Naomi O'Connell hails from County Clare, Ireland, a heritage you can hear during her recent visit to the Young Artists Showcase studio where she performed some Irish songs to help us welcome St. Patrick. Currently making her West End debut in the Tony Award-winning play Master Class, O’Connell won first prize in the 2011 Concert Artists Guild competition. She brought us a set of songs from traditional and contemporary roots, accompanied by pianist Brent Funderburk.
This week’s show also brings back Dublin-born clarinetist Carol McGonnell, a YAS alum. From a recording with the Irish National Orchestra, this week’s program features the finale to Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto.
And to close, a few other Irish gems: the traditional tune Macushla, performed by the Lismorahaun singers and a then-16-year-old Naomi O’Connell, and more traditional tunes from pianist John O’Conner with the Irish Chamber Orchestra under conductor Mitch Farber.
Special Theme: The Coulin
-- John O’Conner, piano; with the Irish Chamber Orchestra; Mitch Farber, conductor.
Charles Marshall: I Hear You Calling
Havelock Nelson: Dirty Work
John Hind: A Cradle Song
Trad / Hughes: The Old Turf Fire
Eric Coates: The Fairy Tales of Ireland
Frank Bridge: Love Went A-Riding
-- Studio performances by Naomi O'Connell, mezzo; and Brent Funderberck, piano.
Rathlin Cradle Song (trad)
-- The Lismorahaun Singers; Archie Simpson, choir director; Naomi O’Connell, mezzo.
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto (excerpt from the first movement)
-- Carol McGonnell, clarinet; Irish National Orchestra; William Eddins, conductor.
The Coulin (reprise)
-- John O’Conner, piano; Irish Chamber Orchestra; Mitch Farber, conductor.