Top conductor looking forward to ‘global’ concert at the Mill

Ulster Orchestra Principal Conductor, JoAnn Falletta (left) points out Newtownabbey's position on the globe to leading Soprano, Rebekah Coffey (centre) and Susan McCleary, Sales and Marketing Manager at the Theatre at The Mill. INLT 16-598CON
Ulster Orchestra Principal Conductor, JoAnn Falletta (left) points out Newtownabbey's position on the globe to leading Soprano, Rebekah Coffey (centre) and Susan McCleary, Sales and Marketing Manager at the Theatre at The Mill. INLT 16-598CON
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ONE of the world’s finest conductors says she can’t wait to lead the Ulster Orchestra at Newtownabbey’s Theatre at The Mill next month.

On her first ever visit to the Mossley Mill venue recently, Ulster Orchestra Principal Conductor, JoAnn Falletta praised the theatre’s excellent acoustics and said she was bowled over by the beauty of the building and its grounds.

Ms Falletta, who has performed in most of the world’s greatest concert venues, said she can’t wait for the ‘Around the World in 80 Minutes’ concert at the theatre on May 20.

“The Theatre at The Mill is visually beautiful, but the acoustics are superb as well. It should be a wonderful evening of music. It is great that the Ulster Orchestra can go out and play venues outside Belfast,” she said.

Susan McCleary, the theatre’s Sales and Marketing Manager, said this latest concert showed the Newtownabbey venue’s commitment to providing another outlet for high quality classical music.

“The Ulster Orchestra opened the theatre for us so it is lovely to have them back and we are delighted they chose this venue. It opens up classical music to a whole new audience,” she commented.

The concert will include two pieces by one of America’s finest composers, Samuel Barber, including his famous Adagio for Strings - a deeply emotional, romantic piece, which was performed on radio after Franklin D Roosevelt’s death, played at the funerals of Albert Einstein and Princess Grace of Monaco and at the Last Night of the Proms to commemorate the victims of the 9/11 attacks.

The Orchestra will also be performing Barber’s poignant Knoxville Summer of 1915 piece for voice and orchestra.

Singing with the orchestra will be the talented Northern Irish soprano, Rebekah Coffey, who said: “I have never performed the work before so I’m looking forward to working on it with JoAnn and giving my own interpretation. Barber can be quite a difficult composer but this piece ebbs and flows and gives the laid back feeling of a summer evening in Tennessee. It’s a really beautiful work.”

Other pieces will include Rossini’s Overture to Italian Girl in Algiers; Kodaly’s Dances of Galantra, Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin and Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony.

“This programme shows the range and flexibility of the Ulster Orchestra; the fact that it can play such different repertoires without any difficulty. It takes great skill to play music from baroque through to contemporary of any background,” Ms Falletta added.

For more information about ‘Around the World in 80 Minutes’ log on to www.ulsterorchestra.com

Tickets for the concert are available from the box office by telephoning 9034 0202 or by logging on to www.theatreatthemill.co