Thursday 7th April 2016
Sarah-Jane Brandon, soprano (SA)
Gary Matthewman, piano (UK)
Elizabeth Downey Memorial Concert
Brahms: Zigeunerlieder Op. 103
R. Strauss: Lieder Op. 27
Debussy: Beau Soir
Liszt: Oh! Quand je dors
Enfant, si j’étais roi
Rachmaninov: Zdes’ khorosho. Op. 21, No. 7
V molchani nochi taynoy. Op. 4, No. 3
Rechnaya lileya. Op. 8, No. 1
Son. Op. 38, No. 5
Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne. Op. 4, No. 4
Admission: €15.00, Students €5.00 (Includes interval soft drink)
Tickets available at the door. Unallocated Seating.
Previously advertised concert featuring
Roisin O’Grady, Malcolm Proud and Aoife Nic Athlaoich
has been rescheduled to next season
Top International Song Team Fly in to Waterford
for Elizabeth Downey Memorial Recital
On April 7th, Sara- Jane Brandon, international opera star and winner of Kathleen Ferrier Competition will come to Ireland for one night only to perform at the Waterford-Music Chamber Music Series. She will be accompanied by Gary Matthewman, one of the most sought after song pianists in Britain. The programme will include Brahms charming Zigeuner Lieder, inspired by Hungarian gypsy songs, with selections by Strauss and Rachmaninov.
Since winning Britain’s most coveted song prize, Brandon a native of South African has established herself among the front rank of solo artists performing regularly on the world’s major stages and opera houses. This season Brandon will appear in London, Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Berlin, Bruges, Budapest, and New York (Lincoln Centre) in performances of Die Zauberflöte with Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra. In recital Sarah-Jane will appear at the Wigmore Hall, London and at the Musee d’Orsay, Paris Future engagements include an appearance at La Scala, Milan with Placido Domingo.
Speaking about the event, Jim Walsh, chairman of Waterford-Music said, ‘we are delighted to have artists of this caliber visit for this special recital in memory of Elizabeth Downey. From the outset Elizabeth and her associates strove to bring the very best of international talent to Waterford. This enticing event promises to be a very fitting memorial to their endeavours. We are looking forward to welcoming back Gary Matthewman who thrilled us here last year when he accompanied Maire Flavin. We are excited also to hear a new voice and one so highly lauded, a prize winner at the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier and Veronica Dunne Competitions. It promises to be a grand finale to our 74th season.
Elizabeth Downey (1895-1967) Waterford-Dublin based mezzo-soprano and
teacher of singing and voice-production, was one of the four founding members of the Waterford Music Club in 1942.
The concert has been kindly supported by the extended Downey family:
Andrew Baker, Charlotte de Cloet Downey, Damien Harrington,
Stewart Harrington, Timothy McCann, Catherine Sheehan, Mary Quinlan,