, Briege added.

The orchestra has been busily rehearsing in the Department of Music and Creative Media at Dundalk Institute of Technology where the Father McNally Chamber Orchestra has been ‘Orchestra in Residence’ since May 2011.

This promises to be a wonderful gala concert with classical favourites for all to enjoy! The Orchestra would like to express its thanks to Dundalk Institute of Technology, Co. Louth VEC and Create Louth for their support of the Father McNally Chamber Orchestra.  Tickets for the gala concert, which takes place at 8.00pm on Saturday 11th February, 2012, in the MPC at DKIT, are priced at €15 and are available from Devenneys in Crowe Street, and the St. Vincent de Paul Shop in Clanbrassil St. Dundalk.. This is definitely a concert not to be missed!

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