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6 Mar 2007 - UCD Sinfonia Russian Gala Performance

Venue: National Concert Hall, Earlsford Terrace

Time: 8pm

The UCD Sinfonia returns to the National Concert Hall on March 6th 2007 at 8.00pm in an all-Russian programme featuring the high-octane 5th Symphony by Shostakovich. The exciting young violinist Cora Venus Lunny will perform Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No 1. Programme includes; Glinka, Russlan and Ludmilla; Prokofiev, Violin Concerto No. 1 and Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5 in D Minor.

Tickets may be booked at NCH box office (01 4170000) and online at

The National Concert Hall in Dublin annually hosts UCD’s staff and student symphony orchestra, the UCD Sinfonia. The UCD Sinfonia was founded in 2002 by its current Artistic Director, conductor Ciarán Crilly, and students from the UCD School of Music. The aim was to harness musical talent among the students and staff in a way that had not been previously achieved. For its first concert in 2002, the orchestra comprised fewer than twenty players, but it has rapidly expanded into the sizable ensemble it is today. One of the greatest boons for the orchestra has been the Horizons programme, enabling many students to reap academic rewards for an activity that they already enjoy for its artistic as well as educational benefits. Since 2006, funding from the Bank of Ireland and Irish Life has resulted in the creation of ten scholarships for Sinfonia members.

The UCD Sinfonia retains close links with the School of Music, and with the other performing groups on campus. The orchestra has twice been joined in concert by the UCD College Choir and once by the UCD Choral Scholars. Major soloists have performed with the orchestra, including internationally renowned pianist Philip Martin, guitarist Redmond O’Toole and, in the 2007 NCH concert, the young violinist Cora Venus Lunny.

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