PwC Ireland and Cork Opera House are delighted to announce the inaugural Cork Proms, in association with Cork Midsummer Festival. The Proms will take place from Friday, 21 June to Sunday, 23 June.
The Cork Proms will consist of three concerts over successive evenings, featuring the celebrated Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra (COHCO) and a host of special local, national and international guests. Produced by Cork Opera House, each night will be a celebration of music curated by director Wayne Jordan, known to audiences as the director of The Wizard of Oz and ProdiJIG: The Revolution, and renowned conductor John O'Brien.
Speaking at the launch of the Proms, Ger O'Mahoney, Senior partner at PwC Cork, said: "We are thrilled to be teaming up with Cork Opera House as title sponsor for the inaugural Cork Proms in 2019. We have no doubt that this will become a fantastic feature in Cork in the summers to come, and we welcome the opportunity to join together with one of Cork's proudest institutions in creating a very special series of events."
Cork Opera House CEO, Eibhín Gleeson, said: "The Cork Proms will be an incredible opportunity to create a very special event on Cork's annual musical calendar. We are very lucky to have access to an enormous wealth of home-grown talent, orchestral players, musicians, vocalists, and creatives. The Cork Proms will harness all of this in one place over three nights, and we are delighted to be working with PwC."
The Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra was established in 2015 and since then has presented a number of magnificent evenings on the Opera House Stage.
"The Cork Proms is a new platform for the orchestra to shine, to celebrate what we're made of musically and to treat the people of this region to concerts that are truly of an international standard," said Ms Gleeson.
The Cork Proms will kick off with an evening of orchestral magnificence on Midsummer night, 21 June, under the baton of Maestro John O'Brien, when the orchestra will perform music by Mendelssohn, Mozart and Vivaldi. The night will draw on the theme of Midsummer and explore how nature inspired these composers to write some of the most beautiful orchestral works.
On Saturday, 22 June 22, audiences will be taken on a journey through the best-loved American musicals. The orchestra and guest vocalists will perform hits from the musicals, including the works of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim and many more. Cork Opera House will welcome multi-award winning composer and conductor Cathal Synnott (Riverdance, Threepenny Opera) to oversee the evening.
Sunday, 23 June, will feature a homage to the world of pop music, with performances by Cork singing royalty, Majella Cullagh, Kim Sheehan, Laoise Leahy and Karen Underwood. Audiences can expect a night of musical fireworks as the series closes with an electrifying take on classics from David Bowie, Queen and Leonard Cohen.
Musical director Wayne Jordan said he is excited to be returning to the Cork Opera House for the proms: "It will be a great privilege to work with the phenomenal Cork Opera House Orchestra in a series of events that will show off the orchestra's virtuosity, its colour, and its character."
The Cork Proms will bring together a group of featured singers and instrumentalists in a series of concerts brimming with the passion, sparkle, and fizz of an Irish summer. Lorraine Maye from Cork Midsummer said: "We are thrilled to present The Cork Proms as part of the festival this year. Experiencing beautiful, uplifting, and exhilarating orchestral music is the perfect way to spend balmy Midsummer nights."
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