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Top 5 Reasons not to miss our Winter Weekend!

Ben Goldscheider

Our Winter Weekend mini-festival returns to Russborough on 11, 12 & 13 November. There are any number of reasons you won’t want to miss our four gorgeous concerts, but here are our Top 5!

1. Try a Beethoven Sandwich

The incredible American violinist Tai Murray made her concert debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra aged just 9. Now an inspiring talent widely lauded for her elegant and effortlessly vivacious performances, Tai’s festival programme with German pianist Silke Avenhaus is bookended by two of Beethoven’s finest violin sonatas. What’s not to love?

2. Get a grip on new music

Amanda Feery is a composer who’s hitting all the right notes. Enjoy the world premiere of Amanda’s The Grip, Part 2 of Ceiliúradh (Celebration), a new work commissioned by the festival to celebrate the fantastic diversity of Irishness today. Wicklow musicians Fiachra Garvey and Paul Grennan, and Dublin-born Róisín Verity Walters, will perform The Grip in a programme that also includes music by Schumann, Shostakovich and Schubert.

3. Four Last Songs up close

Bittersweet, beautiful, and sensuous, Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs are his farewell to life, to art, to a vanished world. Strauss saved his best for the very end, and his Four Last songs will bring our Winter Weekend to a fitting close. More commonly heard performed with full orchestral forces, don’t miss this opportunity to experience the intimate voice and piano version performed by the superb soprano Elizabeth Llewellyn and Simon Lepper.

4. Beautiful on the inside… and out

All our November concerts take place in Russborough House’s stunning saloon. Enjoy chamber music in the sort of intimate setting it was made for, surrounded by one of the finest private art collections in Ireland, all set against the backdrop of the glistening Blessington lakes.

5. Make a night of it

Recent winner of the coveted Best Café title at the Irish Restaurant Awards 2022, we’ve partnered with the Russborough Café to bring you a tempting tapas menu to enjoy before your Winter Weekend concert. Reservations must be made in advance and cost €25 per person.

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