A beautiful classical concert titled, An Evening With the Classics, took place at Kilshane House recently in aid of St. Vincent de Paul charity.
Soprano Cara O’Sullivan was the star performer, returning to Kilshane after two years to perform classics to a captivated audience.
“I was here about two years ago for a serious of concerts and I’m thrilled to be back. I always find the welcome from the Tipperary people so warm and the audience is great to turn up in such good numbers to make this night a success,” said Cara. After her performance at Kilshane, Cara was leaving to get the airport to travel to Marseille to sing at the Munster Rugby match the following day. “I was supposed to be travelling today with the team, but Munster had to wait because of tonight’s concert.”
Seamus O’Reilly organised the charity event collating local talent to perform including: Cashel’s Thomas Grogan, the Tipperary Musical Society’s Lynda Breen and Kieran Hickey, Niamh O’Mahoney and Limerick contralto Sarah Ellen Murphy.
Old Man River
The concert opened with Seamus singing, Softly as in a Morning Sunrise, leading the way for Niamh O’Mahoney’s, Linden Lea. The ever-popular song, Old Man River, sung by Kieran Hickey had the audience humming in time for another musical hit, Stranger in Paradise that was maturely delivered by Thomas Grogan.
Contralto Sarah Ellen Murphy filled every inch of the auditorium with, Climb Every Mountain and Habanera setting the stage for Cara O’Sullivan to lift the rafters of the room and spirits of the audience to new heights with, Where ‘ere You Walk, Song to the Moon and We’ll Gather Lilacs. One of the highlights of the evening was the duet, Barcarolle – Tales of Hoffman sung by Cara and Sarah Ellen. “We have travelled the world and have visited great opera houses to listen and be entertained by great music and tonight the concert at Kilshane House the performances have equaled those experiences,” said a visiting American couple.
“The turnout tonight is unbelievable. Every chair in Kilshane House has been used to accommodate the audience, said Jane De Roquancourt, Proprietor. “What we take in goes out to the immediate community; we always keep it local and we’re very passionate about that.”
Performer, singer and charity fund-raiser Seamus O’Reilly announced on the night that this was his last event. “I’ve been on the road since 1985 when together with the late Tom McCormac we brought the Dublin Barack players to St. Mary’s Church in Tipperary town. I’d like to thank Kilshane House, Cara O’Sullivan and all the performers and the audience who made tonight so special”