IBO to perform at Charleville Castle

THE Irish Baroque Orchestra (IBO), directed by Grammy nomineee Monica Huggett, will present a beautiful and moving programme of works by Pergolesi, Vivaldi and Ferrandini at Charleville Castle, Tullamore on Friday, March 2 at 8pm.

THE Irish Baroque Orchestra (IBO), directed by Grammy nomineee Monica Huggett, will present a beautiful and moving programme of works by Pergolesi, Vivaldi and Ferrandini at Charleville Castle, Tullamore on Friday, March 2 at 8pm.

Entitled ‘The Suffering of the Virgin’, the concert includes Pergolesi’s famous Stabat Mater (a hymn to Mary), and ‘Il Pianto di Maria’ composed by Giovanni Battista Ferrandini (1710-91), from which the title of the touring project is drawn.

This last work, a formidable and skillfully orchestrated cantata, was for many years attributed to Handel. However, ongoing suspicions about its authenticity coupled with further research has, in more recent times, reunited the work with its rightful owner.

The IBO is delighted to be joined by two of Ireland’s finest vocalists for this series. Countertenor Stephen Wallace, an internationally successful soloist and one of Ireland’s most accomplished performers, will be joined by outstanding soprano Mary Nelson, who hails originally from Belfast.

For more information, and online bookings, please visit www.irishbaroqueorchestra.com or call 01 4023518.

Tickets for the March 2 performance, promoted by the Irish Baroque Orchestra in association with Charleville Castle Heritage Trust, cost €15 (conc €12) and are available from Heartbeat City, Tullamore.