Hazel: Made In Belfast-- an operatic musical narrative co-produced by New York artist Gregory de la Haba and Irish poet and pianist Terence Browne- makes its world premiere Sunday, October 16th, 2016 at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.
Based on the untold story of Lady Hazel Lavery, a Chicago-born artist, social diplomat, and wife of the famous painter Sir John Lavery, the performance reveals the story of how this remarkable woman helped negotiate the Anglo-Irish talks involving Michael Collins, David Lloyd George and Winston Churchill and was a pivotal force and central figure in the achievement of Irish Independence in 1921.
Featuring arrangements of a selection of Irish airs from the Belfast Harp Festival (1792), Thomas Moore’s Irish Melodies, form the melodic context and framework for tale about Hazel’s undeniable impact on the establishment of the two Irelands. Award-winning Irish soprano, Sarah Power will make her New York debut accompanied by Dublin Symphony Orchestra’s lead violinist Aveen McEntee, and Terence Browne on piano. Gregory de la Haba narrates the historical romantic tale.
Sunday, October 16th at 7:30pm
Carnegie Hall - Well Recital Hall
154 West 57th Street, New York, NY
SARAH POWER - SOPRANO
Irish soprano Sarah Power makes her New York debut as Hazel Lavery in the musical narrative- HAZEL: Made in Belfast- about the establishment of the two Irelands.
A graduate of the Dublin Conservatory of Music, the Guildhall Opera Course and the National Opera Studio in London, Sarah has won many awards. In 2014 she was the John Mather Charitable Trust Emerging Artist for Scottish Opera and she is a Young Artist for The Worshipful Company of Musicians in London.
Recent performances include highlights from Mozart’s The Magic Flute with the Scottish Opera in Singapore and Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Sarah performed for world-renowned tenor Placido Domingo’ presentation of The Freedom of the City of London; and has also appeared in productions with the Welsh National Opera, Buxton Opera Festival, Wexford Opera Festival, and Scottish Opera amongst others. In 2015 Sarah was one of the soloists in Canadian artist Janice Kerbel’s Turner Prize-nominated work ‘DOUG’ in Glasgow. A keen recitalist, she has performed at prestigious recital venues throughout Europe including Wigmore Hall, London, the National Concert Hall, Dublin, Haus der Musik, Vienna, and various concert halls in Italy, France, Greece, and Switzerland.
Future engagements include the role of Belinda in Dido and Aeneas for Scottish Opera and oratorio performances with choral societies in the United Kingdom including Handel’s Messiah, Poulenc’s Gloria, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, and Haydn’s Creation.
AVEEN MCENTEE - VIOLINIST
Leader of the Dublin Symphony Orchestra, Aveen McEntee studied at the Cork School of Music under Ruxandandra Pectu and took her Licentiate in Performance at Trinity College London. Aveen is immersed in the Irish art-music repertoire, and has performed a broad spectrum of the classical tradition to the finest audiences Ireland in the course of her young career.
A distinguished accompanist and soloist, Aveen has performed on state occasions, at the Irish National Concert Hall, the O’Reilly Hall at University College Dublin, the Irish Word Academy of Music and Dance, the University of Limerick, and numerous other leading venues throughout Ireland.
She has played with the Alpha Quartet, performing regularly on Irish National Television with visiting artists including Westlife, Michael Bublé and Andrea Bocelli.
In her New York debut performance, Aveen plays Eileen Lavery, only daughter of the celebrated Irish artist from Belfast, Sir John Lavery, and will treat the audience with a hauntingly beautiful program derived from the convention in Belfast of the last of the Bardic Harpists in 1792.
TERENCE BROWNE - PIANO
The Irish Poet and pianist Terence Browne is author and co-producer of the Irish musical narrative Hazel: Made in Belfast .
Born in Dublin in 1953, Terence studied piano at the Sheila Murray Academy of Music and at the Dublin Conservatory. His life-long interest in the Lavery art legacy stems from a visit to the National Gallery of Ireland with his mother in the early 1960s when he encountered Lavery’s tribute to Diego Velasquez’s The Artist’s Studio (1913); however, it was Irish historian and curator Sinead McCoole’s biography, Hazel – A Life of Lady Lavery (1996), that made him determined to share Lady Lavery’s story on the world stage.
In 2004 Terence published The Dangerous Press, a collection of poetry which he dedicated to Hazel. A leading authority on the life and works of Hazel’s husband, the renowned painter Sir John Lavery, Terence has produced a number of Lavery retrospectives and events in Dublin, Belfast, and at the Lavery’s home and studio at 5 Cromwell Place, London.
A member of the advisory board of the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building in Belfast, Terence is committed to the reconciliation process in Ireland.
GREGORY DE LA HABA, Narrator and Producer
Gregory de la Haba is an artist, curator, writer, publisher, and co-producer of the Irish musical narrative Hazel: Made In Belfast.
His artwork has been exhibited around the world in notable biennials, museums and festivals including the Salzach Biennial, Salzburg Arts Festival, The Queens Museum, Kunsthaus Tacheles, Contemporary Istanbul, Mykonos Biennial, Scope Miami, and Scope Basel. As well, Gregory has been commissioned to create works for Sean McPherson's Roger Room in West Hollywood, Kentucky Derby winner Johnny Velazques, former GAA president Nickey Brennan, and Steinway artist Rosa Antonelli. Most recently, Gregory has championed fellow artists and curated a series of well-received exhibitions such as Who Shot Natalie White?, Magnificent Obsession: The Early Paintings of Abstract Expressionist Joann Gedney, John Havens Thornton: 50 Years of Paining: 1964-2014, and Pacific/Current.
In 2004, Mr. de la Haba founded the Carlos Collazo Scholarship at the Escuela de Artes Plasticas, in San Juan, Puerto Rico in memory of his teacher and mentor.
A cum laude graduate of Harvard University, Gregory’s writings and artworks have been published in Southampton Review, Rizzoli’s Irish America, New York Arts Magazine, and others. He is also the publisher of the prestigious Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art and the internationally distributed magazine, Quiet Lunch.
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
Nr. 154 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019